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Save the Date for the Adolescent Health Symposium

February 18-19, 2021 in Madison, Wis.

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 keynote speakers! Dr. Ryan McKelley will speak on “Developing a Mutually-Beneficial Mindfulness Approach to Enhancing the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents: Students and Staff Engaged in a Collective Health Assets Strategy.” Eric Szatkowski will address The Dark Side of Cyberspace: Internet, Phones and Social Media.” Scott Todnem will close with Health Education: a life-saving, life-changing, and life-sustaining experience.”

Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D., has a reputation for being able to translate research and academic concepts into practical information that audiences can implement in their own lives. A licensed psychologist and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, McKelley teaches courses on health psychology, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, group counseling, and men and masculinities.

McKelley is the President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and a member of the Society for Health Psychology, both divisions of the American Psychological Association. Specific research and presentation topics include men’s help-seeking, alternative treatment models, nontraditional work and family roles, fatherhood, men and depression, marketing mental health, and various areas of health psychology.

McKelley has been interviewed extensively in the area of mental health and changing gender roles. In the last few years, he has been quoted in print outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and local papers in both the United States and Australia. McKelley has also appeared on several radio stations and podcasts such as National Public Radio and ABC Radio News. McKelley’s TEDx talk, “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men,” has been viewed over 165,000 times.


During his law enforcement career, Eric Szatkowski earned a reputation as one of the top officers in the nation in apprehending sexual predators who utilize the Internet and/or cell phones to exploit children. Szatkowski served as a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for nearly 25 years, spending the majority of his service assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in Milwaukee.

Now, as a retired Special Agent, Szatkowski focuses on cyber safety through dynamic presentations for a variety of audiences. Szatkowski’s presentations inspired the drafting and passage of new legislation in 2006 – Wisconsin Assembly Bill 942. This law significantly increased the levels of felonies for online child exploitation, increased maximum prison penalties and implemented presumptive minimum prison terms for online predators.

Szatkowski has been a guest on the “Tyra Banks Show” in Los Angeles and “CNN Tonight” in New York City. He has also appeared on “Living Our Faith” and has been interviewed by countless newspapers, radio and television stations across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Some of Szatkowski’s cases have been featured in national media outlets including “Cold Case Files” with Bill Kurtis, People Magazine, and “MSNBC Investigates.”


Scott Todnem travels the nation to speak about health education and related work. Todnem is the author of “Growing Up Great” – a book about puberty written for young boys.

Todnem has been teaching Health Education since 2001 at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois. He has coached cross country, track and field, and is a community fitness leader as co-owner of a strength and conditioning facility. He received the 2019 National Health Teacher of the Year Award.

Todnem has served on social diversity and multicultural teams, served as a team-building coordinator for students and staff events and led educational trips to the state and nation’s capitals.


The Symposium is offered in partnership with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, UW-La Crosse Extended Learning and the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education, with support from the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation.


Special thanks to the Wisconsin Association for Middle-Level Education (WAMLE) for their support and assistance advertising the Symposium.

For more information, contact or call (920) 424-1129.