Michael’s career spans the technology, financial, media and education sectors across four continents. Prior to Adventure to Fitness, Michael ran Rhattigan Broadcasting, a broadcasting business that he founded in 2004. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from MIT. He has two sons and is a staunch proponent of children’s health and education. Michael also writes a bi-weekly column for Scholastic Parent & Child.
Elisa graduated from Texas A&M and taught alternative education classes for many years. Growing up between Utah and Texas and bilingual at an early age, Elisa brings a wide range of experiences to Adventure to Fitness. Elisa’s two children plus husband’s career in teaching and athletics are the perfect compliments to her own educational experiences, providing considerable insight into classroom settings and children’s need for creative educational tools and regular physical activity.
Deni got her start at Adventure to Fitness soon after the company got its start. She’s been a crucial component of the team since the beginning: standing on the front line of our outreach and support efforts. Deni is dedicated to educating teachers and parents about the benefits of Adventure to Fitness resources, and to get kids moving in the fight against childhood obesity. Deni graduated with a BA in Management from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Her education and experience helps execute a sizeable task – to bring the Adventure to Fitness message across the country and, eventually, across the globe.
A graduate of NYU Tisch film school, Shannon knew she wanted to work in children’s entertainment at age 3, asking her mom if she could be girl Walt Disney when she grew up. With production experience from Scholastic, McGraw Hill, Sesame Street, and producing independent animated films, she has the well-rounded entertainment background to be a necessary asset to Adventure to Fitness. Fun fact: she studied American Kenpo Karate for 18 years, and performed at Michael Jordan’s last basketball game in front of 40,000 people at age 10.
Marc Loyd - As your friend and trusty adventure guide, his number one priority is to inspire lifelong wellness in kids, teachers, and parents across the country. The most important thing is to Keep It Moving! That's why he’s standing on the front lines of the battle against obesity, fighting the epidemic with a new tactic: fun, educational fitness. When it comes to the question of kids’ well being, the answer is simple: It’s time to get moving!In his role as the on-screen adventure guide for Adventure to Fitness, Mr. Marc is the face of health and fitness for every kid. Mr. Marc has been an entertainer his entire career. He was well known throughout the country prior to his role at Adventure to Fitness for his many roles as a radio and TV personality, including national and local television networks such as TNN, Nickelodeon, FOX Sports, HSN, and the Sunshine Network. Mr. Marc’s high-energy and passion come from his personal health and fitness; he is a competitive runner and triathlete as well as real-life adventurer. Whether he’s climbing the tallest mountains or diving to the depths of the ocean, Mr. Marc practices every aspect of health and fitness he covers in each of his on-screen adventures.
Dr. John Costello, MD, MPH, serves as Medical Director of the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit and Director of Inpatient Cardiology at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Costello is also an associate professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his medical training at the Northwestern University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Costello serves on the board of directors of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and is on the medical advisory board of the Children’s Heart Foundation. The father of five boys, he praises Adventure to Fitness for its health and fitness benefits, not to mention the overall learning it provides.
A self-described “physical education geek,” Mr. Devore’s career includes over 20 years of education in elementary and middle schools. He currently teaches physical education at Mountain View Elementary School in Marietta, GA. and serves as president of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GAHPERD). With Mr. Devore’s leadership, Mountain View has received numerous awards from state and national organizations. In 2005, Mr. Devore was named Georgia’s Middle School P.E. Teacher of the Year. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ms. Duffy is president of McCann Regan Campbell Ward, a leading healthcare communications company. Prior to McCann RCW, Ms. Duffy was a senior vice president at Omnicom Group, where she helped lead the holding company's strategy for integrating and consolidating the network's global healthcare businesses. With over 15 years of integrated healthcare marketing experience, Ms. Duffy thrives in collaborative engagements working across channels, customers and borders. She is a graduate of Fordham University and recipient of the Rising Star award for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. A former champion cheerleader and competitive ballroom dancer, Ms. Duffy and her husband now cheer on their two children, particularly during their indoor adventures around the world with Adventure to Fitness.
