Our Team

Beth Kirkpatrick - Director of Education: As one of the key architects of the technology movement in Physical Education for over thirty years, Beth oversees IHT’s impact, growth and reach. Her experience and comprehensive understanding of heart rate monitor technology, along with her passion and vision strengthens IHT’s ability to become the gold standard in the educational market. Before joining IHT, Beth was the Director of Education for Polar Electro, Inc. for 18 years, where she was known nationwide and globally as the pioneer of heart rate monitor use in education. Under Beth’s leadership and influence, she motivated her profession to move to the future with technology, while becoming one of the most sought after keynote speakers in the industry, worldwide. With 20 years of experience teaching health and PE,she has been nationally recognized for her renowned teaching methods and has been the recipient of numerous “Teacher of the Year” and leadership awards. Beth is also the developer of two model PE programs that have gained considerable attention worldwide. Email Beth at beth@ihtusa.com or call 319-242-2800.

Jerel Cantrell - National Sales Manager: Jerel has spent his entire career in educational sales and has been recognized as an industry leading consultant for schools and companies nationwide for over 22 years.  Jerel lent his experience to IHT in 2011 to help our company successfully implement the Spirit System into our initial partnering schools. He re-joined IHT full-time after a having remarkable success at Hyperwear, Inc.  In just two years, Jerel increased the company’s educational sales impact from implementation in a few dozen schools to integrating their signature product “Sandbells” into tens of thousands of schools nationwide. Coupled with his desire to make a difference in the lives of kids, Jerel does a wonderful job of listening to teachers to truly understand their needs and goals.  Jerel holds a BS in Education from Baylor University. When Jerel is not working he enjoys spending time with his three kids ages 16, 13 and 10, as well as cycling running, all outdoor activities and traveling. Email Jerel at jerel@ihtusa.com or call 972-740-8524.

Jessica Kral - Operations Director: A native Nebraskan born in Iowa; Jessica brings a wealth of experience to our Operations team.  She moved to Austin in 2004 and started work with a software start-up company which became part of a thriving business heardquartered in Austin.  Jessica’s experience in customer service and operation’s management will strengthen the Interactive Health Technologies team.   She is married with two daughters, 7 and 4.  Her hobbies are family, cooking, reading and football.  Despite living in Texas she remains a loyal Husker fan! Email Jessica at jessica@ihtusa.com or call 512-522-9354. 

Jen Ohlson - Founder, President : Jen leads IHT’s efforts to connect and strengthen the overall collaborative mission to effect real change in the health of youth, workforce and communities. Jen consults directly with a number of foremost organizations, including secondary and elementary schools, universities, corporations and cities throughout the nation. She also works closely with several state agencies, community leaders state and nationwide, leading-edge researchers and technology partners as they work together in the development of the program. Jen has also just completed writing and directing her first feature film, an educational documentary, “Health Needs a Hero”, that details the epidemic of our childhood health issues. Jen built her career excelling at business strategy and long-range plan development and execution. She cultivated those management skills as an elite athlete, coach, television sports reporter and as a national award-winning published author and public speaker. Email Jen at jen@ihtusa.com or call 512-848-8044.

Ben Bentzin - Founder, CEO: Ben is a former corporate marketer and an active investor and strategic marketing consultant. His areas of focus include brand development, product marketing, social media and corporate communications. Ben has more than 20 years of operational experience within start-up and early-stage companies specifically in the technology realm. He has served in various senior management, CEO and executive positions including Fortune 500 company management experience. Ben also teaches in the marketing department at The University of Texas McCombs School of Business and severs on numerous non profit Boards, this year chairing The United Way Campaign. Email Ben at ben@ihtusa.com.