Meet Our Staff

Meet Our WEMentors Staff
Jim Hudziak WEMentors

Wellness Environment Director
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Jim Hudziak, MD

Jim Hudziak MD is the Creator and Director of the UVM Wellness Environment (WE).  He is also the creator of WEmentors, one of the four pillars of wellness at the UVM Wellness Environment.  In addition, in 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, Jim has also created a new way to help children and families, The Vermont Family Based Approach a novel health promotion program based on the same pillars of wellness emphasized in WE.  The approaches of WE have been applied with great success even in the face of great adversity.  Watch a video on the WE approach.

Jim and his WEmentors team hope to bring health promotion to the children and families of your community.

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 Co-Director of the Wellness Environment at the University of Vermont, a new residential 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.

Graduate Coordinator
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Brandon Majmudar

Brandon graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and a minor in Chinese. He is currently in his second year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration graduate program here at the University of Vermont.

Talk to me about becoming a WEmentor and joining our violin program. I am here to help make sure that the pillars of wellness are being brought to not only WE students in college but also students in the community.

Jackie Ellis

Research Coordinator
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Jackie Ellis

Jackie graduated from UVM in May 2015 with a degree in psychology and has been working on the WE Team with Dr. Hudziak since January 2015.

Talk to me about all things regarding the research WE is conducting, as well as general questions about the environment. Jackie is here to measure the impact of the environment on the students of WE!

Bre Pletnick

Wellness Programming Coordinator
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Breanna Pletnick

Bre graduated from UVM in January 2015 with a Bachelor fo Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science. During her time at UVM, she was a four-year NCAA student-athlete and served as a captain of the Catamounts women’s soccer team, which helped to promote her passion in sport, health, and fitness.

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!