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 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 her experience instructing groups in physical activity since 2001 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. Erin has extensive credentials in behavioral health, including National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP). Erin specializes in executive-level coaching, coaching for busy parents, and fitness coaching. To schedule with Erin, contact liveWELL.

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.

Carla Melby-Oetken

Carla has served as a Health Coach with liveWELL since 2008 and has worked in counseling and wellness for nearly 30 years. Carla is committed to helping people discover ways they can improve their health, energy and well-being. Specialty areas include resilience, stress management, and smoking cessation.