Caroline R. Richardson, M.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Family Medicine, and a practicing family physician. She holds a joint appointment as Research Scientist at the VA Health Services Research and Development Service in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also a Research Scientist with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Dr. Richardson received an undergraduate degree from MIT in Mathematics, and she received her medical degree from Harvard. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Michigan.
The main focus of Dr. Richardson’s research is on integrating physical activity promotion into routine medical care. She looks at several aspects of this, including: objective measurement of physical activity in the primary care setting; development and evaluation of Internet-mediated, pedometer-based walking programs targeting people with chronic illness; and optimization of pedometer-based walking programs by manipulating goal setting and other behavioral strategies. Her Physician Faculty Scholars Program project is entitled Enhancing Adherence by Building E-Communities.
She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine, North American Primary Care Research Group and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a member of the STFM Research Committee and the AMA Expert Committee on the Assessment & Prevention of Childhood Obesity and Adolescent Overweight & Obesity.
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of both Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity. Dr. Walter Bortz’s research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. Dr. Bortz has published over 130 medical articles and authored numerous books, including We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to Be 100, Living Longer for Dummies, Roadmap to 100, and Diabetes Danger. In 2010 he wrote Next Medicine (Oxford Univ. Press) followed by Occupy Medicine (Amazon) in 2011. Dr. Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatric Society, and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation. He is married with 4 children and 9 grandchildren. On April 15, 2013 at age 83, Dr. Bortz safely ran his 43rd consecutive annual marathon by participating at the Boston Marathon and was credited as a finisher.
Dr. Michael O’Donnell is the Director of the Health Management Research Center (HMRC) at University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. Dr. O’Donnell has a distinguished record in the field of health promotion, and is a widely respected champion for the integration of health promotion into every aspect of society.
Dr. O’Donnell’s first passion is workplace health promotion. He has helped more than 100 employers, health plans, governments, and foundations develop and enhance their health promotion programs, and has a decade of experience as the internal leader of employee health promotion programs in three large organizations. He is the co-author of Health Promotion in the Workplace, the first and most widely read reference text in the field, which was released in 1984. The 4th edition was released in early 2014. In 1986, Dr. O’Donnell launched the American Journal of Health Promotion, the first peer-reviewed journal devoted to the science of lifestyle change, with the goal of raising the standard of the science, narrowing the gap between science and practice and integrating the many disciplines involved in the field.
In 2000, recognizing the need to integrate health promotion into national policy, Dr. O’Donnell founded Health Promotion Advocates, a non-profit grassroots policy group. Over the last 12 years, Health Promotion Advocates grew to more than 2,000 members who were instrumental in educating members of Congress and the White House on the health and financial benefits of health promotion, primarily focused on conceiving, introducing and passing legislation. Four of their core ideas became law as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: 1) development of an annual National Prevention Strategy by members of the President’s Cabinet, 2) authorization of $200 million in grants to small business to create wellness programs, 3) periodic national surveys on workplace wellness programs, and 4) “wellness incentives” a statute authority allowing employers to offer health plan premium discounts to employees who achieve health goals.
Dr. O’Donnell has presented more than 260 keynotes and workshops on six continents; authored more than 190 articles, columns and book chapters; received 13 national awards; served in leadership capacities in three hospital systems; and is on the faculty of three universities. He earned a PhD in Health Behavior from the University of Michigan, an MBA in General Management and an MPH in Hospital Management, both from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Psychobiology from Oberlin College.
Dr. Gerald “Jerry” J. Wilmink is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WiseWear® Corporation, a Texas-based digital health company that develops next generation wearable technology products for fitness and medical applications. Jerry is a high octane PhD-turned-entrepreneur that gets things done and never gives up. Fueled by inspiration, workouts, and daily shots of espresso–Jerry founded WiseWear Corporation with the goal of developing wearable technologies that empower people to live happy, healthy & productive lives. He has experience as a mad scientist, inventor, start-up business consultant for Venture Capital firms, and a program manager for the Department of Defense’s $2 Billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
Dr. Wilmink earned a BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. Jerry served as a research associate with the National Academy of Sciences, and during this tenure he founded the first Terahertz bioeffects research laboratory in the Department of Defense. He has penned several patents, published 55 manuscripts, book chapters, and invited review articles, and has delivered over 70 invited, keynote, or plenary presentations at conferences including TEDMED, SXSW, and SPIE.
Michael Grossman is an insurance industry veteran with over 20 years in the industry. Mike was recently recruited to head the Bank of San Antonio Insurance Group as the President/CEO. Prior to that, Mike was Vice President, Employee Benefits at BBVA Compass Insurance Agency. Mike started his career with a Third Party Administrator (TPA) in learning the inner workings of carriers. Mike has had the following board memberships: Aetna Producer Advisory Board, United Healthcare Advisory Board, Humana Producer Advisory Board, and legislative chair of San Antonio Health Underwriters. Michael also volunteers as a YMCA-Child & Family Services board member as well as San Antonio Ringside supporting the San Antonio Area Foundation. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University.
Mike is a physical fitness enthusiast and a former amateur boxer. He is the co-owner of ChampionFit Boxing Gym where high intensity workouts are provided for all levels from beginner to pro for every type of man, woman, and child. Mike also plays competitive interclub tennis in San Antonio.
Charith Perera is a business adviser to Walkingspree. Charith is a co-founder and CEO of ShipXpress, a Software as a Service product, that is revolutionizing the supplier chain logistics industry. ShipXpress, founded in 2000, is a premier provider of web-based logistics, visibility and management software, and service solutions for railroads, rail shippers and railcar owners. ShipXpress is an independent and privately-owned company based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Prior to ShipXpress, Charith had a sixteen year successful career in marketing, transportation strategy and new product development for CSX, a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America. Charith holds a MBA from MIT (Sloan School of Management) and a BSc (Math) from University of Colombo.
Twenty-five years ago Janice McCaffrey dared to be different and transformed herself from a competitive runner into world class race walker. She competed for Canada in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 & 2000. During her racewalking career she has won:
13 Canadian Championships
3 U.S. Championships
Bronze at the Commonwealth Games
Silver Medal at the Pan Am Racewalk Cup & a Gold Medal at the Francophone Games.
Janice was 40 years old at her last Olympics. Upon “retiring” she resumed running and took up triathlons. She has since been the Canadian Masters Marathon Champion, part of two World Masters Relay Records and represented Canada twice at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships.
Competing is not Janice’s only love as she also enjoys a challenging career and an active family life with her husband and two children.
Janice holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and is a Chartered Psychologist.