Don’t sit on the sidelines! Become an active SOPHE member volunteer

Volunteer to work on one of the following committees and/or Communities of Practice. These activities are eligible for CHES credits. Please contact the chair(s) of the group(s) in which you are interesting in serving.

If you are interested in volunteering on a committee, contact the committee chair, trustee or email


2018 Annual Meeting Planning Committee – Trustee: Kathleen Allison, PhD, MCHES
Plans, implements, and evaluates the SOPHE Annual Conference.

Advocacy and Resolutions Committee – Co-Chairs: Jodi Brookins-Fisher & Heidi Hancher-Rauch
Identifies priority health issues related to health education and advocates for funding and science-based policies. Reviews resolutions proposed by the SOPHE membership and refers them to the Board of Trustees for approval. Provides follow-up on implementation of the action steps of approved resolutions.

Awards Committee –  Co-Chairs: Julie Alber & Alexis Blavos
Develops and reviews awards criteria, encourages submissions to the SOPHE awards programs, evaluates and recommends awards winners, corresponds with nominees and award winners.

Bylaws Committee – Secretary: Elaine Hicks, MLIS, MPH, MCHES
Reviews bylaws and prepares changes recommended by the Board for a vote of the SOPHE membership.

Chapter Development Committee – Speaker of the House: Cheryleee Sherry
Coordinates and provides leadership to the work of SOPHE chapters across the nation.

Continuing Education Committee – Co-Chairs: Linda Forys & Kay Deaner  
Oversees SOPHE’s status as a multiple event provider of continuing education contact hours, and coordinates all distance learning.   

Communications Committee – Chair: Tonya Nash
Oversees SOPHE communications policies affecting SOPHE members. Plans National Health Education Week and other outreach communication strategies to market health educators.

Ethics Committee – Trustee: Cheryl Reifer, PhD, RD, LD  
Facilitates responsible ethical pursuit by health educators of their profession.

Finance Committee – Treasurer: Jeff Goodman
Develops SOPHE’s annual budget, reviews monthly accounting, and oversees SOPHE investments, SOPHE tax returns.

Audit Committee – Treasurer: Jeff Goodman
Reviews Annual Audit

History Advisory Work Group – Chair: Kelli Brown  
Oversees SOPHE’s documentation and celebration of SOPHE’s historical highlights.

Membership Committee – Chair: Mary Shaw
Develops and evaluates programs/strategies related to recruitment/retention of SOPHE members.

Nominating/Leadership Development Committee –Trustee: Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA
Nominates SOPHE members for office according to the SOPHE bylaws and coordinates leadership development.

Professional Development Committee –Trustee: Nicolette Powe, DrPH, MS, MCHES
Oversees SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources & Education and programs to address continuing education needs of SOPHE members and the health and education workforce.

Professional Preparation Committee – Trustee: Leah Neubauer, EdD, MA  
Addresses quality assurance of professional preparation of health educators.  Coordinates National Implementation Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education, Community Colleges and Faculty Community of Practice.

Publications Committee – Chair: Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn
Develops criteria for SOPHE publications, evaluates new proposals, and oversees SOPHE-sponsored publications.

Research Agenda Committee –Trustee: Cheryl Reifer, PhD, RD, LD
Identifies research needs relevant to health education, creates awareness of needs among researchers and practitioners, and fosters links between health education research to practice and vice versa.

Resource Development Committee – Immediate Past-President: David Birch & President-Elect: Angela Mickalide
Develops plan to ensure the long-term financial stability & growth of SOPHE consistent with mission and strategic plan.

Strategic Planning Implementation Committee – Trustee: Elizabeth Stevenson, MPH
Develops and monitors the implementation of SOPHE’s strategic plan and tracking measures; recommends revisions to SOPHE’s Board of Trustees.

Communities of Practice

Anthropology & Public Health – Chair: Endia Santee

Children, Adolescents & School Health – Co-Chairs: Cathy RamstetterLisa Walker & Colleen Payton

Environmental Health Promotion – Chair: Ann-Marie Coleman

Emergency Preparedness – Chair: Kim Eilenberger

Global Health – Co-Chairs: Hope Corbin & Sarah Rush

Healthy Aging – Chair: Larrell Wilkinson

Health Disparities/Health Equity – Chair: Laverne Partlow

Medical Care/Patient Education – Chair:  Jody Steinhardt

Public Health Nutrition – Chair: Jody Vogelzang

Social Marketing/Health Communications – Chair: Melissa Shelton

Students/New Professionals – Co-Chairs: Cedric Harville, II & Sarah Rush

Tobacco Prevention & Control – Chair: Kristen Frame

University Faculty – Chair: Melinda Ickes

Worksite Health – Co-Chairs: Cynthia Kratzke & Carol Cox

If you are interested in joining a COP, contact the committee chair, trustee or email

New opportunity

Do you want to get involved with SOPHE? Take the FREE online Course, Emerging Volunteers: First Steps to Successful SOPHE Service.

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