NEA HIN Board Names Jim Bender as New Executive Director
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013
NEA Health Information Network to Further Advance School Health and Safety
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of
the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) is
pleased to announce Jim Bender as NEA HIN's next executive director. Bender
begins his leadership of NEA HIN on July 15.
"With its affiliation to the National Education Association, NEA HIN is in a
unique position to address urgent safety and health challenges facing our
schools," said Bender. "I am honored and excited about the opportunity to work
for NEA HIN and collaborate with its partners and NEA members to help make
sure every student is ready to learn."
"Jim's creative vision will advance NEA HIN's mission to improve the health
and safety of educators and students," said Cary Sennett, NEA HIN Board
president. "Jim brings the right combination of exceptional knowledge of
education and school-based health issues, a deep understanding of
partnerships, strong managerial skills, and personal passion for the issues."
Prior to joining NEA HIN, Bender served as Senior Associate at Booz Allen,
where he led the marketing communications practice for the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Director
for the Center for Health Communication at the Academy for Educational
Development, where he helped direct the start-up and implementation of We Can!
(Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition), funded by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a national effort designed to give parents,
caregivers, and entire communities ways to help children eight to 13 years old
maintain a healthy weight. Bender also worked to create resources for diverse
organizations, including the School Nutrition Association, the CDC Division of
Adolescent and School Health, and the National Coalition for Food Safe
A Certified Health Education Specialist, Bender holds a Master of Health
Sciences from Johns Hopkins' School of Public Health, a Master of Fine Arts
from Yale University's School of Drama, and a Bachelor of Science from
Northeastern University. Bender was a secondary school classroom teacher for
two years in the East African nation of Malawi and has been a long time Sunday
school teacher for elementary and middle school children. He lives in
Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three children. He serves as a deacon
at the Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Bender replaces outgoing NEA HIN Executive Director Jerry Newberry who is
retiring after 17 years of service.
About the National Education Association Health Information Network
As the non-profit health and safety arm of the NEA, the NEA Health Information
Network (NEA HIN) provides health and safety information to over 3 million
educational employees served by NEA and their 43 million students. NEA HIN
distributes information nationally through NEA's 51 state/territory affiliates
as well as through its almost 15,000 local education associations. For more
information, please visit http://www.neahin.org/
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