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)
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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."
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
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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.
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