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Health Promotion

Faculty and Staff

picHillary Barry, Peer Health Education Coordinator
Hillary Barry joined the Office of Health Promotion in 2011 as the Peer Health Education (PHE) Coordinator.  Hillary earned a BA in Economics and American Studies from UVA and a MS in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.  She spent two years in Nashville, TN doing community outreach and education for non-profit organizations.  A former UVA Peer Health Educator herself, Hillary trains and advises our 40+ PHEs and assures the collaboration and integration of all three peer education programs within the Office of Health Promotion.  Hillary loves baking, playing tennis, skiing and supporting local restaurants and businesses.

picMelanie Brede, RD, CSSD, Nutritionist
Melanie is a registered dietitian in the Office of Health Promotion. She came to UVa in 2006 after working in a similar capacity at the University of Florida. UF is also her alma mater, where she earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and dietetics and a master’s degree in Health Education. She is also a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Melanie follows the Health At Every Size philosophy in her nutrition counseling and outreach efforts at UVa. She enjoys working with students on a variety of nutrition and health related topics, including cholesterol management, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and general health & wellness. Melanie loves watching the Gators rack up national championships, swimming, and all the sights and seasons in Charlottesville.

picJamie Leonard, MPH, CHES, Director
Jamie has worked in the Office of Health Promotion since 2008 after working in research for the University of Washington in Seattle.  Jamie earned her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (including one year in Aix-en-Provence, France) and her Masters in Public Health at San Diego State University.  She also lived in Hawai'i for five years, developing health programs for marginalized populations, advocating through the Legislature, and working with various student groups, including the PHEs at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.  Jamie loves to run on the Rivanna Trails with her Golden Retriever, enjoy good coffee, wine, and flavorful foods (particularly coffee ice cream), and travel anywhere she hasn't visited yet.   

Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

picSusan Bruce, M.Ed., Director, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Susie has served as director of the Gordie Center since 2000.  She has 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has developed nationally recognized substance abuse and sexual assault education and prevention programs. She has expertise in the social norms approach and directs the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences, the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators.  She is a member of the STEP UP! bystander intervention Advisory Board.  

picHolly Deering, M.Ed., Health Educator, Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Holly returned to the Gordie Center in 2011 after serving as the APPLE Conference Graduate Assistant in 2008.  In her new role as the Health Educator, her primary responsibilities include co-coordinating the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences and co-advising the Student Athlete Mentors.  Prior to returning to UVA, Holly worked as a Residential Community Director at Southern Methodist University.  Holly has a BS in Speech Communication from James Madison University and M.Ed. in Student Affairs from the University of Virginia. 

picDeirdre Feeney, MSPH, CHES, Substance Abuse Prevention/Gordie’s Call Coordinator
Deirdre began working at the Gordie Center in July of 2012.  She serves primarily as the coordinator for “Gordie’s Call” and as a co-adviser for student members of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT).  A proud pirate at heart, Deirdre attended East Carolina University where she received her BS in Health Education & Promotion.  She continued on to receive her MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  It was during this time that she also developed a special interest in college health education.  Deirdre enjoys traveling, live music, local cuisines, and post-season baseball.

picDebra Reed serves as both an Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator for the University of Virginia's Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Debra has served the University of Virginia for thirty years; twenty-three of which have been dedicated to the Center.  For twenty-one years, Debra has been co-coordinator of the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences.  Her daily responsibilities include fiscal management, coordination of student community service hours and maintaining day to day operations in the office. 

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