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

Brittany D. Linde, PhD

Vice President of Wellness Initiatives and Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Linde joined OWLS in 2016. At OWLS, Brittany is a lead curriculum developer, lead trainer, and primary relational consultant. She is interested in a diverse set of topics as pertains to well-being across the lifespan, including the study of leisure, health, and human development. In past jobs she has studied the health and well-being of youth in military families, community capacity building, designing and implementing behavioral health interventions in the U.S. Air Force, and has expertise in Motivational Interviewing and Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in a variety of settings and populations. Email: blinde@organizationalwellness.com

 

Gale Lucas, PhD

Research Advisor

Gale M. Lucas joined the OWLS team as Director of Research in 2016. She specializes in designing and testing technology, interventions and training to improve health, mental health, and resilience, as well as social skills like communication, negotiation and leadership.  She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Psychology and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. 

 

Shawn Reynolds, PhD

Research Analyst/Program Evaluator

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. 

 

Estefania Lopez, BA

Research Associate (Intern-Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

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 counseling services on the university campus.