2022 Elections Candidates

On April 15, voting is open for positions  Please take a moment to review the 2022 slate of candidates prior to casting your vote. 

Election Timeline

  • April 15: Voting opens and members receive email instructions on how to cast their ballot.
  • May 1: Voting ends.
  • May 15: Newly elected members are announced.

The NCPEID Executive Committee and Board of Directors would like to thank each of candidates for their willingness to serve in these positions.

The following positions and candidates will be voted on and elected by the NCPEID members:

NCPEID Vice President-Elect

Gavin Colquitt

Dr. Gavin Colquitt is the Executive Director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Independent Living and Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology at the Georgia Southern University. He is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE), Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Fellow of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). Dr. Colquitt has also developed multiple community-based programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities. In 2010, he worked with colleagues in public health and therapeutic recreation to found Camp RAD (Recreation for Adolescents with Disabilities), a summer camp for young people with disabilities. In 2018, he founded SuperEagles, an after-school fitness program for children with disabilities. Dr. Colquitt is also part of a team adapting the University of Montana’s Living Well with a Disability program for families of children with a disability called Living Well Together. Living Well Together is a consumer-directed program that promotes healthy, independent living for families of young people with disabilities in the transition age (10-21) by empowering them through peer support, goal setting, and problem-solving. His research focuses on improving health and physical activity among people with disabilities. Dr. Colquitt has published 29 peer-refereed articles, 4 book chapters, 1 book, and over 80 conference presentations. He has secured external funding for 15 projects, most recently serving as a co-investigator for a study examining the effect of vibration on muscle properties, physical activity, and balance in children with cerebral palsy (National Institutes of Health, R01 HD090126).


Pamela Haibach-Beach

Pamela Haibach-Beach is a Professor of Motor Behavior and Acting Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Studies and Physical Education. She also holds the position of Associate Director of the Honors College at the State University of New York Brockport and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Institute on Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments (IMSVI). Recently, Pamela and her colleagues were awarded the Corrine Kirchner National Research award from the American Foundation for the Blind for their work with IMSVI. Pamela regularly publishes and presents nationally and internationally on her research in motor behavior and balance in individuals with sensory impairments across the lifespan. Pamela also has a line of research focusing upon motor competence in children with CHARGE syndrome. In addition, she published Gross Motor Development Curriculum: For Children with Visual Impairment with the American Printing House for the Blind with Dr. Lauren Lieberman. Pamela has also produced numerous educational and training videos for parents and practitioners of youth with visual impairments and deafblindness. She has also published two editions of the undergraduate textbook Motor Learning and Development which have been widely adopted. Pamela has received accolades for her teaching and engagement including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been appointed as a SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador. She has served on the American Kinesiology Association Board, and is an active Brockport Lions Club member, recently awarded the Lions Membership Award and the Lions International Centennial Award.


Alex Stribing

Alex is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. Ali Brian. She currently serves as the project manager of the Duke Endowment Foundation grant that helps educate and support parents to enhance motor skill development among their preschool-aged children. Through this role, Alex organizes monthly meetings with the school district and parents, educates parents on the importance of their children’s motor skill development, develops games and activities for parents to practice at home, works closely with fitness trackers and an application to supplement activities, and leads a team of colleagues and students. Alex is also the assistant director of Camp Abilities, a program that provides sport and recreational opportunities for youth with visual impairments. In this role, she works closely with camp staff to organize, prepare, and assist in funding for the weeklong sports camp. Given Alex’s mentioned experiences, she has the qualifications needed for the NCPEID secretary position. As the NCPEID secretary, Alex’s ability to be organized will benefit her when managing multiple tasks such as attending meetings, keeping minutes, and conducting orders. In addition, Alex’s ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across multiple groups of people will contribute to her potential to organize and establish meetings across NCPEID committees. Lastly, Alex is a great team player and works well with others, including diverse groups of professionals. This will be extremely important when serving as the NCPEID secretary and working alongside other board members, the webmaster, and the APENS chair.


Adam Pennell

Greetings old and new faces! My name is Adam Pennell, and I am an Assistant Professor, Certified Adapted Physical Educator, and the director of the Motor Behavior Lab at Pepperdine University. In 2019, I graduated from the University of South Carolina with my Ph.D. in Physical Education (Cognate: APE). My research, which emphasizes postural control, focuses on motor and health-related outcomes in youngsters with visual impairments. I previously served as Associate Director of C.A.M.P. Carolina, a weekly APE program for children with disabilities and am currently working to develop an APE-related initiative at Pepperdine University. A NCPEID member since 2017, I have attended the 2017 (Emerging Scholars Symposium) as well as the 2018 and 2021 NCPEID Annual Conferences. Since July of 2021, I have served on the Executive Committee as Interim Treasurer where I have been responsible for overseeing the financial integrity of NCPEID by developing the annual budget and handling day-to-day financial operations. Likewise, I have helped spearhead novel monetary procedures within the organization, such as formalizing our discretionary spending process. If elected, I plan to continue to hone my abilities as your financial steward. Further, assuming our financial status continues to be sound, I hope to explore the creation of funding initiatives (e.g., small grants) that could be used to support the career-based efforts of the membership, and ultimately, the APE students that we serve. It would be an honor to continue to serve the membership and to help expand the reach of NCPEID. I appreciate your consideration!

