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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 healthcare 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

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

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EDUCATION

  • 1994 – Lock Haven University; BS Fitness Management

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer

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. Brian is also a multiple Morning Call – Best Personal Trainer - Award Winner. His training expertise is working with those that have injuries.

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Jessica Heffelfinger BS, HFS

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

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EDUCATION

  • 2013 – 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 has worked with St. Luke’s at the West End campus since their opening in 2013. She enjoys working with any and all populations and helping each individual achieve their own personal goals.

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Jeffrey Baker MS, ACSM EP-C, FMS

Director – Sports and Human Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2012 – Bloomsburg University; Master’s in Exercise Science
  • 2008 – East Stroudsburg University; Bachelors in Sport Management/Business Management

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Jeff has many years of experience working with a wide range of clientele from both the clinical and sports performance areas. He was previously an assistant basketball coach at the middle school level.

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James Farley, BS, CSCS

Regional Sports Performance Manager
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2009 – Penn State University; Kinesiology

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

James was licensed as a Health/PE teacher and worked as a teacher for 4 years after graduating from Penn State University. James has worked as a coach with a variety of athletes and is a former varsity football coach for the Pocono Mt. and Catasauqua School Districts. James is currently the St. Luke’s Strength and Conditioning Coach For Easton Area High School.

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Ryan Counterman, BS

Exercise Specialist, 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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Mike Brown MS, NASM-CPT

Exercise Specialist, 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 and is the current St. Luke’s Strength and Conditioning Coach working with the sports teams at Northampton High School.

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Tibor A. Bodi Jr. MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, CF-L1, ITAT

Regional Fitness & Sports Performance Manager
Certified Athletic Trainer
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2007- Waynesburg University, BS Athletic Training
  • 2008- East Stroudsburg University of PA, MS Athletic Training

CERTIFICATIONS & CREDENTIALS

  • BOC - ATC; Certified Athletic Trainer
  • CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ITAT - ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer
  • CF-L1; Crossfit Level 1 Coaching Certificate
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Tibor has worked as an athletic trainer in the Lehigh Valley for 10 years. During this time he helped develop protocols on the management and evaluation of concussions, injury prevention through weight training, and an in-season pitchers maintenance program to name a few.

Tibor has worked with numerous athletes of many different levels and has created strength and conditioning programs to fit the demands of each athlete’s needs.

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Will Geosits MS,

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

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EDUCATION

  • 2016 – East Stroudsburg University – Master of Science; Exercise Science
  • 2013 – Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science; Kinesiology

PERSONAL OBJECTIVE

  • Helping athletes to increase their athletic performance while reducing their risk of injury though ground based movements, three dimensional movements, and multi-joint movements.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Will has interned with both Lehigh University Strength and Conditioning and Harvard University Strength and Conditioning staffs. In the summer of 2016, he worked with the Crimson’s football, men’s hockey, men’s lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse teams.

He is the former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for All Star Baseball Academy and the current Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Albright College.

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Samantha Strack, BS

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

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EDUCATION

  • 2014- East Stroudsburg University, Exercise Science with concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Samantha graduated from Nazareth High School, where she was a basketball player, and ran track and cross country. She went on to get her degree in Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg University. After graduation, she worked as a Physical Therapy Aide in Long Island, New York with clients of all ages and abilities. While she resided in New York, Samantha taught group fitness classes, such as cycling and body tone. She plans to attend St. Luke’s School of Nursing March of 2018.

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James Brown, BS

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

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EDUCATION

  • 2016—Kutztown University: Bachelor’s in Science
  • 2016—St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance; Internship

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

James has experience in playing and coaching football and basketball. He aspires to help all individuals understand the important role exercise plays in a healthy lifestyle. His past experience in athletics is what has inspired him to also help athletes achieve their full potential.

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Nestor Taffur, MS

Community Wrestling Liaison/Sports Performance Coach, Fitness & Sports Performance
St. Luke’s University Health Network

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EDUCATION

  • 2014 – Boston University – Master of Science; Administrative Studies
  • 2013 – Boston University– Bachelor of Science; Management Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

  • Help athletes learn to train at high level to maximize athletic performance.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / NOTES

Nestor graduated from Boston University where he wrestled at the Division 1 level. He is currently training at the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club and competing on the Olympic circuit. He has been coaching wrestling at the youth and high school level since 2009.

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