Dave Gardner, DA
Worksite Wellness and School Coordinator
Dave Gardner serves as the Worksite Wellness and School Coordinator for the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health (CCCPH) Branch. Dave's professional career spans more than forty years and includes experience in K-12 and university teaching, development and direction of workplace wellness programs, management in a healthcare system, administration in the NC Department of Public Instruction and executive director for a statewide, university-based health and wellness center. Dave's work has taken place across public and private entities in North Carolina and includes Raleigh City Schools, Halifax Community College, Gardner-Webb University, the Charlotte Fire Department, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. Throughout his career, Dave has sought and accepted opportunities to provide leadership and service to expand and enhance the role health and prevention can and should play in schools, worksites, hospitals, higher education and communities. Gardner has served and currently serves on numerous councils, boards, and task forces including the Eat Smart, Move More NC Executive Committee, North Carolina Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities Steering Committee, Preventing Obesity by Design3 Advisory Committee, Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens (SHIFTNC) Board of Directors, North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport Management (NCAAHPED-SM) Trustees, Western North Carolina Health Impact Steering Committee and the Institute for Emerging Issues Health Council. Dave comes to the CCCPH from UNC Asheville where he served as the founding Executive Director for the NC Center for Health and Wellness beginning in 2010.
Dave is a Raleigh native who enjoys reading, golf, time in the gym, following the App State Mountaineers and sitting on the deck at sundown at Beech Mountain. Dave's wife, Joyce, is Director of Educator Preparation for the NC Department of Public Instruction. The Gardners have two grown children and one grandchild in the Raleigh area.