Stephanie Downs became Iowa State's wellness coordinator on April 15. Photo by Bob Elbert.

Stephanie Downs joined Iowa State April 15 as the university's first wellness coordinator in university human resources. She will work with internal and external partners to advance the university's wellness initiatives, including the coordination, implementation and evaluation of health and wellness programs. In addition, Downs will be involved in local and state health initiatives, such as the Healthiest Ames and Healthiest State projects.

Previously, Downs was the health promotion coordinator for the city of Ames. She holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Iowa State and a master's degree in health promotion from Nebraska Methodist College.

Downs' office is in 3680 Beardshear Hall. She can be reached at 4-8902 or sdowns@iastate.edu.