Bill Potts-Datema DrPH, MS, MCHES®
Dr. William Potts-Datema has served in education and public health for 39 years, including service from local to international levels. He has held a number of national leadership positions 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, DC.
He serves as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Secretary and board member of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and board member of the Missouri State University Alumni Association. He previously served on the international boards of ASCD (formerly, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE); the national boards of the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), American School Health Association (ASHA), and American Association for Health Education (AAHE); and as chair of the national board and a founding board member of Action for Healthy Kids. He is a fellow of ASHA and AAHE and a member of Delta Omega national public health honorary society.
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 states and 12 other nations, and he has authored and contributed to a number of publications. His dissertation focused on the effects of a variety of health issues on student attendance at school in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. He and his wife Susan have four children. Aside from his family, he lives for baseball season.
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.
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.
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.