National Consortium Board of Directors
National Consortium Board of Directors
There are three critical responsiblities of the Building Healthy Academic Communities Board to work together to accomplish:
- Determine the vision, mission, goals and strategic plan for the organization.
- Monitor the progress and outcomes of BHAC’s strategic plan.
- Assist with membership engagement and the recruitment of new members.
The Board works together with the Executive Director, Marketing Strategist, Executive Assistant, and various support team members to accomplish the goals and day-to-day operations of the organization. Learn more about the roles of the Board.
National Consortium Board of Directors 2020 - 2021
President: Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, is vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine. Melnyk is an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, health and wellness, mental health, and intervention research, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Her scholarship record includes more than $19 million in sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator, and author of more than 250 publications, including four books. She served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force, and currently serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Behavioral Health Standing Committee and the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. In addition, Melnyk is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. She has successfully led collaborative national initiatives and has served as president of a national organization.
Vice President: Victor Tringali, EDD, CSCS, *D is manager of employee well-being at the University of Virginia and provides leadership for the development and delivery of organization-wide well-being initiatives for the University of Virginia’s employees and their families. Prior to arriving at UVA, he served as the Executive Director of University Wellness at Drexel University, where he led a nationally acclaimed well-being initiative for faculty, staff, and students. He has dedicated more than 25 years to the health, fitness, and wellness industries – serving as an entrepreneur, university administrator, college professor and consultant. This diversity in his career has given him the opportunity to understand health behavior from the perspective of various populations. For the past 10 years, he has designed and developed large scale initiatives aimed at improving health and well-being within academic communities – including Drexel University and currently, at the University of Virginia. He's published numerous mainstream and peer-reviewed articles, conducted applied research, and served as an expert presenter at national health fitness and wellness conferences and clinics. He is well-regarded as a dynamic leader who innovates concepts and builds trusted relationships to achieve success. His academic training includes bachelors and master’s degrees in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and a doctorate in Health and Physical Activity from the University of Pittsburgh. In Victor's words, "the role of Vice President of BHAC will enable me to contribute my skills, academic training, and career experience to build healthier communities across the nation while collaborating with and learning from other industry leaders".
Secretary: Elizabeth Click, DNP, ND, RN, CLE, CWP is medical director for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and is an Associate Professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In the Medical Director role, Dr. Click provides clinical support to the HR and Benefits departments and directs the faculty and staff wellness program which she developed. Within her faculty role, Dr. Click focuses on teaching health promotion, public health, organization systems and leadership content. In addition, she has been a member of numerous School and University committees. As a motivated educator, administrator, leader, practitioner and author with over 25 years of experience in developing and sustaining worksite wellness programs, she looks forward to using her expertise and experience to add positive value to BHAC's ongoing work. Her efforts within corporate, academic and community organizations have positively impacted the health of varied workforce populations with a focus on prevention, wellness and behavior change. Dr. Click’s experience as a board member of a nationally recognized independent school for girls, as well as previous membership on the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board gives her a strong foundation upon which to base her BHAC board experience.
Financial Officer: Candice Chick, MS works at California State Long Beach (CSULB) in the Division of Student Affairs helping with Health and Wellness Initiatives. For the past 18 years, Candice has devoted her life to helping students reach their full potential. Having successfully battled both cancer and dyslexia, she knows how to overcome the most daunting of challenges with a relentless drive and mindset that is always looking toward the future. She fostered her passion for others while growing up in Southern California, before going on to compete on an elite NCAA Division I Water Polo team at CSULB. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, she earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Counseling, and Sports Management. Now a widely respected life coach, Sports Management instructor, mother and in her work at CSULB, Candice strives to create cutting edge initiatives to be introduced to students, faculty, staff and CSULB community members focused on mental health (mind, body and spirit).
External Advancement and Collaborations Chair: Josh Downing, MS serves as the Director of Recreation and Wellness at Butler University. He executes a comprehensive well-being initiative called BU|BeWell for the university through developing long and short-term goals and overseeing the implementation of the strategies for achievement. In addition, he leads Aquatics, Club Sports, Fitness, Health Promotion, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Recreation, and a comprehensive Health and Recreation Complex. He earned his bachelors and masters from Indiana University and has been in Recreation and Wellness in Higher Education for 20 years. He has served on several NIRSA committees and is currently a member of the NIRSA Health and Well-being Task Force. He served as President of the Indiana Recreation Sports Association (IRSA) for two terms. He also served as Chair of Staff Assembly for Butler University for two terms.
Research and Evidence-based Practice Chair: Dawn Goldstein, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC is the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director at Michigan State University, College of Nursing. Dr. Goldstein earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Arizona and has been an RN for 35 years. She has extensive experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who continues her own clinical practice. As a current member of the United States Army Reserves, she has served our country for over a decade. Her current faculty scholarship involves behavioral interventions that target nursing student’s mental health and wellness, specifically building resilience and coping skills. Her past studies have included a qualitive study on compassion fatigue in healthcare professionals, help-seeking behaviors among military service members, and telehealth in graduate curriculum. And, she has conducted numerous organizational QI and EBP studies within her APRN role in the military.
In regards to taking on a role with BHAC, Dawn shared that she is so pleased to find an organization that connects health professionals from various academic institutions to share, collaborate, and develop best practices that improve the overall wellness of our academic environments. Collectively, she believes we can work together to move towards evidenced-based approaches to improve academic and community wellness. She is prepared to lead and facilitate the Research and Evidence-based Practice Committee to promote health and well-being, evidence-based practice, and research within the BHAC organization to advance best evidence in healthcare and higher education.
Advisory Board Chair: Lindsey W. Nanney, MS, PAPHS, GFS leads the Physical Activity and Wellness Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington which reaches 3,500 undergraduate students each semester to equip them to live with high level wellness for the long term. She has served in that role since 2015 and served in a similar role at East Carolina University previously. She conducts research on the effectiveness of these programs in promoting student well-being and best practices for course curriculum and delivery. At UNCW she also serves as the Associate Director for the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences which houses 9 academic programs, all focused on promoting wellness. She leads collaborations with partners in Campus Recreation, Community Engagement, Student Health and Human Resources to facilitate health initiatives across campus with a focus on building a healthy academic community. She wrote and published "Physical Activity and Wellness", an 8 chapter interactive, real-time ebook which focuses on the whole person benefits of physical activity and how to adopt a sustainable, adequate and enjoyable active lifestyle. She also authored “COVID-19 and Wellness”, an open-access chapter about living well amid a pandemic.
She is a passionate advocate of high-level wellness promotion and making it accessible to all people, particularly emerging adults. She leads and supports initiatives on and off campus to promote high level wellness and build cultures that support them. She enjoys inspiring and equipping people to thrive through a focus on whole person wellness.
Past-President: Megan Amaya, PhD, CHES, is an assistant professor of clinical practice and director of health promotion and wellness at The Ohio State University. She is president of the Society of Public Health Educators Ohio Chapter, and steering team member for the central region Healthy Ohio Business Council. She is a certified health education specialist, a certified personal trainer and a certified group fitness instructor. Megan has been instrumental in launching the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities, coordinating the inaugural Summit in 2013, the Ohio Summit in 2014 and as a member of the planning committee for all subsequent national summits.