Amy Freel, MS, RD
Amy Freel is the Executive Director for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. Amy was one of the founding members for CPSDA in 2010 and served on the Executive Board for 4 years. During her time on the Board, Amy worked as the Annual Conference chair. She was awarded the CPSDA Excellence Award in 2016. During her time on the Executive Board, Amy additionally served as the first registered dietitian as an Ad Hoc member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) for 2 years.
Previously Amy spent six years at Indiana University developing a comprehensive nutrition program geared toward improving the training, performance and recovery of Indiana's student-athletes. Amy was promoted to senior assistant athletic director for sport medicine & sport performance in May 2014 and oversaw sports medicine, sports nutrition and sport psychology services for the Hoosier athletes. Prior to Indiana, Amy spent spent 2002-10 building the same program at Virginia Tech. Amy was the 5th full-time Sports RD in collegiate athletics and has been passionate about creating full-time Sports RD positions in college and professional programs.
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University, where she competed in intercollegiate gymnastics for four years.
Amy and her husband, Mike, have four children, Ben, Matt, Ashley and Luke.
Director of Marketing and Membership :
Kim Byer is the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. She is eager to take on this new role and elevate CPSDA’s brand awareness, member engagement and partnership opportunities.
Previously, Kim spent three years at Florida State University’s Donald L. Tucker Civic Center working for Spectra Venue Management. She began her career as the Group Sales & Premium Services Manager, then later transitioned into the marketing department, ultimately being promoted to Director of Marketing for the facility. While at FSU, she planned and negotiated all paid media for the venue and its events, managed the website, social media platforms and email communications, as well as implemented sponsorship agreements and assets.
Kim received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. During her four undergraduate years, she was a member of the women’s soccer program, going on to captain and win a NCAA Division II National Championship her senior year. She then stayed to complete her Master’s Degree in Business while continuing with the women’s soccer program as an Assistant Coach for two seasons.
Kim resides in Boston, MA, with her husband, Nick.
Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) Manager:
Mary Ellen Kelly, MS, RD, CSSD
Mary Ellen Kelly is the Manager of the Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP). She was the Miami Dolphins’ Full Time Sports RD from November 2014 through March 2018. In 2018 she founded Fuel Forward, LLC, a private practice and nutrition consulting business. She currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Bloomsburg University and online Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University. Mary Ellen was the Head Sports Nutritionist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2011-14 and Staff Sports Nutritionist in 2010. Prior to UNC, she served as the Campus Dietitian/Sports Nutritionist at St. John’s University in Queens, NY (2008, 2009).
Mary Ellen holds a bachelor’s of science in nutrition from Boston University, where she was a member of the varsity women’s track and field team. She earned her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University and completed her clinical training at the James J. Peters Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She is credentialed as a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Additionally, she is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Sports Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetics practice group; and the Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) and is recipient of the 2015 CPSDA Trailblazer Award.
Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP) Coordinator:
Beth Wolfgram, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CSCS