Bill Potts-Datema, DrPH, MS, MCHES®
Dr. William Potts-Datema has served in education and public health for 40 years, including service from local to international levels. He has held several national leadership positions in the United States including Chief of the Program Development and Services Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health, Director of Partnerships for Children’s Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, and Executive Director of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Potts-Datema is an adjunct professor in the School Health Education graduate program of Southern Connecticut State University. He also consults for government agencies and national non-profit organizations and is the United States representative for the UNESCO Chair for Global Health and Education.
He serves as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Treasurer of the Society for Public Health Education, and Vice-Chair of the Missouri State University Alumni Association. He is also a board member of the CATCH Global Foundation, Georgia PTA, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and RMC Health. He previously served on the global boards of ASCD and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education; the national boards of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), American School Health Association (ASHA), and National PTA; and as chair of the national board and a founding board member of Action for Healthy Kids.
He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Missouri State University. Dr. Potts-Datema has presented in 48 U.S. states and 12 other nations, and he has authored and contributed to numerous publications. He is a fellow of ASHA and AAHE and a member of Delta Omega national public health honorary society and Eta Sigma Gamma national health education honorary society.
Donna M. Videto, PhD, MCHES®
Donna Videto, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Health, has worked in school health education and pedagogy for over 40 years. An AAHE Fellow and a CDC HECAT trainer, she is currently employed by SUNY College at Cortland where Donna teaches graduate and undergraduate students in health education. Donna has a number of national publications including Birch & Videto’s 2015 Promoting Health and Academic Success: The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach. With over 150 national, regional and state level presentations at conferences and committee work for SOPHE, AAHE, and ASHA. Currently Donna serves as the Vice President of FAHE and is a member of the SOPHE National Committee on the Future of School Health Education.
Alan Sofalvi, PhD
Dr. Alan Sofalvi was named to the FAHE Board of Directors in 2017, named as FAHE Historian in 2019 and named as FAHE Secretary in 2020. He has also served other health education organizations, being appointed Historian of Eta Sigma Gamma in 2016. He is an Assistant Professor of Health at SUNY Cortland, where he has taught since 1997 and serves as one of the faculty advisers of Kappa Chapter. His research interests focus on media coverage of health topics and on the history of health education. Dr. Sofalvi has taught drug education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, health behavior, current issues, program planning and evaluation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a health and the media course. His degrees are from The University of Toledo, Southern Illinois University and Penn State University.
Kelly L. Wilson Dubuisson, PhD, MCHES®
Kelly Wilson, PhD, MCHES® is proud to sit on the Board of Directors and serve as Treasurer for FAHE. As an experienced educator and evaluator, Kelly is responsible for working with health education specialists in community and school health. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University in College Station, Kelly served as a faculty member and program Coordinator within the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University-San Marcos. Kelly began her career working with school and community-based physical activity programs for youth (fun fact: during her master’s degree, she completed a summer internship at AAHE in their Reston, VA offices giving her the opportunity to network and work with leaders in Health Education). She transitioned her emphasis and began focusing her work with pregnant and parenting adolescents. She has been responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of sexuality education training, implementation, and evaluation. Another professional shift allowed her to embrace innovation in adolescent health – with a frame around systems approaches and design thinking to influence innovative program development.
Kelly has served in multiple leadership roles for the health education discipline including service from local to international levels. She has served on the Board of Commissioners for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and received Fellow status of the American School Health Association. She recently completed the 6-year cycle of the Eta Sigma Gamma presidential rotation (e.g., Vice President, President, Past President) and is the Interim Editor for The Health Educator. She and her family recently acquired a mini-farm outside of College Station. As someone who enjoys challenges, she is embracing agri-tainment and learning about sustainable living! Her favorite past-time remains traveling to beaches and/or hiking destinations.
David A. Birch, PhD, MCHES®
David A. Birch is a professor in the Department of Health Science, The University of Alabama. He served as department chair from 2011-2018. From 2001-2008 he served as professor and chair of the Department of Health Education and Recreation, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He was also a faculty member at Indiana University and Penn State University. Dr. Birch is a past-president of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). He has served on the Board of Directors of AAHE, the American School Health Association (ASHA), the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC), and the Board of Trustees of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education. He is a member and former chair of the editorial board of the Journal of School Health, member of the editorial board of Health Education and Behavior and a former member of the editorial boards of Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the American Journal of Health Studies. Dr. Birch is a Charter Fellow of AAHE and an ASHA Fellow. He has received the highest awards from three organizations; the William A. Howe Award from ASHA (2019), the SOPHE Distinguished Fellow Award (2018), and the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Award (2015). Dr. Birch has also received the SOPHE Presidential Citation (2012), ASHA Outstanding Researcher Award (2010), AAHE Professional Service Award (2008), AAHE Presidential Citation (2008, 2012, 2013) and ASHA Distinguished Service Award (1996). He was the 2008 Ann E. Nolte Scholar in Health Education, Illinois State University and Robert D. Russell Scholar, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2000). While at Indiana University, Dr. Birch received the Trustee’s Teaching Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. His research interests include professional preparation, professional leadership, the education-health reciprocal relationship and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
Sara Cole, PhD, MCHES®
Sara L. Cole is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She earned her BS in Health Fitness in Preventive & Rehabilitative Studies as well as a MA in Health Promotion & Program Management from Central Michigan University (CMU). She holds a PhD in Health Behavior with foci in Health Promotion and Human Sexuality from Indiana University.
