Certified Trainers

The individuals listed below are available to deliver your training.

  • Some are trained on Stress Management, Team Awareness (8 Hour), Team Awareness (4 Hour), Team Resilience, and Team Readiness.
  • If you want to contact a trainer, please contact us and indicate your preference.
  • (NOTE. This page is updated regularly. If you have been trained and do not see your name here, please contact us).


Laura was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2020; she trains in Delaware.

Laura works as a Well-Being and Coordinator and Health Coach.

Here is Laura's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

I took the Resilience and Thriving certificate training course to add to the list of the Employee Health & Well-Being program offerings at the University of Delaware.

What value does it have for you?

This course has provided me with a unique and impactful way to view / talk about stress with our employees. It has also given me a new perspective on how to effectively lead workshops that are educational and engaging. Personally, this course has changed my life. I have depressive and generalized anxiety disorders, both of which negatively affect me in various ways daily. Since attending the training and facilitating it among a group of University of Delaware employees, I have spent time incorporating the content into my own life and have experienced a significant reduction in the severity of my anxiety and have learned to be more kind to myself when I am not feeling the best.

Contact Laura Gimbutas for more information.



Cathy was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2020; she trains in Indiana. 

Cathy works as a Visiting Instructor at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). 

Here is Cathy's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

One of the courses I teach is Stress Prevention and Management. I’ve been trying to help expand the perspective students have about stress in their life, and this course provided me with additional tools and ideas that I can apply to my work in classes.

What value does it have for you?

I love the activities and discussions that are utilized in the program. These have really allowed me to draw the students out more which has resulted in richer discussion in class. This has also helped me better understand the needs of the students so that we really focus on what is important to them.

Contact Cathy Nickels-Herndon for more information.


Kelly was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2020; she trains in Massachusetts. 

Kelly works as a Director of Wellness Services. 

Here is Kelly's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

I routinely work with employers and their employees who are in stressful industries. Day in and day out their work is taxing their resilience and fortitude beyond the regular stressors of everyday life and personal matters. These employees are very committed to the purpose of their work, but need support. And the employers want to help, but are not always sure how. As a Facilitator of the Resilience and Thriving Course, I can offer support and tools to the employees who need them to excel at what they do and to be able to stay in these positions that mean so much to them. It feels good to be able to provide resources that can be referenced for years to come. Our lives and stress are always changing, but the path to resilience and thriving is always there.

Contact Kelly Polinski for more information.


Cassandra was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2020; she trains in North Carolina. 

Cassandra works as a Certified Wellness Coach. 

Here is Cassandra's view as a trainer: 

Why did you take this course?

I've been on a journey of identifying stress factors, especially the intangible - the things we don't see - and how to relieve stress in a positive way. I had always been able to handle "20 things" at once but over time that built up and I can no longer handle this kind of workload. I wanted to learn more about relieving stress, which led me to this workshop. Now, I want to bring awareness to others. We live in a continuously stressed world these days. We need to positively cope with stress.

What value does it have for you?

For me, it was the clarity of early warning physical signs and later warning signs which brought value. Also, we never know what another person is going through, and stopping to evaluate the reality of a situation can bring a different perspective. We all have a different stress tolerance level. We need to be aware of the signs not only for ourselves but for those around us, too.

Contact Cassandra Shaw for more information.






Carie was certified in Health Consciousness in 2020; she trains in Alabama. 

Carie works as the Director of Operations at the Addiction Prevention Coalition. 

Here is Carie's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

Our Non-Profit focuses on Addiction Prevention through awareness and education. We knew we wanted to be able to offer a Prevention seminar for people in the workplace, but we wanted to do this through the lens of Wellness. The EHC course provided us the framework and tools needed to put together our Prevention Partners Seminars that would be both inspiring and practical.

What value does it have for you?

I love the underlying concept of mindfulness and taking back ownership over our health in all areas of our lives. In some ways it is such a simple concept but in many ways it can be revolutionary. We can use these trainings with adults in the workplace, in education settings and in community meetings. But we have also tailored them for students and added fun and competitive games to further solidify the information. Our feedback has been really positive and our evaluations based on pre- and post-testing show that our goals are being reached.

Contact us if you would like to get in touch with Carie Wimberly for more information.


Laura was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2019; she trains in Oklahoma.

Laura works as a Health Promotion Manager at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

Here is Laura's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

While speaking with the Airmen about their poor sleep quality and tobacco use, I realized the underlying cause of these behaviors was stress and poor coping techniques. The tools that I’ve received from the Resilience & Thriving Facilitator training have provided me the ability to enhance the programs that I offer at Tinker AFB.

