Meet the Healthy Campus Advisory Committee

Members Representing Administrative Units

Alan Sahussanun

Alan Sahussanun

Occupational Health & Safety Specialist

Department: USC Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Expertise: Food safety, injury prevention, workplace safety

Interests: Foodie at heart, hiking, traveling, spending time with family

Alice Chen

Alice Chen

Assistant Vice President

Department: USC Health Plans

Expertise: Employee health and well-being in higher education, employee health insurance benefits, managed care, healthcare administration

Interests: Running, hiking, baking, nature and outdoors, and traveling

Andrea Bennett

Andrea Bennett

Senior Manager, Communications

Department: University Communications

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Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore

Assistant Director, Community Engagement

Department: Office for Health Promotion Strategy, USC Student Health

Expertise: Health promotion, community-engaged research

Becca Cahal

Becca Cahal

Senior Program Manager

Department: Care for the Caregiver 

Interests: Audio books, working out, traveling, trying out different coffee shops, and cruising on a beach cruiser at the beach

Charles Britton

Charles Britton

Director, Client Services

Department: Human Resources, Equity & Compliance

Expertise: Employee relations, leadership coaching, learning and development, customer service, HR operations and optimization

Interests: Cooking, cycling, sewing, and his dogs!

Chris Shea

Chris Shea

Special Project Manager

Department: Office of Culture, Ethics & Compliance

Expertise: Organizational culture strategies, resources, and best practices

Interests: Restaurants (Just moved to Pasadena and looking for recommendations), flea markets/good deals, all things sci-fi/fantasy, and extroverting with my friends on the weekends

Cortney Montgomery

Cortney Montgomery

Director of Clinical Nutrition

Department: Keck Medicine of USC

Interests: Hiking/walking, kickboxing, gardening, spending time with my dog (Remy), live music, good conversation, wine tasting

Cindy Ryan

Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., MFT, CEAP

Associate Director, Clinical Services

Department: USC WorkWell Center

Expertise: Strength based coaching and leading with emotional intelligence

Interests: Family time, renovating classic car, volunteering

Cynthia Valencia

Cynthia Valencia

Member Engagement & Operations Specialist

Department: USC Recreational Sports

Expertise: Engagement, Marketing, Social Media & Outreach

Interests: Reading, writing, plants, mental health, baking

Dan Stimmler

Dan Stimmler

Vice President, Auxiliary Services and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Department: USC Auxiliary Services and LA Memorial Coliseum

Interests: Live events, anything outdoors, family and friends

Dara Weinraub

Dara Weinraub, MSW

Program Manager

Department: Care for the Caregiver

Expertise: Developing sustainable programs to support the mental health and well-being of caregivers

Interests: Time spent with family and friends, hiking with my dog, exercise, reading, and reality television

Dick Sun

Dick Sun

Deputy Director

Department: USC Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Expertise: Environment/ occupational health and safety in higher education 

Interests: Exercise, snowboarding, foodie, and family

Edgar Palmer

Captain

Department: Department of Public Safety

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Elaine Padilla

Senior Employee Development Specialist

Department: UHR, Learning and Organizational Development

Expertise: Talent development, coaching, international education

Interests: Hiking, traveling, genealogy, community building, winetasting, and baking

Elen Melkonian

Culture Program Lead

Department: Office of Culture, Ethics and Compliance- Culture Journey team

Expertise: Inclusive events planning, values-based initiatives programming, and strategic advocacy and activism for people of color in classrooms and beyond

Interests: Hosting board-game nights, podcasts, strength training, museums, poetry, and mindfulness living

Emily Bond

Emily Bond

Senior Learning and Development Specialist

Department: University Advancement

Expertise: Education, talent management, and experiential learning

Interests: Running, hiking, reading (especially sci-fi/fantasy), and exploring bookstores

Gary Marschall

Gary Marschall

Director of Campus Dining

Department: USC Hospitality

Expertise: Customer service, guest relations, food and beverage

Interests: Travel, music, theatre, movies, hiking, biking and F1!

Karla Sifuentes

Karla Sifuentes

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Department: USC WorkWell Center

Expertise: Marketing strategy, health communication, social media management

Interests: Nature, hiking, reading

Lily Ledesma

Lily Ledesma

Engagement Specialist

Department: USC Office of Sustainability

Expertise: Sustainability engagement and outreach in higher education

Interests: Exercise, hiking, baking, healthy cooking

Lindsey Pine

Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CPT

Dining Dietitian

Department: USC Hospitality

Expertise: Nutrition science, allergen management, recipe development, general wellness, Mediterranean dietary pattern, heart healthy lifestyles

Interests: Fitness, cooking, travel, jewelry making, Disney theme parks

Lynette Merriman

Lynette Merriman, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost, Assistant Clinical Professor

Department: Campus Support and Intervention

Expertise: Campus support, postvention crisis support/response coordination, Student Affairs, educational leadership

