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tawnya-combeTawnya Combe

Tawnya Combe is an Arizona native. She was an elementary teacher in Arizona for six year and has continued her education to receive endorsements and a Masters degree. She is currently working with the Hip Hop Healthy Heart Program for Children. She enjoys spending time with her family!

Norm Bendell

NormBendellNorm Bendell’s legendary illustrative style has powered some of the most successful advertising campaigns of the modern era.  His very unique characters have appeared in hundreds of publications, best selling books and greeting card lines. He has also won numerous awards in print, animation and electronic media along the way.

Norm began his career in Chicago after graduating from the American Academy of Art.  He soon moved to the crucible of New York City where he became an award winning advertising Art Director, Designer, and Creative Director. It was during this period that Norm developed his sophisticated illustration style and discovered how much of his advertising background aided illustrative perspective. In fact, his very first illustrative campaign won “Ad of the Year” honors, enabling his to embark on a new career.

Since then, Norm’s work has helped clients boost sales, set sales records and win awards in a wide array of product categories. He’s won the top award four years in a row for a series of public service books for Astellas Healthcare and Norm’s “The Care and Keeping of You” and “Feelings” books for American Girl have become best sellers at almost five million copies sold.

Currently, Norm’s “Superkids” reading program for the Rowland Reading Foundation is entering schools nationwide.  And two new parental advice books with noted psychologist Dr. Lauren Gerber, “Kitchen Table Therapy” and “Does God Have an Email Address?” are about to enter bookstores everywhere.

Bendell’s next project will be developing characters for Jyl Steinback’s Hip Hop Healthy Heart Program for Children an educational program for K-6th grade through Shape Up US a 501c3 non-profit corporation to benefit kids across America.

Shape-Up-Beats-GirlTM-GuyShape-Up-Money-GuyShape-Up-Beats-GuySustainable-DudePositive-GirlEat-Good-Food-DudetteThe-Tooth-FairyShape-Up-Bear Shape-Up-Nash Shape-Up-HandicapGirl Shape-Up-Genius

Katherine E. Krieg, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Pediatrician and a Children’s Health and Wellness Expert

  • Katherine KriegBoard certified in pediatrics
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrician
  • BA, English, Ohio State University
  • Medical Degree, Ohio State University
  • Medical Residency, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center
  • Volunteers monthly at the San Marcos School Clinic providing health care to uninsured children.

Dr. Marlon Rimando, MD – Sports Medicine and Nutrition Specialist

  • Marlon RimandoMD – John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI
  • BS – Human Nutrition, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Department.
  • CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Colorado Springs, CO. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance.
  • Over a decade of clinical medicine expertise specializing in sports medicine and nutrition.
  • He recently retired his board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and maintains his medical license as a flight surgeon in the Air National Guard.

Patricia Triplett, MS, RN

  • Patricia TriplettProfessor Emeritus at Glendale Community College Retired June 2009
  • Master of Science in Nursing 1983 Arizona State University
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing 1979 Arizona State University
  • Associate in Arts Degree in Nursing 1970 Phoenix College
  • Nursing Professor and Semester Coordinator 26 yrs Glendale Community College
  • Served on Maricopa Community College District Nursing Curriculum and Glendale Community College Curriculum Committees, and Served on Nursing Department Curriculum Committee and was Committee Chair for several years. Developed and revised Nursing Curriculum on an ongoing basis.
  • In collaboration with other faculty wrote three National League of Nursing Self- Study Reports for National Accreditation by National League of Nursing.
  • Taught Theory and Clinical in all areas of Nursing.
  • Nursing Educator Maricopa Medical Center
  • Charge Nurse in Emergency Department Level One Trauma Unit, Psychiatry Unit, and Medical-Surgical Unit
  • Staff Nurse in Burn Center, Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical, and Nursery ICUs

Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, Harlem Globetrotter – “Kids are my passion!”

  • Anthony "Buckets" Blakes8 years as Harlem Globetrotters, Guard
  • Represents the Globetrotters as their Advanced Ambassador in the Harlem Globetrotter’s educational program, “C.H.E.E.R For Character”, “S.P.I.N. Program” (Some Playtime is Necessary) and “Smile Patrol”.
  • Presented at over five hundred schools across the world 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.
  • Established a sports mentoring program called “Scholastics and Baskets” for children to receive positive literature as well as learn the fundamentals of basketball.
  • AA, University of Wyoming
  • Professional basketball career in the National Basketball Development League and FIBA, European Basketball League

Scott White, B.S., President – Personal Power Training

  • Scott WhitePresident of Personal Power Training, a private fitness studio located in Scottsdale, Arizona and an advisory board member for My Weight World, a growing web-based fitness company.
  • B.S., Kinesiology, Arizona State University
  • Holds several prestigious personal training, nutrition, and fitness related certifications including I.S.S.A Certified Personal Trainer, I.S.S.A Certified Sports Performance Nutritionist, and CHEK Practitioner through the Chek Institute.
  • Spent most of his career helping athletes, celebrities, and business professionals achieve their fitness goals.
  • Focus: promotion of health and fitness in today’s youth and adopting his state-of-the-art fitness program to children and teens.  He fundamentally believes that fitness can be fun, safe, and character building and aims to bring his philosophy to America’s kids.

