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Deanna O’Connell, RD–Educated at Purdue and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Deanna O’Connell has spent years in classrooms, laboratories, hospitals, and both corporate and non-profit environments gaining knowledge and teaching nutrition – from its chemistry to its manifestation in the living body.  Deanna is employed by University of Colorado Health as a Registered Dietitian and a Community Health Educator where she engages her passion of guiding others to their own health enrichment through coaching in two Chronic Disease Self-Management programs and as a Facilitator of Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program.  Deanna has three children and is inspired by yoga as a student and teacher, hiking, gardening and enjoying life’s adventures with family and friends.





Kristin Glenn, MBA–has a M.B.A. and B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. She currently works at The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, where she provides community outreach education. Kristin has been a high school teacher, nonprofit director, seminar presenter, grief consultant and hospital marketing coordinator. In addition to being a mom to five children and a professional, Kristin is a community volunteer, mountain enthusiast and avid CSU Ram Fan.  Throughout her varied professional and personal experiences, other parents have been her greatest teachers and she feels honored to work for and with them on this shared journey.





Jen Strating, MS, Mindful Stress Managment and Biofeedback for Emotional WellnessJen is a board certified Biofeedback Therapist (BCIAC) who teaches self regulation and relaxation techniques using the technology of biofeedback. She focuses on helping individuals coping with stress, anxiety, headaches/migraines, insomnia, chronic pain, and other stress related disorders by incorporating stress management and relaxation techniques, which can then be practiced at home. Biofeedback is a very empowering type of treatment, as individuals initiate changes in their body to create healing. Patients learn tools to self regulate, which they can continue to use their whole life. My goal is to empower you to control your body’s physiology, leading to a more relaxed, healthy and happy life.




Stesha Irons, RN, CNM, MS–My medicine career started with a Physiology degree.  My surgeon father encouraged nursing so I went on to receive a BS in Nursing at the Medical College of Virginia, and my Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Colorado in 1996.  I believe one person can cause change and believe caring for others is an honor.

At age 45 I started practicing and fell in love with yoga.  In 2013, I got my 200 Hour registered Yoga Teacher certification through the Yoga Alliance.  My passion include being outside, traveling to developing countries, books, and hanging with my teenagers and my dogs.



Special thanks to the Conference Planning Committee for their dedication to the health and well-being of our community:

Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado
UCHealth Community Health Improvement Department
PVH & MCR Foundation

For more information or questions, please contact janet.werst@uchealth.org.