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.
Robert Jarski, PhD
Professor Emeritus, School of Health Sciences and the William Beaumont School of Medicine
Founder, Complementary Medicine
and Wellness Graduate Certificate Program
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 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.
Craig M. Becker, Ph.D., CWP
Department of Health Education & Promotion
East Carolina University
Craig Becker is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University in the the Department of Health Education & Promotion. He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise and Wellness education from Arizona State University in 2001 and his Masters in Wellness Management from Ball State’s Institute for Wellness. He earned a BS in Business from Purdue University in 1989. He has an active research agenda with over 100 national and international papers and presentations and consults with industry. His research focus is on positive health and it precursors. He works to discover what is necessary to create, nurture, enable, and reinforce better health beyond the absence of disease.
Christie 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 Leonard, EdD, MA
Wellness Department Chair and Associate Professor of Wellness
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 holds an EdD in Community Health Education, an MA in Student Development in Postsecondary Education (minor: Higher Ed), and BA in Psychology.
Beth Taylor Mack, PhD
Delaware Water Gap, PA
Beth Taylor Mack has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the health and wellness fields as a practitioner, manager and senior leader. In her current position, she oversees all health and wellness initiatives and program development at Y-USA. Beth served as an adjunct health instructor at East Stroudsburg University, teaching in the undergraduate public health program. Beth has a BS in Sports Medicine / Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut in 1993, an MA in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University and a PhD in Human Development, with a concentration in Health Promotion from Marywood University. In addition, Beth is a Certified Workplace Wellness Program Manager through the National Wellness Institute.
Mark Mulray, M.Ed
Wellness Program Manager
Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
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.
Lana M. Saal, EdD, MS
Manager of Employee Wellness
Brevard Public Schools
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.