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More About Me

My portfolio is designed to showcase where I’ve been and where I’m headed, with the long road somewhere in the middle it took to get there.

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Education

2025

(DHSc) Doctor of Health Science & Exercise Leadership

PennWest Online

This postgraduate degree program entails rigorous coursework in health science, adult learning, and leadership, alongside the development of an evidence-based research portfolio. It fosters the creation of a community of practice that integrates emerging professional trends in health science, exercise science, and wellness and fitness, with a focus on problem-solving and practical implementation. The program requires students to collect and analyze data, articulate and defend their positions, and present their research findings to their dissertation committee on campus.

2026

(MS) Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL)
University of Pennsylvania (PENN)

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program prepares nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to guide organizations tackling some of the world’s most complex social challenges. Learn to create social impact through thoughtful, inventive, and meaningful work in nonprofits, charitable foundations, international NGOs, and more. This program is ideal for existing nonprofit professionals, those looking to launch their careers, or career changers from other sectors.

2022

(MS) Master of Science in Nutrition
California University of Pennsylvania (CALU)

This advanced degree program offers comprehensive education on the latest research and techniques in advanced nutritional concepts, behavior change strategies, applied nutrition for special populations, and other related topics.

2021

(BS) Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion
California University of Pennsylvania (CALU)

The accredited bachelor's degree program in exercise science offered by CALU provides students with a comprehensive curriculum covering exercise science, wellness, and fitness, as well as a strong foundation in business, marketing, and management, enabling them to evaluate research in the industry. The program offers opportunities for students to develop specialized skills in areas such as youth fitness, fitness for aging individuals, and fitness for special needs populations.

2025

Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Pennwest Online 

This Certificate focuses on tactical strength and conditioning theory and practical application. Students learn how to operate within a high-performance team of professionals to generate holistic training solutions that optimize bio-mechanics and metabolic processes geared to the unique challenges of tactical careers. In addition to courses such as designing and implementing tactical strength and conditioning programs, students will complete a research-based course as a capstone and a research paper focused on a personalized area of interest. They will earn their Tactical Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Publications

2023

Mindfully Tactical: Practical Strategies for Thriving in High-Stress Situations

ISBN: 9798394713460

Mindfully Tactical: Practical Strategies for Thriving in High-Stress Situations" is a book about the importance of mindful tactical thinking for tactical athletes. It provides practical strategies and tools for developing and incorporating mindful tactical thinking into everyday life, both during and after service. The book is aimed at helping tactical athletes improve their performance, manage stress and emotions, and make effective decisions in high-stress situations, which can be everyday living post-service for some.

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2023

Mindful Tactics: Practical Strategies for Everyday Life

ISBN: 9798394010583

Mindful Tactics: Practical Strategies for Everyday Life is a comprehensive guide to incorporating mindfulness and tactical thinking into daily routines and interactions. Written by a tactical athlete and health professional with extensive experience in exercise science, nutrition, and tactical athlete performance, this book provides practical tips and strategies for reducing stress, improving productivity, enhancing communication, making better decisions, promoting physical and mental health, cultivating relationships, and advancing social and environmental sustainability. Each chapter presents key concepts, research findings, and real-life examples, along with practical exercises and mindfulness techniques that can be applied to a wide range of situations. Whether you're a busy professional, a student, a parent, or simply seeking to improve your well-being and the world around you, this book will help you develop the skills and mindset needed to thrive in today's fast-paced and complex world.

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2023

Mindful Fuel: Nourish Your Body and Mind with Mindful Nutrition, Strength, and Conditioning

ISBN: 9798394508127

Unlock your full potential as a tactical athlete with "Mindful Fuel: Nourish Your Body and Mind with Mindful Nutrition, Strength, and Conditioning." This transformative book is the third installment in the Tactical Athlete Performance Series, designed to empower you with the knowledge and strategies needed to optimize your nutrition, training, and overall well-being.

