University of Wisconsin–Madison

Badger Well-Being Champions

The Badger Well-Being Champion Network is designed to support and improve a healthy, inclusive, and engaging work environment among UW–Madison faculty and staff by:

  • Increasing the number of departments at UW–Madison that are supporting employee health and well-being; and
  • Recognizing and honoring both individual and departmental efforts to create healthy workplaces


Our mission is to support the entire UW–Madison community in achieving a healthy, inclusive, and engaging place to work by addressing three levels.

  • Developing:  Gaining exposure to well-being concepts, learning, and self-assessment and reflection on habits
  • Cultivating Influence:  Knowledgeably influencing each other’s thinking and being influenced to be healthier and more balanced
  • Mastering:  Accepting responsibility for and beginning to influence health and wellness systems on campus

Champion Responsibilities and Time Commitment

As a Badger Well-Being Champion, you will introduce the program to your unit; complete an audit of your department’s strengths and potential areas for growth; develop an action plan for health and well-being; execute one goal from your action plan; and share your success stories with others on campus.

Champions are asked to serve a one-year term. The estimated time commitment is one to two hours per month. Champions should also plan to attend at least three Workplace Well-being Community of Practice meetings per program year.

How to Become a Champion

There are two ways to become a Badger Well-Being Champion.

  • A supervisor can nominate someone from their department. The nominee fills out the online application.
  • Nominate yourself to be a Champion for your work area.

In either case, your supervisor will be asked to approve your participation in the program. Once the supervisor sends a reply approving your participation, you will be accepted into the program.

Nominate a Well-Being Champion

Current Well-Being Champions

Eric Schueffner
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Bre Sinotte
CALS, Biochemistry

Theresa Pillar
CALS, Department of Food Science

Deborah Griffin
Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

Tammy Weisensel
Division of Continuing Studies

Laurie Teeter

Erin Barbato
Law School

Dottie Olson
Primate Research Lab

Meghan Cramm
Primate Research Lab

Abby Diehl
Rec Sports

teri engelke
School of Education

Katie Pavek
School of Nursing

Janelle Rees

Cassie Whiting
SMPH, Neurological Surgery

Juli Loker
SMPH Physician Assistant Program

Lisa Learish
University of Wisconsin Press

Anne McKenna
University of Wisconsin Press

Stephanie Petersen
UW–Madison Arboretum

Karen Soley

Danielle Maillette
WCER, School of Education

Rhonda Stravinski
Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Amanda Earle
Wisconsin School of Business