What value does it have for you?

The tools, activities, and discussion really engage the Airmen who attend this class. I love seeing the moment that they truly understand how their stressors, coping style, and lifestyle factors can all work together to move them from coping to thriving!

Contact Laura Anne Crowder for more information.

laura.a.crowder4.civ@mail.mil  or lauraacrowder@gmail.com

Stephany was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2019.

Stephany works as a Health Promotion Manager and Fitwel Ambassador. 

Here is Stephany's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

Because of my own journey in becoming resilient and learning to thrive in the face of adversity, I know how important tools and skills are to becoming successful. I learned flying by the seat of my pants and because I’m a survivor.

What value does it have for you?

I work with employers and their employees daily where mental health issues and stress continue to be the leading causes of presenteeism, absenteeism, low morale, lost productivity and increased health care costs. As a Facilitator of the Resilience and Thriving Course, I know I am teaching the participants tried and true techniques that will help them face and thrive through stressful events at work and at home. I am also giving them skills that can help them change their perspective and outlook on life, which will greatly impact their overall well-being for the good. It gives me great joy to go back to a worksite and have an employee tell me how they have implemented a tool or technique and how it has positively impacted their life. Even better is when they have taught it to a spouse or child.

Please contact us if you would like to get in touch with Stephany for more information.



John was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2020; he trains in Connecticut. 

Here is John's view as a trainer:

After serving the Midwest regional construction industry for 40 years, I retired in early 2019. However, I could not retire from life as too much work still needs to be done within that industry. Since the early-2000s, along with my union, I partnered with Washington University researchers to study and implement safety programs. In the beginning we mainly focused on the physical aspects of safety (i.e., falls, ergonomics, etc.). Yet, during the last 10 years of my career, we moved towards viewing mental health as a vital safety factor. In essence, we began to view the worker as a whole person by taking a Total Worker Health approach. Unfortunately, a number of recent reports indicate that the construction sector ranks near the top for both opioids abuse and suicide. It is no secret that the construction industry has had a difficult time overcoming issues of stigma due to it often being a male-dominated environment. However, since last summer, the training and coursework I have received from NWI-OWLS has benefited a number of contractors (white-collar) and construction workers (blue-collar) when it comes to dealing with stress and building resilience on and off the job site.


Trinity was certified in Resilience & Thriving in 2018; she trains in North Carolina. 

Trinity has over 20 years of human resources experience primarily in the public sector. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for a community college where she focuses on recruitment, selection, employee relations, and employee wellness. In 2019, the HR department under her leadership was recognized for Human Resources Excellence by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). She has been a Senior Certified Professional with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources since 2006. Her life motto which she shares in her presentations is "Bloom Where You're Planted" and is based on the scientific model of how humans deal with stress, the flourishing flower.

Here are some testimonials on Trinity's work:
The stress management course helped reinforce useful techniques to help ground myself during challenging times or "triggers". For example, writing down three gratefuls and then recalling my senses. Finally, warm tea decaf teas and lavender help too! Trinity, I am truly grateful and happy to see emotional wellness be a positive trend!
Danielle Bruner, BSDH, RDH, CDA
Second Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator, CCCC Dental Programs
Trinity's calm demeanor, with a touch of comedic relief, compels the audience to lean in with attentiveness, with full engagement to the material that is being presented. Professionally, I had the pleasure of attending Trinity's "Bloom Where You are Planted" workshop, regarding tips to evoke a calm environment and to release or eliminate stress. Those tips will withstand the test of time and I continually practice some of them to this day. Hands down, Trinity Faucett is one of the best presenters that I have encountered.
Rosalind M. Cross
Executive Director of Workforce Development & WIOA Programs
Triangle South Workforce Development


Contact Trinity Faucett for more information.


Liana was certified in Raw Coping Power and Team Awareness in 2016.

Liana Bran joined the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2013 as a project coordinator for the Small Business Development Center. In this role, Bran provided new entrepreneurs and startups the tools and resources they needed to realize their dreams of owning a business.

Bran also coordinated IHCC’s collaboration with the Illinois Latino Family Commission to assist providers serving the Latino community to navigate changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act.  The experience of effectively administering these programs has prepared Bran for her current position as the director of the Substance Free Workplace (SFW) program. Through SFW, she promotes healthy work environments that support healthy, engaged employees that actively contribute to business growth and success.

Prior to her time at the Chamber, Bran interned with several organizations including the Office of Senator Richard Durbin, RefugeeOne and Imani Center for Policy and Education in Ghana, West Africa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

April was certified in Raw Coping Power (December, 2015) and Team Awareness (March, 2016); she trains in Tennessee.