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2023

Mindful Bites: Nourishing Recipes for the Tactical Athlete

ISBN: 9798394728020

Ignite Your Performance: The Tactical Athlete Cookbook. Mindful Bites: Nourishing Recipes for Tactical Athletes" is a game-changing cookbook specifically designed to fuel the performance of tactical athletes. Authored by Tony, a highly qualified strength & conditioning coach and nutrition specialist with a background as a former FMF Navy Corpsman, this cookbook is the ultimate resource for optimizing nutrition and achieving peak performance. Inside, you'll find: Tactical Athlete Nutrition Insights: Gain a deep understanding of the unique nutritional needs of tactical athletes and how to optimize your diet for maximum performance, endurance, and recovery. Mindful Eating for Success: Learn the principles of mindful eating and how to apply them to your daily meals, ensuring you make informed choices that support your training goals. Power-Packed Recipes: Explore a diverse range of delicious and nutrient-dense recipes carefully crafted to provide the essential fuel your body needs. From energizing breakfasts and satisfying main courses to wholesome snacks and decadent treats, each recipe is designed to optimize your performance. Meal Prepping and Planning: Discover time-saving techniques for meal prepping and planning to help you stay consistent with your nutrition goals, even during the busiest days. On-the-Go Fueling: Uncover portable and convenient snack options that will keep you fueled and energized, whether in the field, on a mission, or engaged in intense training. Expert Tips and Guidance: Benefit from Tony's extensive experience and expertise as he shares practical tips, cooking hacks, and strategies for maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. With "Mindful Bites," you'll discover a world of flavorful and nourishing recipes specifically tailored to the needs of tactical athletes. Fuel your body with the right nutrients, optimize your performance, and achieve your fitness goals like never before. It's time to take your performance to the next level with the power of mindful nutrition for tactical athletes.

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2023

Tactical Resilience: Building Mental Strength Through Mindfulness

ISBN: 9798395470379

"Tactical Resilience: Building Mental Strength Through Mindfulness," part 5 of the Tactical Athlete Performance (TAP) series, offers readers an insightful guide to enhancing their mental fortitude and resilience through the practices of mindfulness and tactical thinking. In today's high-stress, high-stakes world, the ability to stay focused, maintain composure, and bounce back from adversity is more crucial than ever. Whether you're a tactical athlete in the military, law enforcement, firefighting, or an everyday individual navigating life's challenges, this book serves as an essential tool to help you thrive under pressure. The book begins by defining mental strength and resilience, highlighting the critical role of mindfulness in tactical situations. It then delves into the fundamental principles of mindfulness and provides practical exercises and techniques you can incorporate into your daily routine. Readers will discover strategies for developing focus and concentration, regulating emotions, and building mental endurance through mindfulness. The book also explores how mindfulness can enhance resilience in the face of setbacks and aid in stress and crisis management. Alongside theoretical knowledge, the book offers real-life case studies demonstrating the application of mindfulness in high-stress scenarios. It provides tips for implementing a daily mindfulness practice and tailoring mindfulness techniques to individual needs. Moreover, the book also addresses the role of mindfulness in recovery and rest, aiding in learning and growth post-action. "Tactical Resilience: Building Mental Strength Through Mindfulness" is more than just a book; it's a journey towards greater resilience and a healthier, more balanced life. It's time to unlock your potential and harness the power of mindful tactics. Embark on this journey today and discover how you can thrive under pressure with mindfulness and tactical thinking.

