About Us

The office for Wellness and Health Promotion along with the student based 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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Ryan Hamachek

M.A. Student Development Administration, Seattle University
B.A. Education and Spanish, Edgewood College


Phone: 206-296-2593

Building/Room: STCN 380

Ryan Hamachek makes it his life's work to change the world and he believes that change happens in inspiring ways on college campuses. He discovered his passion for working with college students while he was a student peer educator committed to ending sexual assault at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Ryan has worked professionally in higher education since 2004, completed his master’s research in social justice allyship in 2009, and has served in his current position at Seattle U since 2012.

When he’s not working, you can find him eating his way through Seattle, practicing yoga, exploring the great outdoors, or enjoying family time at home.

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Zac Galván

B.S. in Zoology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Program Coordinator for Mental Health

Phone: 206-220-8561

Building/Room: STCN 380

Zac Galvan is a graduate student in Seattle U’s Student Development Administration program. Born and raised in southern California, Zac completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he attained a B.S. in Zoology. As an undergraduate, Zac found a home working in residence life through UCSB’s Residential Housing Association and National Residence Hall Honorary and spent much of his remaining time involved in Greek life and conference/hospitality services. Zac’s passion for student wellness and personal development drives his motivation for working in higher education, and forging meaningful relationships with students is his favorite part of his work. In his personal time, Zac loves the outdoors and can often be found hiking, road-tripping, and bird watching. He is also an avid sports buff, trivia junkie, and dog fanatic.

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Izzy Wroblewski

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies: Health and Society, Michigan State University

Program Coordinator for Healthy Relationships

Phone: 206-296-2557

Building/Room: STCN 380

Izzy Wroblewski is a graduate student in the Student Development Administration program here at Seattle U. She received her Bachelors from Michigan State University where she studied Health and Society with a minor in Women and Gender studies. During her time at MSU, Izzy was a Resident Assistant as well as a Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Peer Educator. She has a passion for educating and empowering campus populations to become active bystanders and work to end rape culture. Izzy studied abroad in Lesbos, Greece where she conducted an independent study on post-communist feminist theory. In her free time, Izzy loves to dance, travel, explore Seattle, try new foods, and make new friends. Izzy is so excited to join this beautiful team and promote health and wellness on the SU campus!

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Annie Gordon

B.A. American Cultural Studies, Western Washington University

Program Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Phone: 206-220-8281

Building/Room: STCN 380

Annie is a graduate student in the Student Development and Administration program here at Seattle U and is so excited to be back in Seattle where she grew up. In her time as an undergrad, Annie worked as a Resident Adviser and served as Associated Students Vice President for Student Life where her love for student access and success grew. Annie is always excited about liberatory education, and comprehensive and justice based approaches to sustainability (let's talk about wellness and health promotion!!). Additionally, Annie loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog, Moose, and can likely be found outside enjoying the scenery with good friends and good food!

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Makana Holgerson

Current Student, Digital Design and Film Studies

Graphic Designer

Building/Room: STCN 380

Makana Holgerson is a third year undergraduate student at Seattle University born and raised in Alameda, California which is a small island town in the Bay Area.  He is majoring in Digital Design with a minor in Film Studies. He likes to make art and produce media that looks good, is unique, and tells stories that are worth talking about.  Makana joined the Health and Wellness team to make media that can draw students into events that will benefit their overall health and wellbeing while also hoping to spread awareness to the importance of self care.  In his free time Makana enjoys baking, watching movies, and making short films.

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Orex Ong

Current Student, Digital Design

Graphic Designer

Building/Room: STCN 380

Orex is an undergraduate student born in California, raised in the Philippines. He moved to Seattle to pursue Digital Design as a major at Seattle University. He likes drawing, writing songs, the color green, and eating mint ice cream. Orex joined the Wellness and Health team to create graphics to encourage people to be healthy in both mind and body and to teach the importance of seeking help when needed. He believes that acknowledging that one needs help is nothing to be ashamed of. During his free time, Orex enjoys reading manga, drawing and, you guessed it, eating mint ice cream.

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Johna Anderson

Current Student, Sport and Exercise Science

Project Assistant

Phone: 206-220-8450

Building/Room: STCN 380

Johna Anderson is a third year undergraduate student born in New York, raised in Maryland. She recently transferred from West Chester University of Pennsylvania to major in Sport and Exercise Science here in Seattle. Her interests include performing arts, self-care awareness, and physical wellness. Johna joined the Wellness and Health Promotion team to contribute to the education and support for students in order to succeed at Seattle U. She believes health and personal development should be balanced with educational growth. Johna spends her time sending memes to her friends, watching television, and reading books.

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Alex McGrew

Current Student, Creative Writing

Project Assistant

Phone: 206-220-8450

Building/Room: STCN 380

Alex is a second-year student from San Diego, California. She came to Seattle to pursue her passion for creative writing, majoring in creative writing with a double minor in writing studies and Spanish. She joined Wellness and Health Promotion to contribute to the conversations around mental health and healthy relationships, passions she further explores in her role as a Health and Wellness Crew member. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing short stories and novels, and spending time in the city with her friends.