MISSION

The mission of the honorary is promotion of the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared individuals in Health Education.

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Board of Directors

Eta Sigma Gamma is governed by an elected Board of Directors who oversees its’ responsibilities and duties. The elected officers consist of a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past-President, two Professional At-Large members and one Student At-Large Member. The other voting members are appointed by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors. These are the Secretary-Treasurer, Historian, Director of Chapter Development, Editor of The Health Educator, and Editor of The Eta Sigma Gamma Monograph Series. The purpose of the Board of Directors is to carry out the business as described in the By-Laws and Constitution and a regularly updated strategic plan.

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Keely Rees , MS, PhD, MCHES
President, 2020-2022

Dr. Keely Rees is Professor in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, serves as the Director of the undergraduate Public Health – Community Health Education program and the Academic Director of the Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration for the collaborative degree with the UW – Extension, Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning. Keely’s research and teaching has focused on numerous issues in the health field for over 20 years. Her research has focused on prenatal care, exercise prescription and behaviors during and after pregnancy, social support for pre-conception and prenatal nutrition, tobacco use during pregnancy, and sexuality education and advocacy for young children, teens, and parents, and schools as community outreach for nutrition/exercise. Dr. Rees has been working with collaborative projects with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Global Partners of Gundersen Health System to provide education and advocacy with Native American youth and leaders.  Keely teaches health policy & advocacy, motivational interviewing,  grantseeking, and women’s health courses, trainings, and workshops in university, hospital, schools, and locally.  Keely has taught internationally with other universities, researchers, and organizations identifying ways to better prepare health educators in the field in Ireland, Spain and Costa Rica.

Keely was inducted into the Gamma Delta Chapter at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1999 as a professional member, and started serving as a co-faculty sponsor at SIUE and continued to serve after moving to the Beta Phi Chapter in 2003 at UWL. She served on the National Board as an At-Large member from 2001-2004, and is excited to be back serving as Vice President.

She lives in La Crosse with her husband Curt, and two kids Gavin (15) and Harper (12) and they can be found skiing, fishing, traveling and enjoying all seasons in Wisconsin.

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Robert J. Bensley PhD
Vice President, 2020-2022
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Holly T. Moses , PhD, MSHE, CHES
Immediate Past President, 2020-2022

Dr. Moses is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB), and serves as the internship coordinator for the HEB undergraduate degree program. Additionally, Dr. Moses is the coordinator for the HEB online MS degree program. Her primary research and instructional areas of interest include: professional preparation and career development for health education majors; health education advocacy; foundations of health education and health promotion; community health; school health; child/adolescent health issues; bullying and cyberbullying; hazing and victimization.

Dr. Moses was initiated into National ESG in 2005 through the Alpha Lambda chapter at the University of Florida. She currently serves as the chapter sponsor for the Alpha Lambda chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, and has served in this role for 12 years (and counting!). Prior to being elected to the Vice President position with National ESG, Dr. Moses served in the Member-At-Large position from 2013-2015.

A native Floridian, Dr. Moses lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband, Brian, and sons, Turner (5) and Duke (1). Her family bleeds ‘orange & blue’, and you can find them cheering on the Gators at many university sporting events.

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Denise Seabert , PhD, MCHES, FASHA, FESG
Secretary/Treasurer

Denise Seabert, PhD, has been preparing health teachers and providing inservice trainings for teachers and other school personnel for more than 20 years. Her career has been dedicated to professional preparation of health educators through service to state and national organizations and initiatives as well as textbook authorship. Denise provided leadership in Indiana’s obesity prevention efforts, HIV education for teachers, and academic standards for health and wellness. Currently she serves on the Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary Executive Board and National Committee on the Future of School Health. She has served on the Board of Directors for the American School Health Association, NCHEC’s Division Board for Certified Health Education Specialists, and was a member of the CDC’s Training Tools for Healthy Schools national training cadre. Denise is professor emeritus at Ball State University. She joined the University of West Florida as Dean, Usha Kundu, MD College of Health in July 2018.

Dr. Seabert received her BAEd in School Health Education from Western Washington University, MS in School and College Health from Indiana University, and PhD in Health Behavior with a minor in Curriculum from the University of Florida.

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Leigh E Szucs , PhD, CHES
Professional Member At Large

Leigh Szucs, PhD, CHES is a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research focuses on implementation and evaluation of school-based health education programs, specifically sexuality education to prevent STIs, including HIV, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. Through this portfolio of work, Leigh also provides technical and capacity building assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) using evidence-informed strategies that address adolescent sexual health outcomes, but also protective factors to support the social, emotional, and learning needs of youth. Leigh earned a Master of Education in Health Education at Texas State University and PhD in Health Education at Texas A&M University. For more information about CDC DASH’s work to equip adolescents with the functional knowledge and skills to promote healthy behaviors — check out the website: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/

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Anna M. Torrens Armstrong , PhD, MPH, MCHES, CPH
Professional Member at Large

Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CPH, is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the College of Public Health.  She currently serves as the Public Health Education concentration lead for the MPH program, teaching both as part of the MPH Core and within the health education track.  She leads the Masters level student professional development program and is the PI for the USF MCH Undergraduate Pipeline program “MCH Train-a-Bull.”  Her research interests include teaching innovation, professional development programs in public health, school-based health services, developmental evaluation, and military health promotion. She serves on the NCHEC Board of Commissioners.  Anna also serves as adjunct faculty (online) at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs, the MA in Communication program.

