Hokie Wellness Champions
- Melissa Breen - Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Alicia Cohen - Office of Inclusion and Diversity
- Jessica Hotter - Licensing and trademark/marketing
- Terri Waid - Fish & Wildlife Conservations
- Erin Coiley - Housing and Res Life
- Christine (Chris) Tysor - ICTAS
- Cyndy Williams - Sponsored Programs
- Lisa Burns - College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Dean's office
- Elizabeth Caton - Population Health Sciences
- Dawn Camacho - Human Resources
- Jenn Million - Graduate school
- Jackie McClanahan - Human Resources
- Kari Evans - Moss Art Center
- Nichol Kruger - SECL
- Lorraine Borny - Pamplin Undergraduate Programs
- Greg Winters - Facilities Safety
- Mark Nichols - TLOS/DoIT
- Lisa Roland - Richmond Center
- Ryan Linkous - Information Technology admin
- Linzy Martinelli - New Student Programs
- Amel Cuskovic - VT Carilion Research Institute
Nichol works as the Assistant Director of BreakZone and Virginia Tech Off Campus Housing. She is an advocate for personal health and is focused on employee and student satisfaction in the New River and Virginia Tech communities. This year, Nichol competed in her first Spartan race and is planning on her second. Being a force for health within her department and her life, Nichol is an essential member of the Hokie Wellness Champion team.
Why were you interested in being a Hokie Wellness Champion?
I am a huge advocate for health and self care. When you take time for yourself, rather it be to learn something, destress or for fun, you perform better as a human. Hokie Wellness here at Virginia Tech provides tools and resources that so many aren’t aware of and I wanted to help educate others how they can help themselves!
What has been your favorite part of being a Hokie Wellness Champion?
Hearing about Hokie Wellness opportunities first, while getting all the details and be able to promote them to others knowledgeably.
What is a personal wellness goal of yours for this year?
This year I had set a personal goal to complete my first Spartan race, which I was able to complete this past weekend in Arrington, Virginia. It was both a physical and mental challenge at times, but the satisfaction in finishing the race was the most rewarding! I’m ready for race number 2!
What do you hope to accomplish as a Hokie Wellness Champion
I hope that I have many it known to any and all of my that they can count on me to attend an information session or even a workout so no one has to travel alone.
Virginia Tech Hokie Wellness Champions are employee volunteers that are instrumental in supporting Hokie Wellness by promoting well-being programs to departments, colleagues, and friends on campus. Our goal is to create a group that represents our expansive and diverse Virginia Tech community.
Any Virginia Tech employee is invited to submit an application to become a Wellness Champion. Employees interested in becoming Champions must have a passion for wellness, be willing to volunteer their time and have approval and support from their supervisor.
The benefits of being a Wellness Champion include:
- Embody Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by serving as a leader of well-being initiatives within individual departments
- Facilitate personal growth and development
- Gain experience planning, creating, and implementing well-being initiatives within individual departments
- Gain knowledge and build community through collaboration with other Wellness Champion
- Receive professional training, assistance, and support from the Hokie Wellness team to include a yearly one-on-one planning session
- Opportunity to apply for wellness program funding for individual departments
- Receive advance news related to Hokie Wellness events and activities
Wellness Champions will be required to:
- Commit 2-3 hours per month to promoting well-being to their respective departments as well as promoting Hokie Wellness programs.
- Present a wellness topic at staff or team meetings a minimum of once a month.
- Maintain a monthly log of activities.
- Volunteer at two Hokie Wellness events quarterly.
- Obtain supervisor approval and support.