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Our Staff

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Stephanie 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.




James Lange, Ph.D.

Coordinator of AOD Initiatives

jlangeheadshot.jpgDr. 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.




Melanie Amacker, MPH, CHES

Health Educator

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

She currently facilitates the FratMANers (Fraternity Men Againist 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.




Aaron 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.




Kashmoné 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.




Jamie 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.




Chelsea Payne, MSW

ECRT Coordinator

Chelsea's bio is coming soon...Chelsea is our new ECRT coordinator, here to support students experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and other economic crises as identified by the student.




Tyler Rolling, MS, RD

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!




Mia 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 flyers, 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.