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Health & Well-being Summit
Date / Time
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond
Participant Fee
VAIS Member /
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Building Resilience in School Communities

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond
8:00 AM, Check-in Opens; 8:30 AM, Program Begins;
3:45 PM Program Concludes

The theme of this year's VAIS Health & Well-being Summit is Building Resilience.  Research has shown that resilience can be learned, practiced, developed and strengthened. Each school administrator, teacher, coach, counselor, and health professional from the earliest years on up through high schooI has the power to support well-being and resiliency in his/her own school community. 

Do not miss a program that has now become one of the Association's most popular!  Make your plans today to hear exciting speakers and practitioners, and take away some great resources for your own environment!

We are grateful for this terrific 2020 Health & Well-being Planning Committee!
Kathy Wrenn, Health & Wellness Consulting, Collegiate School
Jan Weintraub, School Guidance, Norfolk Collegiate
Meghan McNeill, Director of Learning Skills Program, Christchurch School
Gay Brock, Health Educator, Potomac School
Tyler Montgomery, Chaplain and Assistant to the Headmaster, Woodberry Forest School
                Rebecca Ginnetti, School Counselor, Congressional School


MEET DEBORAH OFFNER Dr. Deborah Offner brings more than two decades of experience in mental health, K-12 and higher education to her current work with individuals, families and institutions. Currently, Dr. Offner is Consulting Psychologist at Beacon Academy in Boston, a 14-month program between eighth and ninth grade that prepares students from low-income families for entry into independent day and boarding high schools. She also consults to several college preparatory schools, including Worcester Academy, a day and boarding school (grades 6-12) in Central Massachusetts and The Winsor School, a girls’ day school (grades 5-12) in Boston.From 2003-2017, Dr. Offner was Consulting Psychologist and subsequently, Dean of Students, at The Commonwealth School, a co-educational college preparatory school (grades 9-12) in Boston. She also recently served as a staff psychologist at University Counseling Services at Boston College.

MEET NINA M. SCHRODER As a college mental health professional and mom of two young boys, Nina had many questions about the potential impact of digital screen use on cognition, behavior, relationships, and overall well-being.  In her quest to find answers and empower wise decision-making, Nina began intense study on the cognitive, social and emotional effects of high screen use, addiction, and key factors necessary for emotional resilience and well-being. 

Nina has used her research and clinical  knowledge to work with college students and others to examine screen use and its impact on  relationships, values, personal success and overall well-being.  With the goal of inspiring motivation for  positive change and personal growth, Nina has helped others to clarify their values, embrace mindful screen use and actively pursue well-being.  As a result of this work, Nina has witnessed many individuals and families experience tangible success. Nina received her B.A. in English from Villanova University, where she also was a member of the  Division I Women’s Field Hockey Team. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.   
Administrators, division directors, deans, guidance counselors, nurses, and educators to name a few!
SCHEDULE Preliminary Schedule Chart Session Descriptions
LOCATION Jepson Alumni Center University of Richmond 442 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA 23173 Ph: 804-289-8000 For more information about location and directions
FEES Includes program materials, breaks and lunch Member Fee: $195 NonMember: $295

Final date to register for this program is Thursday, January 23, 2020. No refunds after this date. Please refer to the VAIS Cancellation Policy for further clarification.





We welcome sponsors who share in the theme of "Building Resilience in School Communities." This program now in its sixth year usually has an audience of 75-100 participants who are keenly interested in area of health and well-being. Your company logo will be displayed on this page and in print on-site to participants. One six-foot cloth skirted table and two chairs are provided to each sponsor. You will also get to mingle with the participants at lunch. Listed are a variety of sponsorship levels. 

Lunch $1500
Break $750
Table ONLY $400

To join us as a sponsor, please scroll UP and click on the Exhibitor Registration rust-colored button.

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