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Employee Wellness Committee


To facilitate action among faculty and staff to make healthier choices by establishing and maintaining a workplace that encourages environmental and social support for a healthy lifestyle


The  Employee Wellness Committee of the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is a working group dedicated to building a culture of wellness for all employees of UTK. The Council consists of faculty and staff representatives across campus to advise and collaborate in identifying needs, shaping and promoting programs, as well as informing policy to meet the diverse needs of its faculty and staff.


  • Identify existing resources and initiatives available for health and wellness for UTK faculty and staff.
  • Identify needs in regard to health and wellness of UTK faculty and staff.
  • Engage faculty and staff in discussion about employee health and wellness.
  • Advocate for institutional support for evidence-based programs and strategies to enhance the health and wellness of UTK faculty and staff.
  • Actively represent UTK faculty and staff within their respective areas with regard to issues relating to health and wellness.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email for more information on how to get involved.


Committee Members

Name Department
Anderson Olds Haslam College of Business- Diversity & Community Relations
Christie Banks Herbert College of Agriculture
Claire Chernowsky University Housing
Eileen Taylor RecSports
Emilie Aslinger  Arts & Sciences Advising Services
James Martinez Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Jamie Blessinger Corporate & Foundation Engagement
JaNay’ Turner Undergraduate Admissions
Jay Price Facilities Services
Jonathan Ramsey Retirement Services
Julianna Tullos Undergraduate Research
Kathleen Modica-Forster Student Support Services
Kelly Kramer Modern Foreign Languages
Lucas Nicely Office of Information Technology
Marcia Lane Retail, Hospitality, Tourism Management
Margy Wirtz-Henry Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies
Meg Erlewine Office of Information Technology
Teddi Keefer Financial Aid
Tom Berg Nursing
Tonya Mathes Nuclear Engineering