AWI Staff

Samantha Nevins

Executive Director

Samantha Haigler Nevins is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience teaching, developing, and implementing health programs in a variety of community-based settings. She has represented state and national agencies on various evidence-based projects focusing on nutrition education, falls prevention, and chronic disease self-management for older adults.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Foods and Nutrition from Appalachian State University, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of South Florida.

Samantha is currently the Executive Director of the Aging & Wellness Institute (AWI), a research-based, older adult wellness center located in Clearwater Florida. Samantha is a Board Member of the Pasco/Pinellas Better Living for Seniors Consortium and currently serves as the Chairman of the Falls Prevention Committee.

Samantha is also a Master Trainer for the A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Program, and a Master Trainer for the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. In 2006, she was selected as a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal Health Care Hero Award.

Samantha is a fourth generation Florida native, who enjoys running and spending time with her husband and two young daughters. 

Kate Joseph

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Kate Joseph is a registered dietitian nutritionist and licensed dietitian currently practicing in the Tampa Bay area. She has a passion for everything food related and cooking. With over 11 years’ experience as a dietitian, she has a knowledge base including clinical nutrition, community nutrition and long-term care. Her counseling ranges from individual, family and group with a client centered approach.

Her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition was completed at Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. She then returned to her home town on Long Island NY and completed a dietetic internship and master’s degree program at Stony Brook University. Kate then worked on various Grant funded projects through The SUNY Research Foundation. She spent ten years at the Stony Brook WIC program counseling families on preventing chronic disease, healthy eating habits and conducted group sessions weekly touching on various topics including shopping and healthy recipes.

Kate now lives with her husband, boy-girl twins and her mother. They enjoy spending time at the beach, traveling abroad and cooking for family gatherings.

Sarah Schaber

Yoga Instructor

Sarah Schaber, RN is yoga instructor and registered nurse who has worked extensively with the older adult population. She has been a yoga instructor for ten years, with practice and certifications in Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, Senior, Baby and Me, Babywearing, Children, and Prenatal yoga disciplines.

She believes that yoga is for everyone and loves being able to help people to find mindfulness, relaxation, strength and flexibility, and appreciation for their amazing bodies. She has experienced and seen first-hand the benefit of regular yoga practice in many different lights.

Katherine Janus

Group Fitness Instructor/Certified Personal Trainer

Katherine received her B.A. in Kinesiology from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. After earning nationally-accredited fitness certifications for personal training with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and group fitness instruction with the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), she worked for several Austin fitness facilities in corporate wellness and senior fitness programming. While continuing her full-time career at the five-star
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Katherine pursued a M.Ed. in Health Promotion from the University of Texas (UT). In culmination with her Masters, she completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.) training as well as her certification as a HeartMath® Coach/Mentor. Katherine continued her graduate studies at UT and received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education.

Katherine holds several professional health and fitness certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and a Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Shannon Wagner

Group Fitness Instructor/Certified Personal Trainer

Shannon Wagner is a Certified Personal Trainer. She received her certification though The National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is CPR and AED Certified. She enjoys teaching Functional Fitness Classes, Boot Camp Training, Weight Training and one-on-one training.

AWI Board of Directors

Susan Latvala-Powers

Board Chair
Retired Pinellas County Commissioner

Deedee Cornelius

JB Management, Inc.

John P. Barrett, MD

Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Kathy O'Leary

Wellness Professional/Personal Trainer