Planning Committee

Planning Committee and Working Groups

Planning Committee

Claire Budgen

Claire BudgenConference Chair

Dr. Claire Budgen is the Wellbeing Initiative Director for UBC Okanagan and an Emerita Associate Professor, Nursing. Over the past two decades Claire has engaged in research and practice in health promotion and healthy campus/community development.



Martin Mroz

Martin MrozConference Co-chair

Martin is the Director of Health & Counselling Services for Simon Fraser University where his mandate includes health services, counselling services, health promotion, and mental health strategies, primarily with a focus on students.  He has worked all of his life in health, and has a background in psychology, business, crisis management, information systems, performance measurement, process innovation, management and strategy development.  Martin’s interests include psychological peace, fairtrade, team-building, care for vulnerable populations, kind communities, the colour orange, chocolate and cheesy movies involving redemption with good soundtracks.  His favorite quote is “Every System is perfectly designed to achieve the results it gets.”


Judy Burgess

Judy Burgess Dr. Judy Burgess is the Director of Health Services at the University of Victoria and oversees student clinical services, as well as strategic planning for campus health promotion. She is an advocate for the concepts of healthy campus and caring community. She received her first nursing degree from University of Calgary and graduate degrees from University of Victoria. She has extensive experience in managing primary health care operations and brings a research lens to health improvements. Being well aware of the demands on young adults in post-secondary settings, she strives to balance individual patient care and population health, especially in areas of mental health, public health, sexual health, and health and wellness. She has also taught in the School of Nursing and has previous clinical experience in a variety of community and acute care settings.


Alfonso Contreras

Alfonso ContrerasDr. Alfonso Contreras is Regional Advisor, Health Education and Social Change, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

Dr. Contreras is responsible for the coordination of technical cooperation on health promotion with the countries in the Americas Region. He has extensive experience in working with communities, local institutions and civil society organizations using a bottom-up approach to influence policies to enable equal opportunities for healthy living.


Dr. Mark Dooris

Mark DoorisMark is Professor in Health and Sustainability and Director of the Healthy Settings Unit within the School of Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Mark chairs UCLan’s Healthy University Steering Group and is currently Sustainability Champion for the university’s School of Health. He and his team are engaged in research, evaluation, teaching, training, network development and programme delivery. They currently co-ordinate the UK Healthy Universities Network and lead a pan-regional prison health and wellbeing programme within the North West of England – and from 2011-2014 co-ordinated the the UK Healthy Cities Network and managed the operational delivery of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons. Mark studied at Oxford University and Southbank Polytechnic, has completed the National Public Health Leadership Programme and undertook his Doctorate at Deakin University (Australia) – entitled ‘Healthy Settings: Past, Present and Future’. He has a background in health promotion, public health, community development, healthy cities and environmental and sustainable transport policy – and has worked in a range of roles within the health service, voluntary sector and local government. Mark was a member of the evaluation team for Phases III and IV of WHO’s European Healthy Cities Programme and has undertaken wider consultancy work relating to Healthy Cities, community participation and sustainable development. He has published widely and is a member of the Editorial Board for Critical Public Health. He was co-chair of the UK Health for All Network from 1992-1994 and chaired the International Union of Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings from 2007-2011.


Alison Shaw

Alison ShawDr. Alison Shaw is Founder and Principal at FlipSide Sustainability, a consulting and coaching firm that focuses on moving cutting-edge sustainability knowledge to action.  Combining two decades of sustainability science-policy research with professional coaching, she guides leaders, organizations and networks through learning processes that build relevant knowledge, partnerships and actionable innovation. Throughout her career Alison has worked to help redefine current relationships between people, planet and prosperity, always with the goal of integrating social and environmental health and wellbeing into communities, organizations and networks for action. In particular, she has used the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) from the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education, a successful approach for embedding sustainability into institutions of higher learning with many lessons for the Health Promoting Universities movement.


