Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is a speaker, trainer, author, teacher, and master motivator who has spent 44 years promoting the benefits of healthy active living. She is considered one of the nation’s most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity for children, youth, and families, as well as the value of living in a “Peak Performance Body.” She has been described as “past president of almost everything,” including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD); the Nebraska AAHPERD; the Central District AAHPERD; Husker Softball On Deck Circle; and the Husker Athletic Fund.
JoAnne began her teaching/coaching career in Newcastle, WY (1970) teaching health and physical education/world history and coaching volleyball, basketball & track/field; progressed to a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (physical education and women’s basketball) (1975-76) and was the State Director for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education at the Nebraska Department of Education (19 years); the Director of Professional Development for the American School Health Association, Kent, OH for (9 years). In 2005 JoAnne joined corporate America. In addition to speaking and training roles, JoAnne is spearheading an initiative “Get Moving America” with a focus on physical activity and brain development.
JoAnne is a Fellow in the American School Health Association and the North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Dance and Sport. In 1985, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports recognized her as a Healthy American Fitness Leader.
JoAnne received her B.S. from Chadron State College, (NE) in 1970; M.P.E and Ed.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1976 and 1992 respectively. She has been recognized by Chadron State as a Distinguished Alumni (1985) and Outstanding Alumni from the University of NE-Lincoln (2001). In 2006 UNL presented JoAnne the Trailblazer Award for outstanding contributions to Title IX and women’s sports and athletics.
Long distance running and ranching occupy JoAnne’s activity time. She and husband “Red” raise Texas Longhorn and Angus cattle, llamas, horses, & goats on the Big-E-Nuff Ranch west of Lincoln, NE.
Wayne V. Pawlowski is an independent consultant, trainer and clinical social worker based in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Washington, DC areas. Previously, he was Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s first and only Director of Training. Prior to joining PPFA he served as the Director of Training for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C. for ten years. Wayne is a nationally and internationally recognized sexuality/reproductive health/family planning trainer and educator, having provided training in 49 of the 50 United States as well as in 14 nations. He has worked for 30 years in sexuality education, reproductive health and family planning. Wayne’s work over the years has been recognized with such awards as the First annual “Educators Award” from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (1995), and the Planned Parenthood “Mary Lee Tatum Award” (2004) and “Golden APPLE Award” (1993). He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (L.I.C.S.W) in the District of Columbia, and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (A.C.S.W.). He is also an AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Certified Sexuality Educator.
Elizabeth Coke Haller serves as the acting branch chief and school health team leader in the Program Development and Services Branch of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC-DASH). Prior to coming to CDC-DASH in 2005, she worked at the Michigan Department of Education. Under Ms. Haller’s guidance, Michigan has demonstrated national leadership in the development and implementation of policy, curriculum, and staff development programs, and she was instrumental in numerous statewide initiatives.
At CDC-DASH, Ms. Haller is responsible for overseeing funding for education agencies and national non-governmental organizations aimed at building and strengthening their capacity to improve adolescent sexual health education and services. DASH places a strong emphasis on coordinating activities between education and health agencies to address HIV/STD infections and teen pregnancy prevention through a coordinated approach.
Ms. Haller has a B.A. from Albion College and a M.Ed. from Wayne State University. Ms. Haller brings a great deal of passion and enthusiasm to her work, with the ultimate goal of improving academic success and building strong community/school partnerships to better address health issues impacting our students. As a former classroom teacher, she is known for her ability to bring together key stakeholders from diverse constituencies to develop a common vision that will impact the health, education, and well being of young people.