Carrie Phelps, in memoriam

Carrie Phelps, in memoriam Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Carrie has recently co-founded a wellness consulting firm called Intrinsic Connection, LLC ( that is dedicated to building a bridge between leading-edge wellness strategy and real-world execution for successful results. For the past 10 years, Carrie served as a consultant and provided leadership for the development and implementation of national wellness initiatives that involved YMCAs throughout the US. Formally trained in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Collaborative organizational change methodology, Carrie consulted YMCAs across the country on how to make and sustain wellness-related organizational and program improvements in the areas of participant engagement, programming, staffing practices, environmental standards, outcome measurements, and leadership.

Along with her extensive experience and expertise in leading national wellness initiatives, Carrie is completing her PhD in Mind-Body Medicine (with a specialization in healthcare and organizational systems) at Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine (the first accredited PhD program in Mind-Body Medicine). She is also a Teaching Fellow at Saybrook University where she teaches, helps design academic curriculum, and develops advanced coaching certification programs. Carrie specializes in integrative healthcare—fostering the next evolution of medicine and health promotion that inspires well-being and serves the whole person. Her research interest includes the study of the lived experience of individuals with type 2 diabetes who have sustained successful lifestyle change and achieved long-term positive health outcomes. Carrie currently serves on faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine where she trains healthcare professionals in scientifically-proven mind-body medicine approaches to health and healing. Additionally, she is a board certified coach with a specialization in wellness and life coaching. She is also a coach trainer and conducts coaching certification courses throughout the US.

As a well-regarded leader in the wellness field, Carrie is a frequent presenter at national conferences such as the National Wellness Conference. She also serves on national wellness committees such as the National Wellness Institute Council for Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE). Currently, Carrie provides contracted technical assistance in Health and Well-Being to YMCA of the USA—helping Y-USA serve local YMCAs across the country in a broad range of youth, adult, and family wellness programs. In the past Carrie worked as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and National Consultant for Activate America where her responsibilities included strategic planning, project management, project impact analysis, executive coaching, and leading organizational change initiatives. She also served as the Director of Integrative Medicine: Institute of Healing Arts (YMCA/Saint Thomas Hospital Partnership) where she established a comprehensive approach to total health. Programs and services included group self-care programs, movement/exercise programs, clinical services, integrative medicine services, and community education. Additionally, she worked with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee serving as the Vice President Membership and Program. In this position she led association teams in developing and implementing innovative programs that enhance membership growth, membership retention, and mission delivery.