Director, Wellness Programming
Kristina Mereigh (Kris) is the Director of Wellness Programming, based in the Schacht Health Center. She is a native and proud New Yorker but considers herself a global citizen. She has been to over 30 different countries in the past ten years and has conducted sexual/ reproductive health research in six of those countries. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and her Master’s degree in Public Health Communications from Johns Hopkins University.
She comes to Smith College from Montefiore School Health Program in the Bronx, New York where she worked to insure that youth from low income families had access to free or low-cost health and wellness programming, to supplement their medical/mental health care access. She has consulted with community based organizations, providing assistance with curriculum development and training professionals/ peer educators on how to manage progressive youth-centric health programming specifically in the areas of reproductive health and enthusiastic consent. In the past three years, she has taught 350+ reproductive health workshops throughout the tristate area. In 2015, Kris organized and managed the first health communication campaign around sexual consent for high schools in New York City reaching over 5000+ youth. Between 2013-2015, She raised over 150k in grant monies for youth-centered health programming. Other areas of professional interest include physical activity, nutrition, chronic disease, mindfulness practice and diversity inclusion in health programming.
Outside of her professional life, Kris loves languages, travel, food, dance, theater and Netflix.
I have been a Smith employee for 18 years, spending the first 10 years in the registrar's office. Since coming to the Office of Student Affairs, and specifically the Wellness Education Office, I have been excited to focus on a few special projects, including starting a weekly wellness blog called Words of Wisdom. My goal is to offer insights about the human experience that will be helpful to students as they navigate their inner worlds.
I also created the "Well-Street Journal," a newsletter with useful information, such as where to find wellness-related happenings on campus and a calendar of fun events going on at Smith.
In 2010, I founded Smith's Thanksgiving Match program, which connects students with staff and faculty to share a meal and give students an opportunity to learn about and experience a traditional American holiday.
I live in Northfield with my partner, Dave, and two cats (who look like twins, but in personality are polar opposites).