Helpful Conversations About Well-Being
We all have the best of intentions for ourselves and others, but we don’t always know how to act on them. Everyone wants to be happy, healthy, and well, but not everyone knows how to pursue those desires. That’s where we can help. Through a series of conversations with experts in the fields of health, behavioral science, and financial education, we share insights and concrete steps you can consider to train your brain, adopt new behaviors, learn a few key financial skills, focus on mindfulness, and find out what happens when you Choose Well.
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Show notes for each episode can be found at Choose Well (please note: you will leave cpg.org)
Krishna Dholakia, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, serves as the Senior Health Education Specialist in the Education and Wellness department at the Church Pension Group. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and 500-hour certified yoga instructor with more than 11 years of experience working in the preventive health and wellness field. She has worked as a nutrition specialist, health coach and in nutrition-and-lifestyle management counseling. She holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and has training in adult weight management and tobacco cessation. Krishna has organized many nutrition, wellness, and cooking workshops and is passionate about teaching individuals how to eat healthy and the power of embracing the mind, body, and soul connection.
Munirah Jones, our Production Lead, works behind the scenes, producing and editing the Choose Well podcast. In addition to this podcast, Munirah supports design development and production of audio and video for online learning and conferences.
Mickie Brown, RN, HNBC, is a Registered Nurse and the Clinical Manager for Education and Mindfulness at the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Currently, Mickie teaches mindfulness programs for employees and faculty of the Mount Sinai Health System.
Pattie Christensen, ChFC, RIC, is Vice President – Education at the Church Pension Group, where she has been since 1993 with responsibilities in a variety of employer-provided benefits, including health benefits, group life, disability and lay pensions. In her current position, Pattie has oversight responsibility for the development and management of financial and health education programs and resources. She is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning, completing the certified financial planning education program and has received both the ChFC® Chartered Financial Consultant and the RICP® Retirement Income Certified Professional designations through the American College of Financial Services.
Jody Horstman, Ph.D., HSPP is a licensed clinical psychologist, clinical addiction counselor, and Chief Clinical Officer of the health system Aspire Indiana. She has extensive experience working in crisis and disaster relief. Jody serves as a CREDO psychological health faculty member. In addition, she has led webinars for CPG and contributed content as the subject matter expert for CPG’s e-learning resilience course.
The Rev. Barbara (Barb) Kempf, RN, JD, MDiv., serves as the Associate for Intergenerational Ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. Prior to ordination in 2007, Barb worked in the areas of healthcare and law. Over her 24-year career, Barb served as an administrative law judge, a public health policy advisor, parish nurse, and critical care nurse. Barb is a graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing, Indiana University School of Law, and Seabury Western Theological Seminary.
Annamaria Lusardi, Ph.D., is University Professor of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). Moreover, she is the founder and academic director of GWSB’s Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. Previously, she was the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, where she taught for 20 years. She has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. In 2008, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. She has also served in several policy roles. In 2009, she worked for the Office of Financial Education at the U.S. Treasury, and in 2017, she was appointed Director of the Financial Education Committee in charge of designing the national strategy for financial literacy in Italy.
Janneke Ratcliffe managed the Office of Financial Education at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for 6 years. To this work, she brought experience in the private sector, the non-profit sector, and academic research. Prior to joining the Bureau, she directed the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, leading researchers in the study of how people engage with financial services and the impact of access to financial services on them, their communities, and on the providers of those services. Before that, she worked at Self-Help Ventures Fund, where she helped establish a program that provided funding for more than 40,000 affordable home mortgages, at GE Capital, and at a non-profit that helped people finance small businesses.
Janet Todd, Ph.D, is Manager of Curriculum Development for the Church Pension Group (CPG), responsible for the curriculum used in CPG’s education programs. Prior to joining CPG, Janet was a professor at DeVry University (5 years) and the University of Delaware (10 years), teaching finance, economics, and introductory accounting, as well as serving as faculty for PFT and CREDO conferences for CPG. She served as a Trustee for the Diocese of Delaware, sat on the Diocesan Investment Committee, and was a longtime board member for Generation Home Health Care, Inc.
Gerri Walsh, J.D., is Senior Vice President of Investor Education at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and operations of FINRA’s investor education program. She is also President of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, where she manages the Foundation’s strategic initiatives to educate and protect investors and to foster financial capability for all Americans, especially underserved audiences. Prior to joining FINRA, she served as Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Assistance (OIEA), Special Counsel to the Director of OIEA, and as a senior attorney in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, investigating and prosecuting violators of the federal securities laws.
Jeffrey Zahn, MD, is an Obstetric Anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai in New York City. In 2014 he published Choose Happiness! A Guide to Practical Perspectivism and Happy Daily Living. He began teaching Practical Perspectivism and Wellness in Medicine in 2016 in conjunction with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s new curriculum requirements for well-being training of resident physicians. This led to work with the Wellness Champion program in both the Departments of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mount Sinai for faculty and trainees alike. Most recently, he has become a Mindfulness Educator and Meditation Facilitator and has initiated research on “Mindfulness Rounds,” a program to bring mindfulness education and practices to healthcare workers to reduce staff stress and improve patient outcomes.