Meet Our Staff

Meet Our WEMentors Staff
Jim Hudziak WEMentors

Wellness Environment Director
(802) 656-0776

Jim Hudziak, MD

Jim Hudziak, MD, is the Creator and Director of the UVM Wellness Environment (WE). Through his role as Chief of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families at UVM College of Medicine and Medical Center, Dr. Hudziak created The Vermont Family Based Approach, a novel health promotion program based on the same pillars of wellness emphasized in WE (fitness, mindfulness, nutrition and building healthy relationships).  Watch a video on the WE approach. Dr. Hudziak holds many appointments in the University of Vermont and UVM Medical Center and serves as a faculty member in addition to his roles as Director of WE and the College of Medicine’s Behavior Change Minor, Chief of VCCYF and being a practicing physician.

Talk to me about all things WE!  I can share with you the science and reasons I created WE and WEmentors.  I love talking about how building healthy brains through changing behaviors can lead to lifelong emotional, behavioral, and physical health.

Jeffrey Rettew

Wellness Environment Co-Director
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Jeffrey Rettew

Jeff is the Associate Director of the Wellness Environment at the University of Vermont.  In this role, Jeff oversees the residential component the Wellness Environment – a community of students committed to maintaining a life focused on healthy bodies and healthy minds. Jeff has worn many hats in higher education including health education and promotion, mental health counselor, career counselor, and course instructor.

Talk to me about all things WE! In addition, I love talking about positive psychology, counseling, teaching, college student development, motivational interviewing, and substance use prevention/intervention. I completed my doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas, and internship at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center. I am also a member of Therapy Dogs of Vermont, along with my golden retriever, Tucker.

Program Coordinator
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Brandon Majmudar

Sonya Buglion Gluck graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2018 with a self-designed degree in Integrated Natural Resources. Her thesis project examined the racial climate in the Rubenstein School through focus groups with undergraduate students, community involvement and activism. This thesis, her diverse curriculum, and her involvement in the Black Student Union and Vermont Students Towards Environmental Protection deepened her commitment to and passion for racial and environmental justice, particularly through the lens of education.

Talk to me about becoming a WEmentor, joining our violin program and equity and inclusion in the Wellness Environment. I will be organizing many programs and events in the WE residential halls this year and want to be sure that these events and programs serve students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and interests. I am here to help make sure that the pillars of the Wellness Environment are shared across campus and with the greater Burlington community through collaborations and WEmentors.

Bre Pletnick

Program Coordinator
(802) 656-0773

Breanna Pletnick


Talk to me about exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness programs. I can help you to utilize the trainers, classes, apps, and all WE has to offer in order for you to get the greatest gains in relation to your health and happiness. Stop-in my office or send me an e-mail with any questions, and I would love to hear any ideas you have for wellness initiatives that you’d like to be a part of the Environment or see initiated/promoted through WE!