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Scaling the Summit-- Radio Gold

By Health & Physical Literacy Summit
Join us for candid conversations with movers and shakers within the physical and health literacy fields as we head into the Health and Physical Literacy Summit 2022.

Show hosts, Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims, invite you to their weekly master class where they discuss current and relevant issues related to health and physical education while making time for reflection and celebration with those that have been integral to the profession.

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#48 Deb Berkey
Deb Berkey is currently the Executive Director of SHAPE Michigan and the Executive Director of the Midwest District in SHAPE America.  She earned a masters in physical education and motor development and a doctorate in professional preparation, pedagogy and behavior analysis from West Virginia University. Deb retired in June 2018 after 33 years of service at Western Michigan University where she was instrumental in the development of the online graduate program in pedagogy. She also served as Chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Western Michigan from 1994-2007. Among her professional roles, Deb has served as the President of the Midwest District, President of the National Council of Phi Epsilon Kappa, Midwest Representative to AAHPERD Board of Governors and the Midwest Representative to the National Council of Phi Epsilon Kappa. Deb has received Midwest District and AAHPERD Honor Awards, Meritorious Service Awards and the Michigan AHPERD University Professor of the Year Award. An avid golfer, Deb also enjoys cycling and international travel. She has traveled to the Netherlands, Italy and southern France on bike and barge trips and has been fortunate to visit Belgium, Switzerland, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Greece, Turkey, Scotland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
June 16, 2021
#47 Sister Jean Marie Craig
Sister Jean Marie Craig is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament for Native Americans and Colored People She received her doctorate in Physical Education from the University of Southern Mississippi; her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Northern Arizona University, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Xavier University in New Orleans, where he has been teaching Physical Education, First Aid and CPR for almost 40 years. In addition to serving as President of Louisiana AHPERD, Sister Jean Marie has served in many other roles for LAHPERD over the years and she has served on the Southern District AAHPERD Board as well. Sister Jean Marie has received NUMEROUS awards in her career including the AAHPERD Pathfinder Award, the Louisiana AHPERD Pathfinder Award, the Southern District Ethnic Minority Award, the Southern District Leadership Award, the Louisiana AHPERD Honor award, and the Outstanding doctoral student award from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to her awards, Sister Jean Marie has also been recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Arizona, Basketball Coach of the Year for AIA, President of the Louisiana Association for Teachers, and President of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
June 2, 2021
#46 Kim Thompson
Kim Thompson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from the University of West Georgia. Kim began working in the Department of Sport Management, Wellness, and Physical Education at West Georgia in the Fall of 2012 when she retired from working in the Douglas County School System (after 30 years). She attended Florida State University where she was a member of the Lady Seminoles basketball team. Kim has served as the Georgia AHPERD Executive Director since 2010 and is the past Chair of the Society of Association Management. Kim is passionate about teaching and loves spending time advocating for improvements in the profession to better serve the students and teachers of Georgia. Kim is a true leader in the profession and we were honored to have her join us!
May 26, 2021
#45 Diana Everett
Diana Everett retired in 2018 as the Executive Director for TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance). She holds a PhD in sport administration from the Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Her Master’s degree in physical education is from Baylor University and her Bachelor’s degree, also in physical education, is from The University of Texas Arlington. Diana taught physical education, health, and biology and coached basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball at these Texas schools:  Midlothian High School, Travis Middle School (Temple ISD), San Marcos High School, Clear Creek High School and Clear Brook High School. Diana began her association management career in 1995 as the Executive Director for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), which was allied with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Reston, VA. Diana has presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences. She also has several publications and awards. Some of her most treasured recognitions are the Kitty Magee Most Promising Professional Award from Texas Woman’s University, the Meritorious Service Award from USA Volleyball, Midlothian ISD Athletics Hall of Honor, and the TAHPERD Honor Award and Distinguished Service Award. Some of Diana’s favorite activities are kayaking, golf, sailing, traveling, and reading. It is a true honor having Diana on the show.
May 19, 2021
#44 Danny Ballard
Danny Ballard earned her BS from the University of Houston in Elementary Education, her MEd form University of Houston in Health Education, and her EdD from Oklahoma State University. She began her career as a classroom teacher Houston and Pasadena, Texas. Danny served as an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University and a Professor of Health Education at Texas A & M.  Danny has served in many roles in AAHPED, Southern District, and TAHPERD including: AAHPERD President, AAHPERD Board of Governors and Southern District President. We enjoyed our conversation with Danny and we hope you will too!
May 12, 2021
#43 Jennifer Chandler
Jennifer Chandler won the Gold Medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics at age 17 in the sport of diving.  She later attended Ohio State University on diving scholarship but had a back injury. She recuperated, then competed in the 1978 World Championships and qualified for the U.S.-boycotted 1980 Olympics. Jennifer retired from diving in 1980. Jennifer has served in a number of roles promoting sport within Birmingham and Alabama: 1993-96 Executive Position with the Birmingham Olympic Soccer organization, which hosted 11 soccer matchers as part of the 1996 Olympic Games 2003-2012 worked at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as director of its outreach programs 2011-2021 was the development and special events coordinator for the Lakeshore Foundation, an athletic training and rehabilitation company in Birmingham. In 1985 Jennifer was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and in 1987 she was inducted into the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Jennifer currently works Vulcan Park and Museum as Director of Development.
May 5, 2021
#42 Jill Varnes
Jill Varnes has led a life of service to the profession. She was the 1995 Southern District President and the 1999 AAHPERD President. She retired as Professor Emerita in Health Education and Behavior in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.   We loved our conversation with Jill and we hope you will too. Plus, we had a special guest drop in and surprise Jill!  
April 28, 2021
#41 Kym Kirby
Kym went to undergrad at Clemson University, then received her master’s and PhD at the University of South Carolina, where she studied with the esteemed Judy Rink. Kym has numerous publications, many of which have appeared in RQES, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.  She also has over 50 presentations listed on her website and I know there are even more than that. Since joining South Carolina AHPERD in 1996, Kym has held many elected and appointed positions, including president, parliamentarian, and adviser for the South Carolina Association of Future Professionals. In 2017, Kym was named Executive Director of SCAHPERD. Kim joins us to talk about her career path and involvement with the profession.
April 21, 2021
#40 Dayna Watson
Dayna Watson completed her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience and training in clinical supervision and mental health counseling, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and young adults. Dayna's clinical areas of focus include play therapy techniques and creative interventions with children and adolescents, group therapy with young children, and cognitive therapy. Her research interests include issues of social class and poverty in mental health counseling, community-school collaboration, and counseling student development. On our podcast, Dayna builds on the work of Nealy et al (2018) to share the 8 Rs for a trauma-informed gym. Currently, Dayna is a UAB Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Studies.
April 14, 2021
#39 Carol Chesnutt
Carol Chesnutt has served the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in several capacities including President, Secretary, Vice President of the General Division, Vice President of the Physical Education division, and as Co-Chair of the Developing Champions Leadership Conference.   Carol received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama Women’s Sports Foundation, and was the Southern District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Carol currently serves at the Homewood City Schools Champions Program Director and monitors academics for the athletic department.
April 7, 2021
#38 Judy Sweet
Judy Sweet is a "modern sports pioneer". In 1975, at the age of 27, Judy was named UCSD’s athletic director, and was among the first athletic administrators in the country to put into practice what was laid out in the Title IX civil rights law of 1972. In 1991, Judy became the first female president of the NCAA and after her tenure, Judy has continued to work towards equity in sports.  Judy has a storied career and we were honored to have had the opportunity to capture her historic work.
