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Wellness Champion Spotlight: Work of Art Team Captains

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Wellness Connection is offering a new type of wellness challenge this summer; little did we know how timely this emotional fitness campaign would be when planning for it last fall. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from our Champion network on how Work of Art has been beneficial to them and their teammates, including this quote from Karen Leingang, a member of the Wellness Champion Leadership team.

I just want to share that I have had several co-workers tell me how timely the Work of Art activities have been for them. They have been dealing with sudden deaths, COVID-19 scares, taking care of family members, and being the rock that holds their family units together. The activities help remind them to appreciate the little things in life. Thank you for the change of direction in the employee wellness challenge.

Role of a Wellness Connection Champion

Champions continue to promote a healthy work environment by participating in Wellness Connection programming and encouraging their colleagues to do the same. The graphs below demonstrate that while Champions make up 6% of total participants, they lead the way as Team Captains (one in every five captains is a Wellness Champion):

More than 1,400 WashU employees are participating in Work of Art. This is the highest participation rate of any of our shorter summer challenges! A special thank you to our Wellness Champions for helping to communicate this new wellness challenge and motivating your workgroups to participate.

I want to give a shout out to our Wellness Connection Work of Art Team Captains:

Champion Team CaptainTeam Name
Arnold, MelissaBrown BAT
Babka, JennyStroke Striders
Barrett, CherylArtful beginnings
Biver, SamDalí Llamas
Blanchard, DeannaMyDay FIN
Byers, JenniferSkywalkers
Casanova, CheriPsychMovers
Clark, KathyRecruiting Royalty
Cordner, TheresaGoOncVanGogh
Dickey, DeniseRO Art Enthusiasts
Dilberovic, VildanaPT Dream Team
Everett, SydneySC Wellness
Fleshman, LindaWashU Warriors
Fuchs, JeanArt of Life
Gibson, AshleyDisruptive Wellness
Goshtaiy, HaticeSuper Women
Harvey, KenythaPBN Strong
Hemingway, BrittDon’t Worry Be Happy!
Hildebrandt, TheresaMindless Matters
Horn, TheresaProtective Services
Hundley, ChelseyThe Art of Stepping
Hyde, KristaArt of Safety
Jennings, LaraGlobe Artistas
Kelahan, JoshMad Minions
Klosterman, HeidiThemis Illuminated
Leingang, KarenJust Do IT
Lohmann, SherryPT Cruisers
Luecke, MattOncology Admin Team
MacKay, DonnaDOVS Clinical Trials
Matuszczak, RichardBell Bottom Blues
Minner, MonikaLife is good
Nyapete, NatalieMyWay To Health
O’Neal, SaraKeep Calm and Carry On
Ortbals, LeanneSunshine on a Cloudy Day
Patterson, KimDream Catchers
Pena, SheriYou got this!
Perlow, LeslieUnited Pursuit
Peterson, Kimsummertime ambulation
Putney, MeredithPhase 1
Quest, NateGPOlin
Richardson, JanaCovid Crushers
Schreier, LindaSimple Pleasures
Schwieterman, JessieLymphfamily
Sharma, MalaChalna Phirna
Shelton, RachelAdvancement Gets Active
Stevens, BridgetOFMD Champions
Szteinberg, GabyActive Chemistry
Thier, DianeMSK
Todd, LaurenHard Seltzer
Venteris, NicoleMedAdv
Walker, ThomasContinued Blessings
Warren, AmyCrazy about Wellness
Wilmot, TaraTeam CHN


If you’d like
 to learn more about the Wellness Connection Champion network, check out our website: hr.wustl.edu/wellness-connection/champions/.