Women’S Forum To Focus On Celebrating ‘Inner Goddess’

Schechterle’s keynote address open to public



Bogi Lautiner

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum on March 24 will feature keynote speaker Jason Schechterle, the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth-degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

A motivational speaker since his retirement in 2006, Schechterle will talk on “Making Coffee.” His keynote address is open to both men and women for a $10 admission charge. Schechterle will speak from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the auditorium at Payson High School.


Brenda Hamric


Christy Walton


Jean Oliver and Susie Wicks

The women’s forum will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday on the Payson High School Campus. The $15 admission fee includes the keynote address and three break-out sessions of your choice from the following topics: yoga, skin care, domestic violence, automotive maintenance, hormones, scrapbooking, making unusual vegetable dishes, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes, living the green life, and accessorizing.

Organizers can offer limited financial assistance for women who want to attend but can’t afford the $15 fee. The day-long forum includes a continental breakfast, a Zumba warm-up session, keynote address, a yummy light lunch, shopping and information in the vendor hall, a goodie bag plus a chance to win a door prize. Get registration forms at businesses around town and at the Mogollon Health Alliance office at 308 E. Aero Drive, or on the MHA Web site www.mogollonhealth alliance.com under “calendar.”

About Jason Schechterle

Schechterle’s story of survival and achievement has mesmerized audiences across Arizona and the rest of the country. On March 26, 2001, a taxi driver, having an epileptic seizure rear-ended Schechterle’s police cruiser going 115 miles per hour. The police vehicle burst into flames and in 55 seconds the fire covered 43 percent of Schechterle’s body. The fourth-degree burns he suffered took the layers of his skin and muscle to the bone. He was not expected to live, but six months ahead of schedule, after two months in a coma and 16 of 52 surgeries, Schechterle walked out of the hospital.

“Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it,” he said. “Attitude is a very powerful thing. There’s no reason to give up when you have a bad day or a bad experience because it’s going to get better, it always does.”

The Mogollon Health Association, the Women’s Wellness Forum Committee and Payson Regional Medical Center are sponsoring his appearance at the 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum.

The event will start with a Zumba dance fitness program from 7 to 7:30 a.m., followed by the keynote speaker. Participants will then break into smaller groups to rotate through different one-hour breakout sessions.

Presenters include Christy Walton on Zumba and Latin dance fitness programs; Diane Nathe-Roder, yoga; Gail Gorry, skin care; Jean Oliver and Susie Wicks, domestic violence; Sarah “Bogi” Lautiner, vehicle maintenance; Roslyn Rogers, hormones; Brenda Hamric, scrapbooking; Christine Bollier and B.J. Bollier, cooking; John Hancock, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes; Nicole Darnall, living the green life; Karen Phylow, accessorizing.

Celebrate Your Inner Goddess through Heritage, Health and Healing is the theme of the 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum Saturday, March 24 on the Payson High School Campus.

The WWF Committee strives to be responsive to the interests expressed in the exit polls at each year’s forum. As a result of those requests, the following are new classes offered this year: Goddess to Go, Live Well with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes, Harnessing Your Hormones, and Yoga for Your Body, Mind and Spirit.

The committee also aims for a blend of local and statewide talent to keep the forum fresh. “Bogi” Lautiner, who will present “Keep Your Goddess Wheels on the Pavement” and professor Nicole Darnall, who will lead the session, “Living a Green Goddess Life,” as well as the keynote speaker, hail from the Valley.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., Payson, or go online to mogollonhealthalliance.com.


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