Board of Directors
Susanne Schmal is a public health practitioner with 20+ years in chronic disease prevention, wellness, and school health. She is currently the School Health Partnerships & Policy Consultant in the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI). She works with school districts in NC, community partners, as well as state and national partners to support their policy and practice efforts to build on successes addressing components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Prior to working in the DPI, Susanne worked at the NC Division of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Division of Community Health at Duke University Medical Center, and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She received her MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Health Behavior program. Susanne is a generalist at heart and loves the connections among the various sectors and people, but appreciates the specialized expertise needed, as well, and enjoys bringing these worlds together for creative solutions.
Ellen Essick is Section Chief of Specialized Instructional Support and Healthy Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has more than twenty years of experience working with school districts and communities on health and wellness initiatives, including those that focus on health outcomes of vulnerable and marginalized groups. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations and more than ten years of progressive leadership at the state and national levels providing strategic guidance and cross-sector collaboration to align strategies and integrate metrics for health and education outcomes. Ellen is recognized for her knowledge and skills in prevention, instructional design, curriculum development, and public speaking. Ellen is a long-term member of the Society and served on numerous committees over the years.
Jodi Parker is the Health and Physical Education Specialist and Title IVA Coordinator for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). She is a goal leader for USBE’s Safe and Healthy Schools section of the strategic plan. Jodi also sits on the Utah High School Activities Association executive committee, is a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute Community Advisory Council, and leading Utah’s involvement in Leadership Exchange for Adolescent Health Promotion (LEAHP). Prior to working at USBE she taught and coached in the Weber School District in Northern Utah.
Patricia (Pat) Stewart has over forty years of experience working in the field of health and physical education. She taught secondary health and physical education and coached before becoming the Title IX and Equal Education Opportunities Coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Education in 1989. In 1994, Pat became the Coordinated School Health Director serving in this capacity until December 2001 before moving to Idaho where she served as the HIV/YRBS Coordinator, later becoming the Director of Coordinated School Health for the Idaho State Department of Education. Pat currently works as a Regional Program Consultant for The Children’s Health Market, publisher of THE GREAT BODY SHOP, providing support and training for school districts across the country using this comprehensive health education program. Pat has been an active member of The Society since 1998 serving as President for two years in 2014 to April 2016. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 serving as the Treasurer since 2017. Pat is an Emeritus member and currently serves as the Board Liaison to the Emeritus/Retiree Committee and an active member of the Finance, Professional Development and Membership Committees. In 2019, Pat received the Simon McNeely Honors Award for her service to the Society and leadership in the field of health and physical education.
Lyn Anne Jenkins
Fran Anthony Meyer, PhD, CHES®
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.
Members include all officers listed above plus committee chairs and chairs-elect. Meets face-to-face annually and monthly by conference call.