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2023

Resilience 2.0: Strength & Conditioning Strategies for Tactical Athletes

ISBN: 9798397001540

"Resilience 2.0: Strength & Conditioning Strategies for Tactical Athletes," TAP's sixth installment, introduces cutting-edge training methods for tactical athletes. This book is written for the tactical athlete, whether you're just starting or have years of experience. I hope to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies you need to achieve peak physical and mental performance despite the unique challenges you face in your demanding roles. "Resilience 2.0" delves into the world of tactical athletes, discussing the most recent findings and insights gleaned from real-world examples that will change how you train for strength and speed. Everything you need to know to get the most out of your training, from the fundamentals to advanced techniques, is covered in depth. First and foremost, we recognize the unique mental and physical challenges faced by members of the armed forces, law enforcement, and emergency services. Identifying these roadblocks is critical for developing effective training programs. Throughout the book, we cover the fundamentals of strength and conditioning, focusing on recovery, digital resource utilization, and creating individualized workout plans. The future of tactical athlete training, as well as injury prevention tips, are all covered in detail. I provide you with a strategy for success by combining established theories with tried-and-true practices and cutting-edge research. The usefulness of its recommendations distinguishes "Resilience 2.0." Every chapter contains actionable advice to incorporate into your workout routine immediately. Recognizing that each tactical athlete has a unique background, goals, and resources, I emphasize the importance of customization and flexibility. With the help of this book, you can tailor your workout routine to your specific needs and goals. As strategic athletes, we understand the importance of staying healthy and competing for a long time. As a result, the book focuses heavily on ways to avoid injury and ensure long-term health. I provide you with the knowledge and resources to reduce your risk of injury, recover quickly, and continue performing at a high level for years. "Resilience 2.0" is a wealth of information to help you develop into a formidable tactical athlete. We can better prepare you for the demanding roles by strengthening your physical and mental resilience through weight training.

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2024

The WELL Mission: Empowering Veterans for Leadership and Life Beyond the Military

ISBN: 9798879008869

"The WELL Mission" unveils the comprehensive approach of the WELL Program in assisting veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. This book delves into the multifaceted challenges veterans encounter and the innovative solutions the WELL Program offers, from mental and physical health support to social reintegration and economic stability. Designed for veterans, their families, and anyone seeking insight into the veteran transition process, it highlights the importance of a holistic support system in ensuring a successful reintegration into civilian life.

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Fitness

Specializations, Certifications & Membership

Child Nutrition and Cooking Certificate - Stanford University 

Learning How to Learn with Honors Certificate - DTS

Online Learning Design for Educators Specialization - MACQUARIE University

Online Education: The Foundations of Online Teaching Certificate - MACQUARIE University

Create Video, Audio, and Infographics for Online Learning Certificate - MACQUARIE University

Online Teaching: Using Zoom to Connect with Learners Certificate - MACQUARIE University

Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization - PENN

Success Certificate - PENN

Improving Communication Skills Certificate - PENN

Leading the Life You Want Certificate - PENN

Influence Certificate - PENN

Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order Certificate - University of Michigan

Hacking Exercise For Health Certificate - McMaster University

Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare Certificate - UM

Science of Exercise Certificate - CU

Psychological Research Specialization - APA

Methods for Quantitative Research in Psychology Certificate - APA

Ethics of Psychological Research Certificate - APA

Statistics in Psychological Research Certificate - APA

Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health Certificate - The University of Sydney

Space Medicine Certificate - Duke

The Science of Generosity: Do Good ...Feel Good Certificate - Penn

Managing Emotions in Time of Uncertainty & Stress Certificate - Yale

Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) SOWK-7530 - Pennwest Online

Six Sigma Black Belt Specialization - KSU

Organization Planning and Development for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

Team Management for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

The Define Phase for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

The Measure Phase for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

The Analyze Phase for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

The Improve Phase for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

The Control Phase for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

DFSS for the 6 σ Black Belt Certificate - KSU

Virtual Teacher Specialization - UCI

Foundations of Virtual Instruction Certificate - UCI

Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom Certificate - UCI

Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom Certificate - UCI

Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom Certificate - UCI

Virtual Teacher Final Project Certificate - UCI

Healthy Practices: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Community and Family Participation Certificate - University of Colorado

