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The following is the schedule of breakout and Academy sessions included with Main Conference (June 15-18, 2015) registration.  

For Keynotes and General Sessions information, click here

Sessions and presenters are subject to change. Last revised:     Monday, February 09, 2015


Monday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Celebrating SUCCESSFUL Lifestyle Change! A Detailed Look at the Lived Experience of 8 Individuals
Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC

Building Healthy Communities: Collaborations and Partnerships—The Future of Worksite Wellness
Tracy Cruickshank, MBA, MSW, CWWS, and Sherry Haskins, MPA

Building Wellness Program Success Through Evidence-Based Award Practices
Tabatha Elsberry Hyatt, CHES, and Tonya Vyhlidal, MEd

Using the Health Belief Model Equation (HBME) for Creating Measurable Targeted Messages
Pete Gryffin, PhD, MS

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How Mindful Eating Improves Health and Quality of Life
Rebecca Johnson, MS

Sustaining Wellness, Recovery, Through Peer Support
Meghan McNeil, LSW, and Deborah Wilcox, PhD, MED, MPA

How to Organize Your Mind to Promote Wellness
Margaret Moore, MBS

Integrating Wellness Coaching Within Hospitals and Health Care Clinics: A Clinic's Success Story
MaryBeth Pappas Baun, MED, CWP, CWWPM, CWWS, ACSM

Developing Roots and Wings: Teaching Acceptance and Empathy as a Focus in Wellness Education
Sandy Queen


Monday, June 15, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Serendiptious Wellness: Can We Cause It to Happen?
Craig Becker, PhD, CWP

Diet Smack-Down: Paleo Versus Vegan
Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP

Applied Improv Techniques as a Wellness Approach
Izzy Gesell, MSEd, CSP

Workstation Wellness: The 3S Movement
Kathryn Koehne, RN-BC, C-TNP

America's Small Businesses: The Promise for a Healthy Workforce
Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWWPC, CWP

Celebrating Wellness Among College Students: Effects of Peer Group Wellbeing Coaching on Undergraduates
Jayne Sommers, MA, and Meghan Krause

Bike Commuting Counts! Rewarding Active Transportation with ZAP
Anna Springfield, Steve Sanders, and Anthony Spaay

Genes, Diet, and Epigenetics: Rewriting the Rules of Wellness and Disease
Karen Wolfe, MBBS (Syd), MA


Monday, June 15, 1 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Academies)

Coaching Academy
Day 1: The Emotions of Coaching
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with presentation by Margaret Moore, MBA ( "Organizing and Understanding the Role of Emotions in Coaching to Deepen Awareness”)

Integrative Health Academy
Day 1: Primer of Biofield Energy Therapies—WE ARE ENERGY!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentations by Denise Pastoor (“Igniting The Art of Biofield Energy Therapies in Your Wellness Practice”) and Sachiko Komagata, PhD, PT, CWP (“ Mindful Self-care: Energy Tapping, Reflexology, & Qi-Healing”)

Multicultural Competencies Academy
Day 1: Closing the Health and Wellness Gap
Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with presentations by Aldrenna P. Williams, DrPH (“Addressing Health Equity and Health Disparities Issues Through Upstream and Mid-stream Interventions”), and Darryl P. Turpin, MPA, CADC (“Habilitation, Empowerment, and Accountability Therapy (H.E.A.T.) and the Role of Social Justice”)

Worksite Academy
(Sponsored by Optum)
Day 1: Examining the Research Behind Multiple Dimensions of Wellness
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA, and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with presentations by John Waters, MBA, Director of Wellness Consulting with Optum ("Key Insights from the 6th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study to Advance an Employer’s Health and Wellness Programs") and Jessica Grossmeier, CEO of Verity Analytics and Vice President, Research, for HERO (“The Value Proposition for Workplace Wellness”)


Monday, June 15, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Engagement, Motivation, and Digital Health Tools
Sara Armstrong, MS, RN, CDE, CWP

Worksite Wellness and Health Coaching: Building a Creative and Effective Program
Mary Bitterauf, CHES, CHWC

Celebrate Your Wellness Journey Through Writing
Laura Brownlee, MS

Next-Generation Pedometers: How to Limit Sedentary Behaviors and Achieve Physical Activity Recommendations
Tom Cuddihy, MS, PhD; Robert Boyd, OAM, FACHPER; and Robert Pangrazi, PhD

From the Trenches: Wellness Champion Interviews and Evidence
Stefan Gingerich, MS

Fairness of Fitness: Integrating Individuals with Disabilities into the Fitness Club Community
David Lorenzi, EdD, and Leslie Stenger, MS

Where is Your Wellness? Discovering Goals and Dreams with Sound and Art
Marian McNair, MFA

