The Society Staff and Leaders

Board of Directors

Laurie Bechhofer, MPH, FASHA

Laurie Bechhofer has been an advocate, champion and change agent on adolescent and school health for the past 25 years. She has been a health education consultant with the Michigan Department of Education since 1996, and directs a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, to promote adolescent sexual health. Laurie helped to found a statewide 501(c)3 organization, the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health and is a Fellow with the American School Health Association. She earned her MPH from the University of Michigan and BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

Susan Berry, BS

Susan Berry has worked in the health education field in Maine for more than 30 years. Her experiences include working as a Family Life Educator for a Family Planning Agency; Middle School Health Education Teacher; School Health Coordinator and serving at the Maine DOE as a Health Education Consultant, Director of Coordinated School Health Programs and currently the Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator. She has served on local, state and national committees focused on health education curriculum, standards development, instruction and assessment, as well as, championing schoolsite health promotion and wellness for staff. Susan is a longtime advocate and collaborator for prevention efforts that support healthy students, healthy school staff, and healthy schools.

Patricia Stewart

Past President
Patricia Stewart has thirty-nine years of experience in health and physical education beginning her career as a secondary health and physical education teacher and gymnastics/track coach. She has extensive experience directing programs and grant management at the state level. She served as the Title IX and EEO Director for the South Dakota Department of Education. She served as Director of the Coordinated School Health Programs in both South Dakota and Idaho Departments of Education overseeing HIV, YRBS and health and physical education programs. She is an independent program consultant in health education promoting comprehensive health education across the country.

Robinette Bacon

Retiree Robinette Bacon qualified and received the Society's Emeritus membership status in 2012 as recognition for 28 years of professional leadership contributions to the Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. While representing the Nevada Department of Education from 1988-2012 as that agency's school health education staff program professional, Robinette was honored to serve as the Society organization's 80th President. Prior classroom teaching experience also motivated Robinette to provide "Health of the School-Age Child" coursework/classes to elementary school teachers and school nurses to fulfill an adjunct professor assignment for the University of Nevada, Reno.

Suzanne Crouch, MS, PE Dir.

Treasurer / Co-Executive Director
Suzanne Crouch is now retired after spending over 40 years devoted to improving children’s health through physical education, health education, and coordinated school health programs. She served two terms as president of the Society. Her professional career included public and private school teaching, instructing soldiers in fitness for the U.S. Army, instructing in the Ball State University teacher education program, and directing the Coordinated School Health Program at the Indiana Department of Education. She developed a huge network of colleagues and friends through her position at AAHPERD as the manager of the Physical Best and Jump Rope for Heart programs. Her love for the Society lives on through her commitment as a volunteer co-executive director and member of the Society Board.

Julane Hill

Julane Hill has served the past 15 years as the Coordinated School Health Director for the Nebraska Department of Education. Her many experiences prior to this include over 20 years of teaching health and physical education at state and private alternative schools and public schools in Nebraska. In her capacity as CSH Director at the NE Department of Education she is responsible for providing leadership, guidance and technical assistance to local school districts, state, district and local organizations, and community-based organizations on the importance of health and wellness. Her responsibilities include providing and conducting professional development opportunities in the areas of CSH, Health Education, Physical Education, Sexual Health, school district and state policy development, legislative bill analysis, monitoring of state and federal programs, and surveillance activities inclusive of the NE Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the NE School Health Profiles. Julane is the principal author of Nebraska’s Physical Education Standards, has co-authored “Cold Pizza for Breakfast” (National Association of Extension 4-H Regents) a food safety program, “Healthy Lifestyles: A Piece of the Puzzle” (Beatrice Middle School) a 7th grade curriculum, “Thinking Outside of the Box” (NACCD), an overview of Nebraska’s CSH initiative and was author of and a key player in the passage of the Coordinated School Health Policy by the Nebraska Board of Education in March of 2010. She has served in many leadership capacities on the local, state, and national levels for health and wellness with a focus on standards development, instruction and assessment, strategic planning, state health improvement plans, nutrition and physical activity state plans, community planning for sexual health, suicide prevention, violence prevention, prevention partnership workgroups, and numerous other health related committees. Julane has also provided testimony on behalf of NDE to legislative committees, state health education boards, and district health department boards on behalf of health and wellness in the schools. She is a recipient of the NAHPERD Exemplary Leadership Award, Outstanding Service Award and Honor Award, NE HIV Community Planning and Care Outstanding Service Award, and NDE 2013 Manager of the Year Award. Julane’s motto is “Every Child Every Day, which translates to mean schools must focus on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of all children.” Julane lives in Lincoln and enjoys camping, fishing, reading, and walking her dog “Bean”.

Fran Anthony Meyer, PhD, CHES

Co-Executive Director
Fran Meyer served as a teacher (health, dance, physical education) in preschool through eighth grade; HIV education coordinator, health education specialist, and comprehensive school specialist, Virginia Department of Education; program coordinator, Virginia Comprehensive School Health Education Training and Resource Center (Longwood University); program coordinator, National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety; and executive director, National Dance Society. She was president of the state and southern district AHPERD associations, the Society, and National Dance Association. She was an AAHPERD board of governor. She is a fellow in the North American Society for HPERSD and the Public Health Education Leadership Institute.

Executive Committee

Responsible for and has authority to conduct the affairs of the Society and is the policymaking body of the organization. Meets face-to-face annually and monthly by conference call. The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect and past President.

Leadership Council

Members include all officers listed above plus committee chairs and chairs-elect. Meets face-to-face annually and monthly by conference call.

Advocacy, Policy and Legislation Committee

Kymm Ballard (North Carolina), Chair

Finance Committee

John Ray (West Virginia), Chair

Membership Committee

Kathy Wilbur (Maine), Chair
Susan Berry (Maine), Chair-Elect

Professional Development Committee

Robinette Bacon (Nevada), Co-Chair
Patricia Stewart (Idaho), Co-Chair