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DPS Fitness Wellness Unit Bios

Instructor Bios:

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Greg Davis, Captain, Fitness Wellness Unit Training Coordinator

Hometown – Austin, Texas

Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Law Enforcement Fitness Training Coordinator – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Biomechanics in Resistance Training; Injury Management; Sand-bell Instructor; Concept 2 Rower Instructor; Trigger Point Therapy; Functional Movement Specialist (FMS); Arrest and Control Tactics Instructor; Taser Instructor; ASP Baton Instructor; Advanced TCOLE Instructor; and Master Level Peace Officer.

Education – Captain Davis received Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. Captain Davis has received credentialed fitness education and training from the United States Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Glynco, Georgia) and the Cooper Institute (Dallas, Texas); as well as, over 34 years of practical application as a competitive athlete trained by world class coaching.

Experience/Expertise – As a competitive athlete Captain Davis had a long athletic career, 34 years (1972-2006), as a competitive athlete competing in domestic and international competitions successfully medaling in the following events: Power-lifting; Biathlons; Obstacle Course Negotiation; Track and Field Events; Wrestling – Freestyle and Greco Roman; Gymnastics; and Iron-Cop/Tough Man Competitions; Since retiring from competition, in 2006, Captain Davis continues to seek a PHD in Health Science with a concentration in Physical Readiness Testing and policy development.

Captain Davis is currently in his 30th year in the Criminal Justice career field. He began his career by serving in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer; After receiving his Honorable Discharged, he then worked as a Federal Police Officer/Instructor for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, the Attorney General's Office in Internal Security and Investigations, and the University of Texas at Austin Police Department as a Police Officer/Instructor. For the last 17 years, he has been serving with the Texas Department of Public Safety in the following capacities: State Trooper – Texas Highway Patrol Capital District; Agent – Executive Protection Bureau (Formerly the Governor's Protection Detail); and currently as the Department's Physical Fitness Training Coordinator and is assigned to the Education, Training, and Research Division – Fitness Wellness Unit.

As a Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist and a Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Training Coordinator, Captain Davis has 20 years of educational/practical expertise as well as teaching expertise in the following disciplines: Biomechanics in Resistance Training; Injury Management; Fitness and Wellness; Anatomy; Exercise Physiology; Flexibility; Exercise Safety; Cardiovascular Prescription; Behavior Change; Strength Training and Prescription; Anatomy Joint Action; Goal Setting; Tabata Sprint Methodology; Power-lifting; Cross Training; Body Computation Analysis; Nutrition; Hydration; Program Design; Boot Camp Mechanics; Circuit Leadership; Sand-bell Instructor; Concept 2 Rower Instructor; Arrest and Control Tactics Instructor; Taser Instructor; and ASP Baton Instructor. Captain Davis sits on the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research National Law Enforcement Advisory Board dealing with fitness trends and issues affecting law enforcement "State of Readiness", health and wellness. He has completed four evaluation studies at the Texas Department of Public Safety that have led to successful policy change and the implementation of a physical fitness training protocol that has led to a zero injury rate among the recruit Physical Fitness Training regimen and incumbent personnel. In addition, he has established two living studies dealing with physical readiness testing in the areas of VO2 Rower testing and Combat Fitness testing. Under his direction, the Fitness Wellness Unit established the DPS Physical Fitness Institute and the DPS Informational Symposium on Physical Readiness Testing and Assessment.

Philosophy – Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul – Finish What You Start!

Hobbies – Family, Fitness Training, Fishing

Favorite quote – “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.” General Mattis

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Lacy Wolff, Training Specialist, VI

Hometown – Abilene, Texas

Credentials/Certifications – American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Health and Fitness Specialist, Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Yoga Instructor, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Licensed HeartMath Instructor, Level 1Trigger Point Therapy Instructor

Education – BS in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University, MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania

Experience/Expertise – Lacy spent 2003-2014 working for the US Army as a DA Civilian in Germany and Italy. She has worked with various populations in all facets of health and wellness behavior. Lacy specializes in stress management, resilience, and advanced flexibility training. Lacy joined the DPS team in March of 2014 and is excited to bring her enthusiasm for health and wellness home to Texas.

Philosophy – Be kind, work hard, and strive for health every day.

Hobbies– yoga, traveling, cooking and eating good food, road cycling, jogging, and hanging with my family

Favorite quote – “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~Thomas Edison

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Inst. Alexis Schminke, Training Specialist VI

Hometown – Elizabeth, Colorado

Credentials/Certifications – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Trigger Point therapy Instructor, Sand Bell Level I Instructor

Education – BS in Chemistry with a Leadership Minor from Colorado State University - Pueblo

Experience – Alexis was a collegiate athlete (Volleyball), and then later coached for a Volleyball club in Austin, TX for 15yo females. Alexis joined the DPS team in January 2014. Before joining the team, Alexis spent the previous 3 years working with Greg Davis on the implementation of the rower and Combat Fitness assessments for the agency. Alexis specializes in nutrition, specifically holistic nutrition.

Hobbies – Volleyball, high intensity exercise, running, eating clean, cooking, gardening and anything outdoors.

Philosophy – A fit, healthy body is the best fashion statement!

Favorite quote – "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." Ayurveda proverb

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Rosemary Hohl-Chriswisser, Training Specialist, VI

Hometown – Lighthouse Point, FL.

