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Meet Your WCWI Team

Vision: WCWI is a community of connected employers who are transforming the wellbeing of Wisconsin’s workforce.
 
Mission: WCWI holds the core belief that employee wellbeing is a fundamental strategy and business priority for every employer of all sectors, industries, and sizes. As a professional development and consultation organization, WCWI is the premier resource for employee and organizational wellbeing in Wisconsin and the northern Midwest.
 
WCWI lives this mission through the following membership competencies:
  • empower and equip leaders and wellbeing strategists through strategic coaching, consultation, training, and professional development.
  • advocate for the success of our members by widening the scope of employee wellbeing in Wisconsin and navigating barriers.
  • lead the common agenda of improving the wellbeing of Wisconsin’s workforce and communities.
  • unite and build connections for wellbeing strategists and leaders through peer-to-peer learning, networking, and idea-sharing.

Behind this vision and mission is a passionate and energetic team leading and serving the WCWI membership!

Marissa KalkmanMarissa Kalkman, MS, MCHES, CWP  | Executive Director

Top 5 Gallup CliftonStrengths: Relator | Responsibility | Individualization | Learner | Achiever
Leads With: Executing

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.

Marissa KalkmanCarley Hoelzel | Director of Growth and Partnerships

Top 5 Gallup CliftonStrengths: Achiever | Learner | Input | Individualization | Arranger
Leads with: Strategic Thinking

As the Director of Growth and Partnerships, Carley Hoelzel has the passion and drive to motivate employers to enact change that uplifts employee health and well-being as a business priority with wide-reaching benefits for their organizations and people. Her investment in her community's health has her excited to lead strategic conversations with community stakeholders and employers to develop partnerships and collaborations that transform Wisconsin’s workforce.

Carley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UW Milwaukee and has held certifications in health and wellness-related fields since 2015. She brings nearly 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and strong interpersonal skills to the WCWI team.

When Carley's not at work or participating in community events, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can find her outdoors near the lakeshore enjoying the view and a local craft brew, hiking Wisconsin or biking along the Oak Leaf Trail.

Marissa KalkmanJessica Lehman, BS, GHP | Communication and Events Manager

Top 5 Gallup CliftonStrengths: Connectedness | Empathy | Woo | Positivity | Input
Leads With: Relationship Building

Jessica Lehman serves as our Communication and Events Manager. Her years of experience as the Wellness Coordiantor for a large school district in Wisconsin and as a Health Coach combined with her passion for building connections has led her to this position. As a member of WCWI for over three years, she has experienced the incredible benefits and resources available to Wellbeing Stratesists and People Leaders and is excited to build the member community as a WCWI Team Member. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Wellness Management from UW Steven's Point and completed certification programs at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as an Integrative Health Coach and BuddaBelly Life as a Gut Health Practitioner.

She has joined our team with a passion for building connections and helping each WCWI Member feel seen, valued and heard. She uses her talents and creativity to enhance the WCWI website and Member Dashboard, while growing the WCWI Social Media presence as well. She believes in the power of story telling, shared experiences and community and is excited to bring new networking opportunities to this organization. 

When she’s not working, you will most often find Jessica spending time with her family (husband Jhan J.D, teenage son Jacob, and several pets-now including two ducks), exercising in her home gym (strength-training workouts are her favorite), enjoying the outdoors (especially on her beautiful country patio) or cheering on the Green Bay Packers and her son's high school sports teams.

Marissa KalkmanCasey McKenna | Office and Opperations Manager

Top 5 Gallup ClifftonStrengths: Input | Relator | Strategic | Intellection | Learner
Leads With: Strategic Thinking

Casey McKenna serves as our Office and Operations Coordinator. Her background in Education and Management have brought her to WCWI with a growing interest and investment in improving the employee/employer relationship, as well as helping employers give their employees the tools they need to grow mentally, physically, and professionally. 

Casey hopes her presence within WCWI will help business operations run smoothly and create a great experience for all members and their employees. Working together with members to enhance their partnerships and processes is one of Casey’s main goals, as well as helping to improve the overall membership experience.

When Casey isn’t “in the office”, she enjoys spending time with her kids at the zoo, baking, and watching her favorite movies or television shows.

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