Linda Morse, RN, MA, CHES
ASHA Member: 19 years
In August 2010, Linda Morse retired after 18 years at the New Jersey Department of Education where she served as the director of the Office of Improvement and Innovation, focusing on middle grades improvement. During her tenure, she coordinated the state’s health and physical education standards and served as the state school nurse consultant and CSHP coordinator. Linda chaired the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) Asthma Taskforce, representing ASHA on the National Association of School Nurses CDC Asthma Management Panel and the CDC Task Force on Management of Chronic Illness in Schools. She served on the revision panel of the National Health Education Standards and as president of the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She and her husband, Dan, (a retired high school teacher and coach) are the proud parents of two adult sons, Adrian and Patrick.
Holly Hunt, MA
Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ASHA Member: 6 Years
Currently Holly serves as the Branch Chief, School Health Division of Population Health (DPH) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Immediate Past President
Jeffrey K. Clark, HSD, FASHA
Department of Health Sciences
Illinois State University
ASHA Member: 20 years
Jeffrey K. Clark, HSD, served two terms on the Board of Directors (2008–2011; 2003–2006). He previously served as Chair of the Editorial Board, Chair of the Research Council, Sexuality Education Council Chair, and as a member of the Finance Committee. He was Project Director for the Smokefree Indiana Project, Hepatitis C Surveillance Project, and Alliance of Health Promotion. Jeff also serves on the board of the AHEE Research Consortium and Eta Sigma Gamma and as Chairperson for the Department of Physiology and Health Science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Currently he is Chairperson for the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, where he resides with his wife, Susan.
Chair of Advocacy
Sandy Klarenbeek, MS, CHES
Assistant Professor of Health Education, Black Hills State University, College of Education and Behavioral Science, School of Behavioral Science
ASHA Member: 12 years
Sandy was a School Health Coordinator for the Spearfish School District for 11 years and the South Dakota representative for the American Cancer Society Leadership Institute 5 year professional development which began in 1999. Currently, she is the health educator at Black Hills State University and includes the coordinated school health process in her teaching. She has been a consultant and trainer with the South Dakota Department of Education and a lead trainer for the annual School Health Institutes which have been modeled after ACS and CDC.
Chair of Editorial Board
Dr. David A. Birch
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Science, University of Alabama
ASHA Member: 32 years
David A. Birch is professor and chair of the Department of Health Science at the University of Alabama. From 2001-2008 he served as a professor and chair of the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University and the Department of Health Education at Penn State University. Dr. Birch is currently serving as co-chair of the National Implementation Task Force for Accreditation in Health Education and as the AAHE representative to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Board of Governors. He is the chair of the editorial board of the Journal of School Health and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Health Behavior and the American Journal of Health Studies. He is a past-president of the American Association for Health Education.
Chair of Finance
Sharon Murray, MHSE, FASHA
ASHA Member: 14 years
Sharon Murray is President of RMC Health, a national organization that provides professional development in healthy schools and health education to support the health of children, youth, their schools and their communities. Prior to joining RMC Health, Sharon served as the Executive Director of the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (the Society), where she coordinated the Friends of School Health, a coalition of 60 national health and education organizations dedicated to improving student outcomes through coordinated school health programs. Sharon came to the Society after serving as the Health Education Coordinator for the Florida Department of Education. Sharon currently serves as the Chairperson of ASHA’s Administrative Support Council and Co-Chairperson of the Future Leaders Academy. She has been a member of ASHA’s Finance Committee since 2010, and was appointed Chair of Finance in July 2013. She and her husband, James, reside in Broomfield, Colorado, with their daughter.
Chair of Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Sharon Miller, RN, MS, CHES
Director of Education & Outreach Services
West Des Moines, IA
ASHA Member: 4 years
Sharon currently works to contribute to the overall planning, coordination and assessment of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s education and outreach activities as they relate to our mission and values of empowering people to make responsible decisions about their health and reproductive rights. Specific areas of responsibility include planning; implementing and administering programs in community education, grant sourcing; managing a departmental budget and community collaboration efforts, including advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels.
