Election Candidates

Election Candidates

President Elect

Eddie Davila, MS


The ACSM NW annual conference has always been a staple experience throughout my academic and professional careers. The conference can be one of the single-best opportunities where students and professionals can obtain great information, establish valuable connections, and get exposed to peers and exercise science programs in the Northwest. Throughout my career, I’ve been able to experience first-hand the value this conference can provide to those who attend and desire professional growth. My name is Eddie Davila and I am running for the President Elect Position for the ACSM NW Chapter Executive Board. I earned my bachelors and masters degrees from Montana State University in Exercise Physiology. I currently co-own and operate Urban Fitness in Bozeman, MT. I also work as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Bozeman Health. Lastly, I also teach Anatomy and Physiology at the Gallatin College through Montana State University and teach Physiology at Restful Touch School of Massage Therapy in Bozeman, MT. I am a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Physiologist through ACSM and am Exercise is Medicine Level 3 credentialed. I also volunteer as a member of the ACSM ad hoc Certification-related Content Advisory Committee.

I am interested in serving on the ACSM NW Chapter Executive Board in this capacity because I know what the conference experience and connections have been able to do in my career. There is a great opportunity at this conference to provide valuable information, create great learning opportunities, and establish relationships that can last a lifetime. For students and professionals, attending a well-rounded conference with quality information and a supportive culture centered around learning and continued professional development can all the difference in someone’s academic and professional journey. The conference has a unique opportunity to inspire, teach, and generate passion for the continued promotion of healthy and active lifestyles through translating research into application. I have attended the ACSM NW conference many times in the past. I’ve also served on the Executive Board as the Member-at-Large, Fitness in the past. I’ve applied my education and conference experience in the fitness, clinical, and academic settings. Further, I’ve been able to successfully open and operate my own fitness business where I routinely apply my exercise science background. At my facility, I am directly involved in supervising internships in collaboration with Montana State University, as well as employ and provide education for certified fitness professionals at my facility. I have a genuine passion for the field of exercise science and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve in the role of President Elect for ACSM’s NW Chapter.




Member at Large: Clinical

 Kenneth Ecker, PhD

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Currently, I’m a clinical exercise physiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Biology, and Director of the Boxer Boot Camp Adult Fitness Program in the Department of Kinesiology at Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. My research interests are varied, but my primary focus has been in clinical health and adult fitness/wellness. 

Ph.D. 1990 University of Maryland, College Park, MD Major: Exercise Physiology; Minor: Nutrition / Community Health
M.S. 1980 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Major: Exercise Physiology / Zoology
B.S. 1976 University of Illinois, Chicago, IL Major: Biology; Minor: Mathematics and Chemistry

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certification as an Exercise Physiologist Certified (EP-C)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certification as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
American Heart Association Basic Cardiopulmonary Life Support/First Aid (BLS)
American Heart Association Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS)
ACSM/Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA)
CEPA Executive Council – 2014-2018
CEPA Advocacy Committee Chair – 2015-2020
CEPA Licensure/Legislative Committee – 2018 - Current
Midwest Regional Chapter ACSM – CEPA Representative – 2012-2018
Northwest Regional Chapter ACSM – Member

I have a very strong interest and experience in clinical health that i can bring to the Member at Large - Clinical vacancy within the Northwest Chapter of ACSM. Previously, I was Professor and Chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI. While there, I worked with faculty and staff in developing and initiating a graduate program in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I'm also Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Graduate Program in Cardiac Rehabilitation, in conjunction with the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University (MSU) and Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Mankato, 1991 to 2009. Under his direction, MSU and Mayo Health Systems twice received a certificate of excellence from the Minnesota Governor's Council in as one of the outstanding cardiovascular rehabilitation / health programs in the State of Minnesota. In addition, I'm a fellow member (FACSM) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and have presented over 30 research projects and/or symposia at state, regional, national/international conferences, and I have also served on several national committees for CEPA (Clinical Exercise Physiology Association) and the Executive Committee for the Midwest Regional Chapter of ACSM. I'm also the former president of the state-wide organization, Minnesota Council for Physical Activity and Sport, and I have also served as a statistical consultant for both the Medtronic and StayWell corporations in the Greater Twin Cities, MN Metropolitan area.

