Guest Speakers

Stacey Brezing

Stacey Brezing

Brezing is the Director for the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program at UC Davis. She has been on and off campus for almost twenty years, as an undergraduate and graduate student and finally as a staff member. She has served the campus and health system in a variety of roles. She was the Performance Lab supervisor at UC Davis’ Sports Medicine, health educator at Student Health and Counseling Services, and now she can be found in Occupational Health where she served as the WorkStrong Coordinator and Special Services Program Manager before beginning her most current role as director of the new Staff and Faculty Health and Well-being Program. Stacey holds a BS in Exercise Science and a MS in Exercise Physiology from UC Davis. She is an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins

Hawkins is the UC Davis Head Football Coach and Aggie Alumnus. Hawkins, who also served as a college football studio analyst at ESPN in recent seasons, brings a unique depth of experience and innovative offensive approach back to his alma mater. During his career, Hawkins built Boise State to elite status on the college football landscape and coached in the Big XII at the University of Colorado.

  • Played fullback for legendary UC Davis head coach Jim Sochor from 1981-82. Member of the 1982 football team that advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship after winning the 12th of 20 consecutive conference titles.
  • Served as an assistant coach for his mentor, Sochor, from 1983-85.
  • First-generation college student. Graduated from UC Davis in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
  • Earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Saint Mary’s College in 1993.
  • First college head coaching opportunity took place at Willamette University. That football program, one that enjoyed just three winning seasons in the eight prior to Hawkins’ arrival, posted a combined 39-12-1 mark during his tenure (1993-97). Included in that winning overall record is a pair of 5-0 conference records, a 13-1 overall record and NAIA national runner-up finish in 1997.
  • Turned Boise State from a "school with the blue football turf" into a perennial national power as its head coach from 2001-05. During the Hawkins era, the Broncos posted a 56-11 overall record, which included a 37-3 record and 31-game win streak in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State led the country in scoring (45.6) and total offense (501.5) in 2002. Hawkins coached 20 All-WAC first-team selections, three All-Americans, and 10 players that played in the NFL. Coach Hawkins led the Broncos to four WAC titles, collected Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and ’04, and ended the 2004 season as a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award.
  • Led the U.S. National Football Team to a gold medal at the 2015 IFAF World Championship

Sharon Huntsman

Sharon Huntsman

Huntsman directs the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program and designs programs and provides training and coaching to organizations in the Sacramento region in leadership and management development. She has 20 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator and executive director. She thrives when helping people, communities and organizations define their aspirations and develop the capacity to achieve them. 

Heather Young

Heather Young

A nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Heather M. Young is the Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership and founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She also serves as the associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis. As founding dean, Young led the establishment of the School of Nursing, the development of five new graduate programs in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership, the design and construction of the 70,000-square-foot Betty Irene Moore Hall and the formation of a nursing science research program focused on healthy systems and healthy people. Young researches healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between individuals, family and formal health care systems. Her research played an instrumental role in shaping long-term care policies in Washington state and beyond and she conducted several longitudinal studies of family caregiving in the context of cognitive and functional decline. Her systems research includes medication management and safety in rural assisted-living settings and hospitals, as well as the use of technology, such as telehealth, and community-based strategies to promote healthy aging. Young is co-director of the Latino Aging Research Resource Center, one of seven National-Institutes of-Aging-funded Research Centers for Minority Aging Research. She is the principal investigator for a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study seeking to improve health for individuals with diabetes through technology-enabled nurse coaching. She is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national Strategic Advisory Committee for implementation of the landmark Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” She served on the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Working Group on Systems Engineering for Healthcare. Young is a UC Davis alumna, graduating in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics followed by an Associate Degree in Nursing from Sacramento City College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern Oregon State College. She then went on to the University of Washington, where she earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a specialty in gerontology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science. In addition to her extensive academic and research background, Young practiced in critical care and as a geriatric nurse practitioner in community-based, long-term care. Previously, she directed the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health and Science University and, prior to that, she held a joint appointment on faculty at the University Of Washington School of Nursing and as the chief operations officer for a retirement community company.