April 1, 2021
#37 Joan Cronan
Joan Cronan is Athletic Director Emeritus at University of Tennessee, having served from 1983-2012.  Her illustrious career includes: Opelousas, Louisiana native, Joan Cronan was was 12 years old when she received her first lesson in gender discrimination. Joan went on to graduate from LSU with degrees in physical education. She coached basketball, volleyball and tennis at Northwestern State University in Louisiana after graduating from LSU and before her administrative career at the College of Charleston and Tennessee. Prior to her service at Tennessee, Joan was Athletics Director at the College of Charleston for 10 years. She was elected President of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and she received the WBCA Leadership Award in 1987. Joan was the first recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award in 2017 She has written a very successful book, “Sports Is Life With the Volume Turned Up.” Joan Cronan is in every Hall of Fame imaginable, including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, LSU’s Alumni Hall of Distinction, the College of Charleston Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champion. In honor of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, we are proud to bring you this special interview.
March 30, 2021
#36 Lori Dunn
Lori’s career began at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, Washington with a BA in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. She was a student scholarship athlete and went on to receive her Masters Degree from Azusa Pacific University, in Administration, Guidance and Counseling. Lori is the PreK-12 Physical Education and Health Literacy Program Manager for Seattle Public Schools since 2007. She is responsible for: - providing curriculum, supervision, mentoring, and assessment - providing professional services related to teaching and teacher education in physical education, health literacy and grant writing in a district of over 54,000 students - And she supports over 150 physical education specialists. Her awards and accolades include: - National Administrator of the Year (2016) - Past President of SHAPE Washington - NASPE National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year (2006) -Past President for SHAPE America Western District -Past President of Northwest District AAHPERD -Served on the SHAPE America Board of Directors Lori is also an OPEN Leader and, as you probably know, OPEN is the Online Physical Education Network.
March 24, 2021
#35 Carol Ciotto
Carol has been a professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance for the past 13 years. Prior to CCSU, she spent 22 years serving as a physical education teacher, an assistant principal and a principal in Connecticut. Carol is the co-founder of PASS (Physically Actively School Systems) and co-author of the book titled, PASS: A Guide Book to Creating Physically Active School Systems. Carol has served on the Connecticut AHPERD Executive Board as VP for Physical Education and Dance and as President in 2012-2013. She has served the Eastern District as a VP of Physical Activity, a member of the Applied Strategic Planning Committee, Conference program Editor, Advocacy Committee numerous committees, and as the current Eastern District Executive Director. To purchase "PASS: A Guide Book to Creating Physically Active School Systems"
March 17, 2021
#35 Carol Ciotta
Carol has been a professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance for the past 13 years. Prior to CCSU, she spent 22 years serving as a physical education teacher, an assistant principal and a principal in Connecticut. Carol is the co-founder of PASS (Physically Actively School Systems) and co-author of the book titled, PASS: A Guide Book to Creating Physically Active School Systems. Carol has served on the Connecticut AHPERD Executive Board as VP for Physical Education and Dance and as President in 2012-2013. She has served the Eastern District as a VP of Physical Activity, a member of the Applied Strategic Planning Committee, Conference program Editor, Advocacy Committee numerous committees, and as the current Eastern District Executive Director. To purchase "PASS: A Guide Book to Creating Physically Active School Systems"
March 17, 2021
#34 Kim Graber
Kim is Professor and Interim Head in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and the former Director of the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include children's wellness, legislative policy mandates, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published numerous articles in peer-refereed journals and books and has presented her work at dozens of national and international conferences. She co-authored a book titled Physical Education Activity for Elementary Classroom Teachers. She served as president and secretary of the Research Consortium, president of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Academy. She also serves on numerous committees at the University of Illinois and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and a Fellow in SHAPE America. Kim is a treasure....and we LOVED having her chat with us!
