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Council on Wellness Certification Excellence

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE) determines and maintains standards for NWI certifications. This council serves as the decision-making body to evaluate Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) applications, review current knowledge and skills requirements for health promotion and wellness professionals, and set continuing education requirements.

CWCE Members



Susie Bell, MSW, LCSW, Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Healthy Results® Coaching Team Manager
Indiana University Health


Susie holds a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a BA in Psychology and Education. She has been working as a health coach for more than 10 years and earned her Health and Wellness Coach certification through Wellcoaches. Susie currently works for IU Health where she is the coaching team lead, providing health and wellness coaching through the employee wellness program and to members of IU Health’s commercial health plan. She also works part-time for Canary Health as a health coach for the Virtual Lifestyle Management program. Susie has developed coaching tools, curriculum for group coaching, and publishes a monthly coaching newsletter for IU Health.

Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES
Assistant Professor
A.T Still University


Joshua Bernstein is an assistant professor for A.T. Still Universities College of Graduate Health Studies. Dr. Bernstein spent 12 years in sports medicine as a professional athletic trainer and manager of an outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinic. Dr. Bernstein is an active contributor to professional health education literature, collaborates on contemporary textbook projects, peer-reviews for professional journals, provides editorial review for health education textbook revisions, and volunteers regularly on conference planning and presentation review committees. His research interests include wellness and wellbeing among university populations, adolescent risk perception related to unintentional injury, and professional preparation among health educators.

Fabiana Cheistwer, MS, CWWPM, CWP
Wellness Director
Baptist Homes Society

Fabiana Cheistwer, M.S. CWP, has spent the last thirty years developing and facilitating health and wellness programs for all ages and populations. Her compassionate and personable style as well as steadfast experience in working with diverse groups has earned her national awards. She is a local and national spokesperson for wellness. Fabi is in her eighth year as the Wellness Director at Baptist Homes Society, a premier group of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Fabi has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and certifications from the National Wellness Institute, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is an active member of the International Council on Active Aging and the NWI, serving as a conference presentation reviewer and the CWCE Council.  Fabi is a Certified Facilitator of the Active Living Every Day Program created by the Ken Cooper Institute and Active Living Partners as well as a HealthStages Certified Facilitator, specializing in wellness for senior adults. Recently, Fabi became a Staying Well Workshop trainer/speaker with New Achievement Strategies, an executive training company.



Elizabeth Click, ND, RN, CWP
Medical Director
Case Western Reserve University


Elizabeth Click is the Medical Director for Case Western Reserve University and an Assistant Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  She created and directs the university’s faculty and staff wellness program and provides strategic support for the development and implementation of benefit designs, health care cost management initiatives, and clinical programs to positively impact population health. Dr. Click is a motivated educator, administrator, leader, practitioner and author with over 25 years of experience in developing and sustaining worksite wellness programs. Her efforts within corporate, academic and community organizations have positively impacted the health of varied workforce populations with a focus on prevention, wellness and behavior change. Dr. Click received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of Wooster and her Doctor of Nursing degree from CWRU.  Prior to joining the CWRU faculty, Dr. Click managed the wellness training program at The Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio and was a faculty member within the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Isabelle Wettergren,  MA, CWP, CWWS, CWWPM
Physical Education Specialist & Lead Wellness Champion Coordinator
San Leandro Unified School District, CA


Isabelle is native of Montréal, Canada. She is fluent in French. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and a Masters in Health & Wellness Psychology. She is an active member of the National Wellness Institute where she holds the following certifications; CWP, CWWS, and CWWPM. Isabelle has been working as a Physical Education Specialist in San Francisco Bay Area public schools for 17 years. She concurrently serves as the school district Wellness Champion Lead Coordinator. Her professional activism and deep passion for health and wellness have lead her school district to develop a labor-management partnership for employee wellness which received national recognition. 

Ashley R Miller MPH, CHES, CWC
Operations, Employee Health & Wellness Promotion
Workplace Options


Ashley helps manage the wellness department and initiatives for Workplace Options. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her Master’s in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ashley very much enjoys sharing her passion for wellness with other professionals, and believes that the communication of health and well-being is the catalyst for change.

Robert Owens, PhD
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science Department
Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina


Robert Owens holds a doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While pursuing his doctorate, he was appointed by the university's Chancellor to co-chair the university’s advisory board on employee health and wellness. His research broadly focuses on positive health and wellness coaching approaches for special athletic populations (e.g. tactical athletes, aging athletes, LGBT athletes) and multicultural competencies and social justice issues in health, sport and exercise psychology. His credentials include Real Balance Global Wellness Services' Health and Wellness Coach, the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and the Functional Movement Specialist through Functional Movement Systems.

Bridgette A. Stewart, M.Ed., CWP, CWWS
Senior Lecturer
University of West Georgia


Bridgette Stewart is the Program Coordinator for Health and Community Wellness in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia (UWG). She is an active member of Shape America, the Southern District of Shape America and the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD) where she serves as the current president. She also serves as the chair of the community health council as part of the health division of Southern District Shape America. Ms. Stewart currently holds several certifications, including ACE’s national health coach, Certified Wellness Practitioner and a Worksite Wellness Specialist with the National Wellness Institute and ACE’s Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She is also trained as a lifestyle coach for the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. Most recently, she completed the Kids N Fitness Train the Trainer Program. She is in the process of preparing for the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credentials.