Dave Kobel believes that a school should be the healthiest place in a community. As a science teacher at Ypsilanti Community High School, he works towards dual goals of educational and health equity. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is central to his practice, with a focus on how students can be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities. He has five years of teaching experience in Ypsilanti Community Schools, Midland Public Schools, and Livonia Public Schools. Dave has a BSEd in Biology from Central Michigan University, MPH in Health Behavior & Health Education and MA in Educational Leadership & Policy, both from the University of Michigan. Dave lives in Ypsilanti, MI with his wife and two dogs.
Nakisha T. Floyd, Ph.D. (ABD), M.Ed., M.A., CHES is an educator, trainer, and facilitator based in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina metro-area. She is the Associate Director for Racial Justice in Sex Education at Advocates for Youth. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of public health with an emphasis in human sexuality education. Her areas of expertise include adolescent health and racial and ethnic health and disparities. She uses a social and racial justice lens, and trauma-informed best practices to develop initiatives and strategies that meet the needs of communities. Nakisha is a doctoral candidate at Widener University, where she is currently completing her dissertation, “Constructing Man: A Grounded Theory Study on How Black Men Conceptualize Their Own Manhood and Masculinity.” She holds a Master of Education degree in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, a Master of Art in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from North Carolina Central University. Nakisha is also a nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Christine Paske is an Instructor and Student Teacher Supervisor, at the State University of New York Cortland. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the School Health Program. She has over 25 years of experience in Health Education—Upon graduating from The University of Michigan she worked for 10 years in Corporate Wellness. After a move to Upstate NY, she earned her master’s in health education from SUNY Cortland and taught Health at the secondary level for 15 years. During this time, she was also an adjunct at the higher education level. In addition to being a board member of ASHA, she is also the current Health Liaison for NYS APHERD Central South Zone section. Christine’s passions surround all school health, with particular interest in skills-based health education surrounding the topics of obesity, nutrition, and social & emotional learning. She has a special interest in exploring school health programs to assess whether they are implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and anti-bias education.
Shauvon Simmons-Wright serves as a National Content Advisor focused on Policy and Environment with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In this role, she provides technical assistance and professional development training, and develops best practice resources to improve local school wellness policies, school nutrition, and out-of-school time environments for schools and program sites across the nation. Shauvon focuses on building the capacity of districts and schools to make sustainably policy, systems, and environmental changes. She has brokered national collaborative partnerships to provide support and resources for schools and communities. She has over 20 years of experience working in school and community settings providing training, curriculum development, technical assistance, and brokering resources. Shauvon has 10+ years teaching experience in K-12 grades and higher education levels and a passion for building collaborative partnerships to create and sustain thriving healthy communities.
Dr. Meagan Shipley, CHES®, is employed by Indiana University Health-Bloomington, serving as the School Health Coordinator for Lawrence County. Her responsibilities include strengthening and implementing school health policies to align with federal/state law and best practices, advocating for school health and safety priorities, providing professional development to school personnel, establishing a health/wellness advisory committee, and coordinating the ten components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model to ensure students are safe, healthy, challenged, engaged, and supported. Previously, she served as a Clinical Associate Professor and Community Health Internship Coordinator in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University from 2014-2022. She received the Outstanding Faculty Sponsor of the Year Award from Eta Sigma Gamma in 2021 and the Dr. Robert Synovitz Emerging Professional Award from the American School Health Association in 2018.
Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, Ed.D.
Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, Ed.D. is the Associate Director of School Health and Extended Learning in the Office of Student, Community and Academic Support at the RI Department of Education since 7/2022, previously serving as a School Health Policy and Program Specialist. Dr. Reilly-Chammat has worked at RIDE for almost 10 years, previously working for 26 years at the RI Department of Health. She leads and directs programmatic efforts on five grants including: SAMHSA’s Project AWARE 2018 and 2021. The USDOE’s School Climate Transformation Grants FY 18 and the School Based Mental Health Services Grant FY 20, and the CDC School Based Surveillance Grant FY 2018. She has extensive experience connecting services to schools and integrating education, health and social services as a strategy to improve student achievement. She has published in peer refereed journals. She was honored as a ASHA fellow in 2021 and serves on the JOSH Editorial Board, leading work on the Whole Child special issue. She has served on the ASHA Nominating Committee. She is a past President of The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education. She was a co-chair of the ASHA/Society Inaugural School Health Congress in 2021.