PETER DOOLITTLE, PhD
Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Virginia Tech, Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Professor of Educational Psychology, Dept of Learning Sciences & Technologies
Peter’s academic background includes 25 years teaching undergraduate and graduate students in public and private universities; using traditional, blended, and online formats; across several subject areas, including advanced educational psychology, cognition and instruction, constructivism and education, and college teaching. At Virginia Tech, he was awarded the University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Certificate of Teaching Excellence and Graduate Student Advising Awards from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the School of Education. He is also a Distinguished Fellow with the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, provided over 50 national and international keynote and invited addresses, presented over 100 conference presentations, received in excess of $2 million in grants, and provided a TED talk (How working memory makes sense of the world) at TED Global viewed more than 1.3 million times. His current research focus includes the investigation of working memory capacity and learning efficacy in multimedia learning environments.
President, One World One Ocean Foundation, Distinguished Film Producer in Residence, School of Communication, American University
Chris is a professor, speaker, author, and film producer. Over the past thirty years, he has spearheaded the production of original programming for prime time television and the IMAX film industry. His films have been broadcast on numerous channels, including the Disney Channel, TBS Superstation, Animal Planet, and PBS. Chris’s film production work began in 1983 when he founded the nonprofit organization National Audubon Society Productions, for which he served as president and CEO for eleven years. In 1994, he founded another nonprofit, National Wildlife Productions (part of the National Wildlife Federation). He is currently president of One World One Ocean Foundation, which, thanks to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, has launched a $150 million global multimedia and education campaign to restore and protect the health of the world’s oceans. MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest and most successful producer and distributor of IMAX films. In 2004, Chris joined American University’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at the School of Communication. There he founded, and currently directs, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, whose mission is to train filmmakers to produce films and new media that effectively strengthen the global constituency for conservation. The author of several books, his latest -- “Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker” will be out next year.
Principal and Co-Founder, Corporate Fitness Works
Brenda established CFW in 1988 and continues to lead the national corporate fitness consulting market with clients in over 120 locations across the United States. Certified as a Woman-Owned business through WBENC, Corporate Fitness Works is an industry leader in the design and development of high-energy corporate, government, and residential fitness programs. In addition, CFW works to lower healthcare costs, improve morale and maximize performance through their award-winning workplace health and fitness programs. Their professional turnkey management service makes it easy to engage employees in wellness and communicate a philosophy that health is an important priority in corporate culture. With an aim to Move Everybody, CFW provides tailored solutions in fitness facilities, equipment and program management to advance population health and physical activity. Brenda has over 36 years of experience in promoting good health and fitness for all ages. An accomplished author, speaker, and industry advocate, she lives by her profession. In a fully collaborative style, Brenda and CFW team partner with corporate and community leaders to enable the vision of developing healthy, active cultures become a reality within corporations as well as other population groups.
ANNE EVANS, RN, BSN
Director of Global Clinical Programs, Honeywell HomMed
Anne has worked in the Home Health Arena since 1985. Her experience includes development of a Respite Care program for the City of Chesapeake, VA; serving as a Public Health Nurse; and working in Sales & Marketing Department to design and manage a Wound Management Program which measured wound healing outcomes while managing cost. Her most recent career move stemmed from an opportunity she was given to work with a start- up company in Telehealth, now known as Honeywell HomMed. Anne has worked in a variety of roles ranging from sales, clinical consulting and management. Her current focus is to work with large health systems to create processes and programs utilizing telehealth. The ultimate goal, a decrease in recidivism and reduction in Emergency Room utilization. Telehealth enables patients to be empowered and take an active role managing their personal health. Overall, telehealth enables a reduction in healthcare cost through the use of smart technology. She has been a presenter for the Nursing Informatics group of South Carolina and served as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University, lecturing on Disaster Preparedness. Her work within telemonitoring over the last thirteen years has seen the paradigm of health care shift to improved patient outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.
LISA McDERMOTT, BSN, MGA
Maryland State Lead Advocate, National Brain Tumor Society
Lisa has been in the nursing profession since 1988. She has held several nursing positions and gained valuable experience in patient care, clinical training, recruitment, health care policy, health insurance and infection prevention/control for many hospitals and healthcare organizations in the Washington DC Metro area. Focusing her attention on patient care, she found that being an integral part of a patient’s health care team increased her medical knowledge and insight into the patient experience. As a brain tumor survivor, Lisa is currently the Maryland State Lead Advocate for the National Brain Tumor Society. She has helped to increase awareness about brain tumors through speaking engagements, webinars, charity events and other media outlets which have sought her expertise as both a nurse and a brain tumor survivor. In her role as a mother, nurse, patient advocate, community leader and subject matter specialist, Lisa is very focused on the wellness of the patient and family. As a brain tumor survivor she is acutely aware of the impact that choices can have on overall wellness and continuously stresses the importance of self-care and patient care both in and out of the hospital or medical setting. Through her many networks, Lisa has discovered the need to help patients realize how they can continue to lead a productive and joyful life at home, at work and at play.
