2017 Board Members
Jyl Steinback, Executive Director, Shape Up US and Creator of the Hip Hop Healthy Heart Program for Children™
Described by the media as “a one-woman business dynamo,” “a weight loss guru,” “America’s Super (Healthy) Mom” and “A National Sensation,” Steinback serves as the executive director of Shape Up US. In 2011, Jyl was awarded a Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition “for exemplary service and dedication to improving the lives of others by promoting and fostering opportunities for participation in fitness, sports or nutrition programs.” Steinback, who has worked in the health and wellness industry for more than 25 years as a personal trainer and educator, has sold more than 2 million books that educate consumers to change their lifestyle by making positive choices through proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy living. She taught in elementary, middle school and high school classrooms across the greater metropolitan Phoenix area for more than 20 years, first as a volunteer and then as a spokesperson teaching health and wellness. Jyl is passionate about spreading the word about her latest program, The Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™ — a continuing education program for K-6th grade educators and others who work with groups of children these ages. This program is accredited by and delivered through a partnership with Rio Salado College and integrates self-discovery and self-esteem techniques including stress reduction, creativity, positive individual and group dynamics, critical thinking, character development, and community involvement. Jyl says it is, “A Circle of Wellness that Works!”
Anthony “Buckets” Blakes Guard, Harlem Globetrotters
A 12- year veteran of the Harlem Globetrotters, Blakes has presented at more than 500 schools across the country to spread the word on C.H.E.E.R For Character. This acronym represents Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility. Targeting elementary students from kindergarten to fifth grade, he and the other Globetrotters teach the benefits and reasons for acting in an appropriate manner so students can live a positive life and become role models. Blakes also established a sports mentoring program called “Scholastics and Baskets” for children to receive positive literature as well as learn the fundamentals of basketball.
Robert Van Arlen, Speaker, Author, Business Strategist
An internationally-known business results speaker and emcee, Van Arlen is the author of Focused Synergy: Orchestrating your purpose, path and performance, a book that provides specific guidance on vision and values alignment for individuals and organizations. Van Arlen has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and training programs to audiences worldwide including Proctor & Gamble, Cigna Healthcare, Verizon Wireless and Gerber Products and was the featured speaker for the World ATMI Conference, the Country Club Association of America Conference and the 2007 Jobing.com Hospitality Symposium. Van Arlen was a co-recipient of the 2000 Worldwide Organizational Development Project of the Year.
Cie Allman-Scott, Ph.D.
Dr. Cie is an award winning television talk show hostess, working for several years nationally on ABC, NBC, FOX and UPN networks. She currently works as a media psychologist, lecturer and writer, having written self help books and audiobooks and many national health, fitness and self help columns. An avid traveler since childhood, she now blogs International travel advice at www.JetSetPHD.com. In addition to keynote speeches and seminars, she has been lecturing around the world on exciting destinations and what she has coined as “travel psychology.” Prior to earning her doctorate and Ph.D. in Psychology, she was the International Spokes Model and live narrator for over 150 companies including 3M, Polaroid, Ford Motors, Lipton, Sumitomo, Kraft, Hilton, and Trump Hotels. She also presented over 100 health and beauty products to consumers on television via commercials and infomercials. Dr. Cie evolved from an actress to an Executive Producer and cherry picks new projects; she is a voting member of the Television Academy, producing the Primetime Emmys. Her hobbies include scuba diving and mixed media art; she creates kinetic art for American art galleries and and has been noted as a fine artist and juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance. She has been awarded Art Renaissance Woman of the Year and is currently Scottsdale Woman of the Year. She enjoys volunteering for several charities. She usually resides in the elegant mountains of Arizona with her husband and 3 dogs.
Marjorie van der Wagen – Secretary
Marjorie van der Wagen is a success-oriented executive who exhibits the entrepreneurial spirit. A self-starter, Ms. van der Wagen has effectively developed her own business in both the skin care and cosmetic industries. Using a participatory style of management, she trained and motivated approximately 275 sales women who used those skills to achieve their own dreams and goals. At the same time she turned a hobby into a successful antique sales and interior design business. She has performed effectively as a marketing director in the health-care industry, representing various assisted and independent living communities in the Phoenix area. She has served on the Banner Hospital Community Council and has been an instructor for Banner’s memory training for seniors. She is a Reconnective Healing Practitioner, a contemporary alternative health and wellness modality. She presently volunteers at Shea-Virginia Piper Center giving reconnective healing to cancer patients.
Anthony Casarona – Casarona Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
Anthony Casarona is corporate attorney whose practice includes mergers and acquisitions, business formation, commercial agreements, organizational and strategic planning matters, and corporate general counsel activities.
Anthony began his legal career in Washington, D.C. where he worked for two large, international law firms, before moving on to the in-house legal department of a Fortune 10 company. He started the Casarona Law Firm in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2016.
Anthony received his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from the Catholic University of America-Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
In addition to Shape Up US, Anthony is involved with several other non-profit boards, including Miracle League of Arizona, Adventure for Charity, and Playworks Arizona. When not working, Anthony enjoys mountain and road biking, kayaking, and golf.
Dr. Rick Hall
Dr. Rick Hall is a registered dietitian and clinical professor at Arizona State University, where he serves as the director of health innovation programs.
His work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Journal of School Nutrition, and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Rick is the founder of Nutrition Resource, co-founder of Dry Wash Media, and co-owner of My Personal Multivitamin.
