Dr. Patricia Deuster

Executive Director


Dr. Patricia Deuster is the Executive Director for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine and a professor at the Uniformed Services University. She was the author of the first U.S. Navy SEAL Nutrition Guide sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command and, because of its success, was commissioned to update the nutrition guide for the United States Special Operations Commands (USSOCOM).

Dr. Deuster, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, has conducted research in the area of sports and warrior nutrition for more than 35 years and has published well over 300 peer-reviewed papers relating to stress, nutrition, and physical performance in the military. She has been a tennis professional, nationally ranked marathoner, qualifier for the First Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, triathlete, skydiver with over 100 jumps, and worldwide scuba diver. In addition, she is an invited speaker throughout the U.S. on sports nutrition and performance.

Aiste Degesys
Education & Production Administrator


Aiste Degesys is HPRC’s Education & Production Administrator. She is responsible for the operational and administrative project oversight of health-and-performa
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Andrea T. Lindsey
Director of Performance Nutrition, Director of Operation Supplement Safety


Andrea Lindsey is the Director of Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS.org) and Director of Performance Nutrition for CHAMP. She has extensive experience as a program manage
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Ayanna Shivers
Marketing & Communications Manager


Ayanna Shivers is HPRC’s Marketing & Communications Manager. She brings an extensive academic background in social psychology to her communications practice. She is
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Brooks Ford


Brooks Ford is a Performance Dietitian and Nutrition Content Lead for HPRC's Nutrition domain. She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetic
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Carol M. Stockton
Senior Editor


Carol Stockton is Senior Editor for CHAMP Education (including HPRC, OPSS, and special projects), with an editing background of more than 30 years as technical editor, co
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Christiane Minnick
Senior Graphic Designer


Christiane Minnick is the Senior Graphic Designer for HPRC. She is a full-time communication arts professional employing her skills in print and digital graphic design, c
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Christopher Niewinski
Multimedia Specialist

Chris Niewinski is HPRC’s Multimedia Specialist. Chris brings experience working in 3D animation, motion graphics, and video in a variety of industries and products. Pr
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Danielle Urey
Program Assistant/Program Coordinator


Danielle Urey is a Program Assistant/Program Coordinator for CHAMP. She serves as a contributor to the Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Events Collaborative (WHEC) and
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Gabe Paoletti


Gabe Paoletti is a Performance Psychology Scientist with HPRC, where he translates research in the domain of Mental Fitness. Previously, he has provided resilience, leade
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Gia Torpey
Senior Technical Editor


Gia Torpey is a Senior Technical Editor for CHAMP’s HPRC and HPRC blog websites. She also provides editorial support for multiple HPRC campaigns and special projects. S
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Josh Kazman
Senior Research Biostatitician and Branch Chief of Analytics


Josh Kazman is Senior Research Biostatitician and Branch Chief of Analytics for CHAMP/HPRC. He works with web analytics for HPRC, including providing feedback to HPRC wri
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Katie Kirkpatrick
Senior Nutritionist


Katie Kirkpatrick is Senior Nutritionist for the Go for Green® and Performance Nutrition projects for CHAMP/HPRC. She is a registered dietitian.
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Lauren A. Messina
Director of HPO Education and Training


Lauren Messina is CHAMP's Director of Human Performance Optimization (HPO) Education and Training. She supports HPRC in translating and disseminating HPO and Total F
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Maria McConville
Senior Nutrition Health Educator


Maria McConville is a Senior Nutrition Health Educator for CHAMP. She is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, and Health & Wellness Coach. Trained in t
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Melissa Reichley
Senior Technical Writer/Editor


Melissa is a Senior Technical Writer/Editor for CHAMP’s HPRC website and related content, striving to make evidence-based info about human performance optimization acce
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Melissa Rittenhouse
Nutritionist and Exercise Scientist

PhD in Exercise Physiology

Melissa Rittenhouse focuses her work for HPRC on Human Performance Optimization. She also serves as an Assistant Professor at USU and helps with lectures on nutrition and
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Rebecca Ilene Mintz
Health Communication and Social Media Specialist


Rebecca is a Health Communication and Social Media Specialist for HPRC and OPSS. She focuses on translating health information and current research into engaging online c
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Sarah Steward


Sarah Steward is HPRC's subject-matter expert for the Social Fitness domain. She has worked in a clinical setting providing therapeutic services to individuals, coup
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Tammy Irelan
Digital Manager


Tammy Irelan is Digital Manager for HPRC. She is responsible for posting content to the CHAMP websites and works closely with the web developer and content staff to plan
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Timothy C. Gribbin
Senior Scientist


Tim Gribbin is HPRC’s Senior Scientist for Exercise Physiology and Content Lead for the Physical Fitness and Environment domains. Tim previously was laboratory manager
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The following people are regular, qualified contributors to special sections of the HPRC website, such as the Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Event Collaborative. Some are staff from other divisions of CHAMP, while others are from the Uniformed Services University or other military-related organizations.

Cooper Hazel
Research Assistant

BS Exercise Science

Contributor, WHEC Cooper Hazel graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University. He started as an intern with CHAMP in December 2018 and was brought on as a researc
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David DeGroot
Co-Director of WHEC; Director of the Fort Benning Heat Center

PhD Physiology

LTC David DeGroot is the Co-Director of the Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Event Collaborative and the Director of the Fort Benning Heat Center. His research interest
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Dr. Benjamin Buchanan
Deputy Director of the Heat Center

MD Family and Sports Medicine

Contributor, WHEC Dr. Buchanan completed an internship and residency in family medicine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine
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Dr. Francis G. O’Connor
Co-Director of WHEC; Medical Director for CHAMP; Professor, Military and Emergency Medicine


A recently retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. O’Connor has been a leader in sports medicine education and research for the military for more than 25 ye
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Dr. Glen A. Cook
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, USUHS


Contributor, WHEC MDCRC LCDR Cook is a staff neurologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is Director of the National Capital Consortium (NCC)
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Dr. Jonathan Bresner
Associate Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

MD Neurology

Contributor, WHEC MDCRC Jonathan Bresner is a neurologist at WRNMMC and Associate Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program. He provides neu
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John Rains
Clinic Chief at Fort Benning, Adjunct Professor


Contributor, WHEC John Rains is board certified and a member of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). John has more than 10 yea
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Preetha Anna Abraham
Director of Research and Scholarship at CHAMP


Contributor, WHEC Preetha Anna Abraham serves as the Director of Research and Scholarship at the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP). She has expert
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Shanell Brown
Program Assistant

BS Health Science

Contributor, WHEC Shanell Brown is the program assistant at the Fort Benning Heat Center. Her administrative role entails data collection, maintenance, and reporting.
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