 Member at Large (Note: two nominees will be elected for this position)

Joanne Hunter  

Joanne loves working with APE students. In middle school, she worked with visually impaired students. In H.S. she taught herself sign language to co-coach at Mill Neck Manor for the hard of hearing basketball team & teach Girl Scouts signing through physical activity games. In college, Joanne was a Special Olympics Swim coach. At Columbia U, Joanne earned an EdD in C & I w/Bill Anderson & EdM in Motor Learning w/Dr. Gentile. Her M.S./B.S. were from Queens College in APE, & EC-12 p.e./health respectively. Joanne has 2 permanent teaching licenses, CAPE certification, & 6 yrs FT teaching experience to mild-severe APE students in NY/MD. Dr. Hunter is a NCPEID member since 2012 & has (1) a significant record of conference presentations in APE (94); (2) been on APE editorial boards/a peer reviewer & committee member for organizations at the international/national/state/local levels (30); (3) a record of APE scholarly/creative works (books/articles) (13); & (4) won 16 international/national awards, including the Mable Lee award & Research Consortium Fellow (AAHPERD). Joanne would love to be a Member At Large. She might be the best person for it, not only because of all the APE experience, but the fact that 100% of her time will be dedicated to the organization, as she has been awarded full disability status by her state of Virginia. She continues to serve the profession by conducting research & presenting at conferences. Vote for Joanne, Member At Large & see what she can do for this organization!

Seungyeon Park

Dr. Park has been nominated as a NCPEID Member at Large (MAL) as he maintains active membership and serves the field of adapted physical education. Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University (NSU). He has created community partnerships to develop the Adapted Physical Education lab/fieldwork component of the Exercise Science degree program. Dr. Park is currently working to establish a lab school on campus with a focus on adapted physical activity. He has served as chair of the VAHPERD Diversity Committee as well as search committee chair among other leadership roles at NSU. Dr. Park actively presents and publishes peer-reviewed articles in the field, with expertise in Autism and Early Childhood physical activity. As a MAL, Dr. Park would be pivotal to assist with program planning, member recruitment, as well as with APENS related duties as assigned. Through his leadership experiences, he has developed consistent written and verbal communication skills and can readily become a voice for NCPEID. He is seeking greater involvement in NCPEID and serving as a MAL would be the first step. Dr. Park would be an asset to the NCPEID Board as he is a collaborative team player and will complete all duties to benefit the Consortium.

E. Andrew Pitchford

Andy Pitchford is an assistant professor in kinesiology at Iowa State University with a focus on adapted physical activity (APA) and measurement. His research interests include understanding how physical activity, motor behavior, and physical fitness contribute to health disparities among individuals with developmental disabilities. For his work in APA, Dr. Pitchford has received awards from the American Kinesiology Association, North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (NAFAPA), and SHAPE America Adapted Physical Activity Council. He also recently received a university award for early achievement in professional practice for his outreach work in the state of Iowa. This outreach included serving on the state physical education and health leadership team, which provides guidance and training for physical educators to help them provide equitable and standards-based physical education. He also serves as the clinical director of health promotion for Special Olympics Iowa and is a consultant for Can Play, a non-profit organization that provides physical activity programs for people with disabilities and other underserved youth across the state of Iowa. While he has not served in a leadership position for NCPEID, Dr. Pitchford has relevant experience as a student representative for NAFAPA and a member of multiple scientific committees for both NAFAPA and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. His multidimensional experience with APA initiatives including policy, research, community-based programming, and physical education should be beneficial to the NCPEID board of directors as a member at large.      

