ACHA 2017 Fellows & Award Recipients


ACHA Fellows


Michael J. Huey, MD, FACHA

Michael J. Huey has been active in the field of college health for 26 years and is currently Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Student Health Services at Emory University. Aside from his role as executive director, Dr. Huey serves as associate professor of Family and Preventative Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, head team physician for Emory Athletics, chair of the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Safe Community Alliance, and member of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response Operations Group. Outside of Emory University, Dr. Huey has been a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1997; has worked as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care since 2005; and recently offered his expertise as an Ebola clinical consultant for the CDC’s Global Migration Task Force from 2015–2016, with a deployment to Sierra Leone as an infection prevention and control specialist in the summer of 2015.

Dr. Huey has been a member of ACHA since 1991 and is also active within his regional affiliate, the Southern College Health Association. Within ACHA, Dr. Huey has served as the Region I Representative on the ACHA Board of Directors (2014–2016), chair of the ACHA Executive Director Search Committee (2016), and ACHA President-elect (2016–2017). He also played an integral role in the ACHA Task Force for Opioid Prescribing in College Health (2015–2016) and the ACHA Guidelines for a Comprehensive College Health Program Task Force (2015–2016). Dr. Huey is ACHA President for the program year 2017–2018. His colleagues admire his vast accomplishments and dedication to his profession. They consider him to be one of the finest physician leaders in college health.


Ellen Reynolds, MS, FACHA

Ellen Reynolds has been active in the field of college health for nearly 15 years and is currently director of the Pauline B. Wood Health Services at the University of Rhode Island, where she has become a deeply respected member of the campus community. As director, Ellen has used her strong financial and business acumen to maintain Joint Commission accreditation and deliver quality patient care to college students. Aside from her role as director, Ellen also serves on the URI President’s Strategic Budget and Planning Council, is a member of the Campus Emergency Management Committee, and co-chairs the URI Health Services Safety and Infection Control Committee. Both at her own institution and throughout the field of college health, Ellen is well known as an expert in business processes and management and serves as a trusted mentor to many.

Ellen has been a member of ACHA since 2003 and is very active in her regional affiliate, the New England College Health Association, and in the association’s Administration Section. Within NECHA, Ellen has served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large (2005–2006), president-elect (2006–2008), president (2008–2009), past president (2009–2010), and treasurer (2010–2012). She has presented several sessions at regional and national annual meetings, and her sessions were so popular that they have been repeated at subsequent meetings. Within the ACHA Administration Section, Ellen has served as secretary (2015–2016) and chair-elect (2016–2017) and is the chair for the 2017–2018 program year. Ellen’s colleagues value her leadership, management, and financial expertise, and consider her to be one of the best and brightest in college health.


ACHA Award Recipients


Ruth E. Boynton Award for Distinguished Services to ACHA

Birdie Cunningham, MA

Birdie Cunningham currently serves as associate director of Health and Wellness at the University of St. Thomas Health Services, where she provides leadership and continuous improvement of programs and services for the health and wellness of the St. Thomas community. Birdie also serves as the director of Operations & Programming at the Center for College Sleep; she plays an integral role at ACHA annual meetings by presenting on the impact sleep has on student life, and she continues to help ACHA and the field of student health better understand and improve college sleep. Aside from her work on campus, Birdie is also highly involved in and dedicated to ACHA: she has presented original research on health promotion at six different ACHA Annual Meetings and four different regional conferences, and she recently represented ACHA at the NCAA Task Force on Sleep and Wellness. She chaired the North Central College Health Association (NCCHA) Planning Committee in 2013 and served as NCCHA president in 2015, following her term as NCCHA president-elect. Additionally, Birdie has used the ACHA-NCHA II and ACHA’s Healthy Campus 2020 objectives to implement positive policy changes on her own campus. Birdie’s colleagues admire her visionary leadership, compassionate heart, and the genuine excitement she brings to the work in which she is engaged.


