Meet Our Staff

ali website Director- Alireza Rezapour, MD

Dr. Rezapour (or "Dr. Ali" to many students) is a physician, graduate of the American University of the Caribbean, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF Fresno in 1996. He's been with Saint Mary's College ever since 2008. As a lifelong learner, he enjoys having conversations with students-- "One of the most endearing parts of my work is the interaction with the youth, their openness to new ideas and information, and the energy and eagerness they show in changing the world." His passion lies in social justice and peace, striving towards access to quality health care, education, and economic equity.

Rachel HWC websiteAssociate Director- Rachel Garcia, NP

Rachel Garcia studied Psychology at Saint Mary's and is an alum to the College. After graduating she ventured off to Columbia University to study Nursing. She really enjoys helping students navigate this unique time in their lives and teaching them how to be advocates for their health. Rachel loves to travel and really enjoys time spent with family and friends.

Irene hwc websiteAssistant Director- Irene Umipig, MPH

Irene Umipig has been in the field of Health Promotion and Education for over ten years. She is a NorCal native, but resided in SoCal while studying for her Master’s degree in Public Health. Irene manages the wellness programming and PATCH student leaders as they work to promote programs that help to build towards a culture of care. Keep a look out for her on campus and strike up a conversation about PATCH programs and her travels around the world.

Erin hwc websiteNurse Practitioner- Erin Perkins, NP

Erin started her career in college health at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she worked as a nurse practitioner and associate director of student health services. She loves all aspects of working with the college population, but is especially interested in women’s health, sexually transmitted infection counseling and treatment, and anxiety and depression management. Erin is also a writer and performer. You can see some of her work at

Charlene hwc websiteNurse- Charlene Soots, RN

Charlene began her nursing career 25 years ago working in the Newborn Nursery and Postpartum units of John Muir Hospital. Charlene often says that interacting with the students is the best part of her job, along with spending time on this beautiful campus. She loves her free time with her husband, children, and grandsons and enjoys cooking, going for walks, and cheering at the Raider games.

Sue hwc websiteNurse- Sue Peters

Sue Peters began her college health nursing career in 1977 at the University of Michigan Health Center where she worked until 1984. She began working at Saint Mary’s College in 1989 and has helped to foster the services we provide today! She enjoys working with the students and watching them mature as they learn to make healthy choices and lifestyle changes. In her free time, Sue enjoys her travels to Michigan’s UP during the summer, playing with her grandsons and cooking and treating her family to good eats.

Carol hwc websiteMedical Assistant- Carol Graham

Carol began her career as a Medical Assistant in 1982. Carol came to Saint Mary's College in 2010 and says the best part of her job is her student workers and meeting the other students on campus. When you come to the Health & Wellness Center she will be one of the first people to welcome you! In her off time, Carol loves to spend time with her college age kids, cook, kayak, and camp in the mountains.