The President's Council's Executive Director and staff carry out the mission of the President's Council to educate, empower, and engage all Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.
Shellie Y. Pfohl, MS
Shellie Pfohl was appointed by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to serve as Executive Director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. She manages the activities and operations of the Council and leads the Council's efforts related to First Lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity within a generation. Shellie earned her BA in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a MS in Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She also has a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XIII.
Ebony Andrews, MPH
Director of Sports Initiatives
Manager of Digital Communications
Ebony joined the President’s Council in November 2014 to develop and promote fitness and sports initiatives to motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives. She currently serves as the Director of Sports Initiatives. In this role, Ebony leads the Sports for All initiative to uplift the benefits associated with sports participation and shares strategies that can help increase access to sports for youth. She also serves as the Manager of Digital Communications, strategically managing the President’s Council’s social and digital media platforms to empower and engage the public around priorities and initiatives. Prior to joining the Council, she worked in the Office of the Surgeon General. Ebony earned her Masters of Public Health in Health Education and Health Promotion from Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Syracuse University. Ebony is a former track and field athlete and continues to stay healthy and active through maintaining a balanced diet, running, weightlifting, and recreational sports.
Director of Communications
Tasha Bradley joined the President’s Council in August 2015 as the Director of Communications, leading the Council’s public outreach and awareness efforts. She oversees communications planning, media relations, marketing, event planning, and website development. Prior to joining the President’s Council, Tasha was a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, primarily developing strategies to promote the Health Insurance Marketplace. She previously served as Deputy Press Secretary for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks of New York's Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tasha holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Towson University and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City. Tasha maintains a healthy lifestyle by working out, running, and cooking healthy meals.
Lauren Darensbourg, MPH
Program Director, I Can Do It, You Can Do It!
Manager, Strategic Partnerships for Minority & Underserved Populations
Lauren joined the President’s Council in April 2010 to cultivate and manage strategic, health-lucrative partnerships to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities as well as individuals with disability. In this role, Lauren leads all disability and minority health-related activities and initiatives including coordination of I Can Do It, You Can Do It!, a national health promotion model that empowers children and adults with disability to be healthy and active; establishment of public and private partnerships which support inclusion and improve access to physical activity and sport opportunities; participating in speaking engagements; and frequently leading physical activity segments on behalf of the Council. Lauren joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in May 2008 as an Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Office of Minority Health, where she contributed to the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, and the A Healthy Baby Begins With You initiative. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry as well as a Masters degree in Public Health from Florida A & M University. She is committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and does so by playing recreational sports, working out regularly, and eating lots of fruits and veggies.
Deputy Director of Communications/Webmaster
Joey King joined the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in November 1991. As the Deputy Director of Communications, he crafts messages and talking points, coordinates media efforts for Council events, initiatives and programs, and manages logistics for speaking engagements for Council members and the Executive Director. He also serves as Webmaster for the Council's website: www.fitness.gov. He received his BA in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a proud car-free citizen, he enjoys walking, biking, and in-line skating not only as alternative methods of transportation, but also as fun forms of recreation and physical activity.
Annette Wright joined the President’s Council in June 2015 as the Executive Assistant. She provides a wide range of administrative support to the staff and enjoys the challenges of learning new things. Annette holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She proudly served 14 years with US Marine Corps Reserves. Annette’s healthy lifestyles centers on activities with her son, including sparing, soccer drills and more. She also loves Zumba, other fun fitness classes and is a black belt in Kung-Fu!
Meredith Aronson, MPS
Senior ORISE Fellow - Strategic Partnerships & Communications
Meredith Aronson joined the President's Council in September 2011. As an Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Senior Fellow, Meredith oversees programming and partnerships that focus on youth physical activity and sports participation. In her role, she supports the implementation and communication surrounding the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and Let's Move! Active Schools. In December 2012, she earned a Master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University. Meredith started her undergraduate collegiate career at Colby College in Maine, where she played two years of varsity basketball. After transferring to the University of Virginia in 2009, she graduated in 2011 with BA in economics. She leads a healthy lifestyle, staying active through sports and working out.
Ross Schwarzber, MA
ORISE Fellow - Strategic Partnerships & Communications
Ross Schwarzber joined the President’s Council in November 2014. As an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow, Ross manages the Council's military programming, supports the programming of I Can Do It, You Can Do It!, is a member of the communications staff, and webmaster of Fitness.gov. Ross earned his B.A. in Journalism and Sport Management from Rutgers University and his M.A. in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between degrees, Ross worked as a Production Assistant at NBA Entertainment and also worked in the athletic departments at UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Delaware. Ross stays active by playing recreational sports and enjoys learning to cook new healthy foods.
JoHannah K. Torkelson, JD, MPH
ORISE Fellow - Adult Programming & Partnerships
Hannah joined the President’s Council in January 2014 as an Oakridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow. In her position, Hannah works to promote adult physical activity, fitness, and good nutrition through the management of public and private partnerships with leading organizations across the nation, implementing a messaging based program to encourage adults to be physically active, and implementing new activities related to older adults. Her role also includes managing the President’s Council Science Board comprised of 13 leading experts in health-related fields that serve to provide evidence-based recommendations and guidance on the Council’s programs, including the Elevate Health publication. Hannah also coordinates the PCFSN Awards. She completed a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, and Juris Doctorate (JD) from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She stays physically fit by running half marathons, eating healthy, and playing other recreational sports, including skiing and golf.