Alisa Stanton

Alisa Stanton has Masters of Public Health from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and has been working as a Health Promotion Specialist since 2011. She has contributed to the development and implementation of SFU’s Healthy Campus Community Initiative and Well-being in Learning Environments work. Alisa is an instructor in the Faculty of Health Science at SFU where she teaches a service learning course in health promotion.  Her specific interests include settings-based health promotion, community engagement and mental health promotion in higher education settings.


Shaylyn Streatch

Shaylyn Streatch photoShaylyn Streatch is the Coordinator of Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses – a province-wide, multi-stakeholder community of practice initiative in British Columbia that creates connections and inspires change. Prior to joining the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division to help lead this initiative in 2012, Shaylyn worked with a variety of organizations including local government, a health and productivity firm, provincial non-profit organizations and university student services. A common thread and passion throughout Shaylyn’s career has been supporting knowledge exchange and collective action towards sustainable solutions that address the interrelated factors that influence health and wellbeing. Shaylyn is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program with a specialization in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc Health Promotion degree in Research and Policy from Dalhousie University.


International Charter Working Group

Tara Black

Tara Black is Associate Director of Health Promotion at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She leads a team of Health Promotion Specialists and SFU’s Healthy Campus Community Initiative focused on socioecological and settings-based approaches whereby the institution itself is viewed as the object of intervention.  The team has received national and international awards for their work and innovation.  Tara has also worked as Acting Director, Student Development and has been at SFU for 10 years.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta and Bachelor of Science in Dietetics.



Sharon Doherty

S.DohertySharon Doherty is based in the Healthy Settings Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, England, and has been in her post as Healthy University Co-ordinator for over ten years.  Her post combines the co-ordination of the UCLan Healthy University initiative with a wider development role, supporting the unit’s generic work across settings and contributing to research, lecturing, evaluation, training and consultancy.

She has experience of working in public health/health promotion for over twenty years.  Previous posts include, Sexual Health Lead, Healthy School Co-ordinator and Health Promotion Specialist for Young People and Sexual Health.  Her public health work has focused on healthy settings, sexual health, drugs issues and young people within the education setting.  Sharon studied Communication Studies (BA) at Sheffield Hallam University and Health Promotion (MA) at the UCLan.  She has previously worked as a Further Education lecturer in Communication & Media Studies and as an Arts Administrator/Project Manager with a community based theatre company specializing in health work. She participated in the development of the 2005 Edmonton Charter.

Ana Martínez Pérez

Dr. Ana Martínez Pérez, PhD in Anthropology (Sociology and Political Science) in 1998, at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. She began her teaching career at the Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain in 1998 as associate lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Sociology. In 2003 she became lecturer in Sociology at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in the Department of Social Sciences. She was positively assessed as a innovative teacher and a researcher, recognized for the period 2003-08 (by ANECA, Quality agency in Ministry of Education). Her research focuses on four areas of interest: visual anthropology, social exclusion, gender and health. Her publications are in Spanish journals such as Sociología del Trabajo, Sociedad y Utopia and in English in Home Cultures and Global health promotion. Her writings have been published in books by publishers such as Sintesis, Celeste, Routledge and Sage. She coordinated the “Healthy University Program” in URJC from 2007 to 2014 and contribute to develope Spanish network of Healthy Universities, REUS. Researcher in  Competencies in health promotion, COMPHP Project, funded by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers of the European Union (2009-12) and member of Global Dissemination Group for CompHP, CWDG in IUHPE. Researcher in COST Action 1210 “Appearance matters” since 2013. Since 2014 researcher in Research Support Unit, in Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ecuador where is being developed an Ecuadorian network of health promoting universities within the Iberoamerican network, RIUPS.

Sigrid Michel

Sigrid MichelSigrid Michel is Professor for Social Medicine and Psychopathology at the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University Dortmund, Germany. Her research focus is Health Promotion in vocational and higher Education. She has Promotion at Workplace a Health promotion in Cities and Communities, and is a represented speaker for the international affairs of the German network of Health Promoting Universities. She is also a member of the Working Group Health Promoting Community and Town Development, German Institute of Urban Affairs Berlin and Advisory member of the Executive Board of the Ev. Johanneswerk. Graduation: Intermediate Diploma in Social Work and Psychology and a state examination in Medicine.


Cheryl Washburn

Cheryl Washburn photoDr. Cheryl Washburn is the Director Counselling Services, The University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience in post-secondary student mental health and has lead the development of a systemic approach to supporting student mental health and wellbeing at the University of British Columbia. She co-chaired the CACUSS/CMHA Post-Secondary Student Mental Health initiative responsible for the development of “ Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach” and has been involved been involved in the BC Healthy Minds/Health Campuses community of practice which is a whole-campus approach to promoting student mental health.


Host Working Groups 

Melissa Feddersen

Host Working Groups Coordinator & Volunteer Coordination 

Melissa is a Campus Health Research Coordinator with Campus Health, VOICE, and the Wellbeing Project at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Melissa is passionate about community, capacity expanding, wellbeing promotion, and coffee. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Nursing program at UBCO.

Melissa is happiest when she is connected to nature; she loves writing, journaling, reading, and road trips with her family.

Robyn Wiebe

Robyn Wiebe, BSN, RN, MNConference Engagement and Sponsorship

Robyn is the Research & Policy Liaison with Campus Health (The VOICE Study and the Wellbeing Project) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Robyn’s expertise is in community development, health promotion, primary care, research, and education. She has worked as a researcher for the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta, on topics related to Complexity Science, CB-PAR, Public Health Systems & Services, Living with Life-threating Illnesses, and Educating International Students. Robyn has taught at the UBCO School of Nursing, and presented at, and helped implement, national and international conferences.

Robyn received her Master of Nursing from the University of Victoria, her thesis topic was Health Campus Development: The International Student Experience.

She is a travel enthusiast who enjoys nature, music, and the arts. She is passionate about thriving personal relationships with family and friends.

Casey Hamilton

Casey Hamilton, BSc, RD, MSc CandidateChair of Food & Water Working Group

Casey is a Campus Health Research Coordinator with Campus Health (The VOICE Study and the Wellbeing Project) at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Casey’s research focuses on improving campus food systems, healthy built environments, sustainability and natural environments, and physical activity.

As a Registered Dietitian, her work focuses on population health and healthy public policy. She has broad experience in community development, having founded two Okanagan based non-profits (the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council, and the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project). In her work with both these groups, she has collaborated on research projects related to the Okanagan food system. Casey is currently completing her M.Sc. (Interdisciplinary Studies); she is researching the Kelowna urban agricultural policy community.

Outside of work and studies, Casey is an avid triathlete who is rejuvenated by live music and concerts, and loves spending time with her cat and dog.

Barbara Sobol

Barb Sobol

Chair of the Communication and Dissemination Working Group

Barb holds the position of Librarian, Undergraduate Services at the UBC, Okanagan Campus Library in Kelowna, BC. She coordinates the library’s first year instruction program, supervises the Library Service Desk and manages many projects and campus relationships focused on supporting student success



Rachel Laird

 Conference Project Development & International Engagement and Speakers Working Group  

Rachel is a Strategic Communications Consultant with Campus Health, VOICE, and the Wellbeing Project at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Rachel began her career working in not-for-profit programs for youth in Australia. After returning to Canada, she began working in international business development and operations with the Walt Disney Company.  In addition to her work with UBC Okanagan, Rachel is the Project Lead for the Central Okanagan local action team as part of a provincial Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.

Rachel holds a MA in Human Security & Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University, with a focus on grassroots community peacebuilding through youth educational programming in Israel and Palestine. She loves travel, reading, her friend and family community, and HBO.

More to Come!