DPS Fitness Wellness Unit Bios

Instructor Bios:

Greg Davis

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

Michael C. Harper

Mike Harper, M.Ed., Fitness Wellness Training Supervisor

Hometown – Round Rock, TX

Credentials/Certifications – Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, United States Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Cooper Institute Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist Instructor, Functional Movement Screen Level I & II Instructor, TCOLE Basic Instructor

Education – Mike received his Bachelor degree from Howard Payne University and Masters of Education in Health & Physical Education from Tarleton State University plus maintains significant practical learning as a competitive collegiate as well as endurance Ironman athlete.

Experience – Mike has provided fitness training to beginners to elite athletes and everyone in between as well as provided hands-on education for exercise professionals at locations all around the world. As former Associate Director and Strategy Leader for First Responder and Military Programs for The Cooper Institute, he assisted agencies throughout the U.S. & internationally in their quest to make themselves and their colleagues fit for duty and fit for life. He also created The Cooper Institute's Law Enforcement Advisory Board to analyze field needs and ensure education assisted with a physical "state of readiness" within law enforcement. This spurred his work on development of first responder injury prevention curriculum and text alongside normal duties associated with regular updates to curriculum for military and first responder programs at The Cooper Institute.

Beyond first responders and military programs, Mike has significant experience in curriculum development, editing process and delivery of content on topics of Resistance Training Prescription & Program Design, Biomechanics of Exercise, Bootcamp & Circuit Leadership, Corrective Exercises, Military Exercise Leader Program, Small Group Training, Exercise Safety, Behavior Change Techniques, Flexibility Program Design and Techniques, Medical Screening, Biomechanics of Exercise, Functional Fitness Training, Cardiovascular Program Design, Advanced Interval Training, Advanced Exercise Techniques, Functional Movement Screen, Body Composition Techniques, Anatomy, Coronary Risk Factors, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition & Supplementation, Exercise Physiology, Weight Control Strategies, Health Conditions & Exercise, and Health Promotion. Additional topics have been presented by Mike at regional, state and national conferences as well as regular dissemination through scholarly publications, including peer reviewed research articles, and online content.

Beyond the classroom, Mike started his career as an Assistant Strength Coach at Texas Tech University before moving on to become Head Strength Coach at Tarleton State University. During this time, Mike oversaw all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs for 13 different sports at Tarleton State. Outside of competitive athletes, Mike has worked with beginners and a plethora of individuals in between as he successfully opened a Boot Camp style gym in Frisco, TX. There he regularly received recognition due to the franchise being ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Recognition was also received within his job position for performing in the top 10 in the nation and #1 within his region while leading a team of trainers and working individually with clients.

As is evident from these experiences, Mike is no stranger to analyzing the needs of diverse populations and applying successful programs to enhance their development. With each group, Mike has a goal to make each individual as strong as possible – and due to appropriate programming and education, he is able to help them become stronger than what they ever imagined.

Training to be strong and pushing the limits of fitness has been a very personal part of Mike's life. As a former collegiate football player and Ironman Triathlete, he has learned just how strong we can be as he pushed past his own personal limits. Yet, he has also seen the health benefits of even just training to be fit. That alone, just might have made an impact in the early death of his dad who suffered from the #1 killer in the U.S., a heart attack.

Hobbies – Exercise, running, cycling, being outdoors, house projects

Philosophy – You are stronger than you think, yet you will never know unless you try.

Favorite quote – "Tough times don't last, tough people do!" "The more difficult the obstacle, the stronger a person becomes when he hurdles it."

Alexis Schminke

Inst. Alexis Schminke, Training Specialist VI

Hometown – Elizabeth, Colorado

Credentials/Certifications – Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, 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 – Eat real food, mostly plants.

Favorite quote – ""When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." Ayurveda proverb "Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food" Hippocrates

Rosemary Hohl-Chriswisser

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).