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Our Staff

Michael Rhattigan, CEO

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 one son and is a staunch proponent of children’s health and education. Michael also writes a bi-weekly column for Scholastic Parent & Child. 

Elisa Reyes-Hinojosa, Vice President

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 Conkell, Director of Customer Relations

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 from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI with a bachelors degree in business management. Her education and experience helps execute a sizeable task – to bring the Adventure to Fitness message across the country and, eventually, across the globe. 

Marc Loyd, Creative Talent

Marc Loyd – in his role as the on-screen adventure guide Mr. Marc – is well on his way to becoming one of children’s leading role models in the country. 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. Marc’s high-energy and passion come from his personal health and fitness; he is a competitive runner and triathlete.  

Phoebe Chang, Designer

Phoebe Chang is the lead graphic designer and visual specialist for Adventure to Fitness. Her keen eye has been the driving force of design behind the creation of countless Adventure to Fitness materials. Phoebe was born in Keelung, Taiwan, but immigrated to Savannah, GA in 2004. In 2008, she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A degree in Graphic Design, and after that went on to pursue her M.A from SCAD in Motion Graphic Design. She received her M.A. in 2010, and moved to New York City where her unique artistic voice and style quickly stood out among the crowd.

Dr. Jenny Delfin, Cardiologist, NYU Trinity Medical Center

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 one very active son. 

Our Advisors

Dr. John Costello, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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. 

Brian Devore, GA Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD)

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. 

Susan Duffy, McCann Regan Campbell Ward

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 Fitzgerald, COO Aldwych Capital

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.

Mary Foltz Weikle, West Virginia Department of Education

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. 

Jodi Greebel, Citrition

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. Jamie Grifo, NYU Langone Medical Center

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.

Colleen Henckels, Power Mom

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. Her major focus these days are her two active sons. She’s a president of the parent association for one son’s school, class mom for the other, soccer coach, taxi driver, and in-home curriculum czar. Mrs. Henckels has an undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

John Neiers, The Dalton 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. Severin Palydowycz, Tri-State Eye Center

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. 

Stephen Saker, Business Development

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. Mehul Shah, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases

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.

Elizabeth Verdi-Whitehead, Clark County School District

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, Children’s Hospital of Colorado

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. 

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers

Q: Why should I sign-up with Adventure to Fitness?

A: Adventure to Fitness is the nation’s #1 educational fitness program, used by over 100,000 teachers and the nation’s top children’s hospitals and organizations. Now, we’re bringing the adventure home with a brand new website and exciting new products. Registering for the site is 100% free and grants you limited access to printable activities, short videos, our blog, and expert tips. When you sign up for one of our subscription plans, you get full access to the site, including our full-length adventure videos that kids love! Research shows that physically active children perform better academically, socially, and behaviorally.

Q: How do I order?

A: Go to https://adventuretofitness.com/store to select the subscription plan or DVDs that suits your needs.

Q: How do I watch?

A: If you are looking for instructions on how to use Adventure to Fitness through your Roku box, Apple TV, Smart TV, Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, or other third-party device, click here. For instructions on how to find and play your videos on our website, please click here. These instructions were also sent to you in a confirmation email upon signing up.

Q: Why didn't my order process?

A: If your credit card is near its expiration date or if the billing address is not entered exactly as it is in your billing statements, our site can not authorize the purchase. This is for your security. If you are having an issue getting your order to process, please contact customersupport@adventuretofitness.com or give us a call at (888) 406-7779.

Q: When will my DVDs arrive?

A: DVDs are sent via first class mail the next business day after payment is processed. Expected arrival time is 7-10 days.

About Adventure To Fitness

Adventure to Fitness is the nation's #1 educational fitness program for kids. Animated and live action episodes get them exercising, learning, and laughing!

The program was developed with input from leading educational, medical, and parenting experts. Used and trusted by over 100,000 teachers.