Our Mission

To provide leadership, advocacy and professional development to health and physical educators. 

Our Vision

Overall wellness in Pennsylvania. 

Why Join? 

PSAHPERD is a volunteer-run, 501c3 organization providing professional development through our annual convention, workshops, published journals, social media outlets and advocacy efforts on a state and federal level. When you join PSAHPERD you receive:

  • PSAHPERD Journal 3x yearly
  • Discounted registration fees for association-sponsored workshops and conferences
  • Act 48 Hours at eligible events
  • Eligibility to be acknowledged as a Teacher of the Year and/or Professional of the Year in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance or Sport
  • Opportunities for professional networking and idea exchanges 
  • An advocating voice in the state and federal government 
  • Opportunities to serve on the Executive Board
  • Link to the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and Eastern District

Membership Types

Membership to PSAHPERD is available to all persons interested in achieving overall wellness in PA through health and physical education. Upon payment of annual dues, professional members have access to all member benefits as the opportunity to run for the Board of Directors.

  • Professional membership is available to current professionals.  

  • Student membership is available to all students enrolled in professional preparation programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.

  • Retired membership is available to all persons upon retirement.

  • Group membership is available to a school district/building, organization, or college/university groups. 

Join Today!

PSAHPERD Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Matt Trout

David Schmidt

Colleen Wegimont


Executive Director
Jessica Peconi-Cook 


Board of Directors

Todd Bedard 
Jenifer Butz
Betty Ann Fish 
Deborah Lawlor

Alyssa Mahramus
Tom Palfey 
Jenifer Rudella 
David Schmidt
Craig Shapiro 

Colleen Wegimont
Jeff Potter Haverford 
Gene White

Local Associations 

Lancaster, Lebanon Berks County  South Eastern District  Philadelphia Butler, Lawrence Mercer Cumberland, Dauphin


Call for Volunteers!

PSAHPERD is seeking individuals who wish to join our team in 2019! If you are passionate about advancing our profession, helping PSAHPERD succeed as well as helping students across the state achieve healthy and active lifestyles, PSAHPERD has a role for you! As our needs and goals fluctuate, so will the types and numbers of active committees we have. We are currently looking for members and/or committees chairs for the following committees:

  • Marketing
  • Governance
  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Awards
  • Advocacy
  • Future Professionals

Our second call for volunteers looking to serve on a committee will take place in the late spring of 2019. At that time, we will be looking to build the following committees:

  • Health
  • Adapted
  • Physical Education
  • School Wellness
  • Membership 
  • School Leadership

Please contact Jessica Peconi-Cook with any questions ([email protected] or 412.407.3301)  




  • Works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a marketing plan as well as:
    • Identify the primary audience for the organization
    • Monitor the presence of the organization’s brand
    • Ensure that the products, services, and programs of the organization remain relevant
    • Create/curate social media content


  • Led by the board treasurer
  • Oversees/offers input on the creation of the budget
  • Monitors and reports on financial status and activities
  • Ensure the financial policies and practices are followed
  • Oversee investment
  • Explores potential funding (grant and individual donor) opportunities


  • Establish policies and monitors implementation with the goal of leading the organization toward prosperity and sustainability
  • Responsible for overseeing how the board manages itself
  • Recruiting and interviewing candidates along with the executive committee for board directorship and making recommendations to the board
  • Monitors governance and compliance issues, such as conducting annual meetings and audits and filing the appropriate paperwork with state authorities along with the guidance of the Executive Director
  • Conducts annual evaluations for the executive director,  board of directors, and committees


  • Promotes, recruits and evaluates award nominees for all PSAHPERD awards


  • Monitor legislative actions impacting the profession
  • Prepares resolutions appropriate to pending legislation
  • Create position statements on critical issues
  • Collaborates with awards committee to recruit and promote Legislative Honor awards
  • Advocates HPE on a local, state and national level

Future Professionals 

  • Plan the annual Student Leadership Conference
  • Create a learning community for future leaders