Dr. Michael Bankey serves on the WITS Board as the Certification Director with five other board members, but his role is as a non-voting board member. He has over 25 years of experience working as an administrator in higher education and also possesses ICE’s Credentialing Specialist Certificate. Michael has had extensive experience in workforce training, continuing education, and industry collaborations at several universities and community colleges. He has a strong background with both credit and non-credit program offerings at the college level and is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Chair from Virginia (2 year term)
Antwain Haskins has over 19 years experience in the health and fitness field and as a Physical Therapy Aid. He earned a BS in Physical Education as well as a Masters of Sports Science in Sports Coaching. Antwain is certified as a Personal Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, CPR Instructor and Holistic Fitness Instructor.
Vice Chair from Ohio (3 year term)
Rachel Drake earned her Certification in Personal Training in 2011 from World Instructors Training Schools. Since that time she has focused on teaching small and large boot camps, small group training, personal training, boxing bootcamps and working with people in the area of health and wellness. She also earned her Certification in Lifestyle Fitness Coaching last year and enjoys coaching people in the area of health and wellness specifically Type 2 diabetics. She currently works at a small gym in her hometown.
Secretary/ Treasurer from Maryland (2 year term)
Niki Barr is certified through the WITS Certified Personal Trainer program. She started her training career at Bally Total Fitness, working with over 100 clients whose goals ranged from weight loss to post-rehab. In 2006, Niki opened Fly-By Fitness, an in-home personal training company and in 2012, she accepted the position as Health & Fitness Manager at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, serving the health and wellness needs of the senior community. In addition to her Level VI PT Certification, Niki is certified as a NASM Senior Fitness Specialist, ISCA Kickboxing Instructor, Rock Steady Boxing Instructor, and YogaFit Instructor.
Board Member from Florida (1 year term)
Betty Amend holds a bachelors degree in Business and a Masters in Human Relations. She retired this past March after 32 years as a business executive and is currently pursuing her lifelong passion of coaching and motivating others to achieve their health and fitness goals. Betty was a collegiate athlete and studied nutrition while in college. She received her certification in June of 2016 and is currently employed as a personal trainer at the Players Club in Naples, Fl. She recently started a business called Betty boot camp. She has served on a number of boards during her previous career.
Public Member from Utah (3 year term)
Marc Levy has a long and varied professional history, beginning as a clinical psychologist for his first eight years, followed by eight years as a professor of psychology and organizational development, and as a human resources professional and organizational trainer for another eight years. He now works with individual clients on career transition strategies, for both the Waldron Company out of Seattle and the University of Utah MBA programs. Exercise has been a big part of Marc’s life since he was a teenager, an interest which ties nicely into the WITS mission and purpose. His favorite sport activity is downhill snow skiing, and he served as a ski instructor for Vail’s Park City Resort for the past three ski seasons. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.