Our Team

Joel Bennett, PhD, MA, CWP

Founder/CEO

Dr. Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett, PhD, is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidence-based wellness and e-learning technologies to promote organizational health and employee well-being. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programming in 1985 and OWLS programs have since reached close to 250,000 workers across the United States and abroad. He is primary developer of “Team Awareness” and “Team Resilience,” evidence-based, culture of health programs recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health as effective in reducing employee behavioral risks. Team Awareness has been adapted by the U.S. National Guard as one of their flagship prevention programs and it has been used by municipalities, hospitals, restaurants, electrician training centers, small businesses, Native American tribal government, and in Italy and South Africa.In 2008, he was acknowledged with the Service Leadership award from the National Wellness Institute. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from State University of New York (Purchase) and his MA and PhD in Psychology from University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Bennett was previously on the board of the Academy of Management’s “Spirituality and Religion Interest Group (MSR)” and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute. He provides key-note speaking and continues to train facilitators in team (culture of health) and resilience workshops. Email: owls@organizationalwellness.com

​Cynthia Conigliaro; MSW, MBA

Marketing Director/New Business Partnerships


In addition to helping with marketing strategy and new business partnerships, Cynthia provides assistance with program development and instruction of OWLS courses. Cynthia has been an independent health and wellness coach for over 15 years. Prior to starting her own health coaching practice 8 years ago, Cynthia worked in various health and wellness centers in the Boston area educating individuals and groups on a variety of wellness topics. Cynthia's marketing experience includes work in both the public and private sectors in the areas of Public Relations, Marketing Strategy, Customer Relations Management, Sales Strategy, Marketing Communications and Competitive Intelligence. Cynthia can be reached at (617) 347-6983 or cynthia@organizationalwellness.com for more information about any of our services or programs. 

Estefania Lopez, MS

Research Associate

Estefania has worked with OWLS since 2019 focusing on an organizational resilience project and assisting with client interviews, data analysis, and report writing. Estefania has interests in resilience, integrating business and psychology, and acculturation stress. She is also passionate about mental health and has volunteered to support counselling services on the university campus.

Cameron Keller

Summer Intern/Research Associate

Cameron has worked with OWLS since Summer of 2020, focusing on social media and website management, and otherwise assisting on client projects. Cameron’s interests are in stress management, resilience, and developing supportive workplace cultures. He also has experience working with children as an intern elementary school guidance counsellor and is passionate about psychological well-being in the school system setting.

Shawn Reynolds, PhD

Consulting Scientist

Shawn works across the projects at OWLS performing data analysis and formative program evaluation. His interests are in social and health psychology mainly in the areas of organizational climate, subjective norms, stigma and trust as influences on worksite health promotion programs. He is currently focused on analyzing the moderating effects of wellness climate and coworker drug use norms on the effectiveness of the Team Awareness and Healthy Choices prevention trainings in small businesses.

Michelle Zadrozny, LCSW-S, EAS-C

Consulting Partner

Michelle Zadrozny is a Social Worker, social entrepreneur, creative artist, and community collaborator. She brings 20+ years of program development, community health, and innovative partnership-building expertise to her consulting work. Since 2011, she has joined OWLS on several client projects involved with direct training delivery, co-facilitation, and coaching. Michelle maintains a private mental health counseling practice as a Clinical Director in South Austin, Texas.

Mark Attridge, PhD, MA

Workplace Behavioral Health Advisor

Mark Attridge has worked with OWLS since 2005 as an adviser and consultant on various product development and client projects. Mark brings a unique scholarly approach that derives from his past work with health care service providers, benefit consultants, employers and academic researchers. He has authored more than 250 papers and presentations including several papers and workshops in collaboration with Dr. Bennett. For over 10 years he has been President of Attridge Consulting, Inc., based in Minneapolis, with clients in the United States, Canada and other countries internationally. Mark has been most active in the area of workplace mental health and integrating employee assistance program (EAP) services with work-site wellness and organizational health initiatives.

Shelby Pittman, MS

Project Manager (Intern)

Shelby has worked with OWLS since the summer of 2020, with a focus on marketing OWLS' brand through the use of engaging tools in an attempt to garner new clients. Aside from the marketing and social media promotion, she helps leverage existing contacts through new income projects, provides support for training alumni (among other clients), and assists in the development of curriculum associated with new and ongoing programs. Shelby has interests in organizational design & development, performance management, and leadership training. She is also passionate about employee well-being and hopes to implement health and wellness initiatives for organizations in the future.

David Steed, MBA

VP of Business Development

 

David Steed joined the OWLS team as the VP of Business development in March of 2015. He has previously led business development efforts in the Corporate Learning space for companies such as General Dynamics, Pearson, Adobe and Oracle. David is responsible for creating go to market strategies, sales readiness, sales channel identification and direct sales. David is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics. He also holds certifications in methodologies such as Strategic Selling, LAMP, Spin Selling, Karrass Negotiation and others. David has worked with OWLS since 2014. Email: dsteed@organizationalwellness.com

Aldrich Chan

 

Aldrich has worked with OWLS since Autumn of 2020, and has been working on various departmental projects and clients throughout the year. He has also been involved in research and editing papers. Aldrich has interests in learning and development, selection, and compensation in the field of Industrial-Organizational psychology. He is also passionate about employee well-being and hopes to champion health and wellness initiatives for organizations in the future.

Melissa Sayeed, MD

 

Melissa has worked with OWLS since Fall of 2020 and has been able to work in various departments and with various clients throughout the year. She has been involved with social media marketing and promotion. Additionally, she has assisted in developing client relations and the development of various programs that are hosted by OWLS. Melissa is interested in organizational culture and wellness, as well as diversity. Her background in business and healthcare management generated an interest in organizational wellness in the healthcare industry specifically while hopefully involving her passion in psychology by utilizing her industrial and organizational psychology experience from pursuing her Master's degree.

Katherine Babbit

 

Katherine is our newest intern with a passion for marketing and psychology. With her knowledge in digital marketing and with a new perspective towards ideas, she has been able to help us transform ideas to better the experience for customers. Katherine has a background in business as well as mental health, she is able to apply these to our organization and bring in new potential customers. Katherine is finishing off both of her undergraduate degrees at Bryant University, she is a double major in Marketing and Psychology with a minor in communications. She will be applying this within our organization to continue to build relationships.