Staff & Board


Executive Director

Terri Roberts


Membership Services Coordinator

Zena Snider


Exams and Evaluations Coordinator

Stacey McKay 


CEC Records Manager

Tracy Cormier

Online Quiz Coordinator

Jessica Goreham-Penney


Director of Personal Training & PLAR Assessor

Susan Skulech-Hardiman


Director of Adapting for Diversity in Exercise

Linda Donnelly

Board of Directors

The NSFA Board consists of Executive Directors & Representative Directors. The Executive Directors are the President, the three Vice Presidents, and also includes the Executive Director of the staff as a non-voting member.

The representatives each represent a group within the membership of the NSFA. They are certification reps (RT/PT, and Group-based certifications), geographical zones (Northern, Central, Western, Eastern in Nova Scotia, as well as Newfoundland & Labrador), and those who advocate for diversity from communities that are marginalized or under-represented in Nova Scotian businesses (Black/African Nova Scotian Community, Disabled Persons Community, 2SLGBTQ+ Community,  Indigenous Community, Racialized Persons Community).

See full list below for vacant positions. 

Executive Board Members


Susan Hardiman


Vice President Governance

Keri Hardman 

Certification Representatives

PT & WT Representative

Rick Horsman


Group-Based Exercise Representative

Deanne Oickle-Conrad


Provincial Zone Representatives

Central Zone Representative

(Halifax & Hants Counties)

Heather Creamer


Eastern Zone Representative

(Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond,  & Cape Breton counties)

Shawna Farmer

Western Zone Representative

(Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunenburg counties)

Tracy Cormier


Newfoundland & Labrador  Regional Representative

Lisa Moores


Northern Zone Representative

Carolyn Huchton

Diversity Representatives

Disabled Community Representative

Julianne Acker-Verney

Indigenous Community Representative

Catherine Knockwood

Vacant Positions

Any NSFA member interested in filling one of these roles can email Vice President of Governance, Jessica Goreham-Penney (  The currently vacant positions are all Zone & Community Representative roles.  You must live in the zone of or be a self-identified member of each of these groups to hold the position.


- VP Communications (social media announcements, member awards, annual holiday card campaign)

- VP Finance (budgeting, seeking funding sources)

Zone Representatives:

There are no vacant Zone positions.

Community Group Representatives:

- Black/African Nova Scotian Community

- Racialized Persons Community

- LGBTQ+ Community

NSFA Zones

The NSFA operates according to 5 Zones for regional representation. They are Western, Northern, Eastern, & Central in Nova Scotia, and the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

The 4 zones in Nova Scotia are grouped by county. 

Western: Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunnenberg

Northern: Pictou, Colchester, & Cumberland

Eastern: Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond, & Cape Breton

Central: Halifax & Hants


"THANK YOU" To Our Past Board Members!

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

Stephanie Nairn, Shanice Julian, Mo Baiumy, Sandra MacLean, Debra Calnen Tanner, Robinson Myers, Margaret Lee, Tim Adham, Janice MacKenzie, Brittany Smith, Daphne Arsenault, Rayanne Hunter, Brigitte MacInnes, Jennifer Ross, April Stroink, Doreen MacLean, Tim MacInnes,  Sheila Rafferty, Pat MacDonald, Debbie Murphy, Delores Forrest, Sandra Ryan, Marie Mullaly, Todd Sarty, Frann Dunn, Andrea Mounce Helence, Janice Forand and Sandra Jamieson.  


The NSFA also has six standing committees:

- Certifications & Professional Development
- Resource Generation
- Promotions & Communications
- Ethics (meets as-needed)
- Awards
- Events
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Terri (see email above).

Course Conductors:

Heather Creamer is a passionate fitness & health professional. After a diagnosis of breast cancer, she changed her career trajectory and took an early retirement from the corporate world to focus on supporting other cancer survivors through physical fitness. She became a Personal Trainer, a Cancer Exercise Specialist, graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as an RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant) and recently co-authored of the Natural Nutrition Coach program for the Health Coach Collaborative and MedeXN Fitness Institute.

Heather teaches group fitness and works with wellness-focused organizations such as Dempster Wellness as an educator and speaker on topics related to nutrition and health coaching. She was a facilitator of the Your Way to Wellness program with the Nova Scotia Health Authority until 2022.

Heather is an ICE certification instructor with the NSFA.

Outside of teaching fitness Heather is a mom, and a grandmother who enjoys being physically active including stand up paddle boarding with her friends.

Heather teaches Exercise Theory and Indoor Cycling Leadership

Linda Donnelly has a BSc in Physical Education and is a Registered Certified Kinesiologist and completed NSFA Group Exercise, Weight Trainer and Adapting for Diversity in Exercise 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.

Linda teaches Exercise Theory and Adapting for Diversity in Exercise

Judi Harvey has been a Fitness Professional for almost 25 years. She teaches group, aqua, adapting for diversity in exercise, 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 in Ontario.

Her favorite job is teaching older adults, and seeing how exercise changes their lives.

Judi teaches Group Exercise Leadership, Aqua Fitness Leadership, and Adapting for Diversity in Exercise

 Ashley Lushman has a Dance Teaching Diploma specializing in Ballet & 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. 

Ashley teaches Mind & Body Leadership

Terri Roberts (BA, BEd) is a fitness and dance instructor. She is the first Nova Scotian to be Bellyfit® certified & to become a Master Trainer with Bellyfit® International. She is a course conductor and the Executive Director of the NSFA which includes representing us to the FLC board. She has a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies from Mount St. Vincent University.  Her Master's Thesis was on the social and professional impact of gender stereotypes on the teaching practices of exercise educators. 

Terri teaches Exercise Theory, Mind & Body Leadership, and Weight Trainer Leadership

Susan Skulech-Hardiman is a retired Canadian Forces Medical Technician. After leaving the military she became a Personal Trainer who specializes in working with children and teens.  She has taught fitness and first aid courses all over Canada.  Susan is currently the Director of Personal Training and the PLAR assessor and former chair of the First Nations Truth & Reconciliation Action Items Committee. Susan is currently working on a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration from The University of Athabasca. 

She is certified in Personal Training, WT, ICE and YTL

Susan teaches Personal Training and Indoor Cycling Leadership

Tisha White has been a group fitness instructor for 15 years and has a passion for overall health and wellness.  She completed her BSc in Health Education from Dalhousie University as well a certificate in Adult Education from Henson College.  Tisha received her Group Exercise Leader certification through NSFA and went on to complete Schwinn cycling certifications as well as Jillian Michaels SHRED.  In 2012, she completed her 200hYTT from Therapeutic Approach in Halifax and has enjoyed offering classes in a variety of settings, including all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. 

Tisha prides herself on being able to offer classes that are welcoming and accommodating to all, regardless of fitness level.

Outside of teaching, Tisha is a mom who works full time and enjoys music, art, golf, stand-up paddling adventures, and camping in the desert.

Tisha teaches Indoor Cycling Leadership and Mind & Body Leadership

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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