Our Team

Steven J. Fleck, Ph.D, FACSM, FNSCA, CSCS

Dr. Fleck has a long history as a successful administrator and researcher and is the Executive Director of the Andrews Research and Education Foundation (AREF). In this role  he is responsible for all educational and research programs of AREF. Prior to coming to AREF he was the Chair of sport science and kinesiology departments at several universities and also served as a program director for the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. While with the US  Olympic Training Center he advised coaches and athletes on training as well as performing research on athletic performance and physiological adaptations to training. Dr. Fleck’s research interests range from physical training’s effect on injury prevention, physiological adaptations to training, the application of research to optimize physical training program design to improve performance and prevent injury, and adaptations to training in individuals with diseases, such as leukemia, cystic fibrosis and McArdle disease. He has authored several books on the physiology of resistance training and exercise physiology. Dr. Fleck has also authored numerous peer-reviewed research and lay articles in the area of sport science and exercise physiology. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Fleck is a past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been honored by receiving both the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Sports Scientist of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Leandra Price, MS, ATC, LAT

Leandra completed her undergraduate work at Quinnipiac University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. She continued to obtain her Masters degree at Troy University in Sports and Fitness Management. She recently moved from New Jersey where she worked as an athletic trainer at Hillsborough High School and spent two seasons for Sky Blue FC, a National Women’s Soccer Team. Leandra moved down to Florida to work as a clinical outreach athletic trainer for Andrews Institute at Washington High School in Pensacola before joining the Andrews Research & Education Foundation team as the Education Manager.

Leandra manages and coordinates all educational events for AREF. Events include weekly Sports Medicine Fellowship Conferences, annual Injuries in Football Conference, and many others throughout the year.

Leah Johnsey

Leah Johnsey is our Fellowship Manager.

Laura Schubert, RN

Laura has been with Andrews Research & Education Foundation since March of 2014 and serves as one of the clinical research nurse coordinators. Laura grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. She then worked for the VA hospital in Bedford, MA prior to moving to Pensacola, where she started work at Baptist hospital. She worked as a floor nurse on the Orthopedic/Neurology and Postpartum unit before joining the AREF team. She currently oversees the data collection process for 15 clinical trials that research the latest technological advances in pharmaceuticals, surgery techniques and medical devices. Laura coordinates the hands on, day to day research activities and helps the physicians, fellows, and clinic staff with subject enrollment and follow-up appointments. Her role is an integral part of the AREF team.

Drew Skidmore

Drew Skidmore currently facilitates research and lab related needs, including but not limited to specimen ordering, lab setup, assistance during lab, and cleanup. Drew was born and raised in Milton, FL, and earned his BS/HS in healthcare administration from the University of West Florida in 2012. Drew has been a part of Andrews Research & Education since January 2012 working as the clinical research assistant, which further helps to supplement his duties related to the surgical skills laboratory. His background and experience comes from 10 years of direct patient care working as a medical assistant in hospitals, physician offices, urgent cares, and intensive care settings.

Chelsea Gebs Black

Chelsea has been with the Andrews Research & Education Foundation since June 2016 and works as a Clinical Research Coordinator.  She is originally from Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Certificate in Product Innovation.  After college, she continued to further her education with additional medical coursework, shadowing healthcare professionals, and obtaining her certified nursing assistant certification.  Chelsea’s role at AREF is strongly dedicated to improving the lives and quality of life of patients through innovative clinical studies and research projects focusing on cutting edge techniques and devices used in orthopedic care. Her duties also include assisting physicians, fellows, and ancillary clinic staff with subject enrollment, data collection, and all research related appointments.

Brent Hardy, MEd, ATC, CSCS

Brent is AREF’s Eagle Fund Athletic Trainer. He works in collaboration with EXOS, a company that focuses on mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery with the goals of improving health and improving the ability to perform physical activity. The Eagle Fund provides an individualized holistic health care approach for military personal. The Eagle Fund training programs are developed to meet the orthopedic and health needs of military personnel on an individual basis. This program’s goal is to return individuals back to active duty.

Prior to AREF, Brent attended the University of West Florida and received a Bachelors in Athletic Training and then earned a Masters degree in Research Education in Athletic Training at Auburn University. Brent has worked at Fort Benning as an athletic trainer and the Andrews Institute in both the Outreach Athletic Training program serving Navarre High School and in the Outpatient Physical Therapy program. Brent also had an internship with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos during their 2012 inaugural season.

Jan Stelly, PharmD

Jan serves as the Director of Quality Assurance for the Andrews Research & Education Foundation Regenerative Medicine Center (RMC).  The RMC is a facility that functions to provide the appropriate clinical space for regenerative medicine procedures and to provide a GMP/GTP compliant tissue processing and storage facility for developing stem cell technologies.  As Director of Quality Assurance, her duties include facility maintenance, personnel management, and maintaining regulatory compliance related to current research projects.

Jan graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy in 2004 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and then completed a Pediatric Pharmacy Practice Residency in 2005 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  After completing her residency, she served as a staff/decentralized pediatric pharmacist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  As a staff pharmacist working in the central pharmacy, she gained experience in USP 797 clean room compliance; compounding sterile products; order entry; general distributive functions; and supervising and training pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, and pharmacists.  As a decentralized/clinical pharmacist, she worked as part of a multidisciplinary medical team to provide evidenced based, family centered care to patients of the gastrointestinal lumen service and the neonatal intensive care unit.

In 2011, she moved to northwest Florida and began working as a clinical staff pharmacist at Gulf Breeze Hospital.  During her time at Gulf Breeze Hospital, she gained experience caring for patients in an adult care setting, established and maintained department compliance with USP 797 clean room standards while serving as the IV Room Supervisor, graduated from Process Improvement Fundamentals (PIF) training, and participated in PIF and Daily Management initiatives.  Jan joined the AREF team in 2017.

Nicole Rendos, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Nicole Rendos is an athletic trainer and sports medicine researcher with a research interest in neuromuscular physiology and motor unit behavior following orthopedic injury. Nicole obtained a Bachelor of Science at West Virginia University and a Master of Education at the University of Virginia, both in Athletic Training. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Biomechanics under the direction of Dr. Joseph Signorile at the University of Miami. Following a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Nicole decided to pursue a research-focused career and furthered her education with a postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at Florida International University under the direction of Dr. Laura McPherson in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Hillary Plummer, PhD, ATC, CES

Hillary completed her undergraduate studies at Georgia College & State University in Exercise Science. She then obtained Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas before she completed a PhD in Kinesiology at Auburn University. Following the completion of her PhD studies, she did a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California under the direction of Dr. Lori Michener. The focus of her research is to identify deficits in modifiable physical factors that prognosticate upper extremity injuries in overhead athletes. The long-term goal of this work is to identify athletes who may be at an increased risk of injury, and to establish a foundation for prevention programs aimed at reducing upper extremity injury.

Christy Adams

Christy Adams has over 20 years experience as a Certified Surgical Assistant. She earned her Associates Degree as a Certified Surgical Technologist at Northwest Florida College. Her experiences prior to joining the AREF team in 2017 include working as a Certified Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist, orthopedic coordinator and surgical technologist trainer in the OR at The Andrews Institute. Serving as the Surgical Outcome System (SOS) Coordinator she helps patients participating in research projects answer survey questions concerning their surgical procedure. Christy also works with the staff of physician offices and AREF research staff to maintain patient compliancy with research project requirements.