Meet Our Health Coaches

Ilona Lichty, MS, RD, LD

Portrait of Ilona Lichty

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.


Portrait of Erin Litton

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.

Diana Kremzar

Portrait of Diana Kremzar

Diana is the Manager of UI Family Services and a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She 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.

Carla Melby-Oetken

Health Coach 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 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 Hugo

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 has her master’s degree in sports management, is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, and recently obtained her 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification. 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.

Megan Hammes, MS, MCHES

Portrait of Megan Hammes

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. 

Contact Information


Campus Address
Mailing Address

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