Become a Wellness Partner

Wellness Partners are representatives from departments across UF and UF Health who play a vital role in supporting employee wellness. Partners disseminate information, set up presentations and encourage participation in wellness initiatives. Partners also provide valuable feedback to help the UF & UF Health Wellness Committee build a culture of health.

Interested in Becoming a Wellness Partner?

Partners should have an interest in and dedication to wellness as well as an interest in supporting the health and welfare of their fellow employees. All Wellness Partners must secure supervisory approval to act in this role for their unit or college. The time commitment should not exceed one hour per month. Partners do not have to be enrolled in GatorCare to participate, and initiatives will support all UF and UF Health employees, regardless of their insurance coverage.

Interested employees should secure supervisory approval and submit the online application. Questions? Contact the Wellness Committee Co-Chairs, Mallory Rubek and Yusof Al-Wadei.

Are you an employee working on a unit in the hospital? We have a different program for you!

  • If you are an employee working on a unit in the hospital and you report up through nursing (ask your nurse manager if you aren’t sure), then you are eligible to become a Wellness Resource Partner (WRP)

Partner Responsibilities

  • Disseminate information to employees about upcoming events (post flyers, send emails, share details one-on-one)
  • Encourage employee participation
  • Answer basic questions about wellness events and resources or refer employees to the wellness website or the Wellness Coordinators
  • Help the UF & UF Health Wellness Committee better understand the cultures across the population (successful modes of communication, employee motivations, common barriers to healthy behaviors)
  • And provide suggestions and feedback from employees to the Wellness Committee

Is your department represented?

Review the list below to see if your department has a Wellness Partner in place.

UF Partners

  • Dustin Stephany | Planning, Design, and Construction
  • Brittany Milito | Contracts and Grants
  • Hema Patel | Treasury Management and Bursar
  • Kelsey Walter | Office of Clinical Research
  • Jessica Caicedo | Latin American Studies
  • Janet Westberry | IFAS Facilities
  • Benjamin Markus | IT Project Management Office
  • Robyn Edwards | Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Katie Snyder | Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Enviro (ESSIE)
  • Kevin Jackson | Public Health and Health Professions
  • Ariel Pomputius | HSC Library
  • Esther Oyola | IFAS, Osceloa County
  • Annie Sheldon | IFAS, Clay County
  • Kaitlin Johnson | UF/COP, IT for College of Pharmacy, Lake Nona
  • Kim Doak | UFICO
  • Melissa Johnson | Honors Program
  • Steven Foti | Biostatistics
  • Michelle Romero | Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Laurel Brown | TREEO at East Campus
  • Brigit Dermott | Diversity Office
  • Mirela Vasconcelos | College of Education
  • James Silvers | Registrar & Enrollment Management
  • Stacey Robinson | Animal Care Services
  • Michelle Sexton | Counseling & Wellness Center
  • Marina Ascunce | Plant Pathology
  • Steve Drury | Museum of Natural History
  • Mackenzie Madore | Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR)
  • Beth Roland | Disability Resource Center
  • Julia Sanchez | UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program
  • Ana Fajardo | UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program
  • Tara Sabo-Atwood & Brynn Dalton | Public Health and Health Professions
  • Patricia Turner | UFRI Transportation Technology
  • Jennifer Sykes | UF/IFAS, Center for Land Use Efficiency
  • Daneen Johnson | Career Connections Center

UF Health, College of Medicine, & UF Health Science Center Partners

  • Carly Spoto | UF Health, Quality
  • Ttonya Hudson | UF Health, Radiology
  • Jessica Thornton | UF Health, Compliance
  • Todd Reeger | UF Health, IT
  • Danita Gainer | UF Health, Human Resource Development
  • Mitch Hall | UF Health, Psychiatric Hospital
  • Mia Holland | UF Health, Inpatient Psychiatry, Unit 52
  • Shayne Padgett | UF Health, Hampton Oaks Family Medicine
  • Jessica Wilson-Jones | UF Health, UFP Education and Training
  • Pamela Budd | UF Health, UFP IT
  • Kendra Miller | UF Health, Finance and Accounting
  • Andrea Bolton | UF Health, Access Center
  • Kandace Collins | UF Health, Internal Medicine, Springhill II
  • Robyn Broxton | UF Health, Access Center
  • Jennifer Horn | UF/COD, Human Resources
  • Sarah Slysofski | UF/COM, OBGYN
  • Lisa Merlo Greene | UF/COM, COM Wellness
  • Corina Velasquez, Tyler Mayo, Katie Rogers, Kalli King | UF/COM, Human Resources
  • Tammy Bleeker | UF/COM, Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Barghout & Christina Hendricks | UF/COM, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Sharon Byun | UF/COM, OBGYN
  • Dr. Louis Moy | UF/COM, Urology
  • Lea Crowley | UF/UF Health, Community Health & Family Medicine
  • Jill Sutton | UF/UF Health, Florida Recovery Center
  • Teresa Cavanaugh | College of Pharmacy
  • Cristina Zeretzke-Bien | UF/COM, Emergency Medicine
  • Crystal Johnson-Mann | UF/COM, Surgery
  • Chelsea Zimmerman | UF/COM, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Penny Bohannon | UF/COM, Cardiology at Heart & Vascular Hospital
  • Kathi Hoffman | UF Health, Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute
  • Maryann Grottano | UF Health, Tower Hill Internal Medicine
  • Ricky McHugh | UF/COM, Anesthesiology Residency Program
  • Gayle Durden | UF Health, Nursing Education
  • Stephanie Stenner | UF/COM, Urology
  • Lindsay Howell | UF/COM, Medicine
  • Suzanne Dekay | UF Health, Safety & Security
  • Kayla Southerland | UF/COM, Nephrology Residency Program
  • Casey Willits | UF/COM, Otolaryngology Residency Program
  • Scott Gregory | UF/COM, Pathology Residency Program
  • Terra Smith | UF/COM, Child Pyschiatry
  • Joy Hampson | UF Health, Audit Services
  • Kellee Taylor | UF/COM, Department of Medicine
  • Michelle Hart | UF Health, Radiology
  • Melody Thomas | UF Health, Admissions Inpatient
  • Kate Zinninger & Victoria Cavil | UF/COM, Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Mia Holland | UF Health, Psychiatric Hospital
  • Ashley Counts | UF/COM, Department of Surgery
  • Kelly Flowers | UF Health, Business Development