Professor M. Paige Harris
Paige received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas - San Antonio. She went on to receive her Masters in Clinical Psychology from The University of Houston - Clear Lake where she was trained as a therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Paige has worked as an LPC-I and an LCDC providing counseling to individuals through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant who had experienced some form of trauma as the result of a crime. She has also counseled adolescents and adults who had an array of personality and mood disorders. Paige was able to work with Innovative Alternatives in Houston to implement bully prevention and peer mediation programs in several low-income school districts.
Paige worked at the Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center in Houston as a counselor in the Young Adult program counseling individuals, ages 18-24, who had a variety of addictions and leading group therapy classes for adults with a variety of disorders. While there she also taught several financial recovery courses for patients utilizing her knowledge and experience from her time being a licensed financial advisor and stock broker.
In addition to her time counseling, Paige worked on the National Institute of Health "STRIDE" study as a health education facilitator. The study looked at the efficacy of exercise and health education in reducing relapse for stimulant abusers.
Professor Suzette Harris
Suzette is a passionate public health advocate currently in the role of Media Advocacy Director for the American Heart Association’s national headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Suzette has more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing public health strategies to address chronic health conditions at the county, state and national level. This includes building coalitions, managing federal and foundation grants, addressing social determinants of health and implementing strategic communications plans.
In her current role, Suzette oversees communications strategies for a state and local policy initiative focused on evidence-based policies that will improve community access to healthier foods and drinks as well as opportunities to be physically active.
Suzette previously worked in a county health department assessing community health needs, developing a countywide strategic public health plan and building a multi-sectoral coalition to address priority issues. Through this work, she managed a $13M funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address obesity through policy, systems and environmental changes.
Suzette received her Masters in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society from the University of Rochester (NY). She also has completed fellowships in community health with the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship and in public health program management with the CDC.
Areas of Specialty:
- Public Health Communications & Media Advocacy
- Community Health Planning
- Policy Interventions for Nutrition and Physical Activity
Professor Tory Johnson
Tory Johnson is an experienced client director, educator, coach, and business owner specializing in population health management. He is a sport performance and wellness specialist who believes sport and fitness builds character, discipline, responsibility, and imagination. Tory was mentored by experienced executives from multiple disciplines to conceptualize, implement, activate, and manage programs and resources that drive revenue, generate yield, and deliver results. His experience is brought into the classroom to connect those passionate about helping people improve their health to the business of driving outcomes.
Professor Lauren Ruzicka
Lauren received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science, at the University of Texas School of Public Health. She has received certificates from The Clinical Science Institute: Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity, Functional Movement Systems: Functional Movement Screen, Level 1, and currently works as the Health Promotions Director at The Cooper Institute.
Areas of specialty:
• Health Coaching
• Lifestyle Behavior change
• Organizational Health Promotion
• Corporate Wellness Strategy and Programming
• Adjunct Faculty, Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness, Southern Methodist University, Fall 2017
• Completed six half marathons
• Successfully coached individuals through tobacco cessation, prevention and early cancer detection, weight loss and adoption of healthy lifestyle habits
• Developed coaching training and quality measures for corporate wellness health coaching team
• Led group workshops on behavior change and small group goal-setting
Professor Mark Scovill
Mark is a program manager with HealthFitness Corporation, and currently serves as the corporate wellness manager for Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 125 engineering and construction company. Mark has over thirty years experience in disease prevention and health promotion having managed programs for government agencies, health care systems, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as provided professional education and consulting services to the National Civic League, and the states of South Carolina, Louisiana and Michigan. Since joining HealthFitness, Mark has worked with Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson and Fluor Corporation. Mark is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University where he teaches health promotion practice, epidemiology and program evaluation.
Mark Received his undergraduate degree from SMU and his Masters degree from The University of Texas School of Public Health.
Professor David Stewart
David currently serves as a Vice President in the Employee Benefits Practice at Lockton. With more than 12 years of experience, he specializes in designing self-funded health plans that are fully integrated with health risk management solutions, helping employers manage both the supply side and demand side of healthcare.
David began his career in the Cardiology Department of Hillcrest Scott & White Medical Center. He then spent three years as Clinical Exercise Physiologist at the world -renowned Cooper clinic where he was responsible for helping Fortune 500 companies develop their Executive Physical packages and conducting patient stress tests to identify evidence of heart disease and structural abnormalities. Prior to joining Lockton, David served as an Employee Benefits Consultant and Health Risk Management expert for a regional brokerage firm.
David holds a B.S. in Health Science from Baylor University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Professor Phillip Youngblood
Phillip Youngblood is a new Adjunct Professor teaching MHPM 6322 - Program and Evaluation II. He works as a Senior Director for American Specialty Health Management/Healthyroads. In his current role, he works directly with clients, consultants, and external vendors to ensure that ASHM is best positioned to support the overall health management strategy for all of their clients and health plans.
Phillip has over 20 years of experience in the Health Management industry. Before joining ASHM, he was the Vice President of Account Management for Viverae, and prior to that, he was Vice President of Client Services for Alere. Phillip has also served as the Fitness Director of The Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, consulted with Cooper Ventures, and was the Manager of the Finley Ewing Cardiovascular and Fitness Center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He has contributed to several health and wellness related articles and has provided guidance to a wide variety of businesses within the health management industry.
Phillip has an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He also has a MS in Exercise Physiology and a BS in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas.