2019 Outstanding Student Awards in Community Health & Exercise Science

2019 Outstanding Student Awards in Community Health & Exercise Science

Each year, the Division of Health & Exercise Science holds an awards ceremony to recognize our outstanding students in Community Health and Exercise science.

This year, 12 of our best students were recognized and celebrated for their academic achievement, professional development, community service, and leadership experience. Below, our 2019 outstanding students share career goals and plans for the future.

Gisela Ayala Echeverria

Major: Community Health | Minor: Public Policy & Administration

I plan to work for a health department as a Community Health worker, then obtain my Master’s Degree in Public Health from OSU.

Outstanding student Gisela Ayala Echeverria with community health professor Dr. Megan Patton-Lopez

Alexandra Dority

Major: Community Health | Minor: Human Biology

My goal is to work as a patient advocate or health navigator. I plan to explore the possibility of getting a masters in healthcare administration or bachelor’s of science in nursing.

Community health professor Dr. Emily Lilo with outstanding student Alexandra Dority

Setareh Entagh

Major: Community Health | Minor: Human Biology

I will be starting my graduate program at the PSU-OHSU School of Public Health in Health Management and Policy. I plan on working in a position (such as medical office administrator) that will move me towards my ultimate career goal of becoming a health care or hospital manager.

Community health professor Dr. Emily Lilo with outstanding student Setareh Entagh

Cristina Garcia Toche

Major: Community Health | Minor: Spanish, Social Science

I am interested in pursuing my Master’s degree in Epidemiology so I can learn more how to investigate and prevent causes of diseases, injuries and research about health disparities. I aspire to have a job that I love and hopefully one day be able to financially support myself and my parents.

Outstanding student Cristina Garcia Toche with community health professor Dr. Megan Patton-Lopez

Crystal Scheese

Major: Community Health | Minor: Human Biology

My future professional goal is to transition to nursing school, complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and then eventually become a Family Nurse Practitioner. My dream is to integrate what I have learned in community health with a clinical practice that provides comprehensive, holistic care to under-served populations in rural communities.

Community health instructor Warren Allen with outstanding student Crystal Scheese

Jamie Smith

Major: Community Health | Minor: Human Biology

I plan to continue by education and get a MPH degree in Epidemiology. After, I would like to work on either data surveillance or quantitative data analysis for health issues.

Community health professor Dr. Emily Lilo with outstanding student Jamie Smith

Dalenna Bellum

Major: Exercise Science (Applied) | Minor: Human Biology, Psychology

My goal is to attend graduate school to receive my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy so that I can help my patients achieve their activities of daily living as well as participate in enjoyable aspects of their lives.

Exercise science professor Tom Kelly with outstanding student Dalenna Bellum

Kiturah Cloud

Major: Exercise Science (Applied) | Minor: Psychology

My plan is to graduate from WOU with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. I am looking to obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy, with the goal of becoming a Hippotherapist.

Outstanding student Kiturah Cloud with exercise science instructor Brandon Claggett

Natalie DeLonge

Major: Exercise Science (Applied) | Minor: Human Biology

My future plan is to continue playing basketball for my final year of eligibility (while starting my MBA graduate program at a different university), play basketball professionally overseas for a year, and then attend chiropractic school.

Exercise science professor Dr. Brian Caster with outstanding student Natalie DeLonge

Shelbi Slayter

Major: Exercise Science (Applied) | Minor: Human Biology

My plan is to work as a personal trainer while I attend massage therapy school. My goal is to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Exercise science professor Dr. Jen Taylor-Winney with outstanding student Shelbi Slayter

Lauren Biamont

Major: Exercise Science (Physical Education) | Minor: Health

I plan on becoming an elementary school PE teacher while starting my Master’s program this next year.

Outstanding student Lauren Biamont with exercise science professor Dr. Gay Timken

Michael Weaver

Major: Exercise Science (Physical Education)

I plan to be an elementary school physical educator.

Outstanding student Michael Weaver with exercise science professor Dr. Gay Timken

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