2023 Recipient Biographies

ACHA 2023 Fellows

Martha Dannenbaum, MD, FACHA
Texas A&M University

Dr. Martha Dannenbaum joined Texas A&M University Student Health Services as a staff gynecologist in July 2006 after 15 years of OB/GYN private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She became director in 2008 and served in that role until February 2023. She is currently the senior director of primary and specialty medical care for University Health Services, a newly integrated center under Texas A&M Health. In July 2023 she will begin a new position as the executive director of the University Health Center at the University of Georgia.

Martha has been involved in numerous national collaborative projects in her 17 years working in college health, including the National College Depression Partnership, National College Health Immunization Collaborative, and Pursuing the Triple Aim in a Higher Education Setting. She has presented multiple sessions at ACHA annual meetings and serves on the ACHA Benchmarking Committee and is a previous chair of the Wellness Needs of Military and Veteran Students Coalition.

Innovating around the holistic approach to equitable student well-being on campus has become the focus of much of her recent work, while also continuing to provide direct health care to students.

Martha Davis, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHA
University of Georgia University (Retired)

Martha Davis held a nursing leadership role at the University of Georgia Health Center from 1988 until her retirement in February 2020. She embraced the vitality and excitement of the college health experience right away and valued every challenge and reward along the way.

Martha’s 32-year career at UGA was professionally engaging and rewarding in so many ways. Significant accomplishments in service to UGA include successful Joint Commission surveys as part of a strong leadership team; ongoing innovation in services, implementing electronic health records, primary care medical home certification, and developing a robust patient satisfaction program; developing and guiding staff; and ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in service to students.

Martha’s service to ACHA came about as a natural result of attending and engaging in the annual meetings and the ACHA professional community. She was fortunate to be able to participate in program planning for both the Southern College Health Association and ACHA, presenting and co-presenting programs for both organizations and developing programs and content for others to present. Martha was the Nursing Section program planner in 2013-2014 and was appointed nursing advisor to the Continuing Education Committee in 2013. In March 2020, she was invited to join the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force and was active in developing the two COVID-19 Summits, which blended her COVID-19 Task Force, program planning, and CE Committee roles.

Cheryl Hug-English, MD, MPH, FACHA
University of Nevada, Reno

Cheryl Hug-English is a professor of family medicine and medical director of the Student Health Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her career in college health in 1988 and became director of student health in 1994. Cheryl has served in various administrative roles, including associate dean of admissions and student affairs for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine from 2003-2008 and interim dean for the School of Medicine from 2010-2011. Cheryl served as a member of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners from 1996-2004 and as president of the Board from 2001-2004. Cheryl continues to be passionate about patient care and became a certified eating disorders specialist in 2018.

She served as the chief medical officer for COVID-19 for the UNR campus and served on the Nevada System of Higher Education’s COVID-19 Task Force. Cheryl has been an active member of the Pacific Coast College Health Association and has served on the board for many years in the positions of secretary and program planner. Cheryl has been involved with ACHA her entire career and currently serves as Region VI representative to the ACHA Board. Cheryl served as ACHA Interim President-Elect from February through June of 2022. Cheryl served as a member of the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force from 2020-2023.

Cheryl is honored to be part of ACHA, an organization that supports collaboration, diversity, education, advocacy, and research.

Dana Tasson, MD, FACHA
Portland State University

Dana Tasson earned his MD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed a psychiatry residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and is board certified in psychiatry. He has worked in college health for all of his career and currently serves as the associate vice provost for student health and well-being at Portland State University. Dana has been active in ACHA for the last 12 years. He served as vice president and president of the Pacific Coast College Health Association and on the ACHA Board of Directors as a member-at large, treasurer, and president-elect. His professional interests include college student mental health, student insurance, health disparities, and behavioral intervention teams.

ACHA 2023 Award Recipients

Edward Hitchcock Award

Cecil Price, MD, FACHA
Wake Forest University (Retired)

Dr. Cecil Price began his college health career at Duke University Student Health in 1988. At Duke he served as the assistant to the director of student health. In 1991, Cecil was selected as the director to lead the Wake Forest University Student Health Service. During his time at Wake Forest, he oversaw the programs in health education/promotion with implementation of student peer health educators. In 1996, he worked to establish the Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services, which ultimately provided 24/7 emergency medical coverage for the campus through EMT (national board) certified Wake Forest student volunteers.

