Meet the Staff

Mica Harrell - Wellness Services Director

Mica Hughes-Harrell, MA., CHES.

Director, Health Promotion Services

Building 960 / Room 255
Phone: (850) 473-7112

Mica's Bio

I completed my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of West Florida in 2002. As part of my graduate program, I completed my internship at UWF’s Counseling Center. It was a wonderful experience and cemented my desire to continue working with the college population. Although I thoroughly enjoyed counseling, my passion for outreach services became clear after I had the opportunity to provide outreach programs for students on campus. It was because of those experiences that my focus shifted from the treatment side of things to the field of outreach and prevention.

After graduating with my Master’s degree, I worked in the field of sexual violence specifically dealing with issues of prevention and risk reduction for sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence. Currently, at the University of West Florida, I manage the coordination of outreach services in the areas of sexual violence prevention, sexual health promotion, HIV/STI prevention, alcohol misuse and abuse prevention, healthy relationship promotion, and overall wellness promotion. Another wonderful aspect of my job includes directing the Peer Educator group on campus. It is amazing to work with motivated, creative students who are also passionate about making a difference and impacting their peers in positive ways. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love and truly enjoy the added bonus I get from working on a gorgeous campus filled with wonderful college students!

Alicia Cambron - Wellness Services Health Educator Coordinator

Alicia Cambron, Ph.D., CHES.

Assistant Director

Building 960 / Room 256
Phone: (850) 473-7112

Alicia's Bio

I have always had a passion for overall health and the quality of life of others. I received my Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University with a minor in Business. I later received my Master's degree in Health Promotion from The University of Mississippi. I then continued to complete my Doctorate in Health and Kinesiology from The University of Mississippi with a focus in Health Behavior.

Over the past few years I have been able to work with students in many different areas ranging from weight management to violence prevention. Most recently, I served as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at The University of Mississippi where I worked with victims of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, as well as stalking. Through that experience, I realized the importance of sexual violence prevention programs on college campuses. I believe that violence is unacceptable and that we as a college community will work to end violence.

My other passion is sexual health. I have had the opportunity to work with high school and college students on improving their understanding of safe sex practices. I believe that sexual health includes not only a lack of disease, but a positive approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. I am happy to be working with the Peer Educators and excited about bringing programs to the student population. 

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Tyler Placeres

Wellness Services Receptionist

Building 960 / Room 250
Phone: (850) 473-7112

Read Bell - IT Coordinator

Read Bell

IT Coordinator

Building 960 / Room 251
Phone: (850) 474-3168

Read's Bio

I am very happy to be the IT Coordinator for Health, Counseling, and Wellness Services here at UWF. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Loyola University and a Master's degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of South Alabama. I am grateful to have a job where I can apply knowledge from both of these degrees and help the staff do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible. Before coming to UWF, I was a Software Engineer and Engineering Manager at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. for 16 years.

No matter what their role, everyone here shows a great deal of dedication to helping the students at UWF remain healthy and happy and get the most out of their time here. I feel very lucky to be associated with such a talented group of professionals.