Staff & Board


Executive Director

Terri Roberts


Membership Services Coordinator

Zena Snider


Exams and Evaluations Coordinator

Stacey McKay 


CEC Records Coordinator

Judi Harvey


Online Quiz Coordinator

Jessica Goreham-Penney


Director of Personal Training & PLAR Assessor

Susan Skulech-Hardiman


Director of Older Adult Fitness Leadership

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), and those representing 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. 


Susan Hardiman


Vice President Governance

Jessica Goreham-Penney

Central Zone Representative

(Halifax & Hants Counties)

Heather Creamer


PT & RT Representative

Rick Horsman


Group Exercise Representative

Deanne Oickle-Conrad


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


2SLGBTQ+ Community Representative

Dorion Inc.

Northern Zone Representative

Carolyn Huchton

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)

- VP Operations & Finance (aka Treasurer; budgeting, seeking funding sources)

Zone Representatives:

There are no vacant Zone positions.

Community Group Representatives:

- Black/African Nova Scotian Community

- Disabled Persons Community

- Indigenous Community

- Racialized Persons 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 or Jessica (see emails above).

Course Conductors:

Linda Donnelly has 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.

Linda teaches Exercise Theory and Older Adult Leadership

Warwick Driscoll has been leading indoor cycling classes for the past four years in Nova Scotia but was originally certified in Vancouver by BCRPA in 2011. He has been able to incorporate his love of music  and cycling to create a fun class for all ages. When not on a bike Warwick is a tour director introducing travelers to this wonderful part of Canada.

He loves working with seniors, not only on tours but also as a group chair fitness instructor.

Warwick teaches Indoor Cycling Exercise Leadership

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 in Ontario.

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

Judi teaches Group Exercise Leadership, Aqua Fitness Leadership, and Older Adult Leadership

 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

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.

Doreen teaches Exercise Theory

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 has a Master of Arts degree in Women & Gender Studies from Mount Stt. 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 Resistance 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, RT, 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, SUP, 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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