Nonprofit Wellness
Nonprofit Wellness


Susan Comfort

Tyecia Powell, EdD candidate

Tyecia Powell, EdD candidate


Who Dat: Trainer, consultant, burnout foe, laughter fan. Susan's 25 years of organizing and fundraising brought stress, but 20 years of yoga dialed it back.

Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) 

Fave dancing: Salsa, 5 Rhythms

Fave job: Bo Brooks crab house server

Fave celebration: Annual summer solstice party

Fave mental health boost: Learning K-pop dances via YouTube w/ my daughter

Fave exercise: Handstands

Fave city: Baltimore (hometown)

Follow @comfortconsulting (IG)

Tyecia Powell, EdD candidate

Tyecia Powell, EdD candidate

Tyecia Powell, EdD candidate


Who Dat: Baltimore native, 15-years in education, pursuing Doctorate in Education, passionate about wellness for school leaders

Fave veggie:  broccoli

Find Ty: Leading Hot Pilates class @ Bikram Yoga Works Riverdale Park

Fave dog: Bruce (don't tell the other 3)

Fave new hobby:  feeding babies

Fave mental health boost:  yoga class--these practices heal my mind and my body

Fave way help people face limits: squats, planks

Fave quote: "Waves Will Come. Ride Them."

Gabby Lubin (Harvard-bound in 2020! Congrats!)

Gabby Lubin (Harvard-bound in 2020! Congrats!)

Gabby Lubin (Harvard-bound in 2020! Congrats!)


Who Dat: Fitness professional, former Early Childhood Educator, empowered woman empowering others. 

Fave veggie: Asparagus

Fave work job: supporting others, children or adults, in their physical and mental growth

Fave school: Bowdoin College -- I love Maine!

Fave new hobby: Reading for my book club

Fave exercise: Spin (CycleBar NoMa) & HIIT (Sweat DC) 

Fave mental health boost: exercise, music, walks

Fave foods: plantains & smoothies  (not together)

Fun fact: She was named a "2020 Fitness Influencer" in Washingtonian mag

Follow @gabbyl_fitness (IG) 

Rachel Rosner, MPPA

Gabby Lubin (Harvard-bound in 2020! Congrats!)

Gabby Lubin (Harvard-bound in 2020! Congrats!)

Rachel Rosner

Who Dat: Social justice researcher, evaluator, learner, facilitator, manager of projects big and small.  

Favorite exercise: biking, swimming, running, hiking, playing catch. 

Favorite way to dance: 

Salsa, when cooking in the kitchen

Favorite mental health boost: 

7 minute daily yoga practice. Or stepping outside to take an air bath.

Favorite school: University of California Santa Cruz - worked there for a dozen years at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community.

Favorite job: United Farm Workers, where I developed my community organizing roots.


Katie Fernandez

Luke Hayslip, MSW

Luke Hayslip, MSW


Who dat: Californian-Virginian, Public Health graduate student, passionate about collaborating with patient populations to get the resources they deserve. Fitness beginner!
Favorite college: UCSC (home of the Banana Slugs)
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries (they are BERRY good in the summer)
Favorite Future Goal: Study Spanish
Favorite Exercises: Gentle Yoga, Zumba, BollyX
Favorite Mental Health Boost: Photography; making daily lists
Favorite Former Job: Birthday Party Teacher

Luke Hayslip, MSW

Luke Hayslip, MSW

Luke Hayslip, MSW


Who Dat: Mental health professional, traveler, amateur photographer, passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations.

Fave band: Pearl Jam

Fave way to recharge: stargazing by the beach

Fave way to stay healthy: Wii Sports bowling

Fave way to spend a rainy day: watching movies with my rescue dog and cat

Fave book: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 

Fave place I’ve explored: Madrid, Spain

Jennifer Young, RHIA

Jennifer Young, RHIA

Jennifer Young, RHIA


Who dat: Master of Public Health candidate, cancer registry professional, prefers to wake up on the right side of the bed, tent, or hammock

Fave school: University of Pittsburgh (I also love GWU but feel more like a panther dressed up in colonial garb. Hail to Pitt!)

