Meet the Certification Council


Certification Director

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.

Amy MathenyVice 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 New Jersey (3 year term)

Victoria Elbrecht is a certified personal trainer with over a decade of experience. She has worked in many exercise settings and is familiar with several innovative programs. Of course, W.I.T.S. elite is her primary certification. However, she has also obtained primary fitness, sports nutrition consultant and women’s hormonal health certifications, too. Victoria’s strengths include her ability to educate large and small group populations, while creating fitness programs and routines that are beneficial to a variety of physical fitness enthusiasts. During her free time she is a mother and a wife who enjoys reading, dancing, water sports and traveling. Victoria is eager to assist W.I.T.S. as a member of the council this year.

Alex SywyjCouncil 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 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.