E. Dean Lovett Award for Exemplary Contributions to a College Health Program

Kelly Jirovev, RN, BSN

Kelly Jirovec currently serves as director of Student Health at Doane University, where she has provided nursing care for more than 20 years. As the sole nurse on campus, Kelly has transformed the campus nurse’s office into a fully functioning Student Health Services office; she also collaborates with the Counseling Center and was instrumental in acquiring a full-time health educator on campus. In her time as director, Kelly developed a campus-wide flu shot program, hosts bi-annual campus blood drives, and brings reproductive and sexual health services to campus. Kelly is a previous recipient of the Zenon R. Hansen Staff Leadership Bulldog Award for demonstrating a commitment to leadership and service to the Doane community and has twice been awarded the Student Congress Award for outstanding service to students. Aside from her dedication to the Doane community, Kelly has also been active in the Central College Health Association, having served on the Board of Directors as program planner (2006), member-at-large (2003–2007), vice president (2007–2008), president-elect (2008–2009), president (2009–2010), and immediate past president (2011–2012). She is also an active member in ACHA’s Nurse-Directed Health Services Section. Kelly’s colleagues admire her tremendous dedication to the well-being of those she serves and view her as a blessing and asset to the Doane campus.


E. Dean Lovett Award for Exemplary Contributions to a College Health Program

Barbie Vander Boegh, RN, BSN

Barbie Vander Boegh currently serves as director of Health and Wellness Services at The College of Idaho, where she has in a short period of time contributed significantly to their college health program. Under Barbie’s leadership, The College of Idaho was able to establish a vaccination requirement program, which tracks students’ vaccines for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, Polio, Tdap, and Varicella. Additionally, her vision for a healthy campus positioned The College of Idaho to transition to a smoke- and tobacco-free campus in 2017. Most recently, Barbie collaborated with the Idaho Immunization Coalition to obtain free Meningitis B vaccines for students at The College of Idaho. Her efforts included obtaining the help of Idaho State University pharmaceutical students to administer the vaccinations; using the marketing department on campus to develop a social media campaign; and educating students, parents, and the local community about the risks of Meningitis B. The campaign was so successful that it essentially used the entire supply of vaccines from the Idaho Immunization Program. The pharmaceutical representatives involved recognize it as the largest proactive clinic without a student death driving the campaign. Barbie’s colleagues admire her dedication to ensuring the health and wellness of her campus community and they recognize her significant impact on The College of Idaho’s Health and Wellness Services.


Ollie B. Moten Award for Outstantding Service to One's Instituion

Jacqueline Cartabuke-Johnston, MS, ANP-C

Jacqueline (Jacqué) Cartabuke-Johnston currently serves as director of Health Services at Adelphi University, where she has transformed the RN-referral based system to a multidimensional ambulatory care center that is aligned with Healthy Campus 2020 goals. Under Jacqué’s direction, Adelphi University became a point of distribution (POD) vaccination clinic for the campus and for the county (if called upon), and the enabled the Health Services Center to offer 24/7 health care services through the use of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and emergency medical technicians. As director, Jacqué developed a Health and Wellness Peer Education Program—which grew from two students to 30—and will begin wellness coaching services this fall after being awarded a grant from the Women’s Giving Circle. Jacqué has instituted a modern electronic medical records (EMR) system that grants students access to their records and enables her to use data mining to demonstrate the utilization of the Health Services Center and its needs to senior administration. Jacqué has also partnered with Counseling Services to develop an innovative suicide prevention program (which she is presenting this year at the ACHA 2017 Annual Meeting) and implemented the Red Watch Band Program as part of a larger initiative on bystander training. Jacqué is currently pursuing a PhD in nursing in The College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University. Her colleagues admire her responsiveness to student needs and say she is a dedicated team member whose services have positively impacted Adelphi University.


Ollie B. Moten Award for Outstantding Service to One's Instituion

Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, RN, MSN, CCRN, PHN, EdD

Jeanne Harris-Caldwell currently serves as director of Student Health Services at Saddleback College, where she has transformed the Student Health Center into a warm and welcoming environment with quality confidential services. Under Jeanne’s leadership, the Saddleback College Student Health Center has strengthened its medical and mental health services and implemented a number of critically important wellness initiatives. These initiatives include implementing ATOD prevention, education, and intervention services; improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, building awareness, advancing best practices, and collaborating with various community organizations; implementing an electronic medical records system; creating a food pantry and a new and second-hand clothing store to address food and clothing insecurities; collaborating with community resources to provide temporary and permanent housing for students to reduce homelessness; providing therapy, enhancing life skills, and reducing stigmas associated with seeking mental health services; and implementing a Family Pact Program to provide comprehensive family planning services to eligible low-income men and women. Jeanne’s colleagues say she is an innovative, caring, and visionary leader whose strong work ethic and commitment to student health and success make her a tremendous asset to the Student Health Center and to Saddleback College as a whole.


