Victor M. Tringali, MS, CSCS
Victor Tringali is an experienced skilled health and wellness professional with exceptional achievement in both the private and higher education sectors. Victor previously served as the Executive Director of University Wellness at Drexel University, where he innovated a nationally acclaimed wellness initiative aimed at improving the health and productivity among faculty and staff members in a large research institution embedded within a bustling urban landscape. The initiative which garnered recognition from the American Heart Association, Wellness Counsel of America, and Philadelphia Business Journal was instrumental in helping curtail healthcare expenditures by an estimated 45 million dollars over a five-year span while reducing Drexel’s health care trend to zero. Victor has been featured on Yahoo and CBS and in 2014, he was honored with the American Heart Association Innovation award for health promotion. A successful entrepreneur, Victor founded Team Vic Enterprises, a venture which offered consultative services to organizations and individuals in the realms of health promotion and wellness programming, fitness center design and management, and educational workshops related to fitness, wellness, and nutrition. He has consulted and presented to numerous organizations, including the Upper Main Line YMCA, The American Heart Association, Independence Blue Cross, The Employers Health Care and Benefits Congress, Nutri-Systems Inc. and the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health. Prior to his extensive involvement in health promotion and employee wellness programming and consultancy, he established and managed a sophisticated health and fitness enterprise in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area consisting of multiple facilities offering numerous programs and specialized training for various populations including youth and elite athletes and those with chronic medical conditions and adaptive needs. An accomplished author, Victor has authored over 100 articles for a number of publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Well Being Practitioner, Higher Education Workplace Magazine, Employee Benefits Adviser, NSCA Coach, and Muscle and Fitness. In 2015, he was appointed international associate editor of the Italian Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and Posturology. Victor is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and holds a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion and bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Joseph A. Giandonato, MBA, MS, CSCS
Joseph Giandonato is a dynamic organizational wellness professional encompassing extensive experience within the realms of healthcare, intercollegiate athletics, and higher education. Giandonato previously served as the Manager of Health Promotion and Wellness at Drexel University, where he assisted with the implementation of the university’s award winning A HEALTHIER U campaign while overseeing recreational fitness programs. Prior to Drexel, he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Director at Germantown Academy, a highly selective private school boasting a very competitive athletics program and also held stints at Saint Joseph’s University, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an exercise physiologist, having partnered with Penn Medicine in the implementation of executive wellness programming. Giandonato also spent nearly five years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he developed and availed health promotion programming in a number of departments. An accomplished author, Giandonato has written over 400 articles appearing in national and local print and online publications. Giandonato has also held teaching appointments at a host of colleges in the greater Philadelphia area, where he taught exercise science electives and basic science prerequisites. Giandonato graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a BA in psychology and later attained masters degrees in Exercise Science and Business. He has also completed graduate coursework in healthcare informatics at Drexel University. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Giandonato also maintains memberships through the American Physiological Society, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Johannes Eichstaedt, PhD(c), MS, MAPP, MA
Mr. Eichstaedt is a Dean’s Scholar and PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman, widely credited as the father of Positive Psychology. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a Masters in particle physics in 2010, he joined the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, and has taught in the program as an Assistant Instructor for 4 years. A data scientist at heart, in 2011 he co-founded and led the World Well-Being Project, which is pioneering methods to measure the psychological states of large populations using social media, text mining and machine learning. His work showed that geographic variation in heart disease can be predicted using Twitter; he is now extending the work to measure well-being and the risk of mental illness for individuals. His work has resulted in millions of dollars of grant funding and media attention around the world, including in The New Yorker, Washington Post and The Onion.
He was elected a 2014 Emerging Leader in Science & Society by the American Association for Advancement of Science, and has served as an expert for the United Nations and OECD to advise on the society-wide measurement of well-being