Our Story

The Wellness Council of Indiana is a 501(c)(3) organization and the only statewide not-for-profit specifically dedicated to work site wellness and community well-being in Indiana. Organized as a volunteer-based association in 1988 and acquired by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2011, the Wellness Council of Indiana has grown to be one of the largest state councils in the United States.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber, the Wellness Council continues to grow and offer workplaces and communities a best-of-class blueprint for success. We have helped thousands of organizations save time and avoid costly miscalculations when implementing and managing workplace wellness initiatives. It makes no difference whether you have five employees or 50,000, the relative impact is the same. Employees spend one third of their waking hours at work, so the workplace offers a logical opportunity to provide employees with information, encouragement and support for making lifestyle changes that result in better overall well-being. But your success at work is tremendously influenced by the community’s overall health. Two-thirds of your employees time is away from the office, and their friends and family will dictate their ability to maintain their well-being. For this is why Indiana Healthy Community was founded in 2015.

The Wellness Council serves as the convener of people and resources for health promotion in Indiana. We assist businesses and communities by providing the tools to allow their wellness programs to grow. If you do not currently provide health promotion programs at your work site, we can provide you with the training, resources and programs to assist you in managing your wellness initiative optimally.

If you already have a wellness program, let the us help tell your story and provide well-deserved recognition as an AchieveWELL organization. Does your community need advice? Request to speak to our staff about the Indiana Healthy Community designation. The Wellness Council believes that the quality of life of any community is measured, to a large degree, by the health of its people. It is our vision to make Indiana a model state by improving the quality of life of employees and residents in order to enhance the competitiveness of our workplaces in a global economy.

Our Mission

The Wellness Council of Indiana (WCI) works collaboratively to positively impact the economic vitality of the State of Indiana by evaluating and guiding workplaces and communities through the development of their own comprehensive health and wellness strategy. WCI members and staff inspire active living, community engagement and corporate social responsibility.

Our Staff

Jennifer Pferrer, Executive Director

Jennifer Pferrer joined the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in April 2017 as the Executive Director for the Wellness Council of Indiana. With over 20 years of experience working in healthcare, Jennifer understands the impact individual health has on the corporate bottom line and why corporate wellness is critical to corporate and community development.

With experience in the hospital and non-profit setting, Jennifer led efforts in brand alignment, organizational development, and strategic oversight to local and regional initiatives.  Jennifer has significant insights to how consumers engage with the healthcare system in addition to her fundraising and development background. She is a former executive with the American Diabetes Association and St.Vincent Hospital.

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. She resides in Carmel with her husband and three sons.

Contact Jennifer at (317) 264-2168 or Jennifer@wellnessindiana.org

 Christina Stafford, Program Coordinator

Christina Stafford joined the Wellness Council of Indiana in September 2015 and held both graduate assistant and intern positions. She was hired as the Program Coordinator in May 2016.

Previously, Christina served as graduate assistant at Ball State University in the wellness management program, where she strategized and designed an employee-centered health and wellness program and business plan for a local non-profit organization.

Her career interests include corporate health and wellness programming development and implementation, aiming to improve employee happiness, health and engagement.

Christina earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a masters in wellness management with a minor in business from Ball State University.

Contact Christina at (317) 264-2165 or Christina@wellnessindiana.org.

Allyson Blandford, Project Manager, Indiana Workforce Recovery

Allyson Blandford joins the Wellness Council as the Project Manager of the recently created Workforce Recovery initiative. Her responsibilities include providing the employer community with tools and resources to support awareness, prevention and treatment of those impacted by substance use disorder. The initiative will support efforts to raise awareness, improve workforce drug policies, and will advocate for statewide policy changes.

Prior to joining the Wellness Council, Allyson was the Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs for March of Dimes. She covered legislative and regulatory issues for several Midwest states. She educated policymakers on proposals to reduce infant mortality including newborn screening, Medicaid, state budgets, and tobacco cessation. Allyson was previously the Midwest region Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs for the pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts. Her areas of expertise include pharmacy benefit management, prescription drugs, reimbursement and prescription drug monitoring programs.

Allyson lives in Fishers and is a Colts and IU Basketball fan and enjoys spending her summers at her lake house.

Contact Allyson at (317) 264-2166 or ABlandford@indianachamber.com.

Madie Newman, Program Coordinator, Indiana Healthy Communities

Madie Newman has joined the Wellness Council team as the Indiana Healthy Communities program coordinator. In this role, she will assist groups across Indiana in improving outcomes to create more livable and economically viable communities. She’s excited to build upon this program and help expand it to all corners of the state.

She has a background in workplace health and safety consulting through a non-profit initiative out of the University of Colorado (CU). She has years of experience working with businesses and community groups to align goals and improve community outcomes.

Madie earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from Indiana University and her master’s degree in environmental and occupational health from CU on the Anschutz Medical Campus. She takes part in any and all outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking, and has enjoyed getting to know Indianapolis since moving back from Colorado in September 2017.

Contact Madie at (317) 264-2167 or Madie@welllnessindiana.org.

What We Offer You

Our clients receive the knowledge and expertise that 25 years of working in wellness can offer. Thousands of hours and hundreds of experts working together to deliver the best wellness strategies for workplaces and communities. We stand committed to promote a healthier Indiana in and out of the office.

Forward Thinking

The health and prosperity of your company, its employees and their families must be a top strategic priority. Wellness is a leadership resource and a health strategy. Our collective expertise is considered across the country as being one of the best. Join the team and learn from the best. Do not go it alone in the wellness journey.

Blueprint for Success

Our award-winning and nationally renowned AchieveWELL recognition provides the blueprint for laying the foundation for a successful wellness strategy. With over 25 years of evaluating, coaching and recognizing workplaces across the state, the Wellness Council is your best resource for successful wellness management.

Wellness Helpline

Have access to experts all year long. The Wellness Helpline is your direct access to getting your questions answered. From basic implementation to understanding the legalities, the Wellness Council has resources across the country to ensure you have the right answer.