March 2nd, 2023 – Additional Resources & Employee Assistance Program Reminder

Dear Members,

The NLLPA is excited to also provide you with additional resources to go along with our new Employee Assistance Program(EAP) through LifeWorks.  

Additional Resources

To go along with the EAP, the NLLPA has also vetted two other resources who have offered to be of assistance to our membership.  Chuck Thuss and Dr. Cristina Versari are available to all NLLPA members for any issues related to performance enhancement, team building, personality profile, career and educational planning, relationship issues, and mental health issues.

The NLLPA will cover all costs for your first visit with Chuck or Christina.  Further coverage will be determined on a case by case basis, but members can be assured the NLLPA will assist with mental health related issues.  However, members will have to pay for performance based assistance.  Chuck and Christina have offered preferred pricing to our membership

The PA can help make the connection for you or you can reach directly out to the below resources directly:

Chuck Thuss

Chuck is the owner of Compassionate Connection and Certified Professional Coach.  Chuck supports you on getting clear about what things look like for you.  He provides a unique set of coaching skills that will support you in developing the tools you may utilize to assist in creating your dreams.  I have spent a lot of time speaking with Chuck.  He was a member of the PHPA (ECHL & AHL) and he really understands the difficulty of our work/life balance.  He now assists the PHPA membership with his services through Compassionate Connection.



[email protected]

Dr. Cristina Versari

Dr. Versari was the Program Administrator for the NBA Education and Career Development Program responsible for the services offered to thirty NBA teams. Dr. Versari counseled NBA players on a variety of specific topics including career transition, life planning, education and degree completion. In addition to this Cristina Versari also developed numerous NBA players seminars and training programs. Dr. Versari is the Director of the Sport Psychology Program at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies. ( SDUIS). She worked with the Brazilian Olympic Men’s Basketball Team  and continues to provide services to individual professional basketball players and lacrosse players members of the Premiere Lacrosse League and now the National Lacrosse League.  She attended the United States International University and obtained her Ph.D. and Masters degree in Psychology with specialization in Sport Psychology.  Dr. Versari has been working with high profile clientele for over thirty years.  Dr. Versari’s work has been featured on national and international television and in newspapers including  MSNBC, FOX News, CNN, LA Times, Sports Illustrated, Psychology Today, The New York Times, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, The San Diego Reader, Orlando Sentinel, Sacramento Bee,, and Sportv.
Dr. Versari is also available for in person meetings in South Florida and Southern California areas.


LifeWorks Reminder

Get started using LifeWorks now with the below instructions:
  1. Go to OR download the mobile app.
  2. Username: nllpaca (CANADA) nllpaus (USA)
  3. Password: eap
Thank you,

Reid Reinholdt

Vice President & Executive Director
National Lacrosse League Players Association
P: 604-897-5517