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.
CREP® Board of Directors
Brian Biagioli, EdD
NCSF Board for Certification
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.
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.
Pilates Method Alliance
Elizabeth Anderson joined the Pilates Method Alliance as Executive Director in mid-2007, after a transatlantic move from London where she’d lived for the previous 17 years. In addition to serving the PMA as ED, she is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and the Certification Commission, the latter of which oversees the National Pilates Certification Program, an independent certification program established and authorized by the PMA. Prior to the PMA, Elizabeth worked in the UK Pilates industry for 6 years. She was the founder of the UK’s Polestar Pilates company, as well as her own Pilates Umbrella Ltd., a continuing education company for Pilates practitioners in the UK. Elizabeth became involved with the Pilates industry through her work in organizing international conferences in the dance medicine world, primarily for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) as well as for Dance UK. She promoted the work of the PMA in the UK starting in 2004 and was voted onto the PMA’s Board of Directors in November 2006. Prior to her work in Pilates, Elizabeth spent over twenty-five years as a performing arts producer and manager in London and New York City.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
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.
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.
Denise M. Fandel, MBA, CA
Breakthrough Growth, President
For the past 22 years, Denise served as CEO for the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers. She is now the President of Breakthrough Growth, a consultancy and service company. Denise served on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies from 2004-2010, serving as chair for the omission form 2007-2010. She is the past chair for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
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.
Director Government Affairs
4400 College Blvd., Suite 220
Overland Park, KS 66211
4400 College Blvd., Suite 220
Overland Park, KS 66211
For more information, contact the
Newly certified exercise professionals are added to the Registry once vetted through the member organization. The Registry represents qualified professionals from member organizations only and therefore should not be considered a comprehensive resource to identify all exercise professionals with NCCA-accredited certifications. For a comprehensive list of NCCA-accredited exercise certification programs please visit: