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BILL BAUN LEADERSHIP AWARD 2019

The Wellness Council of Tampa Bay (WCTB) is proud to announce the Bill Baun Leadership Award. This award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Bill Baun and his numerous contributions to the worksite wellness profession for more than three decades.  As a pioneer and an exemplary leader in worksite wellness, he was best known as an author, speaker, practitioner, educator, and mentor. Dr. Bill Baun described himself as an Achiever, Maximizer, Learner, Arranger, and Activator.  He put special meaning into the phrase “Be Well” in everything he accomplished and all the people he touched.  

This annual award will recognize a Worksite Wellness Professional in the Tampa Bay area who emulates Dr. Bill Baun’s outstanding leadership as a practitioner, educator, and mentor. The recipient will be invited to receive this award at the WCTB Annual Meeting in December 2018.


Award Selection Criteria and Procedures
  • BS/BA degree preferred

  • Currently employed as a worksite wellness professional

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working as a worksite wellness professional

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience as a program manager responsible for an employer-based wellness program

  • Current member of the WCTB

  • Nomination Form – this form can be completed by anyone who would like to nominate a worksite wellness professional who meets the criteria and is deserving of this award.

  • Resume or CV of the Nominee

Nomination procedures:  An awards committee has been established by the WCTB. The Nomination Form and the Resume or CV of the nominee need to be submitted before the December Meeting. Please see the *Fillable Award Nomination Form link here or at the bottom of this page to access the nomination form and procedures for completing and submitting the nomination. Nominations will be considered for 3 years.


The Wellness Council of Tampa Bay will always remember Bill Baun, a true wellness legend. Bill was an incredible leader to all corporate wellness professionals.  He truly made a difference in our lives. He was a true pioneer.  His passion and spirit shinned of all he stood for.  He was truly the essence of “well-being” and he inspired so many in the field. 


(Being the Best You)  This is just amazing and yet another example of his heart to the end – supporting everyone and lending his wisdom, especially to those supporting others in the well-being field.  That was Bill.


A last lecture to be remembered.....well worth the 7 minutes. Click here to watch Bill's last youtube video.


Bill Baun Leadership Award – 2018 Recipient Debra Cheek

Debra Cheek was honored as the second recipient of the WCTB’s annual Bill Baun Leadership award at the December 2018 annual meeting.

Debra has worked at Moffitt Cancer Center for 18 years serving in various positions including Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Manager of Volunteer & Employee Services and Manager of Employee Health.  


Debra holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and National Wellness Institute certifications as Worksite Wellness Coordinator and Program Manager.  She is a member of WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay.


The Moffitt Wellness Mission is to:

Engage. Educate, and Inspire Team Members to Develop and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle


Thanks to the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay for the Bill Baun Leadership Award recognition!  Bill was definitely a pioneer in the field and I appreciate the values and experience he shared!  It’s truly an honor!


Debra has worked at Moffitt Cancer Center for 18 years serving in various positions
including Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Manager of Volunteer & Employee Services
and Manager of Employee Health.
Debra holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and National
Wellness Institute certifications as Worksite Wellness Coordinator and Program
Manager. She is a member of WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and the
Wellness Council of Tampa Bay.
The Moffitt Wellness Mission is to:
Engage. Educate, and Inspire Team Members to Develop and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle
Thanks to the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay for the Bill Baun Leadership Award
recognition! Bill was definitely a pioneer in the field and I appreciate the values and
experience he shared! It’s truly an honor!
has worked at Moffitt Cancer Center for 18 years serving in various positions
including Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Manager of Volunteer & Employee Services
and Manager of Employee Health.
Debra holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and National
Wellness Institute certifications as Worksite Wellness Coordinator and Program
Manager. She is a member of WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and the
Wellness Council of Tampa Bay.
The Moffitt Wellness Mission is to:
Engage. Educate, and Inspire Team Members to Develop and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle
Thanks to the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay for the Bill Baun Leadership Award
recognition! Bill was definitely a pioneer in the field and I appreciate the values and
experience he shared! It’s truly an honor!
Debra has worked at Moffitt Cancer Center for 18 years serving in various positions
including Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Manager of Volunteer & Employee Services
and Manager of Employee Health.
Debra holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and National
Wellness Institute certifications as Worksite Wellness Coordinator and Program
Manager. She is a member of WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and the
Wellness Council of Tampa Bay.
The Moffitt Wellness Mission is to:
Engage. Educate, and Inspire Team Members to Develop and Sustain a Healthy Lifestyle
Thanks to the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay for the Bill Baun Leadership Award
recognition! Bill was definitely a pioneer in the field and I appreciate the values and
experience he shared! It’s truly an honor!


Photo: Steve Malla and MaryBeth Baun (wife of the late Bill Baun) present Nicole Peres (center) with the first annual WCTB Bill Baun Leadership Award at the December 2017 annual meeting.

Bill Baun Leadership Award – 2017 Recipient Nicole Peres

Nicole (Nikki) Peres was honored as the first recipient of the WCTB’s first annual Bill Baun Leadership award at the December 2017 annual meeting.  Since 2007, Nikki has served as the Program Manager for Citigroup’s Corporate Fitness Center in Tampa, FL. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Kent State University in 1999 and a master’s degree of Science in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2004.  She also possesses the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist Certification.

Nikki’s nominator for the award stated, “Nikki has exemplified the high standards of professionalism at the EXOS Wellness Center at Citigroup” and “is recognized as one of the great mentors in this profession.  She has recruited and nurtured talented staff during her career by carefully creating a team based on strengths. Since Nikki began her role as manager of the Fitness Center, membership has skyrocketed. Participation in wellness programs, group exercise classes, and customer satisfaction has greatly improved.”  She is a “great leader, wise counselor, and standard bearer of integrity.” Under Nikki’s leadership, the Citigroup Wellness Center has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Achievement Fit Friendly Worksite Award each year for the past six years.