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Larry Merlo - Larry Merlo is the current President and CEO of CVS Health, focused on pharmacy innovation and changing the healthcare environment. Under Merlo’s leadership, the company is transforming healthcare, working toward managing health in more affordable and effective ways. Merlo is deeply committed to public health, announcing in 2014 the company’s elimination of all tobacco sales in stores.
Al Vernacchio - Al Vernacchio is a Human Sexuality educator and consultant, and spends his time publishing, lecturing, and holding workshops around sexual topics. Vernacchio has given two TED talks about his work, and has published the book For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health. He was also featured in New York Times Magazine’s cover story “Teaching Good Sex”, which profiled his approach to teaching. Currently, Vernacchio teaches sexual education at a private school outside of PA, and runs his blog “For Goodness Sex”.
Jennifer Pharr Davis - Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, adventure speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. In 2011, Jennifer covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the “A.T.” and became the first woman to set that mark. Jennifer is founder and owner of Asheville-based Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable” for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels
Jennifer McCormick - Jennifer McCormick is a medical illustrator, using a combination of x-rays and hand painted imagery to create paper and transilluminated art pieces. She transforms the real images of injuries (from actual x-rays, MRI’s, CT’s etc.) into scenes of healing and hope. McCormick pulls from her professional background to create these pieces, creating conversation around non-traditional and spiritual healing.
Bea Arthur - Bea Arthur is a therapist, entrepreneur, and women’s advocate, owner and creator of two wellness-based businesses and a private counseling practice. Arthur is the CEO of In Your Corner, an online therapy resource and international company that helps thousands each year. In Your Corner has transformed traditional therapy into an experience that is approachable, affordable and accessible for everyone.
Andy Bowline, MBA '14 - Andy Bowline is the CEO of N2 Medical Solutions, bringing in more than seven years of experience in IT consulting. Bowline co-founded N2 Medical Solutions as a way to help increase adherence to prescribed medications, and bring peace of mind to caretakers and loved ones. Bowline helped develop “NVOLVE” technology for the company, a system that enables caretakers to know when and how much medication patients are taking.
Sonia Arrison - Sonia Arrison is a best-selling author and analyst, studying the impact of new and growing technologies on society. She addresses the social, economic, and cultural impacts of human longevity in her acclaimed book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith. Additionally, Arrison founded and is a trustee at Singularity University in Mountain View, CA, and she is a Board Member at the Thiel Foundation.
Hunter Kemper '98 - Hunter Kemper is a four-time member of the USA Olympic triathlon team, and the most decorated U.S. triathlete in history. He is one of only two men in the world to qualify for every Olympic triathlon, and the only man in the world to complete all four triathlons. In 2005, he was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, and also received the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award. Kemper’s impressive career is a direct result of his hard work, determination, and perseverance.