The NFPT Certification Council acts independently of the NFPT Board of Education and the NFPT Board of Directors. The Council establishes assessment setting protocols and standards for certification and examination eligibility, development, administration, security, reporting, and maintenance as they relate to the NFPT Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program. The Certification Council is responsible for establishing appropriate policies and procedures that comply with national certification accreditation and credentialing standards. The Certification Council establishes and manages all functions related to achieving certification (through a professional scope of practice assessment) as well as maintaining certification (through renewal and continuing education requirements).

The NFPT Certification Council is made up of five (5) total members; at least one (1) of whom is currently NFPT certified and one (1) who is appointed as the “public member” to represent the direct and indirect users of fitness trainer services and to effectively advocate for their interests.

Meet our NFPT Certification Council:

Sam Davis

Certification Council Chair

Samuel Davis served in the United States Navy from May 1983 to May 2003 as a Hospital Corpsman. Samuel Davis has also served in the Operation Desert Storm conflict and, following combat duty, has served in the capacity of Command Career Counselor, ER Medical Technician, CPR Instructor, Food Sanitation Inspector and Fitness Instructor.

Mr. Davis has his Masters Degree in Physiology from Southern Illinois University and a number of certifications and licenses ranging from NFPT CPT and Master Trainer to ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Mad Dog and Reebok Spin Certified Instructor, Sexual Assault/Victim Counselor and Crisis Intervention Counselor. Currently, Mr. Davis is a researcher and administrative support assistant for confidential government contractors and also enjoys extracurricular work as a personal trainer at his local YMCA.

Term: Nov 2021 – Nov 2023

Cathleen Kronemer

Cathleen Kronemer

Certification Council Member

Cathleen Kronemer has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and enjoyed her work with the Washington University’s School of Medicine. She is a freelance write for multiple fitness industry organizations, including NFPT. Cathleen is an AFAA-Certified Group Exercise Instructor, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, ACE-Certified Health Coach, former competitive bodybuilder and is currently employed at the Jewish Community Center in St. Louis, MO. The JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camps throughout North America. It is Cathleen’s desire to help as many people as possible to achieve better health and wellness. With over 3 decades of industry experience, Cathleen express the joy in her work as being both humbling and enlightening. The NFPT Trainer Family is proud to have Cathleen on our team!

Term: Nov 2020 – Nov 2022

Scott Hults - Certification Council Member

Scott Hults

Certification Council Member

Before joining the YMCA faculty in 2008, Scott held senior management positions in several multi-national business organizations in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC and Birmingham with NBC-TV, Group W (Westinghouse), MTV-Music Television, CNBC, The Weather Channel, The Learning Channel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and EWTN Global Catholic Network (Birmingham). He has had over 30 years of experience in corporate marketing and communications with responsibilities that include revenue generating programs, fundraising, forecasting and budgeting, public relations and promotion.
Scott is a retired United States Naval Reserve Captain and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Arts degree in Communications from New York University. His personal motto: Train Hard. Train Natural.

Term: Nov 2020 – Nov 2022

Steven Z Public Member2021(2)

Steven Zavalney

Certification Council Public Member

Steven is a retired EMT and Firefighter. As Deputy Fire Marshal, Steven was responsible for determining the cause and origin of fires, construction plans review and inspections to determine code compliance. He assisted in the establishment of the Islamorada, Florida’s first Trauma Transport Helicopter program,
and was among the first crew of flight medics to staff this unit. Steven represented Monroe County on the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory and the Urban Area Security Initiative councils. He is experienced in the processes of certification and continuing education as he has participated and successfully completed the requirements of Florida State Certification in the following programs: Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Officer/Safety/Investigator and Certified by the National Board on Fire Service.

Steven’s personal hobbies and interests include living a healthy and fit lifestyle. He enjoys adventure racing, bicycling, scuba diving (he is a certified dive instructor), and is an avid photographer specializing in travel, nature and airshows. He is also a foster home for Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida. Steven has a servant’s heart for helping people and animals, and it shows in his work, lifestyle and hobbies.

Term: March 2022 – March 2023