WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks

Ryan Picarella presents seminar from WELCOA

Ryan Picarella, MS, SPHR

President, Wellness Council of America

Sara Rauch

Director of Strategy & Planning, Wellness Council of America


There is both an art and science to designing and delivering a results-oriented workplace wellness initiative. In this flagship certification program, you will be immersed in WELCOA’s Seven Benchmark approach to building great wellness programs.

As a result of finishing this certification series, you will have the knowledge, confidence and the materials necessary to be successful. This training is perfect for entry-level practitioners and for those who are just getting started in the field.

Presenter Bio(s):

As President of WELCOA, Ryan works with communities and organizations around the country to ignite social movements that will improve the lives of all working people in America and around the world.
With a deep interest in culture and sociology, Ryan approaches initiatives from a holistic perspective that recognizes the many paths to well-being that must be in alignment for long-term healthy lifestyle behavior change. Ryan brings immense knowledge and insight to WELCOA from his background in psychology and a career that spans human resources, organizational development and wellness program and product design. Prior to joining WELCOA, Ryan managed the award winning BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) Well@Work employee wellness program, a 2012 C. Everett Koop honorable mention awardee. Since relocating to Nebraska, Ryan has enjoyed an active role in the community, currently serving on the Board for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in Omaha. Ryan has a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.

Sara Martin Rauch, MS is Director of Strategy and Planning for WELCOA where she assesses and develops new products and business opportunities, leads projects and analyses to take product innovations from concept stage to pilot deployments and manages critical partnerships to deliver new product offerings. Ms. Rauch has launched award-winning wellness programs and engineered work environments to create cultures of health across multiple industries. Sara’s purpose is helping people fulfill their highest potential in work and life through corporate health promotion.