Board of Directors

Dr. Matthew Ruiz

Matthew is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition & Kinesiology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Matthew has been an active member of CSKLS since 2004 and a board member since 2010, presenting several papers at multiple conferences. Matthew’s expertise is in sport and exercise psychology, and his research interests are in the areas of performance psychology and exercise science. From 2006-2015, Matthew was a faculty member at Huntington University in Indiana. Matthew is married and has three children, loves St. Louis sports, and enjoys reading, writing, playing/watching sports, exercising and family time.

Dr. Steven Waller

President – elect

Steve, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, has delivered several papers at CSKLS conferences over the last several years.  Among Steve’s four graduate degrees is a Ph.D. in Parks and Recreation Administration (MSU) and an M. Div. Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  His research interests include: 1) Religious socialization as a constraint to recreation and sport participation; 2) the professionalization of sport chaplaincy; and 3) capacity building and sustainability strategies for non-profit recreation and sport organizations. Professor Waller has published extensively and is a reviewer for several professional journals.

Dr. Glen Van Andel

Glen was a Professor of Recreation at Calvin College for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2008.  As a founding member of CSKLS, Glen has been involved in various roles with the organization including serving as the first President from 2004-2006, hosting several CSKLS conferences at Calvin, presenting papers and now serving as the Secretary Treasurer.  Glen is co-author several books including: Therapeutic Recreation: A practical approach and Christianity and Leisure: Issues in a pluralistic society.  In his retirement Glen is actively involved in a prison ministry and enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations, golfing, woodworking, and spending time with children and grandchildren.

Dr. April Crommett

Board Member-at-Large
April is Associate Professor and Program Director, Kinesiology & Allied Health at Cedarville University in Dayton Ohio.  She has been a member of CSKLS since 2009. April serves as the faculty advisor to the Cedarville University student organization Health And Fitness Association (HAFA). She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and holds certifications from ACSM (Certified Health Fitness Specialist)and ACE (Group Exercise Instructor). Her interest areas include bariatrics and the relationship between spirituality and health.

Dr. Trevor Egli

Board Member-at-Large

Dr. Trevor Egli is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport and Fitness Leadership program at Johnson University-Tennessee, where he has been since 2013.  He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Sport Psychology and Motor Learning) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and is certified sport psychology consultant (CC-AASP).  His research interests include the integration of spirituality/religion and sport, more specifically, how athletes and coaches utilize their faith within their sporting experience.  Trevor is married to his wife Meagan and they are expecting their first child this Spring 2017.

Dr. Cathy Headley

Board Member-at-Large

Cathy Headley is associate professor and chair of Exercise and Sport Science for 15 years at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She teaches in multiple areas integrating health into sport and exercise. She created and directs the Senior Circuit program, an exercise program for adults over 55. This is her first year as a CSKLS board member. Cathy has been active in CSKLS as a reviewer of presentations and awards chair. Cathy and her husband Dennis have 2 children, Zak and Luke. Her interests include exercise, kayaking, and gardening.

Dr. Julie Powell

Board Member-at-Large

Dr. Melicia C. Whitt-Glover

Board Member-at-Large
Dr. Whitt-Glover is President & CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, NC. Gramercy Research Group’s mission is to positively impact and improve the lives of individuals and communities by addressing health and related issues. Dr. Whitt-Glover is currently involved in research studies designed to identify effective strategies to increase weight loss and weight gain prevention among African Americans, and to promote adherence to national recommendations for diet and physical activity. Her current research studies are being conducted in public schools and churches in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Whitt-Glover received her BA (Exercise Physiology, 1993) and MA (Exercise Physiology, 1996) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. (Epidemiology, 1999) from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Whitt-Glover completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2000 – 2002) and has served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2002 – 2003) and Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2003 – 2009).

Mr. David Bender

Student Member-at-Large

David is currently a graduate assistant in the Department of Kinesiology at Lipscomb University while he pursues his master’s degree in exercise and nutrition science. He received a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics from the University of New Mexico after serving eight years in the Marine Corps and plans to pursue a career in sports nutrition. David is a native of Lexington, KY. He enjoys ballroom dancing and is a track and field fanatic.