SHAPE America Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Task Force

SHAPE America seeks to serve and represent all teachers in the health and physical education field, as well as the diverse population of students they teach. This EDI task force will explore SHAPE America’s process of recruiting members and volunteer leaders, providing professional development opportunities, and developing programs and materials through an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lens.

The task force will research, discuss and apply best practices in EDI and draw from advice of experts in the field (including those outside of the actual task force) to recommend changes to SHAPE America’s processes and practices.

What does the EDI task force do?

  • Review nominations and recruitment process for SHAPE America Board and volunteer leadership positions and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Review SHAPE America awards process and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors on how to best incorporate EDI.
  • Create an EDI rubric for councils, task forces, and staff to use when producing new programs, tools, or resources to ensure an EDI lens is applied prior to publishing.
  • Identify EDI member recruitment strategies and member benefits that will appeal to a diverse population of educators, as well as educators serving a diverse population of students.
  • Commit to continuously pausing to reflect and consider the impact of recommendations previously made by the task force and whether revisiting them makes sense.
  • Commit to working to create a community where all members (paid and unpaid) feel included and welcomed.


EDI Taskforce Members

John Strong (Chair)
Associate Professor, Niagara County Community College, Niagra, NY

Brian Culp
Department Chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education, Kennesaw State University, GA

Rose Haggerty
Executive Director, Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Teasha Jackson
Assistant Professor, Minot State University, ND

Jonathan Jones
Teacher, Whitehall Elementary School, MD

Jessica Peconi-Cook
Executive Director, SHAPE Pennsylvania

LaDonda Porter
Teacher, Beaumont Middle School, KY

Lisa Smith
Physical Education & DAPE Teacher, Proctor Public Schools, MN

Amanda Stanec
Founder, Move Live Learn, LLC, MO

Kennedra Tucker
Instructional Leader, Department of Defense Education Activity


SHAPE America Board/Staff Liaisons

Amy Heuer (Board liaison)
Teacher, St. Mary’s Academy, Bismarck, ND

Mario Reyna (Board liaison)
Coordinator for Health and Physical Education, McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, TX

Stephanie Morris (Staff liaison)
CEO, SHAPE America

Carly Wright (Staff liaison)
Vice President, Advocacy and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion