For and by the UW, The Whole U launched in January 2014 to foster community, promote holistic wellness, and share the great perks available to UW faculty and staff. The Whole U grew in 2017, hosting 166 events! View the full recap of our fourth year here or check out the infographic below for a snapshot:
Meet The Whole U Team
Kimberly Mishra Chief of Staff
You know how the last bullet of most job descriptions reads something like, “other duties as assigned?” Well it is that bullet that has shaped my career path and has allowed me to turn my love of shiny, new things into a workplace strength. I love jumping in the deep end, figuring out how to swim, and leading through change. I also love telling stories, helping others connect, and advocating for the end-user experience.
In addition to working on The Whole U, I serve as the Chief of Staff for Human Resources. With over a decade at UW, I have started to bleed purple. I love this place and its people. Connect with me if you have ideas on how to better promote The Whole U, new ideas for events, or to offer me advice on juggling the demands of parenting (I have a nine-year-old adorable monster) with career and the remnants of a social life. When I am not working or chasing the adorable monster, I am at yoga, throwing ridiculously elaborate dinner parties, or chasing the next shiny new thing.
Lauren Updyke, MS ACSM HFI Assistant Director
Hi everyone, I’m Lauren, the assistant director for The Whole U Program. I have spent 17 years of my career in Health and Wellness. I have my Masters in Exercise Physiology, am a Certified Personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, and have coached over 10,000 individuals online from all over the world. I managed the Wellness program at Duke University and Hospital for 13 years as fitness and health education manager. I’ve been at the UW for nearly four years and love being a Husky. Let me know if you have an idea for an event because we love making this program for UW, by UW. My role is to lead our team of five and provide faculty and staff with awesome opportunities that support them on their health journey! Email me if you are interested in being a Whole U ambassador or if you have a fun idea for us. When I’m not working at The Whole U, I am either training for a marathon, travelling with my husband and two kids, or racing from one kid activity to the next 🙂
Chiara Iacoviello Marketing and Events Consultant
Ciao! The first thing you’ll notice when you meet me is my Italian accent! I was born in Rieti, a small town in Central Italy. After I graduated college, I moved to California to pursue an MBA in Marketing and International Business. I thought I would stay in the U.S. only a couple years, but nine years later… I’m still here!
There are so many things that I am passionate about; it’s hard not to fill the whole page. I love opera, interior design, reading, hiking, travelling, learning foreign languages, and exploring new places — whether it’s a new restaurant, park, beach or neighborhood. And cooking, of course cooking! But if I had to pick my favorite thing of all, it would be sharing a meal with my family: sitting around the table, creating memories, and enjoying each other’s company while savoring a yummy homemade meal over a conversation and a bottle of wine. My job as a marketing and events consultant at The Whole U gives me the chance not only to work on things I am passionate about, but also to discover what your passion is, and try to find more and more opportunities for you to follow that passion.
Matthew Macdonald Leib Web Editor and Visual Producer
Hi, I’m Matthew. I joined The Whole U in October 2016 after five years writing and producing videos in New York and a lifetime listening to Mariners games until well after midnight. I’m thrilled to be part of The Whole U team and its mission of celebrating faculty and staff connections and contributions to the UW community and beyond.
In my free time, I enjoy running, podcasts, playing squash, and history, but as a generalist—and a journalist—I’m always eager to learn more about new topics and areas of interest. That’s the best part of my role as web editor and visual producer at The Whole U: meeting the many who make up the community here and helping them share their stories of passion and expertise. I believe everyone has something worth sharing; it’s just a matter of asking the right questions. If you have a story waiting to be told or know of one, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. Go Dawgs! And go M’s!
Nicole Moore Marketing and Events Consultant
Hi there! I am Nicole, a marketing and events consultant for The Whole U and a master of public health student starting in the fall of 2018. I am thrilled to be a part of The Whole team, helping the UW community prioritize their health and wellness. Prior to joining the Whole U team, I spent 8 years working in the advertising industry in New York City before deciding to return home to pursue my passion, encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles.
I rarely sit still, so in my free time you will find me running, swimming, hiking, or exploring all the great outdoor activities Seattle has to offer. I am also a devout yogi and completed my 200-hour teaching training in 2016. I miss the food in New York terribly and have been on the hunt for the best pizza and bagels Seattle has to offer. So, if you have any recommendations, please send them my way! The Whole U was created for you, the UW community, so if you have any ideas on how to bring more health and wellness programs to our community, I would love to hear from you!
Ava Sharifi Marketing and Communications Assistant
Hi, I’m Ava, a sophomore at the University of Washington, majoring in Political Science with a specialty in International Security. At the University of Washington, I’m an active leader in the Senate and currently the Chair of the On-Campus Committee. I also serve as the Director of the Middle Eastern Student Commission and the Senate Liaison to the Legislative Steering Committee.
Outside of the Senate, I enjoy dedicating my time to political activism, peaceful organization, and lecturing at various middle schools, high schools, and universities on topics such as Islamophobia, mass incarceration, and the effects of discrimination in a growing society. Outside of school, I love goofing around with friends, watching movies, and dancing. I have been trying to learn how to cook, but it usually ends up being another night of pasta!
Through it all, I have fought against the negative stigma behind mental health by encouraging others to be communicative about their struggles and to develop healthy outlets for self-care. I can’t wait to learn more about improving wellness and wellbeing by working at The Whole U!
Sara Tieu Graphic Designer
Hi everyone! I’m Sara and I’m studying Interaction Design here at UW Seattle. As a graphic designer for The Whole U, I create promotional media such as flyers, website graphics, and social media images. What I love about The Whole U is its holistic approach to wellbeing and how it promotes all aspects of health, ranging from getting active to engaging in interests to building communities. Being a part of the team has been a wonderful experience since we practice what we preach and always encourage each other to be healthy.
During the school year, I engage in the UW community by designing for a few different organizations on campus, including the Chinese Student Association, API Cares, TEDxUofW, and Hyperloop. When I’m not hunched over my computer designing, I’m finding other ways to learn, be creative, and practice mindfulness, such as reading, journaling, and listening to podcasts. I’m a huge lover of art and design in my daily life and have been drawing ever since I was a kid. I also love connecting with friends and having good conversation over good food and I’m always down to try out the latest dessert spot!
Now you know who we are, but what The Whole U is depends on you–your interests, your passions, your availability, and your willingness to reach out to us so we can better meet the needs of our unique community. Please send us your ideas. We don’t know exactly what the future holds, but we know The Whole U will be for UW, by UW.
Is The Whole U required? Does it cost money?
Participation is voluntary and is funded by UW Human Resources.
How are events scheduled? Do you take into account different shifts, schedules, and locations?
Part of being responsive to people’s interests and availabilities means that the times and locations vary. Large events will typically be at lunch on weekdays in a central location to engage the maximum number of people. For smaller events, the location and timing depends on the target participants. For faculty and staff leading their own activities, it remains up to the activity leader. The toolkit contains advice on scheduling to maximize participation.
Is release time available for participation in Whole U activities?
Typically, activities are scheduled to take place during lunch breaks or weekends. When your work schedule conflicts with a Whole U event, it is up to you to speak with your supervisor about the possibility of attending.
We encourage you to stay connected to The Whole U website for information on upcoming events, resources and discounts, but please do so in a way that is appropriate for your unit. If there is any ambiguity with your schedule or the policies that govern your workspace, please talk with your supervisor.
How does UW Medicine’s Social Networking Policy and Guidelines affect participation of faculty and staff who are involved in patient care?
UW Medicine employees should limit their use of The Whole U program’s social media elements in hospital or clinic space to rest or meal breaks, unless social media use has been previously approved by a supervisor.
I see that you include information on volunteerism. Does this mean that I can get release time to volunteer at a non-profit organization?
Participation in Whole U events or service opportunities is on a volunteer basis that exists outside of your normal work responsibilities and is not covered by release time.
What is The Whole U’s Comment Policy?
The Whole U is a moderated website, and reserves the right to not post submitted comments. Please submit your comments at any time, and they will be approved and posted as soon as they can be reviewed-the next business day if not sooner. Generally, we will not post comments that:
- Are not related to the topic, or are clearly spam.
- Do not demonstrate mutual respect for the University, University employees and other individuals, including use of abusive or prejudicial language, personal attacks, or unsupported claims.
- Contain commercial links in support of a business, service, or product.
We will not edit comments. If a comment contains any of the above, or is otherwise considered inappropriate, it will not be approved for posting.
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