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​         The United States Registry of Exercise Professionals® is​ operated by the Coalition. The Coalition has a volunteer Board of Directors composed of individuals representing qualifying member organizations. The Board and two non-voting Advisory Directors are elected to a specified term. The two Advisory Directors represent elected individuals from the Commission for the Accreditation of Exercise Science (CoAES) which accredits two-year, four-year and graduate level programs in Exercise Science and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which works to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competence.


Graham Melstrand PRESIDENT
Graham Melstrand
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Vice-President-Corporate Affairs


With more than 25 years of experience in the fitness industry, Graham Melstrand is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the American Council on Exercise where he is responsible for developing and managing opportunities and relationships that advance public policy positions and industry standards that support active, healthy lifestyles and advance the role of the exercise professional. He currently serves as a member of a variety of advisory boards and committees including: the board of directors for the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) where he sits on the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (COAES), and the Medical Fitness Association Outcomes Committee. He is also a former member of the Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facility Standards for NSF International. 

Francis Neric

Francis Neric, MS, MBA
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Director of Certification


Francis Neric is the Senior Director of Certification for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Neric leads the development and administration of ACSM's state-of-the-art certification programs. He also serves on the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) which directly supports the mission, vision, and values of the College. Neric also has 14 years of coaching experience of age-group, collegiate, and masters level swimming.

​Neric has an Exercise Science BS from CSU Long Beach, a Clinical Exercise Physiology MS from CSU Fullerton, and a Management MBA from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. While at CSU Fullerton Neric published "Comparison of Swim Recovery and Muscle Stimulation on Lactate Removal After Sprint Swimming" with the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

 Brian Biagioli

Brian Biagioli, EdD
NCSF Board for Certification
Executive Director


Dr. Brian Biagioli currently serves as Executive Director for the National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification and as the Graduate Program Director for Strength and Conditioning in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Science at the University of Miami. He is very active in the fitness industry, presently serving on four national committees related to standard setting, education accreditation and population engagement in physical activity. Dr. Biagioli has authored three college text books and most recently is the primary editor for a new book on advanced sports performance. He has presented internationally at Universities and for different sport conferences, including lectures in Argentina, Turkey, Ukraine and at the Olympic training center in Korea. Formerly, Dr. Biagioli was the Program Director for the Department of Exercise Physiology at Florida International University.

Brent Feland, M.S.P.T., PhD

Dr. Brent Feland is an Associate Professor in the Exercise Science Department at Brigham Young University where he teaches Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Functional Neuroanatomy, Orthopedic Impairments, and Pathomechanics.  Dr. Feland has authored over 40 publications in peer-reviewed professional journals as well as numerous commentaries in fitness journals related to his research interests stretching & flexibility, aging activity and balance, and neuromechanics of whole-body-vibration training.  He has been an invited panel reviewer for department of defense research funding applications as well an invited presenter internationally. 

He has a passion for fitness, advanced training, and rehabilitation and has been actively involved with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) since 2012 as a written exam committee member and featured speaker at 4 national conferences.  He has also served as the CSCCa representative for multiple NCAA interassociation task force meetings for creation of NCAA position statements.  Dr Feland  is also a licensed Physical Therapist with a specialty interest in both orthopedics and geriatrics and has served on the Utah Physical Therapy Association Board.

Shelby Williamson, MBA

Since 2016 Shelby has been the Exam Development Manager for NSCA, which includes the responsibilities of development and launching new certification examinations and programs. She has also been the CREP organizational representative for NSCA.

Kent Johnson

Kent D. Johnson, Ph.D., FACSM
Lipscomb University, Department of Kinesiology

Kent Johnson is a Professor of Exercise Science and Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  Johnson has spent most of his academic career at Lipscomb and is entering his 33rd  year in the Kinesiology Department.  During his tenure, he served as Department Chair for 21 years and co-directed a newly formed M.S. graduate program in Exercise and Nutrition Science.  Johnson earned an Exercise Specialist Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in 1991 and became an ACSM Fellow in 1995.  He has remained active in ACSM for most of his career and currently serves as a program reviewer and site visitor for CoAES.  Prior to his tenure at Lipscomb, Johnson completed an M.S. at the University of Arizona and Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Chad Buckendahl, Ph.D.
ACS Ventures, LLC




Dr. Buckendahl currently serves on technical advisory committees for departments of education in Nevada, ‎Mississippi, Nebraska, Indiana, and Massachusetts, and the Standards and Testing Agency in the U.K. In ‎addition, he has served as a consultant to numerous certification and licensure assessment programs in the ‎U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, including multiple organizations that develop and maintain NCCA-accredited ‎programs for exercise professionals.‎



Wade Delk

Director Government Affairs
Wade Delk
4400 College Blvd., Suite 220
Overland Park, KS  66211



Executive Officer
Katie Geraghty
4400 College Blvd., Suite 220
Overland Park, KS 66211