Dr. Cole has been a member of the UCO faculty since 2009. Prior to that, she was faculty at Illinois State University (ISU). While at ISU, Dr. Cole received the Outstanding Faculty Commitment to Diversity Award for inclusion in the classroom as well as the first annual Faculty Opportunities for Creating Civic and Community Understanding Among Students (FOCUS) Faculty Award for implementing service learning in her Community Health course. She and her UCO colleagues received the College of Education & Professional Studies Collaborative Teamwork Award for creating the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Institute at UCO.
Dr. Cole is a former Annual Meeting Trustee, Delegate Trustee, and National Delegate of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE). Dr. Cole is a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, and installed the first chapter in the state of Oklahoma at UCO.
Sara’s service and research interests in professional leadership and sexual health intersect in myriad ways via consulting and philanthropic work in Central Oklahoma. Whether it’s creating and teaching a Women’s Wellness curriculum for females in recovery, writing textbook chapters for leadership in public health or childhood sexuality, or revising sexuality education curricula for a non-profit organization, Dr. Cole brings passion and enthusiasm to all that she does.
E. Lisako Jones-McKyer, PhD, MCHES®
E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ph.D., MPH is the Senior Associate Dean for Climate & Diversity, and a Full Professor in the Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, at Texas A&M University. She holds joint a appointment in the College of Medicine. She earned her BA in psychology from California State University, Northridge where she was awarded a NIH-funded research fellowship. She matriculated in the clinical science (child/pediatric psychology) doctoral program at Indiana University, with cognates in developmental psychology and public health where she received another NIH (NIDDK) training grant. She earned the MPH in Community Health Education and Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University as a mentee of Dr. Mohammad R. Torabi. Dr. McKyer joined Eta Sigma Gamma’s Nu Chapter (Indiana University) as a lifetime member.
Dr. McKyer’s research foci include: 1) social-ecological determinants of health inequities and minority health issues, and 2) health education research methods (measurement and data analytical strategies). Her pedagogical interests are in child health issues, as well as cultural competency training and development. Dr. McKyer’s service activities include serving on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Education, as Associate Editor for Health Behavior and Policy Review, as Review Editorial Board Member for Frontiers in Public Health: Public Health Education & Promotion, and on the Review Board for the American Journal of Health Behavior. She has published 75+ articles in peer-reviewed journals, 100+ peer-reviewed presentations, 4 book chapters, and served as Section Editor of Early Childhood and Childhood volumes of the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention (2nd Ed due 2015.). Dr. McKyer’s dedication to student development is reflected in several ways. She was named “Faculty of the Year” by ESG Alpha Pi Chapter (Texas A&M University) for an unprecedented two consecutive years (2009, 2010). In 2014, we received the Texas A&M University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Graduate Mentoring.
Theresa C. Lewallen, MA
Theresa C. Lewallen’s work has focused on program development, leadership, and the interdependent relationship between health and education. Currently a non-profit grants administrator, she previously led the staff during start-up and implementation of the Culture of Health Leaders Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Lewallen held several leadership positions at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), where she played an instrumental role in the development of ASCD’s whole child efforts, including the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework. She also served as the director of ASCD’s Healthy School Communities, engaging schools and communities in collaborative school improvement work across the country and the globe and directed a project that linked schools with local public health agencies.
Lewallen served as co-chair for the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety. She has authored or coauthored publications and participated on national and international committees with a focus on improving outcomes for students through research, policy, and practice. She provided advice to state, provincial, and national governments, making the case for using evidence to inform policy development and program implementation.
Lewallen has a Master of Arts degree in community health promotion and education from Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. Lewallen’s experience includes providing technical support to the Office of the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on women’s health. She also served the city of Alexandria, Va. for seven years as a community health educator, developing and presenting programs in the schools and community.
Ordained an Episcopal deacon in 2016, Lewallen organizes community service activities and leads a partnership between her church and the local public elementary school.
Kathleen Middleton, MS, MCHES®
President and CEO of ToucanEd ToucanEd
Kathleen has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. She has a master of
Kathleen started her professional career as a middle school health teacher in the
She worked at ETR Associates as the Senior Editor in charge of school health
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Kathleen and the ToucanEd staff have created hundreds of health education titles
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Mohammad Torabi, PhD, MCHES®
Professor Torabi received a B.S. and M.S.P.H. from Tehran University, Ph.D. from Purdue University and M.P.H. from Indiana University. Currently, he is Chancellor’s Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and had served as Chair of the Department of Applied Health Science.
