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Wellness Champions

The Wellness Champions Committee is a group of faculty and staff members who are passionate about wellness. This group participates in monthly meetings in order to learn about, initiate and lead wellness programs within their schools and units. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Evelyn Cordero at evelyn.cordero@northwestern.edu or (847) 467-6246.

Margaret Mersch
Associate Director, Benefits Financial Operations and Wellness, Human Resources, Benefits Division
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I have a passion for physical, financial and emotional wellness and would like to help others achieve their goals in these areas.

Evelyn Cordero
Wellness Coordinator, Human Resources, Benefits Division
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I believe it's important to understand how physical, financial, and emotional wellness affects our well-being. I'm excited to have the opportunity to create accessible wellness resources and programs for faculty and staff in order to contribute to their well-being.

Elizabeth Adamczyk
Operations Manager, Schaffner Library
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
As Co-Chair of Northwestern’s Transportation Work Group and advocate for cycling on (and off) campus, I see the connection between an active lifestyle and wellness. I hope to encourage more folks to get active — especially with recreational cycling and bike commuting.

Andrea Arntsen-Harris
Senior Associate Director of Donor Relations, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Feinberg School of Medicine
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee

Improved personal wellness—be it physical, mental, or financial—can truly change someone’s life. As Northwestern employees, we are fortunate to be provided myriad tools with which we can strengthen ourselves in these areas. I am thrilled to share (and participate in!) these types of opportunities with my colleagues to help us all achieve our personal wellness goals.

Oscar Arroyo
Technology Support Specialist, Information Systems; Northwestern University School of Law
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I believe that fitness and mental health are very important factors in our daily lives. Working in Information Technology, I can really say that the job gets stressful and is often thankless. I look forward to opportunities to get involved with fitness and mental health opportunities. Creating opportunities for staff to socialize during a fitness or yoga class is a perfect example of how to combine mental health and give people the opportunity to get to know one another. We are Northwestern University, Go Cats!

Eric Budzynski
Associate for Religious Life & Chapel Music, Religious and Spiritual Life
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I am passionate about connecting our Northwestern community to mindfulness initiatives and broad spirituality programming as a way of providing compassion for one’s self and to better know, appreciate, and understand the beauty of this diverse university.  I hope to create awareness around the intrinsic links of physical and emotional well-being and the importance of cultivating pathways to a life of equanimity and peace.

Belinda Lichty Clarke
Director of Alumni Engagement and Communications, Medill School of Journalism
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I feel strongly about the cost of health care in America and want everyone to have access to wellness services, information, and support. Plus, it’s fun!

Patty FitzGibbons
Assistant Director, Kapnick Business Institutions Program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
Health and wellness assist in the ability to live a full life.  It is important to me, and I joined the Wellness Champions committee to further educate myself and also to be able to share the knowledge with others.

Stephanie Folk
sustainNU, Sustainability Communications Manager
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I'm interested in promoting health and wellness among faculty and staff and see strong connections between wellness and sustainability.

Kisa Kowal
Program Assistant 4, Statistics Department, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I joined the Wellness Champions to be a part of helping members of the NU community connect with the growing health and wellness resources available to them. As part of the Weinberg Staff Advisory Board, Patty Fitzgibbons and I have worked to bring events to build both community and health to Weinberg staff, encouraging them to get away from their desks for lunchtime breaks. Outside of Northwestern I also have a focus on health and well-being. I am a certified yoga instructor, meditator, dancer, and movement enthusiast. I am enjoying learning more about all of the wellness opportunities available at NU and can’t wait to explore them further!

Leilani Lacson
Senior Research Study Coordinator, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee

I have always had strong interests in health, health education and health behavior and decided to pursue this further by enrolling in UIC’s Master’s of Public Health Program.  Being a Wellness Champion allows me to continue learning, as well as provides me an opportunity to help my colleagues live a healthy lifestyle by promoting the health-related activities that Northwestern offers.     

Meg Lindsey
Concert Business Manager, Concert Management Office, Bienen School of Music
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I have been engaged with athletics and physical recreation since I was a child, and it has always been important to me to encourage awareness of healthy living in others. I hope this committee can foster an overall climate of wellness at NU.

Amber London
Usability Specialist, Web Communications
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I joined the Wellness Champions committee because I am committed to the mission of helping my office adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Lesley Lundeen
Family Resource Liaison, Work/Life& Family Resources, Office of Human Resources
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
Helping faculty, staff, and students successfully live a wellness-oriented life has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my work in higher education. I’ve seen firsthand how essential emotional, physical and financial wellbeing are to being successful and fulfilled. I'm thrilled to help support a culture of wellness here at Northwestern through my work in Work/Life and Family Resources and as a Wellness Champion! In my personal life, I’m an avid dancer, like to take walks with my family and around campus, and use an automatic break timer to remind me to get up from my desk and stretch.

Beth McDonald
Director of Administration, School of Education and Social Policy
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
To contribute to wellness initiatives in SESP and across the university.

Iman Nassser
Program Assistant 4, Middle East and North African Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I joined the Wellness Champions committee to motivate myself to learn about and help promote ways for a healthier lifestyle. I’ve worked at NU for more than 4 years, received the Wellness emails and have always wanted to go to the brown bag lunches and pilates classes, I finally decided to attend a fitness class this year and loved it. I think YourLife Wellness is an integral benefit for staff in helping establish a healthy work life balance.

Viki Powers
Administrative Assistant 4, IT Administration & Finance
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
Striving to live a healthy lifestyle does not need to involve anything fancy. I think a lot of people equate healthiness with having to buy the latest fad protein shake or joining a trendy diet program. I believe it takes only a little bit of something to go a long way and become part of someone’s lifestyle. It can be a short walk during lunch, being conscious of what one eats, or getting to that weekly Zumba class. Being physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy can and does make a difference in our lives, whether it is professional or personal.

Suzanne Rovani
Program Coordinator, School of Professional Studies
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I think it’s vitally important to prioritize health and wellness in the workplace. I’m excited to be a part of creating new and growing opportunities for mental, physical, and financial wellness to help Chicago campus staff achieve a healthier, more sustainable work-life balance.

Abigayle Shay
Associate Director, Master of Science in Information Technology Program (MSIT), McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
I believe that “wellness” is an essential part of everyday life, and I know that I can have a more productive and successful experience working at Northwestern if I invest time and energy into strategies that enhance wellness. I look forward to encouraging, receiving encouragement, and joining others who also seek healthy, more balanced lives.

Donna Wang Su
Coordinator, Graduate Services & Financial Aid, Bienen School of Music
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
As a strong advocate of wellness, I thought that it would be a great way to communicate and collaborate with others here at Northwestern. I’ve been at Northwestern for ten years and every year, I’m always finding out something new about Northwestern to check out. I enjoy sharing information that I’ve learned with my colleagues both on the faculty and staff side. For fun, I’m a casual runner and enjoy Pilates on top of coaching my kids’ AYSO soccer teams.

Nancy Tierney
Director, Fitness & Wellness, Athletics and Recreation
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee
As the Director, Fitness & Wellness, I’m very excited to be part of an initiative that will introduce and expand worksite wellness to faculty and staff on both campuses of Northwestern University.   Having the platform and opportunity to assess and design programming that best meets the needs of faculty and staff is invaluable.

Brad Wilson
Manager of IT and Facilities, Alumni Relations and Development
Reason for joining the Wellness Committee

My personal focus on wellness has significantly increased over the past 5 years and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my overall happiness and quality of life. When I heard about the Wellness committee, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to learn new strategies and spread the word to my awesome coworkers. I mean why not take a few hours out of every month and play my part in making Northwestern an even better place to work??

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