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VANESSA JEAN LANDAU

 

University of Maryland
Community Health Education
– Master of Public Health

 

George Mason University
Health & Human Potential
– Bachelor of Individualized Study

 

– AAAI / ISMA (2012 – 2014)
– NSCA (1999 – 2001)
– Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

 

 

…..SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Facilitate workshops that teach people to respond more effectively to challenges and adversities
  • Introduce cognitive-behavioral skills, non-violent communication, and other psychosocial strategies
  • Utilize strengths-based and multi-modal approach to education that incorporates participant material
  • Provide incisive one-to-one coaching for recovery, wellness, and thriving



…..CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Founder / Director

HEROES, Hyattsville, MD

HEROES 101: Resiliency Fitness Training

  • Designed and piloted semester-long resiliency education curriculum and quantitative appraisal instrument
  • Conducted 6-month impact evaluation that demonstrated sustained effects
  • Delivered 90-minute workshop and Powerpoint presentation at Alternatives 2010 in Anaheim, CA
  • Launched website for public awareness and discourse about true accounts of resiliency and triumph
  • Provided one-to-one resiliency coaching to facilitate effective client coping with real-time life challenges

Conducted Workshops for Retreats and Affinity Groups

  • Communication Championship: Befriending the Opponent – HEROES
  • Vision-Mapping: Charting the Voyage – HEROES
  • The Chosen Door: Making Optimal Decision – HEROES
  • Daily Effectiveness: Preparing a Path – HEROES
  • A Heroine’s Mightier Pen – Literary arts
  • Vocal Restoration – Literary arts
  • The Wild & Winding Way – Literary arts
  • Toeing the Growing Edge – Literary arts
  • Power of Belief: Aligning Speech and Deed

Co-Creative Transformation: Provided One-to-One Coaching


Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

LA Fitness, Washington, DC

  • Conducted initial body measurement and fitness testing to establish baseline for client progress
  • Tailored exercise prescription to address the fitness level, needs, and goals of clients
  • Provided one-to-one fitness and performance psychology coaching to support athletic practices
  • Facilitated 30-minute exercise clinics to demonstrate appropriate skill modification for optimal overload



Graduate Public Health Intern

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC

  • Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Office of the Administrator, Rockville, MD
  • Veterans Administration: VISN 12, Office of Veterans Affairs, Hines (Chicago), IL
  • Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, Rockville, MD



Program Manager / Support Group Facilitator

Whitman-Walker Health, Behavioral Health, Washington, DC

HIV/AIDS Support Groups


Educational Consultant

The Ethics Resource Center, Washington, DC

MAXIMize the Moment, – Designed a suicide prevention education module for national distribution


…..EDUCATION

Master of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Thesis: The Resiliency Fitness Paradigm: The Challenge and The Promise – Substantiated an original theoretical framework for resiliency introducing parallels between athletic and psychosocial fitness invoking established fitness competencies and training principles

Internships:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: HLTH 485: Ways of Knowing About Stress and Tension
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Intern, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Graduate Public Health Intern, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC



Bachelor of Individualized Studies, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Major:               Health & Human Potential

Internship:         Assistant Coordinator – Staff Programs, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY


…..AFFILIATIONS

Toastmaster, Top Notch Toastmasters, Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD (2014 – Present)

Small Business/Leadership Fellow, Empowered Women International, Rockville, MD (2014 – Present) – 2015 EWI Alumni Prize Recipient

Business Consultant, Mastermind, Wheaton, MD (2014 – 2015)

Co-Counselor, Study and Practice of Theory of Human Behavior
International Re-evaluation Counseling Communities, Silver Spring, MD (2006 – 2013)

Toastmaster, “Best Speaker” and “Best Table Topics” (impromptu) National Press Toastmasters, National Press Club, Washington, DC (2003 – 2004)



– HEROES –

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