Best Practices in College Health Award—Clinical Services Category


"Active Health"

Simon Fraser University

“Active Health” is designed to provide students with mental illness who cannot (or do not wish to) take medication an alternative form of treatment that supports an empowering and sustainable healthy lifestyle. The program also helps students recognize the importance of physical activity and understand its link to mental wellness. “Active Health” leverages the expertise and collaboration of SFU Health and Counselling Services and SFU Recreation to provide an activity program that is highly attentive and individualized to the needs of the patients. Students who participate in this program have been clinically diagnosed with moderate to severe depression and/or anxiety and are prescribed exercise by a registered physician through SFU Health and Counselling Services. Referrals are forwarded to the fitness coordinator at SFU Recreation, who then pairs the patient with a certified personal trainer. Throughout the semester, the patients have multiple check-ins with a mental health nurse or counselor and complete the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 to evaluate their progress. This innovative, collaborative program has given SFU Health and Counselling Services an alternative to prescribing medicine and has increased the conversation on campus about physical activity and mental health.


Affiliate New Professionals Award


Mid-America College Health Association

Emily Young, BS

Emily Young currently serves as a health promotion specialist within the Health Promotion department at Michigan State University, where she also serves as the Collegiate Recovery Community coordinator. Emily helped spearhead the task of creating a recovery community at MSU in the hopes of establishing a safe, supportive community for students in recovery from addiction. Within the program, Emily arranges wellness activities and workshops; develops recovery support and education services; manages grant funds and donations; and arranges teambuilding exercises, advocacy/awareness events, and service opportunities on campus and in the community. Outside of the MSU Collegiate Recovery Community, Emily also partners with the university’s ATOD program, serves as an executive board member in the Ingham County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and excels in her role as a State of Michigan certified HIV test counselor. Emily is a recent recipient of the MACHA Chris Labyk Award for Promising Student Health Initiatives and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Her colleagues admire her determination, her passion for service, and her untiring commitment to every student in recovery at MSU.


Mid-America College Health Association

Jessica Simmons, MD

Jessica Simmons currently serves as associate director of General Medicine at the University of Virginia’s Elson Student Health Center. Dr. Simmons has led numerous initiatives to improve the health and well-being of UVA’s students. As associate director, she oversees projects designed to enhance care delivery in the General Medicine Clinic and serves as the chairperson for the Patient Care Committee. Dr. Simmons led a multidisciplinary team through the creation of evidence-based guidelines in the management of student traumatic brain injury, and also played an integral part in the creation of a transgender-affirming clinic in General Medicine at Elson Student Health Center. In addition to her service to the health center, Dr. Simmons also teaches in the UVA School of Medicine and serves as a mentor to rising first-year medical students. Dr. Simmons’ colleagues consider her a rising star in the field of student health and say she exemplifies how a clinician should care for students.


New England College Health Association

Laura Owen, MA, CHES

Laura Owen currently serves as assistant director of the Center for Health & Wellness at Emerson College, where she is also responsible for health education programming and promotion on campus. Laura attended Emerson College for both her undergraduate degree in marketing communication and her master’s degree in health communication. Her tenure on campus has given her an understanding of the culture of the Emerson community, which offers her a unique perspective in relating to student issues. As a new professional in college health, Laura has taken many strides to further her career, including achieving her CHES certification, presenting at the New England College Health Association annual conference, and assisting with Emerson College’s participation in the 2015 ACHA-NCHA and sharing the survey results with constituent groups across campus. Laura’s colleagues admire her strong work ethic and desire to assist students; her dedication, passion, and poise; and her commitment to utilizing evidence-based practices.


New York State College Health Association

Heidi Tanner, MEd

Heidi Tanner currently serves as the coordinator of Health Promotion and director of the Campbell Fitness Center at Hartwick College. As the coordinator of Health Promotion, Heidi collaborates extensively with other offices and initiatives on campus: she trains fitness center and exercise studio staff on several health-related issues; she serves on Hartwick College’s Title IX Committee; she collaborates with Campus Safety to offer self-defense education and courses; she works with Athletics and Greek Life to provide education on anti-hazing, bystander training, and healthy eating; she collaborates with the Counseling Center to offer depression and stress screening; she collaborates with the Health Center to provide timely education on the flu and other disease precautions; and in addition to all of her health promotion duties, she manages both the fitness center and dance studio. Heidi’s colleagues admire her positive attitude and strong work ethic. They view her as a true asset to the Hartwick College Student Affairs team.


