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Linda Howard

Linda Howard, JD, CHC (7-2013)
CEO, Alturnative
York, PA

Linda Howard is the CEO of Alturnative, a healthcare compliance consultancy that helps build people-forward organizations and establish compliance, ethics, and quality standards for the health, fitness, and wellness industries. She is a multi-faceted compliance and ethics consultant with over 30 years of combined experience in law, compliance, and healthcare operations and a passion for wellness, and a believer in social responsibility. She provides thought leadership to esteemed organizations, educates countless professionals annually through board work, national presentations and workshops, corporate trainings, and authorship. As a living example of being the change you want to see, you can find Linda sharing her knowledge and time in various communities. She is committed to using her leadership for good to advance dialogues on changing the wellness and healthcare industries for the better and she encourages others to also reach underserved populations, engage in purposeful dialogue, promote business ethics and values that support individual and organizational wellness. Her prior professional titles include Chief Compliance Intellect Officer; Associate Vice President, Business Ethics; Privacy Officer; Associate (Attorney); and Senior In-House Counsel.



Brian Schroeder

Brian Schroeder, MHA (9-2017)
Administrative Director
Wellness, Occupational Health, Volunteer Services
Eskenazi Health

Co-Founder & CEO
Preventia Group, LLC

Building upon 17 years of combined experience in health care administration and wellness program management, Brian Schroeder serves as the Administrative Director of Wellness and Occupational Health at Eskenazi Health - one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. In addition to his role at Eskenazi, Brian is the Co-Founder of Preventia Group, LLC – a health and wellness-based consulting & technology firm in Indianapolis. As an entrepreneur, Schroeder has owned or co-owned three small businesses locally in Indianapolis and has built a reputation for incubating new and innovative business models and work environments that thrive on free-thinking, innovation, passion and employee engagement. At Eskenazi Health, Brian and his teams developed wellness and occupational health models recognized as best practices by the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, and achieved recognition by Becker's 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare two years straight (2016, 17). Brian is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute and the Indiana Wellness Council, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for Jump IN for Healthy Kids. He earned his Master's degree in Health Administration from Indiana University, and frequently returns as a guest lecturer.



Tom Cuddihy

Tom Cuddihy, PhD (7-2016)
Director, Wellness Constructs Pty, Ltd.
Professor (Adjunct), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,
Queensland University of Technology

Tom is currently on the Management Committee of the National Wellness Institute of Australia. His PhD was completed at Arizona State University in Wellness Curriculum and Instruction. Tom has an extensive list of publications about pedometers and their application to youth health and wellness. He is the Secretary of the National Wellness Institute and Chair of the Education Committee.

He has published over 60 peer reviewed research and professional articles about psycho-social aspects of wellness and physical activity. These papers have been cited in peer reviewed Journals over 1250 times since 2003. He has had 14 Doctoral and Master’s Degree student’s graduate with earned Wellness or PE degrees.

He is an accredited Workplace Wellness Specialist and Certified Facilitator Identity Mapping & The Four Ways System. He has delivered workshops, and training programs and consulted to businesses, associations, governments, and community.



Tabatha Elsberry Hyatt

Tabatha Elsberry Hyatt (9-2017)
Health Promotion Account Manager
HealthFitness Corporation
Butte, MT

Tabatha has worked in the employee worksite wellness industry since 2001, applying her education, experience, knowledge, and skills to improve the lives of employees. She’s had excellent success in marketing, programming, consulting and managing programs for various groups. Two health promotion programs she designed, implemented, and evaluated, were selected by HealthFitness to offer as a nationwide program for all managers. In her previous position with Healthy AIM, she overhauled and redesigned the branding, logo and marketing materials, bolstering the look and feel of the program along with the services. In addition to her role as a health promotion manager for HealthFitness, she has just completed her MBA with Marketing, has a photography business, and hopes to move into more of a programming or marketing role to expand her skills, abilities, and need for creativity.

She received the Outstanding Wellness Performance Award in 2012 from the Montana Worksite Health Promotion Coalition, and assisted her client in achieving a Gold level Montana Excellence Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2016, for every 2-year cycle. She served as an Executive member, and Award group chairperson since 2007.


Kristi Leonard

Kristi Leonard, EdD, MA, CWP, NBC-HWC (9-2017)
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. 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 and Leadership Red Rock. Previously she 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 the Yucatan.” She looks forward to putting this course into action again in her role at Central College.


Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, MA, CPHWC, ACC (7-2015)
(713) 452-0377

Eirasmin is an Integrated Marketing Communicator with fifteen years of experience building brand equity in marketing, media and advertising agencies in the U.S. and in Latin America. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications and a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics. She has an in-depth understanding of strategic planning processes and a proven record conducting market research and developing effective and innovative multichannel campaigns for Fortune 500 brands – such as Walmart, Bank of America, Kraft, DHL, HP, MasterCard and Volkswagen, and for non-profit organizations – such as the American Heart Association, Memorial Hermann Hospital, the National Wellness Institute and The Wellness for Growth Foundation.

Eirasmin has dedicated the last seven years of her career to making an impact on the wellness industry. She is a Wellness Strategist with experience designing effective and culturally relevant programs for communities and corporations. She is also an ICF Certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach with numerous corporate and community wellness certifications. Eirasmin is Board Member at the National Wellness Institute and Founder & Director of the Wellness for Growth Foundation, an organization that empowers underprivileged Hispanic families through integral wellness education.


Deborah Wilcox

Deborah Wilcox, PhD, M.Ed., MPA (7-2013)
CEO/President/Organizational Consultant,
Confluency Consultants & Associates
Kettering, OH

Dr. Wilcox is the founder and CEO of Confluency Consultants and Associates, a consultancy that provides comprehensive services in multicultural organizational development, workplace diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and wellness coaching for for-profit and nonprofit organizations, public safety organizations, higher education, community mental health agencies, hospitals, integrated healthcare, and foundations. Her practice mission is to incorporate multicultural competency and inclusion best practices within organizations by bringing people together across their cultural differences and working through difficult and complex issues to support authentic collaboration and goal attainment. Dr. Wilcox is the recipient of the 2014 Multicultural Award of Distinction from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA), which recognized her outstanding contribution to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in organizational and workforce development, and has provided services to more than 100 organizations within diverse sectors. She also has extensive experience in community-based applied research, designing education and training workshops addressing multicultural competency and race relations, and providing refereed educational presentations at national and international academic conferences. In addition to her consulting practice, Dr. Wilcox currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Professions at Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado; is a member of the executive board of the National Wellness Institute, and chair of the Multicultural Competency Committee; and is a member of the Multicultural Committee for the New York Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS).