JoAnn Stevelos MS, MPH
JoAnn has over twenty years experience in leadership roles such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s childhood obesity prevention programs, and for the FLOTUS Let’s Move program. She has managed all aspects of complex health programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She is currently a consultant for several children’s wellness program. JoAnn is trained in pediatric ethics, and is a researcher, public health specialist, program evaluator, and health writer.
JoAnn holds an MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, an MPH from the State University of New York, and a BA from Columbia University in Liberal Arts. She has been quoted in the Guardian, Albany Times Union, Scholastic Magazine, and her work has been referenced on the Daily Show, CNN, and in several academic books. JoAnn’s writes a blog for Psychology Today, Children at the Table.
JoAnn is the author of Howard Be Thy Name, a novel that she hopes people will read, share, and then talk about how to prevent child sexual abuse within and outside the family. JoAnn’s second book, Dream Alibis is about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and emotional abuse in the form of poems, and a play called Little Red Wagon (which has been produced as a radio play and staged reading during Suicide Prevention Month). Her play about AIDS, Second You Are Really Nigerian, was produced by Wit and Will Theater, and has won several awards.
JoAnn is a creative, entrepreneurial leader with a compassionate leadership style and a strong history of developing innovative ideas into effective well-funded social impact models. As an Advocacy-based Storyteller she helps organization share their stories and show their impact. She has over twenty years experience in leadership roles such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s children’s wellness programs, and she was the lead evaluator for the First Lady of the United States Let’s Move Program. JoAnn has managed all aspects of complex health programs in the fields of public health, health science research, community development, and youth initiatives. She is an advisor to several children’s wellness programs including HealthCorps Inc, Healthiest Inc, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Trust MYRIVR, and Fanzland.
Specialties: Public Health, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Mitigation, Bullying Prevention, and Pediatric Bioethics (pertaining to childhood obesity)