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Ellen Essick

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.
President Rosemary Reilly-Chammat
Rosemary Reilly-Chammat
Past President
Dr. Rosemary Reilly-Chammat has been the full-time Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Coordinator of Coordinated School Health Programs since 2017, previously being the RIDE HIV/Sexuality Specialist. She represents Rhode Island on the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education. She has lead the programmatic efforts of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control Grant with a focus on sexual health education, sexual health services, safe and supportive environments and overarching policy.  She has the primary responsibility for policy and curricula related technical assistance and professional development to schools, districts, and community agencies on HIV/STD prevention, sexuality, and family life in health education. She has led statewide initiatives to support evidence based curriculum approaches for teen pregnancy prevention, including contract management with local partners, and provided oversight to the RI Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs and the District Health and Wellness Subcommittees. She has experience with professional development programs including online facilitation. She had provided professional development to colleagues across the nation on how to use data to engage partners and achieve results with an emphasis on the YRBS and School Health Profiles. Dr. Reilly-Chammat is an active member of ASCD and served on the ASCD National Legislative Committee to develop legislative priorities. She serves as RIASCD Past President and has led the nationally recognized Whole Child Initiative since 2009. Dr. Reilly-Chammat presented on the National Association of Chronic Disease Director’s webinar, Whole Child Initiative: Opportunities for State Health and Education Agencies. Dr. Reilly-Chammat served as a key informant to the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors publication for state departments of public health on state and local education agency collaboration.
Laura Beckman
Laura Beckmann

Laura Beckmann is currently serving as Director of Missouri Healthy Schools in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO DESE), to which she brings experience and leadership from every level of education. She has been a teacher at the elementary, secondary and university level and has served as a Curriculum Consultant in Health and Physical Education for two large school districts in the St. Louis suburban area. Among the many contributions during her career of more than 28 years in public schools, have been serving as a grant coordinator for multiple local, state, and federal grants for improved wellness within the schools and communities served. As a result, extensive data was collected to demonstrate the relationships between physical fitness and school attendance, behavior, and academic achievement. Due to the success, Laura has presented at national and state conferences, and the results have been published, including a book chapter relating to the use of technology. In addition, Laura was a delegate to the 2010 Global Forum on the Future of Physical Education. Laura has provided consultant services in the development of curriculum, grant and data programming and reporting, and school health and wellness initiatives. Her service to the profession and participation on local committees and the Boards of numerous Missouri associations has been recognized with many of the highest awards from her state association. Laura is dedicated to ensuring students learn to be healthy and are healthy to learn through support of scientifically proven school health policies, practices and programs.

Patricia Stewart

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.

Stephanie Bunge

Stephanie Bunge M.Ed., CHES®, serves as a School Health Consultant for the Kentucky Healthy Schools Team at the Kentucky Department of Education. She administers and collects statewide data, including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the School Health Profiles. Stephanie acts as an internal data evaluator and collects, analyzes and reports on performance measures and evaluation data for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) school health cooperative agreement. Additionally, she develops and implements a comprehensive professional development plan for the Kentucky Healthy Schools Team and identifies platforms and priorities for professional learning opportunities through their CDC cooperative agreement. Stephanie has served as the Society’ Professional Development Committee Chair for the past two years.
Fran Meyer
Fran Anthony Meyer, PhD, CHES®
Executive Director & Parliamentarian

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; executive director, National Dance Society; Secretary General, International Council for HPER●SD; and vice president (of operations) International Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Dance and Sport. She was president of the state and southern district AHPERD associations, the Society, National Dance Association, and National Dance Society. 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. She received her BS degree in health, physical education, and driver education from Longwood University. Her MS and PhD degrees were from Virginia Commonwealth University. The masters program focused on dance and adapted physical education for young children. The PhD focused on educational leadership, with a cognate in public management.

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.

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