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July 18 2009 12:00 AM

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s leading authority on fitness and one of the largest fitness certification, education and training organizations in the world, today announced new executive officers for its board of directors, as well as the addition of two general members. These board changes are based on rotation schedules and term limits as determined by ACE’s bylaws.
“We feel privileged to continually glean insights and benefit from the collective expertise of distinguished leaders in the health and fitness industry that serve on our board of directors,” says Scott Goudeseune, ACE’s president and CEO. “These individuals share our dedication to the country’s health and well being, and commitment to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise.”

The following individuals comprise ACE’s new executive board:

Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., chairman of the board, has served on the board since October 2004, most recently as former vice chair. He is the head of the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has dedicated nearly two decades to studying how physical activity affects health and quality in the aging population.

Janet Lee, vice chair, is the board’s former secretary. She has been Shape magazine’s deputy editor since 2005 and was first elected to the board in July 2005. Prior to Shape, Lee was the fitness director at SELF magazine and worked at Women's Sports & Fitness magazine in Boulder, CO.

Lorna Friedman, MD, secretary, is new to the executive board and has been an ACE board member since July 2007. Friedman is a senior medical executive at CIGNA International, where she has spent over a decade evaluating global health systems and related health improvement opportunities with emerging markets.

Herb Flentye, treasurer, is new to the executive board and was elected to the board in February 2009. Flentye serves as president and CEO at SPRI, a subsidiary of Gaiam, the leading manufacturer and distributor of rubberized resistance exercise products in the professional market.
Newly appointed board members include:

Kimberly Wells, a senior international economist/space policy analyst for the Office of Aerospace and Automotive Industries within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Wells also served six years as chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Occupational Health Organization, managing a fitness facility for 500 federal employees with a $200,000 budget.

Scott Murdoch, Ph.D., 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, focused on human nutrition and physical performance, with particular emphasis on both acute and chronic adaptations to various eating and activity patterns.
“It is through the guidance, vision and expertise of our esteemed board of directors that ACE will continue to set the standard within the fitness industry,” notes Goudeseune. “We are looking forward to a very successful term.”
For the complete list of and more information on ACE’s board of directors, please visit

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at


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