Leadership Advisory Board
JP Abercrumbie is a former NCAA Division I student athlete striving to enhance the collegiate experience for all students, coaches, and administrators. A graduate of Temple University who also earned a Master of Arts in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, Abercrumbie currently serves as the Life Skills Coordinator for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. As such, Abercrumbie is responsible for personal and leadership development programs, professional and postgraduate preparation, and community outreach and engagement opportunities supported by the Athletic Department’s Pay It Forward initiative. Abercrumbie also serves as a member of various Mississippi State University, NCAA Leadership Development, and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) committees.
Phil Aiken, has a background in sports and event marketing in the UK and North America, which has given him tremendous insight into the global challenges facing emerging and established athletes. Phil is an NLP Practitioner who has trained in Personal Performance and Executive coaching and he has also trained as a motorsports chaplain, where he served the itinerant communities of Formula One and NASCAR. In recent years Phil has spent extensive time talking to current and former athletes, visiting sports academies and talking to governing bodies in order to gain greater understanding of the current understanding of the wellbeing of emerging and professional athletes.
John Amaechi has a portfolio career as an psychologist, organizational consultant and high-performance executive coach. He is a New York Times best-selling author and social entrepreneur working in both the US and the Europe. His organizational work is mostly with medium to large institutions, helping them to assess, manage, recruit, retain, engage and maximize the performance of their human capital. He works with high-profile individuals and businesses as a high- performance coach and mentor dealing with various challenges including improving interpersonal communications, leadership, personal and team motivation as well as helping to set out the pathway for his clients to become their very best.
Dr. Maria Anderson
Dr. Maria Anderson is a graduate of Stanford University where she was a member of the Varsity Swim Team. She was a high school, collegiate and master’s swimming All-American and held numerous national and world records. She earned a PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University and her research focuses on the social psychology of identity, particularly in the transition to life after sports for high achieving athletes. She is currently Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She lives in Boston with her husband and former Stanford swimming teammate, Jim, has 2 grown children, and swims when her tired and worn-out shoulders allow her to do so. She is an avid fan of all sports and the exceptional athletes among us.
Dr. Rob Bell
DRB & associates Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology coach. He has coached winners on the PGA Tour, the 2013 USTA national champion, as well as caddied on the PGA Tour. He is the author of four books on mental toughness. Some clients include: Marriott, Walgreens, University of Notre Dame, Morgan Stanley, among many others. Dr. Rob Bell is also a certified consultant of the Association for Applied Sport psychology.
Dr. Kristina Navarro
Dr. Kristina Navarro is currently the Director of Student-Athlete Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She also serves as a tenure track faculty member in the College of Education and Professional studies where she oversees the higher education leadership program. Dr. Navarro's research focuses on high impact practices in student development programming, the student-athlete experience, and nexus of intercollegiate athletics and higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Master's in Sport Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and Bachelor's in Business Administration and Sport Management from UW-La Crosse. Navarro is a former college student-athlete competing in the sports of rowing and track and field.
Dr. Evie Oregon
Dr. Evie Oregon is Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration graduate program and serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Oregon’s research interests include exploring women’s body image and it’s impact on their perception and participation in physical activity and exercise, strategies for promoting motivation and exercise adherence, athletic identity, identity foreclosure among collegiate athletes, and online learning. Dr. Oregon is committed to providing positive sport and exercise experiences for underserved and underrepresented communities through her teaching, service, and scholarship. Dr. Oregon is involved in research projects pertaining to psychological and social factors affecting sport and exercise participation, with emphasis on minority populations and online graduate and certificate learning. Evelyn Oregon firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tommy Shavers
Dr. Tommy Shavers is the president of Tommy Speak LLC., and the Lead Consultant and Co-Founder of Atlas Group Advisors. He’s a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and a board member of the Sports Conflict Institute. Dr. Shavers is a contributing author to Linked2Leadership, one of the nation’s top leadership blogs. A former professor; Dr. Shavers holds a B.A. in Organizational Communication, M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, M.A. in Biblical Studies, and a DM in Organizational Leadership. He’s the author of The Next CEO: A Leadership Parable and the creator of the Power Tolerance Theory™, P Factor ™ Program, and the Hi-R Cognitive Performance Model™. Dr. Shavers is a recognized expert on leadership, sports culture, and behavior; with published works on status power and athlete behavior.
Dr. Jack Singer
Dr. Jack Singer holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Post-Doctorate in Clinical /Sport Psychology. He has been recognized with Diplomates from the American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and the National Institute of Sports Professionals (Division of Psychologists). Dr. Jack has taught in the Psychology Departments of seven universities, including an assistant professorship at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Jack has been working with elite and professional athletes, including World and Olympic champions and Professional Athletes, for more than 25 years and he is one of a handful of Sport Psychologists who is certified in Sport Hypnotherapy. Jack is a frequent guest on ESPN, FOX-SPORTS, and countless sports radio talk shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. Jack also is on the advisory board for Championship Performance, and his articles are featured in sports, human resources, sales, financial, medical, legal and psychological publications around the U.S. Jack is also a Professional Speaker, and his most frequently requested keynote is, “Actionable Steps to Quickly Develop the Mindset of a Champion.” Dr. Jack is available for phone consultations with athletes and teams around the US and Canada. Feel free to visit his websites at: www.drjacksinger.com and www.developthemindsetofachampion.com .
He can be reached at 1-800-497-9880 (Pacific Time).
Dr. Mark Robinson
Dr. Mark Robinson is the Sr. Director for the IPPD and the founder of Personal Player Development, LLC. He has worked with athletes throughout the globe and is considered by many a pioneer in his efforts to assist the athletic community in understanding the issues and challenges athletes encounter along the athletic journey. In addition, he authored the book, Athletic Identity, Invisible and Invincible: The Personal Development of the athlete.
Dr. Scott Wysong
Dr. Scott Wysong is an Associate Professor of Sports Marketing at the University of Dallas. Dr. Wysong holds a MBA and Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Since 2001, he has worked with many sports organizations including professional leagues, teams and athletes.