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Employers Helping Employees to Better Health

applied health economics, health outcomes assessment and the promotion of quality and value enhancement principles. He has held numerous professional appointments, is an invited reviewer for several national medical and pharmacy publications and an advisor to state and federal agencies. Randy was a founding editorial board member of several multidisciplinary professional publications and editor of the book, Managing Pharmacy Benefits for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Randy received his Ph.D. from Century University (Albuquerque, NM), his mas- ter’s degree from Antioch University (Cambridge, MA) and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy (Kingston, RI). He com- pleted his pharmacy residency at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Med- ical School.

TONYA VYHLIDAL, M ED, CHPD, CPT Wellness Manager, Lincoln Industries

As wellness manager for Lincoln Industries, Tonya is respon- sible for occupational health and health promotion programs for a workforce of nearly 500. Under Tonya’s leadership, Lincoln Industries’ wellness program received the WELCOA platinum award and was recently selected as one of nine companies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their SWAT project. The program has a 5 to 1 return on investment, resulted in a savings of more than $2.5 million in 2005 alone and reduced the company’s lifestyle-associated health insurance claims from 25% to 15% during the past four years. Previously,Tonya was the chair of physical education/health and head volleyball coach at Gretna Public Schools. Her passion is fitness – she has nearly 15 years of group fitness and personal training experience, holds several professional fitness certifications and teaches fitness seminars on a regular basis. Tonya is on the Lincoln Lancaster County WorkWell board of directors, CDC Worksite Obesity Prevention and Control panel,WELCOA Medical Advisory Council,Activate America Board, and was recently recognized as one of Lincoln, Nebraska’s “40 under 40” by the city’s Business Journal. Tonya received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Ne- braska (Lincoln, NE).


SUSAN K. WILLETTE Principal, Mercer Health & Benefits

Sue Willette is a principal and Mercer’s national health and productivity management specialty prac- tice leader. With more than 20 years of industry ex- perience, Sue brings specialized expertise designing, implementing and evaluating integrated programs that address the health of an employer’s population. Sue is strategic leader for many of Mercer’s largest and most complex clients across the country. Prior to joining Mercer, Sue held several senior po- sitions with a vendor of health promotion and employee assistance programs. Sue assisted public and private sector employers, health plans and pharmaceutical or- ganizations identify solutions to address their needs. Earlier, Sue worked for an in- ternational pharmaceutical company. Her responsibilities included designing, developing and implementing an IS training program, which supported a national network of hospitals and clinics for a clinical weight management program.

Sue is a frequent speaker at national and international venues, has published in industry trade journals and is frequently quoted by the press as a health and productivity management expert. She holds a B.A. in Interdepartmental Commu- nications, with concentration in Business and Health, from St. Cloud State Uni- versity, Minnesota.

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