VP of Strategic Initiatives
Certificates and Education Programs, Webinars, Sponsorships
Conference Coordinator & Business Manager
NWC Planning & Logistics, Continuing Education Credit Coordination, NWC Programming, Accounts Payable/Receivable
Board of Directors
Linda Howard, JD, CHC
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.
Kristi Leonard, EdD, MA, CWP, NBC-HWC
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.
Brian Schroeder, MHA
Co-Founder & CEO
Preventia Group, LLC
Building upon 17 years of combined experience in health care administration and wellness program management, Brian Schroeder Co-Founded 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 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. Brian served as the Administrative Director of Wellness and Occupational Health at Eskenazi Health – one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. At Eskenazi Health, he 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.
Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD
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.
Tyler Amell, PhD, MSc, BSc
Adjunct Faculty / Chief Relationship Officer
Dr. Tyler Amell is an internationally recognized thought leader on the topic of workplace health and productivity. When he is not speaking at events around the world, he is a trusted advisor to organizations, including insurers, service providers, and employers, on strategic and integrated workplace health and productivity. He specializes in the areas of health and wellbeing technology, data analytics, absence and leave management, STD, LTD, occupational rehabilitation, disability management, and disability prevention, workers’ compensation, mental health, musculoskeletal health, chronic disease, wellness & wellbeing, medical assessment, and health & safety. Dr. Amell is Chief Relationship Officer at CoreHealth Technologies. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences and Faculty Lead for Work and the Workplace. He has given seminars and presentations at over 150 events and is a former instructor at Queen’s University, the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Ottawa. He also serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI), the College of Pedorthics of Canada, and in the past the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH), and the San Francisco Based Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI). He is a past Partner/Vice President at a global HR Consulting & Technology company, CEO of an HR Technology Company, and Vice President of a large Healthcare and Rehabilitation company. Dr.Amell has recently contributed to events and publications of IBI, the Disability Management Employers Coalition (DMEC), the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the Conference Board of Canada, the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (OEMAC), the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (CBOM), and the Occupational Medical Society of Canada (OMSOC).
Dr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster
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.
Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, MA, CPHWC, ACC
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.
Mazouz Oum El Kheir
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Mazouz Oum El Kheir has done remarkable work in worksite wellness, global humanity wellness, and fund raising for charitable causes that support well-being globally. She works across cultural lines and has strong organizational skills. She assists Etihad Medical Services Team with promoting employees’ (and their families’) health, fitness and wellness; coaches, develops, promotes, and implements wellness seminars; creates publications and presentations; serves on the Sports & Social Committee; and conducts staff health assessment programs. She develops, manages, promotes, and implements well-being in the global community through engagement programs and events requiring her to draw on formal and voluntary resources and networks to deliver initiatives for positive employee engagement and wellbeing through a sports and social framework. In 2015 she helped Etihad raise over $3,000,000 for charity benefitting causes like Syrian refugees relief (Lebanon, Jordan, and Greece), Walk for a Cause (India), Run for a Cause (Kenya), Big Heart Library (Morocco), Earthquake Relief (Nepal), Charity Iftar (UAE Labour Camp), and Yemen We Care. She has spearheaded the following international programs: Rehab Schools (1,700 students, Kenya), Etihad World Aviation Football Cup (28 international teams/ 20 countries), Color Their Lives (Raised 1/2 million dirhams for Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation, Egypt), and International Women’s Day. Programs in her home country of UAE: Walk for a Cause (5,200+ participants), Run for a Cause (4,500 participants, Abu Dhabi), summer camp (aged 4-14), Inflight Chef’s special needs children cooking workshop, corporate games, Wellness Day, and Fit2Fly.
Dr. Mark Pettus
Director of Medical Education,
Wellness and Population Health
Berkshire Health Systems
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.
Lana Saal holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Master’s in Health, and Bachelor’s in Nutrition; Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) through the National Wellness Institute and certifications as Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS). Lana is a speaker, author, and inspirer of happier healthier humans and a lifelong learner with 25 years of expertise in Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness. Dedicated to her profession to positively impact the lives of others, Lana has a passion for leading and inspiring others, through a combination of education and meaningful motivation, to make a positive difference. Lana has held several volunteer leadership positions on many boards within her community. She has been a leader volunteer extensively with the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for 15 years locally and at the state level. Dr. Saal has served on the NWI Academic Program Accreditation Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education from 2010 – 2018, holding the position of Chairperson from 2013 on. In 2017 she was elected into the NWI Circle of Leadership, and currently serves on the NWI Membership Committee as well.
Bridgette Stewart, MEd, CWP
University of West Georgia
Bridgette Stewart is a senior lecturer and program coordinator for the Health and Community Wellness degree at the University of West Georgia and serves as the Founder and Director of the Wolf Wellness Lab. She is a passionate health and wellness professional with over 15 years of experience in curriculum and wellness-initiative development. She uses her knowledge and experience as a health coach and worksite wellness specialist to develop programs for students, faculty, staff, and the local community to improve their overall well-being. Over the last ten years, she has served in numerous leadership positions and on boards of directors across the Southeast. From 2015-2016, she served as president of her state health association. From 2011-2012, she served on the board of directors for Southern District Shape America. She served as the chair of NWI’s Council on Wellness Certification Excellence and in 2018 was inducted into NWI’s Circle of Leadership. Bridgette continues to educate countless future professionals, organizations, and community members through presentations, initiatives, and service-learning projects. Currently, she volunteers her time as the co-chair of the physical activity committee of the Get Healthy Live Well Coalition in Carrollton, Georgia, which is one of 12 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Community award. She also volunteers her time as a lifestyle coach for the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Bridgette looks forward to shaping professional development for wellness professionals across the country.
Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH
Center for Health & Wellness Law, LLC
Along with starting her law firm, the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC, almost 5 years ago, Barbara Zabawa has also started the nonprofit Wellness Compliance Institute (WCI). Thus far, WCI has created standards of conduct for wellness professionals as well as brokers. These standards are essential to ethical and legal wellness practice. Barbara has presented at the National Wellness Conference on workplace wellness compliance issues for the last four years. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, she has conducted research on the use of incentives in workplace wellness programs, and whether those incentives are perceived as complying with the requirement that information collection is “voluntary” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).