Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing

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David Boyns, Ph.D.


(818) 677-3505
Santa Susana Hall 116

Elizabeth Sussman, Ph.D., R.D.

Associate Director - On leave during 2022

(818) 677-7715
Santa Susana Hall 115

Cassidy Butow, M.A.

Administrative Coordinator

(818) 677-6927
Santa Susana Hall 115

Sarah Stembridge, M.A.

Administrative Support Assistant

(818) 677-7715
Santa Susana Hall 115

Nancy Miodrag, Ph.D

Interim Associate Director

(818) 677-4359
Santa Susana Hall 115


Gabby Nadir, M.P.H.

Project Coordinator

Aymie Guerrero, M.A.

Affinity Groups and Centers Project Coordinator

Major: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Ed.D. (candidate)

Madeline Reyes

Affinity Groups and Centers Project Coordinator

Major: Public Health, B.S. (candidate)

Sam Lomeli

Digital Media Designer

Major: Communication Design, B.A. & Central American Studies, B.A. (candidate)

Alexis Mejala

Digital Media Designer

Major: Marketing, B.S. (candidate)

Angelica Dominguez

Wellbeing Project Coordinator

Major: Human Nutrition, M.S. (candidate)

Rosa Quezada

Outreach Project Coordinator

Major: Social Work, M.S.W. (candidate)

Establishing HWB 

HWB is a collaborative of campus and community members committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations and communities within Cal State Northridge’s service region. The primary mission of HWB is to foster healthful living through community and campus partnerships. These partnerships combine specialized knowledge, wisdom and experience to address major health, social and economic challenges within the region. Through HWB, we envision a future with an enhanced and enriched quality of life for those in the community and on campus.

Message from the Director

Health and wellbeing are at the very core of our quality of life, and so much affects our health: lifestyle choices, the economy, our environment, even public policy. If we are ever truly going to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, we need to start approaching these issues from a collaborative, interdisciplinary perspective. That’s the mission of HWB—a center that focuses on building creative campus and community alliances around health and wellbeing issues and services—and it’s what makes HWB such a valuable resource for California State University, Northridge and members of our surrounding community.