Nutrition Education for the Consumer Specialization - NASM

Plant Based Diets Certificate - NASM

Making Sense of Supplements Certificate - NASM

Understanding Food Labels and Portion Sizes Certificate - NASM

Nutrition Hot Topics and Controversies Certificate - NASM

Navigating Diets Certificate - NASM

Science of Diet and Exercise Specialization - NASM

Metabolic Makeover Certificate - NASM

Science of Fat Metabolism Certificate - NASM

Aligning Diet and Exercise Certificate - NASM

The New Nordic Diet: from Gastronomy to Health Certificate - University of Copenhagen

Weight Management: Beyond Balancing Calories Certificate - Emory University

Food Sustainability, Mindful Eating, and Healthy Cooking Specialization - Stanford University

Rebuilding Our Relationship with Food Certificate - Stanford University

Introduction to Food and Our Environment Certificate - Stanford University

Cooking for Busy Healthy People Certificate - Stanford University

Qualitative Research Honors Certificate - UC Davis University

Quantitative Research Honors Certificate - UC Davis University

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence Specialization - Case Western Reserve University

Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization - PENN

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science Certificate - PENN

Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions Certificate - PENN

Positive Psychology: Character, Grit, and Research Methods Certificate - PENN

Positive Psychology: Resilience Skills Certificate - PENN

Positive Psychology Specialization Project: Design Your Life for Well-being Certificate - PENN

The Science of Well-Being Certificate - Yale University

Understanding Medical Research Certificate - Yale University

Health Behavior Change: From Evidence to Action Certificate - Yale University

Mindfulness and Well-being Specialization - Rice University

Mindfulness and Well-being: Foundations Certificate - Rice  University

Mindfulness and Well-being: Living with Balance and Ease Certificate - Rice University

Mindfulness and Well-being: Peace in, Peace Out Certification - Rice University

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics with Honors Certificate - University of Cape Town

Writing in the Sciences Certificate with Honors 8 Wk Course -Stanford University

Intro to Statistics Certificate with Honors 8 Wk Course -Stanford University

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Specializations, Certifications & Membership Cont.

Journal of Veteran Studies - Member & Peer Reviewer

IRB CITI Certificate

AMSUS Student Membership

NSCA Student Membership

ACSM Student Membership

PHATS/PHEM Pro Hockey Athletic Trainer Membership

PHATS Educational Newsletter Committee 

NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) (In-Process)

NSCA Tactical Strength & Conditioning Coach (TSAC-F) (In-Process)

Adult & Pediatric CPR/First Aid 0194BP0 07/2025

NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)

NASM Corrective Enhancement Specialist (CES)

NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)

NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) 

NASM Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (CSNC) 

NASM Nutrition Coach (Association for Nutrition Level 4)

NASM Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS)

NASE Certified Speed Specialist Level 2 (CSS)

ISSA Elite Certified Personal Trainer (ECPT)

ISSA Nutritionist Certification

ISSA Strength & Conditioning Certification

ISSA T3 HIIT Specialist

ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist

dotFIT Nutrition Certification

ExpertRating Certified Master Personal Trainer (CMPT)

ExpertRating Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

ExpertRating Sports Nutrition Coach (SNC)

ExpertRating Sports Performance Specialist (SPS)

ExpertRating Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

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Military Education

Hospital Corps School (HM)

Field Medical Training Batallion (FMTB) Course

Enlisted Leader Development Course

Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Warfare Designation 

Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)

Live Tissue Lab

Advanced Live Tissue Course

USMC/USN Expert Rifle Qualification

USMC/USN Expert Pistol Qualification

Dynamic Assault Course

Mountain Medicine Course

Motorized Weaponized Operations Course

Mountain Warfare Course

Mojave Viper x 2 

Small Unit Tactics Course

Tan - Black Belt Marine Corps Martial Arts (MCMAP)

Powerlifting Champion Rawah Iraq 2009

Combat Anti-Armor Team Training Course 

Command Fitness Leader (CFL)

