Chair of the Board
Chris Freytag is well-known on a national level as a fitness expert and contributing editor for Prevention magazine. Her most recent book, Move to Lose™, offers practical tips, information and guidance for keeping a positive mindset in incorporating healthy eating habits and exercise into everyday life. Her workouts are featured in Prevention Fitness Systems’ latest DVD’s, as well as in many others over the past 19 years. Freytag is an ACE-certified personal trainer, ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor and an ACE-certified Health Coach.
Lorna Friedman, M.D.
Lorna Friedman, MD, is a member of Mercer’s Global Health Management team, where she works with multinational organizations to develop strategies for delivering health risk management, absence management and behavioral health solutions at the global, regional and local-country levels. Prior to joining Mercer, Dr. Friedman was the Senior Medical Director at EmblemHealth, a regional health plan in New York State with 3.3 million members. She also spent a decade at CIGNA International, where her primary role was in evaluating global health systems and related health improvement opportunities with emerging markets.
Dr. Friedman has been an ACE board member since July 2007 and has served on several boards dedicated to children and health, including the New York City March of Dimes prematurity campaign, the Columbia University Health Alliance and the Hear Me Project, a creative writing campaign on HIV for at risk youth sponsored by MTV. She was inducted into the YWCA’s class of 2004 Academy of Women Leaders.
A graduate of New York Medical College and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, Freidman received her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
For more than 10 years, Herb Flentye has been the president and chief executive officer of SPRI, a subsidiary of Gaiam, the leading manufacturer and distributor of rubberized resistance exercise products in the professional market. Flentye brings tremendous innovation and experience as an operating executive officer as an entrepreneur. Prior to joining SPRI, he worked for Tennis Corporation of America in finance and information systems and owned and operated an accounting and information solutions consulting firm.
Flentye has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from DePaul University.
“I am proud to be member of the ACE Board of Directors, an organization committed to enriching quality of life for all segments of society. At SPRI, it is our privilege to support the professionals that believe in and support that mission by inspiring and motivating the individuals they work with every day.”
Scott Murdoch, Ph.D., RD
Scott Murdoch, Ph.D., R.D., is the co-founder and chief nutrition officer of NutriStyle, Inc., a web-based Nutrition and fitness program. He has 20 years of academic teaching, research and clinical experiences, which have consistently focused on human nutrition and physical performance, with particular emphasis on both acute and chronic adaptations to various eating and activity patterns.
As a physical activity enthusiast, he has competed in over 90 triathlons.
Murdoch received his bachelor of science degree in health fitness/wellness programming from Springfield College, MA, his master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, and his Ph.D. in nutrition and human performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D.
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D. is dedicated to endorsing the value of exercise across the U.S. and has devoted his career to furthering physical activity and a healthy lifestyle to the nation’s aging population. Chodzko-Zajko currently serves as the head of the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board.
In addition, Chodzko-Zajko is chairman of the Active Aging Partnership, a national coalition for the promoting physical activity in adults over 50 years of age, consisting of members from leading organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AARP, the National Council on Aging, the National Institute on Aging, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 1996, he was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Health Organization.
Chodzko-Zajko has a doctorate in exercise physiology from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of London.
“I am very excited about being a part of the ACE Board of Directors. I believe the mission of ACE in promoting exercise and physical activity broadly across the United States is extremely important, and that is very consistent with my own work in promoting physical activity in the 50-plus (age) population.”
Ashel (Ash) E. Hayes, Ed.D.
A physical fitness and sports consultant in San Marcos, Calif., Ashel (Ash) E. Hayes held appointments under former U.S. presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan during which he led national physical fitness and sports programs. He served as executive director, director of sports administration and director of federal/state relations on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Washington, D.C., throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Hayes also had a distinguished career within the San Diego Unified School District working as a teacher, coach, department head, athletic director and district administrator of health, physical education and athletics.
Hayes earned his doctorate in education and a master’s degree in physical education/exercise science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the commitment of the American Council on Exercise in providing accurate information about exercise and physical fitness for the public and training programs for exercise leaders.”
Celebrating more than Sixty Years of Service
John is the co-founder and chief executive officer for Attune Health Management, a comprehensive health management service and online/mobile platform that allow companies, individuals, and communities alike grow to be healthier, happier and more productive. John recently served as chief information officer for Health Fitness Corporation, after Health Fitness had acquired HealthCalc.Net Inc. (HCN) in late 2005. At HCN, John was a co-founder and the company's chief executive officer. He has served as senior specialist with Perot Systems Corp., where he led the successful design and development of large-scale software projects. John also has served as vice president of information technology and director of product development at People Karch International (PKI Software), a health and fitness software development and services firm. He has been involved in software application design for the health management industry for over 20 years.
