Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer
As Chief Science Officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, represents ACE as a national and international lecturer, writer and expert source. Bryant has written more than 200 articles or columns in fitness trade magazines, as well sports medicine and exercise science journals, and authored, co-authored or edited 30 books. He can often be found as an authoritative resource for fitness and nutrition articles in a variety of respected national outlets including USA Today, Washington Post, The New York Times, Parade, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Reports, Fox News, and CNN Headline News. Bryant also shares his expertise within the fitness industry as a scientific advisory board member for numerous organizations and publications including the Center for the Study of Sport at Seattle University and Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, ClubLife and Oxygen magazines.
Thanks to Bryant’s academic background and his experience with the research, development and design of commercial and consumer exercise equipment, he has extensive knowledge on the practical application of exercise science and how to protect users against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. Bryant has held a position on exercise science faculties at several prestigious institutions including the United States Military Academy at West Point, Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. Bryant earned both his doctorate in physiology and master’s degree in exercise science from Pennsylvania State University. In 2006, Dr. Bryant received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award which is given to select alumni who are considered leaders in their professional fields.
As a community leader, Bryant shares his knowledge of exercise physiology and athletics as a youth sports coach in baseball, basketball and soccer. He and his wife, Ginger, reside in Redmond, WA with their four sons.
Pete McCall, M.S.
As an exercise physiologist with ACE, Pete McCall creates and delivers fitness education programs to uphold ACE’s mission of enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. He has a master’s of science in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Pete is a certified personal trainer with ACE and holds additional certifications and advanced specializations through NSCA and the NASM.
McCall has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Personal Fitness Professional magazine and Club Life magazine. His television appearances include Fox News Channel and the Washington D.C. stations WRC-NBC Channel 4 in Washington D.C.: “News 4 Your Health” fitness segments, WUSA Channel 9 and WTTG Fox 5. Prior to joining ACE, McCall worked for a chain of premium health clubs as the director of education. McCall has worked on the front lines of the fitness industry as a master personal trainer and group exercise instructor where he helped clients and class participants achieve results.
Jessica Matthews, M.S.
Director of Certification
As the Director of Certification for ACE, Jessica Matthews manages key aspects of ACE’s continuing education programs which support the organization’s mission of protecting the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals. Additionally, Matthews is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with ACE, a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and an American Heart Association-certified heartsaver instructor, teaching CPR, First Aid and AED. She has also designed curriculum of health and physical education, grades K-12, in accordance with national and state standards.
Prior to her role at ACE, Matthews was the aquatics director for Conway Medical Wellness and Fitness Center, a hospital-based wellness center. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in physical education teacher education from Coastal Carolina University, graduating at the top of her class and earning the distinction of Physical Education Student of the Year. Matthews also has a master’s of science in physical education from Canisius College.
Matthews authors the ACE Ask the Expert blog, is a frequent fitness expert on San Diego 6’s “San Diego Living” morning show and has been quoted in various magazines including Shape, Self and Oxygen. She has also been featured regularly as a fitness model in ACE publications and has appeared in Mad Dog Athletics’ spinning DVD’s and San Diego Health magazine.
Todd Galati, M.A.
Director of Academy
Todd Galati, M.A., is the Director of Academy for ACE. In this role, he oversees development, administration and maintenance of the certification programs, works with professional testing companies, subject matter experts and exam committees to develop and administer programs, and manages ACE exam registration staff.
Galati is a former adjunct professor with the Kinesiology Department at California State University, San Marcos, where he taught courses in biomechanics and applied kinesiology. Prior to joining ACE in 2005, Todd was a program director at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he spent 14 years designing and implementing youth fitness and health education programs and researching their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Galati’s experience also includes conducting human performance testing as a research physiologist with the US Navy, providing personal training services in medical fitness facilities, and coaching endurance athletes from first timers to professionals.
Galati has been featured in numerous national outlets including The Washington Post, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The National Post, BusinessWeek magazine, Fitness magazine, Real Simple magazine, Fitness Management magazine, Active.com, and more. Todd also presents and writes on a variety of fitness-related topics in textbooks and other publications, and has been an author on research published in journals including Pediatric Exercise Science, Preventive Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, and Health Education and Behavior.
Galati has a master’s degree in kinesiology, a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and holds ACE certifications as a personal trainer, advanced health and fitness specialist, lifestyle & weight management coach, and group fitness instructor.