Deb McClellan – Community Wellness Operations Manager
Joining the Live Well Winona organization is an epic milestone in my life goals. High on that list has been to closely align my employment with my long time personal interests related to health, wellness and helping others. Being able to fulfill this dream on a community wide level here in Winona where I grew up and have resided throughout my life gives it much greater meaning.
My occupational background is rooted in business administration and human resource management with 30 years of experience in various positions at Winona businesses. During this time I have also been heavily involved in business and community organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management, Women in Business, Winona Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity. I appreciate the experience gained while serving in a leadership role with several of these organizations. Currently I serve on the Board of Directors for the Winona Occupational Rehabilitation Center.
My professional career, including the outside organizations, has been challenging and rewarding. It has given me the opportunity to serve individuals and the community, something that I find personally gratifying. For a number of years I have wanted to mesh my job and my desire to help others with my passion for fitness and general wellness. I believe Live Well Winona is the perfect fit for me to do that.
I have been physically active most of my life with recreational and athletic activities like volleyball, softball and flag football during my “early” adult years. Running and biking are my more recent pastimes.
There was a time period though when my diet and lifestyle were not the healthiest. The birth of my daughter caused an awakening and a realization that I wanted to do better for myself. Not only for the personal benefits, but because I wanted to fully enjoy and be a part of my daughter’s life for the long term and possibly serve as a healthy role model for her.
This new outlook on healthy living included a fitness component, one that drew me to the Winona YMCA. My enthusiasm must have been evident because to my surprise I was soon recruited by the Y Fitness Director to become an instructor. In spite of my fears for leading a group activity I agreed and went through the necessary training and certification process. My 20 year tenure included teaching multiple classes each week in pilates, indoor cycling and cardio/resistance training.
My new endeavors include leading fitness classes at Infinity Wellness and SG Danzworks as well volunteering for various organization. With Live Well Winona I can come to work each day looking forward to helping people live healthy lifestyles and to help a community be a quality place to live and raise children. I feel blessed to be part of the Live Well team. And my daughter, who by coming into my life inspired me to lead a healthier life, is now all grown up.