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 2018, hosting 204 events and activities!
View the full recap of our fifth year here or check out the video and infographic below for a broader look at how The Whole U brings wellness to the workplace at the University of Washington.
Meet The Whole U Team
Kimberly Mishra HR 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 🙂
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!
Anna Tegelberg Marketing & Events Specialist
Hello! My name is Anna and I am in my senior year of my undergraduate degree at UW. I’ve been working at the Whole U since the beginning of my junior year and I love it! My favorite part of the job is getting to connect with all of UW’s wonderful people, hearing about your lives and what you do at UW, and working together to build community and bridge gaps within our campuses and beyond. As a marketing and events specialist, I create programming, plan and market events, and work on our partnerships. The Whole U is for UW, by UW…please reach out to me if there are events you’d like to see, or fresh ideas on how to better serve the UW community!
When I’m not at the Whole U, I’m either in class and studying, or relaxing with friends and family. I’m a Seattle native and one of my favorite spots is Greenlake. I always walk the lake loop at least once a week – maybe you’ve seen me on a weekend morning? I am a lifelong Greys Anatomy fan, and still watch every Thursday night…on prime time! I love vinyasa yoga, cycling, skiing and napping, but never at the same time of course. I look forward to meeting you all.
Genezaret Quintana Marketing and Communications Assistant
Hello there, my name is GenGen! I am currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Communication. I have held various leadership positions with my fraternity on campus, Omega Delta Phi, making sure to always give back to our surrounding communities through community service and setting good examples. I am also the Vice President of the United Greek Council, which serves 13 minority Greek organizations on campus. Through these leadership positions, I have been able to serve the UW Seattle campus in unique ways.
Outside of work and school, I love to watch Twitch streams and YouTube videos about Fortnite, watch Netflix, and make mac & cheese! If I’m not doing these things, chances are I’m probably watching a Buzzfeed video or learning how to cook. I am excited to join The Whole U to help engage the greater UW community in living healthier lives, in and outside of their respective workplaces!
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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