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Carole Pertofsky, MEd
Director of Wellness and Health Promotion Services

Carole brings to ConnectWell deep experience in wellness and health promotion. Carole Pertofsky is Director of Wellness and Health Promotion Services at Vaden Health Center at Stanford University. She co-teaches courses at Stanford including "The Pursuit of Happiness and Health" with Fred Luskin, and “Health Promotion and the Campus Culture” with the intention of educating students about the science-based practices of how to live meaningful, happy, and healthy lives. She oversees other Stanford wellness and positive psychology courses and programs. Carole directed and presented at Stanford University’s first conference on positive psychology “Happiness Within Reach 2011” drawing 20 presenters and 400 participants.
Carole co-founded Spiritual Tools for Healing, a non-profit organization in Berkeley offering groups and seminars for individuals with life-threatening and chronic illness, including classes on meditation, visualization, poetry, movement, visual arts and authentic communication for healing mind, body and spirit. She has a private coaching/counseling practice that integrates positive psychology and basic neuroscience, and focuses on helping people thrive, find purpose and achieve success in their lives.
Carole’s past experience also includes: Director Health Promotion at the U.S. Army Unit in Berlin, Germany where she received an Outstanding Recognition Award from Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; Director, Community Wellness Programs at Washington Hospital in Fremont; and Project Coordinator for Healthy Kids Healthy California Project at the California Department of Education.
Carole is a native of Brooklyn, New York and found a new home in the Bay Area where she has lived since 1973. Carole is a frequent lecturer, national speaker, and conducts workshops at the Esalen Institute, the Stanford Women's Healthy Living Retreat, and other organizations. When she is not lecturing or hosting a conference on happiness or wellness, Carole spends her time scuba diving, writing and hiking.
Carole has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Hofstra University in Psychology and Education Sciences and a Master in Education from University of California, Berkeley with a focus on Educational Administration.