About

Thrive is a campus-wide initiative – owned by every member of the Wake Forest University community.  The Office of Wellbeing leads the campus in making wellbeing a part of every experience in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

Our Staff

  • Marian Trattner (she/her), MSW, serves as the Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion and Interim Director

    Marian TrattnerMarian provides strategic leadership for our health promotion portfolio which includes peer education initiatives, bystander intervention, Sleepin’ Deacon Program and Signs of Stress. Marian brings 13 years of experience working in college student health promotion to our office. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Marian served as the inaugural Bystander Intervention Specialist for The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). In this role, she managed their campus wide multi-issue bystander intervention initiative called BeVocal. The mission of BeVocal is to enhance bystanders’ confidence and motivation to intervene in order to prevent and reduce harm. Prior to that role, she served for as the inaugural Suicide Prevention Coordinator for UT Austin where she worked with campus stakeholders and students to create the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (Be That One), a program of the Longhorn Wellness Center. Be That One utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies by peer outreach, education, and support. During this time she also served as the instructor and adviser to the Mental Health Promotion Peer Education at UT Austin. Marian is the founder of the National College Student Suicide Prevention Listserv. She is currently serving as the NASPA Region III Knowledge Chair for Wellness and Health Promotion.  Marian is passionate about empowering students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. For self-care Marian enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outside, and exploring local coffee shops.

  • Tomma Guastaferro - Office Manager

    Tomma Guastaferro joined the Office of Wellbeing in 2015, bringing with her 11 years’ experience in administrative support. Tomma’s role includes assisting the Director in managing the day to day operations of the Office of Wellbeing, budget reporting, and assisting with coordinating and implementing programs and workshops. Prior to joining the Office of Wellbeing Tomma was Coordinator, for the Professional Development Center (PDC). The PDC is a collective resource between the Human Resources Department and the Office of the Provost. Tomma’s work included marketing, conference registration, and organizing classes and workshop series focusing on health and wellbeing. In the fall of 2009, Tomma was instrumental in the implementation of the Gatekeepers program, which emphasizes the value of diversity, inclusion, and the understanding of cultural similarities, differences, and perceptions.

  • Peter E. Rives ('98) - Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention

    Peter RivesPeter Rives is the Assistant Director of Wellbeing – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention. Upon graduating from Wake Forest with a major in Psychology in 1998, Peter attended the University of Delaware where he completed 4 years of doctoral study in Social Psychology as well as undergraduate teaching and research. In 2001 Peter began work in community-based public mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabilities services. Over the next 15 years Peter developed as a leader and expert in evidence-based program development, implementation and management within the North Carolina public behavioral health and healthcare systems. Peter has recognized expertise in and has served as a consultant and presenter in the area integrated healthcare. He also has a passion for Motivational Interviewing (MI) and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Peter was recognized in 2013 as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders” by the Business Journal and completed a Jim Bernstein Rural Healthcare Leadership Fellowship in 2014 at the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation.

    At Wake Forest, Peter leads the campus-wide alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention efforts in collaboration with students and campus and community partners. He serves as chair of the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, an interdisciplinary workgroup with 40 members including students, faculty, and staff with 4 active sub-committees meeting monthly. Peter also oversees the AOD intervention programs for students referred by both medical services and conduct as well as for self-referrals and coordinates recovery supports on campus for students in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol.

  • Ashley Hawkins Parham, MA ('12) - Program Manager of Wellbeing
  • Michelle Ford ('10) - Program Coordinator

    Michelle is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Wellbeing.  She manages the day to day operation of the massage therapy, aromatherapy, and nutrition counseling services.  Michelle graduated from Wake Forest in 2010 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  Shen went on to work as a physical therapy technician and then in sales where she honed her customer services skills.  She returned to Wake Forest in 2017 as an administrative assistant for the Department of Biology and transitioned to the Office of Wellbeing in late 2018.  Michelle enjoys connecting people with the services they need to enhance their overall wellbeing and is excited to be a part of providing that to the Wake Forest community.

  • Daniella Feijoo - Wake Forest Fellow, Campus Life

    Daniella Feijoo ('18), Wake Forest FellowFamily means everything to Daniella and this campus is where she found her second family and home. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Daniella ventured to Winston-Salem to visit WFU, inspired by the University’s close-knit community, remarkable faculty, and Pro Humanitate spirit. She earned her dual BA degree in Politics and International Affairs and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Daniella is a proud Magnolia Scholar and Kappa Kappa Psi brother. Daniella played in the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band for four years and served as the recruitment coordinator for two years. She was an inaugural member of the Wake the Vote cohort, as well as the inaugural class of Pro Humanitate Scholars, focusing on civic engagement. Daniella was also involved in Volunteer Service Corps as the Co-Chair for Education. In this role she volunteered with the Kids Cooking Coalition and Latino Community Services. She also planned the 2017 Pro Humanitate Day of Service and launched the Network for Education and Resource Development. Daniella studied in the Southern Cone study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, where she had the opportunity to live with two host families and intern for Ministerio de la Mujer y la Equidad de Género. Daniella worked in the Office of Personal and Career Development as a career assistant, where she discovered a passion for community building and connecting students to resources. Daniella is honored to serve the University by advocating for the wellbeing of all members of the community.