She has delivered both training programs to county employees and has received very positive ratings. April began working for Washington County, Tennessee since 1994. Since then, she has worked hard and developed several programs and projects to create new and better working environments.  As part of her efforts, April works on internal committees to rewrite County Polices, including establishing an effective Employee Assistance program.  She also collaborates with the Safety Director to set up new policies and procedures, and works with addiction programs for employees.  April looks forward to continue her journey on Team Awareness and Raw Coping Power.


LaTasha was certified in Team Awareness in 2011 and Team Readiness (mini-modules) in 2012; she trains in North Carolina. 

LaTasha Murray, CSAPC is a Substance Abuse Prevention Program Director for a community nonprofit. She is to certified to implement  Team Awareness and is also trained to implement Team Readiness. She thoroughly enjoys implementing the modules and thinks that the Stress Management module is a must for everyone!

DeeAnna was certified in Team Awareness in 2011 and Team Readiness (mini-modules) in 2012; she trains in North Carolina.

Here is DeeAnna’s view as a Trainer:

I am a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC) and have been trained in Team Readiness, Team Awareness and Stress Management.  Stress Management has been delivered to 4 businesses including my own and other non-profit and governmental organizations.  Additionally the material was used with human service professionals as part of a workshop on creating Workplace Wellness in the helping professions. The material is very interactive and well received by participants in all settings.

I was instrumental in setting up an employee wellness committee within my own organization and provide technical assistance to the group as they develop workplace policies and programs around wellness.  Team Awareness training helped prepare me  for getting buy in from top management.  I am seeking opportunities to include Team Awareness in the Integrated Healthcare Models for NC.

I have been delivering Team Readiness mini modules with the NC National Guard for the last year and have found the soldiers to be very responsive to the material. The soldiers talk about their coping skills and willingness to tolerate or respond to workplace substance abuse. Team Readiness allows soldiers to talk about the challenges of deployment and reintegration and gives them a chance to support each other in positively coping with stress or seeking assistance if needed. Surveys indicate that most soldiers agree or strongly agree Team Readiness made them aware of the risks of substance abuse, gave them skills to recognize those risks in themselves or others and showed them resources to help those at risk. Almost all soldiers found Team Readiness to be a benefit to their own health and wellness.

Paul was certified in Stress Management in 2011; he trains in Georgia.

Vicki was certified in 2011; she trains in Florida.

Here is Vicki's view as a trainer: 

I have provided Team Awareness training in two local restaurants. Because of the training, both places are now a drug free workplaces and have established new policy with employees.

Roger was certified in Team Readiness (2010); he trains in Maine/National.

To reach Roger, please contact us here http://organizationalwellness.com/contact/

Sharon was certified in Team Awareness (4 hour) in 2010; she trains in Michigan.

Here is Sharon’s view as a trainer:

I have provided Team Awareness Training for the Country Road Commission, Quad Graphics (a multinational printing company), and many nonprofits.  The outcomes from the training were positive and created awareness and policy in all the venue’s I have facilitated.

Chuck was certified in Team Resilience in 2009 and in Team Awareness 2002; he trains in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Chuck currently works with Optum Health Behavioral Solutions.

Here is Chuck's view as a trainer:

Why did you take this course?

I took Team Awareness to be familiar with the program, so I could help develop Team Resilience for OWLS. I took Team Resilience by default since I helped to develop the training and conducted all trainings for the YIW grant.

What Value has it had for you?

Now that I am a counselor, my knowledge of both programs has been invaluable while working with individuals with substance abuse issues and their family members and anyone dealing with excessive stress or communication challenges.


Duane Piety was certified in Team Awareness in 2004; he trains in Texas.

Denise was certified in the Team Awareness (8 hour) program in 2002; she trains in Oregon and Nationally.

Here is Denise's view as a trainer:

I delivered Team Awareness to about 300 staff members (including managers) of the Grande Ronde Tribal Government and have also assisted Dr. Bennett in training-of-trainers and providing training to the Native Learning Center. In my opinion,  Team Awareness is a beneficial training for all workers at all levels, giving them the tools that they need for their career, for improving work environment, and for their personal lives. It helps you to handle day-to-day issues of communication and teamwork, as well stressful and crisis situations. I will also tell you that it has helped me in all my development I have had as a professional.  The program — especially the stress management and tolerance modules–has allowed me to look at situations in new and helpful ways. It has also helped me as a leader in understanding how people react to situations and then work with them through better communication. Highly recommended.

