Sarah Blanton currently serves as a 4th grade general education teacher at Diggs-Latham Elementary School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With over 7 years of experience as a teacher, health educator and advocate for public health, Sarah works to create a more equitable, inclusive and healthy society through advocacy, prevention, and education. Sarah earned their Bachelor of Arts in History from Wittenberg University and Master in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in School Health Promotion and Education. Sarah incorporates her knowledge of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Model into their classroom to build a holistic learning environment for every student. Sarah is passionate about developing, implementing and evaluating health education through a social justice lens to develop a healthier generation. She currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC with her partner and their five cats, and enjoys gardening and cooking plant based meals.
Hannah P. Catalano, Ph.D., MCHES® is Associate Professor of Public Health at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She earned a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from The University of Alabama and a MAED in Health Education from East Carolina University. Her scholarship centers broadly around child and adolescent health, quality school health education, and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Her interest in these areas stems from her former experience as a K-12 school health & physical education teacher. She recently founded and launched the WSCC Research Collaboratory at UNCW to engage students in scholarly WSCC discussions and facilitate meaningful research to improve child health. Catalano is a former Future Leaders Academy Fellow of the American School Health Association. Currently she serves as a member of the National Committee on the Future of School Health and the National Consensus on School Health Expert Review Group.
Over the last fifteen years, Jim Farmer has served the adolescents of New Mexico through his work in the Office of School and Adolescent Health, providing guidance and direction for the day-to-day operations of OSAH including the clinical guidance for our school nurses, school counselors and school social workers; building youth resiliency and health literacy; and preventing adolescent suicide.
Kayce Solari Williams
Over the past 23 years, Dr. Kayce D. Solari Williams has taught at the K-12 and higher education levels. She has been a dance, physical education, and theater teacher in Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Houston ISD. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, co-owner of Be Well Health Resources, LLC, Co-investigator on a NIH-funded cancer and health disparities research training grant, and president of the American School Health Association. Her education and work experiences focus on the human body. She promotes movement that is natural, challenging, and rewarding. She strives to be a constant and consistent reminder to people about the joys of physical activity not just with words, but with proven, sound, and replicable actions. She strives to create a safe atmosphere which fosters learning and the use of critical thinking skills while engaging students. She is dedicated to teaching and training future health professionals using innovative and inspiring in-class and virtual techniques as well as providing students with service learning opportunities locally and abroad. Her primary research mission is to prevent new cases of obesity and associated chronic diseases through physical activity and active lifestyle promotion. Other areas of interest include the promotion of a positive body image and reduction of risky health behaviors in youth (e.g., alcohol and other drug use; sexual health; unhealthy diet; violence).
Mary Martinasek earned her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa. Dr. Martinasek is also a registered respiratory therapist, a certified asthma educator, a tobacco treatment specialist, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®). Her research has centered around lung health issues with more recent research on the social and behavioral aspects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among young adults. Additionally, she recently published a peer reviewed manuscript on ENDS and Adverse Childhood Experiences in her community. Her teaching experience ranges from Biostatistics to Public Health Policy. Mary currently volunteers on the state of Florida Institutional Review Board and the Tobacco Advisory Counsel. Locally, she volunteers for the Tampa Bay Asthma Coalition and the American Lung Association.