     

  • Regina McCoy, MPH - Wellbeing Coach

    Regina McCoy, MPH, MCHES, NBC – HWC

    I’ve been hooked on being a health educator since the 7th grade when I began the Good Samaritan Club with concern about health and safety after a tragic injury that resulted from the fall of a classmate. I found my way to receive two academic degrees in Public Health Education and spent my early professional career partnering with the community to address maternal and child health issues, especially within under-resourced communities. Currently I am a Professor in The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) – Department of Public Health Education, gratefully giving over 20-years of academic scholarship in community engagement and health coaching. I’ve coached clients with self-identified chronic health conditions (e.g., such as obesity, depression, stress, and multiple sclerosis), and lead the department’s efforts to train and certify lay and professional health coaching practitioners. Wellbeing Coaching is my heart-time job because I can dream with my clients as they discover their path to personal fulfillment and confidently strive to make their dreams a reality.

    As a co-Director of the UNCG Health Coach Training Center I provide consultation and training on evidence-based person-centered care and competency-based assessment of health educators and coach practitioners. In addition to receiving national recognition for making significant contributions to the health education field, I’ve also earned the credential of Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Health & Wellness Coach. Several of my invited presentations and papers have focused on my CBPR efforts to partner with communities to focus on issues that impact the health of mothers, emerging youth, and minority populations.

  • Brenda Smith - Wellbeing Coach

    Brenda Smith, CHWC

    Brenda began her journey in the health and wellness industry by starting as a fitness trainer after graduating college. Her passion grew and continued to expand from this experience. After 28 years of corporate experience, Brenda decided to pursue her passion to fully dedicate her skills to fitness and wellbeing. Brenda has 20 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, and 13 years of experience as a Certified Yoga Instructor. While working as an Associate Wellness Director managing an on-site fitness center for Hanesbrands headquarters, Brenda became a Certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Brenda’s vast experience provides her with a foundation to coach individuals around stress management, physical activity, smoking cessation, nutrition, weight management through body positivity, work life balance, and holistic wellbeing for life satisfaction. Brenda is committed to coaching and guiding people holistically to empower them to become aware of how to live healthier lives through proactive and preventative measures. Brenda’s experience includes coaching clients from a variety of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Her motto is, “give a person a fish and he will eat fish for a day. Teach him how to fish and he can eat whenever he wants.”

    As a fellow navigator on this journey called life, Brenda is passionate about traveling alongside others as a wellbeing coach. Her goal is to inspire others to not just survive the hard times and challenges, but to learn, grow, and THRIVE!

  • Karin Reese, MA -Wellbeing Coach

    Karin Reese, MA

    Karin ReeseKarin is passionate about walking alongside people through life, working together to solve problems holistically, and learning to live wholeheartedly. As a wellness coach, she works to encourage and empower clients, using each person’s unique set of strengths to facilitate achieving their goals.

    Karin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1988, then returned to school as a non-traditional student in 2011. She completed a BS degree in psychology from University of Alaska/Kenai Peninsula College in 2014 and graduated in 2017 with an MA in counseling and human services from University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Her professional background includes helping with goal setting and boundaries, stress management, special dietary needs, multi-cultural/international adjustments, grief, chronic illness, anxiety, sexuality, personal values, spiritual concerns, and relationship issues.

  • Jane Stegner, MS, RD -Wellbeing Coach

    Jane Stegner, MS, RD

    Jane is a passionate Wellbeing Coach that has transitioned from clinical nutrition and diabetes education at WFBMC, to working with students, faculty and staff at WFU.  She has M.S. in Human Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Delaware and is a registered dietitian (RD) and a certified diabetes educator (CDE). She has applied and grown this expertise for 30 years in varied clinical and research settings.  Her favorite position, until now at WFU Wellbeing, was at Duke University Live for Life program where she worked 6 years with deans, grounds crew, genius scientist from far away countries, and over-worked staff determined to get it all done. She helped them enhance their physical wellbeing through nutrition, exercise and balancing expectations in order to set new boundaries.

    Jane’s coaching focuses on the individual to encompass their wants and needs. Her passion for coaching helps clients maintain balance in all areas of life by planning ahead to realize their best self and full potential. Jane empowers her clients to expand their thinking by opening windows on this abundant and flourishing world.

  • Kristen Batista - Massage Therapist

    Kristen is a North Carolina board licensed massage and bodywork therapist. Her professional massage therapy sessions are designed personally for the need and outcomes of every individual client. Many clients are seen for pain management, as part of a rehabilitation plan, or to help ease symptoms of certain medical diagnoses. She blends her Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques to give a relaxed and therapeutic experience. Kristen’s friendly nature and genuine desire to help others resonates through her bodywork.

  • Curtis Edmunds - Message Therapist

    Curtis Edmunds is a graduate of Living Arts Institute in Winston Salem, NC.  Curtis is trained in a variety of massage modalities including relaxation, deep tissue, and sports massage.  He is a health and fitness enthusiast, who understands the importance of maintaining a healthy body.  And he leverages his physical strength and understanding of the human body to help clients reduce stress and alleviate pain.  As a therapist, he ensures that clients are comfortable and that every treatment is customized to meet their specific needs.