NYSHSI Leadership Board

Meet the important and influential leaders behind the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute

While the Institute’s managing committee operationalizes, monitors, and actively manages the day-to-day functions of the Institute, the leadership board provides overall guidance to the Institute. The leadership board includes recognized individuals from across the nation with not only extensive clinical and scientific expertise but also a passion for youth sports and the myriad health and safety challenges facing young athletes today.

William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM – Chair

Professor – Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Faculty – St John’s Family Medicine Residency Program and UMN Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

University of Minnesota Medical School

Past-President, American College of Sports Medicine


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Mike McIntyre served for the last 18 years as a United States Congressman from North Carolina and was founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports.

In addition to receiving national legislative awards for leadership on other issues, he has been honored by the National Recreation and Parks Association (Congressional Award), by the Sports And Fitness Industry Association (Champion of Fitness and Health Award), twice by the National Council on Youth Sports, and named a Sports Ethics Fellow by the Institute for International Sport.

He holds a black belt in  taekwondo and has been inducted into the Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame.


Thomas M. Best, MD, PhD, FACSM

Professor of Orthopedics, Family Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, U of Miami

Research Director – UHealth Sports Medicine Institute

Associate Director – Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Team Physician – U of Miami Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Miami Marlins

Past-President, American College of Sports Medicine


Nailah Coleman, MD, FAAP, FACSM

Pediatric Attending, The Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Children’s National Health System

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University Medical Center


Gary Hall, Jr.

Olympic Hall of Fame; 3-time Olympic Swimmer; 10-time Olympic Medalist

Principal, Hallway Consulting


Kurt Griffin, MD, PhD, FAAP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Endocrinology), Sanford

School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

Director of Clinical Trials and Scientist, The Sanford Project, Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, SD.


Mindy Millard-Stafford, PhD, FACSM

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

School of Applied Physiology

Past-President, American College of Sports Medicine


Karin Pfeiffer, PhD, FACSM

Professor, Michigan State University

Department of Kinesiology

Center for Physical Activity and Health

Vice President, American College of Sports Medicine


Thayne Munce, PhD, FACSMthayne_munce

Director of Research & Development, Sanford Sports Science Institute

Associate Scientist, Children’s Health Research Center, Sanford Research

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota


Rebecca Battista, PhD, FACSM

Associate Professor, Growth & Motor Development, Appalachian State University

Research Interests:

  • Physical activity (children and youth)
  • Improving motor development to increase physical activity in children
  • Youth sports
  • Physical characteristics of college athletes across a competitive career


Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Director, Spaulding National Running Center

Vice President, American College of Sports Medicine

Past President, American Society of Biomechanics