The Health LinksTM management team is the leadership team of the Center for Worker Health and Environment within the Colorado School of Public Health, individuals who are recognized as national leaders in public health and the health of workers. The Health LinksTM advisory board consists of local and national experts in worksite wellness, business, policy and public health. Staff will reside within the Center as well as in local communities.
Lili Tenney Starr, MPH is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health, Work and Environment and an Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Public Health. Her work is directed by her passion to build and promote healthy workplaces and research sustainable business strategies that improve overall health and wellbeing. She has worked in start-ups for over 7 years and co-founded her own small business in 2011, LiKi FAIRE. Favorite worksite wellness activity: "shinrin-yoku and standing desks."
Lee Newman is a pulmonary and occupational medicine doctor who is a professor in the Colorado School of Public Health and School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. He is director of the Center for Worker Health and Environment and co-directs Health Links Colorado. Dr. Newman is also a small business owner. He is a founder and former CEO of Axion Health, a software company based in Colorado, where he learned a lot about building a corporate culture of health and safety. Favorite worksite wellness activity: "taking breaks with co-workers that involve laughing out loud".
Michelle Haan got her Masters of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health with a focus on Community and Behavioral Health. She is passionate about connecting people through community and empowering them to make changes to live healthy and vibrant lives. She hopes to use her experience in the business field to help foster a culture of health within small businesses. Michelle loves to get to know people in person, so connect with her to learn more about her passions and experiences and to find out more about why she believes Health Links is a great choice for bringing wellness to work.
Josh is a researcher with the Center for Worker Health and Environment working directly Health Links to lead our community and advisor training programs. Prior to coming to Colorado, Josh was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame teaching health education, nutrition, stress management and exercise physiology. While teaching Josh spent his summers directing a youth adventure camp across the Colorado front range called Avid 4 Adventure. He is currently finishing his PhD in Health Science from Western Michigan University. Favorite Worksite Wellness activity: “flex-schedule, getting to work early so I can welcome people as they arrive.”
Madie Newman received her Master’s of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health with a focus in environmental and occupational health stemming from her background as a wellness coordinator in Southern Indiana. She is passionate about worker health and safety and hopes to continue to promote employee well-being after she obtains her MPH. Since moving to Colorado, Madie has enjoyed all aspects of the landscape and loves any outdoor activity, especially hiking and biking. Favorite worksite wellness activity: walking to and from the bus stop and bringing filling, healthy lunches to enjoy.
Kaylee provides support to the Health Links team by managing the Healthy Business Network. Through connecting businesses with vendors, she aims to foster an environment that inherently promotes health and safety in the workplace. Kaylee received her Masters of Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach with a focus in Community Health and Latino Nutrition and Health Promotion. Prior to moving to Denver, she worked at California State University, Monterey Bay where she served as a research analyst for the Dean of Health Sciences and taught courses in health ethics. She looks forward to working with the Health Links and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
Carol Brown, PhD, is the Associate Director for Research at the Center for Worker Health and Environment. Her background is in psychology, with a specific emphasis in program evaluation. For the past five years, she has overseen evaluation activities for the Colorado School of Public Health, as well as for a number of specific public health programs. Carol provides leadership and oversight for the evaluation program for Health Links.
Miranda is a Biostatistics master's degree candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health. She provides data management and analysis support to the Center for Worker Health and Environment and Health Links. When she's not playing with data, she enjoys exploring downtown Denver on foot.
Brenda is a Colorado native and graduated from CU Boulder. She assists the Finance Administrator for the Center for Worker Health and Environment and Health Links and provides administrative support for planning events and managing schedules. Brenda loves to take long hikes to photograph waterfalls for her wellness activities.
Laura grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Speech Communications. She moved to Colorado in 1997 taking in all the mountains have to offer. She has been supplying fitness equipment and designing fitness centers for municipalities, resorts, corporations, schools and fire districts across the state for the past 15 years, and is passionate about advising and guiding small businesses in following the Health Links benchmarks for healthy business certification.
Julie Anne received her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her background includes experience in cardiac rehab, health promotion, teaching, and adult fitness. Her professional interests are stress reduction and functional fitness. Julie Anne loves to teach and is excited to direct that passion toward helping small business create a culture where workers can thrive. Julie Anne moved to Colorado in 1995 and enjoys photography, birdwatching, and mentoring her 8 year old golden retriever, Lady, a licensed therapy dog. Favorite worksite wellness activities: listening to instrumental music and taking a walk mid-afternoon.
