The Institutional Wellness Committee (IWC) oversees a comprehensive and coordinated program for wellness-focused activities targeted to be responsive to all individuals in the EVMS community.

Members are knowledgeable about current issues and perspectives on wellness and well-being for academic medical centers. They support and engage in wellness activities as well.

Member roles and responsibilities

The EVMS IWC accomplishes its mission using a diverse group of members providing a broad representation of the institution. Committee members may be invited to a system of subgroups organized around the primary functional areas of institutional wellness. Committee members represent their respective areas of work and function(s) (e.g., departments/programs/units) and provide subject matter expertise critical to the IWC effort. They perform the function of developing the goals and objectives that are core to the EVMS wellness mission.

Annual Report


  • EVMS Wellness Website Design and Resources
  • EVMS Wellness Assessment and Outcomes
  • EVMS Wellness Engagement and Incentive Programs
  • EVMS Wellness Funding and Value Partnerships

Institutional Wellness Committee members

  • Serina A. Neumann, PhD, Chair
  • Matthew R. Schenk, Co-Chair
  • Marta A. Ambrozewicz, MD, PhD
  • Paul F. Aravich, PhD
  • Caroline L. Bertolet, PhD
  • Stephen C. Brawley, MD, PhD
  • Meredith R. Clark, PhD
  • R. Clinton Crews, MPH
  • Kimberly K. Dempsey, MPA, PA-C
  • Catherine J. F. Derber, MD
  • James F. Donecker, MD
  • Douglas A. Gardner
  • Matthew H. Jones, MD
  • Allison P. Knight, PhD
  • Colby A. Kravchak
  • David C. Lieb, MD
  • Ruvimbo Makuni
  • Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA
  • Ifeoma C. Ogbozor
  • Sami G. Tahhan, MD
  • David A. Taylor-Fishwick, PhD

Goals (2019-2020)

  • Create a Wellness Professional Development Series. We are also planning a Yoga at Work series and Nutrition series within this programming.
  • Continue to measure and evaluate faculty and staff wellness and stress levels (fall and spring).
  • Deploy a Pro-briefing Program for faculty to address stress and prevent burnout. Evaluate usage, efficiency and effectiveness of the program.
  • Plan Pro-briefing Program for staff to address stress and prevent burnout.
  • Develop awareness and incentive programs for engagement in wellness program initiatives.
  • Create wellness challenges with incentives in which the campus can engage.
  • Establish, fund, and maintain organizational science on wellness and resilience at EVMS. Identify funding sources to support wellness programs and research. Apply for funding to support new wellness programs and research.