About Us

The office for Wellness and Health Promotion along with our student organization, Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC), empower healthy decision making through education, prevention, and peer support. We think about wellness holistically with physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social components central to how we approach our work. At Seattle U there is more to being healthy than eating right and exercising!

Staff are available to discuss physical wellness, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, as well as healthy relationships. We work with students individually to provide resources and help develop a plan for sustainable wellbeing.

HAWC members host student events regularly and hold office hours for private conversations and referrals. To learn about our upcoming events follow us on Facebook, call a HAWC member at (206) 220-8450 or email the team at HAWC@seattleu.edu.

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Chris Fiorello

B.F.A. Computer Art & Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design
M.S. Higher Education Administration, Florida State University
Ph.D. Candidate, Education and Human Development, George Mason University

Director

Phone: 206-296-2593

Building/Room: STCN 380

Chris Fiorello is committed to helping students make decisions that promote lifelong wellness. He understands what it’s like to struggle with personal wellness decisions and focuses his approach to student wellness on reasonable goals setting, intrinsic motivations, and committing to incremental change. He helps students process through the societal messages about wellness that are often unrealistic, can stigmatize students, and lead to unhealthy goals. Chris has 20 years’ experience working with college students in a variety of capacities. His favorite trip was his move to Seattle where he drove the more than 3,000 miles trip with his faithful canine companions, Luka and Willie, and stopped along the way at several national parks, forests, and monuments, including Badlands and Yellowstone. When Chris isn’t a work, he can be found at home with his wife and three daughters, who are the joy of his life. Chris is an avid board gamer. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in 3D animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a master of science degree in higher education administration from Florida State University. Chris is also a current doctor of philosophy candidate in education and human development at George Mason University where his research focuses on disrupting harmful and dangerous performances of masculinity and promoting healthy masculinities.

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Emilia Valdez

Current Student, Elementary Education

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Emilia is a second-year student at Seattle University majoring in Elementary Education. She loves the fiber arts such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She also loves art and drawing. You can often catch her on campus knitting a sock or sketching something. Emilia joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team because she wanted to use her creative abilities to help promote the importance of mental health and wellness.

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Fiona Griffiths Boston

Current Student, Philosophy and Public Affairs

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Fiona is a second-year undergraduate student double majoring in Public Affairs and Philosophy. In her free time, she enjoys going to bookstores, finding new places to eat with friends, going on adventures, having good chats, and listening to music. Fiona joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team because of her passion for inclusivity and LGBTQ+ health, in hopes of creating an environment at Seattle U where everyone feels taken care of.  

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Jaimie Vital

Current Student, Biology

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Jaimie Vital is a third year undergraduate student majoring in biology. She is passionate about serving others as a certified nursing assistant, crisis counselor, and a mathematics elementary school tutor. She aspires to continue to serve others as a part of the healthcare field someday. Jaimie joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team to support other students in managing their mental health. Jaimie spends her free time going on boba runs, knitting, and taking photos!

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Krys Ortiz

Current Student, Psychology

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Krys is third year student at Seattle University majoring in Psychology. She appreciates everything in regards to the arts- from music to paintings, you'll find her in a museum somewhere during her free time. Krys joined the Health and Wellness Promotion team to be a project assistant to aid other students during this troubling time to not feel alone through providing resources to help their mental health.

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Lena Pham

Current Student, DIUS

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Lena is a first year undergraduate student majoring in Diagnostic Ultrasound. Planning to work in the medical field, she hopes to experience many different things in order to utilize them in becoming a better caretaker. Lena joined the Health and Wellness Promotion team to support students by spreading awareness and resources through different projects. She is a person who enjoys listening to music, practicing instruments, traveling, and volunteering at her local church.

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Megan Okuma

Current Student, Environmental Studies

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Megan Okuma is a first year undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Studies. Her interests include finding new eateries, watching movies, and swimming. Megan joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team to help create an environment at Seattle U that is inclusive and caring of all. Megan spends her free time re-watching Parks and Rec episodes and reading.

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Renata Elías Loyola

Licenciatura en Psicopedagogía, Universidad Panamericana

Program Coordinator for Mental Health

Building/Room: STCN 380

Renata is a second-year master's student in Seattle U’s Student Development Administration program. She has a Licenciatura
en Psicopedagogía (bachelor’s degree in educational psychology) from Universidad Panamericana, where she was student-athlete. Renata is passionate about helping students improve their learning experience and discover and understand the learning process and the factors that impact it. Renata spends her free time working out, exploring the city, spending time with her friends, and watching sports, especially basketball.

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Sarah Gordon

B.A. Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell

Program Coordinator for Healthy Relationships

Building/Room: STCN 380

Sarah is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University. She has experience working with diverse college populations around wellness and health, healthy relationships, human sexuality, and suicidal ideation. As a 1st generation college student, she recognizes the unique challenges and excitement that goes into those experiences. Sarah is a Seattle native and enjoys hiking, reading, stand-up paddleboarding, and hanging out with her cat.