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Council on Wellness Certification Excellence

The National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Certification Excellence (CWCE) determines and maintains standards for NWI certifications. This council serves as the decision-making body to evaluate Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) applications, review current knowledge and skills requirements for health promotion and wellness professionals, and set continuing education requirements.

CWCE Members



Susie Bell, MSW, LCSW, Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Healthy Results® Coaching Team Manager
Indiana University Health


Susie holds a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a BA in Psychology and Education. She has been working as a health coach for more than 10 years and earned her Health and Wellness Coach certification through Wellcoaches. Susie currently works for IU Health where she is the coaching team lead, providing health and wellness coaching through the employee wellness program and to members of IU Health’s commercial health plan. She also works part-time for Canary Health as a health coach for the Virtual Lifestyle Management program. Susie has developed coaching tools, curriculum for group coaching, and publishes a monthly coaching newsletter for IU Health.



Joshua Bernstein PhD, CHES
Assistant Professor
A.T Still University 

Joshua Bernstein is an assistant professor for A.T. Still Universities College of Graduate Health Studies. Dr. Bernstein spent 12 years in sports medicine as a professional athletic trainer and manager of an outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinic. Dr. Bernstein is an active contributor to professional health education literature, collaborates on contemporary textbook projects, peer-reviews for professional journals, provides editorial review for health education textbook revisions, and volunteers regularly on conference planning and presentation review committees. His research interests include wellness and wellbeing among university populations, adolescent risk perception related to unintentional injury, and professional preparation among health educators.


Fabiana Cheistwer, MS, CWWPM, CWP
Wellness Director
Baptist Homes Society




Teresa L. Keeler, MPA, PhD

Director, Research & Evaluation, Distant Daughter, LLC
Lecturer, Communication, Kean University


Teresa has a BA in Economics from Stonehill College, a MA in Public Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Rutgers University. Her dissertation was titled “Problematic Integration and Information Management: The Communicative Behaviors of Adult Siblings during Elder Care.” Her current research focuses on understanding uncertainty within individuals and family members during later life transitions. Over time, her professional experiences guided her graduate studies: at first, examining government administration and its effects on local communities; then later, exploring uncertainty and family decision making during elder care. The information gathered during her research, combined with her personal experiences caring for aging parents, prompted her to start Distant Daughter, a consulting service offering customized research projects for business and community organizations focused on healthy aging and collaborative communities.  Teresa is currently Director of Research & Evaluation at Distant Daughter and Lecturer of Communication at Kean University. She serves on her town’s Planning Board and Environmental Commission and is in the process of becoming an ACE certified health and wellness instructor and a Rutgers Master Gardener.



Karen Mastroianni

Karen Mastroianni, Ed.D, MPH, COHN-S, FAAOHN
Health and Safety Strategist, Dimensions in Occupational Health & Safety, Inc., Raleigh, NC
Adjunct Faculty, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Karen is a principal and consultant with Dimensions in Occupational Health & Safety, Inc., a consulting firm in Raleigh, NC. In her current position Karen assists companies in developing solutions to effectively address organizational and individual well-being through leadership development, culture initiatives, and multi-level & dimensional wellness. Karen has over 25 years of experience working, and consulting in a variety of occupational settings. She serves as adjunct faculty at the School of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill and is a Semester Instructor in the graduate program at NC State, teaching Organizational Ethics. Karen has an undergraduate degree in Nursing & a Master’s in Public Health.  She received her doctoral degree in Adult Learning and Work Force Development at NC State with a research focus on how workplace interactions influence well-being.



Ashley R Miller MPH, CHES, CWC
Operations, Employee Health & Wellness Promotion
Workplace Options

Ashley helps manage the wellness department and initiatives for Workplace Options. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Certified Health Education Specialist and earned her Master’s in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ashley very much enjoys sharing her passion for wellness with other professionals, and believes that the communication of health and well-being is the catalyst for change. 

Robert Owens, PhD
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science Department
Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina

Robert Owens holds a doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

While pursuing his doctorate, he was appointed by the university's Chancellor to co-chair the university’s advisory board on employee health and wellness. His research broadly focuses on positive health and wellness coaching approaches for special athletic populations (e.g. tactical athletes, aging athletes, LGBT athletes) and multicultural competencies and social justice issues in health, sport and exercise psychology. His credentials include Real Balance Global Wellness Services' Health and Wellness Coach, the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and the Functional Movement Specialist through Functional Movement Systems.


Bridgette A. Stewart, M.Ed., CWP, CWWS
Senior Lecturer
University of West Georgia


Bridgette Stewart is the Program Coordinator for Health and Community Wellness in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia (UWG). She is an active member of Shape America, the Southern District of Shape America and the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD) where she serves as the current president. She also serves as the chair of the community health council as part of the health division of Southern District Shape America. Ms. Stewart currently holds several certifications, including ACE’s national health coach, Certified Wellness Practitioner and a Worksite Wellness Specialist with the National Wellness Institute and ACE’s Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She is also trained as a lifestyle coach for the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. Most recently, she completed the Kids N Fitness Train the Trainer Program. She is in the process of preparing for the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credentials.