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   (11/2019)
Eric Beers@ericwbeersIndiana Healthy Weight InitiativeMember   (11/2019)
Chris Berg@1WORLDPE Tippecanoe Valley SchoolsMember   (11/2019)
Lindsay Carl@lncarlFranklin Central High SchoolMember   (11/2018)
Leslie DillonDaniel Hale Williams Elem SchoolMember   (11/2019)
Rich FreyLakeland High SchoolMember   (11/2019)
Alyssa Jackson@alyjaxnEagle Elementary ZCSMember   (11/2019)
Brian LonnemanDixie Bee ElementaryMember   (11/2019)
Hilary Machemer @HMachemerCarmel Middle SchoolMember   (11/2018)
Kayla Negley@MES_PhysEdMount Vernon Community SchoolsMember   (11/2019)
Reese Emery Ryzewski@emery_ryzewskiHighland High SchoolMember   (11/2019)
Tyler Staup@MrStaupsPEPerry Worth Elementary SchoolMember   (11/2019)
Deborah Torrance@Mrs_TorranceStonegate Elementary SchoolMember   (11/2018)
Lizz UlrichFrankfort High SchoolMember   (11/2019)
Heidi Stan@stanimalHeidiRiverside Junior High SchoolSponsor   (11/2018)
For more information, contact:     Cassie Brooks