Press Release


SHAPE America Announces New Board of Directors

RESTON, VA, March 26, 2015 — SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators today announced that Jacalyn Lund, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, was recently elected president-elect of the organization. The announcement was made at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle.  

At the convention, SHAPE America — the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals — introduced a movement called "50 Million Strong by 2029." Working with its six districts and 50 state affiliates, the organization wants to ensure that by the time today's preschoolers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America's students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge, confidence, desire and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. 

Joining Dr. Lund on the newly elected Board of Directors are: Charlene Burgeson, Partnership for a Healthier America, Washington, DC; Artie Kamiya, Great Activities Publishing Company, NC; Judy LoBianco, South Orange-Maplewood School District, NJ; Steve Mitchell, Kent State University, OH; and Hans van der Mars, Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus.  

The newly elected members are joining SHAPE America President Stephen Jefferies, Central Washington University; Past President Dolly Lambdin, University of Texas at Austin; CEO E. Paul Roetert; Marybell Avery, Lincoln Public Schools, NE; Renee Colleran, Northshore School District, WA; Dennis Docheff, University of Central Missouri; and Baker Harrell, It's Time Texas.  

As a national spokesperson for SHAPE America, Lund will promote quality physical education, physical activity and health education programs, and will lend expertise to tackle the growing epidemic of physical inactivity in children and the importance of physical activity for everyone.

As a teacher educator, Lund draws on her 16 years of public school teaching experience at the junior high and high school levels. Over the years she has focused her efforts on improving teacher effectiveness and making physical education a core part of the school curriculum. She also has a strong background in accountability and assessment, an area she has pursued throughout her higher education career.  

Lund has written and/or co-authored eight books about assessment, curriculum development and instructional strategies. She has more than 75 refereed and invited publications and has given more than 100 presentations. 

In 2009, Lund received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education and in 2014, she was given the organization's Distinguished Scholar Award. She is a fellow of the North American Society (NAS) of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals and is a fellow of the Research Consortium of SHAPE America. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Hall of Fame. 

Lund received her B.S. from Michigan State University, M.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.


About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit