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Meet the OHP Team!

Current as of 12/6/2016

Heather Zesiger, MPH, MCHES

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Senior Director, Office of Health Promotion

Voicemail: 404-664-9167
Twitter: @HeatherBeWell

Want to get involved? Come see me about our strategic health promotion initiatives, creating a healthy campus culture, and careers in public health/higher education. I also coordinate assessment, evaluation and curriculum infusion. Click to read my CV or the recent First Person article in the Campus Life Newsletter. When I'm not at Emory, I'm enjoying Decatur with my family or taking PhD classes in Public Heath at Georgia State. My hobbies/vices include spin classes and watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix.

Willie Bannister, LPC

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Associate Director, Substance Abuse Risk Reduction

Voicemail: 404-727-0395
Twitter: @BeWillExcel

I provide counseling on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, and give presentations focused on helping you make lower risk choices if and when you choose to drink. We can also talk if you're interested in quitting smoking or are concerned about prescription drug misuse. Individual meetings are confidential.

Kate Chiseri, MPH, CHES

Kate Chiseri

Assistant Director, Community Wellbeing

Voicemail: 404-727-1697

I graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health in May 2015 and while at Rollins, I fell in love with college health promotion when I worked as the Sexual Health Promotion Graduate Assistant here at OHP. Currently, I lead sexual health promotion programming and help support a wide variety of areas here at OHP including Flourish Emory and the Respect Program.Additionally, I will be supporting the implementation of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) in Fall 2017!

Raphael Coleman, MPH

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Associate Director, Community Wellbeing

Voicemail: 404-727-7930
Twitter: @RaphWellExcell

I work with faculty, staff, and students to build a healthy campus environment, Prior to my current role, I held positions in residence life, student conduct, Greek Life, and health promotion. I am a Double Eagle, having earned a BS in NBB from Emory College and a MPH from RSPH in BSHE. When I am not at Emory, I enjoy hanging with friends or taking classes towards my PhD in College Student Affairs Administration at UGA! My hobbies include cooking, karaoke, taking road trips, and visiting local festivals!

Jamechya Duncan, MA

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Respect Educator/Survivor Resource Specialist


I serve as the Respect Educator/ Survivor Resource Specialist within the Respect Program under the Office of Health Promotion.  I attended North Carolina Central University where I received by B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Mass Communication and Liberty University where I received my M.A. in Human Services Counseling.  Prior to beginning my career at Emory University, I served as the Project Coordinator for the RISE Office on Violence against Women (OVW) Grant at Shaw University. I am excited to be a member of the Emory University community and call Atlanta home.

Michele Passonno, MS, Ed.


Assistant Director for the Respect Program

Phone:  404-712-1447

Fax: 404-712-1519


I am excited to join the Respect Program and Emory community! My most recent position was Coordinator of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the University of Georgia. My previous work experience includes campus advocate/educator for a Department of Justice grant and serving as legal advocate within the Albany, New York community. I look forward to working with students and faculty/staff to promote safety and respect for all. 

Wanda Swan, MA

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Director for the Respect Program, Survivor Advocate

Voicemail: 404-727-7388

I hail from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and came to Emory after working at both Vanderbilt and Mississippi State universities within the scope of violence prevention, advocacy, and bystander intervention education. I feel right at home within a program dedicated to the personal safety of others and has been embedded within the violence prevention movement in higher education for over eight years. I take particular interest in grantwriting, policy review, and have experience developing free-standing centers dedicated to campus violence prevention. I am excited to now call Atlanta home and be a member of the Emory University community!

Heather Zesiger

Heather Zesiger

Students are the highlight of my day! I love directly working with students to promote health, seeing them in the DUC and saying "hello" or mentoring them into careers in health promotion in higher education and having them as colleagues.