Meet the Work Life Consultant

Meet your Work Life Consultant

To support our mission to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles to enhance the quality of life for the GVSU community and their families, a Work Life Consultant is available to you as part of your wellness services at Grand Valley. The work life consultant provides supportive tools, plans wellness events, and develops presentations to support all faculty and staff in times of need and also in maintaining wellness and balance.

The work life consultant makes an impact on the lives of faculty and staff by ensuring all efforts are accessible, sustainable, and holistic.

Elisa started at GVSU in July 2017. She graduated from Hope College and then from Grand Valley State University with her Masters in Social Work in 2010.

See Elisa’s bio.

Elisa was featured as a student success story; read Elisa's story.


  • Self-referrals are welcome.
  • Faculty and staff may request and individual outreach for a colleague.
  • Supervisors may request a referral.

We want to hear from you. If you have an idea or feedback, please do not hesitate to call.

Contact Work Life Consultant Elisa Salazar, LMSW 
(616) 331-2215
Located at 1090 James H. Zumberge Hall Allendale, Michigan 49401

Appointments are available all over campus. 

For more information see our Work Life Consulting brochure or request some for your new faculty and staff by contacting Elisa Salazar. 

Please print and bring your Navigate Wellness Plan to your first appointment.

Elisa Salazar, LMSW, Work Life Consultant

Elisa Salazar, Work Life Consultant

Pause for Self Compassion

In this clip, GVSU Work Life Consultant, Elisa Salazar walks participants through an activity to foster self-compassion.

Pause for Self-Reflection

GVSU’s Work Life Consultant guides participants through a self-reflection activity reviewing a car as a metaphor for life. How full is your tank right now? How fast are you going? Are there any check engine lights on?

Personal self-reflection worksheet

Pause to Check In

Start off your meetings with check-in questions can create a caring, supportive and fun work environment. Checking in allows people to be mindful of other people needs not just during the meeting, but throughout the day. In this video, GVSU's Work Life Consultant reviews some questions we can pose to check in with others.

Pause to check in worksheet