Board of Directors

Officers

Chair/Founder   |  Michelle Robin  |  Your Wellness Connection

Dr. Michelle Robin is an speaker, author, podcast host and practicing chiropractor. She is the founder and CWO of Your Wellness Connection, P.A., one of the nation’s most successful integrative healing centers focusing on disciplines such as chiropractic, Chinese medicine, energy medicine, naturopathic medicine, functional medicine, massage therapy, counseling, nutritional and wellness coaching, and movement arts.

President   |  Chelsea Laub   |  Speaker, Facilitator, Accredited Enneagram Practitioner

Chelsea is a highly-rated speaker, facilitator, and Accredited Enneagram Practitioner. With nearly a decade of experience in Financial Services, Chelsea launched her speaking & consulting practice after realizing that business & money challenges were actually mindset challenges. Chelsea educates individuals, companies, and organizations on the illuminating power of the Enneagram, EQ, and Networking. Chelsea is an original member of the Big Shifts Foundation board, and she is passionate about helping people learn to invest in their comprehensive well-being.

Past President  |  Seth Rupp  |   Zelis Healthcare

Seth Rupp is President of Zelis Network Analytics. Prior to Zelis, Seth held senior executive positions at Harbor/ProMedica (the largest behavioral health provider in northern Ohio), Netsmart Technologies, Passport Health and Cerner. Seth’s professional passion is building leading-edge healthcare technology businesses. His personal passions include spending time with family, cooking, fly fishing and serving on the board of the BigShifts Foundation.

Vice President  |  Courtney Thomas  |  Newhouse

Courtney is a strategically wired visionary, complex problem solver, public speaker, and people motivator. Her entrepreneurial approach and leveraging innovation to grow both business and people, have been the key ingredients to her successful 20+ year executive career in nonprofit business turnaround. Courtney Thomas is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She moved to the Kansas City community in 2002. In addition to Newhouse, she has delivered award-winning marketing campaigns and unlocked new revenue opportunities as CEO at Central Exchange, CEO of Great Plains SPCA, and COO at Wayside Waifs, while also being a wife, the mom of three, and dedicating her time to serve on boards of directors.

Treasurer  |  Bayleigh Petty

Bayleigh’s passion for health and wellness began when she first started playing sports. In Human Performance with an emphasis in Sports and Exercise Therapy. She graduated from Fort Hays Shortly after, she began working with Dr. Michelle Robin at her chiropractic practice. In 2021, she joined Small Changes Big Shifts because she believes in approaching health from a whole-person perspective and loves educating people about connecting their mind, body, and spirit.

Directors

Jasmin Avakyants | REACH Healthcare Foundation

Jasmin Avakyants is Program Officer, responsible for administering grants, informing grantmaking strategies, and engaging the community to identify opportunities that align with the foundation’s mission to advance equity in health coverage and care. Avakyants joined REACH in 2022, bringing experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of program development, strategic alliances, community engagement, and strategic communications and planning. Working under the direction of Vice President of Programs Carla Gibson and in collaboration with other foundation staff, Avakyants is charged with grantmaking strategies and expanding partnerships in the nonprofit and civic sectors.

Whitney Bartelli | CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Whitney serves as the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at CommunityAmerica Credit Union, overseeing the areas of brand strategy and brand growth, content strategy, social and digital engagement and management, product development, member/corporate communications and community engagement. With a people-helping-people focus, Whitney’s teams are focused on elevating CommunityAmerica’s brand and connecting Kansas Citians to its mission of helping members achieve financial peace of mind.

Terry Flynn  |  Blue Valley Schools

Terry Flynn retired from the Blue Valley School district in 2019. During her time at Blue Valley, she was the Department Chair of Healthy and Physical Education and Wellness Coordinator for Blue Valley West high School. She also served as the Director of Blue Valley XC and track Timing. Terry is a former head volleyball coach for BVW, BVHS, SMNW and Park University, she was assistant volleyball coach at Missouri State and the University of KS. She was in education for over 40 years.

Crystal Jenkins  |  Hoffman Institute

Crystal Jenkins specializes in wellness and behavioral counseling for individuals and groups. She is experienced in treating a wide range of psychological issues with adults and children. Crystal has been a teacher and coach for over 30 years. She has a love for speaking, teaching, and coaching others to find their path to freedom and clarity. She is also a Hoffman Institute Teacher as well as a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator.

Alex McAnderson  | Villalobos Vitality

Alex McAnderson is the owner of Villalobos Vitality. She brings more than 12 years as a leader in Relationship Management. Her life mission is the continuation of a meaningful, powerful and purposeful existence though the connection of mind, body and spirit. She strives to bring mindfulness to the corporate sector. Alex is also the Treasurer for The Rock Chalk Roundball Classic a non-profit dedicated to helping local families fighting pediatric cancer.

Vic Riffel | Sunlighten

Vic, the associate affiliate manager at Sunlighten, a company dedicated to helping others feel better naturally with infrared technology, brings a wealth of experience in health and wellness. As a former collegiate swimmer, Vic has always embraced the world of physical fitness and mental well-being. Now, working alongside industry experts, Vic is passionate about empowering individuals on their transformative journey to holistic wellness from the inside out.

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