Amanda Young

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education and Adapted Physical Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). My research area of interest includes home-based gross motor skill development and elementary physical education. Closely related to research, I taught early intervention and pre-school adapted physical education and elementary physical education for 9 years in Fort Worth, Texas (2010-2019). I am in my first year as faculty at CSULB and taught two years previously at Slippery Rock University. My current term as Member at Large for NCPEID will be completed in July. I hope to continue my service to the profession by serving another term as Member at Large. In my time with NCPEID, I contribute as a member of the Membership subcommittee and the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

 Student Representative

Ross Jordan

Ross D. Jordan is a proud DeSoto, Texas native. He graduated from Morehouse College in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, sports studies, and physical education. Ross also received his master’s degree, from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2020, in curriculum and teaching in physical education. He is currently a 2nd year doctoral student at the Ohio State University, pursuing a Ph.D. in kinesiology with a specialization in adapted physical education. He is a student scholar representing the Multi-Institution Mentorship Consortium (MAMC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, which prepares leadership personnel in the field of Adapted Physical Activity to serve as higher education faculty, and trains pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. Ross is a graduate research associate at the Ohio State University, while also serving on the 2021-2022 Multi-Institution Mentorship Consortium Planning Committee, where he participates in the scheduling and planning of bi-weekly seminar meetings with other members on the consortium and guest presenters. Ross’ scholarly interests are in teaching students with disabilities in physical education and inclusion in general physical education spaces.

M. Ally Keene

Ally is a doctoral student in health and sport pedagogy at Old Dominion University. She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from James Madison University in 2012 and a M.S. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with a focus in Adapted Physical Activity from the University of Hawai’i in 2018. She taught Adapted and General Physical Education in Beaufort, South Carolina for 3 years before returning to school to work on her PhD. Ally has worked at Camp Spark, through the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, every summer since 2016 and enjoys coaching swimming in her spare time. Her research interests include amplifying the voices of disabled people and improving the physical education experience for all students.

MacKenzie Pigg

I am currently a second-year doctoral scholar in Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities at the University of Virginia (UVA). Before attending the UVA I attended Longwood University where I received a bachelor's and master of science in education studying health and physical education. During my time at Longwood University, I volunteered with a sports program for individuals with disabilities and became one of the coordinators of the program. Simultaneously, I also served on the VAHPERD board as a student representative and then as the general division vice president. I later served as the chair of the logistics committee at UVA for the student research conference. In all of these positions, I was responsible for student recruitment, communicating with students and universities, setting up events at the conferences, disseminating information, and various others. During the UVA student research conference, I also assisted in setting up, organizing, judging the student poster presentations, and was in charge of the finances for the conference. Having served on various boards and committees, I have been able to work with both students and professionals alike. I think serving on the NCPEID board would be a wonderful experience to get to know more about not only the APE/APA profession but to be able to learn more about those involved and what great things they are doing around the country. I look forward to being able to work with various professionals and students around the country to work together to forward our profession.

Sarvin Salar

The first woman in PhD adapted physical education in Iran who is awarded scholarship in SUNY Brockport. I am interested in the physical activity and PE field in children with autism, visual impairment and blindness. Also I am as a member of national paralympic academy in Iran as a volunteer. I am as a coach I special Olympic of Iran. I am Goalball coach and wheelchair basketball and boccia classifier. I am interested to extend my knowledge in APE and continue my research.

 APENS Executive Director

Suzanna Dillon

Suzanna Rocco Dillon, PhD, CAPE, is an Associate Professor of Adapted Physical Activity at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Dillon has been engaged in the field for over 20 years with experiences as a Teacher Educator, PK-12 Adapted Physical Education (APE) Specialist, Special Olympics coach, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Director, National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) President and Legislative Action Chair, and APE advocate. She served as an editor for the third edition of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) and the APENS exam used for the national certification of adapted physical educators; and currently serves as the APENS Executive Director. Dr. Dillon’s research interests include the occupational socialization of adapted physical educators and the physical activity interventions for children with ASD.

 APENS Committee Member

Sally Miedema

Dr. Sally Taunton Miedema graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2018 with a doctorate in Physical Education with and emphasis in Motor Behavior and Adapted Physical Education. She became a CAPE certified in 2017. Her research focus is on the practical translation of Universal Design for Learning in teaching young children with and without disabilities motor skills across different physical education classroom placements. Sally’s professional interests are to increase compliance with state and federal mandates regarding adapted physical education services within school districts, increase professional development for general physical education teachers regarding appropriate instruction for children with disabilities, and to develop quality adapted physical education standards at the state level. Over the past 3 years, she has served on many state-level committees such as Physical Education Standards committee, South Carolina Physical Education Key Leaders, and the South Carolina Learning Object Repository Development Team to develop Adapted Physical Education Standards and resources to increase quality physical education for students with disabilities in the state of South Carolina. She has also served for the past 2 years on the NCPEID Legislative Action Committee.

Qin Yang

I am currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Woman's University studying adapted physical activity and anticipate graduating in May 2022. I am also an emergency-hired assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University. My home country is China.