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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.

Wellness Champions Committee

Evelyn Cordero

Wellness Coordinator, Human Resources, Benefits

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.

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!

Angela Baumgartner

Senior Regulatory Coordinator, NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine

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.

Diana Buitrago

Research Project Coordinator, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

Francesca Bullerman

Faculty Assistant, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Reason for joining the Wellness Committee: We all try to “eat healthy” and get that daily prescribed “30-minutes of physical activity”. But you know, life happens, and you forget to prioritize health and wellness. Ever since I started working at Northwestern University, it became clear to me that Northwestern wants its community to be healthy; Mind, body and soul. There is always something going on. YourLife has FREE weekly fitness classes, meditation sessions, financial strategy sessions; You name it, there’s something for everyone. I knew this was the committee for me as it allows me to promote health and wellness throughout the university and the Northwestern community. Going to a work-out class during your lunch break shouldn’t be frowned upon. It should be celebrated! Bring a friend and join us!

Belinda 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!

Christine Dlugosz

Custom Program Assistant, Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

Patty FitzGibbons

Associate Director, Kapnick Center for Institutions Program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Reason for joining the Wellness Committee: Health and wellness assist in our desire 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.

Rachel Gunn

Assistant Director, FMHR, Facilities Management

Suzanne Hodges

Administrative Director, Office of Medical Education and Faculty Development, Feinberg School of Medicine

Kayla Jeter

Research Study Coordinator, Center for Health Information Partnerships (IPHAM), Feinberg School of Medicine

Reason for joining the Wellness Committee: As a former collegiate athlete and collegiate coach, health and wellness has always played a large role in my everyday life. During my current time at the Center for Information Partnerships (CHiP) – housed in the IPHAM department – I’ve become aware of the importance of spreading health and wellness initiatives/educational resources amongst employees so they are able to achieve sustainable healthy lifestyles. I can speak from personal experience of the potential damages the lack of self-care can have on one’s health from years of watching my mom always “on the grind”, if you will, throughout her working career.

Andrea Kaapke

Executive Director, Finance and Budget, Administration, Northwestern University School of Law

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, mediator, 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!

Anna Kraemer

Assistant Director Career Management, Engineering Career Development, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

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.

Jennifer Leitel

Executive Assistant, Human Resources

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 well-being 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.

Chelsea Mattson

Program Assistant 3, Campaign Team, Alumni Relations and Development

Reason for joining the Wellness Committee: I have always been interested and involved in overall wellness in my life. Moving from Florida to Chicago, and staying inside for half the year, has forced me to re-evaluate and think out of the box in creating wellness for myself. Now I want to try to connect ARD with the Northwestern campus communities in all of the wellness initiatives and programs offered!

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.

Beth Panke

Facilities Coordinator

Reason for joining the Wellness Committee: I am an avid runner and am fascinated by not only the power of the human body, but also how a lifestyle of wellness can positively affect human beings and their interactions with others. To find an organization that had a group committed to serving that purpose – not just from a physical stand point but from a mental and emotional one as well – made me jump at the chance to be a part of it.

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.

Beth Ripperger

Project Coordinator, Office of the Provost

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.

Rosanna Sian

Senior Accounting Representative, Accounting Services for Research and Sponsored Program

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: okAs the Director, Fitness & Wellness, I’m very excited to be part of an initiative that will introduce and expand work site 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.

Katie Williams

Program Coordinator, Office of the Provost

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?

Daniel Young

Police Sergeant, University Police Evanston Campus