NWI International Standing Committee
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Wellness is a global concept culturally expressed and experienced. We have much to learn from one another no matter where we call home.


Welcome to the NWI International Committee web page.

The International Standing Committee has developed out of an informal meeting of International arranged by the then Conference Committee at an NWI conference many years ago. This committee will be the voice of the continuing to function informal NWI International Wellness Group network. Below are the biographies of the current committee members, as well as their contact information.

If you also wish to be part of the NWI International Wellness network group please email me your contact details ([email protected]) and I will add you to our contact list. I invite all of the NWI International Wellness network group will take the opportunity presented to share Wellness information from around the globe and reach out and connect with each other in many countries around the world.


Thomas Cuddihy
Chair International Standing Committee
Secretary of the NWI Board of Directors

Articles written by NWI International Standing Commitee members can be found on our Wellness News You Can Use Blog. An archive of articles written before May 2019 can be found at this link.


Cecilia NegriniCecilia Negrini

Cecilia Negrini (Brazil) is a business consultant, businesswoman, coach and speaker. She has more than 13 years of experience assisting health professionals to obtain better outcomes in their work. Founder and owner of the company Cecilia Negrini - Consulting and Consulting in the Health Area that operates throughout Brazil providing services in Financial Management, People Management, Operational Management, Marketing, Architectural Management and Strategic Planning. She offers lectures and trainings throughout the country fostering the personal and professional development of people working in the health area, assisting and guiding best practices for achieving wellness and success through actions directed towards progress and development through ethics, commitment, study, organization, and servant leadership concepts. It also assists individual health professionals by fostering best practices in their care and the consequent well-being of their patients, the entire work team and also their family. She is a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching and a member of the National Wellness Institute - USA. She has an MBA in Business Management from FGV - Fundação Getúlio Varga, MBA in Marketing in the Health Area, Personal Coaching training from SLAC - Sociedade Latino America de Coaching and is a specialist in Linguistics from UNESP – Universidade Estaudal de São Paulo. She participated as facilitator of the training "The Monk and the Executive" inspired by the book "The Servant" of James Hunter for last three years.

E-Mail: [email protected]
Ph: 3014-0558/017 9 96482904


Alex LoboAlex Lobo

Wellness and Prevention Specialist
Social Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO, Empowering the Change-Makers
Speaker, Author, Researcher, Coach


My mission is to solve social problems through innovative business models.

Using research, coaching and education, we empower change-makers, high achievers, and motivated individuals and organizations to improve their lives, careers, businesses and social contributions.

My expertise encompasses social-emotional learning, wellness, prevention science, resiliency, coaching, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Problems addressed include obesity, addiction, depression, violence, and crime from a positive perspective.

My credentials, education and experience derive from three areas:

As a Business Owner and MBA from the most prestigious business school in Latin America, with over 20 years in top management positions in corporate, social and government sectors, and more than one million beneficiaries of my programs in private schools, companies and federal and local government.

As a Prevention Specialist, family therapist, addiction counselor, and life- performance and wellness coach. 

As a Flourishing, Productive Human Being, who overcame health, personal and family issues to create a meaningful life of contribution and become a loving husband and father, eternal student, and successful educator and businessman.

Enjoy your Wellness Lifestyle
Think, Feel and Act, always from your deepest Love.
[email protected]
SKYPE: alexlobomx 

United Kingdom

Chris AndrewsChris Andrews

MD of Personal Touch Fitness (PTF) 

Chris is a 1993 graduate in the Health Promotion & Wellness programme at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). Determined to spread her wings, grow, learn, and be challenged she set out to do her Internship abroad. She went to the UK in November 1993, did her Internship and stayed. Now, mother of two, wife, and MD. She is involved in many local events at the tennis& rowing club, church, and schools on different levels.

Personal Touch Fitness has grown organically over 18 years and have worked with all sectors to help with their Wellbeing programmes. Chris prides herself in her passion, enthusiasm and expertise in providing fitness services in environments which is extended through the company values, ethos and to the employees. 

Chris enjoys hosting UWSP interns to the UK and sharing her knowledge. She finds the students engaging and they find it a wonderful hands on learning experience. 