Member at Large- Clinical

Charlie Katica, PhD

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I received my Undergraduate and Master’s Degree from Central Washington University in 2002 and 2009, respectively. My Master’s Thesis assessed the effects of cooling and heat tolerance in structural firefighters. Following my work at Central Washington University, I then continued my education and received my Ph.D. from the University of Alabama where I examined cooling interventions and the effect on exercise capacity during heat stress. Other research that I have conducted in the field of Thermoregulation has included: Pre-cooling and the effect on collegiate pitchers, Halftime cooling intervention for recreational soccer players, Cooling interventions for spinal cord injured wheelchair basketball players and the effect of pre-cooling on time trial paced cycling. While finishing my doctoral degree, I was and assistant coach and eventually the head coach of the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team at the University of Alabama (2010-2014). Since moving to Tacoma, I have been the head coach of the Tacoma Titans Wheelchair Basketball Team (2015-2020) and have recently started a nonprofit (Rainier Adaptive Sports) and am the President of the Rainier Adaptive Sports Board of Directors to continue to provide sport opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities in the South Sound region.

I have been a member of the ACSM Northwest Executive Board as Member at Large - Clinical for the past three years and I have enjoyed getting to know other board members, being involved in the planning process of the conferences and getting to know chapter members throughout the region. I would love to continue to serve the chapter and the region as the Member at Large - Clinical.

Regional Student Representative

Nathan Goslin-Klemme, MS


My name is Nathan Goslin-Klemme I'm a first year PhD in Kinesiology student at Oregon State University specializing in physical activity promotion and sedentary behavior research. I accepted the PhD student position and associated graduate teaching assistantship at OSU upon completion of a M.S. in exercise physiology at the University of Minnesota State, Mankato. While attending MNSU my research culminated in a master's capstone consisting of a meta-analysis of the effect of resistance training on running economy. Throughout the last 5 years I have been fortunate enough to be immersed in various different fields and areas of expertise. Between my undergraduate education to the first year of the PhD program I have been fortunate enough to been to the ACSM national meeting twice and with one in person poster presentation. I hope to expand on this at the national meeting this year upon acceptance of a scientific abstract detailing some of the sedentary behavior and physical activity research I have done this first year at OSU. I have also been fortunate enough to meet members of the ACSM across several chapters and appreciate the opportunity to meet others who are passionate about teaching and research in the field of Kinesiology.

The ACSM is a contributing factor as to why I wanted to pursue a PhD. Along with the influences of several fantastic advisors. The ACSM national meetings I have attended in undergrad granted me the desire to succeed within the field of Kinesiology and connect with others who have similar interests. This position is also of interest to me in regard to my overall career goals. I would like to pursue a career in academia upon successful completion of my PhD here at Oregon State. The experience working within a governing body such as the ACSM would give me further insight as to what it might be like to be a part of a large governing body like the ACSM and or an institution. Furthermore, it potentially gives me the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals in the field and gain valuable insights from their collective experiences. I have no experience as a regional representative for the ACSM however, I have been a student member for 3 different chapters and been a graduate student for a previous and current sitting chapter president. Dr. Jeremy Frost of the Northland ACSM chapter and Dr. John Schuna Jr. of the Northwest ACSM chapter respectively. I also have experience working with institutional IRBS maintain a current CITI certification and maintain excellent communication skills to work with others. I would greatly appreciate this opportunity to work with others in the field and would work to improve upon the expectations the Northwest chapter would have of me. Any and all consideration is greatly appreciated.




