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. He does this in an effort to help students find value-based reasons for leading healthier lives. Chris has 18 years’ experience working with college students in a variety of capacities. He is a recent transplant to the Seattle area having recently left Washington, D.C. (the other Washington) in August of 2019. He took the long way to get to Seattle driving the more than 3,000 miles trip with his faithful canine companions, Luka and Willie. His favorite part was that the trip that took him through several national parks, forests, and monuments, including Devil’s Tower, Badlands, and Yellowstone. When Chris isn’t a work, he can be found at home with his wife and two daughters, who are the joy of his life. Chris is an avid board gamer and likes to let people know about the positive benefits of board games on cognitive function, mental health, and as a tool for health-related behavioral change. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer art with a specialization in 3D animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a master’s 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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Renata Elías Loyola

Licenciatura en Psicopedagogía, Universidad Panamericana

Program Coordinator for Mental Health

Building/Room: STCN 380

Renata is a first-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

Phone: 206-296-2557

Building/Room: STCN 380

Sarah is a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington Bothell majoring in Health Studies with a minor in Consciousness Studies. As a first generation college student, Sarah feels drawn to working within the emerging adult population (ages 18-25) and college communities. She holds access to quality education and mental health services for all individuals high on her priority list and has enjoyed volunteering her time to organizations like the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Suicide Hotline. While she is not working or taking classes you can usually find her somewhere outside, spending as much quality time with friends and family, hanging out with her cat, or attempting to chip away at her never-ending book lists.

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Nick Lombardo

Current Student, Business Management

Project Assistant

Building/Room: STCN 380

Nicholas Lombardo is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Business Management. Interests include outdoor activities and learning about different cultures. Nick joined the Health and Wellness team to promote mental health awareness and help his peers access resources that may help. In his free time, Nick enjoys cooking, fishing, camping, and exploring the Seattle area.

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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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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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Jasmine Vinoya

Current Student, Computer Science

Graphic Designer

Building/Room: STCN 380

Jasmine Vinoya is third year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science. She values education around sleep and stress management. Jasmine believes that balancing your time for work and rest is an important aspect of being a college student. She joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team to create graphics for our wellness programming! Jasmine spends her free time she playing volleyball, taking photos, and shopping at target.

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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!