Your Community Leader for Worksite Wellness

Providing companies and wellness professionals with programs, education and resources to optimize their employee health and wellness programs.

2017 - 2018 Board of Governors

 

Chair

Britnee Bell, MPH

Britnee's broad experience includes development and implementation of federally funded curriculum for community-wide initiatives and building strong relationships with large healthcare systems, clinics, physicians, healthcare organizations and the community at large.  Britnee received her Bachelors of Science in Health and her Master of Public Health the University of North Florida, where she is also a well-known and well-regarded professor and guest lecturer. 

In her role as a Project Manager for Health Designs, Britnee works closely with clients to design, communicate and implement a customized results-oriented wellness program.  She joined the worksite wellness company in June 2012 and is extremely passionate about supporting her clients in developing healthier and happier workplaces to reduce risks and improve productivity and performance.

Secretary

Rachel McElreath

Rachel is the Health and Wellness Coordinator at ICS/RF-SMART where she supports 140 employees in their journey towards living a healthy lifestyle.  Through programs such as biometric screenings, lunch and learns, chair massages, and a variety of challenges, Rachel has achieved an 85% participation rate among all employees.  With experience in university wellness, children’s health and wellness, and now worksite wellness, Rachel has touched several areas within the field.

Rachel moved to Jacksonville in 2014 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.  She is heavily involved in the local community, including volunteer work with both HabiJax and Hunger Fight.  Rachel’s passion is improving the quality of life of those around her, while giving back to the local community.

Membership Director
Cassie Bruce CWWS, CWPC

Cassie is an Employee Wellness Consultant who develops strategic, research-based wellness programs designed to empower employees to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors and mitigate underlying risks within the organization. Cassie builds relationships with local employers and facilitates the development of health & wellness programs for Baptist Health, Northeast Florida's largest healthcare system. Prior to working for Baptist, she spent 4 years as a Wellness Consultant for Harden, one of the Southeast's leading independent insurance agencies.

Cassie has continued to develop her knowledge of worksite wellness best practices by obtaining the designations of Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) through the National Wellness Institute and Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) through the Chapman Institute. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and has recently completed the Wellcoaches Health & Wellness Coach Certification.

Cassie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Pyschology minor from the University North Florida.

Events Co-Director

Lindsey Russell

Lindsey Russell is a an Onsite Wellness Consultant for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and came to the Jacksonville area in 2015 to serve as the full-time, Onsite Wellness Consultant and Coordinator for Southeastern Grocers. Russell originally hails from West Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology at West Virginia University.  She brings a broad experience of developing customized wellness strategies, implementing wellness products and services, working closely with the employer to build engagement, and has even had the honor of receiving awards recognizing the healthy culture successfully created through tactical programs implemented and coordinated by Russell.

Russell also has a great deal of experience in event coordinating.  She possesses a keen eye for detail and creativity and is accomplished in each stage of planning for events of all sizes.  A snapshot of her event planning experiences include: annual corporate meetings and seminars, corporate team building events, coordinator for charity golf tournaments, coordinating program implementations for 10k plus members, along with planning health fairs and biometric screenings at multiple locations.   

Senior Advisor

Karla Logston 

Karla is a Senior Clinical Manager with Better You, Florida Blue’s health and wellness program.  Better You works with over 400 companies both in the state of Florida and  nationally,  providing worksite wellness programs and consultation.  Karla also has oversight for the Diabetes Prevention Program as well as Healthy Addition, Florida Blue’s maternal health program. 

Karla has been employed at Florida Blue for 18 years working in diabetes education and health and wellness.  She is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, and has   many years of clinical experience in the hospital setting in critical care, retinal surgery and medical surgical nursing. 

Karla is a graduate of Owens College with degrees in nursing (RN) and ophthalmic technology (COT).  She is also a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she received a BS in Health Care Management.  Karla is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and has completed WELCOA Well Workplace training. 

Vice Chair

Kathryn Gay, CWPC, GEI

Kathryn is the Onsite Health and Wellness Coordinator for GatorCare Jacksonville where she provides customized wellness programming for approximately 5,000 employees across four different entities. Her work includes identifying risk factors through onsite screening data and implementing programs to improve those factors. She is continually striving to develop a culture of wellness throughout GatorCare Jacksonville entities.

Kathryn comes from a clinical background where she spent a combined five years in Cardiology and Sleep Medicine. Following her experience in a clinical setting, she helped establish an employee wellness program for a company in Michigan and their 2,500 employees. During the programs inaugural year, she achieved a 60% participation rate company-wide.

In 2002, Kathryn graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She also has earned her credentials as a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) with the Chapman Institute and as a Group Exercise Instructor (GEI) from the American College of Sports Medicine .

 Treasurer

 Reese Dowell

Reese is the Sr. Compensation &    Benefits Analyst for Regency Centers where she assists in developing best-in-class compensation and benefits programs for approximately 400 employees nationally.  Related to worksite wellness, her responsibilities include organizing events for employees such as an annual health fair with biometric screenings, corporate challenges, flu shots, health and welfare lunch ‘n learns, benefits education sessions and more.  Reese analyzes biometric screening results and develops an annual communication campaign providing educational resources and designing programs that target high risk factors.

Reese earned a BBA with a focus in Human Resources from the University of North Florida.  She has received her CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) through WorldatWork.  She also is in her fifth term on the Board of Directors currently serving as President Elect/Membership Director for North Florida Compensation & Benefits.  In Reese’s spare time she volunteers with HabiJax, Blessings in a Backpack, United Way, the YMCA, and spends as much time as possible with her husband and two sons.

Events Director

Addie Kasraeian

Addie started with Bailey’s Health and Fitness in March of 2010 and came into the company with a strong background in sales and fitness. She came to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA Business Management and BBA Business Marketing. In her role as Corporate Sales Director, Addie enjoys helping employers start or enhance their Employee Wellness Programs through Bailey's Gym memberships, health fairs, lunch and learns, walking meetings, diabetes prevention programs, BMI screenings, smoking cessation programs, on site group fitness classes and weight loss challenges.

She is currently serving on the board of directors of the Jacksonville Chamber Health Council as the Secretary. She is the President of the Dreams Come True Horizon Board and is on the young professional’s board for the Jacksonville Zoo and American Heart Association. In her free time she enjoys traveling and volunteering with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and the Movember men's health awareness initiative.

Marketing Director:

Position Available!

Develops marketing strategy by identifying how best to support the mission of the FCWWC and the current and future needs of our members.

Duties: Developing communication timelines and strategy for events, managing social media presence, developing content for written and digital marketing correspondence, overseeing email delivery and maintaining website.

Florida Department of Health Liasion

Monique Ellis

Monique Ellis is the Program Coordinator with Healthy Jacksonville, a division of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.  Through her work with Healthy Jacksonville, Ellis engages and organizes the community to address issues related to the health of all Duval County residents.  Her work includes coalition building, community engagement with a focus on decreasing the incidence of chronic diseases, enhancing worksite wellness, reducing health disparities and focusing on the social determinates of health. Ellis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, with a minor in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Business Administration.  Ellis’ passion is to help change the health of all Duval county residents through education, community development, program planning, implementation and evaluation.

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First Coast Worksite Wellness Council

PO Box 551457

Jacksonville, FL 32255

​Phone: ​(904) 357-0205


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