March 10, 2021
#33 Vicki Worrell
Vicki Worrell began her career teaching elementary physical education in Kansas for 19 years. While teaching in public schools she was a high school volleyball and track coach and also coached a jump rope team for 12 years. She has made 400+ presentations at international, national, regional, state and local conventions and workshops and has co-authored nine books and has published numerous articles in various professional journals. Her professional involvement includes having served as President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD, now named SHAPE America), President of the Central District Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and President of the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  Dr. Worrell also served for MANY years as the Executive Director of KAHPERD. Vicki is a great leader and has impacted many throughout her career!
March 3, 2021
#32 Milton Wilder
Milton Wilder is retired and Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. In addition to 29 years at DSU, his 44- year teaching career included the University of New Orleans, the University of Alabama in Birmingham and 4 ½ years teaching and coaching in public schools.  Milton has served at every level including the national level, District and the state associations of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Milton has 29 years of service to the Mississippi HPERD included President, an elected or appointed member of the Board of Directors (22 years) and State Convention Manager. Milton is the epitome of servant leadership.  
February 24, 2021
#31 Robbie Gibbons
Robbie Gibbons is a middle school Physical Education teacher and coach at Homewood Middle School. He is a Samford University graduate where he was on the football team. Robbie was a contestant on ABC's Castaways in Indonesia Batanta (2017 and aired 2018). This experience started his wellness journey. He has lost 170 pounds and speaks about having improved vision for life, energy and mental well being. Robbie is a true inspiration. You can reach Robbie at: or on Instagram at @robbie.rainbow
February 17, 2021
#30 Jenni Peters
Jenni graduated from Lee High School in Baton Rouge, then Louisiana Tech with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration then went on to LSU to earn a master’s degree also in Business Administration.  She taught in the college of business at LSU for 25 years (from 1984-2001) in the marketing department and was the Marjorie B. Ourso Endowed Professor. Then, Jenni became the director of marketing for LSU Athletics from 2001-2007, all while being a competitive runner during the years she was teaching and working. In 2000, Jenni added “entrepreneur” to her resume when she opened the first “Varsity Sports” a Louisiana-born running specialty store in Baton Rouge. Varsity Sports started as one store, with a $100,000 investment and is now a $2+ million dollar business venture. As an entrepreneur, Jenni has received: Runners World Best Running Specialty Store in Southeast Region LSU Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses in Baton Rouge Boston Marathon Varsity Sports Top 3 Teams Men/Women 2014 Gold Partner Top Account in Southeast Asics, Saucony, Nike, Brooks Top 50 Running Stores in America 2016, 2017, 2018 National North Face Never Stop Exploring Award – Best Store in America in Community Service  2016 National Saucony Run for Good Award 2017 – Service to Fitness Community.  One of Top 6 Stores in America Baton Rouge Business Report’s Influential Women in Business 2015 Jenni’s running career: Ran competitively on the Nike Racing team and US Track and Field 8 Nations Games team. Qualified for Olympic Trials in the marathon in 1984,88, and 92. Ran the 10K Olympic Exhibition at LA Olympic Games Trials. Ranked Top 20 in the world by Track and Field News 1988. Past winner of Greater NO Marathon, Mardi Gras Marathon, Dallas White Rock Marathon, and Baton Rouge Marathon. Louisiana Record holder a multiple distance.
February 10, 2021
#29 Tecca Kilmer
Tecca Kilmer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Education from the University of South Florida. She has taught at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City, FL for the past twenty-six years. Tecca was instrumental in leading her school to be one of the nationally recognized STARS schools and has created many programs and events in her school and community to further wellness and physical activity. She has served on the Southern District Leadership council, the Southern District Advocacy Committee, and the Southern District LMAS state coordinator chair. She is a Past-President of SHAPE Florida and was awarded Florida and Southern District Middle School Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Tecca represented SHAPE America as one of the TOY’s that was invited to work with NASA to develop Train Like an Astronaut curriculum/materials. It was a joy having Tecca chat with us about leadership, service, and quality physical education.
