The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Development Staff

Connie Tyne, MS

Connie Tyne
Vice President of External Affairs

Connie Tyne has worked for Dr. Cooper in several capacities over the past fifteen years and has a passion for inspiring people to commit to healthy change in their lives. Connie manages the external business relationships and fund-raising events for the Institute in support of preventive medicine research, education, and fighting adult and childhood obesity.

For twelve years, she served as Vice President and Executive Director of the nationally reputed Cooper Wellness program offering realistic and effective strategies for weight loss, fitness, and stress management that are medically based, scientifically proven, and cost effective.

Joining The Institute gave her the opportunity to pursue fundraising and business development for the non-profit, research-based programs she believes in.

Connie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Larry Gibbons, M.D.

Larry Gibbons, M.D.
Vice President of Strategic Research Initiatives

Dr. Larry Gibbons joined The Cooper Institute in the fall of 2012 but his history with the Cooper Clinic began many years before. From 1974 to 2006, he was a trusted physician, researcher, and for the last several years, president of the Cooper Clinic. His extensive medical knowledge and profound interest in preventive medicine helped produce over 50 important research papers shedding light on the role of exercise, fitness, and nutrition in cardiovascular disease. In addition, he has lectured around the world to both professional and lay audiences on these subjects.

Today, Dr. Gibbons provides vision, leadership, and direction to the Chief Scientific Officer and acts as a mentor to The Cooper Institute research team. He collaborates with external research partners, including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and The American Heart Association as a liaison and intermediary.

Dr. Gibbons works closely with CEO Blaine Nelson in his outreach to the community and in seeking funding through governmental grants, private donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors.

Contact Us

To help build a healthier America and assist The Cooper Institute in expanding its pioneering research and educational reach, please contact us at 972-341-3200, 800-635-7050, or by e-mail.