Fave quarantine exercises: barre, yoga, running

Fave new hobby: freestyle jump roping

Fave mental health boost: spending time outside

Fave “self-care” activity: reading fiction literature, journaling

Fave pizza topping: green peppers

Brittney Caven

Jennifer Young, RHIA

Jennifer Young, RHIA


Who Dat: A forever learner pursuing her MPH, juggler of chaos and wearer of many hats, believes in the power of education to empower individuals to make healthy choices.

Fave School: THE Ohio State University

Fave Exercise: Running (we have a love hate relationship)

Fave Class: The Biologic Basis of Disease in Public Health—it really served as the foundation for much of my learning up until this point.

Fave Mental Health Boost: Getting outside! I love walks with my dog and just taking time to soak in my surroundings.

Fave Song of the Moment: Anything off The Greatest Showman soundtrack! Also, I currently really like Rise Up by Andra Day because it reminds me that I can do hard things especially in this really weird time.

nonprofit wellness advisors

Caroline Philson, JD

Caroline Philson, JD

Caroline Philson, JD


Who Dat: Environmental attorney, proud Tar Heel, long-distance runner, veteran vegetarian

Favorite snack: Old school carrots 

Favorite dancing: Vigorously, in my living room, with my daughter. 

Favorite job: I'm a board member of a not-for-profit, Just Bakery, staffed entirely by refugees. Humbling stories meets indefatigable work ethic meets immigrant pluck meets dark chocolate with sea salt cookies. 

Favorite new habit: My office has a treadmill desk, perfect for opening email and returning calls, and makes every webinar a bit better.

Favorite mental health break: A call with one of my fantastic friends -- nurturing relationships and creating community always comes back, multiplied exponentially. 

Manpreet, MFA

Caroline Philson, JD

Caroline Philson, JD


Who Dat: Graphic and web designer, strong/proud Indian woman, wellness advocate with BFA and MFA. Lives in Sydney, Australia.

Favourite family roles: Wife, Daughter, Household leader

Favourite Dancing: Bhangra, Free style rock and roll

Favourite Drink: Soy Latte, Lassi, Fresh Juices

Favourite Veggies: Lettuce 

Fave mental health boost: Running, motivational podcasts, cooking 

Favourite new habit: Waking up at 5am and going to the gym 

Favourite Hobby: Traveling (Mountains), Doodling  

Candy Geise, MPH

Candy Geise, MPH

Candy Geise, MPH


Who Dat: She applied her Masters in Public Health to corporate wellness programs, later specializing in mental health and serving on community boards. Candy also played (and ref'd) field hockey.

Favorite exercising: Walks, hikes, dancing

Favorite dancing: Free styling to rock-n-roll 

Favorite vegetable: Any vegetable roasted

Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill....not an alum but always dreaming of it 

Favorite job: Occupational health and safety

Favorite healthy snack: Popcorn

Favorite mental health boost: Planting annuals, good comedy

Favorite family role: Grandma (see above)

Mauri Ziff, PhD

Candy Geise, MPH

Candy Geise, MPH


 Who Dat: Evaluation wizard, public health researcher, organizational change agent. Mauri & Susan wrote grants and longitudinal surveys for trainings and student organizing 20 years ago @EnviroCitizen.

Fave veggie: Roasted cauliflower

Fave work job: UC Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

2nd fave job: Amusement park, dressed as pioneer, made funnel cakes

Fave family jobs: Dog ma, Twin ma

Fave hockey team: Pittsburgh (it causes family strife)

Fave mental health boost: "My Favorite Murder" podcast

Fave hobby: Background actor on TV shows (eg. Homeland)


how vulnerability builds trust

Here's Susan's one-minute summary of why vulnerability is a key tool for your team. And how to use the stressor scorecard as a discussion tool. 

The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

-- Wendell Berry


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