WHP Staff

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Laurie Morgan
Associate Director for Campus Wellness
408-924-6117
laurie.morgan@sjsu.edu

PhD (ABD), Transformative Learning and Change,
California Institute of Integral Studies
MA, Counseling and Guidance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
BA, Management, Sonoma State University

 Q:Why did you choose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion?

A:  I absolutely love working with college students, especially the diverse population that SJSU attracts. This position allows me to integrate many areas of interest to support students from a holistic perspective. I also appreciate all of the opportunities for collaboration tied to wellness-based programs and services. Ultimately, I want to help people to live their healthiest, most authentic and passionate lives possible.

Q:Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I get to manage an exceptional team of five women who provide programming and services to support the wellness and health of students at SJSU. We also mentor 40 plus students thru our Peer Health Educator and Nutrition Education Action Team programs. I chair or co-chair a number of committees including the Wellness Advocates, open to all SJSU members, and the Strengths-Based Learning Team. Another interest of mine is developing our virtual services.

Q:What do you do to stay well?

A: Getting out in nature feeds my soul so I enjoy hiking, backpacking and kayaking. I also try to surround myself with people who make me laugh! I find if I sleep 8 hrs/night much of the rest falls into place.

Q:What's the most awesome place you've ever been?

A:  So many! I'll cheat and say: India, Kenya, Australia, Yosemite.

Strengths:
Strategic, Ideation, Relator, Input, Individualization


  

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Liz Romero
Wellness & Health Promotion Coordinator
408 924-6203
liz.romero@sjsu.edu

MPH, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University
BA, International Development Studies, UCLA

Q:Why did you choose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion?

A: When I was in undergrad I got involved in a peer health education program because I liked taking care of people. Through this involvement I realized that I really enjoyed educating the masses, planning large events, and using my creativity to support the student body in their pursuit for wellness. It was this experience that introduced me to Public Health and has shaped my career choices. I love working in WHP because it allows me to put my passion for public health in use. I also enjoy providing support for a group of eager, curious, and creative students.

Q: Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I spend most of my day working with an amazing group of leaders on campus, the Peer Health Educators. The PHEs are responsible for many of the wellness events and presentations on campus. In addition, I provide one-on-one health education consultations in sexual wellness for all students. Some common topics we discuss during these consultations include: contraception, STIs, pregnancy, and annual exam information. I also facilitate alcohol education workshops alongside other WHP staff.

Q: What do you do to stay well?

A: For my physical health I like to go hiking, ice skating, and dancing. For my mental health I like to paint, read, and play my Ukulele. For my emotional health I like to surround myself with good friends.

Q: What's the most awesome place you've ever been?

A: Recently I went white water rafting down the New River in West Virginia. It is the 7th most difficult river to navigate in the world. We hit a couple of back-to-back class five rapids. Only one member of our crew flew out of the raft. It was great!


Strengths:
Individualization, Strategic, Includer, Ideation, Communication


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      Cassie Barmore
      Wellness & Health Promotion Coordinator
      Campus Dietitian
      408-924-6119
      cassie.barmore@sjsu.edu

MS, Nutritional Science, Texas Tech University
BS, Nutrition and Food Science, California State University, Chico

Q: Why did you choose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion?

A: This position perfectly blends my two passion areas: utilizing nutrition to promote a healthy lifestyle and working with college students. Wellness and Health Promotion offers the ideal opportunity for me to meet directly with SJSU students to talk about nutrition and make any changes neccessary to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Q: Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I meet with students one-on-one to discuss any barriers they have towards a healthy lifestyle, or any problem areas they see in regards to food and nutrition.  Some common topics students set up appointments for include: eating concerns/disorders, weight gain/loss, digestive problems, healthy eating strategies, sports performance, management of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Q: What do you do to stay well?

A:I enjoy smiling, hiking, and playing with my puppy at the park.  I also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes.  Making sure I have time to relax and do what I love is a priority.  

Q: What's the most awesome place you've ever been?

A: Fussen, Germany – the Neuschwanstein Castle is gorgeous!

Strengths: Empathy, Achiever, Learner, Discipline, Harmony


 

  Zoe Whaley

   Zoë Whaley
   Wellness & Health Promotion Coodinator
   408-924-6118
   zoe.whaley@sjsu.edu

 

MSW, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, Political Science and Religious Studies, Macalester College

Q: Why did you choose to work in Wellness & Health Promotion?

 A: I am convinced that people need health care that is comprehensive. To me this means that people are healthiest when many factors are considered—their stress, resilience, sexual health, support systems, self-esteem, and relationships, in addition to medical concerns. In my Masters program I advised an undergraduate student group working on issues of sexual assault prevention. I loved working with college students and think it’s the ideal setting to do WHP work. WHP also appeals to me because I can consult and work with individual students while also working on large-scale projects such as violence prevention initiatives.

 Q: Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I spend a lot of my time working with the great group of Peer Health Educators that are active on campus. My curriculum in my Masters program focused on ‘Healthy Relationships as a Path to Violence Prevention’, so I work most closely with the PHEs on issues of violence prevention and sexual wellness. I also consult with individual students on relationships, reproductive health and general sexual wellness. I hope to always be a source of support for any student who needs someone to listen.

Q: What do you do to stay well?

A: I am in the process of getting my certification as a Pilates instructor, so naturally I love Pilates. I also enjoy hiking—especially in out-of-the-way places. Being out in nature makes me feel calm and at peace, so I spend as much time outside as possible. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for about six years, but above all I rely on an amazing support system of friends and family.

Q: What’s the most awesome place you’ve ever been?

A: Hmm..so many. But I’d have to say Pantalica in Sicily. 

Strengths: Ideation, Individualization, Relator, Learner, Intellection  


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Vicky Cervantes
Office Coordinator
408-924-6280
mariavictoria.cervantes@sjsu.edu

College of the Holy Spirit

 Q:Why did you choose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion?

A:  I chose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion because I love to meet and help people.  I love cultural diversity at SJSU. Working with the students and the coordinators is a learning process that keeps me going because everyday is something different to look forward to.

Q:Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I provide support to the Assist Director, all the WHP Coordinators, and students. I prepare a variety of documents, order and maintain office and event supplies; process, monitor and maintain various departmental budgets; receive and respond to student inquiries and explain policies and procedures as requested.

Q:What do you do to stay well?

A: I have four sons who are very active. When my boys go biking, camping, hiking, you name it, I am there with them.  I love to cook and dance when I have time.  I also create cards and scrapbooks.

Q: What's the most awesome place you've ever been?

A:  Lucerne, Switzerland and Canada

Strengths: Achiever, Empathy, Developer, Connectedness, Strategic


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Anna Ang
Health Education Assistant
408-924-6202
anna.ang@sjsu.edu

MPH, San Jose State University
BA, National University of Singapore

Q:Why did you choose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion?

A:  I chose to work in Wellness and Health Promotion because I love interacting with SJSU students and engaging in lively conversations and dialogues with them about college life. As an SJSU alumni, I enjoy sharing my stories, knowledge and experience with fellow SJSU students to help them stay healthy on campus and succeed in college.  

Q:Can you talk about what you do in WHP?

A: I provide administrative and programming support to the WHP team. I provide assistance to the team in their outreach efforts on campus and answer queries from students regarding the excellent services that we provide at the student health center.

Q:What do you do to stay well?

A: I enjoy cooking, learning about new recipes from different cultures and watching Food Network. I also enjoy role-playing different characters with my three year old as well as spending quality time with my newborn.

Q: What's the most awesome place you've ever been? 

A: Bali, Indonesia

Strengths: Harmony, Analytical, Responsibility, Context, Developer