February 3, 2021
#29 Chris Reeves
Chris Reeves is a physical education teacher at Warrior Elementary School in Alabama and has been there since 2013.  He is a two-time alum of UAB. Interestingly, Chris first graduated from UAB with a degree in Theater, then went on several years later to get his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Chris is currently the President Elect on the ASAHPERD Board of Directors where he has also served for many years as Vice President of the Physical Education Division Chris also participates in HEAL United which stands for Healthy Eating, Active Living.  In his work with HEAL he is an Assistant Coordinator and we will learn more about his role in HEAL in just a few minutes.  Chris was also the recipient of the 2020 ASAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. You can connect with Chris on Twitter: @Chrisreevespe74
January 27, 2021
#27 Cindy O'Brien
Cindy O'Brien has a storied career teaching physical education at the elementary level. Her colleagues know her as a dedicated professional and her students know her as a their number one fan. Cindy has a unique perspective on social emotional learning as she strives to build lasting relationships with her students and their families. Cindy was the 2018 ASAHPERD Teacher of the Year and currently serves on the ASAHPERD Board of Directors. You can find Cindy on Twitter at @coacho27
January 20, 2021
# 26 Scaling the Summit, with Lynn Johnson
Lynn Johnson is Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at Plymouth State University located in Plymouth, NH and teaches courses in the Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Certification program. Lynn is a passionate professional with a long career dedicated to service within her state and district AHPERD organizations. We were honored to talk with Lynn about her storied career and how COVID19 has affected her teaching, her students, and the future of the profession. To learn more about Lynn:
January 13, 2021
#25 Scaling the Summit with Jim Hinerman and Judy Johnson
Jim Hinerman and Judy Johnson have played huge roles in preparing our future professionals. We were honored to have them BOTH join us on the show to talk about student involvement, leadership and service.
January 6, 2021
#24 Scaling the Summit, with Shawn Ladda
Shawn earned her BS from Penn State, MS from Springfield College, and doctorate from Columbia University.  Currently, Shawn is a Professor of Kinesiology at Manhattan College.  She has served as President of NAGWS (National Association of Girls and Women in Sport).  Shawn has had a very distinguished career, receiving top honor such as: NYSAHPERD 2012 Professional of the Year NYSAHPERD 2011 Ron Feingold Lecture Series Program Lecturer AAHPERD Honor Award, 2010 NYSAHPERD Amazing Person Award, Higher Education, 2010 Eastern District Association of AAHPERD (March, 2004) Margaret Paulding Lecturer We were delighted to have Shawn on the show to take with us about girls and women in sport, physical education, coaching, TItle IX and gender equity.
December 30, 2020
#23 Scaling the Summit, Holiday Show
We turned the tables and gave hosting duties to our friends Donna Hester and Donna Dunaway. This is your chance to learn about Charity and Sandra.  What are their favorite Christmas memories? What would they be if they weren't educators? What is the best advice they received from their parents? Who are their professional superheroes?  Get ready to laugh! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Song attribution: Jingle Bells by Scott Holmes Music
December 23, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Marla Townsend
Marla Townsend is a speaker, consultant and coach to many of the most successful individuals, teams and organizations in the Birmingham, Alabama area and across the country. Since 1986, Marla has influenced thousands of lives and inspired them to hold themselves to a standard of excellence. In her softball coaching career, Marla received 6 Coach of the Year honors, is a member of 2 Hall of Fames, and is the only coach in UAB history to record more than 500 wins. Learn more at:
December 16, 2020
Scaling the Summit, Charlie Gibbons
Charlie currently serves as the Department Chair of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science degree in History from Georgia Southern; master’s in physical education from Georgia Southern, and his doctorate in health education from the University of Alabama. An all around good guy, we are excited to have Charlie on the show and proud to call him friend. 
December 9, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Jonathan Thompson
Jonathan currently serves as the Health Education, Physical Education, & Adapted Physical Education Specialist at the Alabama State Department of Education. He joined us to talk about quality physical education, leadership, and professional service.   
