Survivor. Speaker. Warrior. Stress & Resilience Coach. USMC Veteran.

DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich

DeAnn reaches audiences sharing her story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of self-care and developing true resilience. 



DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich is the founder of Live Well University. In addition to her 17 years in higher education, DeAnn holds certificates in mindfulness, meditation, and reiki. She is a Transformational Breath Facilitator and is near completion of her Registered Yoga Teacher training (RYTT200). DeAnn has been Narrative Coach trained and is a certified Brain-Based Coach from the NeuroLeadership Institute, a coaching approach rooted in contemporary neuroscience, using the latest insights into how the brain works to create yet more powerful, positive and transformational changes for the coachee. She runs a private coaching, meditation and yoga practice teaching clients how to find new ways to navigate through their stress patterns, “inner engineer” their path to achieve wellbeing, find their purpose and become the architect of their own joy.

Happiness was a conceptual problem for DeAnn until the day when professional and personal events led to situational depression. Like others, DeAnn tried to power through her newly found mental illness by brute character alone. Because she operated as a high functioning, smiling depressive, her colleagues and family were unaware she was struggling. However, left untreated, her situational depression evolved into clinical depression and on the evening of her 52nd birthday, after responding to a last birthday wish on Facebook, DeAnn attempted to suicide using a firearm. 

DeAnn shares her powerful story of unlikely survival and uses her traumatic experience as a vehicle for transformation. She is a public speaker and has addressed audiences ranging from corporations, associations, universities, to faith-based organizations, to military and veterans. She has created and facilitated executive burnout, work/life fulfillment, emotional health and wellbeing trainings for leadership teams across the nation. DeAnn has been published in the Association for Talent and Development (ATD) publication- The Public Manager Magazine, as well as Risk and Insurance Magazine, Casino Journal, and InMilitary. Trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid, she currently serves as on the Mental Health and Recovery Counseling Education and Training National Advisory Committee, as well as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Speaker & Conference Bureau Committee and is an active member of the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Her mission to share life changing, practical and powerful stress management techniques to those in need caused DeAnn to develop programs combining neuroscience principles with mindfulness and energetic modalities. With heart and hope, DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich blends brain science, spirituality, and a comprehensive action plan for clearing anxiety, lifting mood, and enjoying life fully. She teaches others how to free themselves from the past by reconditioning the mind, move beyond the limits of the known and into the quantum fields of infinite possibilities and lead an extraordinary new life.

Live Well. Be Well.


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Organizational Culture & Mental Health

DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich is an award-winning speaker. She combines heartfelt inspiration, laugh-out-loud humor, and practical strategies that drive change.

DeAnn suffered ongoing, chronic professional and personal stress, which eventually evolved into depression and ultimately resulted in a near fatal suicide attempt. Under-valued. Overworked. Stuck in a continuous reorganization process (the organization charts keep changing, but the underlying philosophy, management techniques, and administrative trappings don’t). Exhausted. Trapped in a kind of psychological quicksand, she worked days, nights, and weekends for months in an attempt to pull herself free. … DeAnn KNOWS what it means to suffer executive burnout.

Through hard work and perseverance, DeAnn was able to triumph over the hardship, and has dedicated her life to helping individuals and companies focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Suicide Prevention

This difficult and heavy topic is critical to discuss. As a professional mental health and suicide prevention speaker, DeAnn brings her inspirational story of survival to audiences and venues anywhere and everywhere.

Your audience will benefit from her experiences and will come to learn why she is a big fan of professional counseling and other life lessons.

DeAnn communicates effectively by: (1) inspiring hope, (2) making the subject of mental health and suicide relatable to everyone; and she (3) softens subject with humor.

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Faith-based Organizations

DeAnn has already lived more than a lifetimes worth of triumph and tragedy, and she shares every poignant moment. Audiences learn how she rose once again after a near fatal suicide attempt, and how she relied on her faith and innate positive thinking to embrace an event that would undo most people. She shares her courage and enthusiasm, inspiring audiences to face life head on and stand strong in their faith. DeAnn uses her experience to become an inspiration and help others to overcome adversity, no matter how great.

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Workplace Stress Reduction

Health is Wealth. It’s as simple as that. When we are healthy, we are better able to face challenges and give our best to whatever endeavor we undertake. Recent research indicates that companies who offer yoga and wellness program to their employees reduce their annual health insurance premiums, and thereby improve their bottom line.

In addition to being a Yoga teacher, DeAnn holds certificates in Mindfulness and Meditation. She is also a certified Foot Reflexologist, Reiki Healer, and Transformational Breath Facilitator.

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“I don’t speak to inspire. Inspiration is a dime a dozen in our world. No, I speak and coach to create life changing transformation within every person I encounter.”

DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich



DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich, her presentations and her websites do not offer personal medical, or mental health services or advice. She is not a licensed clinician, nor does she give medical or psychiatric services. She aims to spread a message of how she was able to change her life and how she re-learned to live well, through hard work and dedication, all while following a treatment plan which her doctor’s and clinicians set for her. Her presentations and sites express the truth about her personal experience with being a well paid executive coping with high-functioning depression and suicide ideation. She shares her story of how she battled the self-stigma over what often felt like a clash between her professional and personal selves and how she personally rose above her illness, while emphasizing the importance of wellness, community, and self-love.