• Kathy Turpin, Ph.D., Vice President of Sport Drug Testing for The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc., oversees the administration of drug-testing programs for Drug Free Sport’s 300+ high school and collegiate clients across the country. Responsibilities also include the management and oversight of the departments of Sales and Marketing and Client Services for Drug Free Sport. Professional history includes 25 years as a collegiate athletics administrator and coach. She has been a frequent presenter on NCAA compliance issues, SWA professional growth, and has served on numerous conference and NCAA committees including the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee, and is a past chair of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee. She continues to serve as a compliance consultant to the NCAA and the Division II membership. In addition, she is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), is a graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Leadership Institute and has previously served on their board of directors. Dr. Kathy Turpin earned a Ph.D. in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from Barry University, a Master’s degree in Sport Sociology from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team.

 

  • Susan Bruce, M.Ed., is director of the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. She has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has expertise in the social norms approach, peer education, and curriculum infusion strategies. She directs the national Gordie’s Call campaign to prevent alcohol abuse and hazing and the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences:  the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators.   She is a founding member of the Step UP! bystander intervention program and serves on the Step UP! Executive Board.  Her research focuses on reducing celebratory drinking consequences through peer-developed social marketing campaigns.  Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

 

  • Mary Wilfert, M.Ed., associate director in the NCAA Sport Science Institute, has administered NCAA health and wellness programming for 15 years and serves as primary liaison to the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee which provides health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership. Mary has worked in the health education field for over 35 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.

 

  • Craig Littlepage is in his 14th year as University of Virginia’s Athletics Director. Littlepage’s appointment as Athletics Director was announced in August of 2001. The first African-American athletics director in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Littlepage was named the Black Coaches Association’s “Athletics Administrator of the Year” in 2003 and 2006. He was also listed on Sports Illustrated’s list of the 101 most influential minorities in sports in 2003 and 2004. In March 2005, Littlepage was named one of Black Enterprise magazine’s “Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports.” Littlepage has been a member of UVa’s athletics administration since 1990 when he was appointed as assistant athletics director, a position he held from 1990-1991. He then spent four years as the associate director of athletics for programs and six years (1995-2001) as senior associate director of athletics, managing all aspects of the athletics department’s day-to-day operations. The LaMott, Pa., native earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He was a member of three Ivy League basketball championship teams at Penn and was instrumental in the Quakers’ drive to three consecutive NCAA Eastern Regional playoff appearances.

 

  • Juné Rogers is the youngest Director within the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and first female to hold the position of Director of Drug Programs and Policies within the NFLPA. A few of her accomplishments include creating and launching the NFLPA’s “Don’t Take” drug policy education campaign designed to encourage players in the National Football League (NFL) to consult with a knowledgeable professional before taking any medication. These efforts have led to a 50% percent reduction in amphetamine positive drug tests among NFL players. Prior to her position with the NFL Players Association, Juné served as a Regulatory Health Education Specialist for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2009 – 2012, a Patent Examiner in the Biotechnology Unit of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2007 – 2008, and a Research Coordinator for the Center for Developmental Epidemiology at Duke University 2005 – 2007. Juné earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree from Bennett College.