Chair of Professional Development
Dr. Randi J. Alter
Project Manager and Lead Evaluator for the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University
ASHA Member: 8 years
Jeanie Alter is the Project Manager and Lead Evaluator for the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Her work has included providing coordination and oversight of evaluation services and technical assistance for Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grantees, and supervising Field Evaluators and Technical Assistance Providers assigned to provide direct evaluation and technical assistance services to eleven communities throughout Indiana. Jeanie has been a member of ASHA for 8 years, has served as ATOD Council Chair 2006- present, been involved with the Professional Development Committee since 2007, the future Leaders Academy since 2008, and participated as a Reviewer for the ASHA Research Council Presentations from 2007- present.
Chair of Councils
Linda brings to the ASHA Board a lengthy history of membership and leadership positions on a variety of professional and community boards spanning 40 years. The committees and boards have ranged from local, to regional, state, and national organizations, coalitions, and task-forces. Her experiences offer wisdom and experience to contribute potential solutions to assist ASHA with developing a plan for future growth and stability.She became involved in state organizations following professional service as a school nurse in Wisconsin. Linda recognizes the value of interdisciplinary and coordinated school health and utilizes it as her professional guide.
Chair of Sections
Ty J. Oehrtman, CHES
Resource Development Manager
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
ASHA Member: 10 years
Ty J. Oehrtman, CHES, has been an ASHA member for 10 years. He manages the resource brokering program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. He has served in numerous ASHA committee and Council leadership positions, including Chair of the Food and Nutrition Council, Vice Chair of the House of Delegates, Chairperson of the Articles and Bylaws Committee and co-chair of the Resolution Subcommittee and a member of the Advocacy Committee. Ty is also a graduate of the ASHA Future Leaders Academy having been selected as a member of its first class. He believes that the Association’s greatest strength is the convergence of knowledge and ideas to improve the coordination of school health programs for all children.
Chair of Organizational Members
Director of Community Health
ASHA Member: 2 years
Bridget Clementi had provide leadership, strategic planning, implementation, coordination and management for the following Children’s Hospital and Health System’s Community Services Programs: School Health (School Nurse Program), Children’s Education Center (CHEC), Injury Prevention/Safe Kids, and health promotion and access to services. She has been an ASHA member since 2010. Bridget participated in Presentations at the 2010 ASHA National Conference, and accepted presentation and post-conference workshop at 2011 ASHA National Conference. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Chair of Research
Denise Seabert, PhD, CHES, FASHA
Dept. of Physiology & Health Science
Ball State University
ASHA Member: 13 years
Denise Seabert, PhD, CHES, FASHA, is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology & Health Science at Ball State University. Denise has been an ASHA member since 1996. She currently serves as the Associate Editor – Teaching Techniques for the Journal of School Health, Chair of the Research Council, and Research Council Representative to the Board of Directors. She is actively involved in preservice and inservice teacher training, coordinated school health initiatives, and improving the health of young people. Denise and her family—stay-at-home dad Matt, Clark (9), Nathan (6), and Elias (4), live in Muncie, Indiana.
Independent At-Large Director
Alexander P. Fraser, JD, MBA
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Alexander P. Fraser is an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of the American School Health Association. From 2006-2010, Alec served as the President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Health Education Centers. Alec is a Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where his law practice is focused on commercial lending, derivatives, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Alec is Chair of the United Performing Arts Fund Board of Directors, serves on the Greater Milwaukee Committee and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Milwaukee Film, Inc. His derivatives and corporate finance practice is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in the area of corporate law in The Best Lawyers in America. He received his law degree from New York University and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Kristin and their three children Caroline (10), Paul (8) and Elaine (6).
Interim Executive Director
JoAnne Lyons Wooten
American School Health Association
JoAnne has provided visionary leadership to non-profit organizations for more than 20 years – as an executive director, interim executive, consultant, and board member. Undergirded by the depth and breadth of her experiences, JoAnne creates solutions to the challenges faced by organizations in transition. She is skilled in all aspects of non-profit organizational management, including but not limited to, fundraising, event planning and management, financial management, membership recruitment and retention, communications, programs and services, board relations, and staff development.