Health & Wellbeing is about sharing, learning, awareness, mindfulness, and always working towards making small adjustments to ones wellbeing for a healthier life. Chris truly believe this and wants to continually share and encourage others to share. After all that is what Health &Wellbeing is all about. Her energy inspires students and people of all ages. Chris loves making a ripple into a wave.

T: +44 (0)0844 344 0034
M: +44 (0) 7977 497 551
E: [email protected]
Skype: personaltouchfitness

South Africa

Dr. Dicky ElsDr. Dicky Els

Managing Director
Be Well Program®

Dr Dicky Els is a registered Industrial Psychologist who specialises in employee wellness and disease management. Dr Els predominantly focuses on employee wellness strategy development, programme design, and the effective implementation and evaluation of outcome-based health promotion programmes. Dicky serves as a member of the International Standing Committee of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) of the United States of America that promotes international health and wellness practices. He is a member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee and Work Group that developed the SANS:16001 Wellness and Disease Management Standard Requirements (including HIV, TB and non-occupational diseases). Dicky is trained as a Neuro-Semantics Meta Coach and he is the project leader of the South African Wellness Programme Evaluation research initiative.

As an Employee Wellness Consultant, Dicky’s passion vests in the optimisation of human capital, productivity and business performance. During the last three decades he has gained extensive experience in executive coaching, human resources, change management and employee wellness and disease management. Dicky is a dynamic and innovative individual who was key to the successful development of several sustainable employee wellness programmes for prominent organisations in the banking, insurance, mining, agriculture and telecommunication sectors. He regularly trains and mentors successful employee wellness managers on local and global workplace wellness management practices and consults to various corporations. He completed his D. Phil (Leadership in Performance and Change) degree at the University of Johannesburg while his quantitative research focused on the development of a work wellness model that integrates motivational job characteristics, work engagement, burnout and wellness. This evidence-based workplace wellness model clearly explains the importance of employee wellness and its impact on human capital development. Dr Els regularly presents workplace wellness papers at conferences, publishes articles in scientific and other popular journals, and has appeared on several radio talk shows.

Cell: +27(82) 496 7960  
E-mail: [email protected] 
Websites: www.bewell.org.za | www.wellnessprogramevaluation.com 
SKYPE: dickyels9914

The Philippines

Conrado S. PerrerasCONRADO S. PERRERAS

An economist by training, a marketer by profession and an entrepreneur by choice, Conrad Perreras started his wellness advocacy at the turn of the century when the wellness revolution which started in the United States began to spread like wild fire to the rest of the world.  

He established a commercial venture to help people live a healthy lifestyle and organized an advocacy to build a well nation and live a life that matters.  He now conducts wellness education programs both in the public and the private sector through his seminar-workshops as part of the wellness awareness campaign, performs wellness assessments and recommends lifestyle interventions in nutrition, exercise and energy management.  

He is a member of various associations in different non-government organizations to promote happiness and wellbeing of individuals, families, companies and communities around the country.  He speaks on "Building a Well Nation and Living a Life That Matters" based on the life Filipinos want:  what they want to be, what they want to have,  what they want to do.  He is responsible for hosting the Philippine Wellness Congress which is now on its third year of implementation.  He represents the Philippines in major international spa and wellness events in the Asia Pacific Region.

He lives in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines with his wife of 38 years and two children who are both professionals.  He plays golf regularly on weekends with friends and goes to the gym every other day to stay fit and trim.  

He is a Rotarian, a Toastmaster and an Advocate of Good Governance both in the public and the private sector.

249 Langka Drive, Ayala Alabang Village
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Mobile:  +63915-113-8245  
Email:  [email protected]
SKYPE: conrado.s.perreras


Ferroudja MeghenemFerroudja Meghenem


Engineer of the highly reputed “EcoleNationaleSupérieure des Mines” based in Nancy (France), Ferroudja Meghenem started her career in audit and strategy & organizational consulting within Mazars group. For several years, she advised important and medium size groups.

Ferroudja Meghenem is also a passionated Woman who actively supports the values related to health and beauty of body and mind. She founded [email protected] Days®concept, a new approach of Wellness taking inspiration from fashion codes then she founded the company WELLNESS VALUES, a strategic consulting firm specialized in Wellness which helps companies and brands integrate a Wellness strategy within their organization and rethink their customers and employee experience. 