Michael Burroughs

Michael Burroughs

Executive Director, Organizational Change, Ethics, and Culture

Department: Office of Culture, Ethics, and Compliance

Expertise: Organizational change and culture, ethics education, change management, and public humanities programming

Interests: Hiking, continual learning, cooking, mindfulness, soccer, and beekeeping

Michael Munson

Michael Munson

Associate Director

Department: USC Recreational Sports

Interests: Golf, pickle ball, basketball referee

Nichelle Huizar

Nichelle Huizar

Sustainability Administrator

Department: USC Auxiliary Services

Expertise: Guiding the Auxiliary Services business units on their sustainability programming, operational efficiencies, engagement, and communications; partnering with campus partners supporting the university’s overall goals and initiatives

Interests: All things music/film/art, aquafit, Yelp enthusiast, and any form of giving back

Nick Malos

Nick Malos

Associate Director

Department: USC Health Plans

Expertise: Healthcare, employee wellbeing, health insurance

Interests: Travel, foodie, cooking

Paula Swinford

Director, Office for Health Promotion Strategy

Department: Office of Health Promotion Strategy

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Rick Calderon

Rick Calderon

Crisis Intervention and Unhoused Liaison Officer

Department: USC Department of Public Safety

Expertise: Community outreach, student & public safety, relationship and trust building

Scott Teves

Scott Teves

Senior Fitness Programs Advisor

Department: Recreational Sports

Expertise: Exercise science and public health

Interests: Music and martial arts

Suzanne Huynh

Suzzane Huynh

Health & Well-being Program Coordinator

Department: USC WorkWell Center

Expertise: Health promotion and strategy, project coordination, clinical administration

Interests: Baking, reading, journaling, family

Members Representing Schools

Angie Young

Angie Young

Instructional Designer

Department: USC Bovard College

Expertise: Designing, implementing, and evaluating health policy, system, and environmental changes in universities; environmental sustainability; employee wellness; health and wellness for remote workers

Interests: Yoga, meditation and mindfulness, travel

Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Burçin Becerik-Gerber

Dean’s Professor & Department Chair

Department: Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Expertise: Human-building interaction, health and sustainable buildings, impact of built environment on health and well-being

Cary Kreutzer

Cary Kreutzer

Professor, Instructional and Clinical Gerontology and Pediatrics

Department: USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Expertise: Healthspan/ longevity, nutrition counseling/ coaching, public health nutrition education, health literacy, nutrigenomics

Interests: Hiking, swimming, travel, dog rescue, youth soccer

Chantal Sheridan

Chantal Sheridan

Director, Keck School of Medicine Well-being Program; Director, Medical Student Well-being; Associate Professor, Clinical Medical Education & Psychiatry

Department: Keck School of Medicine

Expertise: Organizational, systemic, and policy changes that make academic medical centers more sane and humane places to work; psychological safety; brave leadership; self-compassion for high achievers; building coalitions of passionate change-makers

Interests: Salsa dancing, backpacking in the wilderness, cycling, creative writing, cats

Chantelle Rice Collins

Chantelle Rice Collins, OTD, OTR/L, CDCES

Director of the Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice

Department: USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Expertise: Lifestyle redesign, well-being, workplace culture, weight management, diabetes management, mental health

Interests: Beach, travel, restaurants, family and friends, nature 

Cheng Yu Hou

Cheng Yu Hou

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department: USC Bovard College

Expertise: Mental health, faculty/staff campus health, equity and belonging

Interests: Yoga, meditation, outdoor activities

Daniel Pecchenino

Daniel Pecchenino

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing and Immediate Past President of the Academic Senate

Department: Writing Program

Expertise: Shared governance; composition and rhetoric; faculty affairs

Interests: Faculty work/life balance, student wellness, destressing education

Diana C. Beltran

Diana C. Beltran

Faculty Adjunct Assistant Professor, MS of Hospitality and Tourism Chair, Faculty Council of USC Bovard College Senator, USC Academic Senate

Department: USC Bovard College

Expertise: Sustainability development & management, hospitality and tourism management, hotel and lodging operations, training, learning and development, social responsibility, hotel operations, higher education

Interests: Tango/ salsa dancing, gastronomy, traveling, French language, exercise and wellness, nature

Elizabeth O'Toole

Elizabeth O’Toole

Special Projects Manager

Department: Office of the Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Expertise: Diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging; employee well-being; restorative practices

Genevieve Dunton

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences & Psychology

Department: Keck School of Medicine of USC

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Glenn Fox

Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

Department: USC Marshall School of Business

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Greg Harlan

Greg Harlan

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medical Education and Co-Director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Department: Keck School of Medicine

Expertise: Professional identify formation, faculty development, the business of medicine, lifestyle medicine and culinary medicine

Janna Wong

Janna Wong

Senior Lecturer

Department: Department of Business Communication, USC Marshall School of Business

Expertise: Professor in Marshall’s Department of Business Communication; also a writer, editor, and editorial consultant, specializing in subjects concerning the film industry. Chair of USC’s University Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Faculty Advisor for the Marshall Entertainment Association

Interests: I love sports (especially cheering for Trojan teams), reading and listening to books, and cooking. I’m a very curious person!

