What are 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.

What do the Program Councils do?

The charge of each of the five programs councils includes the following:

  • Advise and make recommendations to SHAPE America staff and the BOD about appropriate programs, products and services related to the respective focus areas listed below, considering overall impact, member benefit and return on investment.
  • Provide recommendations to SHAPE America staff and the BOD on existing programs, products, services, activities in relation to strategic plan and recommend continuation, revision or elimination. Help guide new initiatives through review process and recommend task forces and ad hoc committees needed for completion.
  • Build communication with related SHAPE America Special Interest Groups.
  • Provide report/update prior to each Board of Directors in-person meeting and/or when requested.


How can I become a member of a council?

Submission Procedures

Review the Program Council information on this webpage, including the PDFs for FY2019 Council Projects & Council Openings.

The application deadline is extended to December 7, 2018 only for the student opening on the Professional Preparation Council. The position is open to undergraduate or graduate students in HE and/or PE licensure programs. Apply here

Submit your application! Applications are due by October 15 for terms beginning at the next annual SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. New council members are selected by existing council members and will be notified by December 31.

What is the term of a council member?

Council members begin their term in the month of the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo and end their term three years later, also in the month of the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo.

How often do the Program Councils meet?

Councils primarily conduct their business throughout regular conference calls and regular email exchange.

What content areas are represented by the council?

The School Health Education Council addresses the areas of Health Education Teacher Education (HETE), preK-12 School Health Education, and State/District Health Education Administration.

The Physical Education Council addresses the areas of Dance, Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), preK-12 Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, State/District Physical Education Administration.

The Physical Activity Council addresses the areas of lifespan physical activity, dance, sport, adapted physical activity, and outdoor adventure education.

The Research Council addresses the areas of curriculum and instruction, exercise science, motivation and psychology, motor behavior and measurement, physical activity and health, sociocultural and social justice, and sport and coaching.

The Professional Preparation Council identifies and discusses needs/issues related to professional preparation for HETE and PETE, HETE and PETE program review toward Specialized Professional Association (SPA) national recognition for CAEP accreditation, college and university instructional physical activity programs, academic content knowledge, and strategies for addressing the needs/issues related to those areas. Check out their structure and function document, here!


Sarah Benes (Chair), Merrimack College, MA
Chad Dauphin, Adlai E. Stephenson High School, IL
Shonna Snyder, Gardner Webb University, NC
Matthew Avey, Lincoln Public Schools, NE
Melanie Lynch, North Allegheny Intermediate High School, PA
Kaulana Molina, Kamehameha Schools Maui, HI
Brooke Sharples, Fort Worth School District, TX
Brett Fuller (BOD Liaison), Milwaukee Public Schools, WI

James Hambel, Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders, NY
Mark Foellmer, Wentworth Junior HS, IL
Brian Dauenhauer, University of Northern Colorado
Abigail Rose, CATCH Global Foundation, IL
Megan Adkins, University of Nebraska-Kearney, NE
Joanna Faerber, EATMOVEGROW, LA
Michelle Grenier, University of New Hampshire, NH
Xiaofen Keating, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Ann Paulls-Neal, Board Liaison

Sara Flory, Chair
Greg Bert
Lynn Burrows
Nilo Ramos
Lori S. Dunn
Teasha Jackson
Heather Katz
Melanie Levenberg
Terri Drain, Board Liaison

Tim Brusseau (Chair), University of Utah, UT
Hans van der Mars, Arizona State University, AZ
Peter Hastie, Auburn University, AL
Ashley Phelps, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
David Stodden, University of South Carolina, SC
Greg Welk, Iowa State University, IA
Jennifer Walton-Fisette, Kent State, OH
Darla Castelli (RQES Liaison), The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Fran Cleland (BOD Liaison), West Chester University, PA

Benjamin Sibley (Chair), Appalachian State University, NC
Christina Sinclair, Stephen F. Austin State University, TX
Mary Connolly, Cambridge College, MA
Heather Erwin, University of Kentucky, KY
Stacy Furness, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, WI
Kevin Richards, University of Illinois, IL
Erin Centeio, University of Hawaii, HI
Kymm Ballard (BOD Liaison), Campbell University, NC


FY2019 Council Projects

Check out the FY2019 Council Projects for each council.

FY2019 Council Openings

Check out the FY2019 Council Openings on each of the program councils.

Problems Opening a PDF

If you click on the link to the application and the PDF does not open, please click here for information on how to download the document.