Department of Health Promotion Staff


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Shelly Purser, MSH



The department’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of the university community. Through our services, we foster physical, emotional, and intellectual development within others, which will lead to learning, healthier living, and student retention

"If you have the courage to begin you have the courage to finish"  



Building 61 Room 1300 

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Testing Hours:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



(904) 620-1570





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Ashley Ballard, MPH

Assistant Director 


Ashley N. Ballard is a local health educator who specializes in helping young people improve their lives through healthy eating, physical training and sound decision-making. She’s a graduate of the University of North Florida (UNF), having received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2005 and a Masters of Public Health in 2009. Mrs. Ballard began her work in public health, starting as a peer educator for Project Tag, a teen abstinence program. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Health Education in the UNF Department of Health Promotion.
“To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.”   -Bayard Rustin  

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Charlene Dawston

Office Manager


 The Office Manager responsibilities includes: monitoring and creating budgetary reports, verifying and approving timesheets, and other employment concerns.

"A smile is a light in the window of a soul indicating that the heart is at home" -Anonymous 

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Michael Hines, BSH

Coordinator of Health Education  


Michael has earned his BS in Health Science and works as a health educator in the Dept of Health Promotion. Among his diverse interests are Fishing, music, bike riding, paintball, cars, the beach, movies, and swimming.

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything" - Mark Twain

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Kevin Anderson

Ogier Gardens Coordinator  

 Responsible for the Ogier Gardens, student staff and volunteers. Also assists with the planning and implementation of Health Promotion’s programs, activities and special events. 

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Mattie LeDew, Student

Health Educator - Ogier Gardens


A junior majoring in the Fine Arts, Mattie enjoys painting, printmaking, ceramics and metalworking. When she is not losing sleep over creative pursuits, Mattie can be found getting lost in the woods, attending tea parties with friends and collecting more heirloom tomato varieties than is hardly considered necessary or practical. Mattie is interested in outdoor artwork that interacts with its environment, demonstration gardens as an educational resource and edible landscaping as the ultimate blend of aesthetic and utilitarian principals. Upon graduation, she hopes to be involved in historical garden restoration, urban garden design, and community garden management.