MEET THE EXPERTS

Jim Strohecker

CEO & Founder: HealthWorld Online
An e-health pioneer and wellness visionary, James has focused on bringing fundamental principles of wellness from the world's great healing and wisdom traditions into mainstream cultural awareness for over 25 years. He is CEO and co-founder of HealthWorld Online, the world's first Internet network for wellness and complementary/alternative medicine, and co-creator of the Wellness Inventory assessment and life-balance program and certification training. A wellness visionary, Jim has focused on bringing fundamental principles of wellness into mainstream cultural awareness for over 30 years. Jim has served on numerous boards, including the President’s Advisory Council for Bastyr University, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Complementary Medicine and the Institute of Natural Medicine, and the Advisory Boards of the Wellness Council of SA.

Katrina Walton

Founder & Director: Wellness Designs

Katrina is Founder and Director of Wellness Designs, a boutique workplace wellness business specialising in strategic consulting, training and support services across Australasia. She has over 25 years ‘on-the-ground’ experience in the development and implementation of multi award-winning wellness and human capital solutions for small to large organisations across the globe. This includes two-time winner and finalist of the AHRI Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy and three-time winner of the Australian HR Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Katrina is a sought-after speaker and trainer, having presented throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, including as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Centre for Environment and Population Health. In her spare time, you'll find Katrina relaxing in a yoga pose, enjoying a nice glass of Barossa Shiraz or planning her next travel adventure with her family.

Larry Chapman

President & CEO: Chapman Institute

Larry is the President and CEO, Chapman Institute. Over the past thirty-five (35) years, Larry has been involved in the development of over 1,000 health management, employee wellness and health cost management projects in both private and public employer settings. His current areas of professional concentration include population health management, wellness and behaviour change technology, worksite health promotion, demand management, integrated prevention, incentive technology and the use of innovative approaches to health management. Larry is the founder and current director for the WellCert Program. He has published over 190 articles and over 100 columns, contributed chapters to four major books and authored 13 other books on health management related topics.

Mari Ryan

CEO & Founder: Advancing Wellness

Mari Ryan is a workplace well-being strategist guiding organizations to create people-centric workplaces. During her career, she has worked with businesses of all sizes from start-ups to global powerhouses such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and Northrup Grumman. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of workplace wellness. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Advocates, a group of committed health promotion professionals who are working to integrate health promotion concepts into national health policy. Mari is the co-founder and former chair of the Board of Directors of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts. Mari is the author of The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results.

Miriam Senft

CEO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing

Miriam Senft, is the President & CEO Motivity Partnerships and theGW4W is non-profit and focused on empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels for a more sustainable word. She has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation.  She specializes in providing companies with strategies that positively impact culture and create team innovation. Miriam was the Wellness Coordinator for National Financial Partners (NFP) and worked with more than 70 companies to help them create and grow impactful wellness programs.  She is a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist with the National Wellness Institute (NWI), has earned faculty status with the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has her GBA designation through the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, and has her Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation.

Dr Nalini Saligram

Founder & CEO:  Arogya World

Dr Nalini Saligram, Ph.D, is the Founder & CEO of Arogya World, a global health non-profit committed to changing the course of chronic disease. She is an Ashoka Fellow and the Co-Chair of the Taskforce on Women & Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Under Nalini’s leadership, Arogya World designs and implements scalable, science-based diabetes prevention programs in Indian schools, workplaces, and the community. Dr Nalini and her team are working hard to get 100 companies in India to become Healthy Workplaces and help 1 million employees lead healthier lives. Nalini has lived and worked in many parts of the world, including Philadelphia, Atlanta, London, and Hong Kong. Dr Nalini has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She serves on the Dean’s Council at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Dr Steven Aldana

CEO: WellSteps

Dr. Steven Aldana is one of the US foremost experts on healthy living and worksite wellness. During his more than 20 years in academia, Dr. Aldana authored over 75 scientific papers and 7 books on health risk management, healthy living, and health promotion programs. He has given over 350 keynote speeches across the U.S. on the ability of good nutrition and regular exercise to prevent, arrest, and reverse many chronic diseases. His books have sold over 1 million copies and are used by 4,500 companies and corporations. When asked why he is so passionate about promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles, Dr. Aldana responds, “This information saves and transforms lives”. Currently, Dr. Aldana is the CEO of Wellsteps, a worksite wellness solution that leads the nation in wellness program deployment and engagement. Wellsteps also provides consulting services and health promotion guidance to many of the nation’s largest corporations including: NASA, British Petroleum, KeySpan Energy, Nationwide Insurance, CIGNA, Anthem Blue Shield and Blue Cross, Johnson and Johnson, Daimler/ Chrysler, and many other corporations across the U.S.

William McPeck

Independent Consultant, Coach & Trainer

Bill McPeck is a solution-matter expert with a focus on employee health and well-being. Bill currently works as an independent consultant, trainer and coach. He previously served as Information Integration Manager for Viridian Health Management and as Director of Employee Health and Safety with Maine State Government, where he focused on employee wellness, employee safety, employee drug and alcohol testing and the state’s employee assistance program (EAP). Bill has experience working with large and small employers in both the public and private sectors. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles published in both professional and trade publications and a book chapter. Bill's current areas of interest and research include: worksite wellness for the small and micro organization, behaviour change, mental health and the application of positive psychology at the worksite.

Wolf Kirsten

Co-Founder:  Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces

Wolf Kirsten is a social entrepreneur and Founder of International Health Consulting based in Tucson, Arizona and Hamburg, Germany His consulting portfolio is truly global, advising companies on health and well-being strategies such as Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Siemens and SAP in many regions of the world. In addition, he has been consulting the World Health Organization (WHO) on developing global guidelines for Healthy Workplaces.  Wolf is co-founder of the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces which hosts the Global Healthy Workplace Awards each year. He also is the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) and serves on the board of the International Institute for Health Promotion (IIHP). He has published extensively on the global aspects of health promotion and wellness including the book “Global Perspectives in Workplace Health Promotion” and benchmarking study “Winning Strategies in Global Workplace Health Promotion. Wolf received his Master of Science in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington, DC. He is a German native and lived many years abroad (United States, England, Brazil and China). He serves on the Advisory Board of WELLCOSA.

Host: Master Series

Dr Martin Combrinck (PhD)

Founder & CEO of Sanga Wellness & WELLCOSA

Dr Martin is a Workplace Wellness Architect – helping Employees to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours. As the CEO of Sanga Wellness, Dr. Martin offers wellness services and solutions to the corporate environment. Sanga Wellness is the exclusive partner of WellSteps in Africa – an award winning program and one of America’s best Corporate Wellness Programs.

He is also the Founder of WELLCOSA (Wellness Council of South Africa).WELLCOSA is the Leading Respected Resource in Africa for Creating, Implementing and Sustaining Successful Healthy Workplaces

He is known as The Laughter Doctor and is a pioneer and advocate of Alternative Medicine and Personal Transformation. Martin’s approach is from a mindfulness perspective and he uses Laughter Therapy as the tool to educate people that joyfulness and wellness is a conscious choice for each and every individual.

Dr. Martin lectures and teaches mind-body and wellness related modalities, nationally and internationally.

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