Faculty & Staff


Kristi Leonard, Ed.D., CWP
Associate Professor of Wellness/Department Chair/Wellness Director
Phone: 641-585-8264
Fax: 641-585-8184
Email: leonardk@waldorf.edu


Kristi Leonard earned her B.A. in Psychology, Spanish, and Secondary Education at Central College in Pella, IA. She earned her first M.A. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from The University of Iowa and her second M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in Community Health Education. She holds a doctorate in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa.


Kristi’s passion lies in the holistic, broad field of wellness, and specifically, health and wellness education and promotion.

Kristi is very active in the Waldorf campus community. She advises Wellness majors, has served as a faculty mentor, and twice has been the recipient of Title III grants. She also has been involved in several of the college’s service initiatives and represented Waldorf at the 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Vocation Conference.

Locally, Kristi has collaborated with colleagues to create, develop, and implement several community wellness programs. These include a Trim Kids program and a 3K3 walk/run/wag event, in which all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. She also has been a member of the Forest City BAY (Building Assets in Youth) Team, Forest City Wellness Coalition, and the “Grow Forest City” initiative as a wellness consultant.

Kristi considers her students to be health educators and gives them opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom and out in the community. For example, students in her classes work to develop employee wellness programs for northern Iowa businesses, present their research to groups in the local community, and create wellness programs for Waldorf’s faculty, staff, and students.

Nationally, Kristi is an active member of several professional organizations related to both wellness and higher education. She has been a member of the Iowa Student Personnel Association (ISPA) and is a member of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Wellness Institute (NWI). Furthermore, she has presented at each of the aforementioned organizations’ national conferences and was a member of the NWI Academic Program Credentialing Task Force.

Globally, she has created, developed, and implemented the study abroad course and experience titled “Exploring Wellness in the Yucatan.” She has made connections with the Marista University in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and has built a formal relationship between the Marista University and Waldorf College via both student and faculty exchanges. In February of 2008, she traveled to Merida to be the featured presenter for a wellness workshop for Marista faculty and students.

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In her free time, Kristi enjoys watching and playing sports, working out, spending time with friends, listening to a variety of music, organizing photo albums and scrapbooks, and reading wellness-related literature and motivational works.