Dr. Michael Bankey serves on the Board as the Fitness 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 Florida (3 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.
Vice Chair from South Carolina (3 year term).
Amy Matheny has over 14 years experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She also earned a B.S. in 2006 for Allied Health Administration and in 2010 became a certified personal trainer from W.I.T.S. She currently works for an outpatient therapy office where she works with a variety of orthopedic issues in both the gym and aquatic settings. She looks forward to being an active member of the council.
Secretary from Idaho (3 year term)
Michelle Walker proudly served in the United States Army and is currently the Aquatic Health & Fitness Coordinator at the Salvation Army Kroc Center located in beautiful Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Beginning her career in fitness in 2009 as a licensed Zumba Instructor, Michelle went back to school to earn her A.S. degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. In 2014 Michelle also became a W.I.T.S. certified personal trainer. Since then Michelle has had other trainings and certifications: Zumba (Aqua, Gold, Toning, Strong), YogaFit Foundations and Senior, ACE Therapeutic Exercise Specialty, AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association), Red Cross WSI (Water Safety Instructor) and ATRI (Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute). Michelle was the recipient of the Innovator of the Year award in 2019 for instituting new programming and workshops for members and the community of the Kroc Center. In her current position Michelle created the Aquatic Smart Start program, a 45-minute training session designed to show Kroc members how to work out safely and effectively in the aquatic environment. Michelle enjoys working out especially in the great outdoors: hiking, snowshoe, and kayaking are her favorites. Michelle is excited about joining the council and contributing in a positive and meaningful way.
Council Member from Ohio (3 year term)
Alex Sywyj is a certified personal trainer with over five years of experience and earned his Associates Degree in Sports and Exercise Studies in 2016. He has worked in a variety of community based exercise settings. He has diverse certifications from sports nutrition and tai chi to W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Fitness Training. Alex finds it most rewarding to work with the youth/ teenage group. Also, he has had great success working with special populations, primarily cancer survivors. Some of Alex’s favorite hobbies are fishing, kayaking, soccer, and basketball. Alex looks forward to making positive contributions to W.I.T.S. as a member of the council this year.
Public Member from North Carolina (3 year term)
Willie D. Williams III is the Associate Dean of the Office of Mentoring & Bridge Programs at Central Piedmont Community College. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Toledo, with a concentration in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. Willie has worked in higher education for the past 10 years, with a special interest in working with non-traditional and at-risk students.
Willie enjoys daily exercise and believes fitness is a life style. He exercises regularly, from weight lifting and cycling/treadmill work. Willie is an assistant coach for NC Elite Prep Football 7on 7 program in Charlotte, North Carolina ran by former NFL Player Myron Bell. He also assists Colonel Thomas Hundley with Fit 4 Duty resiliency training for youth and young adults.
Willie previously worked at the Boys and Girls clubs of Toledo, Ohio where he was the director of the Homer Hamham unit. During my time at the Boys and Girls club, he found his passion to work with underrepresented youth. He gladly took on roles as mentor, tutor, supporter, listener, and any other role I the students need him to be. He embraced his role as a servant leader.
Willie lives in Davidson, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters. He is very excited about the opportunity to join the Council. He is committed to full participation and understands his role to represent the public sector.