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Staff & Board


Executive Director

Terri Roberts


Membership Services Coordinator

Zena Snider


Exams and Evaluations Coordinator

Stacey McKay 


CEC Records Coordinator

Judi Harvey


Arabic Translator

Zane Hadad


Online Quiz Coordinator

Jessica Goreham-Penney


Director of Personal Training

Susan Skulech-Hardiman


Board of Directors:

Vice President

Robinson Lea Myers


Member at Large

Sandra MacLean


Member at Large

Rick Horsman



Corey DeGagné


Central (HRM) Regional Representative

Stephanie Nairn


South Shore Regional Representative

Deanne Oickle-Conrad


Valley Regional Representative

Tracy Cormier


*Newfoundland & Labrador  Regional Representative

Lisa Moores


Vacant positions: 

President, Treasurer, PR & Communications, Cape Breton Rep, Highland Rep, Fundy Rep.

If you're interested in any of these volunteer positions, please email Terri at terri@nsfitnes.ca

NSFA Regions

*We are very pleased to announce that as of June 2019 we have members in Newfoundland.  This allows exercise educators in Newfoundland & Labrador a new option for certification, and entry into the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA).  As membership in Newfoundland & Labrador grows we will add more regional seats to the board.

"THANK YOU" To Our Past Board Members!

The following people have served on the NSFA Board of Directors in the past:

Terri Roberts, Margaret Lee, Tim Adham, Susan Skulech-Hardiman, Brittany Smith, Jessica Goreham-Penney, Daphne Arsenault, Rayanne Hunter, Brigitte MacInnes, Jennifer Ross, April Stroink, Doreen MacLean, Tim MacInnes,  Sheila Rafferty, Pat MacDonald, Debbie Murphy, Rick Horsman, Delores Forrest, Sandra Ryan, Marie Mullaly, Todd Sarty, Frann Dunn, Andrea Mounce Helence, Janice Forand and Sandra Jamieson.  

(If we missed your name please contact us to be added).


The NSFA also has six standing committees:

  • Certifications & Professional Development
  • Resource Generation
  • Promotions & Communications
  • Ethics
  • Awards
  • Events
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Terri.

Course Conductors:

Linda Donnelly ha a BSc in Physical Education and is a Registered Certified Kinesiologist and completed NSFA Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer and Older Adult certifications. In addition she has taught Aqua Fit and worked as a personal trainer. She also has a provincial Teachers License in Physical Education and taught all school levels. She has a parallel interest in the Performing Arts and worked as a professional dancer and theatre performer.  Her years of training include gymnastics, ballet, jazz, modern, tap, folk dance and circus arts. Her employment history reflects 20 years of rich experience in recreation, education, self-employment, business, non-profit, and government type work.

Judi Harvey has been a Fitness Professional for almost 25 years. She teaches group, aqua, older adult, kickboxing and Zumba (Zumba, Gold, Aqua and kids).  She is also a Stott certified Pilates Instructor, and will be completing her Yoga Teacher Training spring 2017.  She has been the Fitness Leader Coordinator for the YMCA in Kingston ON and has lead other private clubs is ON. Her favourite job is working and teaching to older adults, and seeing how exercise changes their lives.

 Margaret Lee is a relative newcomer to fitness, but not to health or teaching.  With an academic background in Nursing and Pharmacy, including several years of teaching university courses, she's a fountain of knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  She's especially passionate about teaching fitness to the elderly, and is the first person in Nova Scotia to become certified in theBellyfit Sage® (belly dance fitness for senior women) program.  Margaret is also OAL, GEL and RTL certified.

  Ashley Lushman has her Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Ballet and Stage. She is certified through the Society of Russian Ballet and Performing Arts Educators of Canada to teach ballet and jazz. While Ashley’s passion is dance she has also been teaching fitness classes since she was 16 years old. She has her NSFA Group Exercise and Mind and Body certifications as well as her YogaFit Level 1.  She also a Lead Coach for Sportball Atlantic, a non-competitive, skill based sports education program for children ages 16 months and up. She is dedicated to teaching others and has a love for learning. 

Patricia MacDonald B. Ed (Phys. Ed), M.Ed (Educ. Psych), Certified NSFA GFL, RTL, OAF, PFT, Certified Personal Trainer CPTN.  She is the former Fitness Officer at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has been affiliated with the Nova Scotia Fitness Association since its inception, September 1989. Pat has held various positions at the NSFA from Office Administrator to Chair, and for the last 10 years as part of the Professional Development Committee. Pat has been teaching fitness classes, training clients, and designing and conducting the NSFA certification programs since 1990.

Brigitte MacInnes has a passion for learning, teaching and fitness life few others making her a much loved and in-demand personal trainer in the Halifax area. Not content to rest on her academic credentials in Language and Education, she also became a certified Pilates instructor, Group Exercise Leader and Personal Trainer, and is now studying Yoga as well.  Brigitte teaches theory, group exercise and resistance training course work with the NSFA and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors.

Doreen MacLean is a Registered Dietitian with the NSDA, having taken her B.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition at MSVU. She is a consulting dietitian in private practice, as well as a DANCEPL3Y™ instructor for which she was the first certified instructor on the East coast! Doreen has been a past member of the NSFA board.

Terri Roberts (BA, BEd) is a fitness and dance instructor with Halifax Recreation and Mount St. Vincent University's Ath/Rec Department.  She is the first Nova Scotian to be Bellyfit® certified and to become a Master Trainer with Bellyfit® International. She is a course conductor and the Executive Directors of the NSFA which includes representing us to the NFLA board. She is currently at MSVU working on a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies.   Her Master's Thesis is in progress and she is researching the social and professional impact of gender stereotypes on the teaching practices of exercise educators.   She is fitness certified in GEL, RT and yoga.

Ocean Samuel lives for good teaching and good fitness! Even as one of our newest Course Conductors she's hardly a rookie.  She's been guiding and mentoring clients and new fitness instructors for years.  She teaches group exercise and yoga in downtown Halifax.  She is also the chaired the development committee for our Mind & Body Leader (MBL) certificate.

Susan Skulech-Hardiman is a Personal Trainer who specializes in working with children and teens.  She has taught fitness and first aid courses all over Canada.  Susan is also the former Vice Chair of the NSFA Board of Directors, and former chair of the First Nations Truth & Reconciliation Action Items Committee.  She is currently the Director of Personal Training and the PLAR assessor.

The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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