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Susan Doherty is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) who specializes in employee compliance in the areas of ergonomics and wellness. Stress management is a key component in both areas of her work. She is a certified facilitator of the Raw Coping Power module of the Team Awareness program. Creating a culture of health in the workplace starts with a great stress management program.


When employees:
1. recognize the signs of their stress
2. recognize the source of their stress
3. understand what triggers their stress
4. learn early warning signs
5. understand when they are choosing unhealthy behaviors to avoid or drown their stress
6. learn the SEC (stress-evaluate-cope) Model
7. make healthier choices
8. learn ways to adapt their work to fit their strengths
9. learn to set their intentions for success

They will benefit with:
• improved engagement
• improved health and productivity
• improved focus and attention
• healthier work relationships
• better attitudes at work and in life
• increased peer-to-peer support
• reduced health risk behaviors
• reduced unhealthy social behaviors
• reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
• reduced stress at work and away from work

This is Raw Coping Power. Contact Susan for more information.

susan@actionergo.com  858.414.5089

My career started in the beverage industry with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) in 2003. In 2006, I joined the sales team and gained exposure to the wine and spirits side of the business before moving into a Spirits Management Position.

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development in 2010, I was promoted to an HR Manager Role in 2011 and in 2013, to an HR Director Role supporting our Corporate and Nationwide Teams with a strategic oversight on Project Management of our Human Capital Strategy.

I enjoy being an advocate for organizational behavior and culture and have been afforded multiple opportunities to become an Ambassador for the American Heart Association, a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS), and now a Facilitator of “Raw Coping Power”. Additionally I hold Certifications from DDI Global and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).

Owner & Wellness StrategistBack to Life’s Basics

I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Board Certified Health Coach and Wellness Strategist. I’m the owner of an integrative health and wellness coaching services company Back to Life’s Basics and the founder and CEO of the Wellness for Growth Foundation.

Helping people enjoy the benefits of living a more balanced, healthy and energetic life is a personal goal that inspires my daily actions. I have seen many positive transformations when people realize the importance of centering in life and giving their minds and bodies what they need to thrive.  Based on this simple, but very powerful concept, I started teaching workshops on holistic wellness, nutrition, stress management and energy management, and culturally adapting my presentations to increase the relevance of the trainings to diverse audiences.

As a certified trainer of Raw Coping Power, I can attest to its effectiveness. Participants readily enjoy the material and can apply it to their lives. The connections they make with the material and with each other can help them not only cope with stress but also thrive in any new or stressful environment. Participant outcomes show, among other things, that they have improved confidence to evaluate the stressors of their life, greater recognition that healthy coping is a choice, and greater ability to recognize when their coping is not working. They also report increased motivation to address stress and more knowledge on how and where to get help. I highly recommend Dr. Bennett’s training course. You will see positive outcomes with your participants and enhance confidence in those clients you serve.

(713) 452-0377

Transformational change Leader Independent

Sandy Salvo is self-employed as a transformational change leader for businesses and individuals seeking to reach their full potential and is excited to facilitate the Resilience and Thriving course to community and business organizations. Retired from the healthcare industry where she served as an improvement coach, quality analyst and manager for patient and family-centered care, Sandy is currently a sojourner trainer for Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration (a 5-day immersion in group leadership), while also facilitating workshops and organizing retreats aimed at promoting compassion, vitality and self-awareness. She is certified through the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and offers regular classes in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Sandy has served non-profits and the government sector as a trainer, facilitator, stress management instructor and fitness director, and has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Resilience and Thriving Workshop offered at Harbor Wellness Studios On May 2nd , I facilitated my first Resilience and Thriving Workshop at Harbor Wellness Studios in Middleton, Wisconsin. I chose a 2-hour format to allow time for Qigong and other mindfulness practices, as well as time for sharing in partners and small groups. The class was a diverse group of men and women from across the age and occupational spectrum, which resulted in rich discussion and learning. The feedback matched my own sense of our time together being well-spent. I look forward to many more opportunities to use my facilitation skills for promoting health and well-being through this course.

Joanne Sommers, M.Ed., CHES is an instructor at BGSU; teaching courses in Health Promotion, Public Health, and Human Development & Family Studies for the past 17 years.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Purdue University and Master of Education from the University of Toledo. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and certified trainer for the American Institute for Preventive Medicine:  Systematic Stress Management, Smokeless, and Healthy Life Weigh programs.

In addition, she is the quarter-time Executive Director for the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB).  AAHB is a “research home” for health behavior scholars and researchers whose primary commitment is to excellence in research and the application of research to practice to improve the public’s health.