"I encourage students to forge ahead because the employment opportunities are vast and growing. The skills and knowledge gained in this degree are enormously applicable to a variety of settings: corporate, community agencies, insurance, medical."
- —Annie Wetter, Associate Dean, Chair of Health Promotion and Human Development, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Terry Aittama has been teaching in the Health Promotion program at UWSP, an 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 UWSP. Terry's teaching and research interests include health promotion program design, stress management, and collaborative leadership. She holds a Master of Public Health and a BS in Therapeutic Recreation.
Betsy Barrett is an adjunct instructor at UW-Stevens Point. Previously, she taught at UW-River Falls 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), bikes and swims; and savors time with her family (husband, Tom, and sons, Mack and Tate).
Todd has his BS from UW-Oshkosh in Human Services and a minor in Wellness Promotion. He earned his MS in Organizational Leadership & 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 chronic conditions and frailties of aging. Todd has been an adjunct instructor for over 3 years and truly enjoys being part of student’s academic journey. He typically teaches courses pertaining to quality, healthcare management, data analysis and business operations. Todd loves to improve broken processes, build up programs, create solutions in the most difficult situations, work in complex systems such as Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance.
Dr. 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 Minnesota Duluth. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Clinical Exercise Specialist. Jeff is married and has two children (boy and girl). He is an avid fitness disciple, sports fan, and reader. His other hobbies include landscaping, landscaping, and landscaping.
Sam Ewing is an adjunct instructor for UW-River Falls. 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, where he taught physiology labs in Biomedical Engineering and a medical student internship rotation in prevention. In 1993, he began a very successful internship training program for BS, MS, PhD and MD students attending Vanderbilt for professional preparation, training over 400 students from Universities and Colleges all over the USA.
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 birth defects surveillance system. Falken is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. He has four years of public health experience as a public health director and community health administrator directing and planning activities at the community level.
Brandan Hardie is an adjunct instructor for Stevens Point. She is also the Executive Director for the National Wellness Institute since 2009. Brandan received her BA in English and BA in Business from the University of Vermont. She also received her MBA from Stephens College. She is a business analyst, marketer, and writer who thrives on data-driven decisions and closes the loop on projects.
Danielle attended UW-Superior and graduated with her B.S. in Wellness/Fitness Management. She continued on at Benedictine University to obtain her M.S. 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 free time, Danielle likes to spend time with her friends and family, golf, and fish.
Dr. Kroll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UW-Superior.
Debra is an adjunct instructor for UW-La Crosse. She is the Wellness Coordinator for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW), located in Madison, Wisconsin, where she oversees worksite wellness services, coordinates the wellness website, and presents wellness workshops. She received her Master of Arts (MA) degree from Columbia University in Health & Behavior Studies, specializing in Health Education; and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside in Communication, with additional Certificates in Wellness and Coaching. Debra is a Certified Wellness Speaker (CWS) from the National Wellness Institute; a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant (CWWPC) from the Chapman Institute; a Certified Yoga Teacher from a Yoga Alliance (YA) Certified Yoga School; and a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA). She has 15+ years of experience in the health & wellness field, working in the worksite, health plan, community, and private settings. Debra’s personal passion and mission is to assist, foster, and inspire others with what she calls "personal wellness development," in that "wellness is a life-long process of self-discovery and self-improvement. The process is about progress, not perfection!"
Dr. Penhollow is an adjunct professor for UW-River Falls. She earned her BS in Health Services Administration from State University of New York (SUNY) College at Fredonia Magna Cum Laude and her MS in Health Education from the University of West Florida. Her PhD in Health Science is from the University of Arkansas and she is currently an Associate Professor in Health Promotion in the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University.
Erin Balliet Ratelis
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 progressive experience as a health & wellness consultant, wellness product developer and thought leadership strategist in health care.
In her current role at Optum’s Resource Center for Health & Well-being she:
- Curates and develops meaningful content for business professionals who want to create healthy, high performing workplaces.
- Leads annual Wellness in the Workplace tracking study
- Partners with internal and external researchers and health care organizations to seed and examine health & wellness research.
- Leverages academic partnerships to fuel the industry’s understanding of health behavior change
Specialized knowledge in Behavioral Economics, Health Care Marketing, Wellness Program Design & Communications, Best Practices and Environmental Audits.
Master Degree in Business Communication, University of St. Thomas.
