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John Graham, MS, ACSM EP-C, CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA

Senior Director, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2002 - East Stroudsburg University; Master of Science Major; Health and Physical Education
  • 1984 - University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor of Science; Major: Exercise Science

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association - Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (Emeritus)
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association - Fellow

PERSONAL OBJECTIVE

Provide a leadership role in a Multi-Disciplinary Healthcare System by supporting an integrated approach to a continuum of health care through medical fitness, chronic disease and disability management, health & wellness and sports performance.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Medical Fitness, Sports Performance, Metabolic Fitness, Tactical Performance, Youth Fitness, Corporate Wellness & Fitness, Weight Management, Nutrition

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Brian Zarbatany BS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • Year – Lock Haven University; Degree

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Brian has trained clients ranging from post rehabilitation to professional athletes. He has presented on many topics, has been published in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning, and has been quoted and or referenced in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and various newspapers.

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Jessica Gaal, BS, CSCS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 1999 – Penn State University; Kinesiology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Jess has worked with clients of all ages and abilities. She enjoys seeing her clients accomplish their fitness goals and appreciates their dedication to a healthier lifestyle.

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Steve Hultgren, BS, CSCS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 1999 – East Stroudsburg University; Exercise Science

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Steve has done work with the Lafayette College and Lehigh University strength staff. Steve has been part of the strength training team for school such as Easton Area High School, Emmaus High School, Northampton Area High School, and Whitehall High School.

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Jessica Heffelfinger BS, HFS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 1999 – East Stroudsburg University; Exercise Science with concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health and Fitness Specialist

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Jess competed in multiple sports and was a member of the USA team that competed in the 2010 International Triathlon Union’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She also has an interest in helping motocross riders excel in their sport.

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Jeff Baker MS, HFS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • Year – Bloomsburg University; Master’s in Exercise Science

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health and Fitness Specialist

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Jeff has interned with the Iron Pigs and at multiple cardiac rehabilitation facilities. Jeff has trained a wide variety of clientele and is currently an assistant basketball coach at Wilson Area Intermediate School.

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James Farley, BS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • Year – Penn State University; Kinesiology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

James was licensed as a Health/PE teacher and worked as a teacher for 4 years after graduation. James has worked as a coach with a variety of athletes for over 6 years. He currently coaches varsity football for the Pocono Mt. School District, and has also worked with various athletes/teams in the Lehigh Valley ranging from the youth to the professional level.

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Ryan Counterman, BS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2007 – Penn State University; Kinesiology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Ryan is a graduate of Nazareth High School where he was a wrestler and baseball player. Since graduation Ryan has worked as a trainer in the Penn State fitness centers and also in a Chiropractic office with clients of various ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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Jesse Strawser, MS, CSCS

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • Year – East Stroudsburg University; Degree(s)
  • 2012-13 – East Stroudsburg University; Graduate Assistantship
  • 2012 – University of Richmond; Internship
  • 2013 – University of Richmond; Internship
  • 2015 – Muhlenberg College; Volunteer Assistant Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • 2015 – Villanova University; Summer Volunteer Internship

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Jesse has worked with a variety of athletes and programmed for selected sports. He is also an avid powerlifter and holds Pennsylvania records in the deadlift(611lbs) and bench press (518 lbs). He enjoys motivating and working with a variety of athletes and clientele to help them achieve their goals.

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Mike Brown MS, NASM-CPT

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2011 – Kutztown University; Bachelor’s in Biology
  • 2013 – California University of Pennsylvania; Master’s of Science
  • 2013 – Velocity Sports Performance; Internship

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Mike assisted with the Strength and Conditioning program of the men’s and women’s rowing teams at Lehigh University.

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Ian Finestein BS, PES, NASM-CPT

Title, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • Year – Temple University; Bachelor’s in Biology

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Ian has had the opportunity to be a part of many different fitness projects in the Lehigh Valley. He helped to start a local hospital’s health and wellness program by conducting health screenings and holding weekly fitness classes for its employees. Most recently, he has been making his mark in Easton, as a personal trainer for Lafayette College.

In his early years, Ian became the youngest student in his studio to earn his first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Adding to his wellness profile, Ian decided to use these teachings to conduct self-defense seminars around the Lehigh Valley area.

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