ChristianaCare

Center for WorkLife Wellbeing

Our Experts

Meet the Experts Behind WorkLife

The Center for WorkLife Wellbeing strives to be exceptional today and even better tomorrow, which is why we only work with the very best professionals. Our team of talented experts are dedicated to using their wealth of knowledge to improve the wellbeing of your organization’s caregivers.

  • Dr. Heather Farley MD, MHCDS, FACEP and Chief Wellness Officer

    Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP
    Chief Wellness Officer

    As the first Chief Wellness Officer for ChristianaCare in Newark, DE, Dr. Farley’s focus is on advancing the professional fulfillment and wellbeing of healthcare providers. She leads advocacy programs and initiatives aimed at optimizing the caregiver experience and fostering an organizational culture of wellbeing. Her mission is to restore joy and meaning in work for healthcare providers.

  • Dr. Vanessa Downing Director, Center for WorkLife Wellbeing

    Vanessa Downing, PhD
    Director, Center for WorkLife Wellbeing

    Dr. Vanessa Downing is a licensed psychologist and the Director of WorkLife Wellbeing in ChristianaCare. Dr. Downing has a special interest in the wellbeing of hospital staff and first responders and works exclusively with clinicians on the topics of burnout, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and resilience. She has lectured and consulted for various professional, government, and educational organizations on the topics of resilience and wellbeing in high risk professions, and now leads the development of interventions for multidisciplinary teams.

The WorkLife Wellbeing Team

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    Katie Godfrey, PhD, Care for the Caregiver Program Manager

    Katie is a clinical psychologist overseeing the Care for the Caregiver program.

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    Mark Mason, PhD, Resident Wellbeing Specialist

    Mark is a licensed psychologist working with resident and fellow physicians to promote health and wellbeing in the clinical learning environment for the collective and individual.

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    Stacey Boyer, PsyD, Caregiver Wellbeing Specialist

    Stacey is a skilled clinical psychologist, who champions individual and collective holistic wellbeing among all caregivers. Stacey finds meaning and joy through music, yoga, service, and connection with others. These mindfulness endeavors filter into her practice and methodology when working with her WorkLife partners.

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    Sam Van Horne, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate

    Sam is a senior research associate at the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing. Before joining, Sam studied instructional technology and factors associated with college student success. He enjoys data analysis in SAS and R.

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    Theresa Birardi, DO, Ambulatory Wellbeing Champion

    Theresa is thrilled to be a part of the WorkLife team. She works as a family medicine doctor and is passionate about preventative care of patients, young and old.

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    Julie MacRae, MD, Perioperative Services Wellbeing Champion

    Dr. MacRae is a plastic surgeon who works with other surgeons and perioperative staff to reduce frustration and stress, while enhancing fulfillment in work.

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    Greta Ehrhart, Manager of Strategic Projects

    As the Manager of Strategic Projects, much of Greta’s work focuses on how to shift from collection of simple qualitative and quantitative data about how our caregivers are doing, to developing a comprehensive and cohesive strategy to enhance professional fulfilment and reduce burnout. Greta’s background in healthcare administration, project management and group facilitation position her to tackle the cultural and structural barriers to WorkLife wellbeing.

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    Danielle Kuhn, Wellbeing Program Manager

    Danielle finds WorkLife meaning, connection and joy in creating streamlined processes for programs that help caregivers thrive.

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    Cheryl Botbyl, Wellbeing Program Coordinator

    Cheryl says that organizing is a stress reliever for her both at work and at home, so the WorkLife team is lucky to have her as a program coordinator.

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    Jessica Hinckle, Executive Assistant & Wellbeing Team Coordinator

    Jessica takes great pride in being part of a team focused on the wellbeing of caregivers and finds true meaning in assisting her colleagues. Perhaps that is why she has stayed with ChristianaCare for more than a decade.

Our Framework for WorkLife Wellbeing

Our Framework for WorkLife Wellbeing

See how our programs can support your organization

See how our programs can support your organization