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EXECUTIVE TEAM

President

Linda Howard

Linda Howard, JD, CHC (7-2013)
CEO, Alturnative
York, PA
lhoward@alturnative.com

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.

 

Vice President

Kristi Leonard

Kristi Leonard, EdD, MA, CWP, NBC-HWC (9-2017)
Assistant Dean of Students
Central College
Pella, IA
leonardk@central.edu

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.

 

Treasurer

Brian Schroeder

Brian Schroeder, MHA (9-2017)
Administrative Director
Wellness, Occupational Health, Volunteer Services
Eskenazi Health
brian.schroeder@eskenazihealth.edu

Co-Founder & CEO
Preventia Group, LLC
bschroeder@preventiagroup.com

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.

 

Secretary

Tom Cuddihy

Tom Cuddihy, PhD (7-2016)
Director, Wellness Constructs Pty, Ltd.
Professor (Adjunct), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,
Queensland University of Technology
cuddihythomas1@gmail.com

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.

 

BOARD MEMBERS 

Tabatha Elsberry Hyatt

Tabatha Elsberry Hyatt (9-2017)
Health Promotion Account Manager
HealthFitness Corporation - www.healthfitness.com
Butte, MT
Tabatha.hyatt@outlook.com
www.linkedin.com/in/tabathaelsberry/
www.divadigitaldesign.com

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.  

  

Dr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster

Dr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster (3-2019)
cakenned@indiana.edu

Carol is a Senior Lecturer at Indiana University/Bloomington and is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to acquiring her Ph.D., she worked in a Sports Medicine Wellness program at the University of Illinois and helped start up the Fitness/Wellness program for IU Recreational Sports. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Performance and has developed wellness and fitness initiatives for workplaces, universities, communities, and the US Navy. She enjoys the combination of teaching, community engagement, and translational research. Her doctoral work focused on translational research in a military setting for active duty personnel over 40 years old. Carol has an interest in functional movement, worksite wellness outcomes, safe and effective movement instruction, and evaluating physical activity outcomes related to moving more and sitting less. Her passion is promoting, teaching, and evaluating safe, effective, outcome-based physical activity/movement program delivery methods in order to encourage healthy lifestyles and focus on improved quality of life and prevention of illness.

  

Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD

Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD (3-2019)
https://twitter.com/staceytheRD

Stacey holds a MS in Public Health Nutrition and a BS in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A Registered Dietitian for over 25 years, her current expertise centers in evidence-based marketing of foods and wellness. She partners with brands to unlock wellness opportunities by utilizing insights and science to develop marketing tools, communications, and external influencer engagement. She has over 10 years specializing in food wellness commercialization strategies, from small start-ups to large global companies. Her career started in Public Health, focusing on family wellness programs, which continues to influence her work to this day. This foundation drives her passion for mission-driven branding and social causes. A 5th generation farmer and co-owner of a Century Farm, she is literally grounded in the “seed to plate” story. Because Stacey is a passionate believer that food is more than simply nutrients—it is also the compilation of our celebrations, memories, and culture—she enjoys nourishing her husband and 4 teen athletes around the family table.

  

Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, MA, CPHWC, ACC (7-2015)
www.linkedin.com/in/eirasminlokpezcobo/
www.eirasmin.com
eirasmin@lokpez.com

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. 

  

Dr. Mark Pettus

Dr, Mark Pettus (3-2019)

Dr. Mark Pettus is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for over 25 years. He received his A.B. from Boston University and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School. He completed his renal fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Pettus is also an alumnus of The Advanced Program for Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation at The Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Pettus currently serves as the Director of Medical Education, Wellness and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts. In addition, he serves as The Associate Dean of Medical Education at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the author of two books, The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate for Quality Health Care and It’s All in Your Head: Change Your Mind, Change Your Health. He serves on the teaching faculty at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine based in Washington D.C. and The Meditation Institute in Averill Park NY.

Dr. Pettus has appeared on numerous TV and Radio venues nationally including the 700 Club, Good Morning America, NPR and PBS. His podcast, The Health Edge is heard by people all over the world.

Dr. Pettus is the 2018 recipient of The National Institute of Wellness’ Halbert Dunn MD, Ph.D. Award. The National Wellness Institute’s Halbert L. Dunn Wellness Award is the most prestigious award presented by the National Wellness Institute and is regarded as one of the highest honors in the health promotion and wellness fields. Recipients of the award have shown a dedication to wellness over the course of their lifetime, making many significant contributions and offering leadership that furthered the field of wellness.

In addition, Dr. Pettus was recognized by the Massachusetts State Senate in 2018 for his leadership in Population-Community Health in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.