|Meet Our Distinguished Senior Advisory Board
In striving to provide programs and publications that are up-to-date and medically accurate, the American Institute for Preventive Medicine is pleased to be guided by a Senior Advisory Board composed of people prominent in the field of health promotion and disease prevention. The Board assists the Institute in developing and implementing programs, providing quality control and evaluating trends to meet the needs of hospitals and corporations. This is an active board dedicated to helping maintain the Institute's position as a leader in the wellness field.
Susan Schooley, M.D.
Dr. Susan Schooley is the Medical Director of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, as well as the Medical Director for the Detroit, Michigan Region of Henry Ford Health System for which she is and has been the Chair, Department of Family Medicine since 1991. She is a licensed and board certified member of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Since completing her Residency in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1983, Dr. Schooley has chaired or been a member of numerous professional and community organizations; instructed graduate and undergraduate medical students; given over 70 medical presentations; and written journal articles and book chapters.
Over the years, Dr. Schooley has received many honors and awards, including Woman Physician of the Year in 2006 and 2005 from the Michigan State Medical Society, Best Doctor in Detroit for 2005, 2004, and 2002 from Hour Magazine, and Residents’ Teaching Excellence Award from the Family Practice Residency at the University of North Carolina in 1988.
Joseph Berenholz, M.D.
Dr. Joseph Berenholz is a Diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on staff at the Detroit Medical Center, Providence Hospital, and Huron Valley Hospital. He is also a clinical instructor at the Detroit Medical Center.
Larry Chapman, M.P.H.
The Chapman Institute
Mr. Chapman is President of the Chapman Institute which specializes in the design and delivery of wellness and cost containment programs in the workplace. Previously, Mr. Chapman was a VP of WebMD and served as Regional Program Consultant for health promotion and wellness for the U.S. Public Health Service. Mr. Chapman has published over 50 articles and books on different health-related topics, has helped design and implement over 195 wellness programs in workplace settings and is a nationally recognized expert on wellness and corporate health management. He also currently serves as the National Civilian Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force for Health Promotion.
Dee Edington, Ph.D.
Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Edington is Professor and Director of the Division of Physical Education at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the U-M Fitness Research Center and a Research Scientist in the School of Public Health. Dr. Edington is the author and co-author of numerous articles and books including Biology of Physical Activity, Biological Awareness, Frontiers of Exercise Biology, and The One Minute Manager Gets Fit. His work with the Health Risk Appraisal and Vitality and Lifestyle Analysis Questionnaires are considered to be models for organizational vitality, health and wellness programs.
Bill Hettler, M.D.
National Wellness Institute
Dr. Hettler is co-founder of the National Wellness Institute located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He is also the former Director of Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Hettler has been a leader in the health promotion field for over 30 years and is a highly sought after keynote speaker at national conferences.
James Kohlenberg, M.D.
Chief, Internal Medicine
John R Medical Clinic
Dr. Kohlenberg is Chief of Internal Medicine at the John R Medical Clinic located in Madison Heights, Michigan. He has been a practicing physician for over 25 years. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Richard S. Lang, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Former Head, Section of Preventive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Dr. Lang is the former head of the Section of Preventive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he is also was a Staff Physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine. He has served as the Federal Aviation Administration Medical Examiner and as a Senior Clinical Instructor at Case Western Reserve University Medical School.
Dan Mayer, M.D.
Dr. Dan Mayer is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center. He works as both a clinical and teaching attending. The hospital's emergency department is a Level I and sees about 60,000 patients each year. Dr. Mayer is also a Professor for Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical College where he teaches a four year course in evidence-based medicine. He developed the entire course himself and trained the faculty preceptors to teach in it.
Marcie Parker, Ph.D., CFLE
Marcie Parker is Senior Qualitative Researcher with United HealthCare Corporation's Optum Division. She has Master's Degrees in both Anthropology and Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Parker is a Certified Family Life Educator and has a Certificate for Staff Builders and In-Service Trainers. She also has a mini-MBA in healthcare from the University of St. Thomas and is a Fellow in both The Gerontological Society of America and The American Institute on Stress.
Don R. Powell, Ph.D.
President & CEO
American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Dr. Don R. Powell is the President and CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a URAC Accredited Wellness company. Dr. Powell is a licensed psychologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He also taught in the University's Psychology Department for eight years where he was nominated for the "Distinguished Teaching Award" and presently serves as a guest lecturer. Dr. Powell is considered to be one of the country's foremost authorities on the design and implementation of community and corporate health management programs. He is the author of fourteen best-selling books including Healthier at Home and A Year of Health Hints.
Elaine Frank, M.Ed., R.D.
