Marissa Bongers is our Wellness Coordinator at Thayer County Health Services. She grew up on a farm just outside Brainard, NE, with her dad, Jerry, mom, Sandy, older sister, Janelle, and little brothers, Justin and Jason. She graduated from East Butler in 2010 and began school at UNK. While pursuing her degree, Marissa was a member of the UNK Cross Country and Track teams running middle distance. She was an All-American track athlete in the 800 meters placing 3rd three times at the National Championships. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science Fitness and Wellness and graduated in May 2014. After graduation, Marissa became a Wellness Program Intern at Lincoln Industries in Lincoln, NE. Her passion for wellness and drive to achieve took her back to UNK where she completed her Master of Arts in Education in Exercise Science while working as a graduate assistant in the Physical Activity in Wellness Lab. In graduate school, she assisted as a volunteer cross country and track coach before graduating with her masters in May 2016.
As the Wellness Program Coordinator Marissa will serve as the health and wellness resource for TCHS employees and the community. She will design and implement corporate wellness programs while guiding and motivating employee wellness program participants. You will see Marissa in the community promoting health education programs and activities for Thayer County communities and the three county schools.