Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group

Our National Advisory Board

The Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group at Northern Illinois University is fortunate to have a wide network of scholars and professionals who have agreed to serve on our advisory board. Each of these accomplished individuals has committed to providing individual support as needed. The group overall is updated on our activities annually, invited to key events, and given opportunities to provide feedback and advice on an ongoing basis. Current advisory board members are listed below in alphabetical order.

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Gloria Balague
President of APA Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology
Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Mary Grace Bator
Consultant, Chicago Public Schools
Former Chair, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Chicago State University

Dr. Aaron Beighle
Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Promotion
University of Kentucky

Robert and Amy Casteneda
Co-Founders of Beyond the Ball
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Brian Culp
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Dr. Nick Cutforth
Professor, College of Education
University of Denver

Dr. Sarah Doolittle
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Adelphi University

Dr. Daniel R. Gould
Professor, Applied Sport Psychology, Department of Kinesiology
Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports

Michigan Statue University

Kelly Hagmeyer
Director of Grants and Evaluation
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI 

Dr. Don Hellison
Professor Emeritus, College of Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Tom Martinek
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kevin Munday
Principal, Xenomedia
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Andrew Pickett
Physical Education Specialist, Office of Student Health and Wellness
Chicago Public Schools

Jeff Sunderlin
Healthier Communities Initiatives
YMCA OF THE USA at Springfield, Illinois

Dr. Thomas J. Templin
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Purdue University

Dr. Hans van der Mars
Professor, Physical Education
Physical Education Program Director
Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Dr. Dave Walsh
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
San Francisco State University

Dr. Ken Ward
Professor, School of Public Health
University of Memphis

Dr. Doris Watson
Associate Professor,  Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Francesca Zavacky, M.Ed.
Senior Program Manager, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
Project Director, NASPE Centers for Disease Control Cooperative Agreement Project
Reston, Virginia