Mental Health in the Workplace Panel

Mental illness and depression affect everyone in their path, and our workplaces are no exception. Hear from professionals in the mental health field on how to address these issues, and get concrete ideas on how to support employees and coworkers coping with mental health concerns.


Terry McGuire

Terry (Bertha) McGuire was a Milwaukee TV news reporter and anchor in the 80s. In the decades since, she built a successful freelance career as an on-camera spokesperson and voice-over talent.

Four years ago, all her energy, hopes and dreams were drained from her body by depression. Isolated and untreated, the darkness lasted far longer and took a much greater toll than was necessary. Healthy again, Terry is now combining what she learned from that descent with her 30+ years of interviewing and writing experience to produce and co-host the “Giving Voice to Depression” podcast, a production of Giving Voice to Mental Illness, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit she founded to fight the stigma of mental illness by humanizing its experience and normalizing its discussion. Terry shares her own personal story, as well as lessons from the hundreds of others she has interviewed on the subject. Silence promotes shame and discourages claiming our power and getting the help we need to manage the illness. With humor and insight, Terry speaks of depression as one would any other illness. Because that’s what it is.

Terri deRoon Cassini

Terri deRoon Cassini, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Departments of Surgery (Division of Trauma & Critical Care), Psychiatry, and Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She graduated with a B.S. in zoology & physiology from the University of Wyoming, completed an M.S. in clinical psychology from Marquette University, and in 2008 earned her Ph.D. from Marquette University in clinical psychology. Dr. deRoon-Cassini completed her internship at the Zablocki VA Medical Center with an emphasis on health psychology and post-traumatic stress disorder after combat trauma. From 2008-2010, Dr. deRoon-Cassini completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she provided inpatient and outpatient clinical psychological care to injured trauma survivors.

Currently she sees inpatients and outpatients who struggle with distress after trauma, and she conducts research on the bio-psychosocial aspects of psychopathology and resilience following trauma, including civilian and military injury. Her research is and has been funded by the CDC, MCW, and the NIH. Dr. deRoon-Cassini is co-director of the research core of the Injury Research Center, director of research for the Division of Trauma, and co-directs the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson, PhD, LPC, NCC is a counselor educator and licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin. She currently works at Rogers Behavioral Health where she oversees clinical education throughout the system to include training on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT). Within this role, Dr. Nelson works collaboratively with both clinical and administrative leadership to ensure clinical staff provides effective evidence-based care. At Rogers, Dr. Nelson has provided DBT treatment to adolescents within acute levels of care presenting with complex concerns to include mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance-use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Prior to joining Rogers, Dr. Nelson has worked in a variety of clinical settings to include private practice, treatment group homes and corporate consulting working with children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Nelson received her BS in psychology and MS in educational psychology (community counseling) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as her PhD in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Dr. Nelson has been intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy as well as DBT prolonged exposure protocols (DBT+PE).

Marissa Kalkman

Marissa Kalkman is the executive director of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin (WCWI), a statewide nonprofit organization that serves to be a community of connected employers that are transforming Wisconsin’s workforce. As executive director, she leads the organization to support 700 like-minded professionals from over 500 member organizations of all industries and sizes across the state in developing and sustaining results-oriented strategies to impact employee well-being.

Marissa leads with the mindset that well-being in the workplace is good business and the right thing to do, with resounding positive effects on the employee experience, engagement, retention, recruitment, productivity and overall health. She has a unique and proficient skill set in employee and organizational wellness gathered from her experience as a consultant, strategy leader, program manager, health educator and coach.

Marissa received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and public health education and a master’s degree in applied health science, health promotion from Indiana University. She’s a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, and completed Wellness Coach training through Wellcoaches School of Coaching.