AATH Board of Directors
The Sunny Side
2234 Ivy Road
Oceanside, CA 92054
Jill Knox is highly sought as a speaker and humorist who has, as long as she can remember, incorporated humor in daily living and as a survival tool. As an educator, her use of humor in the classroom led her to a career as a speaker and founder of The Funnyside, providing workshops and keynotes to colleges, school districts, health centers, and women’s groups emphasizing the power of humor at work, play, and daily living.
Jill is a passionate believer in life-long learning and in recent years has enjoyed, but not yet “mastered” playing Steel Pan, and Ukulele. She is currently continuing her path to enlightenment as a student of The National Peace Academy in order to earn a Peace Building/Peace Learning Certificate, knowing that humor and laughter are the gateways to a peaceful world.
Mary Kay Morrison
322 Canary Drive
Caledonia, IL 61011-9770
Mary Kay Morrison is an educator who has taught at virtually every level of the educational spectrum. She as been facilitating keynote presentations and workshop sessions for the past 30 years through her business, Humor Quest. Her work includes integrating what we know about cognitive research to the workplace, in the classroom and for healthy living. In addition to humor and stress management, Mary Kay frequently conducts seminars on brain research, group facilitation, and parenting skills. Mary Kay is founder and director of the AATH Humor Academy. Her book, “Using Humor to Maximize Living” is the text for the HA grad class. She was the AATH 2010 conference chair. She and her husband Don (also an AATH member) are blessed with 12 grandchildren.
675 A Heritage Hills
Somers, NY 10589 United States
Linda MacNeal is the president and founder of Humor Solutions, dedicated to teaching people practical techniques to increase health and satisfaction. Linda is a professional speaker who brings her passion for therapeutic humor and healing laughter to peoples’ lives and work.
Linda is currently part of the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Program which works with returning soldiers. Her role is to help them adopt useful humor skills to thrive in their chosen post-deployment endeavors.
In the twentieth century, Linda owned and operated a New York City-based computer training company for over 20 years. Her humorous classroom teaching style relaxed people and enhanced learning. Prior to that, she earned a Master’s Degree in Japanese Linguistics and was a Clown with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Barbara Grapstein, CLL, CLYL
10 Pheasant Hill Lane
Glen Head, NY 11545
Barbara Grapstein joined AATH in 2009, after completing her certifications from The World Laughter Tour and Dr. Kataria's school of Laughter Yoga. Barbara is a friendly native New Yorker, who loves to travel internationally and promote all the good qualities AATH offers. Meet her at the Chicago conference!
Joel Schwartz, MD
Stress Less Shrink
1315 Cinnamon Drive
Fort Washington, PA 19034
After flunking out of nursery school and a short detour through medical school and a psychiatric fellowship Joel Schwartz landed on his head as a professional speaker whose goal is to have everyone “Stop and Smell the Nose” one smile at a time. Recently forced of retirement to provide psychiatric services for the AATH board he is not sure that his applied association will be therapeutic but will be humorous.
New Season Coaching
P.O. Box 838
Bradford, VT 5033 United States
Dwayna M. Covey, M.Ed., is a Certified Professional Coach, Performance Consultant, Writer and Speaker. She is a certified Myers-Briggs type Inventory (MBTI) Facilitator, Certified Laughter Leader, Laughter Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. Dwayna is a member of the Coaching “Center of Vermont, the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humor (and Board member) and the International Coach Federation. She is passionate about supporting individuals and groups on their paths to positive communication and healthy work environments. Dwayna’s enthusiasm, authenticity and humor empower the courage in others to create the life they want. Read her column, “A Dose of Dwayna”’ in the Bridge Weekly – www.thebridgeweekly.com
Speaker & Practicing Humorist
10901 Reed Hartman Hwy #102
Cincinnati, OH 45242 United States
Even though Lenny is not a doctor, he has been known to perform successful surgery on the human spirit! While his message is serious, Lenny is also a big believer in the philosophy that learning can be and should be fun!
As a nationally recognized humorist, speaker and author, Lenny informs and lightens up a wide variety of wellness and 'active' senior audiences... and he's been doing so for over 25 years with his programs, "100 Years of Comedy" and "Laugh Goes On: Humor in the Healing Process."
Lenny is a Past President of AATH and has twice been nominated for "Speaker of the Year."
2240 Johnston Road
Columbus, OH 43220 United States
Susan is a holistic health educator, mover and shaker. Known as the MoveMentor, she uses humor and laughter to inspire (doesn’t that sound better than nag?) folks to get moving towards health, happiness and vibrant aging. Her philosophy is simple: to get into your feel-good groove, ya’gotta LAFF & ya’gotta MOVE. (Now: get up off the couch and go for a walk. Better yet, go for a walk with a big smile on your face and a friend!)
Los Padres Consulting
1270 Calla Lane
Chico, CA 95926 United States
The best part of being a development consultant is working with inspired clients who offer life-enhancing services. Dr. Christine Rowe has teamed with educational and entrepreneurial service projects for over 25 years to get the resources and results they need to grow and sustain their programs. She is ecstatic about serving the AATH mission and working with our global community of members as we improve lives, one laugh at a time.
Amy Robbins, MD
2043 Mallard Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
In case anyone was wondering who provided all the candy at the 2011 AATH Orlando conference, it was not the hotel, it was not a sugar plum fairy nor was it a candy rep. It was AMY ROBBINS, MD... member of the AATH Board of Directors, native New Yorker and happy Chicagoan since June, 2000; a retired physician involved in domestic abuse advocacy and activism work on the Board of JWI (Jewish Women International) and a founding member of Chicago’s JCARES (Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions); cellist, pianist and vocalist; amateur musical theater performer and Mom.
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE
Journal of Nursing Jocularity
5641 La Jolla Hermosa Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, nurse and author of the What’s So Funny About...? series. Clients range from the Mayo Clinic to the Million Dollar Round Table and they hire Karyn again and again to educate, inspire and entertain. Her mission: To improve global health through laughter and to heal the humor impaired!
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Chip Lutz, MSed, CLL
Covenant Leadership, LLC
4529 Harding Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
Chip Lutz, MSEd, CLL, is the Chief Laughing Officer (CLO) and founder of Covenant Leadership LLC and has 25 years of years leadership experience. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours, served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC, during September 11th, and has held various other key leadership positions. He prides himself on keeping it “light” while getting the job done.