Dr. Hall served a three-year term on the Arizona Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports. He was a founding member of the Academy of Nutrition’s Council on Future Practice and an Emerging Dietetic Leader Recipient. In 2007, he was recognized and profiled as one of the ‘Forty Under Forty’ business leaders by the Arizona Business Journal. In 2014, Rick became a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and in 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Academy’s Position Committee.
He has completed six Ironman competitions and lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Anna, and their three children.
Dr. Chris Lineberry
Dr. Chris Lineberry is the Principal at Stanfield Elementary School in Arizona, and one of the most progressive educators in the United States.
The architect of the “IMPACT” program (Increasing Movement and Physical Activity for Children and Teachers), Dr. Lineberry has turned around multiple schools in various states utilizing health and wellness as the centerpiece. His most recent accomplishment was leading Stanfield Elementary School to the USDA-FNS HealthierUS Schools Challenge Gold with Distinction award level within one year of his arrival. The Gold with Distinction award certifies that Stanfield has met the highest standards of nutrition and physical education. Only 375 schools out of 100,000 have received this honor in the 11 year history of the program. Stanfield is the first school in Arizona to receive this award. Something that is even more impressive as 98% of the schools’ population is on free and reduced lunch.
Chris has been an educator since graduating with his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. The true beginning of the IMPACT program started while Chris was 36, working as a Principal at Richfield Elementary in North Carolina. Overweight and out of shape, Chris suffered a minor heart attack at school and was carried out on a stretcher. Realizing that a major cause of his condition was stress, Chris, along with his staff set out to improve coping mechanisms for staff and improve staff health. The discussion naturally progressed to student health and wellness. Armed with data on 4th grade students, 44% of whom had BMI rankings in the 85th percentile or above, Chris threw the sugary, highly caloric foods out of his cafeteria, implemented an hour of physical activity daily for students, and required staff to integrate health and wellness into the curriculum. Student achievement improved, staff attendance improved, and student BMI decreased. Richfield Elementary achieved 3 years of academic growth in a two year time period. The results earned him and his staff the North Carolina Prevention Partners School of Excellence award in 2007 as well as the designation as a School of Distinction, ranking Richfield Elementary in the top 10% of schools in North Carolina. This also prompted the North Carolina Department of Public Health to produce a documentary focusing on this work.
It was this success that lead Dr. Lineberry out to Arizona where he became the Principal of the Jack W. Harmon Elementary School in Queen Creek, Arizona. When Dr. Lineberry became the principal at Harmon, the school was a borderline low performing school, staff turnover was the highest in the state of Arizona (44%) and the community was divided. In three years, Harmon earned the highest academic level of achievement in its history, staff turnover decreased to less than 10%, the staff implemented 45 minutes of physical activity for every student, every day, and student and parent surveys demonstrated higher levels of satisfaction than ever before.
Chris has spoken on the IMPACT program at the Arizona PTA Conference, Arizona Childhood Obesity Conference, The American Cancer Society, the Arizona Coordinated School Health Conference, and to the Arizona State Legislature on behalf of ‘nPLAY and the American Cancer Society during legislative lobby day…just to name a few. Starting in the fall of 2013, Arizona University started teaching 750 future teachers health literacy, this year, all staff will include IMPACT in the course and Dr. Lineberry will be teaching one class himself while guest lecturing in others. The program will also be taught to 1000 future teachers at Texas A&M.
Susan Benigas, Executive Director
Susan serves as executive director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the medical professional society in the United States, representing clinicians and healthcare executives who are dedicated to a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare. ACLM leaders and members recognize that the only path to a transformed and sustainable healthcare system is for lifestyle medicine to become the foundation of clinical practice.
Susan’s work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion.
It was while president of a worksite wellness company that she experienced a paradigm-shift, leading to her life’s passion: She was questioning the status quo approach to “wellness”—all too often diagnosing and medicating—as opposed to a primary focus on identifying and eradicating the cause of disease, when an oncologist introduced her to The China Study, the book the physician praised as having “transformed” her life and the lives of many of her patients. Reading this book and, soon thereafter, meeting its author, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is what Susan often refers to as her “paradigm-shift catalyst,” changing the trajectory of her life’s work.
Her passion became reaching the gatekeepers of dietary and lifestyle recommendations—our nation’s physicians and healthcare practitioners—creating educational events, tools and resources for them and those they serve, focused on optimal dietary lifestyle. Science overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, suspend, and, often, even reverse the chronic, degenerative disease that’s afflicting our world, yet this is a subject that is sorely lacking in medical education. This reality led to Susan’s founding, prior to joining ACLM, of The Plantrician Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and co-founding the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.
Susan’s experience and successful track record in the areas of strategic marketing, public relations, project management, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship development, event production, and internet-based solutions design and development have helped to fuel the success of many organizations and endeavors. Bringing vision to life is what she does best.
She and her husband, Jon, reside in Town & Country, Missouri, where Jon serves on the Board of Aldermen and is chairman of the Green Commission.
Dr. Darryl Adams
Rock & Roll Hip Hop & Soul Superintendent
CEO and Founder, adamsedutainment.com
Dr. Adams has earned an award-winning reputation for his creative, collaborative and innovative commitment to providing a holistic, college, career and citizenship preparation education for all! He is considered an expert in the field of 21st Century education and innovation and was been openly praised by President Obama for his creative iPads 4 All and Wifi-on-Wheels initiatives! His impact as a creative motivational leader is second to none as he interwines life stories, song and rap to edutain audiences everywhere! Dr. Adams has been profiled by the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly, the PBS News Hour, The Journal, Education Dive, the Center for Digital Education and the National School Board Association. Dr. Adams will be releasing his book and original music debut “The Unity Album” in 2017!