During his time leading the Wake Forest Student Health Service, pharmacy, radiology, psychiatry, and international travel medicine services were implemented. He oversaw three significant renovations to the student health facilities, as well as the expansion of technology resources and the expansion of the clinical staff to enhance the quality and scope of the care provided for Wake Forest students.

In 1994, Cecil traveled as the staff leader with Wake Forest student volunteers to Calcutta, India, to work in the homes established by Mother Teresa. He traveled again in 2002 with another group of students to Can Tho, Vietnam, to volunteer in a community project involving school construction. He was nominated by his staff and subsequently selected as the Wake Forest Employee of the Year in 2002.

Dr. Price served on the Board of the Southern College Health Association from 2009 until 2022 as the coordinator of the Sunbelt Directors Meeting. This is an annual networking meeting of college health directors and administrators held each summer. In 2013, he was selected as the Charles F. Bohmann Award recipient. Dr. Price has been an ACHA member since 1990 and is currently serving as a member of the Board of the American College Health Foundation. He was selected as an ACHA Fellow in 2019.

Ruth E. Boynton Award

Eileen Hineline, BSN, MS, HSA
Barry University

Eileen Egan-Hineline is the director of Student Health Services at Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is a two-time alum of Barry University. Eileen has been the director for the past 31 years. Under her leadership, student health services has grown into a fully functioning primary care center for university students and offers limited services to employees. She served as the co-chair of the University Health Task Force during the COVID-19 pandemic and is presently the co-chair of the Barry University Public Health Advisory Committee.

Eileen is board certified in college health nursing. She has held ACHA leadership positions and presented multiple times at the ACHA annual meetings. She most enjoys mentoring future college health leaders. Eileen represented ACHA and was a panelist at The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Eileen has been married to her husband Ed for 30 years. Her son, two daughters, and grandson all bring her immense joy and pride.

Ruth E. Boynton Award

Joleen M. Nevers, MAEd, CHES, CSE, CSES
University of Connecticut

Joleen M. Nevers has been working in college health for over 20 years at the University of Connecticut. In addition to working in various roles at UConn, Joleen has served both the New England College Health Association and ACHA in many capacities throughout her career. At NECHA, she has served on the Board of Directors as a member-at-large, vice president, president, and past president, and on the Program Planning Committee. For ACHA, Joleen has served as program planner for the Health Promotion Section (twice), as the chair of the Ethics Committee, the secretary for Sexual Health Coalition, Region V representative to the Board of Directors, member-at-large for the Health Promotion Section, member of the Racial Marginalization and Health Inequities Task Force, and on several committees for the Health Promotion Section. She has worked on revising and editing documents for the association, including for the Health Promotion Section’s standards of practice and hiring guidelines and ACHA’s General Statement of Ethical Principles and Guidelines. Joleen has consistently presented at both ACHA and NECHA for over a decade. She has been committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in her career and has been working with colleagues to offer presentations, reflections spaces, and white accountability groups for the association.

Ollie B. Moten Award

Estela Rivero, PhD
University at Albany, SUNY (Retired)

Dr. Estela Rivero is a licensed psychologist who retired in 2020 as the director of counseling and assistant vice president at the University at Albany with responsibility for the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Student Health Services (SHS), the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research, and Campus Recreation. She has been a career-long advocate for comprehensive mental health and well-being services and for insuring timely, equitable and inclusive access.

As the director of CAPS, Estela spearheaded the establishment of a comprehensive suicide prevention program and high-risk drinking prevention program and made essential contributions to the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and the Doctoral Internship Program in Psychology. To enhance the center’s clinical service mission and under her leadership, CAPS psychologists received over $9 million in federal and state grants; Estela served as Project Director for three SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grants.

In 2001, a State of New York Legislative Resolution honored Estela for her work on the New York State Board for Psychology. She received the ACHA’s Miguel Garcia-Tuñón Memorial Award in Human Dignity (2015), the New York State College Health Association Clifford B. Reifler Award for Leadership and Commitment (2016), and a University at Albany President’s Award (2019).

