Senior Program Officer - Blandin Community Leadership Programs
Malissa has been on staff with the leadership program since 1999. Currently she is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of the Blandin Foundation leadership programs. Additionally, Malissa manages and coordinates activities of internal and external program consultants, and she has been a trainer with leadership since 2003.
Prior to working with the Blandin Foundation, Malissa spent seven years in the field of law, specializing in class action litigation. She holds a master’s degree in organizational/industrial psychology where she focused her studies on effective small groups and leadership development and a Ph.D. in educational psychology with emphasis on adult learning and program assessment.
Malissa volunteers her time in our local community as a Sergeant for the Grand Rapids Police Reserves. She is also active in promoting physical fitness and spends some of her time coaching a variety of activities that her two young children are involved in. Malissa and her family live in Grand Rapids.