EMERGING WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS
NWI wants to motivate emerging wellness professionals to become active members of the organization and support NWI’s efforts to engage and empower the wellness leaders of tomorrow. We consider anyone new to the field of wellness an emerging wellness professional — whether you are just graduating college or changing careers later in life. Learn more about the Emerging Wellness Professional Award.
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Emerging Wellness Professional Task Force
Samantha Diedrich, CWP
Wellness Specialist and Certified Wellness Practitioner
Aspirus Business Health | Wausau, WI
Samantha is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and a Sales Executive working in Business Development at Aspirus Business Health. She is passionate about engaging business partners, employers and clients to improve their lives through health and happiness. Sam has her master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is active with multiple non-profits in her community. Additionally, Sam is the current Vice President on Emerging Wellness Professional Task Force for the National Wellness Institute and a NWI Circle of Leadership Inductee recipient.
What is Wellness to me: As a wellness professional, I view wellness as a means to inspiring other people to achieve their fullest potential through health and happiness.
Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion
Wake Forest University
Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, North Carolina State University | Raleigh, North Carolina
Suzanne started her engagement with NWI through assisting in the development of the NWI student chapter at her undergraduate institution. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with her MPH, she went to work with North Carolina State University where she began health coaching, developing campus-wide wellness initiatives, creating a gamified wellness module, and conducting research in health behaviors. Since becoming a Certified Wellness Practitioner, Suzanne continues to provide leadership in the development of holistic approaches to wellbeing for students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest University. Suzanne is the winner of the 2019 Young Wellness Professional Award by the National Wellness Institute and now leads the Emerging Wellness Professionals Task Force.
What Wellness Means to Me: Wellness is the ability to connect the dots between short-term actions and behaviors to long-term health and wellbeing through intentional actions to develop a holistic lifestyle.
Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, MA, CPHWC, ACC
Founder & Director
Wellness for Growth Foundation
Board Member, National Wellness Institute
Eirasmin is a Strategic Marketer 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 Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics and a Master’s degree Strategic Communications.
She has a proven record developing effective and innovative multichannel campaigns and providing strategic direction 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 eight years of her career to making an impact on the wellness industry. As a Wellness Strategist, she has 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.