Marissa Kalkman is the Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI). Marissa leads from the core belief that inclusive wellbeing is vital for all - individuals, organizations, and ultimately our communities. She bring a unique set of strengths and skills in employee wellbeing and organizational leadership from fifteen years of professional experience. Marissa thrives when she is supporting organizations through consultative problem-solving, generating ideas and strategies for impact, digging in to find root cause and connections, translating research and plans into action, 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 from Indiana University. She’s a master certified health education specialist (MCHES), a certified wellness practitioner (CWP), and completed professional coach training with Intrinsic Solutions. Marissa expands her leadership in the community on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Advisory Board for the UW Extension Health and Wellness Management degree program, and TEMPO Milwaukee Emerging Women Leaders.
When she’s not working, you will most often find her 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 listening to Podcasts.