Early Stage Investor and Mentor
Matt’s passion is mentoring early stage companies. He has invested in over 25 startups, and currently serves on the boards of two local technology companies: Urgent.ly and 3CLogic. Matt is a Partner in one of DC’s leading early stage funding groups: Blu Venture Investors. His broad business experience gives him a practical perspective on how to help young organizations grow and operate successfully. Matt’s recent work has been focused on various Internet technologies, like Advertising Technology, Education Technology, and consumer apps similar to Uber and Airbnb. Additionally, Matt ran a successful Hedge Fund which traded regulated derivatives, such as commodity futures contracts. He maintains his designations as a Registered Investment Advisor with FINRA, and a Commodity Pool Operator with the National Futures Association. Previously, Matt co-founded a satellite startup, Segovia, which provided communication technology for US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan to stay in close touch with friends and loved ones during their deployment. He has held senior sales positions with iDirect, Marconi and Fore Systems. Matt has also served on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit companies. He earned is BA from Brigham Young University in 1992. Matt loves to travel with his wife and four sons, and has enjoyed healthy destinations in over twenty countries across five continents.
CAMILLE HOHEB, MS
Founder/CEO,Wellness Tourism Worldwide, Editor, Wellness Travel Journal
In addition to her advanced degree in Healthcare Administration, Camille holds wellness certifications from the National Institutes of Health. Known for her engaging blend of knowledge and enthusiasm, Camille has been at the forefront of wellness travel since 2008. Through her reports, forecasts, articles and speaking engagements, she facilitates greater awareness of life/work balance, happiness, health and productivity through vacation travel. A wellness travel expert and media guest, Camille’s organization Wellness Tourism Worldwide empowers clients to improve the well-being of vacationers leading to sustained economic growth and personal and professional engagement. In 2013, she launched the Wellness Travel Journal, a media outlet providing monthly news on wellness travel experiences, vacations and retreats. Wellness Travel Journal showcases places, people, and products as well as travel tips and trends for consumers, travel professionals and wellness providers. Camille’s reports, Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends and U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity are filled with unprecedented consumer data and analysis. Her invaluable Guide to Selling Wellness Travel was created specifically for travel agents.
LINDA RIDDELL, MS
Population Health Scientist, Health Economy, LLC
With an advanced degree in healthy policy and management, Linda’s study of biostatistics, epidemiology, quality measures and community health principles combined with a strong background in health care, gives her a unique perspective to apply the latest research to employer’s practical questions about health care cost management. Linda has worked in health insurance and health care since 1985. Her experience includes overseeing trade association insurance programs, developing flexible benefit plans, and improving cost management for self-funded health benefit plans. She has also worked as a health insurance broker. Linda’s clients range from a 300,000-member Medicaid plan to a 500-employee retail chain. She works with clients to analyze health, select interventions, and monitor trends. She has published articles in national and regional periodicals, including Advisor Today, Health Insurance Underwriter, Business insurance, and the Portland Press Herald. Linda currently blogs for Employee Benefit News and Bangor Daily News and has spoken before the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters, the Renaissance Executive Forum, and chapters of the National Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Linda’s speeches have been approved for continuing education credit in two states.
GEORGIA WOSTREL, RN
Georgia has been an RN since 1987. Her long and varied career has included specialties such as Endoscopy, Dialysis, Ambulatory Care, and Emergency Care. She is currently working with an anesthesiologist focusing on pain management therapies. She is also an accomplished fabric artist creating new interpretations of classic quilt patterns as well as original works of fabric art. As a innovative cooking enthusiast she is currently exploring the broad spectrum of whole-food, vegan cooking and developing methods of creating non-dairy, cruelty free cheeses as well as re-interpreting classic comfort foods. She is a long-time yoga practitioner with a deep appreciation for the mind/body connection and the impact that that integration has on well-being. She believes that peaceful surroundings, nourishing food, and introspection feed the soul and are the foundation of wellness. Georgia is the co-founder of fullofbeans.us, a website offering information, advice, and support for people interested in, and starting, the whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.
