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Kristi Leonard, Ed.D., CWP
Associate Professor of Wellness/Department Chair
Phone: 641-585-8264
Fax: 641-585-8184


B.A. in Psychology, Spanish, and Secondary Education at Central College in Pella, IA.

M.A. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from The University of Iowa

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 is a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) and is currently working on becoming a Certified Wellness Coach through Mayo Clinic.

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 serves as the Wellness Department Chair and the Faculty Chair, where she represents the faculty in many capacities. She advises Wellness majors, has served as a faculty Senator, and has been the recipient of several mini- and Title III grants. She also has been involved in a number of the college’s service initiatives, search committees, and other committees and task forces. She also has represented Waldorf at the 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 go to the American Cancer Society. She is the Chair of the Forest City Wellness Coalition and is a member of the Forest City YMCA Board of Directors, the Forest City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Puckerbrush 5K committee.

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 Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the National Wellness Institute (NWI). Furthermore, she has presented at each of the aforementioned organizations’ national conferences and is a member of the NWI Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE).

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. She also has been a member the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America & the Caribbean (AAPLAC).

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In her free time, Kristi enjoys watching and playing sports; working out; listening to a variety of music; reading; and spending time w/ her husband, Terry, friends, and family.