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Samantha Ortega
Student-at-Large Member

Samantha Ortega, MEd, CHES is a Doctoral student and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her research interests include sexual health education, teen pregnancy prevention, and maternal and child health. Samantha earned a Master of Education in Health Education from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Alexis A. Blavos , PhD, MCHES
Director of Advocacy

Alexis is currently an Assistant Professor and Master Certified Health Education Specialist at SUNY Cortland. Her goal as an educator is to improve the health outcomes of high-risk college students. Dr. Blavos’ academic and work experiences include 10 years of service in the public health field as a practitioner and researcher. She has presented at over 20 conferences, authored or co-authored 15 grants totaling in procurement of $79,900 in funding. She has designed and taught/teaches drug awareness and prevention courses, Prevention and control of disease, Stress Management, Wellness and Health Promotion, and Assessment and Evaluation. Alexis has received numerous awards including Outstanding Health Educator of the Year from Ohio SOPHE, Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year and Outstanding Graduate Research Presentation both from the University of Toledo, and the Will Rogers Institute Fellowship from AAHE. Dr. Blavos is a lifetime member of Eta Sigma Gamma.

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Elisa “Beth” McNeill , PhD, CHES
Director of Chapter Development

Elisa Beth McNeill is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. She serves as the coordinator of the Health Teacher Certification Program. Beth is a 30 year teaching veteran with teaching experience at the secondary level teaching science and working with pregnant and parenting adolescents and has earned her principal’s certificate. As a collegiate professor, Dr. McNeill’s academic focus is methodology in health education. Beth is know for her innovative instruction, she teaches courses in human sexuality, elementary and secondary school health, secondary teaching, teaching with technology, as well as, community and school methodology. She frequently presents at state, regional, national and international conferences and has multiple publications on health education topics.

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Amanda Lynch
Director of Chapter Development

Amanda Lynch is Field Service Assistant Professor in the Health Promotion & Education program at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University and her masters in Public & Community Health Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her primary areas of interest include substance abuse prevention, sexual and reproductive health, and gun violence prevention.  In between earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Amanda worked as a health educator at a non-profit organization and a county health department in Salem, Oregon. She was inducted into Eta Sigma Gamma as a professional member in 2014 and currently serves as the chapter sponsor for the Gamma Eta chapter.

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Kelly Wilson , PhD, MCHES
Interim Editor, The Health Educator

Associate Professor of Health Education in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University

Department of Health and Kinesiology
Texas A&M University
MS 4243
College Station, TX 77843

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E. Lisako J. McKyer , Ph.D., MPH
Editor, The Health Education Monograph
E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ph.D., MPH is the Senior Associate Dean for Climate & Diversity, and a Full Professor in the Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, at Texas A&M University.  She holds joint a appointment in the College of Medicine.  She earned her BA in psychology from California State University, Northridge where she was awarded a NIH-funded research fellowship.  She matriculated in the clinical science (child/pediatric psychology) doctoral program at Indiana University, with cognates in developmental psychology and public health where she received another NIH (NIDDK) training grant. She earned the MPH in Community Health Education and Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University as a mentee of Dr. Mohammad R. Torabi.  Dr. McKyer joined Eta Sigma Gamma’s Nu Chapter (Indiana University) as a lifetime member.
Dr. McKyer’s research foci include: 1) social-ecological determinants of health inequities and minority health issues, and 2) health education research methods (measurement and data analytical strategies). Her pedagogical interests are in child health issues, as well as cultural competency training and development.  Dr. McKyer’s service activities include serving on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Education, as Associate Editor for Health Behavior and Policy Review, as Review Editorial Board Member for Frontiers in Public Health: Public Health Education & Promotion, and on the Review Board for the American Journal of Health Behavior.  She has published 75+ articles in peer-reviewed journals, 100+ peer-reviewed presentations, 4 book chapters, and served as Section Editor of Early Childhood and Childhood volumes of the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention (2nd Ed due 2015.).  Dr.  McKyer’s dedication to student development is reflected in several ways. She was named “Faculty of the Year” by ESG Alpha Pi Chapter (Texas A&M University) for an unprecedented two consecutive years (2009, 2010).   In 2014, we received the Texas A&M University-Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Graduate Mentoring.
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Alan Sofalvi , PhD
Historian

Alan Sofalvi was appointed Historian of Eta Sigma Gamma in 2016. He is an Assistant Professor of Health at SUNY Cortland, where he has taught since 1997 and serves as one of the faculty advisers of Kappa Chapter. His research interests focus on media coverage of health topics and on the history of health education. Dr. Sofalvi has taught drug education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, health behavior, current issues, program planning and evaluation courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a health and the media course. His degrees are from The University of Toledo, Southern Illinois University and Penn State University.

SUNY Cortland
Health Department
104 Moffett
Cortland, NY 13045

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Julie Soules
Executive Director

The Executive Director oversees the strategic and operational responsibility of the Honorary; manages all revenues and expenses; communicates with the Board, membership, chapter advisors, and vendors; and provides leadership to a growing national health education honorary.