Patricia Ryan, former vice president of IDEA Health and Fitness Association, became vice president of education for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). Ryan will help develop education for publications, books, computer-based training and conference programs. She will also conduct market research surveys for the ICAA and provide perspective on industry issues.

Bally Total Fitness has appointed Eric Langshur to the company's Board of Directors. Langshur will also serve as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Langshur is the founder and CEO of TLContact Inc., a privately held company that delivers patient communications and education services to the healthcare industry.

Gary Fenton became the new director of professional services for the National Recreation and Park Association. Fenton will direct the development, promotion, delivery and evaluation of the association's professional certification and accreditation programs. He will also oversee the evaluation and development of NRPA's research, publications and information services.

Mike Dupuis, executive director of HealthWorks Fitness Center in El Dorado, AR, was awarded the 2004 Director of the Year award by the Medical Fitness Association at the annual convention in Orlando. A 29-year industry veteran, Dupuis operates a 50,000-square-foot, medically based center serving more than 4,000 members from a population of just over 20,000. The center recently underwent $6 million in renovations and expansion. Dupuis also was nominated to a three-year term on MFA's Board of Directors.

Sara Kooperman, owner of SCW Fitness Education, founder of the MANIA Fitness Instructor Training Conventions, and executive director of SCW's fitness certification division, was selected as a 2004 Ronald Reagan Gold Medal winner. The award recognizes business leaders who have contributed to the economic health of their community and forged a partnership between business and government.