SHAPE America Board of Directors

The governing body of SHAPE America is an 11-member Board of Directors. The Board is composed of 11 professional members, including the president, past president and president-elect. The Board may also appoint up to two (2) non-voting members who are not professional members of SHAPE America.

Directors serve at-large and represent the whole membership. The chief executive officer serves as an ex-officio director without vote.

2019 Candidates

2018-19 Board of Directors

President
Jamie Sparks, School Health Program Manager, ETR Associates

Term ends: 2021

Jamie Sparks began with ETR in January 2019 after 8 years with the Kentucky Department of Education. A member of SHAPE America since 1999, he has served on the SHAPE America Southern District Health Council since 2015 and was elected member-at-large for the Southern District Leadership Council in 2016. Nationally he also served on the board of directors with the American School Health Association from 2014-2016, where he served on both the advocacy and the professional development committees. Sparks has been a member of The Society of State Leaders for Health and Physical Education and chaired the communication/social media committee. Jamie is currently executive director of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

President-Elect
Roger Jackson, Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Term ends: 2022

Roger Jackson has been actively involved in the physical education profession for more than four decades, teaching and coaching in K-12 schools for 30 years, then at the college level. He also served as executive director of SHAPE Michigan for 10 years. Roger advocates for HPERD causes at the local, state and national levels — and has attended every SHAPE America SPEAK Out! Day. He has served on, and chaired, numerous state and national committees, including the NASPE Public Policy Advisory Committee, and recently the Society for Association Management (SAM). Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University and supervises student teachers.

Past-President
Judy LoBianco, Livingston School District, Livingston, NJ

Term ends: 2020

Judy LoBianco is a supervisor of health and physical education for 5,960 students in the Livingston School District in New Jersey, responsible for curriculum development, equipment and program purchases as well as staff professional development. She was recently featured in Education Week’s annual “Leaders To Learn From” report. The report recognizes 12 exceptional leaders working to enact and inspire transformational change in the nation’s school districts.

A SHAPE America member since 1988, Judy has held leadership positions in the organization, including president of Eastern District and most recently as an at-large member of the Board of Directors. At the state level, she has served as president of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD). She is the recipient of both the Everett L. Hebel Award and the Channing Mann Award, which recognize excellence in administration and supervision in physical education. She also received a 2017 SHAPE America Honor Award.

CEO
Stephanie A. Morris
Stephanie A. Morris brings nearly 20 years of diverse experience in marketing, communications and association management to SHAPE America. In her most recent role as deputy executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), she provided leadership and oversight for five major departments: marketing and membership; corporate strategic alliances; content strategy and development; conferences and meetings; and the customer care center. In addition to the NAEYC, Stephanie has held executive positions with the American Council on Education, Widmeyer Communications, Venture Communications and the National Women’s Business Council.

Directors

Kymm Ballard, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Term ends: 2021

An assistant professor at Campbell University, Kymm Ballard is the Department of Exercise Science’s HPETE Coordinator, preparing tomorrow’s future HPE teachers. She is most recognized by her passion for physical education. Her work on policy and legislation, most recently with ESSA, is driven by her desire to make a difference in this profession. Prior to working at the university level, Kymm served as the ED for the SPARK programs and was the Physical Education, Athletics and Sports Medicine Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Among her most notable awards, Kymm was awarded SHAPE America’s Channing Mann National Administrator Award and the highest honor of the Society of State Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Si McNeely award.

Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

Term ends: 2022

Sarah Benes is an associate clinical professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College. Her research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in the classroom, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Prior to that, Sarah worked as an assistant athletic trainer at Boston University before she transitioned to program director of Physical and Health Education Programs for six years. She earned her B.S. in athletic training from the University of Connecticut and received her Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching and her Ed.M. in human movement from Boston University.

Clayton Ellis, Comprehensive Health & Wellness Teacher, Mrachek Middle School, Aurora, CO

Term ends: 2022

Clayton Ellis has 35 years in K-12 health and physical education. He is a past president of SHAPE Colorado and SHAPE America Central District. He has served as chair of the SHAPE America Nominations Committee and is also past president of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. Clayton has participated in the Physical Best Specialist Program, on the PE Metrics Task Force, and on the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Professional Development Task Force and is a Champion Trainer. Clayton is one of six individuals who have participated in every one of SHAPE America’s annual SPEAK Out! Day advocacy events in Washington, DC.

