Joanne Smith-Tavener, M.Ed.

Professor Smith-Tavener is an energetic, focused advocate for wellness with the belief that the benefits of health and wellness not only affect the individual, but all of society. Joanne is a 25 year veteran of the New Jersey State Police and holds the position of Assistant Medical Services Unit Head and is the Wellness Coordinator for the Division of State Police. She chairs the committee on wellness and is responsible for coordinating and organizing incentive campaigns and conducting education/training programs for the Division of State Police. Professor Smith-Tavener represents the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police by serving on the Executive Committee Board for Working Well New Jersey. She is called upon on numerous occasions to present on topics of health and wellness.

Joanne received her Masters of Education, Health Education, from The College of New Jersey; she also received her Bachelor of Science, Health/Exercise Science, from The College of New Jersey, and her Associates of Science, Biology, from Mercer County Community College. Joanne is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist. She is also certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine. Other certifications include The Cooper Institute, Physical Fitness Specialist, American Council on Exercise, Group Fitness Instructor.

Professor Smith-Tavener has served as an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey in the Department of Health / Exercise Science. Presently, she teaches courses for Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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