MEET OUR TEAM
Gianna Biscontini, M.A.Ed.H.D., BCBA:
Founder | CEO
Gianna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, writer, speaker and the founder of W3RKWELL. Throughout her 15-year career in behavioral science she has held clinical, leadership and consulting roles in healthcare, non-profit, research, education and government industries. She holds a masters in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and completed her post graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University. Gianna began her career under Washington D.C’s then-Chancellor, Michelle Rhee, and former mayor, Adrian Fenty, in the Central Office of Special Education. Throughout her tenure she developed the city’s first early childhood autism evaluation team, served as a panel contributor at The George Washington University and Princeton University, and presented her pediatric work at the Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. conference. She served 5 years on the board of directors for The Bowen Foundation for Autism and has written several articles for EP Magazine (formerly Exceptional Parent) and Behavioral Science in the 21st Century. After moving to San Diego for a clinical leadership position in a large NPO, Gianna expanded her career into Organizational Behavior Management. As an associate consultant in an executive coaching firm she developed behavior-based programs on conducting difficult conversations, fostering critical thinking skills and demonstrating C-level leadership behavior. She earned a certificate in Organizational Behavior Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2017 and became the Founder and CEO of W3RKWELL.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, camping, reading, yoga, meditation, hosting dinner parties with her husband and relaxing at home with her rescue dog and cat, Franklin and Annie.
HR Cafe’s Speaker Series- A Scientific Disruption: Restoring HR as the Corporate Heart Through Employee Wellbeing
Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: Panel speaker on entrepreneurship and social media
Hoosier Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN: Workshop and lecture- The Role of Workplace Variables on Employee Wellbeing, Retention and Productivity
SWABA & Organizational Behavior Management Network Conference, Stockholm, Sweden: Behavioral Science and Workplace Wellbeing
Malerie Gest, M.A., BCBA:
Head of Hashtags
Malerie is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She is passionate about working with individuals and organizations to create meaningful, sustainable and measurable change through Organizational Behavior Management. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on the beach, being outside, creating and cooking “clean” recipes, weight training and hot yoga, and exploring the city with her husband. She is ecstatic to join the team and grow social media channels at W3RKWELL.
Alexandra Kopack, M.S., BCBA, Q.A.S.P-S:
Chief Relationship Builder
Alexandra was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and recently moved to San Diego for the sunshine and variety of outdoor activities. She is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and holds a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne in Australia. She recently joined W3RKWELL in order to combine the scientific study of well-being and Organizational Behavior Management strategies to improve both individual and organizational levels of health and work satisfaction. She looks forward to extending and expanding W3RKWELL's impact on the modern workplace via outreach and development projects.
Sherrel Hill, BCBA:
Sherrel joins the W3RKWELL team as a guest blogger to spread the word about creating healthy and engaging work environments using Organizational Behavior Management. While earning her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University, Sherrel wrote articles for The Daily Toreador newspaper and also worked in media relations at the Office of Communications and Marketing. Upon graduating, Sherrel worked as a business communication instructor at Texas Tech University. Aside from her love of writing, Sherrel’s passions include yoga, meditation, reading, and going on adventures with her two young boys and husband.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Rob Baker: Founder and Chief Positive Deviant at Tailored Thinking
Rob has been putting the “Human” back into Human Resources as a consultant at PwC and senior HR leader for large employers in the UK and Australia for over 15 years. It is from this work that he now engages with employers across multiple sectors through his positive psychology, wellbeing and HR consultancy, Tailored Thinking. Whilst working with executives, managers, their teams, and through his personal study and research, Rob draws inspiration from helping others to find meaning in their work and happiness in all that they do.
Why Rob partnered with W3RKWELL:
Tailored Thinking and W3RKWELL share a commitment to reimagining the workplace where wellbeing is the at its heart, knowing that people and businesses thrive where there is a healthy, happy and high performing environment.
We strive to create professionals that can consult as external change agents, as well as internal champions of behavior analysis applied to the world at work, or what we affectionately call the role of the Chief Motivating Officer. Our CMO supervisors are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and are eligible to supervise upcoming behavior analysts per BACB regulations. ALL of our OBM supervisors have on-campus graduate-level training in OBM and/or organizational psychology from reputable university programs, have extensive professional experiences utilizing OBM in a wide array of applications and settings, and are currently working in formal positions in the field.
Kim Spahn: Vitality Method
Kim Spahn is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Health Coach and the Creator of The Vitality Method.
Why Kim partnered with W3RKWELL:
Kim wholeheartedly believes in W3RKWELL's mission and drive to improve the health of the world. Sustainable behavior change is a crucial, missing piece to improving our professional and personal lives. We share a purpose to support workers and create healthier environments by sharing our expertise with organizations.
Julie Slowiak, PhD, BCBA:
Julie Slowiak, PhD, BCBA is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Founder of InJewel LLC, a values-focused coaching and consulting company.
Why Julie partnered with W3RKWELL:
Julie strongly believes in W3RKWELL's mission to create a culture of health and wellbeing. Successful and thriving communities must adopt a strategic and adaptable approach to health and wellbeing in order to create a sustainable culture of health. The corporate world presents behavioral scientists with tremendous opportunities for large-scale interventions designed to increase psychological wellbeing, which could improve the lives of millions around the world. Together, we believe that collaboration with one another and other professionals is a key component to transforming culture on a large scale.
We are committed to elevating employee health and building the modern workplace through individual and organizational partnerships. We consistently review applications from potential partners who share a mission to solve workplace health challenges like stress, anxiety and task overload while elevating the strategic initiatives of organizations.