Clifford B. Reifler Award

Jon Agley, PhD
Indiana University Bloomington

The academic endeavor of publishing in peer-reviewed journals relies on the willingness of scholars to volunteer their time to ensure high quality publications. In calendar year 2022, Jon Agley completed eight reviews or re-reviews for the Journal of American College Health, sometimes in direct response to personal requests from the JACH editorial board. Jon voluntarily gave his time to help ensure the manuscripts published in JACH met rigorous research and writing quality.

The JACH editorial board has expressed appreciation for Jon’s remarkably prompt reviews and his careful time double-checking authors’ citations to ensure accuracy. The board describes Jon as a thorough reviewer who is also positive, encouraging, and fosters a spirit of collaborative improvement for the authors.

Jon’s work focuses on substance use and comorbidity, mental health, implementation science, program evaluation, and the meta-sciences of epistemology and trust in science. He is passionate about contributing to the overall scientific research enterprise that supports health and well-being, including through his research, teaching/mentorship, and rigorous, collegial peer review.

Evelyn Weiner Mentoring Award

Erica Bumpurs, MS
Sam Houston State University

Erica has been a health care professional for over 20 years, starting as an occupational therapist in 2000. Over her career she has advanced her education and knowledge with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration awarded in 2008 from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and master’s degree in science in health care quality and safety from Sam Houston State University in 2021. Erica started her career in college health in 2016 as the director of student health services and was recently promoted to executive director of health and well-being and now has oversight for Student Health, Office of Health Promotion and Recreational Sports. She takes the role of mentoring and developing her team and students with whom she interacts as an important part of her day-to-day duties. One of her greatest satisfactions is seeing those whom she has encouraged and guided accomplish their own personal goals with success. She also believes that mentoring others is imperative to her own growth and continued professional development.

Best Practices in College Health Award: Clinical Services Category

Developing a Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Gender Diverse Care Team
University of Virginia

In 2016, the University of Virginia Student Health and Wellness Center sought to create a gender-diverse care team (GDCT) to offer students comprehensive health care from a cohesive group of health care professionals knowledgeable of gender-diverse (GD) students’ unique needs. The GDCT was formed by bringing together UVA SHW professionals from medicine, gynecology, health promotion, counseling, psychiatry, and disability services; each trained in GD care, offering expertise from their related fields, and following the same clinical guidelines and protocols. The multidisciplinary team meets monthly to collaborate on patient care and public health issues, including complex treatment decisions, clinical updates, policies, and resources. In addition, the GDCT created professional ties with local transgender health professionals, including providers within the affiliated academic medical center and with community physicians. This collaboration allows for seamless care coordination for students as their needs change and they move in and out of academic enrollment.

In providing access to a spectrum of resources, the GDCT team increases a “sense of agency,” thus improving overall sense of well-being and mental health. As GD students are a known vulnerable population with increased risk of mental health impacts and targeting, utilizing the care team model offers cohesive, coordinated, and up-to-date care.

Best Practices in College Health Award: Health Education and Promotion Services Category

Opioid Education and Naloxone Training
Columbia University

Columbia’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, registered with both the city and state departments of health, serves as a model for campuses seeing to proactively incorporate opioid education, training, and naloxone availability. Program leaders are available to provide guidance, training, materials, resources, and technical support in an effort to expand access to the life-saving benefits of naloxone via campus community.

Michael McNeil, program director for the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, is the associate vice president and chief of staff for Columbia Health, and faculty in sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health.

He has trained thousands of members of the Columbia community on opioids and naloxone since 2019, with program participants reporting at least 13 lives saved. Michael is a co-investigator on both of Columbia’s opioid research grants to understand and evaluate opioid education and naloxone training on college campus, funded as a Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Awards (CaMPR) through support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Affiliate New Professionals Award

Mid-Atlantic College Health Association

Liz Menter, MS
University of Virginia

Liz Menter served for two years as the early intervention specialist for WahooWell in the University of Virginia’s Student Health and Wellness Office of Health Promotion. The innovative WahooWell program was designed to provide support for students in well-being goal setting, as well as substance misuse prevention and early intervention through a well-being lens. Liz offered exceptional one-on-one well-being coaching to undergraduate and graduate students while adeptly fostering relationships with program stakeholders across the university. She credits Kristy Simpkins and Tia Mann at UVA for creating a team culture of dedication, empathy, and data-driven creativity.

