Our Staff

Contact staff by phone:  619-594-4133

photo of Stephanie standing in front of treeStephanie Waits Galia, MPH, CHES

Director of Well-being & Health Promotion

Stephanie Waits Galia has her Master of Public Health in Well-being & Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

As the Director of Well-being & Health Promotion at SDSU, Stephanie is committed to improving the health and well-being of all SDSU students.

Stephanie has an interest in preventative health, motivating health behaviors, and encouraging others to live their best lives. Stephanie has been with the department for more than 8 years and is excited about the future of health in the university setting.

Contact: [email protected] 

James Lange, Ph.D.James Lange headshot

Coordinator of AOD Initiatives

Dr. Lange is an internationally recognized researcher in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) abuse field.

He has expertise in both legal and illegal drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco issues.

Dr. Lange is a member of the American Academy of Health Behavior. In addition to this role, Dr. Lange also has these academic and research appointments at SDSU:

  • Adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and School of Social Work
  • Doctoral faculty in the School of Public Health
  • Research Fellow in the Center for AOD Studies and Services

In addition to his appointment at SDSU, Dr. Lange serves as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at The Ohio State University.

Contact: [email protected] 

Brown_biopic_2019_234Aaron Brown, MPH

Health Educator

Aaron completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at The College of William and Mary and received his Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Mason University.

As a Health Educator, his focus is Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) initiatives. He serves as a member of the AOD Task Force, an instructor for Well-being and Health Promotion’s Peer Health Educator program, and an advocate for all San Diego State University students.

Aaron is a new addition to the SDSU community and is excited to have this opportunity.

Contact: [email protected]

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Chelsea Payne, MSW

ECRT Coordinator

Chelsea Payne is the ECRT coordinator here to support SDSU students experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and other economic crises as identified by the student.

Chelsea is a fellow Aztec, having obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from SDSU. Before coming to work for SDSU, she worked with children and families in an educational setting, spent time as a case manager and worked in research and organizational development. As the ECRT coordinator, Chelsea works with each individual student to understand their unique situation and helps them address whatever challenges they may face with a holistic and resourceful mindset.

Chelsea is committed to serving the students at SDSU by utilizing and building upon the resources that can help our students thrive.

Contact: [email protected]



photo of Keiara AllenKeiara Allen, MSW

ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator

Keiara Allen is ECRT's Housing Stability Coordinator here to assist students experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and housing related crisis to regain stability during their time at SDSU. Keiara is also helping students in urgent housing crisis find stability through our new Rapid Re-Housing Program.

As an Alumni of SDSU, Keiara has returned to SDSU to help students navigate
housing while managing the stressors of University life. Prior to working for SDSU, Keiara worked for the County of San Diego's Housing and Community Development Department, and prior to that as a Supervisor for the Rapid Re-Housing at a local
non-profit. Keiara's role as the Housing Stability Coordinator is focused on helping students ensure housing so all students thrive.

Keiara can provide you with advice on your housing situation, provide resources
and solutions that will guide you to housing self-sufficiency.

Contact: [email protected]


hamilton_biopic_2019_234Kashmoné Hamilton, MPH CHES

Community Resource Specialist

Kashmoné is our Community Resource Specialist.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Human Services from California State University, Stanislaus. She completed her graduate-level studies in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education at San Jose State University.

She currently advises the Student Health Advisory Committee. She also is a member
of the Student Affairs Social Committee.

Contact: [email protected]


Photo: Jamie HarguessJamie Harguess, MPH, FPHCW

Health Educator

As a Health Educator, Jamie provides health education through one-on-one sessions and group presentations to SDSU students. She educates students about contraception methods and sexually transmitted infections. Jamie also teaches the Peer Health Education (PHE) program at SDSU where students learn to facilitate healthy behavior changes for their on-campus peers. If you are interested in joining PHE, feel free to reach out to her!

As an SDSU Alumna herself, Jamie enjoys promoting healthy behavior changes and working with SDSU students. Jamie earned her Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University at the main campus and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University, Imperial Valley campus.

Contact: [email protected]



picture of Melanie AmackerMelanie Amacker, MPH, CHES

Health Educator

Melanie is our Health Educator that focuses on sexual violence prevention programming.

She currently facilitates the FratMANers (Fraternity Men Against Negative Environments and Rape Situations) Training course, serves on the Sexual Violence Task Force, and evaluates the departments' health programs.

She is an SDSU alumna, receiving two Bachelor's degrees in both psychology and Spanish, and later completing her Master of Public Health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Contact: [email protected]



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Health Educator

Tyler Rolling is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She works as a Health Educator specializing in nutrition and sexual violence prevention. She received her Bachelor's in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida State University and completed her Masters in Nutrition Science from San Diego State University.

Tyler is passionate about facilitating positive behavior change and motivating students to take charge of their health. She helps design and implement nutrition programming on campus, including the, “Live Well Aztecs Approved” food labeling initiative, which aims to make healthy food choices easier for students.

She provides one-on-one nutrition education sessions and hosts hands on cooking classes, utilizing Mobi, The Mobile Demonstration Kitchen (for which she wrote and received the Aztec Parents grant for). Tyler also works alongside the Trader Joe’s store on campus to provide grocery store tours for students and trains our Peer Health Educators (PHEs) in nutrition basics and intuitive eating.

In addition, Tyler facilitates the SISSTER Training Course (Sororities Invested In Survivor Support Training and Ending Rape Culture), which aims to train sorority women to be successful leaders in sexual violence awareness, prevention, intervention, and survivor support.

Fun fact: When she’s not working with the SDSU community, you will find her in the pool performing synchronized swimming for the Aqualillies, an LA-based water entertainment company!

Contact: [email protected] 


mia-mckee-2018.jpgMia McKee

Administrative Coordinator

Mia is an SDSU alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is the welcoming face and backbone of the Well-being & Health Promotion Department. As the Administrative Coordinator, Mia handles front office operations, schedules patient appointments, coordinates our campus communication efforts, creates stunning graphics and fliers, and is vitally essential in supporting the outreach efforts of our department.

Mia is also a certified Family PACT enrollment counselor who can assist SDSU students in the enrollment and renewal process of Family PACT here on campus.

Contact: [email protected]




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Dustin Adkins

ECRT Coordination Assistant 

Dustin Adkins is our ECRT Coordination Assistant. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology at SDSU, Dustin came on board ready to continue expanding access to basic needs on campus. He focuses mostly on the logistical backend and planning to support the ECRT Coordinators by working with grant funding, connecting students with various resources, overseeing Student Support Advocates, and more. 

Dustin comes with background experience in basic needs work that he gained from various positions within campus organizations and Associated Students. During his time at SDSU, he has led the A.S. Food Pantry, chaired the Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership Team, and served as the Vice President of Financial Affairs for Associated Students. 

He has a passion for ensuring that basic needs are met for all students, and is excited to continue this work for SDSU.

Contact: [email protected]