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.

Cassidy Shefferd, MBA

Cassidy Shefferd is the Finance & Research Manager. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day accounting and financial functions and working with pharmaceutical and device companies to initiate industry funded clinical trials. Cassidy has been a part of the Andrews Research & Education Foundation since September 2010 and has worked in several different positions. She was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida and continued to obtain her Master in Business Administration from Troy University.

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 and 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 and 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.

Jan Stelly, PharmD

Jan Stelly is our Quality Assurance Manager