Meet the liveWELL Staff

Photo of liveWELL Staff
Front row: Carla Melby-Oetken, Allison Hugo, Diana Kremzar Back row: Ilona Lichty, Mary Heath, Jean O'Donovan, Megan Hammes, Melanie Cuchna, Sandy Stewart

Megan Hammes, MS, MCHES, Senior Director, UI Wellness

Megan is the director UI Wellness. 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.

Sandy Stewart, M.Ed., MBA, Well-being Specialist

Sandy is focused on faculty/staff engagement in health and well-being services by developing strategic partnerships with Wellness Ambassadors, Human Resource representatives, supervisors, and leadership University-wide.

Ilona Lichty, MS, RD, LD, Health Coach

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. Ilona greatly enjoys working with others to help them address the issues that prevent them from achieving their personal wellness goals.

Carla Melby-Oetken, BA, Health Coach

Carla has worked in counseling and wellness for nearly 30 years. Carla cares deeply about her fellow UI employees and it is her joy to help people discover ways they can improve their health, energy and well-being. Specialty areas include resilience, stress management, and smoking cessation.

Allison Hugo, MA, ACE-PT, RYT, Health Coach

Allison teaches Health and Physical Activity Skill Courses for the Health and Human Physiology Department as well as Group Exercise classes for Recreational Services. She is passionate about supporting wellness in the workplace by creating goals, building routines, and finding balance in all areas of your life as a way to maintain and support health and wellness.

Melanie Cuchna, MPH, CHES, Well-Being Specialist

Melanie is the Lifestyle Coach and Program Coordinator for the Diabetes Prevention Program, and she provides one on one health coaching. She enjoys helping employees celebrate their wins and brainstorm solutions for achieving their well-being goals. She believes in the power of small changes and a positive mindset.

Diana Kremzar, MPH, Director of Family Services, Health Coach

Diana appreciates the demands that employees are dealing with, both at work and in their personal lives, and helps them create goals to prioritize their own well-being. Diana is knowledgeable about the well-being resources available both through the University of Iowa and in the community.

Mary Heath, Front Desk and Administrative Support

Mary embraces helping faculty, staff and students in the Wellness Services Suite.  Mary supports the Wellness Ambassador program, Massage Oasis scheduling, and helps manage the online Wellness Store of liveWELL Points Prizes.  Mary loves the variety of classes offered at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, and when she’s not working, you can find her taking part in one of the many classes offered.

Jean O'Donovan, Front Desk and Administrative Support

Contact Information


Campus Address
Mailing Address

E119 Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
309 South Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242-2010
United States