About the Wellness Council of Indiana
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 wellness councils in the United States. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber, the Wellness Council has guided Hoosier organizations through the development, implementation and evaluation of their own comprehensive and sustainable workplace well-being efforts. We serve as the convener of people and resources for health promotion in Indiana and give businesses and communities the tools to allow their wellness programs to grow. We also believe 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Mike Thibideau serves the Wellness Council as Director of Indiana Workforce Recovery. Mike’s focus, through the initiative, is providing employers and employer organizations with tools and resources to address substance use in the workplace through prevention, treatment, and recovery supports.
“As a person in long-term recovery, and having worked as a professional serving Indiana’s business community, I know that many Indiana employers are being severely impacted by substance use in the workplace,” says Thibideau, “I am excited to work day-in and day-out to help empower Indiana’s employers and employer organizations to take an active role in the recovery of their workplaces and their communities.”
Prior to joining the Wellness Council, Mike was the Executive Director of the Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR), and Director of Workforce Partnerships for the ICR Foundation. He helped direct statewide workforce initiatives on behalf of Indiana’s collective construction industry and took an active role in building comprehensive workforce systems and pathways throughout the state. Mike attended Michigan State University and has a BA in Public Policy & Public Administration. He is a frequent speaker and collaborator on building comprehensive adult pathway models.
Mike lives in Carmel, IN with his wife, Elizabeth, and two cats. In his free time he enjoys cosplay, restoring antiques, and Michigan State Basketball.
Contact Mike at (317) 264-2166 or email@example.com.