His research focus has been in the area of measurement and evaluation of public and school health programs and factors associated with health behavior. His research extends into health promotion and key factors related to individuals’ decisions in the prevention of tobacco and other drugs, cancer, and HIV/AIDS infection. He has extensively published his research in a variety of major national and international journals in the field. Specifically, his research in the area of tobacco as a gateway drug and tobacco policy has made an impact at the national and international levels. Professor Torabi has served as a research consultant for various state and national organizations including governmental and non-governmental agencies and has presented his research in major national and international conferences.
His contributions have been recognized by numerous awards, such as the 2015 Society for Public Health Education Distinguished Fellow Award, Scholar Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Research Council Award of the American School Health Association, the Midwest District Scholar of the American Alliance for HPER. He also received the Outstanding Researcher Award by the Indiana University School of HPER; the Murray Auerbach Medal from the American Lung Association of Indiana; National Distinguished Service Award by the American School Health Association; and the Indiana University W. George Pinnell Award for outstanding service. Also he was selected a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University College of Liberal Arts. He has received various certificates of Merits and Commendation by the American Cancer Society; Phi Delta Kappa; and the American Lung Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior; Fellow of American School Health Association; Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium; Fellow of American Association of Health Education; and Fellow of North American Society of HPER. In 1997, he was named a Chancellor’s Professor at Indiana University.
Emeritus Board Members
Becky J. Smith, PhD, MCHES®, CAE®
Dr. Smith has extensive experience in association management as well as education and public health both nationally and internationally. She was one of four founding members of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education. She served as the Registered Agent of the Foundation from 1992 – 2010 and as Board member from 2010-2019 having served her last three years as President. From 1985-2010 Dr. Smith served as the Executive Director of the American Association for Health Education and Vice President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. From 1991 through 2001, Dr. Smith served on the Board of Trustees of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and as the Regional Director for the North American Regional Office (NARO) of IUHPE. From 1985-1989 she was a board member and Vice President on the National Task Force for the Preparation and Practice of Health Educators that founded the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). From 1992-94, Dr. Smith served as the Chairperson of the National School Health Education Coalition. She has served as a chairperson of the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and of the National Alliance for Curriculum Reform. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Health Education Centers from 2002-2009 and is a current Board member of CHAPS – Charlotte HIV and AIDS People Support.
Dr. Smith developed and directed 25 national projects in health education and health promotion funded by government, corporation, and foundation sources totaling more than 8 million dollars during her career. These included the work of the Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards for K-12 in 1995. and the revision in 2007. She served as the Editor of the Journal of Health Education from 1986 through 1997 and as the Executive Editor of both the American Journal of Health Education and the International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 1998-2010. She has served on numerous national advisory committees, been an author of 30 professional publications and made more than 70 national and international level presentations. Her academic appointments include: Lecturer, Univ. of Illinois 1973-75, Assistant Prof. Indiana State Univ. 1975-76, Assistant Prof. Illinois State Univ. 1976-1982, Associate Prof, Ohio Univ. 1982-85, Visiting Prof. Cleveland State Univ. 2012-2015.
Dr. Smith served as a consultant for Project Hope International during the 1990s in response to the need for HIV/AIDS education. The first project was a multi-country conference in Poland on HIV prevention for the countries of Eastern Europe. The second project was development of HIV/AIDS education curricula for students training in health care professions at the Barbados Community College.
She served as a consultant in the area of youth peer health education in Kosovo in 2004 and in 2010 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. In summer of 2006 she was a co-professor of Health Promotion in the School of Medicine at the University of Pristina, Kosovo.
John A. Bonaguro, PhD
Dean Emeritus and Professor, Public Health, College of Health and Human Service, Western Kentucky University,
In 2003 Dr. Bonaguro was selected as the founding dean of the newly formed College of Health and Human Services. CHHS consists of seven academic units in health and human services including School of Nursing and the Departments of: Allied Health, Communication Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport, Public Health, and Social Work. Under his leadership, CHHS has grown from 2000 students in 2003 to the largest college at WKU with 5,100 students. The growth was accomplished by addition of new degree programs such as two doctoral programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Physical Therapy), Masters in Social Work, a graduate distance education program in Communication Disorders, the first web-based Masters in Physical Education, and a new Masters in Recreation and Sport Administration. New undergraduate programs have been implemented in Sport Management, Child Studies, Health Sciences, and an on-line RN-BSN program.
Dean Bonaguro earned both his B.S. in Biological Sciences and M.S. in Health Education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Health Education with a secondary emphasis in Community Service and Public Affairs from the University of Oregon. Prior to coming to WKU he was on the faculty at Ohio University and was an Associate Dean in the School of Health Science and Human Performance at Ithaca College. His research has focused primarily on substance abuse prevention and he has received more than $7M in externally funded projects. He was a member on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) from 2004-2016, serving as President from 2013-2016. Dr. Bonaguro was a member Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, serving as President 2012-2016.
Richard L. Papenfuss, PhD
Richard (Dick) Papenfuss, Ph.D. served as the founding President of the FAHE Board
Dick graduated from Winona State College (Minnesota) with a B.S Degree in Health
Six years later, he accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (1974-
He then became the Director of Community and Environmental Health at the University
In addition to his career in health education, wellness, health promotion, and public
He has been happily married to his wife, Mary, a cancer researcher, for 57 years and