Prior to her time with WahooWell, Liz honed her coaching skills and nurtured her passion for supporting clients navigating personal and professional challenges through roles in college access, admissions, career counseling, conflict resolution, conduct, transfer student support, and academic advising. She attended the University of Virginia (BA, CLAS ’10) and Colorado State University (MS, SAHE ’17). She has most recently brought her coaching skills to a new population as a senior career advisor and coach for UVA staff as part of the Pipelines and Pathways program, seeking to foster upward internal mobility for the UVA community.

New England College Health Association

Peter Bellefeuille, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Bentley University

Pete has been a nurse practitioner at Bentley University since fall 2021. He initially made an impact on the students of Bentley as a registered nurse, where he helped to facilitate weekly COVID screening testing. Shortly after obtaining his degree in advanced practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Pete quickly acclimated to the care of Bentley students with the help of his incredible colleagues. Since then, he has enjoyed treating students with kindness and compassion while putting forth his devotion to preventative care and health promotion. Furthermore, he has become a resource for HIV/STI prevention and students taking PrEP. Outside of college health, Pete has the delight in raising his beautiful son, Peter III, with his loving wife Brittany and dog Oliver. With such a long career ahead, Pete is eager to continue his contribution to advancing the health of Bentley students alongside his colleagues.

Pacific Coast College Health Association

Rebecca-Maria Norwick, DNP
Santa Rosa Junior College

Rebecca is relatively new to college health after a 20-year career as a nurse practitioner in community health centers. She worked on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and with Spanish-speaking immigrants in northern California. She has continued her passion for serving the under-served at her northern California community college. Starting two weeks before the COVID-19 shutdown, her history as a CDC vaccine champion awardee came into play pretty quickly. She obtained the vaccine early on and worked to open access to student and employee populations not being served by the public health department. Now, as COVID-19 is winding down, she looks forward to new projects, including expanding reproductive health services and access to naloxone.

Southern College Health Association

Ian Mainwaring, MEd
Florida Atlantic University

Ian Mainwaring serves as assistant director of clinical operations at Florida Atlantic University. Ian has 10 years of experience in higher education in the U.K. and U.S. and has worked in college health for the past 18 months. In his role at FAU, he oversees quality improvement, front desk operations, immunization compliance, facilities, and acts as the EHR system administrator. Ian has served on the board of SCHA since 2022 and currently holds the position of president-elect.

American College Health Foundation Awards

ACHF College Well-Being Award

“Well Centred — Nature Is Medicine”
Centre College

Ashley Hinton, MS, MPH

Ashley Hinton currently serves as the director of health promotion at Centre College working to build a sustainable model for a health promoting campus that empowers students while promoting skills and competency development toward lifelong well-being and academic success. She also served as the student wellness director at the University of Kentucky, overseeing the student well-being programming initiatives, the Well Kentucky Campus Coalition, the Collegiate Recovery Community, and Koru Mindfulness and Meditation. Ashley also serves as the past co-chair for the NASPA Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community, serving on the NASPA Strategies planning committee as a representative from the Knowledge Community. Ashley is a certified wellness coach working in partnership to help establish a strong student success integrated coaching model for higher education.

About the project: Recently, scholars and practitioners of well-being have identified the mental and physical health benefits of time spent in and around nature whether doing leisure activities or physical activities. A shorthand for these activities and their benefits to well-being often gets called “Nature Rx” or “nature is medicine.” Well Centred creates a small campus model for Nature Rx using both collective impact and health promotion campus principles. Through this proposed project, faculty, students, and staff—including facilities management, student life, and community members—will form a Nature Rx Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to engage and explore classroom, campus, and regional opportunities through the lenses of well-being and the outdoors. The committee will actively engage and support equity and inclusion in outdoor wellness by minimizing barriers and partnering with offices and student groups oriented toward diversity. The committee will also develop programming that expands student engagement with nature through planned outdoor recreation, nature-centered service opportunities, trips to natural wonders, and promotion of nearby green spaces.

