Body Wisdom School Staff
Almut (Ali) Hatfield
Owner & Director
Born and raised in Germany, Ali Hatfield left a corporate career to specialize in private coaching, body centered therapies, and art. Her pursuit for the best training lead her to the US prior to settling in Iowa at age 33. Owner of Body Wisdom Inc. with its Body Wisdom Institute and the Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School, Ali oversees and is actively involved with all operations.
Her vision focuses on continuous growth and refinement of Body Wisdom’s programs to serve professionals and also consumers with the resources in establishing true health, wellness, and wholeness.
She is passionate about providing a safe, nurturing space that promotes the re-discovery of one’s inner spark, allowing it to ignite into full flame as it was originally intended. Ali firmly believes that many such brightly shining lights illuminate a truth of universal oneness: the ultimate well-being there is.
Witnessing anything or anyone thriving is Ali’s greatest joy; it’s one reason why she treasures nature and wildlife, majestic sights and places, vibrant beauty and esthetics, and music and the arts. She loves to paint, write, hike, play in the yard, and soak in the solitude just as much as seeing or making friends.
While taking pleasure in life’s ever-unfolding journey into the unknown, Ali also likes actual travels - near or far – to national parks, other states, foreign countries, different cities, and other cultures.
Student Counselor & Office Manager
Gintare (G) Kelley left her native country of Lithuania to play college basketball in the US, where she earned a degree in sports management.
Married with two young boys she enjoys balancing family life and a meaningful career. G loves to assist people in getting in touch with their passion. Her desire is to see them succeed personally and professionally with equal balance and fulfillment.
In her role as student counselor and office manager at Body Wisdom School G not only utilizes her athletic experience and knowledge of the human body and the professional expertise she brings to the table, but also her excitement about other people’s happiness.
G is on the prospective student’s side from the moment they contact the school, throughout their studies, and alongside their career, always looking out for their very best interest. She knows that Body Wisdom has been uniquely structured to serve our students in a very complete fashion, providing an environment that truly focuses on each individual’s talents, career plans and long term successes.people, and she likes to cater to their specific needs.
Bobbie Jo Richmann
Student Financial Advisor & Financial Aid Officer
With degrees in Accounting & Financial Services, and Accounting & Business Leadership, Bobbiejo understands the gravity of numbers in student financing. Her two decades of extensive customer service, care, and experience further aid in her role to advise and assist students with their financial needs and decisions.
Trustworthy, solid and with great diligence, Bobbiejo takes each student’s unique circumstances into consideration, as she lays out creative options and solutions for them. She has a special talent to take the stress out of money matters, and show how easily proper arrangements lead to sound affairs and peace of mind.
Bobbiejo’s compassion, listening skills and the willingness to work with anyone’s challenges, is well balanced with her work ethics and the ability to promote maturity and growth, as our students advance in becoming successful professionals.
As young empty nesters, Bobbiejo and her husband have successfully raised their three children to be up-standing citizens, all with successful career paths. They still enjoy spending quality time with their kids, but meanwhile have left the Iowa countryside to focus more on their careers in the city. Luckily their happy little rat terrier, Suzy, likes to take them on long walks for much treasured outdoors time. Bobbiejo also loves to sit down with a good Dean Koontz novel, or to go fishing with her husband at lake Kabetogama in Northern Minnesota.
Powerhouse Jolene Druivenga is a wonderfully-Iowa straight shooter: down to earth, with a heart of gold, good common sense, and no bones about all things done right.
The oldest of six, Jolene is very close with her family. Her parents have been married for a whooping six decades. She herself is blessed with four children, their spouses, a dozen grand kids and a first great grandchild.
You guess her age - it’s just not possible...! Graduating from Body Wisdom only in the summer of 2015 Jolene finally realized her long-held dream of becoming a professional massage therapist, which she had kept since the young age of twelve!
Initially Jolene had attended SWICC in Creston Iowa gaining her computer science certificate in 1982, prior to working at a care center as a CNA/CMA in southern Iowa for four years, where she also trained other CNA/CMA staff. For 2 years she trained law enforcement personnel at Camp Dodge, Iowa. She also holds an Administrative Assistant Associate's Degree from DMACC.
After temporarily helping out at Revenue & Finance during the 1986/87 tax seasons, Jolene was hired at the Iowa Department of Transportation, from where she officially retired 31 years later, on December 27, 2018.
She claims her passions to be: “my family, friends, and massage!”, while Jolene's hobbies include international travels with one of her sisters, driving all over America to visit family, camping, and maintaining a photo/journal history of family/friends.
When being so lucky to sign Jolene on with our team, she responded: “I’m excited about my adventure with my Body Wisdom family!” … so are we.