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Derek Bell


Experience and Interests

Teaching experience

  • Associate Lecturer, MBA, UW-Stevens Point
  • Part-time Faculty, Mid-State Technical College
  • Teaching Assistant, Division of Communication, UW-Stevens Point

Research interests

  • Wellbeing and Purpose
  • Organizational Wellness, Communication, and Leadership
  • Population Health Management
  • Healthcare
  • Soccer

Professional Experience

  • Director of Wellbeing & Joy of Practice, Ascension (2021-current)
  • Wellness & Strategy Leader, Ascension Wisconsin Employer Solutions (2012-2021)
  • Membership & Community Director, South Wood County YMCA (2010-2012)
  • Director, National Wellness Institute, (2000-2009)
  • Head Boys Soccer Coach, Stevens Point Area Senior High School, (2001-2006; 2017-present)


  • 2020 recipient “Coach of Significance” award. United Soccer Coaches Association
  • Creator and Host, “Highway to Well” podcast


National Organization

Contributing writer, “Life on the Move” WELCOA and “Rise Together”

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

“To Bless this Space Between Us,” John O’Donohue

Best advice you ever received?

People follow people.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?


Favorite Quote?

Wellness means something different to everyone every day.

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

Innovation and Purpose

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Innovation and Purpose

A piece of advice for students in your school?

Clear minds, full hearts, can’t lose.


Derek Bell
Executive Educator - MBA
Director of Wellbeing and Joy of Practice - Ascension


M.S. in Human and Community Resources
UW-Stevens Point, 2012

B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science
Knox College, 1994

Certified Wellness Practioner
Worksite Wellness Program Management

Premier Diploma
United Soccer Coaches Association