Regional Chapters Committee Representative

John Quindry, PhD

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 As professor and chair of Integrative Physiology and Athletic Training at the University of Montana, it has been a pleasure to work and serve within the Northwest chapter of the ACSM. I continue to blend my research, instruction, and service to our field through the advancement of lifestyle medicine. At the University of Montana I've transitioned my efforts from animal-based research back to clinically driven scientific questions. Moreover, my co-authorship of Powers, Howley, and Quindry 11th edition of Exercise Physiology has marked a return to my undergraduate focused efforts, training the next generation of professionals.

I am honored to be considered as a candidate for the NWACSM board, regional chapter representative. My interest in serving on this board follows extensive work on the Southeast ACSM board, including a role as President from 2016-2018. I continue to serve as an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, I'm Chair of the ACSM Scientific Integration and Leadership Committee, and continue to serve on several other ACSM committees including the Research Review Committee. I recently rolled off a 7 year term on the ACSM program committee, planning the annual meeting. I am currently a member of the ACSM Integrative Physiology of Exercise program committee, planning the 2022 meeting slated for September of 2022. All of these experiences have prepared me to balance the ACSM initiatives with the NW regional chapter goals. Thus, as a candidate for regional chapter representative to the Northwest chapter, I am well positioned to advocate for our shared interests. Specifically, I will advocate for our chapter grants (to promote new student-driven initiatives) and for our representation on ACSM committees. Another important facet of this role will be the advancement of careers of students and new trainees (e.g., new graduates, faculty, post-doctoral trainees, etc.). While promoting the interests of trainees emerging from the NW, I will continue to focus on individuals from under represented groups. In support, I have been active in the ACSM Leadership Diversity Training Program in addition to the ACSM Faculty to Fellow program, which mentors women from doctoral degrees, to faculty (and related professional positions), to the FACSM credential. In closing, I am eager to serve the NWACSM as a new board member. Taking on the role of NWACSM regional chapter representative will be a natural extension of my past and ongoing service roles to the College.


Matthew Laye, PhD


 I am currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Health and Human Performance Department at The College of Idaho, where I predominantly teach Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Research Methods. Previously I received my Ph.D. in Medical Physiology from the University of Missouri under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Booth. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Bente Pedersent at the Center for Inflammation and Metabolism in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a second post-doctoral fellowship at The Buck Center for Research on Aging in Novato, CA under the guidance of Dr. Pankaj Kapahi. My research interests have spanned the molecular mechanisms by which physical activity reduces chronic disease to more recent applied interest in the role of physical activity and meal timing on postprandial glucose metabolism and ongoing projects looking at the effects of endurance exercise on the human microbiome.

The American College of Sports Medicine has been instrumental in my career choice and in my development as a researcher. As an Exercise Science undergraduate at UC-Davis, I attended my first Annual Meeting in 2004 in San Francisco. As a graduate student, I was awarded a Research Award for a project attempting to identify epigenetic changes in response to daily physical activity. Recently I was awarded an ACSM grant to support my sabbatical research. As a member of the board, I can give back to an organization that has given so much to me and hopefully play a role in providing today’s undergraduate and graduate students via monetary and meetings to share, learn, and grow as researchers. The treasurer has an important role to serve on the board to ensure that the organization can fulfill its fiduciary requirements to vendors in order to create events and opportunities that benefit the members of the organization. I will work from the framework of what benefits our members the most and responsible management of the budget that ensures the Northwest Chapter can continue to organize fantastic meetings and provide financial support to students. My experience is derived from my role as Department Chair for the last 5 years and serving on our institution's Lab Fee Fund. In both of these positions, I am tasked with ensuring that our expenditures do not exceed our budget and that we spend the small amount of money we are entrusted with in a manner that best supports student learning and research experiences. This includes making sure we are thinking strategically not just for the current year, but for subsequent years, such as planning several years of budget to purchase a new metabolic cart or a used DEXA as we recently did as a department. Having recently received tenure I am in a fantastic position in my career to take on professional service roles such as the treasurer position. With your support, I hope to do just that and help continue the Northwest Chapters' investment and promotion of the values and opportunities that the American College of Sports Medicine has provided for so many students, such as myself, for years to come.