How a Large Nationally Recognized Integrated Delivery System Delivers Innovative Worksite Care
Teresa Taylor, MS

Roots of Resilience: Promoting Wellness for Post-Secondary Students
Jennifer Thannhauser, PhD, Rpsych, and Sharon Cairns, PhD


Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Empowering Students to Manage Their Stress with Biofeedback Training
Erin Buenzli, MS

Garden of Eating: Heart Disease and a Plant-Based Diet
Jill Edwards, MS, CES

A New Meaning for IBS: Improve, Believe, Survive
Debbie Jongkind

Enlivened Embodiment: Dance Movement Therapy Approaches to Wellness and Healing
Patricia Lucas, PhD, R-DMT, and Paul Sevett, MA, BC-DMT, LICSW

Benefits of Offering Wellness Programming to Cancer Patients During and After Treatment
Kelly Roberts, BS, BSN, MA

How Theory-Led Web-Based Wellness Planning Shapes Decisions, Actions, Perceptions About Wellness
Ruthann Russo, MS, MPH, PhD

Take a Stand for Your Health and Well-being: Decreasing Occupational Sitting Time
Lucy Sternburgh, PhD, CWWPM, RCEP

How Wellness Can Increase Connection and End the Epidemic of Disappearing Dads
John W. Travis, MD, MPH

Building Rapport: The First Step to a Successful Consultation
Susan Wilson, CWP, and Sandhya Rajagopal


Tuesday, June 16, 1 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Academies)

Coaching Academy
Day 2: The Experience of Dynamic Coaching Styles and Techniques with a Focus on Observing the Whole Person/Body
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with “Speed Coaching: Conversations with the Masters” led by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich

Integrative Health Academy
Day 2: Energy Principles in Expressive Communication and Relationships—WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentations by Kimberly Gray, RN, HN-BC, LMT, CHTP/I (“Activating Heart Intelligence: Energetics for Dynamic Communication and Relationships”) and Brenda Stockdale, MA ( Narrative Medicine: The Power of Words to Shift Energy for Health and Healing”)

Multicultural Competencies Academy 
Day 2: Multicultural Competency in Organizational Development, Corporate Wellness, and Community Policing
Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with presentations by Deborah A. Wilcox, PhD (“Multicultural Competency in Organizational Development”); Bob Stewart (“Community Policing: Supporting Wellness on Both Sides of the Badge”); and Linda Howard (“Multicultural Requirements for Corporate Wellness Programs: The Legal and Business Case”)

Worksite Academy
(Sponsored by Optum)
Day 2: Linking the Multiple Dimensions
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA, and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with presentations by Deb Smolensky, CWP, WCC, CLP, Senior Account Executive with National Financial Partners (“Operating in the SWEET SPOT: 9 Key Areas and Next Practices to Create a Thriving Workplace”) and Elizabeth Cushing, President of Playworks, (“How to Leverage the Power of Play for a New Kind of Wellness”)


Tuesday, June 16, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Prevention Cannot Create Wellness: Here is What Does!
Craig Becker, PhD, CWP

"Should I or Shouldn't I?" The Power of Cognitions and the Social Context on Our Lives
Dana Bender, MS, CWWS, RYT, ACSM

Cooking Up Collaboration: A Non-Reductionist Health-Based University Cooking Program
Christopher Fink, PhD

Alcohol Screening: What Health Professionals Need to Know
Shawna Ilagan, MS, MBA, and Tracy Winter, MS, PhD

"Coffee is Good for You. No, It's Bad for You!" Using the Evidence-Based Process and What to Tell Clients
Robert Jarski, PhD, PA

Disordered Eating Behaviors in Adolescents with Diabetes: Call to Action
Lynda Konecny, DHEd, CHES

Preventing Autism through Pre-conception Planning and Early Interventions Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, LDN, CFM

Preventing Stress at Work: Proactive Stress Management
James Porter, M.A.L.S.

Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion
Jeanne Sherwood, RN, CWWS, and Kerre Aufsesser, CWWS, CWWPM

The Positive Psychology of Courage: The Heart of Lifestyle Change
Joshua Steinfeldt, PCC, CMC, CWHC, CEC


Tuesday, June 16, 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Coaching People with Health Challenges: What the Wellness Coach Needs to Know
Michael Arloski, PhD, PPC, CWP

Worldwide Wellness: Presentations and Interactions with Wellness Practitioners from Around the World
Facilitated by Robert Boyd, OAM, FACHPER

Effective Integrative Health, Prevention, and Wellness Program for Maturing Adults
Gloria Elder, MA, CHES and Jennie Trotter, MEd

The Active Office: Enabling and Promoting an Active Day for a Sedentary Workforce
Jake Koenig, CPT

