Our Staff

Sam Zizzi – Director

Sam has been a Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU since 2000, where he teaches classes, conducts research, and advises students. He has training in health behavior counseling and is involved in supervision of our staff members in this area. 

As a native West Virginian, he is passionate about helping other residents start and maintain healthy lifestyles. Away from work, he enjoys spending as much time as possible outside with his family in some of WV’s great parks and green spaces. He also enjoys traveling the globe for work and pleasure. 

Email: Sam.Zizzi@mail.wvu.edu

Phone: 304-293-0874


Myia Welsh – Program Supervisor

Myia is the Program Supervisor for the PEIA Weight Management Program. She enjoys being a part of this unique and rewarding project, and looks forward to getting to know more program participants working hard to change their lives. Along with her, she brings a background in social work, and an unstoppable sense of optimism.

Originally from Northeast Ohio, Myia bounced around the country before landing in West Virginia. As someone relatively new to the state, she’s on a personal mission to explore all the adventure that West Virginia has to offer. She stays active by playing sports, weight lifting, gardening and participating in community races.

Email: myia.welsh@mail.wvu.edu

Phone: 304-293-0860


thumbnail_KVS photo.jpgKaitlyn Shaffer – Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn is the Program Coordinator of the Weight Management Program and is the first contact for PEIA members interested in learning more about the Program. She manages the intake, enrollment, and referral process, as well as the administrative functions of the Weight Management Program.

Kaitlyn comes to the Program from the behavioral mental health field, where she gained valuable experience in the coordination of care and treatment planning for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as working as a habilitation/behavior consultant.  Her undergraduate education focused on behavioral psychology and disability studies, and she recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree, with a healthcare administration emphasis.

Kaitlyn lives in Morgantown with her husband.  For leisure, Kaitlyn enjoys doing things in the outdoors, such as hiking, going on walks, and camping. 

 Email: kaitlyn.shaffer@mail.wvu.edu

 Phone:  304-293-4447     


Cathy head shotCathy Shaw – Registered Dietician

Cathy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with over 20 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and counselor in a wide variety of practice areas including hospital, long term care, out patient and community settings.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, she found her passion for dietetics in West Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and continued on to complete her Dietetic Internship at West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. She’s been a member of the PEIA Weight Management Program providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to clients at Fairmont Fitness and Tygart Valley Rehab and Fitness since 2008.

Cathy takes pride in bringing her clients real life, practical approaches to weight loss, helping them navigate their way through the ups and downs of everyday life. She loves to help her clients develop a positive relationship with food and the world around them.

When she is not working, Cathy loves to spend time with her husband and two active children. She enjoys cooking (and eating!), shopping and her precious early morning runs through the country roads of Fairmont West Virginia.

Email: catherine.shaw@mail.wvu.edu

Phone: 304-293-6652


IMG_9997Stephanie McWilliams – Health Behavior Counselor

Stephanie is a Health Behavior Counselor for the PEIA Weight Management Program.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, and has earned a Post-Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from WVU in Coaching and Teaching studies, with an emphasis on youth mentorship.  Stephanie has been a fitness instructor for more than 15 years, and feels that Health Behavior Counseling is the perfect blend of both of her “worlds”…the mental and physical.  She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals on their health-focused journey.

Stephanie is originally from Scranton, PA, but has moved around plenty before ending up in WV.  Along with her husband (also her high school sweetheart), and their children, they stay active as a family, and participate in all sorts of sports and outdoor activities.  Stephanie coaches youth basketball in Morgantown for several teams.  She also enjoys dancing whenever possible.

Email:  srmcwilliams@mail.wvu.edu

Phone:  304-293-0691


10247326_10102232512583939_6300324526832262431_nKelly Stubna – Health Behavior Counselor

Kelly is a Health Behavior Counselor for the PEIA Weight Management Program. She looks forward to better understanding her clients and find new ways to assist them through their journey in the program. She has completed her Master in Public Health. She has an extensive background in Exercise Physiology and Sport & Exercise Psychology. She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and has worked in various clinical settings throughout the community, including the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Kelly is a West Virginia native, but loves traveling to new places around the country.  She takes pride in leading an active lifestyle and has a passion for encouraging others to do so, too. For leisure, Kelly enjoys working out and outdoor activities such as: horseback riding, hiking, running, kayaking, camping and gardening.

Email: kstubna@mail.wvu.edu

Phone:  304-293-6651

Graduate Assistants

1449850078.jpgKatherine Fairhurst – Graduate Research Assistant

Kate Fairhurst is a first year Sport and Exercise Psychology PhD student from Whitby, Ontario, Canada. She received her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from McGill University as well. Kate currently holds a Graduate Assistant position at the PEIA Weight Management Program and is involved in the Bodies in Motion program for female student-athletes. Kate’s career goals are to provide performance consulting services for elite amateur and professional athletes. Outside of school, Kate can usually be found in the gym lifting, doing yoga, or sketching.

Email: kefairhurst@mail.wvu.edu


1346429855.jpgAshley Cranney – Graduate Research Assistant

Ashley is a fifth year doctoral student from the Wild West. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Idaho. There, she was a member of the dance team and eventually the coach of the University of Idaho Spirit Squad before pursuing her graduate education. Ashley attended the University of Utah for her M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science—Psychosocial Aspects of Sport. She is interested in coach-athlete relationships, the psychology of sport injury, overconformity to the sport ethic, and the applicability of sport and exercise psychology to military and paramilitary populations. She is currently a graduate teaching assistant, teaching classes in Sport Psychology, Sociology of Sport, Exercise Psychology, and Social Psychology of Sport. One day, she hopes to be a professor at a research-intensive university where she can brighten the minds of curious students and contribute to the world of sport and exercise psychology. When she is not in the office/classroom/field, she spends her time with her husband, her son, and two dogs (a beautiful black lab and a one-eyed husky/pit bull mix named Pirate) enjoying beautiful West Virginia or hanging out with the other rockstars in the program.

Email: cranney@mail.wvu.edu


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