Lisa is an AADP certified health and lifestyle coach in Denver and founder of Inhabit the Body, a private health coaching practice and blog geared specifically toward guiding women through a fun, easy and pleasurable approach to nutrition and lifestyle choices. Her passion has always been educating and empowering others toward greater health and vitality. She is a lover of people and has been involved in the wellness industry for over 10 years. Lisa received her training from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver and from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She graduated from CU Boulder in 1991 with a BA in History and earned her Practicum in Teaching from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1992. She’s very excited to be a part of the Health Links team working with Denver businesses. So much time is spent at the workplace--what a difference can be made by creating a culture of health in which workers can thrive!
Diana Reznikoff is a graduate of Long Island University with an Interdisciplinary Degree in Environmental Conservation. After completing her thesis, she came to the conclusion that environmental health starts with healthy communities. For more than ten years, she has worked in the health and wellness industry promoting healthy lifestyles. Her passion is to educate with and empower people about healthy living. She established a Garden Food Donation program to increase access to healthy food choices for low-income community members in Summit County. Diana serves the Summit County community as a member of Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit and Chairs Community Outreach with Nancy’s Community Garden. Her favorite worksite wellness activities are flex-schedule and healthy food options in the workplace.
Amanda Wagner was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and is a graduate from CU Boulder and currently lives in Carbondale. After graduating from CU, she moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley and spent 10 years in the hospitality industry. A life long athlete and lover of all things outdoors, she felt a need to get back to her passion of health, wellness and fitness that so inspired her youth. In 2011, she helped create The Aspen Clinic. A one-stop health and wellness resource and education center in Basalt. Amanda is committed to helping individuals find their own motivation and reasons for changing by helping them to identify and remove the obstacles to their health and assist them in achieving successful outcomes. She realizes to help individuals there needs to be a focus on the 'whole person', which includes their work life. For the past 5 years, Amanda has been devoting her passion for health, wellness and fitness to organizations. She believes Health Links is the link that bridges the gap to create an overall positive environment for the individual in both the home and their work lives to educate, inform and inspire Healthyier.
John has worked in the disease prevention and health promotion fields for over 30 years. He has provided strategic consulting, program development and evaluation design to a variety of organizations including large and small employers, employer coalitions, health plans, and hospitals. He started a national network of fourteen holistic health centers that used an interdisciplinary team of providers to help people reach their greatest health potential. He helped found the Institute for Health and Productivity a company focused on measuring the relationship between employee health and productivity. He was an early advocate of incorporating behavioral economics principles into health promotion programs to address the emotional elements of behavior change. John thought he was retiring from the field last May but his love of the field and his interest in bringing programs to smaller employers, motivated him to accept the Health Links Lead Advisor position for Grand and Jackson Counties.
Rebecca has spent the past 22 years in the health and fitness industry dedicated to helping others achieve their healthiest potential. Six years ago, she combined her degree in psychology, certifications in personal training, wellness and tobacco treatment to design and manage a wellness program for Hilltop Community Resources in Grand Junction. Rebecca shares Hilltop’s value of putting people first by striving to promote worksite cultures that value and promote employee well-being and safety. Through Hilltop's non-profit community wellness program, she works to offer affordable wellness tools, education and support to small and medium-sized businesses in the community. She does all of this in addition to being the Health Links Lead Advisor for Grand Junction!
Pascale D. Edouard is the Health Links Worksite Wellness Coordinator. Her primary role as the Worksite Wellness Coordinator is to increase the number of Manatee County businesses implementing a culture of wellness within their respective organizations in an effort to reduce adult obesity and increase physical activity. She has a passion for community and corporate wellbeing. Pascale is a graduate of Florida A&M University’s Institute of Public Health, where she received her Masters of Public Health in 2012. She is currently pursing her Doctorate of Public Health at the University of South Florida's College of Public Health. She is excited to be a member of Florida's Health Links team practicing her passion.
Jane graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion. She also has a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Jane is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Health Coach. She is currently the Program Manager for a Corporate Fitness Center in Fort Collins and is passionate about health coaching and helping people make small changes that lead to big results.