Kerry received her undergraduate degree from Duke, where she studied engineering and economics, and then earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a degree in justice from Columbia Law School. She utilizes her background in economics to capture how and why people make healthy or unhealthy decisions, and how to affect change in individuals’ lives. Her subtle understanding of human motivation is powerful for Adventure to Fitness as we continue to build and create a comprehensive wellness program for families.
Mrs. Weikle is currently the Coordinator for Health & Physical Education, WV Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Weikle was a teacher for twenty-seven years in public education and 17 years as an adjunct professor at Fairmont State University. She was part of a team that developed the Health and Physical Education Leadership Academy Professional Development model for West Virginia's health and physical education teachers. When she’s not heading up the WV Dept. of Education, Mrs. Weikle leads the development of Let’s Move! WV Active Schools Campaign, modeled after the First Lady’s national "Let’s Move!" initiative. She contributed to the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition’s publication "Let’s Party," creating physical activities for thematic "healthy school" parties. Mrs. Weikle received a BA in Health and Physical Education from Fairmont State University and an MA in Specific Learning Disabilities from West Virginia University.
Mrs. Greebel is a registered dietitian and president of Citrition, LLC, a nutrition counseling practice in New York City. She frequently consults for food companies and other organizations such as Dannon and ESPNW. Her private practice attracts clients from across the country including models, news anchors, and celebrities. She appears regularly on national talk shows and in leading newspapers and magazines, such as Fitness, Parenting, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Shape, and Women’s Health. She is also a well-known personality on the mommy-blog circuit, lending her views and expertise on a range of parenting topics. Ms. Greebel graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.S. in biology. She received her master's in nutrition and dietetics from NYU and completed her internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Mrs. Greebel has two sons; she understands the importance (and challenges) of providing proper nutrition to children. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Greater New York Dietetic Association.
Dr. Delfin, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist and internist. She completed her undergraduate and medical school studies in a joint, accelerated program between Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York University, after attending the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She is a frequent lecturer to leading NYC organizations, such as Bloomberg L.P. and the Federal Reserve Bank. She currently serves one day per week as the in-house specialist for JPMorgan Chase. Dr. Delfin believes that Adventure to Fitness, by providing an educational and fitness solution that’s fun for children, is the ideal preventative tool to battle countless health problems long term. Dr. Delfin is also the mother of two very active sons.
Dr. Grifo, M.D., Ph.D, is the Program Director of the New York University (NYU) Fertility Center. Since 1995 he has been the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the NYU School of Medicine where he is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Grifo is a frequent guest on local and national media. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Human Reproduction, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Grifo received his MD and PhD degrees at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed his residency at Cornell University Medical Center. He is a strong believer in Adventure to Fitness’ ability to reach all children, regardless of background or socioeconomic level. He has consistently been listed in New York magazine’s Best Doctors since 1997.
Mrs. Henckels began her career in advertising with Leo Burnett, before moving to Nabisco, where she helped build the South American division of Nabisco, driving the distribution of their products across the continent and helping to integrate one of their largest acquisitions. She later worked as a consultant at Accenture’s Strategy Practice in London and subsequently has consulted with a number of startup companies. Mrs. Henckels has an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Neiers is currently Director of the New Lab for Teaching and Learning at The Dalton School in New York City. Mr. Neiers’ 20+ years in education span several states and include experience in some of the nation’s poorest public schools to the most expensive, private schools. He began his career as a teacher before moving to administration, where Mr. Neiers has been instrumental in introducing innovative tools and resources into the classrooms. Mr. Neiers has also been an early leader in online learning, helping to launch the Global Online Academy. Mr. Neiers regularly consults to schools around the world. On a personal level, he remains a competitive athlete and coach. Mr. Neiers has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Dr. Palydowycz, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1994. He is the founder of Tri-State Eye with locations in Pennsylvania and New York. Dr. Palydowycz has always had a dual interest in education and athletics. While at Brown University, he was captain of their Division I soccer team and a leading goal scorer for the Ivy League. He subsequently played abroad in Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Dr. Palydowycz coached many youth soccer and hockey teams while raising his children and headed-up the Olympic Development Program in Orange County, NY. In his medical practice, Dr. Palydowycz remains concerned about the effects of childhood obesity and diabetes on children, as they relate specifically to eye problems as well as overall health. Dr. Palydowycz graduated with honors from Brown University and completed his medical degree at the University of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School.
