Meet the Team

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Tony Vo

Program Manager

Biography:

Tony is currently the Program Manager for Health & Wellness and was previously the academic advisor for Health Science students. Prior to his work at Bellevue College he was the White Center Promise Director and Club Center Coordinator at South Seattle College. Tony grew up in White Center, WA and in 2012 he founded the …more about Tony Vo


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Stella Orechia

Interim Co-Chair, Health & Wellness; Faculty, Health & Physical Education

Biography:

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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Jan Ng

Health & Physical Education Faculty Member

Biography:

Jan has been at Bellevue College since 1998 and has worked in the HSEWI Division and currently, in the Science Division. She has taught PE 118, Volleyball, since 2014.  She is an avid bicyclist, recreational volleyball player and fierce pickleball opponent. Year-round she volunteers for Puget Sound arts and environmental programs. Find Jan most days …more about Jan Ng


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Jessica Low

Health & Physical Education Faculty Member

Biography:

Jessica Low is currently teaching Zumba and Barre for Bellevue College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Washington and also works as a freelance Director, Choreographer and Performer in the musical theatre field. Jessica became a Zumba Instructor in 2014, combining her love for dance with her love for …more about Jessica Low


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Michelle McRae

Health & Physical Education Faculty Member

Biography:

Michelle McRae is a Lead Fitness Technician and an Adjunct PE Faculty member for the Fitness Center at Bellevue College. After completing BC’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate program and becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, she enjoyed the program and people of Bellevue College so much she stayed on as staff and an instructor for …more about Michelle McRae


Gail McFarland

Health & Wellness, BAS Faculty Member

Biography:

I am a Washington State native and long-time Nuclear Medicine technologist. I started my education at the University of Washington and received a BS degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. While in college, I worked summers and part time as a CNA and discovered my love for patients and for the health of the people …more about Gail McFarland


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Zach Snyder

Health & Wellness, BAS Faculty Member

Biography:

Zach Snyder is Director of Government Affairs for Regence BlueShield. In this capacity, he leads legislative advocacy efforts for Regence by working closely with lawmakers to shape health policy at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. Prior to working for Regence, Zach held a variety of policy and political roles that include, leading health policy campaigns for …more about Zach Snyder


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Amy Swanson

Health & Physical Education Full-Time Faculty

Biography:

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

Biography:

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

Biography:

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

Biography:

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

Interim Co-Chair, Health & Wellness; Chair, Health & Physical Education Program

Biography:

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

Biography:

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is the Program Chair for the Health & Wellness 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, perception, …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