2019-2020 Board of Directors

Paul Osincup  

PRESIDENT

Paul Osincup
Speaker | Trainer | Humorist
Bozeman, MT

Paul Osincup is a national Speaker, Consultant, Educator and Humorist. After earning a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership, Paul worked in college and university administration for over 15 years with an emphasis on conflict resolution and behavioral intervention. Paul has also been a “jack-of-all-jokes” since grade school and has fulfilled his childlike love of humor by performing stand up and improv comedy.  Using his expertise in leadership and levity Paul helps people create positive workplace cultures by using fun, humor, and positivity as strategic management tools.


Jennifer Keith  

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Jennifer Keith
Keith TEC LLC
Lincoln, IL 

Jennifer Keith is a retired high school English teacher/technology coordinator/forensics coach/theatre director and current doctoral student in Educational Leadership. She is writing online curriculum in English Language Arts and Technology and sells LuLaRoe clothing. She is married to her incredibly lucky husband and is the hilarious mother of 2 amazing daughters. For the past 2-1/2 years, she cared for her young mother (64) as she suffered the ill effects of a stroke and then passed in February 2018. AATH is helping her find her new "normal," but AATH and "normal" are rarely synonymous.

Despite hardships, humor has and always will be her saving grace. She is currently in the Humor Academy at Level II and is planning the 2019 AATH Conference - April 3-7, 2019 in Chicago (Oak Brook), IL, thanks to the familial arm-twisting of cousin Mary Kay.

She plans to use the experiences in AATH to jump start the next season of her career and life in promoting humor, creativity and play in education, bringing the FUN back to schools and a CHILDHOOD back to the CHILDREN.

Jim Bob Williams  

SECRETARY

Jim-Bob Williams
St Albans, WV 

Jim-Bob practiced the principles of therapeutic humor during his career as an environmental engineer and manager, and joined AATH to become certified certifiable! He serves as AATH Secretary and on the Illuminutty, AATH’s Research Council, and as one of the class clowns of Humor Academy (Level II).

Owner of Jimusho LLC (motto: Making the Workplace Better Through Humor), he and wife Christine live in St. Albans, WV. Interests include improv comedy (home troupe: The Mighty Schmucks of Charleston, WV) and the theology of humor.  

Funny Fact: The oldest (and perhaps first) Therapeutic Humorist to appear on Jeopardy!

Don Morrison  

TREASURER

Don Morrison
Boone-Winnebago R.O.E.
Caledonia, IL, 

Brought humor to the children I taught as well as church, community and municipal boards on which I have served; 

• Attended AATH conferences since 2007;
• carried luggage for Mary Kay as she served AATH;
• survived 20 years in middle school and over 50 years in public education;
• EdD = over-educated educator;
• proud father of 2, step father of 4 and grandfather of 12.

Beth Slazak  

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Beth Slazak, CHP
HaHa Moment
Clowlesville, NY 

Beth spends her time speaking and training people in Creative Problem Solving. She knows you are creative and will talk non-stop about the value of divergent and convergent thinking. Fair warning – she knows the history of Brainstorming and will share it with you at the drop of a hat.

Beth teaches Creative Problem Solving at Genesse Community College and to freshmen at Buffalo State, so there are whole generations who owe their love of sharpies to her. She loves that she gets to open their minds.

Beth is often found making things up at The Arena with Buffalo ComedySportz players where she can be the queen of dust bunnies and no one questions her about it.

Gurinder Bains  

DIRECTOR

Gurinder Bains
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 

Gurinder Singh Bains is an Associate Professor for the School of Allied Health at Loma Linda University. He serves as the first ever AATH Board member directly involved with the coordination of all aspects research related. He was the recipient of the AATH 2017 Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He has been a co-author in over 30 publications. He received his PhD from Loma Linda University, MD from Ross University Medical School, and a BSC in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been involved in research that includes humor/laughter, intermittent fasting, inflammation, high intensity interval training and weight loss, sleep, blood flow, and back pain. His PhD dissertation focused on how humor and laughter can enhance short-term memory in the elderly. Dr. Bains has presented at numerous scientific meetings and his research has gained worldwide media attention such as ABC News Worldwide, CNN, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Men's Journal, FOX News, and Huffington Post to name a few.