Calli Overstreet, BA Nutrition

  • Calli OverstreetRecent graduate from Arizona State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Communications
  • Assistant to chefs and health writers providing them with new and original ideas.
  • Artistic Director for the Higher Ground Dance Company in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor for performing groups around Phoenix, Arizona for 8 years
  • Host of “FOOD NERD” blog, offering restaurant reviews, recipe sharing and culinary/nutrition tips
  • Singer/Songwriter/Guitar Instructor, currently recording an album
  • Fresh face in the world of food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, eager to share her creative ideas and originality.

Tedi J. Howell, M.S.

  • Dental Student at AT Still University (ATSU), Phoenix, AZ – Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  • MS, Biomedical Sciences, ATSU – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Study Author: Howell, TJ and Geisbuhler TP. Hawthorn extract reduces oxyradicals in angiotensin II – challenged adult cardiac myocytes. J Mol CelL Cardiol. 44: S59, 2008
  • BS Biology, Carroll College, Helena, Montana.
  • Student Ambassador at ATSU – Mesa, AZ Student
  • Team leader for Christian Health Fellowship at ATSU – Mesa, AZ

Rena J. Christman, AD

  • Arizona School of Dental and Oral Health (ASDOH), A. T. Still University Class of Class of 2012.
  • Class President, ASDOH, A.T. Still University
  • Associate Degree, Medical Laboratory Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Member American Student Dental Association
  • Member Delta Sigma Delta, Dental Fraternity
  • Undergraduate Studies, Biology and Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Background in dental assisting and dental office management
  • Former Operations Manager for Community Dental Health Center
  • Small business owner in clock, watch, and jewelry repair

Jacqueline Duong, B.S.

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine, Arizona School of Dental and Oral Health (ASDOH), A. T. Still University Class of 2012
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Houston
  • Research Experience: St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (Houston, Texas), – Orthopedic Research
  • Research Experience: University of Houston (TX) – Biomedical Cell Physiology
  • Volunteer Work: Texas Mission of Mercy (Houston, Texas), Star of Hope Homeless Shelter (Houston, Texas), Bellaire Dental Clinic (Houston, Texas)

Maria Foglia, M Ed

  • Elementary School Teacher in Arizona for Mesa Public Schools for 7 years
  • Master Degree, Educational Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor Degree, Child and Family Studies, Syracuse University, New York
  • Post Bachelor Degree, Elementary Education, Arizona state University
  • Teacher and Team Leader for the Summerbridge Program, summer program for inner city youth, for 4 years in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Served in AmeriCorps for a one year service as a VISTA volunteer in a Welfare to Work program with the City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • Co-Leader of an after school Community Service Organization called Trendsetters which connects students to different leadership and community service projects in their communities
  • Co-founder of Changed Man Productions, a youth motivational company
  • Served on different boards and committees through school districts and other programs involved in grant writing and curriculum development
  • Lead Teacher for a City of Phoenix Head Start program, Arizona

Matt Baehr

  • Matt BaehrOwner/President of Spartan Boot Camps – Bringing cutting-edge research into fitness in the athletic, group fitness, or personal training setting.
  • Founder of “Sweat for the Cure” Corporate-sponsored annual fitness event to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
  • W.P. Carey School of Business Graduate – Business Sustainability + Kinesiology at Arizona State University
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach – ASU Rugby
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (Pending) CSCS
  • Certified Personal Trainer. Certifications:
    • Performance Enhancement Specialization – NASM PES
    • Corrective Exercise Specialization – NASM CES
    • National Academy of Sports Medicine – NASM CPT
    • National Council of Strength and Fitness – NCSF CPT
    • CPR/AED American Safety and Health Institute

Dr. John StockJohn Stock, M.D. Pediatric Cardiologist

A pediatric cardiologist who practices with Arizona Pediatric Cardiology Consultants, Dr. Stock’s special area of interest is fetal diagnosis of congenital heart disease and therapy of arrhythmias in the fetus, echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.