Sarah McKenna

Recent Health and Wellness master’s graduate sees experience as a path to progress

What does fitness have to do with freight?

Spring 2021 Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (MSHWM) graduate Sarah McKenna Rogers has the answer. For a leadership capstone project through the UW-Green Bay program, she found a partner company (Paper Transport, Inc.) that wanted to improve the health of its truck-driving population. Rogers examined their health and wellness needs and developed a wellness program for those driving long distances.

A fitness professional with more than 10 years of work experience, Rogers saw the degree program as a path to progress in her wellness career.

Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers

“I saw an ad for this program in one of the fitness professional magazines and thought I would look into it,” she says. “A year later, the time and circumstances were right for me to consider going back to school for my master’s degree, so I applied. Having the option to do my course work 100% online was really what sold me on the program. I knew I would need to work full-time throughout my time in school and this was the best program out there for both content and flexibility.”

Rogers says the professors and coursework in the program challenged her to grow professionally and academically, with the flexibility of online content.

For her capstone project, she found a company that wanted to work on their employee health. She discussed her ideas with the wellness coordinator and arrived at the conclusion that a wellness program paired with a job requirement would provide the desirable impact.

“Drivers need to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam to maintain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). If they are in poor health, they may not qualify for the medical card and lose their CDL and possibly their job. The aim of this project was to identify the areas of health that are concerning and disqualify drivers on the exam and what health topics, based in this employee population and national truck driver’s data, would encourage health changes at least three months prior to the medical exam date.”

Without a specific career path in mind, Rogers says she now feels prepared to progress where ever new career adventures could lead.

“I am a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, health coach, corporate wellness specialist, and have managed a corporate wellness facility and exercise and movement is important to me. I have loved my time with the MSHWM program because it has emphasized the other elements of wellness above and beyond exercise,” she said.

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Charlotte Berg. Photos submitted.

UW Extended Campus features UW-Green Bay student for ‘non-traditional student week’

A UW-Green Bay student in the Health & Wellness Management graduate program was featured on Instagram during non-traditional student week, Nov. 2-6, 2020.
“This program is allowing me to learn at a pace that works for my stay at home mom life. I have two small boys, a household to run and I’m a part time fitness instructor as well. Being able to complete the work on my own time is invaluable.” Amanda. See the post on Instagram.


COVID-19 Testing savety monitor watching each swab to ensure no contamination

UW-Green Bay graduate student helps build COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility for rural Kentucky

Jennie Morehead says she uses the information she learns at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay every day, even when she’s building a COVID-19 test site. She is currently a student in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management program.

Jennie Morehead
Jennie Morehead
Jennie Morehead wearing a face mask
Jennie Morehead with face mask

Morehead, who lives in Paducah, Kentucky, was working as the executive director of wellness at HealthWorks Medical, LLC when COVID-19 hit. With the pandemic, she wasn’t able to provide that in-person patient care anymore. But when an anonymous donor offered to pay for 1,000 test kits and processing, her company jumped at the chance to be able to provide that service to their community.

Using a church parking lot and outbuilding breezeway, a donated trailer from Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), and $250,000 from their anonymous donor, Morehead and members of a community wide taskforce were able to build the facility in a couple of days, she said. The effort was led by Morehead’s boss, Kyle Turnbo, MD, FAOCM, MPH, MRO.

The testing facility used the breezeway to house the actual testing process. The donor paid for the breezeway to be enclosed by a local contractor, complete with two automatic garage doors, for patients to enter and exit while staying in their vehicle. The FLW fishing trailer with a stage and office allowed staff to safely collect patient data prior to testing.

“When our owner, Dr. (J. Kyle) Turnbo, got that call, he said, ‘Well, we’ll just build our own site,’” she said. “And he made a community task force of our local Baptist hospital and our local Mercy hospital and then he said, ‘Look, I’ve got the tests. We’ve got the staff. We’ll be happy to run it if you all will help us build a site. That way the patients can stay out of the hospital, they can stay out of the doctors’ offices and we test them, and any physician that wanted to order a test could do that and it’s free.’”

Prior to working in corporate wellness, Morehead worked in safety engineering, so she called her construction contacts. Her husband, a retired professional fisherman, called his contacts with the FLW. Using the parking lot and annex building of a local church, they were able to create the testing site in three days.

“So a car can drive in and we shut the door behind them and they can be tested out of the wind out of the elements that we don’t have to worry about cross-contaminating,” she said. Having the testing happen inside also helps with HIPAA regulations, she said.

Morehead said she had just started her studies at UW-Green Bay when the outbreak started, but that she uses what she learns almost daily.

“When I started looking at what the topics were and what the classes were that were offered at the University, it was something I could see practicality in each of those classes that could I could immediately apply back into our work which is what I’m doing now,” she said. “You know, every time I take a class I’m like ‘Oh! I wish I’d known that before I did that program or I wish I’d know that before we developed this.’”

In addition, she said, her professors were great to work with as she managed working and studying at the same time.

“My professors, all of them have been more than kind because I started on March the 10th. And everything went crazy on March 11th. And they’ve been really nice to work with because you can only do so much in the day, and I appreciate their willingness to work with me on when assignments are due.

“I chose UW-Green Bay because I wanted to have an academic degree in wellness as our corporate wellness division is bidding wellness program work on a national platform. We service the majority of the national river industry and now national companies that have locations all over the United States. My first career was in heavy industrial construction occupational safety and health engineering. When bidding work nationally, my CV is often requested by potential clients, and I wanted my academic background to show that I am more than qualified to lead my team in corporate wellness while drawing from my experience as a safety and health engineer. UW-Green Bay was the only school I could find that seemed to offer wellness classes that I could transpose into the non-academic world almost immediately.”

So far, the drive-thru test site has tested more than 930 residents from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois, she said. All of those tested have been ordered to get tests from their doctors. Now that the free tests are almost gone, the task force will enter phase two of the testing program, closing down and cleaning up the drive-thru testing site, and opening up another one somewhere else.

Instead of the three days it took to bring the drive through site together, the process for closing down and cleaning up the drive-thru site and opening up another testing site is expected to take a little longer – between three and four weeks, Morehead said.

Story by Liz Carey

Vandenhouten shares about the growing demand for health and wellness workers

Program Chair of Health and Wellness Management Graduate program, Christine Vandenhouten shares about the growing demand for health and wellness workers. Workers in the health care industry are getting lots of attention these days, deservedly so. There is a growing field of Health and Wellness positions and UWGB has a great program to help you get started. For more information, head to Source:  Local 5 Live.

Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management Program launches

UWGB Prof. Christine Vandenhouten has worked in conjunction with UW-Extension, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior to launch the new, online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Program. The program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, and is accepting applications for its first semester, in the fall of 2016. The curriculum focuses on communication, program budgeting, legal and policy issues, strategic planning, change management, systems thinking and marketing, and is designed for health care professionals who are looking to strengthen and expand their knowledge on corporate wellness and other health promotion issues. For more information about the program, visit website, call 920-465-2826 (or 877-895-3276), or e-mail

Regents approve online masters program in Health and Wellness Management

In a meeting here at UWGB last week, the UW System Board of Regents approved the online Masters of Science in Health and Wellness Management program. The graduate program is offered in partnership with UW-Extension, UW-Green Bay, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Parkside and UW-Superior. With a projected job growth of 13% (2014 to 2024) in these areas, the program will fill a need in the increasingly competitive field of health and wellness management. Courses are scheduled to start in September 2016 pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission — one of six regional institutional accreditors in the U.S. Christine Vandenhouten, nursing, will serve as UWGB’s Academic Director.