 

Details about some of my experiences during military service can be found below:

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Community Projects

OPERATION BIRTHDAY CAKE

"Operation Birthday Cake" is a heartfelt initiative I founded in partnership with the Harnett County Food Bank to ensure that financial constraints never prevent a child from celebrating their birthday. Recognizing the importance of such milestones, this project provides children with birthday cake ingredients, party toys, and unique birthday bags. Operating solely on my initiative and funded by my resources, I've been able to distribute more than 20 birthday bags monthly. "Operation Birthday Cake" has brought joy and celebration to over 200 children and their families, offering a ray of happiness and a reason to celebrate even amidst financial struggles. This project delivers birthday essentials and embodies a message of hope and community support, ensuring every child experiences the joy of their special day.

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In 2020, I established BE KNS, a company dedicated to providing clean and evidence-based supplements without proprietary blends or fillers, reflecting my commitment to knowing precisely what I was consuming. Drawing upon my extensive background in athletic operations, strength and conditioning, and nutrition coaching for professional sports teams and tactical athletes, I recognized a significant demand within these communities for reliable products aligned with my values. As a result, BE KNS has grown to encompass multiple product lines and has been adopted by numerous sports teams in my local area.

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The Mindfully Tactical Foundation

 

I began the Mindfully Tactical Foundation in 2023, inspired by my personal experience with the complexities of transitioning from military service to civilian life. Recognizing the need for more comprehensive support for those navigating this shift, our foundation focuses on enhancing the psychological and physiological resilience of individuals often exposed to high-stress situations - such as tactical athletes and veterans.

 

Our primary goal is to support veterans transitioning from service to civilian life. This period often brings unique emotional, mental, and practical challenges. However, our mission goes beyond that. We strive to assist veterans in making informed educational decisions and offer guidance in navigating the intricacies of the GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) services. Moreover, our mentoring services provide personal, hands-on advice to help tactical athletes on their unique paths.

 

Through our unique programs, we aim to provide individuals with the tools and resources necessary to manage pressure, make sound decisions, and think strategically, whether in service or facing everyday civilian life. Our approach hinges on cultivating mindfulness, promoting strategic thinking, and fostering resilience to help tactical athletes reach their goals. We offer a wide range of classes and workshops, both online and in person, at the Cameron, North Carolina YMCA. These include mindfulness exercises, resilience-building strategies, educational planning, and benefits navigation, all tailored to meet the unique needs of those regularly exposed to high-stress situations.

 

More than a resource hub, the Mindfully Tactical Foundation is a vibrant community. We're deeply committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone feels understood and valued. Through shared experiences and understanding, we aim to build resilience and improve the lives of tactical athletes, taking one mindful step at a time. Here at the Mindfully Tactical Foundation, we don't just facilitate resilience; we embody it.

 

Stay Mindful, Stay Tactical!

As the sole creator and designer of the Mindfully Tactical, Strategic Command, and Nutrition and Wellness for Veterans classes for the Mindfully Tactical Foundation website, I have meticulously developed these programs to align with the comprehensive insights provided in my published works. "Mindfully Tactical" leverages the strategies outlined in "Mindfully Tactical: Practical Strategies for Thriving in High-Stress Situations," aiming to equip individuals with the skills necessary to excel in high-pressure environments. "Strategic Command" is based on "Tactical Resilience: Building Mental Strength Through Mindfulness," focusing on cultivating mental resilience essential for peak performance in demanding scenarios. The latest addition, "Nutrition and Wellness for Veterans," draws from "Mindful Fuel" and "Mindful Bites," offering a focused exploration on the importance of nutrition and physical activity in supporting the mental and physical health of veterans transitioning to civilian life. Together, these courses form a holistic educational suite, combining theoretical knowledge with practical applications and personal insights to empower individuals to thrive in both their personal and professional lives, seamlessly bridging their experiences from service to civilian life

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