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Council on Wellness Accreditation & Education

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE), previously the Academic Accreditation Committee (formed in 2008), was formally established in 2012. The CWAE recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare individuals to enter professions in health promotion and wellness.


CWAE Members

Robert JarskiRobert Jarski, PhD
Professor Emeritus, School of Health Sciences and the William Beaumont School of Medicine
Founder, Complementary Medicine and Wellness Graduate Certificate Program
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan

Robert Jarski is professor emeritus and founded the Oakland University Complementary Medicine and Wellness Graduate Certificate Program. He was named a Fellow and Diplomat of the American Association of Integrative Medicine and has completed specialized training in behavioral medicine at the Mind-body Medical Institute of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jarski received his PhD in Medical Education; MA in Medical Education and Educational Psychology; BS in Medical Science (Physician Assistant Program); and BS in Medical Technology. He is certified in hypnotherapy and Interactive Guided Imagery. Robert has published numerous articles and serves as an editorial board member and referee of several professional journals. He is a grant project reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and was selected to participate in the Academy of Consciousness Studies at Princeton University.


Terry AittamaTerry Aittama, MPH
Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP)
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Terry Aittama has been teaching in the Health Promotion program at UWSP, an NWI accredited academic program, for two decades. She has been involved in the creation and assessment of learning outcomes and curriculum and is the academic advisor for the NWI Student Chapter at UWSP. Terry's teaching and research interests include health promotion program design, stress management, and collaborative leadership. She holds a Master of Public Health and a BS in Therapeutic Recreation.

Christie ClipperChristie Clipper, MS
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI

Christie Clipper's career in health administration spans multiple health delivery systems specializing in certification, accreditation, regulatory compliance and management. Christie is currently pursuing a Doctor of Health Administration and holds an MS in Community Health Services Research and a BA in Health Policy. She served on state committees representing public health concerns. Christie has studied at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and The World Health Organization leading to a career as a researcher in behavioral health and educator in improving patient-provider relationships and communication-skills training to cultivate change in health delivery systems and public policy. Christie's mission is to help others live their best life through optimal health management and disease prevention practices while working to reduce healthcare costs.

Kristi LeonardKristi Leonard, MA
Wellness Department Chair and Associate Professor of Wellness
Waldorf College
Forest City, Iowa

Kristi Leonard has worked in higher education for more than 14 years. She served on NWI's original Academic Accreditation Committee and chairs the Wellness Program at Waldorf College that received an NWI Distinguished Academic Program Award in 2011. She frequently presents and publishes, serves on a number of wellness-related committees, and belongs to several professional organizations. Kristi is currently pursuing an EdD and holds an MA in Community Health Education, an MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education (minor: Higher Ed), and BA in Psychology.

Mark Mulray, M.Ed
Wellness Program Manager
Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

Mark holds a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University where he focused on health promotion and behavior modification strategies. Mark has been certified as a personal trainer for 15 years and has worked in a variety of capacities as a wellness professional. He currently holds a personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. He has experience working with diverse populations including children and adolescents, older adults, and college students. Over the past 10 years, he has focused on workplace wellness and has implemented health and wellness programs at Comcast, Aramark, Thomas Jefferson University, and the YMCA. Mark also serves as an adjunct professor in Exercise Science at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Health Care Administration at Holy Family University.

Karin RichardsKarin Richards, MS, CWP, CWPC
Program Director & Lecturer, Exercise Science & Wellness Management
Acting Chair, Department of Kinesiology
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Karin Richards has been in the wellness field for more than 15 years. She currently serves as Program Director and Lecturer of an NWI accredited academic program at the University of Sciences and as Acting Chair for the Department of Kinesiology at the University the Sciences. She also organizes a campus wellness team. She developed a fully online master's degree program in Wellness Program Management and is currently developing a worksite wellness certificate program for working professionals and corporate partners.She is currently working with the University's Physician Assistant graduate program in developing a wellness component for them to apply to the students' lives as well as their patients'. Karin has completed classes for her PhD in Health Policy and holds Master of Public Health. Additionally, she has received a number of wellness-related certifications.

Lana SaalLana M. Saal, EdD, MS
Manager of Employee Wellness
Brevard Public Schools
Viera, Florida

Lana Saal has more than 25 years of experience in wellness program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She currently manages employee wellness programs for 9,600 employees located throughout 96 school and satellite work locations. Lana maintains several wellness-related certifications and professional memberships and serves on a number of committees. She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership, an MS in Health Education, and a BS in Nutrition.

Anastasia SnellingAnastasia (Stacey) Snelling, PhD, MS
Associate Dean & Associate Professor, School of Education, Teaching, and Health
American University
Washington, D.C.

Anastasia (Stacey) Snelling has been teaching undergraduate and graduate health promotion programs for the past two decades with a focus on nutrition and behavior change, the integration of health promotion into healthcare, and health communication. In 2011, American University's Health Promotion Management Program (Master of Science) received NWI's Distinguished Academic Program Award. Stacey has published numerous wellness-related articles. She holds a PhD in Counseling and Development, an MS in Health Fitness Management, and a BS in Clinical Dietetics.