System Office Wellness

Wellness Committee Members

  • Jackie Billhymer, System HR
  • Marissa Brewer, Governmental Relations
  • Joy Brownridge, System HR
  • Leana Coffey, AITS
  • Colleen Crawford, System HR
  • Marcy Frerichs, OBFS SAVP
  • Lorraine Graham, VPAA
  • Regina Harrington, President's Office
  • Andrew Helregel, Office of University Relations
  • Dena Lawrence, UAPS
  • Dana Librot, AVP Business & Finance UIC
  • Geri Melchiorre, Treasury
  • Jill Odom, CFO
  • Andrea Pellegrini, USFSCO
  • Rhonda Perry, University Counsel
  • Denise Rowe, Utilities Administration
  • Ben Sands, Planning & Budgeting
  • Lydia Schillinger, University Counsel UIS
  • Ben Taylor, VPEDI
  • Christina Worthington, AITS
  • Kim Wright, OTM UIC
  • Seth Yoder, Business Solutions & Support

The System Office promotes a culture of wellness and encourages employees to incorporate healthy practices that contribute to their overall well-being. The areas of wellness encompass Emotional, Physical, Occupational, Social, Spiritual and Intellectual needs for a healthy life balance. Each university has wellness resources for employees and you are encouraged to utilize the resources at your university. The System Office will also have initiatives and programs specifically for system office employees. Check back often for updates, activities, and information to assist with your general health and well-being. 

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UI Stride

UI Stride is designed to encourage employees of University of Illinois System Office departments and units to get active and fit, connect with their System colleagues, and be part of an inclusive and vital community. This self-paced challenge is a fun, easy way to engage in friendly competition with other departments.

Read more on the UI Stride page!

Wellness Resources at each University

Wellness Resources in the Community

Gallery of Wellness Ideas

  • Desk stretches
  • Mid-day walks
  • Walking meetings
  • Group fitness classes through Campus Rec
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Monthly chair massages (paid for by employee)
  • Departmental farmer's market or "crop swap" for employee's surplus garden items
  • Infused Water Wednesdays - big pitcher filled with fruit
  • Outdoor work station with amenities and electricity
  • Bowling league over the lunch hour
  • Standing desks for employees (departmental approval required)
  • 3K Run/Walk
  • Employee Appreciation Day Celebration – healthy snacks, theme based with kick-off breakfast
  • Flu shots (on-site)
  • Naional Wellness Institute Wholeness Reflection Exercise


The System Office Wellness Committee sent out a survey in December 2019 to gauge how system office employees volunteer and what activities they participate in, or would be interested in participating. Click here to see the survey results.

Find more information about volunteer opportunities on the Volunteer page!

Kick-off event

The System Office wellness committee hosted a kick-off event at each university on October 2. Were you not able to attend the session? Click on the links below to hear Avijit Ghosh and Barb Wilson's remarks at Urbana and see the video of Ed Seidel's remarks at Chicago:

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