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National Wellness Institute

The National Wellness Institute is based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Each July since 1977, the Institute has produced North America's most prominent wellness conference, drawing up to 1800 participants to interact with approximately 100 of the most sought-after health and wellness speakers.

Dennis Elsenrath, Bob Fellows, Michael Arloski (in front), Jane Jones, and Izzy Gesell at the National Wellness Conference.
Craig Washington and Bob Fellows will co-facilitate a men's group at the 2009 National Wellness Conference.

Below you'll find the Directors of the National Wellness Institute. Leaders in their field, they are valuable resources as speakers and consultants.

You can learn more about the National Wellness Conference at this web site:

http://www.nationalwellness.org

Board of Directors

JUDD ALLEN, PhD A sense of community, a shared vision and a positive outlook are essential to health and productivity. Author of the 2007 release Not Alone:Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends, Dr. Allen examines these work climate factors in organizational life. Learn how to assess work climate and how wellness programs can play a key role in supporting a sense of community, a shared vision and a positive outlook at the workplace.

WILLIAM B. BAUN, EPD William Baun has more than 20 years of experience in worksite health promotion management and programming. Between 1996-1999, he worked as a health and productivity consultant and provided strategic and evaluation services for many large and small companies. He was a member of the startup wellness team at Tenneco (1981) and managed the program until 1996. While at Tenneco he planned and initiated more than 25 health promotion/fitness programs in a variety of white and blue collar settings. In the early 1990's he teamed up with Dr. Nell Gottlieb at the University of Texas at Austin to develop a remote site health promotion model. This model was used by Tenneco to implement the Pipeline to Health program at 110 gas compressor sites, and by the American Cancer Society’s Worksite Team to implement more than 1,500 health promotion programs in Texas. Currently Baun serves on the Executive Committee of the Mayor's Wellness Council of Houston.

BARBARA HARRIS, MA Executive Vice President and Editorial Director for the Active Lifestyle Group, Weider Publications. Editorial Director for SHAPE, Natural Health, and Fit Pregnancy magazines.

BILL HETTLER, MD A driving force in the wellness movement, Dr. Hettler originated the highly successful National Wellness Conference and co-founded the National Wellness Institute. His highly entertaining and inspiring overview of wellness includes personal and global concerns. Your audience will share his energy and enthusiasm.

MEG JORDAN, PhD, RN Meg Jordan is a woman who has motivated millions to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Author, speaker, international health journalist, registered nurse and a clinical medical anthropologist, Meg is one of the most recognized names in health and wellness reporting. She is Department Chair and Professor of Integrative Health Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  Meg is also known as the "Global Medicine Hunter" for syndicated radio on Health Radio Network, host of “Healthy Living on Global TV and numerous specials for NBC “Today,” Discovery and CNN. Her books include The Fitness Instinct and a forthcoming Adventures of a Global Medicine Hunter. Meg searches the globe for healing remedies, traveling to remote and exotic places, confirming the best of traditional practices with modern science. She specializes in behavioral medicine and interactive guided imagery. Her syndicated columns and television reports cover health, wellness, integrative medicine, indigenous healing traditions and cultural trends and have appeared in columns around the world. She has taught at the Institute of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University, and guest lectured at UCLA, University of British Columbia, and several other colleges.  As a board member of the National Wellness Institute, she enjoys spreading a message of well-being, while sailing, hiking, and serving on many rewarding volunteer projects.

AHNNA LAKE, MD The healer must also be healed. Dr. Lake is a respected advocate for not only physicians, but also other professionals who experience high stress. Her refreshing and exuberant outlook on life moves her audiences to positive action. She conveys high optimism and teaches practical and effective strategies.

KENNETH RENTMEESTER, MPH President of Rentmeester and Associates, an organization that provides program design, management, planning, and contract negotiation services to health care, managed care, and government agencies.  Mr. Rentmeester is a nationally known speaker and consultant on HMOs, IPAs, and managed health care organizations.  He has authored several articles on cost-effective health care and prevention in the workplace.  He helped establish the Center for Health Policy and Program Evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continues to assist in the center’s development.  Additionally, Mr. Rentmeester teaches managed care courses in the Administrative Medicine Program and Programs in Health Management, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.  He has also served as the State Health Officer for Wisconsin.

ELAINE SULLIVAN, MEd Her presentations on self-esteem, relationship building, gender issues and developing awareness of the inner child are so popular that they are “standing room only” at the National Wellness Conference. In great demand as a speaker to corporations and hospitals, Elaine’s positive attitude, caring and sense of fun are contagious.

CRAIG WASHINGTON, EdD Educated at Indiana State University, the University of Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard, Dr. Washington is former President of Olive-Harvey College in Chicago. He has also served as Executive Director of the National Wellness Institute. An ever-popular, warm and caring presenter, his topics include counseling psychology, multicultural counseling and teaching, men’s issues, wellness and group dynamics.

We hope to see you at the National Wellness Conference.

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