Credentials/Certifications – American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine ( NASM) = Performance Enhancement Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon Association- Triathlon Coach, USA Triathlon Association- Race Director, Schwinn Cycle Instructor, SCW Lifestyle & Behavioral Change Coaching, SCW Sports Nutrition Certification, SCW Weight Loss Coaching, SCW Kettlebell Certification, Aerobics & Fitness Association of America Instructor, Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist, and Fitness Network ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Presenter

Education – BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences from University of Florida, MS in Movement Science-Exercise Physiology.

Experience/Expertise – Rosemary has been working in the fitness industry since 1986. Over the many years in the field, she has seen numerous advances in training techniques and methodology. Alongside the many changes, she has held various positions and with a wide variety of populations. To name a few, Rosemary has worked and/or managed Fitness Departments within Recreational Sports Centers at University of Florida, Florida State University, Texas A&M, and University of Texas. She also gained experience by interning in areas of cardiac rehab, physical therapy & athletic training. Additionally, she has experience in the area of human research. During her intern at Cape Canaveral, NASA she assisted in research data collection in the area of muscle atrophy. She also helped conduct research in the area of Hydration Effects on Exercise Performance in the Human Performance Lab, University of Florida and Blood Pressure Response to Step Aerobics at Florida State University. Rosemary specializes in areas of human performance as it relates to marathons and triathlons, fitness improvements and testing, weight loss as well as human behavior changes. Additionally, she also has over 30 years conducting group workouts in strength and cardiovascular development. Lastly, Rosemary has given countless fitness presentations to wide range of age groups such as from the youth up through adults. Rosemary joined the DPS Fitness Unit team March of 2015 and is excited to bring and share her knowledge of fitness, performance, health and wellness.

Hobbies – Family, wake surfing, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, biking, running, strength training, and watching sports.

Philosophy – Time is meant to be filled so fill it with positive actions.

Favorite quote – It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not. (Unknown).

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Sgt. Kelly Wilkison

Hometown – Trinity, Texas

Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Certified Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist; United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach; National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist; CrossFit Level 1 Trainer; Biomechanics in Resistance Training; Injury Management; Sand Bell Level I Instructor; Concussion Management; Trigger Point Therapy; Advanced TCOLE Instructor; and Master Level Peace Officer.

Education – Sergeant Wilkison has attended Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University. Sergeant Wilkison has received credentialed fitness education and training from the United States Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and the Cooper Institute (Dallas, Texas).

Experience/Expertise –Wilkison received a Basic Peace Officer certification in 1986. When Wilkison graduated from the B-97 Texas DPS Recruit school in March of 1998 it was the largest class in the history of the Department. He served as a Texas State Trooper in East Texas for five years and later as a Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant in Austin and Georgetown. During that time he was deployed to special assignments at the Galveston Mardi Gras, Hurricane Rita Natural Disaster, Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, Operation Border Star, Bastrop County Complex Fire and was a member of the Civil Disturbance Management Team. Sergeant Wilkison recognized the need to make lifestyle changes regarding fitness and wellness in 2008 and began a daily workout and nutrition program. In 2012 he joined the Fitness Wellness Unit in the Education Training and Research Division. In the Fitness Wellness unit he assists in Recruit fitness training and leads fitness classes for law enforcement and other public safety personnel as well as civilians at DPS Headquarters in Austin and at the Texas State Capitol. He serves as an instructor at the DPS Fitness Wellness Institute and the DPS Command College.

Philosophy – Fitness is the best strategy against aging. Living a healthy lifestyle will improve your quality of life today but more importantly it will improve your quality of life tomorrow.

Hobbies – Family, Fitness Training, Travel, Photography

Favorite quote – “Live a long, healthy life to its fullest, then die suddenly.” Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, Father of Aerobics

Steve Blow, Dallas Morning News wrote in an interview with Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper:
    “Cooper has touted the many benefits of physical fitness. And he believes those benefits extend right up to the moment of death.

By “squaring off the curve,” he refers to the downward arc of aging. Most of us take it for granted that our physical abilities will curve progressively down as we age. It’s also what many of us fear — a prolonged time of doddering decrepitude.

Cooper believes that staying robustly active can turn the downward curve into just a slight decline — followed by a steep plunge toward death at the end. That’s “squaring off the curve.”

“Live a long, healthy life to its fullest, then die suddenly” — that’s what Cooper sees as the achievable ideal.”

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Orlando C. Salinas, Statistician

Hometown – Brownsville, TX

Credentials/Certifications – American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Certified Personal Trainer. American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED/FIRST AID Instructor. Basic Instructor Certificate – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Resiliency Training Completion through the 502d ABW Resilience Training Program.

Education – BS in Biology from University of Texas at Brownsville. Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Health Administration.

Experience – Orlando studied at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, while enrolled in their Medical Doctor program. Orlando completed graduate courses in Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience, Immunology, Physiology, and Statistics while at Texas A&M. Orlando Joined the DPS team in 2015. Since joining the team, Orlando has worked alongside Captain Davis in developing the Law Enforcement Physical Readiness Test Database at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Orlando is responsible for gathering, entering, and analyzing the biannual physical readiness test results of the agency's 4,000+ commissioned officers.

Orlando and Captain Davis also work together on demographic performance observations (DPOs) for external law enforcement agencies that are interested in adopting a physical readiness test platform similar to the one used at the Texas Department of Public Safety. These include local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Hobbies – Faith, Family, Fitness Training, Hunting.

Philosophy – "In the synthesis of an exercise regimen, forget not the mind; for apathy in this area begets apathy in all others." –Orlando C. Salinas

Favorite quote – "Without data, you're just another person with an opinion." –W. Edwards Deming

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