Health Promotion Strategy Staff

Professor Beauregard Tirebiter, Well-being Ambassador

Paula Swinford, M.S, M.H.A, C.H.E.S.

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Clinical Instructor – Department of Family Medicine

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.

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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

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Associate Director – Community Engagement
Clinical Instructor – Department of Family Medicine

Amanda earned her B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and her MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California.  She previously 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. In her role within Health Promotion Strategy, she works with campus partners including faculty, staff and students to examine how we can create an equitable, health promoting campus and infuse well-being throughout all facets of the USC student experience. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), and will complete her Doctorate of Education in Organization Change and Leadership in 2019.

Oliver Tacto, M.S.W., M.P.H., C.H.E.S.

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Associate Director – Communication
Clinical Instructor – Department of Family Medicine

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).

Prawit “Wit” Thainiyom

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Associate Director – Data and Metrics
Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Family Medicine

Prawit (Wit) Thainiyom recently graduated with a PhD in Health Communication from USC Annenberg. For the past 10 years, Wit has focused his career in research, monitoring & evaluation in public health. He is a former Fulbright scholar and previously worked for the United Nations and US Agency for International Development where he managed a range of projects in the area of HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer prevention, human trafficking, and youth workforce development in over 15 countries around the world.

Andrea Moore

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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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