Meet the Team

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Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. 


Natalie Townsend (she/her)


Staff Bio

Natalie Townsend joined Health Promotion Services in 2015. She was a NCAA student-athlete on the Women’s soccer team at San Francisco State University. Natalie enjoys working with students on a daily basis to provide them educational resources when accessing healthcare. She also enjoys coaching the USF Women’s Club Soccer team, as well as teaching courses in the Masters of Public Health program.


Ed.D. Candidate, Organizational Leadership, University of San Francisco
M.S. Behavioral Health, University of San Francisco
B.S. Kinesiology, San Francisco State University


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Find what works for you and stick with it, even if it is a small change to build a healthy habit.


Jenny Lee (she/her)

Assistant Director

Staff Bio

Jenny Lee joined the team in 2013 to launch a nutrition program and gain experience in public health outreach. She has been a certified Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR or NDTR) since 2012, and enjoys helping students develop their own healthy habits around food and exercise. Not only that but she also enjoys working with students who want to develop their skills and leadership in health promotion. This San Francisco native is a lifelong learner who enjoys biking, researching random things, and eating good food.


M.P.H. Community and Public Health Practice, University of San Francisco 
B.S. Clinical Nutrition, University of California, Davis



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‎Practicing gratitude can improve overall mood and longevity. Start incorporating small acts or practices of gratitude each day!


Christina Roby (she/her)

Program Assistant

Staff Bio

Christina Roby joined the Health Promotion Services team in 2023. She brings several years of program management experience and has enjoyed mentoring others through a holistic approach. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and loves to support college students in their pursuit of health and well-being. She also enjoys practicing yoga and is a self-taught barista and coffee enthusiast. 


B.S. Health Education, Dance Minor, San Francisco State University


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‎Often the most dramatic changes we can make in life take place slowly, gradually, and profoundly. Honor the baby steps you take toward transformation.


Susan Roberta Katz (she/her)

Wellness Coach

Staff Bio

Susan Roberta Katz, now Professor Emerita after 27 years in the USF School of Education, is thrilled to join the Health Promotion Services team in January 2024. Her heart lies in guiding students to succeed academically while maintaining their overall sense of well-being and connection to the community. She is proud to have been named “USF Mentor of the Year” in 2022 and to have recently completed the Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching program at the University of California, Irvine. Susan finds her joy in being outdoors in nature, whether hiking Bay Area mountains or kayaking/stand-up paddle boarding on the California coast.


Ph.D. Education in Language & Literacy, UC Berkeley
M.A. Education in Language & Literacy, UC Berkeley
B.A. Psychology, Asian Studies, Connecticut College


Peer Health Educators


Get to know our certified peer health educators. They are graduate students from the School of Nursing and Health Profession's Masters of Public Health program. 

Student Assistants

Our student assistants support our front desk operations. Get to know who answers your phone calls and emails.

Volunteer Leaders

We have many volunteers who assist with events and programs. Here are some of our volunteer leads who take initiative and meet with the HPS team on a regular basis. 

Learn more about how to get involved in our volunteer program, Dons Helping Dons.

DHD Ambassadors smiling in a group
From Left to Right: Tanushka Sherpa, Adam Alamodin, Tanvi Naik, Melvina Kamara, Janelle Olano, Lauren Adams.  

Contact Us

Meet the Team

Health Promotion Services

2130 Fulton Street University Center, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94117

Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UC 5th Front Desk Hours are Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.