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Longhorn Wellness Center

Longhorn Wellness Center

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Katy Redd, MPH, MSW

Katy Redd, MPH, MSW
Associate Director for Prevention, Development and Media Relations

Katy (she/her/hers) oversees prevention programming, development, and media relations for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services. She oversees innovative public health programming and forges partnerships to support the well-being of today’s college students. She also oversees development efforts for both organizations as well as media relations, ensuring that CMHC and UHS’s services are appropriate and effectively communicated to the UT community. Katy’s professional interests include health communication, public health methods to improve mental health, and health equity. In her free time, Katy enjoys backpacking, adventure traveling, crafting, and watching her young children experience the world.

Brittany O’Malley, MPH, CHES

Brittany O’Malley, MPH, CHES
Assistant Director for Prevention

Focus areas: Strategic planning, prevention & public health, social marketing, health coaching & motivational interviewing, health promotion administration

Brittany (she/her/hers) completed her undergraduate degree at Beloit College in Wisconsin and went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her role as Manager, she oversees the implementation of evidence-based approaches to address priority health issues on campus. Outside of UT, Brittany enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and kitties, and playing kickball!



Mandy Colbert, LMSW, MPH

Mandy Colbert, LMSW, MPH
Health Promotion Coordinator

Focus areas: Sleep promotion, peer education and student development, high-risk drinking and sexual assault prevention

Mandy (she/her/hers) earned a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center and a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in community and administrative leadership. Her work centers on program development and evaluation, instilling cultural inclusivity and aligning needs to program strategies. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys traveling, spending time with friends/family and teaching art!



Shavonne T. Coleman, MFA

Shavonne T. Coleman, MFA
Theater for Dialogue Specialist

Shavonne (she/her/hers) is a teaching/performing artist, writer, and director from Detroit who has a passion and deep belief in the power of theatre as a catalyst for social change. She has an MFA from Eastern Michigan University for Applied Drama/Theatre for the Young where she had the amazing opportunity to travel to S. Korea to direct a Youth Theatre performance at the Zoom Theatre in Seoul. Ms. Coleman was honored to be awarded the 2018 Emerging Leader in TYA Fellowship and is excited to currently be a staff writer for TYA magazine. She certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid and as the Theatre for Dialogue Specialist at University of Texas at Austin she hopes to support students by aiding in the cultivation of inclusive and equitable learning and living spaces.

Michelle Emery, MA

Michelle Emery, MA
Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

Michelle (she/her/hers) serves as the Coordinator for the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (BT1), which utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies across the UT-Austin campus by peer outreach, education, and support. Michelle brings experience in youth leadership development, social justice education, domestic violence advocacy, mental health system transformation. Her professional interests include restorative justice, community accountability and other community based anti-violence efforts, and promoting recovery-oriented organizational change among peer and clinical providers. On a personal level, Michelle enjoys cooking with her partner, trying new restaurants, being outdoors and reading her horoscope.



Sharon Hoefer, MSSW

Sharon Hoefer, MSSW
Voices Against Violence Prevention Specialist

Sharon (she/her/hers) completed a Master of Science in Social Work degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She coordinates Voices Against Violence programming, which addresses interpersonal violence through primary prevention strategies and provides campus with tools to navigate consent and healthy relationships. Her additional professional interests include restorative justice and program evaluation. In her free time, Sharon enjoys yoga, aerial and circus classes, and crossword puzzles.

Kelsey Lammy, MSW

Kelsey Lammy, MSW
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator

Kelsey (she/her/hers) co-runs the Be That One Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention programs, as they apply theory and evidence-informed practices in order to develop and implement population-level interactions to promote mental health for the student population on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Her involvement at LWC includes managing the Mental Health Ambassador Program, Student Mental Health Alliance, and co-running the peer education program and Peer Body Project. Kelsey received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Missouri concentrating on public policy, planning and administration. In her free time Kelsey enjoys hiking with her pup, reading at coffee shops, and antiquing. 

Julie Newton

Julie Newton
Administrative Associate/Office Manager

Focus areas:Office and administrative support

Julie (she/her/hers) has been an employee of The University of Texas at Austin for over 27 years. Since 2001, she has provided and managed office and administrative support for the Longhorn Wellness Center. She prides herself on giving excellent customer service and loves working with college students. In her spare time, Julie loves traveling, gardening, movies, DIY projects, the beach and supporting UT Athletics!



>Katherine Protil, B.A.

Katherine Protil, MPAff
Health Promotion Coordinator

Focus areas: Sexual health, high-risk drinking prevention, social norms campaign

Katherine (she/her/hers) is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at The University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Her interests lie in increasing access to healthcare and health-related resources by working from a place of inclusivity. Her work incorporates social norms theory and focuses on risk reduction strategies and changing cultural norms. In her free time, Katherine likes to practice yoga, read, and cook with friends.



Tanya S Schmidt, B.S.

Tanya S Schmidt, B.S.
Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments

Tanya (she, her, hers) earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in Hospitality Management and Graphic Design, from the University of Central Florida.  Tanya supports the work of CMHC, UHS, and LWC, coordinates events, and likes to help where she can.  In her free time, she enjoys the great outdoors, creating art, and spending time with her partner and their two dogs. 

Thea Woodruff, Ph.D.

Thea Woodruff, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments

Thea (she/her/hers) coordinates the Well-Being in Learning Environments project, a project that works with faculty to imbed practices for improving student well-being in their classes. Thea also teaches courses as a lecturer in the College of Education at UT Austin. Areas of professional interest include research-based literacy practices in PK-12 settings, student motivation and identity, and effective instructional coaching practices. In her free time, Thea enjoys hanging out with her family, playing sports, and reading.




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