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AWI Staff

Samantha Nevins

Executive Director

Samantha Haigler Nevins, MPH is a public health professional with over 18 yeas of experience teaching, developing, and implementing health programs. She has represented state and national agencies on various evidence-based projects focusing on nutrition education, and chronic disease self-management.

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

April Newman

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

April Newman, MS, RDN, LD, is a registered, licensed dietitian nutritionist in the Tampa Bay area who specializes in helping patients and clients to take charge of their health, finding practical ways to apply core nutrition concepts to their everyday lives.  Her professional background includes work in the hospital with inpatients, outpatient counseling, conducting clinical research, and teaching in both collegiate and non-profit settings.

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Minnesota, before working with a large-scale, federally-funded clinical research trial investigating the effects of green tea on cholesterol in postmenopausal women. She received her Master of Science degree in human nutrition from the University of Minnesota with a minor in integrative therapies and healing practices, and completed her dietetic internship with The Emily Program in the Twin Cities area.

April is a Minnesota native who likes to cook, run, and read in her spare time, as well as enjoy the Florida sun with her husband and dog

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.

Ed Farina

Exercise Coach

Edward Farina, PhD, MBA, PT is a practicing physical therapist since 1984 specializing in the field of outpatient orthopedics, joint replacements and sports medicine rehabilitation. In 2012, after years of owning, operating and treating patients in the outpatient sector, Dr. Farina elected to sell his practices and focus on the preventative and corrective care of his patients, which he now proudly calls “athletes”.

His extensive clinical experience in physical therapy is bolstered by numerous certifications including Starting Strength, CrossFit, Functional Movement Systems and as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. Since March 2015, Ed and his team of certified personal trainers have created and managed an extremely robust, dynamic and revolutionary exercise program consisting of over 10,000 encounters for athletes ranging from 58-94 years of age.

AWI Board of Directors

Susan Latvala-Powers

Board Chair
Retired Pinellas County Commissioner

Deedee Cornelius

JB Management, Inc.

Dr. John P. Barrett

Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Kathy O'Leary

Wellness Professional/Personal Trainer