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Your Campus Wellness Experts

The mission of AU's Health Promotion and Advocacy Center is to provide students with wellness resources, promote healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.

Our professional staff has expertise in a variety of topics — from sexual health, to stress management, healthy relationships, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention and intervention. We are passionate about applying our holistic approach to programming for students and the entire campus community.

Visit our staff profiles below for more information. You can book an appointment with any staff on our You Can Book Me page. 

Jeffrey Volkmann Executive Director, Counseling Center Counseling Center

Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, PhD is a Board Certified, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Volkmann is currently the Executive Director at the Counseling Center. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psycho

  (202) 885-3500

Michelle Dagne Coordinator for Victim Advocacy Services Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Michelle Dagne joined AU in September 2019. She is a DMV native, born and raised in Silver Spring, MD! She got her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park (fun

  dagne@american.edu

Natalie Price Health Educator Health Promotion and Advocacy Ctr

Natalie Price is a born and raised Michigander from Grand Rapids, MI. She is a recent graduate from Kalamazoo College and has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Gender Studies. During her time at

  nataliep@american.edu

Jeni Hollander
Health Communication and Assessment Graduate Assistant

jh2647b@american.edu

Jeni (she/her) is a people-person from St. Louis, Missouri, and in the last semester of her Master's program in Political Communication. She is also a grad assistant for the AU Sine Institute. She's interested in the field of health communication, as well as general advocacy communication, and enjoys writing. In her free time in DC she enjoys learning and working at a communal garden, staying involved with her neighborhood's mutual aid network, and spending time outside.

Candance Roy
Recruitment Coordinator Undergraduate Intern

cr0900a@american.edu

Candace Roy is originally from Rumson, New Jersey. She is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying public health and environmental science. She has been a peer health educator with HPAC since her sophomore year and has really enjoyed working with the campus community in this capacity! On campus she has also been involved with the community-based research scholars program and the alternative break program. She is so excited to work more in-depth with HPAC this semester! When not in classes or working, Candace can often be found with a book that she will gladly talk your ear off about and a hot beverage.

Nicole Rinconeno
Substance Use Program Graduate Assistant

nr1656a@american.edu

Hi, my name is Nicole Rinconeno and I am a 2nd year graduate student at AU studying Public Policy. This is my second semester as a graduate assistant with HPAC for the substance use program. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA and I also received my Bachelor's in Justice & Law from American University.

Sydney Lang
Health Behavior and Wellness Graduate Assistant

sl4040a@american.edu

Sydney Lang is a Justice, Law, and Criminology Master’s student at AU! She is from Nashville, TN and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. Over the years, she worked as a crisis counselor, a research assistant, with domestic violence survivors, and as a girls’ youth mentor! Sydney came to AU in 2020, and she is excited to continue support others in feeling confident and capable. In her downtime, Sydney enjoys anime, K-pop, painting, and learning new things!

Jacqueline Martinez
Health and Wellness Undergraduate Intern

jm3279a@american.edu

My name is Jaqueline Martinez (she/hers) and I am a fourth year at American University studying Public Health and Public Administration/Policy. This will be my second semester serving as a Health Education and Wellness Intern, and my third year as a Peer Health Educator at HPAC.

Aria Wanek
Alcohol and Other Drugs Undergraduate Intern

gw3940a@american.edu