Jessica Parr

Professor (Teaching) of Chemistry

Department: Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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Kim Goodman

Kim Goodman

Associate Professor of Social Work Practicum Education

Department: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

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Kyra Guy

Kyra Guy

Project Specialist

Department: Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Expertise: Global health education, community based participatory research  

Interests: Beaches, walking, trying new restaurants in LA

Linda Bazilian

Academic Program Director

Department: USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Expertise: Student and faculty affairs for Biological Sciences, long-term planning for facilities

Interests: Physical fitness, animals, nature

Meghan Hoover

Meghan Hoover

Associate Director, Annual Giving and Stewardship

Department: USC Gould School of Law

Expertise: DEIB advocate & leader, community builder, collaborative space creator, impact storyteller

Interests: My nieces, completing my Masters in HRM, surfing, experiencing life to the fullest

Patrick Cates

Patrick Cates, EdD

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Department: USC Marshall School of Business

Expertise: Workplace climate and culture, psychological safety, leadership, organizational change

Interests: Running, VR fitness, crosswords, Charles Dickens

Patricia Graberek

Adjunct Professor

Department: Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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Peter Cardon

Peter Cardon

Professor of Clinical Business Communication

Department: USC Marshall School of Business

Expertise/Interests: Impact of AI on communication, global business communication, personal finance

Quade French

Quade French

Associate Dean & Chief Diversity Officer

Department:  USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Expertise: Intergroup relations; intragroup relational dynamics; cultural equity; power and privilege in relationships; leadership; adoption/ adoptive families

Renee Almassizadeh

Renee Almassizadeh

Assistant Director for Operations and Programming

Department: USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Expertise: Organizational culture and culture change, employee engagement, relationship-building, well-being, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and facilitation and training

Interests: Travel, bookstores, museums and galleries, live music, walking, and Australian Shepherds

Robbin Howard

Robbin Howard

Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy

Department: USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Expertise: Physical therapist, movement expert promoting health and wellness, strategic planning, business and clinical administration

Interests: Hiking, traveling, tennis, gardening, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and reading

Shawn C. Roll

Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS

Associate Professor

Department: USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Expertise: Worker health, worker well-being, occupational performance, ergonomics, work systems, health and well-being in built environments

Stacey Croomes

Stacey Croomes

Contracts and Grants Manager 

Department: Sol Price School of Public Policy

Expertise: Qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, research design, project management, collaboration

Interests: Spending time with my family, crafting (spinning yarn, knitting, and weaving), and reading

Susan Berg

Susan Berg

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department: USC Bovard College

Expertise: Transition expert, managing change, strengthening leadership, building inclusive workplaces

Interests: Teaching, mentoring, family, community

Tina Paddock

Tina Paddock, MSW, LCSW

Associate Professor of Social Work Practicum Education

Department: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Interests: Child care, caregiving, public child welfare, neurodiversity, mindfulness, expressive arts and social work

 

Tom Valente

Tom Valente, PhD

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

Department: Keck School of Medicine

Expertise: Social network analysis, program evaluation, health promotion, diffusion of innovations 

Interests: Designing and evaluating network interventions, understanding network influences on health behaviors

William Kanengiser

William Kanengiser

Professor of Practice, Classical Guitar

Department: USC Thornton School of Music

Expertise: Chair of the Musicians’ Wellness Committee, classical guitar recitalist and recording artist

Interests: Musicians’ wellness: hearing protection, performance anxiety, injury prevention and recovery, mindfulness, vocal health, etc.

Yogi Matharu

Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy; Director of Physical Therapy Clinical Services

Department: USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

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Community Members

Telma Menendez

Health Program Analyst

Department: LACDPH – Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

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Atia Sattar

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Department: USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Expertise: Mindfulness; gender, race, and health; medical humanities 

Interests: Meditation, cooking, restaurants, exercise

Kevin Corbett

Sr. Executive Director of Learning & Performance

Department: University Advancement

Expertise: Talent management, fundraising and alumni engagement

Interests: Running, hiking, skiing, cycling, independent coffee shops, reading, journaling, and the occasional Sunday afternoon nap

Luis Canton

Luis Canton

Sr. Health & Well-being Specialist

Department: USC WorkWell Center

Expertise: Quantitative and qualitative data analysis, program evaluation, health and well-being in higher education

Interests: Family, foodie, baking

Janette Brown

Janette Brown, Ed.D. 

Assistant Vice Provost, Adjunct Faculty

Department: USC Emeriti Center, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology 

Expertise: Intergenerational wellness programs, retirement advisement and research, career and life coaching, experiential learning

Interests: Photography, hiking, healthy aging education including nutrition and exercise, dance classes