May 18–21, 2023
Spring 2023 Presenters
Joyce Hanna, ’56, MA ’58, MS
Joyce Hanna, ’56, MA ’58, MS, is director of the Healthy Living Retreat. She is a health promotion and behavior change specialist, exercise physiologist, and nutritionist. Joyce is the former associate director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). She has graduate degrees in education, exercise physiology and nutrition, and presents seminars focusing on behavior change, healthy aging, exercise physiology, nutrition and weight management. Joyce is the founder and director of Stanford Living Strong Living Well, a strength and exercise program for cancer patients and survivors. More than 4,000 cancer survivors have come through the program. She has recently served on the board of Bay Area Cancer Connections, was past president of Lifelong Fitness Alliance, and a consultant on The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Joyce was a nationally ranked marathon runner and enjoys mountain hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, six grandchildren, and friends.
Gretchen Daily, PhD, is Bing Professor of Environmental Science and co-founder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. Her work focuses on understanding the dynamics of change in the biosphere, their implications for human well-being, and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and nature. She engages extensively with governments, multilateral development banks, businesses, communities, and NGOs. Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project (www.naturalcapitalproject.org), a global partnership that is integrating the values of nature into policy, finance and practice globally. Its tools and approaches are now used in 185 nations through the free and open-source Natural Capital Data & Software Platform. Daily has published several hundred scientific and popular articles, and a dozen books, including Green Growth that Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from Around the World (2019), One Tree (2018), and The Power of Trees (2012). Daily is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received international honors for her work.
Dominique Del Chiaro
Dominique Del Chiaro, M.Ed., is the director of Stanford Healthy Living, overseeing program development and operations of evidence-based wellness offerings. She has facilitated healthy workplace classes and professional development workshops for over 25 years and believes good communication, play, and mindfulness are essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Christopher Gardner, PhD, holds a PhD in Nutrition Science and is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford. For ~30 years his research has examined what to eat and what to avoid for optimal health. He has conducted more than 20 nutrition intervention trials involving >2,000 participants, and is involved with American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and others. His current research involves working with chefs in university dining halls, and on studies that link diet to the microbiome and inflammation.
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, is the Associate Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and the co-director of the Stanford Brain Performance Center. She is a physician-scientist researching brain injury and recovery in adults, children, athletes, and military personnel. Dr. Lumba-Brown is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches meditation. Dr. Lumba-Brown has trained with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism and has expertise in compassion's interplay with the mind-body-spirit.
Marily Oppezzo, PhD, MS, RD, is an Instructor of Medicine working on her K01 award from NHLBI at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She is a learning and behavioral scientist, studying the best ways to help people not only change and improve their lifestyle behaviors, but also learn the tools to maintain this change. She is also a registered dietician, with her Masters in Nutritional Science and over two decades of experience teaching, coaching, and researching nutrition and exercise.
Jennifer Robinson, PhD, is the Associate Director for Christopher Gardner’s Nutrition Studies Group and the Administrative Director for the Community Health and Prevention Research Master’s Program, both reside within the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She received her PhD in Nutrition from UCDavis and has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years. In her personal time, you will find her baking sourdough bread, doing yoga, or spending time with her young daughter and husband.
Mary Sheehan, Director of Global Wellness at Apple Inc. has brought one of Apple’s signature pro-social, physically active, well-being offerings to Stanford Sierra Camp for the first time. Before working for Apple, Mary worked at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in related health research positions and has been a longtime fitness tester and instructor at the Healthy Living Retreat. She is so excited to bring this new workshop to life this year!
Carol Sundermeyer is a certified Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor and has worked at Stanford Recreation and Wellness since 2017 teaching group classes, working with individual clients, and presenting workshops. She is certified with the Buff Bones exercise system for bone loss and developed the Better Bones and Balance class for the Stanford Faculty/Staff fitness program. She is currently completing the Functional Aging Specialist certification through the Functional Aging Institute.
Katie Sutherland, Manager of Mental Health Programming at Apple, Inc., has brought one of Apple’s signature pro-social, physically active, well-being offerings to Stanford Sierra Camp for the first time. Before working for Apple, Katie worked at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in related health research positions and has been a longtime fitness tester and instructor at the Healthy Living Retreat. She is so excited to bring this new workshop to life this year!
Rosalyne Tu, MS, RDN, has been working as a dietitian since 2003 and has been teaching the Healthy Kitchen series of classes at Stanford since 2011. She currently manages the wellness coaches for the Stanford Employee Wellness Program (BeWell), and she is a nutrition coach and instructor for Stanford BeWell’s Healthy Living program.
Sonoo Thadaney Israni, MBA is executive director of Presence (a Center at Stanford Medicine) & The Program in Bedside Medicine She also directs HBCU Visiting Student and Faculty Exchange Program and Racial Equity to Advance a Community of Health (REACH) Initiative, at Stanford Medicine.
Sonoo co-chaired the National Academy of Medicine’s AI in Healthcare Working Group and co-shepherds their Technology across the Life Course Group. She has co-hosted conferences at Stanford University: Human & Artificial Intelligence for Diagnostics; AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity; AI in Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril (pre-launching NAM publication, she co-led), Human Intelligence and AI in Healthcare, etc. She served on the AAMC Restorative Justice for Academic Medicine Committee, teaching curricula to address conflict in healthcare.