North Central College Health Association

Tara Girard, RN

Tara Girard currently serves as director of the Health and Wellness Center at Beloit College, where she has significantly transformed the campus community by supporting, promoting, and sustaining student well-being. Under Tara’s direction, the Health and Wellness Center witnessed positive changes in perceptions from the student body, which resulted in an increase in utilization of clinical and counseling services. Tara was also instrumental in the restructuring and enhancement of the wellness programming component of the Health and Wellness Center, which led student groups, clubs, and other departments on campus to seek further support and collaboration from the Health and Wellness Center. As a testament to Tara’s dedication to student health and wellness, the Beloit College Health and Wellness Center received an award for Excellence in Campus Programming in 2016. Aside from her work on campus, Tara is also well-engaged in the North Central College Health Association; she has served as a presenter at their annual conference and currently serves on the NCCHA Board of Directors as the Wisconsin Member-at-Large. Tara’s colleagues admire her enthusiasm, passion, and vision for her work in college health and say that she has contributed significantly to the health and wellness of Beloit College students.


Pacific Coast College Health Association

Julie Spencer, MD, MPH

Julie Spencer currently serves as the medical director and sole physician at the Student Health and Wellness Center at Otis College of Art and Design. Otis College is brand new to the field of college health, having just opened an on-campus health and wellness center in August 2016. Within the first three months of the health center’s opening, Dr. Spencer had already served more than 35% of the student population. Prior to leading the health center at Otis College, Dr. Spencer worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she worked extensively with adolescents and young adults ages 12-24. Now in the field of college health, Dr. Spencer demonstrates her commitment to patient care and education to the college-aged population. Dr. Spencer collaborates with students and staff to organize monthly health events and is always open to assisting with projects and educating students on pertinent topics. Her colleagues admire her kindness, dedication to college health and wellness, and her unending desire to educate students on evidence-based medicine to make them better health care consumers.


Rocky Mountain College Health Association

Katie Gordon, MAEd

Katie Gordon currently serves as the wellness promotion coordinator at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center, where she collaborates with a variety of other departments on campus to help strengthen their programs. In her time at UCCS, Katie has created a peer education program, organizes the health fair and various health observation weeks, and helped resurrect the Student Health Advisory Board while increasing its diversity of participants. Though she is new to the field of college health, Katie has taken a strong interest in ACHA and the Rocky Mountain College Health Association and currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the RMCHA Board of Directors. Katie’s colleagues admire her passion for the wellness of college students and are proud of her diligent efforts to help integrate UCCS’s health, mental health, and recreation services.


Southern College Health Association

Raphael Coleman, MPH

Raphael Coleman currently serves as associate director for Community Well-being in the Emory University Office of Health Promotion, where he blends his extensive knowledge in public health and student affairs to collaborate with students and campus partners to build capacity for health at Emory. During his time on campus, Raphael has spearheaded the Emory Student Health Services HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinic, where he has worked directly with every patient for their prevention and education visits. Raphael also co-chairs the Emory Safe Community Alliance to help maintain Emory University’s certification as a Safe Community by the National Safety Council. In his time as co-chair, Raphael has breathed new life into the alliance by securing grant funding, reviving collective interest and morale, and increasing student engagement within the alliance. His hard work with the alliance earned Emory a national award for campus-based work in injury prevention and safety enhancement. Raphael is also involved in “Black Ops,” an identity affirmation and resilience-building workshop to help Black students build capacity for emotional and mental well-being, and is currently pursuing a PhD in counseling and student personnel services (college student affairs administration). Raphael’s colleagues say he is truly gifted and that his contributions to Emory University have been remarkable.


Southwest College Health Association

William Mupo, MPA

William Mupo currently serves as a health promotion coordinator at The University of Texas at Austin, where he coordinates programs focused on the prevention of high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harm, as well as physical activity, nutrition, and positive body image promotion. Some of William’s many contributions to the campus include the development of the Healthy Student Organizations initiative, which recognizes student organizations that promote physical activity, healthy nutrition, and general wellness; the success of the UT Austin BASICS program, which is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment; and the launch of the ExerciseRx program, which prescribes exercise to students to benefit their physical and mental health. William is also a leader in the Healthy Dining Committee for the UT Wellness Network, which has successfully implemented a healthy vending policy and farm stands on campus. William’s colleagues say he has made a remarkable impact on the health of UT Austin students and has contributed many innovative ideas to the field.