+33 (6) | [email protected] 
91 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris. 
www.wellnessvalues.com | Inspire your brand strategy

Czech Republic

Jana StaraJana Stara 

Jana Stara is a PhD. candidate at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where she developed and delivers the first experiential wellness course for Czech and international students. She dedicated her research and lecturing practice to promoting the concept of wellness in her country with respect to different cultural environment and traditions in Europe. During her professional, she has studied wellness practices and philosophies in Denmark, Turkey and USA. She is a certified Wellness Inventory Coach.

Jana founded an NGO Dobroti, which organizes educational seminars and public wellness-oriented events for local community. Another of their man activities is organizing training courses for European youth workers under the Erasmus+ program. One of their pilot trainings was “Game of Wellness” which combined the wellness ideas and strategies with gamification as principle that makes wellness more engaging and fun than necessary daily routine. The training has already had two editions in Czech Republic, in December 2016 and July 2017, and currently we work on other editions in Scotland, Romania and Iran. 

The positive feedback from students, youth workers and other trainers support Jana’s belief that better times for European wellness are yet to come. So far it is mostly related to the strong spa tradition in Europe.

email: [email protected]
tel: +420 776614121
skype: mladicee
linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/janastara/


Preeti RaoPreeti Rao

Founder & CEO, Welljii
ICHWC Mentor Coach

Preeti Rao's vision is to facilitate sustainable lifestyle behavioral changes that lead to better health outcomes and wellbeing. Preeti’s career path spanning a decade in executive management roles across several countries has provided her an understanding of the global health care system crisis and the importance of preventive strategies in health promotion. She is the Founder and CEO of Weljii. Welljii, is the recipient of "50 Best Wellness Companies Listings- Global Listing" by the World Health and Wellness Congress and it comprises of India's only Health and Wellness Coaching Centre and Institute.

She completed her MA in Integrated Health Studies from California Institute of Integral Studies, USA in 2013 and holds several fitness, yoga and health related certificates. Her expertise lies in exercise physiology, nutrition, health & wellness coaching, stress management, and corporate wellness programs to name a few. Her previous professional work includes UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Atena Wellness Coaching Program, and Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic in California, USA, Max Healthcare, India and Reebok India as their Fitness Brand Ambassador. Her authored articles regularly get featured in leading newspapers and magazines.

She is the leading internationally certified health and wellness coach and consultant in India. She is also India’s only ICHWC (International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaches, USA) Mentor Coach nominee to mentor others in the profession of Health and Wellness Coaching. Her mission is to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them make lifestyle behavioral changes that last a lifetime.

[email protected]
Phone: 91-8800885482
SKYPE: preetiraok



Professor, Laboratory of Wellness& Sports Education, Meiji University, Tokyo
Shinji is a long time NWI member and attendee and presenter at the National Wellness Conference. He is currently Professor at the Laboratory of Wellness & Sports Education, School of Arts and Letters, Meiji University, Tokyo (2011 -)  From 1994 to 2011 he rose from Assistant Professor to Professor at Laboratory of Health Science and Physical Education, School of Arts and Letters, Meiji His Doctoral studies were through the University of Tokyo, Department of Life Sciences, Graduate school of Arts and Sciences University. 

Shinji is the current Vice-president of the Japan Wellness Society. He is also a Member of Board of Directors of Japan Wellness Walking Association, President of Japan University Sport Climbing Association, Chairman of Sport Climbing Section of Tokyo Mountaineering Federation, a Member of Japanese University Sports Board, on the Strengthening Staff of Japanese Olympic Committee and Coach of Speed Climbing for the Japan National Sport Climbing team. His academic publications and research interests revolve around Japanese Student Wellness Education, Sport Climbing, Sports Injury Prevention, Sports Performance Improvement, Motor Control and Life Long Sports.

