Mary Jo Desprez, MLIR

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Job Title
Director of Health Promotion and Wolverine Wellness


  • MLIR Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations (Training/Development), Michigan State University
  • B.A. Multidisciplinary Social Science, Michigan State University

Professional interests:

  • Okanagan Charter
  • Utilizing Collective Impact Theory to create culture change
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resilience
  • Multi-dimensional well-being
  • Alcohol and other drug prevention, early intervention and recovery support
  • Social justice and the intersection of identity and well-being
  • Work team dynamics

Strengths: Gallup StrengthsQuest Top Five- Empathy, Strategic Planning, Arranger, Connectedness and Positivity

Approach to wellness: Personal and community wellbeing are interdependent. It is important that we help people build personal skills while simultaneously advocating for a health promoting community. Keys to my personal well-being are to practice the skills of resilience, move my body and nurture the significant relationships in my life. 

Personal interests: Running, hiking, travel, food, reading the newspaper the old-fashioned way, and being a mother, daughter, sister and friend. I know it may sound odd but I also really love my work!

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