Brett Fuller, Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin

Term ends: 2020

Brett Fuller is the curriculum specialist for health and physical education within Milwaukee Public Schools, which supports 160 physical education specialists. His career spans more than two decades, and in that time his philosophy has centered on teaching students to be healthy for a lifetime. At the state level, Brett served as president of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education and on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. At the national level, he has presented and published on topics ranging from bullying in the PE classroom to the Danielson Framework. In addition, he led a task force on revising the NASPE Dodgeball Position Statement, and is a certified trainer of SHAPE America Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.

Amy Heuer, Light of Christ Academy, Bismarck, ND

Term ends: 2021

Amy Heuer, currently the 7th & 8th health and physical education teacher at Light of Christ Academy, started her teaching career in 1999 in Bismarck, ND. During this time, her school has been the recipient of several grants, including two PEP grants, one of which she was the writer and coordinator. Amy was on the latest physical education state standards writing team for North Dakota, and has worked with the ND state Department of Public Instruction on policy for physical education, health and recess. Amy has also been very active in NDSHAPE, as board member, president, and most recently Co-Executive Director, and was the recipient of the state Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2005. She has also spent time working at the district level, as both a council member and president of Central District.

Ann Paulls-Neal, Wherry Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Term ends: 2020

Ann Paulls-Neal teaches physical education at Wherry Elementary School in Albuquerque, NM, and is the head girls’ track and field coach at Highland High School. Currently serving as executive director for SHAPE New Mexico, Ann is a member of the Joint Projects Committee and is a Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Trainer. Ann’s devotion to her own professional growth such as earning her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education in 2004, has helped her be a leader in professional development for other teachers. In addition to presenting at state and district conferences, Ann has served as Southwest District president. She received the Mabel Lee Award in 2011 and Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Recognition Award in 2015.

Mario Reyna, Coordinator for Health & PE, McAllen ISD, McAllen, TX

Term ends: 2021

Like the children Mario Reyna had taught for so many years, he grew up in poverty, just a few miles from the border with Mexico, but always remained proud of his heritage. The coordinator for health and physical education for McAllen Independent School District in McAllen, Texas, Mario and his program has been recognized by President Bill Clinton and First Ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama for increasing his students’ physical activity levels. A Past-President of Texas AHPERD, he has participated on the TAHPERD Curriculum Framework and legislative teams. Mario is a member of the SHAPE America Hall of Fame and received its Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of the Year Award. He graduated from Pan American University and earned his masters of education degree from the University of Texas – Pan American.

Anne S. Wiggin, Iotla Valley Elementary School, Franklin, NC

Term ends: 2020

A health and physical education teacher at Iotla Valley Elementary School in Franklin, North Carolina, Anne Wiggin teaches life lessons. Her students soon come to realize that the things she expects from them are not necessarily in the curriculum. In 2004 Anne earned her National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education. At the state level, she has served two terms as president of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management. Anne has also maintained several leadership roles in SHAPE America Southern District, including as member-at-large on the Leadership Council. She has served on the Representative Assembly at the state and district level and as AAPAR delegate and Alliance Assembly delegate at the national level.

Program Councils

The Program Councils are the idea generators of the organization. The councils carry out SHAPE America's mission by organizing task forces, carrying out and accomplishing work on behalf of the organization and communicating with the membership at large about the needs of the profession and the resources that SHAPE America should provide. Click here to learn more about the councils .

Standing Committees

Standing Committees perform continuing functions of SHAPE America. More information>>

Delegate Assembly

The membership of SHAPE America is represented by a Delegate Assembly. More information>>

North American Society

The North American Society (NAS) recognizes outstanding professionals from within the allied professions of health education, physical education, recreation, sport and dance in North America. NAS Fellows have demonstrated outstanding competence through professional involvement over a period of at least 20 years. More information>>

Governance

SHAPE America Bylaws BOD Minutes - January 2019 BOD Minutes - August 2018