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Communications and Worklife

E-Mail: hrcommunications@hr.ufl.edu or hrs-wellness@ad.ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 392-2477
Fax: (352) 392-1055
Mail: PO Box 115000, Gainesville, FL 32611


Angie Brown
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B.A., Journalism, University of Oregon

As director of Communications and Worklife, Angie oversees electronic and print communications as well as worklife initiatives designed for UF faculty and staff. She helps facilitate internal change management efforts, providing strategic communication planning and execution for UFHR, the Office of the CFO and other university units. She brings more than 20 years of higher education public relations experience to her role, having previously served in communications roles at The Pennsylvania State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

Angie forges partnerships and collaborations with other UF and UF Health units and individuals in order to develop and provide worklife and wellness programming for faculty and staff. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities and as co-chair of the UF Healthy Gators Coalition and the UF-UF Health Wellness Committee.


Yusof Al-Wadei
Health Promotion Specialist
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B.S., Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee
MPH, Masters of Public Health, University of Tennessee

As the health promotion specialist, Yusof provides and promotes health promotion programs that support and foster a culture of wellness at the University of Florida. His responsibilities include providing a strategic direction for the health promotion program along with developing and implementing programs and events that are based on the health needs of UF employees. Yusof brings five years of experience in the field of health promotion and education that include development and implementation of similar health education programs.


Patricia Alba
Communications Specialist
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B.A., English, University of Florida
M.A., Mass Communications, University of Florida

As a Communications Specialist, Patricia assists with the Communications and Worklife social media accounts, curating stories for the UF at Work newsletter and writing stories that highlight UF and UFHR initiatives. As part of her role, she also updates the UF at Work website and the news sections of other HR related websites. Patricia previously worked as a communications specialist at the UF Center for Latin American Studies where she managed all aspects of marketing and communications within the center. Patricia holds a master’s degree in mass communications and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Florida.


Rick Bales
Communications Specialist

As a communications specialist, Rick assists with the design and visual communications needs for UFHR and the Office of the Vice President. He is responsible for the design of digital and print media as well as assisting with broader creative direction and strategies of HR campaigns. His role includes graphic design, branding, photography, campaign development, and web design. Rick has a background working with design agencies and, prior to joining Human Resources, worked for UF Online as a Graphic Designer.​ He continues his professional development in the creative field.


Jesse Schmidt
Web Developer
Jesse Schmidt

B.S., Visual & Communication Technology, Bowling Green State University

As web developer for Human Resources, Jesse assists with all externally facing websites for UFHR. He is responsible for maintaining and updating web content, improving website design and functionality, ensuring website accessibility, analyzing analytics, and enhancing information architecture. He previously worked with UFIT’s Web Services helping both UFIT and departments across campus update their websites to ensure better access and usability through both the UF 2011 and 2015 templates. Prior to working at UF, Jesse worked for an advertising agency honing his skills in website and print design, photography, and IT management.