Marsha Benz, MPH, MA

Marsha Benz
Assistant Director, Personal Skill Building
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Additional roles
  • Wellness Coaching | supervisor and coach
  • Motivational Interviewing Trainer
  • MPH in Health Behavior/Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
  • MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Western Michigan University
  • BA in Psychology, Western Michigan University
Professional interests
  • Motivational interviewing and positive psychology
  • Wellness coaching
  • Alcohol and other drug early intervention
  • Student caregivers
  • Students with chronic health issues and disabilities
  • Social marketing and finding out what students think
  • Social justice, specifically, how we can better meet our underserved students’ needs
  • Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2010


Listening and helping students find their own wisdom to change behaviors to feel competent and find happiness in life.

Personal interests

I love spending time with my family and friends, gardening, making soap, quilting, cooking and occasionally making music. I like to spend time in my 1893 home and getting outside all year round.

Approach to wellness

Wellness is not what magazines and the media tell you. It’s not about fad diets or how to get six-pack abs or how to make tofu 12 different ways (although I love tofu). To me, it’s about finding out who you are, how you want to spend your time, and what your contributions to the world will be. It’s about feeling good about yourself even when you screw up. It’s about balance and the being out of balance too. It’s about taking a chaotic world and finding some peace and joy in it.