Meet Our Staff

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Director of Health Promotion and The Fontaine Center University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street 55 Carlton Street GA Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Liz Prince joined the University Health Center at UGA in 2012 as the Director of Health Promotion and The Fontaine Center. Prior to her arrival at UGA, she was part of the Student Affairs teams at Duke University, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan and The University of Maryland Baltimore County. Liz also served as an Assistant Director and Director of Counseling at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. Her areas of interest include student success, well-being, and resiliency. In her spare time, Liz enjoys getting outside for a long walk or run, traveling, watching college football and spending time with family and friends. Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion, UHC Administration
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Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Health Promotion Department University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street 55 Carlton Street GA Athens 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Kelly Truesdell is the assistant director of health promotion and community outreach. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and received both her BS in Health Promotion and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Georgia. Kelly co-advises the Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board, coordinates campus outreach opportunities for a variety of issues related to Alcohol and Other Drugs, and is available for individual educational counseling. Kelly is part of the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion, Sa 2025 Plan - Learning Collaborative Members
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Assistant Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Jessica Wiggs is the Assistant Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has received her Master’s in Professional Counseling with a specialization in Military Resilience. Jessica is currently pursuing her PhD in Continuing Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Advanced Clinical Mental Health. Prior to this position, Jessica oversaw daily operations at an inpatient psychiatric facility, in addition to supervising clinical staff. In addition to therapy, Jessica has a work history that ranges from completing psychiatric assessments and drug evaluations to supporting survivors as a victim advocate within a District Attorney’s office. Her areas of interest include trauma, resilience, success and how to be the you you’ve always wanted to be. Personal growth and independence along with autonomy are huge factors Jessica takes into consideration when working with students. When not at work, Jessica enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and finding new adventures/experiences. Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion
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Department Manager and Assessment Specialist, Health Promotion Department and The Fontaine Center University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street 55 Carlton Street GA Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Larisa Wallace is the department manager and assessment specialist for the Health Promotion Department and John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education. She is a registered health information administrator and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and a Master of Public Health in Health Informatics. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Larisa oversees the operations of the department; develops and maintains various databases and performs data analysis; participates in assessment activities; designs UHC written materials; and coordinates the scheduling of programs and various activities for the department. Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion
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Case Manager University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Rachelle Ellis is a passionate advocate and human services professional who greatly values the role they play in helping students build the necessary skills to successfully navigate life challenges and build resilience. Rachelle’s guiding belief as a case manager and advocate is that all people have a right to information, autonomy, and support, so that they can be empowered to make informed decisions. Before joining the Health Promotion team, Rachelle worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. When not at work, Rachelle values time with family and friends, vegetable and herb gardening, hiking, watercolor painting, drawing, creating collages, and taking trips to the mountains.

Categories: Health Promotion
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Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Coordinator, Health Promotion Department University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street 255 Greencrest Drive GA Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Robert Ross is an alcohol and other drug prevention coordinator. He holds a BA in biology from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and a Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His past experience includes working as an alcohol and other drug clinician and case manager at Colorado State University and a community dual diagnosis clinician and case manager in Fort Collins, CO. He also has sixteen years experience working in disability services for adults. He is interested in supporting students to achieve their academic and personal goals, as well as AOD program development and implementation for UGA students. Robert sees clients in the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, housed in the Health Promotion Department. Safe Space Ally

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Nutrition Counselor – Registered Dietitian University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Angie Ruhlen first joined the University Health Center at UGA in 2009 as the Nutrition Counseling Coordinator. Prior to her arrival at UGA, she worked at Northside Gwinnett Hospital in Lawrenceville and St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. In 2014, she resigned to stay home with her children and later opened up her private practice. In March 2022, she joined the University Health Center again to provide virtual nutrition therapy to UGA students. Her areas of interest include eating disorders and gastrointestinal health. In her spare time, Angie enjoys reading, walking outside, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion
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Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Well-Being Coordinator, Health Promotion Department and The Fontaine Center University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Natasha N. Thomas is the Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Well-Being Coordinator for the Health Promotion Department and The Fontaine Center. Natasha earned her MPH from the University of Colorado – Anschutz and her MSW from the University of Denver. Prior to her arrival at UGA, Natasha worked as a therapist for foster youth at a residential facility in San Diego, CA.

Categories: Health Promotion
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CRC Program Manager University Health Center
Work 55 Carlton Street Athens GA 30602 Work Phone: 706-542-8690

Biographical Info

Tyler Vance joined the Collegiate Recovery Community as a new member in July of 2016.  Through the CRC’s support Tyler was able to graduate UGA with bachelors’ in Philosophy and Psychology.  After spending a year working at various local substance misuse treatment centers Tyler returned to the CRC and UGA, this time as a graduate assistant during his master’s training.  Graduating with his Master’s in Counseling in 2021, Tyler returned to the CRC again in 2022 this time as the program manager.  Through his personal journey and practical experience Tyler is able to support students through all phases of their recovery journey while at UGA.  In his free time he enjoys to travel, read, play disc golf, and engage in local recovery events.  Safe Space Ally

Categories: Health Promotion
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