American College Health Foundation Awards


FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Award

“Staying Healthy in Nursing School”
Sherry Grable, MEd, MCHES

Staying Healthy in Nursing School (SHINS) is a program at Kennesaw State University designed to help nursing students learn to manage stress in a positive manner, as well as build a network of support among their peers and the nursing faculty. The program will focus on fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness as a way of managing stress. This project came to fruition when Alison Mutton, a nursing student at Kennesaw State University, reached out to Sherry Grable, director of Health Promotion and Wellness, to see what partnership could be established to improve the health and well-being of nursing students who were not taking care of themselves due to the demands of their coursework, clinical rotations, and other responsibilities. The SHINS program will feature a different health challenge for each month of the year, and nursing students will track their weekly goals for exercise, free time, nutrition, and social connectedness, as well as their likelihood of completing them; identify any potential barriers and list solutions to overcome them; track their food choices, physical activity, sleep, and goals for the day; and recap their overall day on a care log. Top finishers will be awarded prizes that encourage positive health habits, and a leaderboard will be used to celebrate those achieving their fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness goals.


ACHF Healthy Campus 2020 Award

“Building a Culture of Health at St. Norbert College”
Chrystal Woller, RN, BSN

Taking a systematic approach of collective impact, St. Norbert College has a developed a steering committee to achieve a “culture of health” and improve health on campus utilizing the MAP-IT process. The senior director of Health and Wellness and senior director of Counseling and Psychological Services lead the committee, and committee membership consists of a diverse group of individuals from many departments on campus, including dining services, judicial affairs, athletics, and career/professional development. One of the committee’s objectives is to assess and broaden the membership base to also include student representatives and human resources. Taking a new, systematic, and comprehensive approach to health instead of focusing all efforts on individual-level health determinants and interventions is essential in developing an improved culture of health on campus. Instilling a culture of health on campus will not only prepare students to adopt and retain healthy lifestyles and assure their success in achieving optimal health outcomes after graduation but will also have indirect benefits to staff and visitors alike. The steering committee looks forward to tracking progress and communicating lessons learned along the way.


ACHF Healthy Campus 2020 Award

“Community of Champions—Creating a Healthier Campus”
Judy Voderbrugge, RN, MA

“Our Community of Champions” invites students to nominate people, initiatives, and places on campus for “having a significant impact on creating a healthier campus.” This initiative was launched in January 2017 as a result of the inaugural Design4Change (D4C) event, which identified many faculty members and teaching practices as supportive of overall student well-being. Finding ways to highlight those practices was a key recommendation coming out of the D4C event, and was given priority as it also aligns with a number of recommendations in the university’s Mental Health Framework. Currently, nominations for “Our Community of Champions” are published through the Healthy Campus website, but once a sufficient number of nominations are collected, the goal is to create a faculty-specific resource, as many of the nominations highlight faculty approaches to teaching. The hope is that this resource will not only create an inventory of student-nominated teaching practices but will also inspire others to examine their current pedagogical approaches using a wellness lens.


Gallagher Koster Innovative Practices in College Health Award

“Changing Patients, Changing Practices: Connecting with Transgender Students through Telemedicine”
David Vander Straten, MD, FAAFP

Although University Health Services (UHS) at The University of Texas at Austin has established a deliberate and ongoing process to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all students, it recognizes that some students—specifically students who identify as transgender—may not feel comfortable receiving medical services in a traditional outpatient clinical setting. Because of this discomfort, they may resort to alternative methods of health care delivery (self-treating with no medical supervision, ordering prescription medications online, avoiding on- or off-campus medical care, etc.). To address these concerns, UHS will partner with the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and potentially with the campus pharmacy to provide gender affirming medical therapy via telemedicine to students in a safe, familiar, private, and confidential setting that students who identify as LGBTQ+ already know and trust. The goals of this transformative process are to (1) offer thorough gender affirming health care services; (2) via telemedicine, provide a safe, confidential, and private option for students who otherwise wouldn’t have sought out medical and behavioral health care; (3) build ongoing, trusting relationships between transgender students and UHS clinicians.