Karyn Buxman  

DIRECTOR

Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, CHP
What's So Funny About...?
San Diego, CA  

Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, nurse and author of the What’s So Funny About...? series. Clients range from the Mayo Clinic to the Million Dollar Round Table and they hire Karyn again and again to educate, inspire and entertain. Her mission: To improve global health through laughter and to heal the humor impaired!

Debbie Derflinger  

DIRECTOR

Debbie Derflinger, RN, BSN, CLL-E, CHP
Laughter Missions
Rogers, OH  

Through her 30-year career as a nurse, Debbie has learned an important life lesson that self-care is critical to a nurse’s survival and ability to care for others. Becoming a Certified Laughter Leader rekindled hope and laughter in her life and became a tool for self-care that was so comforting and healing to the soul that words cannot describe. One of her Laughter Missions is to touch as many lives with laughter as she can. Another is to bring the “humerus” back to healthcare as a self-care tool for staff, patients, and families. Debbie is married, has two grown children, and resides with her husband in Ohio.

Mallori DeSalle  

DIRECTOR

Mallori DeSalle, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, MATS, CPS
Indiana University
Ellettsville, IN 

Mallori DeSalle is a licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, a medication-assisted treatment specialist and an internationally certified prevention specialist. Over the last 15 years working in mental health, substance abuse and prevention fields, she has provided services as a community prevention coordinator, therapist, health-educator, college professor and professional trainer. Since 2008, Ms. DeSalle has been a faculty member within the Department of Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. Within her appointment at the university, Mallori serves the Indiana Prevention Resource Center as the Outreach Coordinator and Lead Motivational Interviewing (MI) Trainer. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and listed on the National ATTC SBIRT Trainers’ Registry. Ms. DeSalle provides MI and SBIRT training to multidisciplinary audiences across the world. Mallori has been a member of AATH since 2018 and is currently in Humor Academy Level 1. Humor plays a role in her professional and personal work as a mom, wife and goofball. Mallori hopes to be Lily Tomlin when she grows up.

Heidi Hanna  

DIRECTOR

Heidi Hanna
SYNERGY
San Diego, CA

As an experienced speaker, Dr. Heidi Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. She is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations, and the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress.

Dr. Hanna is a Board Member for AATH, a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment. Recently, Dr. Hanna created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor.

Olga Karasik  

DIRECTOR

Olga Karasik
University of Central Florida
Kissimmee, FL 

Bio to come.

 

Angie Robinson  

DIRECTOR

Angie Robinson
In the Pink Laughter Yoga
Inman, SC 

Angie Robinson bio to come.

beth usher  

DIRECTOR

Beth Usher, CHP
BE THe Happiest
Storrs, CT 

Beth Usher was born laughing! Her sense of humor and ability to look on the bright side has helped her overcome the effects of a rare and debilitating brain disease called Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, a left-sided hemispherectomy at the age of seven and spinal fusion to correct severe scoliosis several years later. Beth learned at a very early age that laughter can break down barriers, lift spirits and smooth over even the roughest of characters. She is a graduate of AATH’s Humor Academy as a Certified Humor Professional (CHP), a certified laughter yoga leader and a national keynote speaker. Beth’s speaking career was launched in 2015 when she was invited to give the closing keynote address at AATH’s Conference in Philadelphia. She speaks about resilience, gratefulness, kindness and using humor to survive some of life’s most devastating challenges. She is thrilled to be a member of this board!

 

DIRECTOR

Megan Werner
Youth Bridge Inc.
Fayetteville, AR 

Megan is a Psychotherapist in private practice at Brain Training, LLC. She has been using humor and laughter with her current population, in addition to various other populations including acute psychosis, adolescent outpatient, substance abuse clients, actively disengaged staff, and every day "Joes." Megan has experience researching and applying positive psychology based interventions, and she is a currently in the Humor Academy Level II class.

Michele StClair  

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Michele StClair
220 East State St., Floor G
Rockford, IL 61104 United States
(815) 708-6587