Relational Energetics: A New Perspective on Teambuilding
Michele Mariscal, MS, PhD

Influencing Employees to Engage in Wellness
David Maxfield, MS

Your Body is Speaking; Are YouLlistening? Tune in and Celebrate Your Somatic Relationship!
Lisa Medley, MA, CMT

Beyond Co-Blaboration: "Collective Impact" as a Strategy for Success in Worksite Wellness Programs
Alida Moonen, PhD

Laughter: It's No Joke!
Sandy Queen

Privacy Sleuths: Solving the Mystery of Wellness Program Privacy Compliance
Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH


Wednesday, June 17, 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Group Wellness Coaching Essentials
Michael Arloski, PhD, PPC, CWP, and Annalise Evenson, CPWC, PCC, MA, MBA

Becoming A Wellness Entrepreneur: Challenges and Opportunities
William Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHP; Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP; and Margaret Moore, MBS

Wellness Synchronicity: Cultivating Spiritual Intelligence
Pamela Birchett-Street, MSW, LICSW

Cultivating Future Wellness Leaders
Danielle Burrell, MEd, CHES, CWWS, and Jessica Kelly-Hauser, MA

Effective Methods for Delivering Wellness Education
Christopher Hirschler, PhD, MCHES

Tapping into Flow—That Magical Grace That Brings Us One Step Closer to Total Balance
Andi Martin, MS

The Power of Purpose: Defining a Vision for the Health Promotion Industry
Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWWPC, CWP

Carpe Diem: Advancing Wellness Through the Affordable Care Act
Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH


Wednesday, June 17, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Two Not-Yet-Dead, Lovable, Old White Guys Go On About What Wellness Was, Is, and Could Be
Donald B. Ardell, PhD, and John W, Travis, MD, MPH

Integrating Resiliency and Coaching Strategies into "Know Your Numbers" So Participants Can Thrive
Brooke Campbell

Influencing Behavior Change for Healthier Families
Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD

10-Minute Wellness Strategies to Improve Client Participation and Success
Linda Gerdes-Mercer, MSW

A Holistic Approach to Worksite Wellness for City of Houston Employees
Nicole Hare Everline, DHSc, MS, CHES

Inclusive Exercises for People with Developmental Disabilities and Cognitive Impairment
Kathy Levac, RN MS MQT

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Microbiome and Its Role in Disease
Elena Maganto, PhD

Promoting Wellness in New Times: Using Digital Media and Marketing Strategy to Reach New Audiences
Jana Stara, MS

Enhancing the Higher-Ed Learning Environment Through Physical Activity and Stress Reduction Techniques
Michelle Tollefson, MD and Emily Matuszewicz, DC


Wednesday, June 17, 1 - 3:45 p.m. (Academies)

Coaching Academy
Day 3: The Essence of Coaching
Facilitated by Jackie Bredl-Dietrich, CHES, PCC, CWP, BCC, and Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, with presentation by Linda Bark, PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC ( "Coaching from a Holistic/Integral Perspective for Lasting Change”)

Integrative Health Academy
Day 3: Movement-based Biofield Energy Modalities—WE ARE VIBRATIONS OF ENERGY FLOW!
Facilitated by Denise Pastoor, MEd, APRN, BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT, with presentation by Pete Gryffin, PhD, MS (“ Metarobics: New Paradigm for QiGong and TaiChi Healing”) and panel to create “A Self-Care Biofield Energy Toolkit” with panelists Denise Pastoor; Pete Gryffin; Kimberly Gray, RN, HN-BC, LMT, CHTP/I; Sachiko Komagata, PhD, PT, CWP; and Brenda Stockdale, MA

Multicultural Academy
Day 3: Strategic Wellness Interventions for Underserved Populations

Facilitated by Linda Howard, JD, and Jacquelyn McCray, PhD, with panelists Jennie Trotter, MEd; Nikki Akparewa, RN, MSN/MPH, CWP; June Strickland, PhD, RN ; and Ed Ramos

Worksite Academy
(Sponsored by Optum)
Day 3: Multiple Dimensions in Action
Facilitated by Laura Putnam, MA and Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, with “ Corporate Wellness—Past, Present, and Promising Future” Panel featuring Leslie Ritter, Wellness Leader at Eileen Fisher; Ginny Bryson, Wellness Manager at Phoebe Putney; and Anna Follman, Onsite Health Specialist at Best Buy


Wednesday, June 17, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Using Wellness Interventions to Enhance Motivation to Exercise Regulation in College
Heather Barton-Weston, MA

Medical Wellness in India: A Community-Clinic Model
Joel Bennett, PhD, and Byron Dawson, MBA

