Meet the Health Coach

Megan Hammes, MS, MCHES


Megan is the UI Wellness Manager. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and is certified through the Wellcoaches® Health Coach training program. She is passionate about the concept of employee well-being and the promotion of a work environment that supports healthy choices. Megan works with individuals and small groups to help them set attainable, realistic goals that are unique to their wants and needs. Topics often focus on weight management, developing tailored physical activity plans, and making appropriate nutritional choices. Megan enjoys providing individuals with skills and tools to help them meet and exceed their personal wellness goals. 

Ilona Lichty, MS, RD, LD

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Ilona is a registered dietitian who has over 20 years of experience in individual and group counseling in nutrition and life-style modifications, with emphasis on weight management, stress reduction, and physical activity. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Ilona is passionate about empowering people to build healthy habits to enjoy their lives to the fullest. She greatly enjoys working with others to help them address the issues that prevent them from achieving their personal wellness goals.

Erin Litton, MA, MCHES, ACSM-CEP

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Erin brings enthusiasm and creativity to change while respecting that altering old habits can be difficult and challenging. Erin has served as a Health Coach with liveWELL since 2006. She believes that one’s greatest health can be attained with environmental support, individual motivation, and a program that best fits the individual’s interest. With over seventeen years of experience instructing groups in physical activity and working one-on-one with individuals in behavior change, Erin recognizes that the present is what enables the future. Investing time into a healthier lifestyle now will result both in short-term and long-term benefits.

Carla Melby-Oetken


Carla brings insight, imagination, humor and resourcefulness to each coaching session and is a trained and certified Wellcoaches® Wellness Coach. She is committed to helping people discover ways they can improve their health, energy and well-being. In order to break down barriers to wellness, find balance and overcome obstacles, Carla encourages her clients to focus on the small choices that they can make day by day and to set the stage for long term success. With over 22 years of counseling, health promotion, and smoking cessation experience, Carla is dedicated to assisting her clients to develop skills and habits that will enable them to take charge of their wellness and thrive.

Mariah Ruyle

Mariah has been a fitness professional for almost nine years, working with individuals and groups in a variety of formats. Fueling her passion for wellness, she became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches in 2015. Mariah understands that change can be hard and that wellness is a journey. Success in wellness is not just knowing what to do, but how to get there. Mariah enjoys working with people to understand their wellness desires, motivators and challenges. Her approach to health coaching is providing accountability in a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and honest way.