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Meet Your WCWI Team

At the Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI), we believe fervently in our vision to improve health to empower business. We live this vision each and every day as the only nonprofit organization in the state dedicated exclusively to helping employers develop and deploy results-oriented wellness strategies. Behind this vision is a devoted, impassioned and energetic team of industry experts, serving our membership with local resources, consultation, learning and networking!

Marissa KalkmanMarissa Kalkman, MS, MCHES  | Executive Director

Marissa is the Executive Director of WCWI. She leads with the mindset that inclusive employee wellbeing is vital for all organizations and all people. She is dedicated to working diligently and passionately to impact wellbeing through comprehensive and creative strategies for the workforce and community. Marissa has a unique skillset in employee and organizational wellness gathered from her experience as a consultant, strategy leader, program director, health educator, and coach. Core to her work at WCWI are her values of empathy and social impact and the belief that employee wellbeing is a foundational strategy and business priority for every employer of all sectors, industries, and sizes. Marissa thrives when she is supporting organizations through consultative problem-solving, generating ideas and strategies for impact, and when she is coaching and training the personal and professional development of wellbeing strategists and people leaders.

Marissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Health Education, and a Master’s degree in Applied Health Science, Health Promotion from Indiana University. She’s a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and has training through Wellcoaches School of Coaching and Intrinsic Solutions International. Marissa serves as a community leader on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Advisory Board for the UW Extension Health and Wellness Management program, and Wisconsin’s State Health Assessment Steering Committee.

When she’s not working, you will most often find Marissa spending time with her family (husband Dan, daughter Aliza, son Ryder, and rescue pup, Nora), exercising with a variety of intense workouts (CrossFit and Weightlifting are favorites), enjoying the outdoors (especially hiking and camping) and listening to Podcasts.

Katie ReielsKatie Reiels, MS | Learning & Project Strategist
Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Marquette University and a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Wellness from UW-Milwaukee. Previously, Katie served WCWI members as the Program Manager, implementing and managing WCWI programs as well as providing consultative service through the 7 Benchmark well workplace process. She’s also had extensive experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation through her roles at the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, Excel Personal Training, Froedtert Health, Active Across America and Wisconsin Athletic Club.
She’s excited to continue to serve WCWI members as a Project Strategist. This role will emphasize her passion and abilities to support our community relationships, assist members in building their wellbeing strategies, share best practices in Wisconsin through Well Practices and employer case studies, and assist with current and future WCWI initiatives. More importantly, Katie is motivated to continue to elevate worksite wellbeing in Wisconsin through her work at WCWI.  
In her personal time, Katie enjoys personal training, group fitness, gardening, photography and her family! When she’s not working, you will find her embracing every day with her husband and 15 month old daughter, Scout!

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