水村信二 [[email protected]]
Cell phone:+81-80-4070-9025
Skype: mizumuras2


Dr. John MunsonDr. John W. Munson

Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion -School of Health Promotion and Human Development, College of Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Current Roles
Past - President – Board of Directors, National Wellness Institute
Senior Consultant, Academic Accreditation – National Wellness Institute
Board of Advisors, Distinguished Ambassador – Medical Wellness Association
Board of Directors – Vesuvius Press Inc. Phoenix, AZ.
Trainer – Personality Resources Inc., New York, Toronto
Owner – Triple L Associates LLC, Wellness Consulting, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Ph.D.  The Ohio State University 1979
M.S. & C.A.G.S.  Springfield College 1970
B.S.  The Ohio State University 1967

Head Coaching, 18 years - Responsible for recruiting, budgeting, counseling, marketing, organizing and teaching in a variety of varsity programs at five universities, 1967-1985  (Lifetime record 212-82-4). NCAA Division I Head Coach in Wrestling and Lacrosse.

Acting Head, School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, 1983-84 and 1985-86.  Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies 1986-96.

Created the first academic wellness program in the United States working with colleagues, Dr. Anne Abbott and Dr. Joan North, UW-Stevens Point, 1989.

Professor of Health Promotion, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point 

Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, Head, School of Health Promotion and Human Development, July 1, 1996 to 2002.

Professional Recognition and Awards

Board of Trustees – National Wellness Association, appointed 1990

Fellow, Association for Fitness in Business, inducted 1994.

Elected to National Wellness Institute, Circle of Leadership 1995

Vice President for Education – National Board, Association for Worksite Health Promotion 1994-96.

Past President – Association for Worksite Health Promotion Region IV (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky) 1997

Chair – Association for Worksite Health Promotion Undergraduate National Standards Taskforce 1996-2001.

Founding Member, Board of Advisors  –  Medical Wellness Association, 2002. 

Taskforce chair charged with starting nationwide student chapters in the National Wellness Institute, 2002-2004.

Taskforce chair National Accreditation of Undergraduate Health Promotion/Wellness Programs, 2004-2008.

Board of Directors  –  National Wellness Institute 2011-2017

Distinguished Medical Wellness Association Ambasador, March 2014

Co-President – National Wellness Institute Board of Directors June 2014-2016

Board of Directors – Vesuvius Press Incorporated 2014-2018

Triple L Associates, LLC
1101 Brawley Street
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481
[email protected]
715-340-4855 Cell
john.walter.munson SKYPE


Bob BoydBob Boyd

Wellness Consultant, Educator, Mentor, Coach
Founder Wellness Communication Solutions and Wellness Constructs 

Bob brings 40 years’ experience across all areas of Personal and Corporate Wellness. His involvement includes research, consulting and teaching. A Ministerial appointment to the Queensland State Steering Committee on Health Promotion in the Workplace preceded his appointment as the inaugural Director of the QUT Wellness Matters Program. Founding President of the National Wellness Institute of Australia he has also chaired a number of State and National professional association. He currently sits on the National Wellness Institute (USA) Board of Directors and is the Chair of the International Committee. He is an accredited Workplace Wellness Director, Certified Workplace Wellness Specialist, Wellness Culture Coach, Certified Facilitator Identity Mapping & The Four Ways System, and Wellness Coach Trainer who has delivered conference presentations, workshops, and training programs and consulted to businesses, associations, governments, and community groups internationally and nationally.

36 Jackson St | Indooroopilly
Brisbane | Australia | 4068
Mobile: +61(0)414.645.837
E-Mail: [email protected]
SKYPE: robertlawsonboyd 

Thomas CuddihyThomas Cuddihy, PhD.

Tom is the Secretary of the National Wellness Institute and the Chair and Board member for the NWI International Standing Committee. He has been on the Management Committee of the National Wellness Institute of Australia for more than 10 years. His PhD was completed at Arizona State University in Wellness Curriculum and Instruction. Tom has an extensive list of publications about the psycho-social aspects of physical activity and the role of nature-based experiences and links to health and wellness.

He has published over 60 peer reviewed research and professional articles. These papers have been cited by over 1000 different researchers and have been published in peer reviewed Journals approximately 1500 times since 2003. He has had 14 Doctoral and Master’s Degree student’s graduate with earned Wellness or PE degrees.

He is an accredited Workplace Wellness Specialist and Certified Facilitator of the Identity Mapping & The Four Ways System. He has delivered workshops, and training programs and consulted to businesses, associations, governments, and community groups internationally and nationally.

E-Mail: [email protected]