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    2017 new borad members


    Michigan Wellness Council is a not-for-profit education and resource organization focused on improving health through the successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace. In early 2017, to continue to provide relevant and diverse leadership in the field, Kandi Lannen, RD, Wellness Director at Priority Health and Brett Powell, CWPC, Vice President at the American Institute for Preventive Medicine joined the board of directors of Michigan Wellness Council. Their experience and knowledge adds to the existing group of leaders in the field that serve on the board. You can view all the board members and their expertise here. Below are brief descriptions on the backgrounds of Kandi Lannen and Brett Powell:

    Kandi Lannen is the director of wellness services at Priority Health. Kandi provides vision and strategy for employer and member wellness programs that produce positive health outcomes and an exceptional customer and member experience, while reducing costs over time. In addition to her responsibilities, Kandi promotes health and wellness through employee-led wellness activities at Priority Health. She has worked for more than 18 years in wellness, health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Her areas of expertise include: Corporate wellness programs, Reducing cost to employers through wellness programs and Health concerns, such as obesity and heart health. Kandi is involved in the community through various organizations: WebMD Health Plan Advisory Board, American Heart Association: Go Red for Women and Heart Walk, Grand Rapids 100 Women Who Care, Inforum Professional Women’s Alliance, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, and Wellness Councils of America.

    Brett Powell has been involved in the wellness field for over a decade.  Most of that time has been dedicated to designing and implementing health promotion programs for companies and communities.   He presently is a Vice President at the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, a URAC Accredited Wellness company located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Brett is considered to be one of the nation’s foremost authorities on engaging a multigenerational workforce in wellness programs.  Due to his expertise in this topic area, he is a sought after speaker at national conferences including the National Wellness Conference, the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, and WELCOA.   He has also written extensively on the subject including an article for the American Journal of Health Promotion. He was instrumental in the development of a comprehensive wellness program for the largest insurance company in Peru, the first program of its kind in South America.

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