December 2, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Christy Swaid
HEAL United founder Christy Swaid discusses the mission of the program- Improving children’s health and transforming health culture through education and practice of healthy lifestyle behaviors.   Tune in to learn how you can become part of the HEAL Movement and to learn how you can support this important organization.  "Don't be afraid to take risks...don't be afraid failure...but do be afraid of giving up." ~Christy Swaid
November 25, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Larissa Maloney
Larissa Maloney grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida and graduated from Seabreeze High School, where she was a standout athlete in both volleyball and basketball. She then accepted a full scholarship to play volleyball at Lynn University in South Florida. After graduating, she turned pro. She’s been a motivational speaker, a professional beach volleyball player, and the host of her own podcast. After schools transitioned to online learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Larissa created Active Kids 2.0 You can learn more at
November 18, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Kathy Hill
A great treat to have Kathy Hill joining us today on "Scaling the Summit." Kathy began teaching at LSU in 1974 and retired in May of 2012 after 38 years of service to the School of Kinesiology and LSU. After her retirement, she coordinated the medical internship program for the School of Kinesiology. Kathy served 18 years as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and remains on its board of directors.  She is a 20 year member of the Louisiana Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports where she served as the first, and only, female Executive Director of that organization.
November 11, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Maria Melchionda
Maria is the Massachussetts AHPERD Executive Director. She holds a BS in Physical Education from Bridgewater State College (1978-1983) and a Masters in Educational Leadership-Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship (1990-1993). Join us for this candid conversation with a true servant leader!
November 4, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Timothy Alexander
Timothy Alexander is a faith driven young man who has dedicated his life to motivating and inspiring others. A native of Birmingham Alabama, Timothy attended Erwin High School and was ranked the #8 high school football player in the state. Timothy had the opportunity to play for any college in the country; however, he was involved in a life changing car accident in 2006, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. From that point on, Timothy was left to find his purpose in life while paralyzed. Timothy Alexander is a best selling writer, award-winning speaker, and life coach who thrives at the intersection of character development, counseling, and mentorship.
October 28, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Reita Clanton
Reita attended Auburn University, during the pre-NCAA years of women’s sports, and was named to the AAIAW All-State Teams in both basketball and volleyball two consecutive years (1973-74). In 1975 she was selected to the U.S. Women’s Handball National Team and in her ten-year career, Reita represented the United States in two World Championships and the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Today, Reita is the Coordinator of Performance Optimization at Auburn University. She also is a public speaker on cultivating self-discovery, leadership, mindful thinking, creativity and decision making. It was our honor to have her on the show.
October 22, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Hollie Newnam
Hollie serves the profession well. She is the President of SHAPE America Southern District and the Executive Director of SHAPE she can dance.  Take a listen to learn about Hollie's leadership style, her path to service, and the best advice she has received. 
October 14, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Cam Kerst
Cam has a long career as an elementary physical education teacher. She has also served in many leadership roles, such as the Executive Director of Tennessee AHPERD. She is a true servant and was an integral part of bringing the Health & Physical Literacy Summit to Birmingham in 2020.  Cam is also an ultra-marathoner....something that our hosts are not.  Enjoy this episode!!
October 7, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Emily Adams
Emily teaches K-2 at Kennesaw Elementary in Kennesaw, Georgia where she has taught for the last 27 years. She has earned Teacher of the Year for Kennesaw Elementary, Cobb County Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, Georgia AHPERD Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, Southern District SHAPE America Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, the Award of Excellence in P.E., Southern District SHAPE America Outstanding JRFH Coordinator, and National SHAPE America Outstanding JRFH Coordinator. Emily has also coordinated annual Jump Rope For Heart events that have involved the entire school, as well as the community, while raising more than $796,000 for the American Heart Association.
September 30, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Debbie Rhea
Debbie currently serves as Full Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Dean of Research and Health Sciences in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas Christian University. She also is the Project Creator and Director of LiiNK (Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids). LiiNK and other researchers have shown that children who engage in more physical activity and play and more quality academic content daily will do better academically than children who are sedentary, less creative and active, and pressured with more quantity academic content daily. Join us as we talk about physical education, recess, the arts, and much more!
