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New Jersey Department of Health
Community Health and Wellness Unit
NJ Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
PO Box 364
50 E. State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364

Phone: 609-292-2209
Fax: 609-292-9599

Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

The New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (NJCPFS) promotes public awareness of the importance of and opportunities for physical fitness and sports activities to achieve healthier lifestyles. The 16-member council is appointed by the Governor and works to benefit New Jerseyans of all ages, but focuses particularly on the state's youth through partnerships with physical fitness and sports programs.

Council Members

John Gallucci Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT
Chair, New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Medical Coordinator, Major League Soccer
President and CEO, JAG Physical Therapy

Carl Banks
Former NY Giants Linebacker and Superbowl Winner

Gian-Paul Gonzalez-Alberti, M.Ed.
Motivational Speaker, “All In”
High school teacher, Union City, NJ

Al Leiter
Former Major League Baseball Pitcher

Jackie Malaska
Executive Director, NJ Association of Health, Physical Education, and Dance

Jeff Marmelstein, MS, CPT, CCES, CMES
Exercise Physiologist, Fitness and Personal Training Director, The Club at Woodbridge

Wendy Moyle
NJ Park and Recreation Association Representative

Bart Oates
Former New York Giants Football Player and Superbowl Winner
Vice President, Gale & Wentworth Commercial Real Estate

Robb Rehberg, PHD, ATC, NREMT
Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training Clinical Education at William Paterson University
Founder/Partner, Rehberg Konin Group
Executive Director, Sport Safety International

Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RDN, FACSM
Registered dietician, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living

Resource Members

Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN 
Chief of Clinical Operations and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield NJ

John Kripsak, D.O.
Board certified sports medicine and family practice physician
Chairman, NJSIAA Medical Advisory Board
Member, Brain Injury Alliance of NJ Sports Concussion Committee
Team Physician, Somerset Patriots Baseball Team
School and Team Physician, Bridgewater Raritan High School, Hunterdon Central High School, and Somerville High School

John Kulin, D.O.
CEO, The Urgent Care Group, PA
Founding Member and President, North East Regional Urgent Care Association
Member, Precision Sports Performance

Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, CPT
Vice President, Healthy Living and Community Engagement, RWJ Barnabas Health

Shaun O’Hara
Former New York Giants Football Player and Superbowl Winner
Analyst, NFL Network and ESPN Radio

Ben Shaffer
Former Chairman, New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Vice President of Recreation, New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance

Patricia Swartz, CTRS, RA
Chair, NJ Commission of Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
Former Administrator, Office of Recreation, NJ Department of Community Affairs

Joanne Van Sant
Ordained Presbyterian Pastor serving the Friends to Friends Community Church, Ridgewood, NJ

Kathy Werheim, MA, MPA 
Director of Community Resources, Bergen’s Promise, Inc.
New Jersey Children’s System of Care

DOH Liaison:
Peri Nearon, MPA
Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Community Health and Wellness, NJ Department of Health

Last Reviewed: 4/12/2017