Food Therapy for Stress Management
Paulette Fara-Schembri, CWWS, CWWPM

A Paradigm Shift from Providing Education to Engaging Employees in their Health and Wellness
Stacey Lane, RN, BSN, MA, CCP/CHC; Eileen Lawless, BSN, CCP, CHC, CPN; and Carmela Valentino, MPH

Implementation and Impact of an Employee-Driven Mind-Body Medicine Workplace Wellness Program
Ruthann Russo, MS, MPH, PhD

Encoding Nurse Coaching Using the Omaha System
Mary Elaine Southard, RN,MSN,APHN-BC,HWNC-BC, and Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Joys and Jump-Starts: Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Nutrition Through Community Coalitions
Judy Springer, PhD

Living Well on the Mobius Strip of Your Life
Elaine Sullivan, MEd, LPC, LMFT

Compassion for Optimists and Pessimists
Tara Wangchuk


Wednesday, June 17, 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Physical Inactivity—The New Smoking: The Art of Programming Physical Activity for Worksite and Community
William Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHP

Worldwide Wellness: Presentations and Interactions with Wellness Practitioners from Around the World
Facilitated by Robert Boyd, OAM, FACHPER

Total Worker Health: Integrating Safety, Health, and Well-being for Overall Employee Wellness
Chia Chang, MPH, MBA, and Kellie Pierson, MS

How to Bring Wellness Coaching to Underserved Populations
Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP

The 5 Keys to Leading a Culture of Wellbeing: The Voice of 100 Senior Executives
Renee Moorefield, PhD

Giving In Not Up: Caregiver Self-Care Along the Autism Front Lines
Ramona Rolle-Berg, Ms, PhD and Renee Rolle-Whatley, MS, PhD

Integrating Wellness Programming into Faith-Based Organizations for the Underserved
Victor Romano, EdD, and Elliott Royal, MS

The Purna Health Management System: Integrating Vedic Wisdom for Everyday Health and Wellness
Emily Schulz, PhD, OTR/L, CFLE

Food Addiction, Obesity, Diabetes, and the Gut--How Wellness Professionals Can Recalibrate the Craving
Karen Wolfe, MBBS (Syd) MA


Thursday, June 18, 8:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Empowering Young Girls to Build America (a.k.a., Welding with Frosting)
Shanen Aranmor, MS, NCC

Growing Through the Narrow Spots: Name Them, Tell Their Story, and Gather Resources
Ruth Bachman

Ready Step Go: Create a Wellness Program Using Health Trackers to Step Your Way to Better Fitness
Allison Bonner and Megan McCurdy

Improvisational Theater Tools ("Serious Play") to Strengthen Communication and Collaboration
Stephanie Frederick, RN, MEd

How Do I Maintain Normal Brain Function Naturally?
Stephen Grand, DC, MS and Kenice Morehouse-Grand, DC, DACBN

Celebrate Fluid Movement! Remedy Chronic Sitting, Boredom, and Beyond
Lisa Medley, MA, CMT

Integrating Health Coaching into Weight Management in an Workplace Environment
Stefanie Milroy, MPH, CHES, and Lindsey Arthur, CHWC

From Being the "Expert" to Being an "Agent of Change"—What We Can Learn from Oprah About Influence
Laura Putnam, MA

Multicultural Competencies: Developing Ethical Best Practices in Delivery of Wellness Services
Deborah Wilcox, PhD, and Linda Howard, JD, CHC

The Resilience Project: Building a Sustainable Program
Julie Zaruba Fountaine, MS


Thursday, June 18, 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Corporate Resilience: Real-World Strategies, Tools, Examples
Joel Bennett, PhD and Miriam Senft, CWWS GBA AAI RYT

Tobacco: The "It Girl" of Health, Wellness and Potential Funding
Paula Collier, MS

Celebrate Wellness by Learning the Latest About the Spirit and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing
Bill Gaertner, MD, MS

Creating Cultures of Health and Performance: Lessons Learned from Practice and Theory
Moira Petit, PhD; Christopher Fink, PhD; and Nancy Knop, PhD

Improving Health Outcomes with Healing Touch: Four Case Studies
Ramona Rolle-Berg, MS, PhD, and Renee Rolle-Whatley, MS, PhD

Strategic Partnerships to Improve the Health and Wellness of the Community
Kimberly Sbardella, RN

Expanding the Role of Nurses as Wellness Coaches
Margaret Schmidt, MSN, NC-BC, CDP, and Holly Miller, RN, BS, CWP, HWNC-BC, HNB

How to Give a Spirit-filled, Fun-loving Stress Management Presentation
Jennie Trotter, MEd

Improve the Health of your Organization Through a Wellness Champions Program
Kaisa Wieneke, MPH

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