Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC, CWP
CEO and Founder, Real Balance Global Wellness Services
Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Arloski’s perspective on wellness coaching comes from his pioneering work training thousands of wellness and health coaches worldwide, authoring the field’s foundational book Wellness Coaching For Lasting Lifestyle Change 2nd Ed., and serving as an Executive Committee member of The National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches. A member of the Board of Directors of The National Wellness Institute he has also served as President of The Ohio Society For Behavioral Health. Licensed psychologist, keynote speaker, consultant, and author, his mission is to build allies for a healthy world taking wellness across the globe. Michael and his wife, Deborah, work, live and play together in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Linda Howard, JD, CHC (7-2013)
CEO, Alturnative Fitness
Linda Howard is a seasoned technology savvy healthcare and compliance professional with over thirty years of combined experience in law, healthcare compliance, managed care operations, and general business development. She has a proven ability to work collaboratively with business units, executives, and boards while maintaining impactful external relationships through publishing, national conference presentations, and notable involvement in professional associations. She currentlyserves as a consultant to healthcare organizations and health club owners in the area of compliance, ethics and HIPAA privacy. Her prior work experience includes: CEO/Owner (Alturnative Fitness); Chief Compliance Intellect Officer (CON4MX); Associate Vice President, Business Ethics (Amerigroup); Risk Control and Compliance Officer (Amerigroup); Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer (Schaller Anderson); Associate in large New York based law firms; and Senior In-House Counsel (Ernst & Young).
Brian Schroeder, MHA (9-2017)
Wellness, Occupational Health, Volunteer Services
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, 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 (9-2017)
Health Promotion Account Manager
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, EdD, MA, CWP, NBC-HWC (9-2017)
Assistant Dean of Students
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)
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, PhD, M.Ed., MPA (7-2013)
CEO/President/Organizational Consultant, Confluency
Consultants & Associates
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).