Our Team

Joel Bennett, PhD, MA, CWP

Founder/CEO

Dr. Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett, PhD, is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidence-based wellness and e-learning technologies to promote organizational health and employee well-being. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programming in 1985 and OWLS programs have since reached close to 250,000 workers across the United States and abroad. He is primary developer of “Team Awareness” and “Team Resilience,” evidence-based, culture of health programs recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health as effective in reducing employee behavioral risks. Team Awareness has been adapted by the U.S. National Guard as one of their flagship prevention programs and it has been used by municipalities, hospitals, restaurants, electrician training centers, small businesses, Native American tribal government, and in Italy and South Africa.In 2008, he was acknowledged with the Service Leadership award from the National Wellness Institute. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from State University of New York (Purchase) and his MA and PhD in Psychology from University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Bennett was previously on the board of the Academy of Management’s “Spirituality and Religion Interest Group (MSR)” and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute. He provides key-note speaking and continues to train facilitators in team (culture of health) and resilience workshops. Email: owls@organizationalwellness.com

​Cynthia Conigliaro; MSW, MBA

Adviser and consultant


Cynthia has worked with OWLS as an adviser and consultant on various marketing related product development projects. .

Estefania Lopez, MS

Research Associate

Estefania has worked with OWLS since 2019 focusing on an organizational resilience project and assisting with client interviews, data analysis, and report writing. Estefania has interests in resilience, integrating business and psychology, and acculturation stress. She is also passionate about mental health and has volunteered to support counselling services on the university campus.

Cameron Keller

Summer Intern/Research Associate

Cameron has worked with OWLS since Summer of 2020, focusing on social media and website management, and otherwise assisting on client projects. Cameron’s interests are in stress management, resilience, and developing supportive workplace cultures. He also has experience working with children as an intern elementary school guidance counsellor and is passionate about psychological well-being in the school system setting.

Shawn Reynolds, PhD

Consulting Scientist

Shawn works across the projects at OWLS performing data analysis and formative program evaluation. His interests are in social and health psychology mainly in the areas of organizational climate, subjective norms, stigma and trust as influences on worksite health promotion programs. He is currently focused on analyzing the moderating effects of wellness climate and coworker drug use norms on the effectiveness of the Team Awareness and Healthy Choices prevention trainings in small businesses.

Michelle Zadrozny, LCSW-S, EAS-C

Consulting Partner

Michelle Zadrozny is a Social Worker, social entrepreneur, creative artist, and community collaborator. She brings 20+ years of program development, community health, and innovative partnership-building expertise to her consulting work. Since 2011, she has joined OWLS on several client projects involved with direct training delivery, co-facilitation, and coaching. Michelle maintains a private mental health counseling practice as a Clinical Director in South Austin, Texas.

Mark Attridge, PhD, MA

Workplace Behavioral Health Advisor

Mark Attridge has worked with OWLS since 2005 as an adviser and consultant on various product development and client projects. Mark brings a unique scholarly approach that derives from his past work with health care service providers, benefit consultants, employers and academic researchers. He has authored more than 250 papers and presentations including several papers and workshops in collaboration with Dr. Bennett. For over 10 years he has been President of Attridge Consulting, Inc., based in Minneapolis, with clients in the United States, Canada and other countries internationally. Mark has been most active in the area of workplace mental health and integrating employee assistance program (EAP) services with work-site wellness and organizational health initiatives.

Shelby Pittman, MS

Project Manager (Intern)

Shelby has worked with OWLS since the summer of 2020, with a focus on marketing OWLS' brand through the use of engaging tools in an attempt to garner new clients. Aside from the marketing and social media promotion, she helps leverage existing contacts through new income projects, provides support for training alumni (among other clients), and assists in the development of curriculum associated with new and ongoing programs. Shelby has interests in organizational design & development, performance management, and leadership training. She is also passionate about employee well-being and hopes to implement health and wellness initiatives for organizations in the future.