AATH Board of Directors

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PRESIDENT

 Jill Knox
The Sunny Side
2234 Ivy Road
Oceanside, CA 92054
412.337.2043
jillknox@hotmail.com

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.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT
Mary Kay Morrison
Humor Quest
322 Canary Drive
Caledonia, IL 61011-9770
815.885.2373
marykay@questforhumor.com

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.

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SECRETARY

Linda MacNeal
Humor Solutions
675 A Heritage Hills
Somers, NY 10589  United States
914.617.2002
linda@humorsolutions.com

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.

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TREASURER

Gurinder Bains
Loma Linda University
24951 North Circle Drive
Nichol Hall Room 1809
Loma Linda, CA 92350
224.558.9528
gbains@llu.edu

Gurinder Singh Bains, MD, is a Primary Research Coordinator and Instructor for the School of Allied Health at Loma Linda University. He is also a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science. He has been a co-author in over 20 publications. He received his MD from Ross University Medical School and a BSc in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been involved in research that includes humor/laughter, exercise and weightloss, sleep, blood flow, and back pain.

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DIRECTOR

Maia Aziz
With Love and Laughter
1143 34th Avenue
Lasalle, QC H8P 3A1  Canada
514.368.2719
maia@withloveandlaughter.ca

For almost 20 years, Maia Aziz has worked as a social worker and administrator in a variety of health and social service establishments. A current pediatric Program Manager at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Center in Montreal, Maia writes and speaks about how to cope with the inevitable roller-coaster of emotions and daily challenges of being a caregiver, how to collaborate effectively with healthcare professionals and how to never lose sight of what really matters. 
www.withloveandlaughter.ca
http://maiaaziz.blogspot.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/withloveandlaughter

  Kathy Laurenhue

DIRECTOR

Kathy Laurenhue
Wiser Now, Inc.
7282 55th Avenue E, #144
Bradenton, FL 34203  United States
941.749.0220
941.773.7341
laurenhue@msn.com

Kathy Laurenhue calls herself the CEO – Chief Enthusiasm Officer – of Wiser Now, Inc., a multi-media publishing and staff development company that emphasizes well-being in aging. Because research in aging has proven that social connections vastly improve our life satisfaction, in all her work, Kathy seeks to help people connect with one another by having fun together. Her mantra is, “Laughter builds rapport; rapport builds trust, and trust builds relationships.”

Kathy has a master’s degree in instructional technology and an undergraduate degree in English. She is the author of three books, including a companion set on Alzheimer’s disease, and both develops and leads multi-media training related to aging issues. Deeply interested in helping people to have fun keeping their brains active as they age, she has written hundreds of trivia quizzes, word games, discussion topics, and imaginative/reminiscence exercises through publications such as Brain Aerobics Weekly (now available as CDs called Creative Mind Play) and the more than 75 titles for her MindPlay Connections™collection, some of which are also available on CDs. You can learn more at her main website (www.WiserNow.com).

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DIRECTOR
Amy Robbins, MD

3851 Mission Hills Rd, #304 
Northbrook, IL 60062
847.830.7900  Cell
847.564.5588  Home
amy88rmd@aol.com

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.

 

DIRECTOR

Cheri Campbell
P.O. Box 298
Spring Grove, IL 60081 United States
815.678.2012 
847.204.7925
ccam1111@dishmail.net

 

DIRECTOR

Laurie Young
34125 Cr 352
Decatur, MI 49045 United States
269.569.5251 
laurie@laughways.com

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Advisor/Past President

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE
Journal of Nursing Jocularity
5641 La Jolla Hermosa Avenue
La Jolla, CA  92037
858-456-1874
858-603-3133  Cell
karyn@karynbuxman.com

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!

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Chip Lutz, MSed, CLL
Covenant Leadership, LLC
4529 Harding Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
262-764-5431
262-960-2034  Cell
chip@covenantleadership.com

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.