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7th Annual Employer Well-Being Summit

Speaker Bios

Rachel Druckenmiller, MS

CEO, Speaker & Facilitator at UNMUTED

Rachel is on a mission to humanize the workplace by igniting resilience, connection and hope in leaders and teams through interactive keynotes, workshops and leadership training. Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, and one of The Daily Record’s Leading Women of 2020, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of well-being and employee engagement. She has delivered over 130 virtual learning experiences in the past year and has worked with dozens of organizations, including Citizens Bank, Sherwin-Williams, Junior Achievement, and the American Heart Association. Rachel has been featured as a guest on over 50 podcasts. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Steven Player, PharmD, MBA, CDM

BJC Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Steven Player is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, where his multidisciplinary team champions workforce diversity, delivers diversity & inclusion and cultural competency education, provides extensive language service support, and works to ensure the provision of exceptional care that is equitable for all. Steven has been with BJH 22+ years, having previously served in several leadership roles within Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s (BJH) Inpatient Pharmacy and Center for Diversity and Cultural Competency. Steven is both co-founder and co-director of the BESt (Barnes-Jewish, Express Scripts, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy) Healthcare Summer Institute, architect of BJH’s Xavier Initiative, a recent recipient of the 2020 St. Louis Diverse Business Leader award, 2018 FOCUS St. Louis What’s Right for the Region and 2018 Who’s Who Diversity in Color awards. Additionally, Steven supports the BJC Summer Internship Programs, serves on the boards of Urban League of Greater St. Louis and Girls Inc. St. Louis, is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the National Pharmaceutical Association, St. Louis United Way’s Charmaine Chapman Society Health Services Market, National Association of Health System Executives, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board, and is a former member of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission Providers Advisory Board.

Steven received a Doctor of Pharmacy from Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care from the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Georgetown.

Brian Passon, MS

Project 519 Facilitator

Brian takes great joy in being constructively disruptive and helping facilitate others' success. Brian speaks and consults with people and organizations to inspire more meaningful, strategic, joyful and immersive experiences. Brian and his wife work with various organizations to help them Dream BIG and Make it Happen! Along with being the cofounder and facilitator of Wellness Underground/A People Movement, Brian has also started and led several networking groups across the U.S. around employee health & productivity and facilitated business start ups.

Brian holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has served as an adjunct faculty member for Elms College, and has extensive experience working with the Y.M.C.A and Boys & Girls Clubs where he focused his efforts on helping children develop an enjoyment of physical activity throughout their lives. When he is not trying to help others improve the culture, community leadership, experience and productivity of an organization, you can find him teaching his children about the finer points of woodworking or creating experiences with them. Originally from Oregon, Brian calls Windsor, Connecticut home, with his wife and three daughters.

Nick Carson

BJC Senior Consultant for Learning and Development

Nick Carson is a Senior Consultant for Learning and Development at BJC HealthCare. Nick specializes in interpersonal skills development, talent management, leadership development and organizational development. Nick currently leads the Resiliency Program at BJC. A believer in continuous improvement, Nick coaches individuals and teams to reach and exceed their potential. Outside of work Nick can be found training for his next triathlon, playing ukulele, or snapping pictures of birds.

 

 

 

Cynthia Hovis

BJC Clinical Supervisor

Cynthia holds an MSW in Social Work from St. Louis University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). She is the Clinical Supervisor for the BJC Employee Assistance Program and has worked in that health system for 10 years. Cynthia’s expertise is in utilizing a strengths-based approach to brief solution-focused therapy and cognitive processing therapy. She specializes in working with veterans and first responders, but finds taking a trauma-informed approach is helpful with all clients.

 

 

Amanda Mohl

BJC Workforce Diversity Coordinator

Amanda Mohl is the Workforce Diversity Coordinator at BJC HealthCare. In this role, she develops and implements workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion programming. This includes coordinating BJC HealthCare’s Employee Resource Groups, the BJC Connections Program, providing support and technical assistance to Connection group leaders. Other responsibilities include budget management, event coordination, and program outcome assessment. Amanda received her MA in International Development and Education from the University of Denver in 2010. Her professional background includes work in refugee resettlement, anti-trafficking initiatives, educational programming, and project management.

 

 

Joy Ahern

Heath Promotions Supervisor, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Council

Joy Ahern is a seasoned wellness professional with over 20 years of experience in blending the art and science of public health, organizational culture, and employee well-being mostly in the public sector. Joy is not your typical wellness professional and puts more faith in finding your wellness through what works for you, rather than standardized or prescribed approaches. When she is not re-thinking wellness paradigms, you can find her relaxing at home in Minneapolis with her husband, son and two dogs.

 

 

Sarah Berres

Equity & Inclusion Specialist, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Council

Sarah Berres is a conduit for connection, using her listening skills to understand the inner heart and mind of others. Wherever you are, she will always remind you to stand firm in your values, your strengths and lean into your leadership style to affect the greater good. Sarah spends as much of her free time as possible outside with her daughter and husband in tow. She is a master gardener, runner and audio book lover.

 

 

 

Crystal Felton

Fitness & Health Specialist, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Council

Crystal Felton has served in the employee wellness field wearing many hats: wellness coach, personal trainer, program creator and implementer, team leader, advisor, planner, advocate and always an eternal learner. Crystal’s approach to employee wellness draws inspiration from the curious and playful nature of childhood science experiments: getting to the bottom of what works, what doesn’t, and pushing the boundary lines just enough to see what else we can try! Outside of work hours she chases around her two Boston Terriers with her son and husband, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen to make delicious meals even a toddler will devour!

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