He is a graduate of The Citadel (Charleston, SC) earning a bachelor of science in physical education. He and his wife split their time between Dallas, Texas and Sedona, Arizona, where they enjoy trail running/hiking, fly-fishing and cooking.
Samantha Lincoln is a finance executive with over 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions. Currently Samantha serves as Director of Business Development for Pacific Pulmonary Services, an acquisitive California-based respiratory services company serving oxygen and sleep therapy patients throughout the country. Previously she worked in investment banking and private equity investing for various firms in California and Cleveland, Ohio including McDonald Investments, Key Bank, CapitalWorks and Instream Partners. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Yale University. She resides in Erie, PA with her husband and two young children, where she enjoys tennis, windsurfing and gourmet cooking.
John R. Martínez, P.T., M.P.T.
John R. Martínez, P.T., M.P.T., is the principle and president of Executive Operations Management, a company that provides executive level business consulting to companies in and around New York City, and Physical Therapy Experts, PLLC, a comprehensive physical therapy clinic. Prior to his current positions, he was chief operator of Plus One Physical Therapy in New York City and established eight new clinical practices throughout the U.S. in three years.
Martínez created “Complete Care: The Complementary Medicine Program” at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and simultaneously directed the Evening and Weekend Outpatient Physical Therapy program at Lankenau Hospital in Ardmore, Pa., one of the premier cardiac hospitals in the United States. At the end of 2001, he was Fox Chase’s director of cancer prevention screening programs for Philadelphia Corporations and co-chairman of Philadelphia’s “Wholistic Health Committee” as appointed by Mayor John Street’s administration.
Martínez received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and later earned bachelor of science and master of physical therapy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Manuel Rodriguez is vice president of marketing, brand and marketing services, for Reliant Energy, an electricity provider in Houston, Tx. Before joining Reliant, Rodriguez served as senior director of marketing for Benicar, a product for hypertension, at Forest Laboratories in New York City. There, he led Benicar to become the third largest and fastest growing Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) with annual sales of over $800 million and a market share of over 15 percent. Previously, he worked as director, strategy and business planning, for Plavix and director, consumer marketing, for Pargluva at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Rodriguez was responsible for fortifying the Plavix and Pargluva value proposition by developing an overall strategic approach and messaging across payer, consumer and physician segments. He has also worked on major consumer marketing efforts for healthcare products with Abbot Laboratories, Schering-Plough and Johnson & Johnson.
Michele Stanten has been motivating people to be more active for the past 20 years. As the former Fitness Director of Prevention magazine, she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons across the country. Stanten is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight and has produced and appeared in more than a dozen exercise DVDs. She is also an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor.
Stanten has bachelor’s degrees in magazine journalism and English from Syracuse University.
“I am honored to be a board member of ACE, an organization that is a leader in promoting physical activity, and look forward to working with them to help even more people lead healthy, active lives.”
Nancey Trevanian Tsai, M.D.
Nancey Trevanian Tsai, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) having commenced her training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Louisiana State University and completing her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation at Stanford University. She has been an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and fitness advocate since 1996.
Elliot Turrini, J.D.
Elliot Turrini is chief executive officer and founder of CollaborativeHealth, an integrated media and services business dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier, longer and stronger. He is also an active member on ICG’s advisory board. Turrini’s past positions include assisting with strategy, finance, execution and legal issues as executive vice president for API Systems, Inc., a 300 employee IT consulting and services firm. At McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, he focused on intellectual property, information security, cyberlaw and privacy issues. Turrini also served as Federal Prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey.
Ted Vickey, M.S.
Ted Vickey is president of FitWell LLC, an international fitness management and design company serving the fitness and golf industries and corporate America. In addition to this consulting practice he founded in 1994, Vickey served 11 years as executive director of the White House Athletic Center from 1994 to 2005 for the George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. Other clients have included the Department of Commerce, Fruit of the Loom, Osram Sylvania and the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2001 to 2007, he was vice president of Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. His responsibilities included operations, sales, consultation and client account management for the fitness management and wellness screenings division of the company.
Vickey is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association and has served as a member of Penn State College of Health and Human Development Alumni Board of Directors and as a past president of the Kinesiology Alumni Association. Vickey co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Partner Training in 2004, and authored 101 Fitness Games for Kids at Camp in 2007 and 101 Fitness Tips for Golf in 2008. An ACE-certified personal trainer since 1992, he holds a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise and sports science from Penn State University and a master’s of business in international entrepreneurism from the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Kimberly Wells is a senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she specializes in helping the U.S. aerospace industry improve its international competitiveness. She has helped to develop numerous presidential policies impacting the health of that industry, and works closely with the Departments of Defense and State, the White House and Congress to develop foreign economic policies that strengthen the aerospace industry. Wells is also the Chair of the Department of Commerce’s Occupational Health Organization, which makes fitness facilities and programs available to over 3,000 department employees in Washington, D.C.