Mary Ellen Rose, PhD. formally began her studies in the health sciences in 1979 and has progressively expanded her knowledge toward improving the applicability of theory and research into sensible and relevant practices. Recognizing a growing need for health-oriented hospitality services, Dr. Rose envisioned IHDA as an opportunity to bring the science of health promotion into the practical need for healthy leisure and business travel experiences. As a subject matter specialist to a variety of healthcare organizations and major corporations across the United States, Dr. Rose is an active consultant providing comprehensive and effective health promoting innovations that are grounded in science, utilize best practices, and incorporate educational and behavior-based strategies. Her analytic expertise reaches across a variety of health interests and disease states. Having developed the PIECES® model in 2001, she has published numerous papers, textbook chapters, health journal articles, and curriculum resources addressing stress management, health behavior modification, global health responsibility, women's health issues, chronic disease management, and personal wellness. Mary Ellen currently serves on the Board of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and is an active Red Cross Volunteer with the Internal Medicine Department's Integrated Health Services Team at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Rose has been appointed to several WRNMMC committees currently directing the health promotion efforts for more than 500,000 active medical military personnel in the Washington DC Metro area.