The Happiness and Wellness Initiative aligns with the University of Maryland School of Public Health mission: “to promote and protect the health and well-being” of our diverse communities throughout Maryland, the nation, and the world.

Vision: To promote happiness and well-being for all, aligning with the University of Maryland School of Public Health Vision of “physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all people throughout our local and global communities.”

Mission: To proactively strengthen health and wellness, while prioritizing resiliency, through strength-based communications, training, curriculum, research, and assessment. 


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Brielle Merchant, MHA, CHES, RYT (she/her/hers)
Project Coordinator

Brielle has over 6 years of experience creating health and wellness programs for different audiences. She has a Masters in Health Administration and earned her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health. Brielle also holds a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) certification, an Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification and has successfully completed Yoga Teacher Training ( RYT®). Read more about Brielle.



Erin McClure (she/her/hers)
Director of Operations and Chief of Staff Diversity Officer

Erin has 15 years of higher education administration experience at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. As a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team, she oversees operations and partnerships, building on strengths and implementing best practices within and beyond the school and campus. Erin serves as a deputy liaison for our educational and community partners, including members of our Dean’s Council and Community Advisory Council, where she has established trusted relationships that are moving forward key initiatives, collaborations, and partnerships, including TerrapinSTRONG and the Happiness & Wellness Initiative. Read more about Erin.


Caitlin Waite (she/her/hers)
Program Administrative Specialist

Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from The Ohio State University and has experience working in health policy and research, health education and higher education administration.


Amanda Grimes (she/her/hers)
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Amanda received her Bachelor in Arts in Economics and History from Centre College and her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. She brings experience in launching new programs and initiatives in the higher education and corporate sectors.