2019-2020 Committees

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2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee – Contact: education@sophe.org
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.

Audit Committee – Treasurer: Jeff Goodman
Selects independent audit firm and reviews audit results. (Note: SOPHE bylaws stipulate Board members only).

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
Reviews bylaws and prepares changes recommended by the Board for a vote of the SOPHE membership.

Chapter Task Force – Co-Chairs: Michelle Carvalho & Keely Rees
Explores issues related to chapter capacity and optimal function, with recommendations to Board of Trustees.

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
Contributes to communications trends and policies affecting SOPHE members. Strategizes outreach via National Health Education Week, #myimpact and the annual conference, to market health educators.

Ethics Committee – Trustee: Gayle Walter & Chair: Sam Tseng
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.

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

Membership Committee – Trustee: Keon Gilbert Chair, Co-Chair: Nelson Atehortua & Co-Chair: Mary Shaw-Ridley
Develops and evaluates programs/strategies related to recruitment/retention of SOPHE members.

National Committee on the Future of School Health Education
Develops recommendations for strengthening school health education programs. Formerly School Health Expert Panel. By invitation only.

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

Professional Development Committee –Trustee: Nicolette Powe
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: Randy Cottrell
Co-Chair: Julia Varnes & Tracy Zeeger
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: Gayle Walter Co-Chairs: Rhonda Rahn & Whitney Boling
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: Adenike Bitto & President-Elect: Jean Breny
Develops plan to ensure the long-term financial stability & growth of SOPHE consistent with mission and strategic plan.

School Health Teacher Education Standards Work Group – Co-Chair: Susan Goekler & Co-Chair: Adrian Lyde
Develops school health teacher education standards for accreditation. By invitation only.

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