Bachelor Degree in Community Health Education, University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Sallie is an associate professor of Health Promotion/Wellness at University of Wisconsin 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, TN as a political science major. After changing fields, she received a Master’s in Sports management from Georgia Southern University, and her PhD from Middle Tennessee State University. Sallie has worked in public health, in a hospital wellness program, ran employee wellness programs for large companies, and built three fitness centers, one for a community organization specializing in wellness and fitness for persons with disabilities. She is a Yoga Instructor who just completed requirements for her Yoga Alliance RYT 200, taught group fitness for over 20 years, and is an avid horsewoman who dreams of being a cowboy someday.
William F. Simpson
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 as health promotion and wellness faculty. He has presented nationally and internationally, including at the National Wellness Conference, American College of Sports Medicine, and International Conference on Physical Activity. Outside of the classroom and laboratory he enjoys running, cooking, and hanging out with his daughters.
I am in my 5th year of teaching with the University of Wisconsin both online and classroom-based: Professional Selling (410); Cooperatives (AGEC 240); Operations Management (SMGT 350); Sustainable Finance (SMGT 331) and recently re-designed Applied Research Methods (HWM 350) are in the lineup.
My prior business work experience includes training and development; executive recruiting; sales and marketing; public speaking; management coaching and research consulting for several companies (Boeing; Emory Hospital and Clinics; HDR; Johns-Manville; Norwegian Cruise Lines; Thomson-Reuters and West Bank).
I have BS and MS degrees from Indiana University and an EdD degree from the University of Minnesota.
My wife and I live in the Minneapolis area and have four adult children and 5 grandchildren.
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 Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education from the UW-La Crosse. His Ph.D. in Public Health is from Walden University. He also provides campus-wide prevention-focused programming on issues such as alcohol, tobacco, physical activity, sexual health, etc. He speaks to classes, residence hall groups, and student groups and organizations on health-related topics and serves on several campus and community health related committees, and oversees certain prevention grants. Keven enjoys running and spending time with his wife and four children.
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. Her research interests include social support, diabetes/obesity, adolescent health programs, community capacity, stress/coping, college health, and health aspects of aging. Additionally, she is involved in grant writing, advising, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and serving on graduate thesis committees.
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 most recent being the Sr. Manager of Work Life Benefits., where she had oversight of the Comer Center, an 80,000 sq. ft. fitness facility, the on-site Lands’ End Medical Clinic, and the Day Care Center. Other career experiences include the YMCA, Nicolet Instruments, and Duke University Cardiac Rehab. Her background is in Health Education and she earned both her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has 3 children and enjoys the outdoors, especially spending time at their family cabin in Minocqua, sporting events, reading, and traveling. New to the academic setting, she is looking forward to helping to develop new Wellness Professionals in a career where your vocation can truly be your vacation!
Rex received his B.S. (Physical Education/Allied Health) and M.A. (Kinesiology/Exercise Science) from California State University, Fresno and has held certifications as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He currently holds the Certified Wellness Practitioner credential and also achieved WELCOA Faculty status in 2011. Rex developed and managed an employee wellness program for Community Medical Centers in Fresno, CA. He has also taught Athletic Training, Sports Medicine, and Health & Wellness at the high school level and in the Sports Medicine program at California State University, Fresno. Rex has also served as the Wellness Manager for Via Christi Health in Wichita, KS since December of 2010. Additionally, he is the owner of Wilcox Wellness Consulting through which he provides wellness consulting services to businesses across the country. Rex is currently the chair of the Working Well Conference in Wichita, KS and serves as an advisor and training facilitator for WorkWell KS, a grant funded program training business across Kansas in how to develop and implement a worksite wellness initiative.
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 exercise instructor at the Marshfield Area YMCA. This serves as her social and physical well-being outlet, as she is a strong believer that exercising with friends is a productive way to keep healthy both mentally and physically. Also, she chairs the UW-Marshfield/Wood County Food for Thought annual fund-raising event for the UW Foundation. The UW Foundation offers funding for scholarships, tuition, and administrative costs. Theresa acknowledges how important it is to support education in our local communities.
Theresa grew up in New Hampshire, but has lived all over the United States and in Russia. She welcomes new challenges and appreciates the different perspectives that all people bring into her life. Her personal time is spent keeping active in winter sports with her two sons, Vasily and Tikhon. She also makes time for travel and ethnic cooking.