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Light of Wellness Awards Dinner

Recognizing Wellness Champions

The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards are a great opportunity to recognize your wellness champions. The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner recognizes individuals who embrace wellness and serve as role models for others.

The event also serves as a fundraiser to support WELLCOM and our mission in “partnering with employers to deliver wellness programming that impacts employee well-being and wellness, strengthens the culture and drives business results.”  As part of the fundraiser, we have silent auction and raffle packages that attendees can win! 

Award Categories

Health Inspiration 

Celebrates employees who have been steadfast supporters and active participants in their company’s wellness program. They inspire and serve as role models for others.

Health Transformation

Recognizes employees who now lead healthier lifestyles and have made a significant health transformation as a result of participating in their company’s wellness program.


Recognizing business and community leaders for providing encouragement, time, and resources to create a healthy workplace for all employees. Recipients are role models for strategically moving the wellness program to a top business priority.  This award is specifically designated for senior level executives.

2017 Light of Wellness Honorees

Health Leadership
Tim Buderus - WoodmenLife
Scott Wehner - Fusion Medical Staffing

Health Transformation
Mary Gehring - Mutual of Omaha 
Aimee Guzman-Jones - Dial Retirement Communities  
Jamie Haith - RTG Medical 
Alysia Johnson - Fusion Medical Staffing 
Gabrielle McDaneld - WoodmenLIfe
Monte Nelson - Physicians Mutual
JoEll Null - C & A Industries

Health Inspiration
Julie Cobos - CHI Health  
Letha Grigsby - CHI Health
Carrie Halford - C & A Industries
Michele Hulinsky - First National Bank
Ericka Juno - Union Pacific Railroad
Mary Morris - UNMC 
Bonnie Nelson - Physicians Mutual 
Carrie Polak - Fusion Medical Staffing
Sheri Rowland - Children's Hospital and Medical Center 
Sarah Stenger - Nebraska Methodist College 

2017 Award Pictures

Please click here to view the pictures from this year's 2017 Light of Wellness Awards Dinner.  Please note, the site may request that you enter your name and email address; upon entering that information, you will have access to view and/or purchase the photos.

2017 Award Videos

Located below are the 2017 Light of Wellness Awards videos.  You can access each award video by clicking on the award category below.  

Click on the image for a downloadable one-page!

The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Champions Run Golf Course.

Honoring William M. Kizer

The William M. Kizer Light of Wellness Awards Dinner honors WELLCOM founder, William M. Kizer, 1925-2017. Mr. Kizer pioneered the worksite wellness movement. He is Chairman Emeritus of Central States Indemnity and founded the Wellness Council of the Mildlands, now WELLCOM, in 1982. 35 years later, the mission continues reaching thousands of employees across the Midwest. The Light of Wellness Award was named in his honor in 2001.

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