Meet the Team

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Tony Vo

Program Manager


Tony has been part of Bellevue College for almost two years, his first position on campus was as an Academic Advisor for Health Sciences students. Tony grew up in White Center, WA and in 2012 he founded the annual White Center 5K Walk & Run to promote health and community in his neighborhood. He received …more about Tony Vo

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Stella Orechia

Interim Health and Physical Education Program Chair, Faculty


Professor Stella Orechia has been teaching health and fitness courses at Bellevue College for over 20 years. She has a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in Physical Education (focus in Sport Psychology). Stella is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. She provides workplace safety training for …more about Stella Orechia

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Amy Swanson

Interim Program Chair, Health & Wellness


Professor Amy Swanson, MPH, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness. She is a full-time, Associate Professor at Bellevue College.  Post-undergrad she spent 7 years managing onsite health and wellness programs for various Seattle area corporations. This included creating health promotion programs that addressed heart health education, …more about Amy Swanson

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Mark Yoshino

Health & Physical Education Full-Time Faculty


Mark Yoshino is one of the longest-tenured employees at Bellevue College as he has been part of the institution for nearly 30 years. In his first year at BC in 1994, Yoshino started off as a fitness center employee for Dr. Marcella Woods, who initiated the PE 110-111-112 courses that still exist today. Mark  directed …more about Mark Yoshino

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Rachel Lowe

Health and Physical Education Faculty


Rachel joined Bellevue College in 2005. She has taught in the fitness industry since 1993 and specializing in Yoga since 2001.  She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and lead yoga teacher for the Yoga Instructor Certification Program. She also has a Masters of Public Administration.

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Peter Prescott

Health and Physical Education Faculty, Fitness Center Director, Wellness Center Director


Peter Prescott has been teaching Physical Education, Wilderness Skills and Allied Health classes at Bellevue College for over twelve y15 years.  During this time he has been the program manager and guide for all Wilderness Skills Adventures and seemingly countless Wellness Center adventures.  Peter received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and his …more about Peter Prescott

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Ray Butler

Health and Physical Education Program Chair, Wellness Center Director


Ray served 20 years in St Louis secondary education, the eight final years as High School Principal before coming to Bellevue College in 2000. He also have coached High School and Intercollegiate Soccer for 35 years. He served as BC professor, Women’s Soccer Coach, HPE Chair, HPM Chair, Interim Dean of HSEWI, Assistant Dean of …more about Ray Butler

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Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Program Chair & Full-time Professor, Health & Wellness


Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is the Program Chair for the Health Promotion & Management BAS program and a full-time faculty member at Bellevue College. Dr. Rosenthal specializes in human factors within health promotion and technology along with access, quality, and usability issues in both healthcare and technological systems. She has conducted numerous studies examining how design, …more about Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Health & Wellness Advisory Committee

Andres Calderon, South Bellevue Community Center

Matt Denton, Vertical World

Sue Dowling, Columbia Athletics Clubs

Peri Gilani, Bellevue College Yoga Cohort 2017

Monette MacPherson, Yoga Instructor

Roberta McFarland, Highline School District

Taraneh Moll, UW School of Public Health

Christine Pydych, Pilates Instructor

Ad Hoc Members

Ray Butler, Program Chair, Health & Physical Education

Leslie Heizer-Newquist, Dean, Health Sciences, Education, Wellness Institute

Rachel Lowe, Faculty, Bellevue College

Stella Orechia, Faculty, Bellevue College

Peter Prescott, Faculty, Fitness & Wellness Center Director, Bellevue College

Amy Swanson, Interim Chair, Health & Wellness

Tony Vo, Program Manager, Health & Wellness

Mark Yoshino, Faculty, Bellevue College

Last Updated November 4, 2019