Health Promotion Strategy Staff
Paula Swinford, M.S, M.H.A, C.H.E.S.
Paula received her B.S. in Biology and her M.S. in Community Health from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received her Masters of Health Administration from USC. Paula is a past president of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and a founder of the NASPA Wellness and Health Knowledge Community.
Diane Medsker, B.A.
Senior Learning and Training Specialist
Diane was previously the Director of School and Parent Programs at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, where she worked for twelve years. During that time, Diane developed the Adult Education and Professional Training Program, and served as head trainer to agencies, schools, volunteers and staff. She has an extensive background in theater and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo.
Amanda Vanni, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., 200 Hour RYT
Associate Director – Community Engagement
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California. She then attended the Keck School of Medicine of USC where she completed a Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. For the next three years, she worked as a Project Manager for a variety of nutrition and physical activity research projects at the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center and the USC Clinical Trials Unit. Amanda is passionate about building community within USC, working with students to incorporate movement into their daily activities and creating a healthy USC experience. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through the SmartFlow Teacher Training with Annie Carpenter.
Oliver Tacto, M.S.W., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Associate Director – Communication
Oliver has a BA in Human Development from California State University San Marcos and received both his Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) degrees from the University of Southern California. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and serves as the current Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community of the National Association of Student Personnel Affairs (NASPA).
Health Promotion Specialist
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied theatre and health communication. During her time at USC, she volunteered as a Wellness Advocate for the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, facilitating mediation workshops for student groups. She has previously worked at Beach Cities Health District and Kinema Fitness, where she developed pilot corporate wellness programs. She is passionate about engaging the student community in health promotion, with a focus on the Health Sciences Campus.
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