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NWI Announces New Board President and Interim Executive Director

Tuesday, December 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The National Wellness Institute Elects New Board President and Announces the Hiring of a New Interim Executive Director

December 11, 2018 - Great new things are happening at the National Wellness Institute (NWI). We welcome Linda Howard as newly elected President of the Board of Directors and Chuck Gillespie as the Interim Executive Director of the National Wellness Institute.

Linda HowardLinda Howard was elected as the new Board president of the National Wellness Institute. She is the CEO of Alturnative, a healthcare compliance and ethics consultancy that serves the health, fitness, and wellness industries.  Linda is also committed to using her leadership to advance dialogues on changing the wellness and healthcare industries for the better. Through her work she encourages others to reach underserved populations, engage in purposeful dialogue, and promote business ethics and values that support individual and organizational wellness. Linda has been on the Board since July 2013. She previously held the positions of Treasurer and Vice President, consecutively.  

“I am both excited and honored to serve as NWI’s Board President. This is an electrifying time for NWI as we bring in new programs and host our National Wellness Conference 2019 in Florida for the first time. Yet it is a time for personal and organizational introspection as we build new roads by collectively walking them,” Linda says.

Chuck Gillespie is serving as the Interim Executive Director of the National Wellness Institute while the organization seeks to fill its recent vacancy of the Executive Director position. Chuck led the Wellness Council of Indiana (WCI) for six years. In that time, the WCI received statewide and national awards for its work in both community and workplace wellness programming.  He has over 25 years in operations, finance, HR, and non-profit management. As a consultant with Nyhart, one of the largest independent actuary firms in the United States, Chuck spends his time helping employers integrate benefits, wellness, and financial planning.  He has nearly two decades of experience in community and workplace wellness.

“The current Board of Directors has a great respect for the history and legacy of NWI, and so do I.  During this interim period, one of my roles is to review the entire operation to ensure NWI is on track to expand and grow its mission across the globe,” shares Chuck. 

“We are pleased to have someone with Chuck’s background and enthusiasm to serve NWI during this transition period,” says Howard. 

The National Wellness Institute welcomes Chuck to the team, and Linda to lead the way!

Once Chuck completes the operational analysis, the NWI Board will conduct a search for the next full-time director. We are also bringing on new board members in 2019. Interested individuals should watch for an announcement of the search opening and call for board nominations. “There are great things ahead for NWI and its members, and new opportunities to serve,” says Howard. 


A bright future is ahead for NWI

The NWI team has been hard at work building new relationships and enhancing its member benefits.  In 2019, NWI will expand its online continuing education course options and will provide even more member-exclusive tools and discounts. We now also offer our new Financial Wellness Facilitator course, in partnership with the Foundation for Financial Wellness, as an interactive eLearning course.

Our recently formed Emerging Wellness Professionals (EWP) task force brings fresh ideas as well. We are giving new wellness professionals a voice at NWI. “We are very excited about our new EWP task force. The purpose of this group is to motivate emerging wellness professionals to become active members of the organization, and to engage and empower the wellness leaders of tomorrow,” says Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, NWI Board Member. Look for their articles and involvement in the coming year, as well as their presence at NWI’s 2019 conference.

Planning for 44th Annual National Wellness Conference is underway. Our theme this year is The Key to Thriving: Six Dimensions of Wellness, and session proposals are now being accepted.  In 2019 the conference will be September 30 - October 2. It will be held at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.