Chandra leads the wellness program for both employees and students in addition to teaching courses in the Health Promotion and Exercise Science department. She merges her roles to create a culture of wellness where health promotion majors and other students have opportunities for hands on experiences and research on campus and in the surrounding community. She is a Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) and holds a B.A. from Luther College in Health and Psychology, a M.S.E. in Health Education, and a Ph.D. in Health Education and Psychology of Physical Activity with a specialization in Public Health from the University of Kansas. Chandra’s prior experiences include faculty positions in Community Health at the University of Maine Farmington and teaching at the University of Kansas; practicum work as a health promotion specialist in the Kansas Department of Health and Environments’ Bureau of Health Promotion and with Healthy Maine Partnerships; and research positions with the KU Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management’s Energy Balance Laboratory on Physical Activity Across the K-12 Curriculum. Chandra serves as an advisory board member and consultant on assessment, program planning, health coaching, and evaluation for private and public wellness and health entities, and presents her research on college student health behaviors at national conferences. She lives in Decorah with her husband, son and their pets, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, gardening, cooking, and watching movies.
Anne Blocker is a registered dietitian nutritionist, diabetes educator, consultant, professional speaker, author, and health coach. Anne’s personal mission is to help people live healthier and happier lives by breaking free of rigid dieting and developing a trusting relationship with food and their bodies. She enjoys helping students use nutrition to enhance physical performance, study better and stay well. Anne's favorite pastimes include walking, spending time with family and friends, photography, reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling. Anne’s personal wellness relies on being active, eating good food, and carving out spiritual time daily.
Vicky Jaeger manages and provides leadership for recreational services. Vicky loves to be in action and has no one favorite activity. She does Zumba, toning classes, elliptical and bike work at home, racquetball, and roller blades. Her goal is to be a vibrant, healthy old woman!
Education: Doctor of Education (EdD); Educational Leadership and Management; M.S.; Exercise Science and Adventure Education
Teaches Applied Leadership Studies, Adventure-Based Experiential Education
Professional Experience: CEO and Owner of ABEE, Inc. for 28 years. ABEE Corporation is an industry leader in program development for challenge course, leadership training, and adventure education disciplines serving a variety of education-based, corporate, and government clients worldwide. Following the sale of ABEE, Inc. in 2010, Boeke joined the Luther faculty to develop adventure and leadership disciplines of study. Previous teaching experience through contract and adjunct positions include the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and Wartburg Theological Seminary. In addition, Boeke has provided adventure programming service to the national ELCA Youth Gathering events for the past 30 years.
Jessica Jepsen-Rupp is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) with a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Health Promotion. While she was a student, Jessica worked as a Peer Health Educator, and when she graduated, she went on to work for several nonprofits, including four years spent as a sexual assault survivor/victim advocate. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going for walks with her dogs, reading nonfiction books and memoirs, eating sushi, and spending time with her family.