Meet the UW Health & Wellness Management Faculty

Our program’s faculty is one of its greatest strengths. You won’t find another health information management program—online or otherwise—that brings such diverse expertise together in one place. That’s because the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management is a collaboration between UW-Extension and four UW System campuses—UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior.

All courses in this online program are developed and taught by University of Wisconsin faculty—the same faculty who teach our on-campus courses.

Terry Aittama | UW Stevens Point

Terry Aittama is a senior lecturer at UW-Stevens Point and has been teaching in the Health Promotion program, a National Wellness Institute (NWI) accredited academic program, for two decades. She has been involved in the creation and assessment of learning outcomes and curriculum and is the academic advisor for the NWI Student Chapter at UW-Stevens... [Read More]

Betsy Barrett | UW River Falls

Betsy Barrett is an adjunct instructor at UW-River Falls. Previously, she taught at UW-Stevens Point and Elmhurst College. She earned her BA from the College of Wooster, her MS from Miami University in Ohio, and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. She volunteers at the National Wellness Institute; runs (with her yellow lab, Croix),... [Read More]

Todd Breaker | UW River Falls

Todd has his BS from UW-Oshkosh in Human Services and a minor in Wellness Promotion. He earned his MS in Organizational Leadership and Quality in 2008 from Marian College in Fond du Lac. He has been working in a merging industry of managed care and public programs that serve individuals with disabilities, adults experiencing multiple... [Read More]

Theresa Dionne | UW Stevens Point

Theresa is a proud 2009 UW-Stevens Point graduate with an MA in Communication. She is employed as patient experience educator with the Division of Education at Marshfield Clinic. In this role she offers coaching and professional development to all health care employees in both the clinical and administrative settings. In addition, Theresa is a group... [Read More]

Jeff Engstrom | UW Superior

Jeff Engstrom is an Associate Professor in the Health and Human Performance department at UW-Superior. He has over 20 years of teaching experience at UW-Superior, UW-Whitewater, and Oklahoma State University. He received two MS degrees from UW-La Crosse–one in human performance and one in health education–and a BAS in health education from the University of... [Read More]

Sam Ewing | UW Stevens Point

Sam Ewing is an adjunct instructor for UW-Stevens Point. He obtained his BS and MS degree from the University of Tennessee after playing 12 years in professional sports. He has also published several papers related to psychometrics. In 1991, he took the position of Coordinator of Health Promotion/ Director of Exercise Science at Vanderbilt University,... [Read More]

Myron Falken | UW La Crosse

Myron Falken received an MS in microbiology from South Dakota State University. He received an MPH and a PhD in environmental health with an emphasis on epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health for 20 years and developed the blood lead surveillance system and the... [Read More]

Brandan Hardie | UW Stevens Point

Brandan Hardie, MBA, is the executive director of the National Wellness Institute, a nonprofit serving health and wellness professionals and organizations that promote optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities. In addition, Brandan teaches Health Promotion Marketing at UW-Stevens Point, online through UW-Extension. While her current focus is nonprofit management, marketing, and organizational development,... [Read More]

Danielle Karvonen | UW Superior

Danielle attended UW-Superior and graduated with her BS in Wellness/Fitness Management. She continued on at Benedictine University to obtain her MS in Public Health, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Health Information Management. Danielle chose the health field because she loves to help and educate others about health and wellness. In her... [Read More]

Dave Kroll | UW Superior

Dr. Kroll is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UW-Superior.

Debra Lafler | UW La Crosse

Debra is an adjunct instructor for UW-La Crosse. She is the wellness consultant, coach, and speaker for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; she provides worksite wellness services to GHC-SCW’s employer group clients. She received her MA from Columbia University in Health & Behavior Studies, specializing in health education; and her BA from the... [Read More]

Erin Balliet Ratelis | UW La Crosse

Ratelis has been an innovator for change within the health and wellness industry for over 15 years. She is an insight-driven wellness professional with experience as a health and wellness consultant, wellness product developer, and thought leadership strategist in health care. She earned her BA in Community Health Education from UW-La Crosse and MA in... [Read More]

Sallie Scovill | UW Stevens Point

Sallie is an associate professor of Health Promotion/Wellness at UW-Stevens Point and teaches face-to-face courses in employee wellness and works with students during their internship selection course. She began her studies at Austin Peay State University outside Nashville, Tenn. as a political science major. After changing fields, she received a master’s in Sports Management from... [Read More]

William F. Simpson | UW Superior

William Simpson presently is an associate professor at UW-Superior and directs the exercise physiology laboratory. His experiences include YMCA work, cardiac rehabilitation, and 20 years in higher education, including a health promotion and wellness faculty position. He has presented nationally and internationally, including at the National Wellness Conference, American College of Sports Medicine, and International... [Read More]

Dave Sprague | UW River Falls

Dave is an adjunct professor in his fifth year of teaching at the University of Wisconsin, both online and classroom-based courses. His prior business work experience includes training and development, executive recruiting, sales and marketing, public speaking, management coaching and research consulting for several companies such as Boeing, Emory Hospital and Clinics, Johns-Manville, Norwegian Cruise... [Read More]

Judy Springer | UW River Falls

Judy Springer, PhD, has over 25 years experience in the health and wellness field working at hospital, community, corporate, and academic sites in various roles. Past experiences in the academic setting have included instruction in exercise physiology, fitness assessment and programming, sport nutrition, aging and wellness, and lifetime wellness. She previously facilitated Physical Education courses... [Read More]

Keven Syverson | UW River Falls

Keven is the health education coordinator for Student Health Services at UW-River Falls. He has a BS in German from UW-River Falls and a master’s in Public Health in Community Health Education from the UW-La Crosse. His PhD in Public Health is from Walden University. He also provides campus-wide prevention-focused programming on issues such as... [Read More]

Emily Whitney | UW La Crosse

Emily Whitney received an MS in community health education at Utah State University and a PhD in health education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is currently an assistant professor at UW-La Crosse teaching health education and health promotion courses such as Drugs in American Society, Human Disease, Stress Management, and Health Aspects of Aging.... [Read More]

Liz Wiebe | UW Stevens Point

Liz Wiebe, M.S, currently works at the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation in Madison, WI as the Health Services Manager. Her background is in Health Education and Exercise Physiology, Most of her career has been in Worksite Wellness. She spent over 20 years at Lands’ End in Dodgeville, WI in a variety of roles, the... [Read More]

Rex Wilcox | UW La Crosse

Rex is an adjunct instructor at UW-La Crosse and earned his BS in Physical Education/Allied Health and MA Kinesiology/Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno and has held certifications as an Athletic Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He currently holds the Certified Wellness Practitioner credential and also achieved WELCOA Faculty status in 2011. Over... [Read More]

Are you ready to start your journey in health and wellness management? Contact an Enrollment Adviser at 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) between 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, or email us anytime at