September 23, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Brian Devore
Along with his current position as Professional Development Manager for OPEN, Brian is a two-time Georgia AHPERD President, Georgia AHPERD’s Social Media Director/Webmaster, OPEN National Trainer, and SHAPE America Southern District Past President. Most recently, he was the recipient of the first OPEN National Trainer Impact Award for his service and dedication to OPEN. Join us for a great conversation discussing technology, virtual instruction, OPEN PhysEd, leadership and much more!
September 16, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Connie Dacus
Throughout her career, Connie has served as an advocate for schools and universities to model and monitor the delivery of quality physical education instruction to every student. She is a true servant and leads by example. Her journey started as a military kid and Connie has recently retired from Alabama State University where she taught future physical education teachers. 
September 9, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Karen J. Thomas-O'Dowd
Karen served at the University of Central Oklahoma for more than 27 years, working as the women’s head track coach, field hockey coach, senior women’s athletic director, assistant dean in the College of Education and vice president of Academic Affairs. She was the first Oklahoman to serve as president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Karen has also served as executive director of two state AHPERD associations, Oklahoma and Florida. Join us as we learn about Karen's career, her mentor Ms. Dugan, her time at Texas Woman's University, and how she became involved in the profession.
September 2, 2020
Let's talk tech and leadership with Henry Castelvecchi
Henry Castelvecchi is the Executive Director of Virginia HPERD and is a true leader in the profession. Join us as we talk technology, leadership, and the upcoming school year.  
August 23, 2020
From the gym to the front office...
Jaime Giangrosso chatted with us about her recent move into administration. A talented teacher and true community builder, Jaime shares her views on quality physical education and the importance in finding your people. 
August 23, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with Guest Melanie Lynch
Melanie's accolades are jaw-dropping... 2004 Pennsylvania AHPERD Health Educator of the Year 2012 Pennsylvania AAHPERD Honor Award 2012 Eastern District Health Education of the Year 2015 SA Outstanding Professional in Health Education Award 2016 SA National Health Education TOY But, her passion, energy, and love for the profession far exceed any award she has won. We were honored to have her on the show.  Take a listen....and be inspired. 
August 19, 2020
A conversation with Dr. Donna Hester
Donna Hester currently serves as the Executive Director of ASAHPERD and is a Curriculum Architect for HEAL United.  Donna played an instrumental role in the inaugural Health & Physical Literacy Summit.  We were honored to have her join the Radio Gold team. 
August 12, 2020
Scaling the Summit, with guest Dr. Andrew Lewis
Dr. Andrew Lewis has had a storied career in his 40 odd years teaching at the College of Charleston. Andrew is a servant leader and his commitment to his students and his profession is evident. Take a listen and be inspired. 
August 5, 2020
Scaling the Summit with Dr. Donna Dunaway
Dr. Donna Dunaway has had a profound effect on many people within the health and physical education profession. She has led a life of service throughout her career and continues to make a difference even in her retirement. How did Donna find her calling and passion?  Who has been her inspiration? What is her family's claim to fame?  Take a listen, be inspired, laugh, and get to know the legendary Dr. Donna Dunaway. 
July 29, 2020
What makes the HPL Summit special?
Jaime Giangrosso spoke with Scaling the Summit hosts, Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims, and shares a memory from the 2020 Health and Literacy Summit. 
July 8, 2020
Scaling the Summit
Have you ever wanted to have personal conversation with the movers, shakers, and legends in the fields of health and physical literacy? Tune in to "Scaling the Summit" as co-hosts Charity Bryan and Sandra Sims have candid, yet powerful, conversations with those that have made an important impact.  If you want to be inspired and energized, or if you just want to laugh and hear some great advice, this podcast is for you.  
June 19, 2020