Press Release


SHAPE America Announces New Board of Directors

RESTON, VA, April 14, 2016 — SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators has announced that Fran Cleland, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University (WCU) in West Chester, PA, was recently elected president-elect of the organization. The announcement was made at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Minneapolis.  

Joining Cleland on the newly elected Board of Directors are: Collin Brooks, physical education teacher at R.E. Jewell Elementary School in Bend, OR, and Terri Drain, physical education teacher at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton, CA.  

The newly elected members are joining SHAPE America President Jacalyn Lund, Georgia State University; Past President Stephen Jefferies, Central Washington University (emeritus); Marybell Avery, Lincoln Public Schools (NE) (retired); Charlene Burgeson, Let's Move! Active Schools (DC); Baker Harrell, It's Time Texas; 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. E. Paul Roetert serves as chief executive officer. 

As a national spokesperson for SHAPE America, Cleland will promote well-designed 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.  

Cleland has been teaching at WCU for 21 years and is also assistant chair of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Division. Her research has focused on implementing critical thinking in K-12 physical education. She is the lead author of the textbook Developmental Physical Education for All Children —Theory Into Practice, to be published in 2016. 

Cleland served on the SHAPE America Board of Directors from 2012-2015, is a past president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and served on the Council of Physical Education for Children. She also served as president of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), and has received numerous state, district and national awards.

Prior to teaching at the college level, Cleland taught K-12 health and physical education in Indiana, Virginia and Oregon. She received her bachelor's degree in K-12 health and physical education from Purdue University and her master's and doctorate in motor development, adapted physical education and child development from Indiana 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