UMBC Wellness in the Workplace

Wellness Initiative Collaboration Team


We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

The intention of the Wellness Initiative Collaboration Team is to:
  • Partner with each other and with external vendors to provide useful and relevant health and wellness information and learning opportunities for our community.
  • Connect our community with campus health and wellness resources and support.
  • Identify how to integrate wellness practices into the work day in ways that work for various positions and departments.
  • Expand the idea and practice of wellness beyond personal health to include healthy relationships and a healthy work environment.
  • Raise awareness about the correlation between our lifestyle choices and wellness.
  • Encourage commitment to personal responsibility for self-care as well as tending to the health of our community.
  • Encourage sharing these perspectives and practices with others in our community.
  • Identify ways the campus can further support individuals in having a healthy life.

Summary of our Purpose:

  • Raise awareness
  • Provide information and learning opportunities
  • Connect the community to resources & support
  • Encourage commitment & support


  Name and Contact Information Department

Kevin Werner, Executive Chef



Chartwells College & University Dining Services

Mark Tarkanick, Marketing Director


Chartwells College & University Dining Services

Bob McHenry, Environmental Manager


Environmental Safety and Health (ESH)

Katie Birger, Faculty

Health Administration and Policy Program

Health Administration and Policy Program

Stephanie Lazarus, Specialist


Human Relations
Center for Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Valerie Thomas, Associate Vice President


Human Resources (HR)

Jill Weinknecht Wardell, Manager, Workplace Learning & Wellness


Human Resources/Workplace Learning & Wellness

Rochelle Sanders, Director


Human Resources/Benefits

Lisa Drouillard, Director


Human Resources/Payroll

John Jancuska, Assistant Director Physical Education, Recreation & Intramurals


Retriever Activities Center (RAC)

Dr. Susan Han, Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator


Counseling Center

Mickey Arora, Health Educator


University Health Services

Paul Dillon, Deputy Chief of Police


UMBC Police Department

Jess Myers, Director


Women's Center

Nikki Peoples, IT Support Associate




Facilities Management




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