PETER D. CHAREST, CDR USN, RN, MS
Director of Surgical Services, Partners Healthcare
Commander Charest served in the United States Military Medical Corp for more than 30 years. He holds degrees in Management & Leadership as well as Criminal Justice and Nursing. Pete has served at Naval Medical Center San Diego, the hospital ship USNs Mercy, Naval Hospital Okiawa, Japan, Naval Hospital Great Lake, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. During his career, he completed numerous deployments and patrols to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic, Asian Pacific Rim, Thailand, and Iraq. CDR Charest was selected by the White House Medical Team to serve on the surgical team for President Clinton during the Economic Summer Conference in Okinawa in 2000 and served as Dept. Head of Sterile Processing, Command High Level Disinfection Team, Patient Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environment of Care. Personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3x), Navy Achievement Medal (2x), Presidential Unit Citation, Iraq Campaign Ribbon (with 2 Battle Stars), and Marine Corps Device along with various service awards. Pete has a CNOR certification in Perioperative Nursing, is an active member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), Massachusetts Nurse Association (MNA), American Veterans Association (AMVETS) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
DONNA A. SMITH
President, Celestine Homes; Human Resource Director, Dental Solutions; Board of Director, Tricks Gymnastics, Publisher, Oakridge Spirit Magazine
Donna has used vision and unparalleled enthusiasm to develop several successful small businesses in the Sacramento, CA area that cater to both the betterment of the community and the internal peace and wellness of those she serves. Her company, Celestine Homes, orchestrates the construction and interior design of luxury homes that are focused on providing each client a practical and peaceful way of life. From urban yogurt cafes to multimillion dollar homes, Donna’s work and ability to think outside the box has been featured on TV and in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Style, Airbrush Today and others. She has also received prestigious design awards and honors for her projects from organizations such as the Building Industry Association and Street of Dreams Corporation. Donna was instrumental in developing Tricks Gymnastics – a company which helps thousands of children become confident, strong, and happy. Her other interests and efforts have included creating a local sports program magazine, working as a sales associate and culinary instructor for Williams Sonoma, and spearheading several fund raising functions such as organizing a formal Farm to Fork dinner for hundreds of participants. As the mother of nine, Donna understands the value of health and wellness both at home and on the road and looks forward to lending her expertise and insight to IHDA’s efforts.
Graphic Designer, Photographer, NASM CPT
Gregory is a professional artist, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, and a passionate wellness advocate. He is also a vegan, an environmental activist, and a promoter of responsible, sustainable practices in energy production and consumption, of ethical food production, and environmentally sensitive processes for resource utilization — issues that are at the forefront of the growing interest in healthy, Eco-friendly destinations. As a professional photographer he has spent much time "on the road" and is keenly aware of the impact excellent accommodations can make. Greg is particularly interested in the availability of fitness facilities and programs, as well as healthy, inspiring food. When traveling, he looks for the details that turn an ordinary stay into an extraordinary experience.
Gregory showcases his design and photograph at gwostrel.prosite.com and is the co-founder of fullofbeans.us, a website offering information, advice, and support for people interested in, and starting, the whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.
CAROL D. RIEG
Corporate Foundation Officer, Bentley Systems, Inc.
Carol is an innovative leader who quickly tackles global growth challenges by leveraging entrepreneurial passion and her keen business and financial acumen to consistently exceed expectations in profit, non-profit, grassroots, and governmental sectors. As the Corporate Foundation Officer of Bentley Systems, Inc., she is responsible for establishing and directing the Corporate Social Responsibility program, involving 3300 employees in 45 countries. Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure with $500 million in annual revenues. Having served on several boards and advisory boards throughout Maryland’s government and other organizations, Carol has forged many public-private alliances and collaborative efforts to better global economic development and community services. Her previous executive roles in finance, as well as serving as the National Director of the Future City Competition, provided opportunities to hone her skills in directing major media support for programs, expanding funding for projects through a network of key stakeholders, and guiding conceptual ideas toward successful reality. As a frequent traveler, Carol understands that in order to maintain optimal performance while engaged in business travel, one needs to have health and wellness options available through destination services. She hopes to share her passion for IHDA by helping others realize the benefits of a total wellness business travel experience.
AL BACCHUS, PhD
President, Wellness Unlimited, LLC
Dr. Bacchus earned his doctoral degree in Human Physiology from Michigan State University, and served a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. His career in college teaching started with basic biology courses such as College Biology for pre-med majors, and Human Anatomy & Physiology for nursing students. His interests evolved towards the practical application of human physiology to health and wellness, and he developed a four dimensions/seven dynamics model of wellness, which is the basis of his first book, Personal Wellness: How to Go the Distance.
His evolution from a physiologist to a wellness guru was bolstered by training as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Health Education at the University of Maryland, practical training at The Cooper Institute, and coach training through EduCoach, Inc. In his final year of college teaching his courses included: Exercise Physiology, Fitness Assessments, Health Education Planning and Kinesiology. As a retired college professor, Dr. Bacchus now devotes his full time to promoting wellness education and research through his company, Wellness Unlimited, LLC. His vision is to contribute to tipping a “wellness epidemic” by providing age-appropriate educational materials that can be of practical use in the workplace, in schools and in religious organizations.
Founder/CEO of Sindelar Wellness Travel
Consults and brainstorms with Marketing Directors of Tourism companies to help accelerate profits by transforming properties to wellness destinations. She’s worked in the health and wellness profession since 1988. Dede’s desire to make a difference began as a Radiology Technologist and blossomed into creating and launching wellness programs when she acquired her Business degree at the University of Phoenix. Her passion for travel, photography and writing merged into Sindelar Wellness Travel. With her energetic and engaging personality, she will step inside your business and see what’s working and provide you with a roadmap to attract the niche traveler that spends 130% more than the average traveler. Dede’s background in wellness and expertise in top copywriting secrets and aerial video marketing connects you with your clients on an emotional and persuasive level increasing your profits.