ACHF College Well-Being Award

SWAN (Student Wellbeing Activator Network): Empowering the student voice and experience through creation of one inclusive and sustainable health and wellbeing student advisory
Michigan State University

Kristin Traskie, MPH

Kristin Traskie is the fitness and wellness coordinator in the health promotion department at Michigan State University where she is responsible for the SPARTANfit Fitness and Wellness Program, leads the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Initiative, co-leads the University Well-Being Coalition, and serves as adjunct faculty in the department of kinesiology. Kristin is a National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching certified health and wellness coach and holds several other certifications, including American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer and Exercise is Medicine® Credential, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Exercise Instructor, Wellcoaches® Health and Wellness Coach, and ACHA College Health and Wellness Professional. She currently serves at the Michigan Intramural Sports Association and holds a MPH from Old Dominion University.

About the project: The Student Wellbeing Activator Network (SWAN) will serve as an advisory network to the newly formed University Health and Wellbeing division as well as campus administration, representing the entire student population and amplifying student voices in decisions related to student and campus health and well-being. SWAN members will serve as liaisons to the student governments, associations, and RSOs, fostering awareness and knowledge of evidence-based information and promoting effective communication and consultation concerned with student health and well-being. SWAN will work to accomplish this by listening and engaging with the campus community, communicating student stories and lived experiences to inform key university decision-makers and mobilize the campus community. This will support systemic change by opening student opportunities to be involved with the enhancement and creation of high impact health promoting initiatives, policies, and programs, while reducing redundant, decentralized, and duplicate efforts happening across campus.

Weiss Mental Health Award

“Envisioning Improved Mental Health for Underrepresented College Students”
The University of Alabama

About the project:
High school students from low-income and underrepresented communities have limited access to educational resources, making college enrollment a challenge. High school students who overcome these challenges and enroll in institutions of higher education are further at risk of facing additional challenges related to mental health and retention upon enrollment. At the University of Alabama, the Vision Days program was launched in 2018 to provide the most at-risk high school students in the state with the information and resources needed to apply to college. Four years later, many of these in-state students are applying to college and finding themselves back at the University of Alabama as enrolled students. Despite the support and resources they received as high school students, they are again the most at-risk students on college campuses. This project envisions improved perceptions of mental health education and knowledge of available resources for these students through the use of peer leaders and mental health education from professionals on campus and in the community. Providing these resources will allow at-risk college students to excel not only academically as college students but also in their lives holistically beyond college graduation.

Weiss Writing Prize

"Mental Health in College Populations: A Multidisciplinary Review of What Works, Evidence Gaps, and Paths Forward"

Sara Abelson, PhD, MPH
Temple University

Dr. Sara Abelson is a research assistant professor in the Temple University School of Medicine Department of Urban Health and Population Science and a senior director at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Sara conducts applied research and leads education and training services focused on advancing upstream and structural approaches to enhance mental health equity in higher education. Current work includes a project focused on mental health improvement through community colleges. Prior to The Hope Center, Sara served as a co-investigator and lead for diversity, equity, and inclusion projects with the Healthy Minds Network (2017-2021) and as vice president of the national nonprofit, Active Minds (2008-2016). Sara has consulted and collaborated with the American Council on Education, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, APLU, and many others to advance wholistic, equitable supports that address student basic needs and enhance well-being. Sara received her PhD and MPH from University of Michigan and her BA from Cornell University.

Kathy Mac Nurse Scholar Travel Funding Opportunity

Emily DeMartino, DNP, APRN, NP-C
Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Emily DeMartino works as a family nurse practitioner and primary care provider. At Mount Holyoke College, Emily serves as a primary campus provider and a consultant for the Peer Health Educator group. They are also on the “Be Well” implementation team and have presented on sexual health and chest binding to student groups as well as implemented several quality improvement projects. As a clinician, Emily is committed to partnering with patients on health care that is collaborative, trauma-informed, and utilizes an anti-oppression lens. Their clinical expertise is in prescribing hormone therapy for individuals across the gender spectrum, but they enjoy the breadth and depth of primary care. Emily trained at Jefferson College of Nursing, where their doctoral work focused on the experience of transgender and gender diverse patients receiving primary care within an academic family medicine practice. They have consulted on LGBTQIA+ health topics and quality improvement for large academic health systems and electronic health record vendors. Currently, Emily serves on the Medical Continuing Education Review Committee for the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference and on several advisory groups for the Office of HIV/AIDS within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Emily presents to clinicians regionally and nationally on transgender health, and you can catch them next at NECHA in fall 2023.