Sara Johnson Conference Chair


Conference Chair
Sara Johnson, PhD

Dr. Sara Johnson is the Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a behavior change consulting firm and solution provider that empowers people to experience life-changing breakthroughs in health and well-being. She is also the Co-Editor of The Art of Health Promotion. In 2019, Dr. Johnson received the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s Mark Dundon Research Award and was named one of the 50 on Fire by Rhode Island Inno. She was named the Health Care Services Woman to Watch by Providence Business News in 2018, and in 2015, she was selected as a Top 10 Health Promotion Professional by the Wellness Council of America.
In her 22 years at Pro-Change, she has been responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well as creating and expanding strategic business alliances. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of evidence-based health and well-being interventions and has more than 40 publications.

Committee Members

Jen Arnold


Jen Arnold is host of the Redesigning Wellness podcast where she has interviewed 180 experts (and counting) on the topic of organizational health. She’s on a mission to change the common approach to employee health and wellness through training, speaking and honest conversations.

For the 16 years prior to starting her own business, Jen led organizational health and wellness efforts and advised employers how to start them. Jen is a Tedx speaker who uses stories, activities and humor to not only make a point but to keep audiences engaged and listening.


Jay Maddock


Dr. Jay Maddock is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and co-director of the Center for Health and Nature. Previously he served as Dean of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University and as Director and Chair of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program. His research has been featured in several national and international media outlets including The Today Show, Le Monde, the BBC, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping and he has authored over 125 scientific articles and has served as principal investigator on over $18 million in extramural funding. He is internationally recognized for his research in health behavior and social ecological approaches to increasing physical activity. Dr. Maddock received his undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

Kate Wolin


Dr. Kate Wolin is a serial entrepreneur and behavioral epidemiologist. After earning her doctorate at Harvard, she built a successful academic medicine career leading research at the intersection of behavior change and chronic disease outcomes. Seeking to bridge research tested programs and commercial scale, Kate transitioned to industry serving as CEO and co-founder of ScaleDown, a clinically-proven weight loss program that leveraged the science of self-regulation and daily self weighing. ScaleDown was acquired by Anthem, Inc in December 2017. Dr. Wolin then served as Chief Science Officer of a large PE-backed employer health company. She now works with companies to use health behavior change and personalization science to efficiently build and scale engaging and effective digital health solutions. Dr. Wolin is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and co-leads the healthcare track for the Zell Fellows entrepreneurship program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.