Human Resource Development

Marie Harris

Professional Development Coordinator
Here since January 2010

What do you do for HRD?
As the Professional Development Coordinator, I manage the scheduling, finances, record keeping, office matters and other logistics related to the development workshops taught to faculty and staff. I also serve as the Wellness Program Manager with the intent to provide opportunities for BYU faculty and staff and their spouses to incorporate practices that will enhance their quality of life. Feeling healthy allows employees to experience greater fulfillment and become more productive employees.

What is your major? Degrees you have received?
Bachelor of Science: Exercise and Wellness, Brigham Young University (December 2014)
Certification: Wellness Program Director, National Wellness Institute (July 2010)

What is the best advice you have ever received?
"Fill your mind with truth; ...fill your life with service; and ...fill your heart with love." Thomas S. Monson

How can you help someone on campus?
I help provide faculty and staff and their spouses a variety of opportunities to improve their quality of life. Services include the following: exercise classes, health screenings, immunizations, nutrition workshops, nutrition coaching, fitness trainers, Well & Wise seminars, a weight loss program, a chronic disease management program, fun walks, an online healthy recipe file, lifestyle coaching, health challenges, a health assessment, and more. Some of the offerings are incentivized with cash or other rewards from DMBA.

Where is the most interesting place you have lived?
I lived in Taiwan for a year and a half while serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I arrived I immediately fell in love with the people and the culture. I have many friendships to this day that were started during my stay in Taiwan 30 years ago.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased." Ralph Waldo Emerson / Heber J. Grant
I like this quote because it is something my dad would say to encourage me when I was facing challenges.

If you're married, tell us your favorite or funniest thing you love about your spouse.
After being married about 14 years, my children asked me to tell them about my most embarrassing moment. As I told them the story, my husband became very interested and started asking me questions surrounding the situation. He then said "did a boy come and help you?" I answered "yes." A really nice boy did come and help me out of my predicament. Who would have guessed: the boy who rescued me so many years earlier was my husband!

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