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NWI Member Spotlight — November 2018

Posted By NWI, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2018
Kristi Leonard - Member Spotlight

Kristi Leonard EdD, MA, CWP, NBC-HWC

NWI Board of Directors Member

Assistant Dean of Students - Central College, Pella, IA

In 2016, Kristi returned to her alma mater, Central College, as the Assistant Dean of Students, Wellness and Well-Being. Her primary charge is to further Central's Integrated Learning plan through providing focused vision, oversight, and management of wellness-related initiatives, programs, and services for students.  She also oversees Counseling Services, the Maytag Wellness Center, and is the Pella Regional Health Center liaison. 

Prior to her return to Central, Kristi served as a faculty member at Waldorf University from 2005-2016. She was a tenured Associate Professor of Wellness, the Wellness Department Chair, and served as the Faculty Chair for three years, where she represented the faculty in many capacities. She was honored with the Waldorf Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014. From 2000-2005, Kristi worked at Luther College in the areas of wellness, residence life, and student activities.

Kristi has been and is very active in her local communities. She is currently a member of the Pella Wellness Consortium, the Pella Professional and Business Women’s Forum, the Pella Youth Coalition, and Leadership Red Rock. She co-constructed an outdoor labyrinth in college prairie grass for the community to use, and collaborated to create and facilitate a Healthy Kids program as well as a 3K3 walk/run/wag event, in which all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. She was the Chair of the Forest City Wellness Coalition, Vice President of the Forest City YMCA Board of Directors, a member of the Forest City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a member of the Puckerbrush 5K committee. 

Globally she has created, developed, and implemented a study abroad course and experience titled “Exploring Wellness in Yucatan.” She looks forward to putting this course into action again during Central’s 2019 two-week spring break.
In her free time, Kristi enjoys working out, watching sports, listening to music, reading, and spending time with friends, family, and her husband Terry and their one-year-old cavapoo, Gracie.

Kristi Leonard can be contacted at: 

Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa   50219


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