Board of Directors

President:
Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD, CEDRD
University of Texas

Amy Culp began as Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Dietitian at The University of Texas in 2012. She previously served as a consultant sports dietitian for the University for five years. Armed with her wealth of nutrition knowledge and a true passion for leading others toward a healthier lifestyle, Culp feels she is doing her life's work when working with individual athletes and teams on fueling strategies for optimizing performance and health.

Culp earned her bachelor of science with distinction in food and nutrition from San Diego State University and completed her clinical training at the highly competitive and challenging VA San Diego Healthcare System. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and is board certified in sports dietetics.

While at SDSU, she was chosen as the Outstanding California Dietetic Student of the Year for the State of California by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Culp is an active member of the national and local chapters of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), and Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN). In 2015, she was recognized by her CPSDA peers and awarded with the Service Award.

Amy resides in Austin with her husband and two children.

Vice President:
Lauren Link, MS, RD, CSSD
Purdue University

Lauren Link is currently the Director of Sports Nutrition at Purdue University. Prior to her position at Purdue she worked as a clinical dietitian with Touchpoint Support Services and St. Vincent Health. In January 2014, she returned to her alma matter by stepping into a part-time position with Purdue Athletics, and by July was able to transition the position into Purdue's first full-time sports dietitian.

In addition to promoting optimal performance during their athletic career, she also is passionate about helping her athletes successfully navigate the transition into the real world. She has led multiple initiatives to this end, founding a student-athlete community garden, spearheading a transitional program called BLAST (Boiler Life After SporT), and most recently publishing her first book on the subject, “The Healthy Former Athlete.”

Lauren earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics and in nutrition, fitness and health from Purdue, where she played soccer and was a member of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship team. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She is active within the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) as well as a member of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition (SCAN) practice group.

Secretary and Membership:
Brett Singer, MS, RD, CSSD, LD
Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute

Brett Singer began his career in clinical nutrition at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center. Over time he transitioned into his role with Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute where he has served as a sports dietitian for over six years.

Brett has several roles including one-on-one consulting with athletes ranging from high school, collegiate, professional to age group endurance athletes. Through his role with Memorial Hermann, Brett also serves as the dietitian for the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, as a consultant to Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the NBA G-League, and Houston Baptist University.

In addition to his role as a sports dietitian, Brett has also taught "Nutrition for Sports Performance" for several years at University of Houston within their Master of Athletic Training Program and remains active in the program to this day. He has also been active within CPSDA, volunteering on the conference committee, serving as one of ten mentors nationally for the Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) in 2017 and 2019. In 2019 Brett was awarded with the CPSDA Excellence Award.
Brett earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University, and his Master's degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University.

Treasurer:
Jon Tanguay, MS, RD, CSSD, LD
Texas A&M
Jonathan Tanguay was named Director of Performance Nutrition in July 2010.  He joined the Texas A&M Sports Medicine team as the Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition in 2008.  A registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association (ADA), member of the practice group Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), and member and listserv chair for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), Tanguay is the expert nutrition resource for all the 20 Aggie athletic teams.

Tanguay takes a food first approach to sports nutrition and works with the Texas A&M student athletes to develop individualized nutrition plans and educate athletes through one-on-one counseling sessions, team presentations, grocery shopping tours, and cooking demonstrations.  In addition to his role as a nutrition educator, Jonathan is responsible for body composition testing and analysis and has been designated as the Texas A&M athletic department resource for questions related to NCAA banned drugs and the use of nutritional supplements.

Born in Worcester, MA, Tanguay received his bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in 2002 and Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2007.  He completed his dietetic internship with the University of Houston.  Jonathan is a board certified specialists in sports dietetic (CSSD) and is a licensed dietitian (LD) in the state of Texas.

Professional Development and Student Programming:
Beth Wolfgram, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Sports Dietitian, Private Practice

Beth Wolfgram has recently relocated to back to Utah after living in Maine for two years and is a veteran sports dietitian in private practice. Beth was formerly the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Utah Athletic Department for 10 years. She oversaw two centralized fueling stations, an athlete dining hall and the performance fueling for all 17 teams. She also developed the sports nutrition fellowship and graduate student intern program while at the University of Utah. Beth has been the consultant sports dietitian with the Utah Jazz since 2001 and will continue to work with them in this capacity. Beth is a Registered Dietitian with her Masters of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Utah and her Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science from Northeastern University.

Beth is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), as well as, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has worked in the health and wellness field for over 22 years in facilities around the United States, as well as, England and Australia.

Beth has been on the Scholarship and Awards Committee (2016-2017), as well as, the Planning Committee for Boot Camp (2014).  She received the CPSDA “Excellence Award” in 2015 and was the Athlete of the Year Nominee Winner in 2015.

Beth resides in Utah with her husband and son.

Research and Education:
Katie Knappenberger, MS, RD, CSSD, ATC
Northwestern University

Katie Knappenberger is the Director of Performance Nutrition for Northwestern University Athletics. She joined the Wildcats in June of 2014. Her mission is to empower athletes to use food to fuel athletic and academic success and build a foundation for lifetime of health. Before joining the Wildcats, Knappenberger was an assistant professor and athletic trainer at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master's degree in nutrition with emphasis in sports dietetics from the University of Utah.

Knappenberger is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Athletic Trainer who has presented regionally and nationally for the following organizations : Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA), Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), Big Ten Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, and Drug Free Sport. She currently represents the Big Ten Conference on CPSDA’s Power 5 Committee and was elected by her peers to join CPSDA’s Board of Directors.