Mr. Saker is an experienced businessman and philanthropist, with experience across many industries and continents. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he served as vice president of sales for the Latin American division of Wolseley PLC, a large British conglomerate. He moved to Florida in the mid-1990s and was part of the founding team of International Assets Holding, which is presently a Fortune 500 company. Though his children are now grown, Mr. Saker believes as strongly as ever in the health and education of the next generation. He has helped develop Adventure to Fitness’s social goals and has provided unsurpassable advice to our fledgling company.
Dr. Shah, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. He specializes in the orthopaedic care of sports-related injuries, as well as arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Shah is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the highly-rated NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he currently practices. Dr. Shah’s two children are some of our most active adventurers, using Adventure to Fitness both in school and at home. Dr. Shah continues to receive awards and recognition regularly, including Patients’ Choice and New York Super Doctors - Rising Stars for the past several years.
Mrs. Verdi-Whitehead is currently a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher for Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas, NV. She also serves as the Wellness Project Facilitator for the CCSD Curriculum and Professional Development Division. Mrs. Verdi-Whitehead works with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Nevada Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NAHPERD). In her spare time, Mrs. Verdi-Whitehead enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, with her family. She received a bachelor of science in K-12 Health and Physical Education from the University of Delaware and a masters in education, specializing in Early Childhood Education, from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Dr. Elizabeth Yeung, MD, is a cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and an assistant professor of pediatric cardiology at the University of Colorado. She graduated from Boston College and completed her medical degree at the State University of New York Downstate. Even in the nation’s “healthiest state,” Dr. Yeung sees rampant problems from poor nutrition and lack of physical activity in children. Her help with Adventure to Fitness comes from her professional experience and personal use at home with two young children.
Michael has a bold vision for Adventure to Fitness: to become the leading health and fitness brand for children. Upon joining the company in 2010 Michael generated plans to launch Adventure to Fitness in schools and helped the program achieve rapid growth, reaching schools in all 50 states by its second year. Michael brings a tireless work ethic and is not afraid of challenges. His career experience – which crosses the technology, financial, and media sectors – provides knowledge and a list of contacts that makes overcoming these challenges possible.
Prior to Adventure to Fitness, Michael ran Rhattigan Broadcasting, a broadcasting business that he founded in 2004.
Despite tough economic conditions, Michael was able to consistently deliver double-digit growth. Michael began his career at the worldwide headquarters of Andersen Consulting in Chicago. He eventually moved to France with Andersen, where he helped establish and build a technology practice that covered Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India. Throughout the 1990’s, the group grew from a handful to several hundred employees. Michael worked with companies that ranged from startups to Fortune 50 corporations to implement leading-edge technologies and business strategies. He later worked as a research analyst for JPMorgan Chase, where he focused on the media and telecom sector.
Michael has an undergraduate degree in information systems from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in financefrom MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His versatile educational and career backgrounds make him an ideal leader for Adventure to Fitness as it approaches its ambitious goals.
Michael is committed to health and fitness on a personal level, too. While Michael reluctantly admits that it’s normally his wife who drags him to the gym each morning at 5:30am, the Adventure to Fitness team frequently sees Michael biking to and from work. He’s also a world traveler like Mr. Marc, having lived on four separate continents, including stays in Argentina, Canada, England, France, South Africa, and the United States. Michael can occasionally be overheard comparing adventure stories with Mr. Marc: such as running with the bulls in Pamplona, or swimming with Piranhas in the Amazon. He claims the latter was an accident but the Adventure to Fitness team isn’t completely convinced.
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