Advocacy Committee


The committee's mission is to advocate for healthy lifestyles by providing leadership and professional development opportunities that increase knowledge and sound professional practices. The committee serves to support legislative action, collaborate with like-minded associations, and communicate best practices.


  1. Support key advocacy initiatives and public relations efforts in the areas of health, physical education, recreation, and dance at the state level.
  2. Raise awareness among the membership of legislative affairs that impact health, physical education, recreation, and dance.
  3. Collaborate with other health and physical activity organization (e.g., American Heart Association) toward the promotion of healthly lifestyles.
  4. Assist association professions at the grassroots level by offering advocacy resources and support.
  5. Coordinate advocacy-focused programming at the annual state conference and regional workshops.



Committee Members

Name Twitter Handle Organization Role (term ends)
Cassie BrooksBrooks01CLBrownsburg Middle SchoolChair
Eric Beers@ericwbeersIndiana Healthy Weight InitiativeMember
Chris Berg@1WORLDPETippecanoe Valley SchoolsMember
Lindsay Carl@lncarlFranklin Central High SchoolMember
Leslie DillonDaniel Hale Williams Elem SchoolMember
Rich FreyLakeland High SchoolMember
Alyssa Jackson@alyjaxnEagle Elementary ZCSMember
Brian LonnemanDixie Bee ElementaryMember
Hilary Machemer@HMachemerCarmel Middle SchoolMember
Kayla Negley@MES_PhysEdMount Vernon Community SchoolsMember
Reese Emery Ryzewski@emery_ryzewskiHighland High SchoolMember
Tyler Staup@MrStaupsPEPerry Worth Elementary SchoolMember
Deborah Torrance@Mrs_TorranceStonegate Elementary SchoolMember
Lizz UlrichFrankfort High SchoolMember
Carole DeHaven@CaroleDehavenPurdue UniversitySponsor
For more information, contact:     Cassie Brooks