Knappenberger resides in Evanston with her husband Ryan and daughter Riley. The two enjoy family fun, running, biking, farmers' markets and 90's alternative rock.

Advocacy and Career Development:
Becci Twombley, RD, CSSD
LA Lakers & LA Angels

Becci is a Veteran Sports Dietitian with 10 plus years in the field of Collegiate Athletics.  She is a founding Board Member of the CPSDA previously serving on the Board from 2010 – 2014.  Becci is currently one of 4 sports RD’s at the University of Southern California. USC Sports Nutrition strives to  implement cutting edge nutrition strategies to optimize the performance and recovery time of the 650 athletes across all 21 sports.  Becci is currently responsible for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Baseball.

Becci also serves as a consultant sports RD to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  She was hired with a goal to create a nutrition presence which was accomplished by establishing a fresh food supply, educating the athletes with regard to purposeful fueling, creating in-services for equipment staff and ‘clubbies’ and creating signage to direct athletes to their best options when the sports RD was not present to coach them through their fueling.

Prior to USC, Becci was the first Director of Sports Nutrition at UCLA.  The program quickly evolved to be a comprehensive performance nutrition program to include individualized assessments and meal plans for all athletes and training table for Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball, as well as team education and medical nutrition therapy.

Becci has served as a Nutrition Ambassador for the American Pistachio Growers since 2011, acting as a media spokesperson and creating educational materials to support the APG sponsorship of USA Water Polo. Becci has also served as a consultant sports RD for Cirque du Soleil and the Los Angeles Ballet Company.

Becci serves on the board of directors for The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).  She is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD).  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA).

Becci graduated from Pepperdine University where she was a 4 year letter winner in Women’s Volleyball and remained to coach while completing her dietetic internship through Cal Poly Pomona.  Becci has 3 children, Piper, Tobi and Tucker.

Annual Conference:
Jana Heitmeyer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
University of Georgia

Jana Heitmeyer has served as the UGAAA Director of Sports Nutrition since September 2017.

Before coming to Georgia, Heitmeyer was the Director of Sports Nutrition at both Baylor University (May 2015-August 2017) and the University of Missouri (January 2007-May 2015). Also at Missouri, she served as Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning from February 2006 to January 2007.

Originally from northwest Ohio, Heitmeyer graduated from Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in zoology and pre-medicine. As a member of the Kent State University gymnastics team, she was a four-year letter winner and captain during her career with the Golden Flashes. In May 2006, she received her Master's of Education in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri. She received her degree in Dietetics in May 2011, becoming a Registered Dietitian in October 2011.

Heitmeyer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and a Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Georgia.

She has two sons: Gage (6) and Zayden (1).

Communications:
Amber Yudell, MS, RD, CSSD
Arizona State University

Amber Yudell is the Director of Sports Nutrition for Arizona State University and has been with the Sun Devils since 2014. The Sports Nutrition department works to impact the health and performance of student-athletes through individual medical and performance nutrition counseling, team education, and coordinating feeding and fueling strategies.

Her prior work as a sports dietitian includes time with the University of Florida and University of Georgia Athletic Associations. Amber received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology with a focus in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During her graduate work she also completed her dietetics study, and thereafter completed her dietetic internship through the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Amber is a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Past-President:
Chelsea Burkart, MS, RD, CSSD
U.S. Naval Special Warfare

Chelsea Burkart is a Performance Dietitian for U.S. Naval Special Warfare, working to optimize combat readiness, health, and career longevity for Navy SEALs. Previous to her time in the U.S. Special Forces setting, Chelsea worked in collegiate athletics for 10 years, starting her career at the University of Florida, then serving as the first full-time sports dietitian for the University of Illinois and James Madison University, as well as beginning the sports nutrition program at Texas State University.

Chelsea was elected as a CPSDA Board member for three terms, during which she played an integral role in developing the Gatorade SNIP program from its inception before serving three years as CPSDA’s President from 2017-2020.  During her time as President, CPSDA launched the LEAD Summit (formerly Business Leadership Workshop), the Research Award, expanded webinar offerings, conducted salary and membership surveys, initiated member subscriptions to Natural Medicines Database, became a CDR Accredited Provider, compiled the ELEVATE Toolkit, and furthered participation in the soon-to-be released consensus statement addressing many aspects of sports nutrition program development.

Chelsea’s service model in sports dietetics is to educate and empower athletes and special forces operators with knowledge and habits to optimize performance, recovery and longevity.  Burkart is recognized as a strong and influential leader within the profession and is deeply passionate about mentoring.

Chelsea lives in Virginia with her husband Aaron and two sons, Kelly and Tyson.

 

Qualifications and Elections of Directors -To be eligible to be able to serve as a director an individual must be a Sports Dietitian Member of the Corporation for at least the
past 3 years and an Experienced or Veteran member. The Nominating Committee shall confirm with each such nominated member that he or she is willing to serve as a director. The Nominating Committee will then compile a list of those individuals who have been nominated, screened, evaluated, and indicated a willingness to serve and such list will presented for vote by the voting members through an electronic election process as directed by the Board of Directors. The nominated members receiving the highest vote totals in relation to the number
of open director positions shall be elected to the Board of Directors and announced as same at
the next annual meeting of the members. 

Terms of Directors - D
irectors shall be elected for terms of two (2) years by voting members of the Corporation. Directors may be elected to succeeding terms. 
Read the CPSDA Board Members Roles and Responsibilities
Click here to view a list of past Board of Directors.
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