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 the launching of our National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. She coordinated the 2013 National BHAC Summit and the Ohio BHAC Summit in 2014. Megan was also a member of the planning committee for the 2015 and 2017 National Summits.
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. She 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 on these topics. Her scholarship record includes over 19 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and over 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, she 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.