American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Elaine Frank is a Vice President for the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, where she has been employed since 1983. Ms. Frank has been named to the wellness advisory board of URAC located in Washington D.C. and as part of that group, worked to write national standards for wellness program accreditation. She co-authored a chapter on The Future of Health Promotion for the book Health Promotion in the Workplace edited by Michael P. O’Donnell and published in 2001. Ms. Frank received both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Masters of Education degree from Wayne State University, and did her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She worked for Henry Ford Hospital as a Registered Dietitian for 9 years. During that time, she developed and implemented a successful weight control program and was a frequently requested speaker for their Speaker's Bureau. Ms. Frank was also an instructor at Henry Ford Community College for 10 years.
Director, Product Development
American Institute for Preventive Medicine
Jeanette D. Karwan, R.D. is the Director of Product Development for the American Institute for Preventive Medicine located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a URAC Accredited Wellness company where she has worked for 21 years. During that time, she has been an instructor and trainer for weight management programs, including “Weight No More®,” “Prescription Weight Loss®,” and “HealthyLife® Weigh,” which she also wrote. She has also researched, written and edited health education materials including self-care books and booklets, pamphlets, calendars, newsletters, and telephone triage protocols, as well as co-authoring “Medical Self-Care Programs,” ACSM’s Worksite Health Education Handbook: Healthy Worker, Healthy Company, 2nd ed. American College of Sports Medicine, 2008.
Ms. Karwan is a registered dietitian and has been an active member of the American Dietetic Association for 35 years. She completed an accredited dietetic internship from Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Hospital Dietetics, from Wayne State University. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in hospitals and as an instructor for a variety of nutrition and weight control education classes in community and workplace settings.
Grace K. Paranzino, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAOHN
Dr. Paranzino is a nurse executive with 30 years of progressive management experience in the hospital environment, academia, and the healthcare staffing industry. Dr. Paranzino is the Corporate Chief Clinical Officer for Kelly Healthcare Resources, a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in Troy, MI. She is responsible for clinical oversight of nursing activities, quality and licensure issues, educational programs, and serves as a liaison between senior management and branch contracts/negotiations. Primary clinical operational responsibilities include program development, implementation, and evaluation; credentialing; quality improvement; process improvement; and Joint Commission certification Dr. Paranzino has also served as Health Services Specialist for DaimlerChrysler Corporation; Assistant Professor of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine at Drexel University, College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA; and a consultant to ATSDR. She was the primary presenter for the CDC Public Health Teleconference Network presentation on “Environmental Health: A Nursing Opportunity”. Dr. Paranzino is Past-President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) in Washington, DC.
Dr. Paranzino is actively involved with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). She is currently the President of the Michigan State Chapter, serves as Director on the Board of Directors for AAOHN, and is on the Editorial Review Board for the AAOHN Journal and is the consulting editor for Occupational Health Management.
Dr. Paranzino received her undergraduate nursing degree from Holy Family College, her master’s degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Powell T. Stevenson, CSHM
Powell Stevenson is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS in Business Management and is a Certified Safety and Health Manager as well as a Certified Trainer. He spent 4 years with Catalytic Construction Company in the Petrochemical field as a Maintenance Planner. He spent the next 18 Years with Scott Paper in various management positions including safety and Co-Chairman of the Union Management Safety Committee. He also has been the Director of Operations for several medium sized manufacturing companies, including Precision Glass for defense and Construction, 3 plant Chocolate Candy Manufacturer and Laser Machine Operation. From 1994 to 1998 he was with Haddonfield Lumber Company and was responsible for developing their Safety and “Drug Free Workplace” programs. Haddonfield was purchased by the Strober Organization in October of 1998. From 1999-2007 Powell was the Corporate Risk and Insurance Manager for Strober Building Supply from 1999-2007. From 1999 to 2006 his programs reduced the injuries by 46 % while the company expanded the number of locations by 175% He has a strong background in OHSA and D.O.T. Compliance as well as establishing Compliance Programs, Drug Free Workplace Programs, Workers Compensation, injury reduction and Operations Management. With more than 16 years experience training Forklift Operators, He is the forklift Trainer of Record for the New Jersey Building Material Dealers Association and has certified in excess of 3,000 Forklift Operators. He has served as an onsite Safety person for Compliance and Policy reviews in both the Petro Chemical and Construction Industries. Powell has spoken locally and nationally on establishing a “Drug Free Workplace and effective Safety & D.O.T. Programs. He is a member of the Steering Committee for The Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey and a member The National Safety Management Society, the American Society of Safety Engineers and has been an active member in the chapter since joining in September 2008. He is currently the Government Affairs Liaisons and Delegate for the Chapter, the National Safety Council, National Association of Safety Professionals, member of the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee His background in Safety spans 47 years. CNA Insurance Company honored him as the Risk Manage of the Year for 2005. He is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for the 10 & 30-hour Construction Course.