TWU announces Health and Wellbeing Initiative themes, leads

May 11, 2018 — DENTON — The campus-wide Health and Wellbeing Initiative at Texas Woman’s University has identified themed areas and team leads for its healthy lifestyle effort set to launch in fall 2018.

Rooted in the university’s historical commitment to the health of others, the initiative coordinates and champions efforts at TWU that engage and motivate students and employees to adopt healthy choices.

“We are excited about the progress that has been made,” said Thad Mantaro, Director of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative. “The work groups we have planned for each of the themed areas will explore how we can incorporate healthy living across various spectrums of our campus community. It’s a very holistic design.”

The initiative will introduce health and wellbeing themes in a phased approach, starting with five key areas: caring, financial wellbeing, mental health, movement and nutrition. Academic as well as co-curricular activities and programs supporting each area will be designed to create and sustain a culture of wellbeing for TWU students and employees.

Team leaders for each of the themes include:


  • Becky Spencer, Ph.D., MSN, RN, IBCLC, Assistant Professor, Nursing
  • Amy O’Keefe, Executive Director of Campus Alliance for Resource Education (CARE)

Financial Wellbeing

  • James Lytle, MBA, MS, Lecturer, College of Business
  • Karen Trail, Coordinator of Admissions, Financial Aid, Dallas

Mental Health

  • Lisa Grubbs, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC, CG-C, NCC, School Counselor Advisor, CACREP Liaison, Counseling and Development
  • Linda Louden, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director- Dallas and Houston


  • Katherine Coffey, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Kinesiology
  • Sarah Gamblin, MFA, Associate Professor, Dance
  • Beth Palmer, PhD., Executive Director of Pioneer Hall and TWU Fitness & Recreation


  • Angela Griffin, MS, RDN, LD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Culinology® Coordinator, Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Kathleen Davis, Ph.D., RDN, CSP, LD, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences

Additional themes may be added to the initiative at a later date. Program design is based on the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative.

Media Contact

Amy Evans
Director of Student Life Communications

Page last updated 10:58 AM, May 11, 2018