NIWH Academic Advisers

NIWH Academic Advisers are health and education professionals who are also Whole Health Education certified graduates. They provide feedback on a learner’s submitted assignments, exams and Capstone final papers. Our Academic Advisers come from diverse healthcare specialties but all are passionate about Whole Health and Whole Person Care.

Lynn Jonen, NIWH AdvisorLynn Jonen, PhD, WHE, is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist and 2012 graduate of the NIWH Whole Health Educator certification program. Lynn has focused her career on clinical service and education. Her work has predominantly involved providing behavioral health care, psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, whole health education and consultation in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, universities, skilled nursing facilities, and, most recently, a large, multidisciplinary primary care practice. Previously, Lynn spent many years as an Instructor of undergraduate Psychology courses at DePaul University.

mattieMatilde Cruz, MPH, MCHES, CTTS, LPN, WHE – A health education specialist, Mayo Clinic certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and nurse professional, Matilde holds a Masters in Public Health, as well as an MCHES certification. In addition, she is a HeartMath licensed provider and a 2009 NIWH honors graduate.  Matilde currently serves as Adviser to the NIWH Academic Adviser Board, providing insight and experience from her many years as an educator, NIWH Academic Adviser and health care provider.

Bill Croft, PhD, RRT, WHE, RCP, FAAIM,Bill Croft, PhD, RRT, WHE, RCP, FAAIM, and his background in health care, as well as health education, is impressive.  He is a professor of the Respiratory Therapy Program and the Chairman of the Health Sciences Department at Sandhills Community College, in North Carolina.  Bill is also the Education Chair of the North Carolina Respiratory Care Board, and a 2007 honors graduate of the NIWH Whole Health Educator certification program.

Paula SharpPaula Sharp, BSN, RN, WHE, hails from Oklahoma City, OK and is a Certified Whole Health Educator, a 2010 graduate of the National Institute of Whole Health. She received her BSN from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma.  A nurse for over thirty five years, she has worked in various healthcare settings including cardiac care, intensive care and home health in roles ranging from staff nurse to nurse manager.

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhDGeorgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD, is an NIWH Academic Adviser and faculty member. Georgianna is a health care pioneer who has helped foster the integration of Whole Health and Whole Person Health Care within medical and holistic health organizations. Georgianna is one of only six Nightingale Scholars in the US, an MNA award-winning nurse advocate and widely quoted Integrative Health expert. Named “Best Integrative Healthcare Practitioner” in Boston, for 20 years she hosted the nationally syndicated women’s TV programming, Woman-to-Woman®. Georgianna is also the author of the multi-award winning, #1 Amazon Bestselling book, “Changing Behavior – Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy to Learn, Proven Communication Skills.”