Bios: GUWellness Staff

Charles DeSantis
Founder,  GUWellness
Associate Vice President for Benefits and Payroll & Chief Benefits Officer

Charles leads the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits and GUWellness, striving to make the culture of Georgetown a place that people want to work through providing the benefits that will attract and retain employees. DeSantis also served in the role of Manager for the recently adopted 10-year campus plan and is the co-convener of the Georgetown Africa Interest Network (GAIN). Since traveling to Kenya in June 2007, DeSantis has been very active in raising much needed funds for children and families in Africa.  He has also developed an arts education program for university bound high school age AIDS orphans in the heart of the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in the continent of Africa on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya.  In 2010, he published his first book, Smart, Beautiful and Important, which documents his experiences with the amazing young art students throughout the first three years of the program. In addition, DeSantis is a member of the board of directors of Nyumbani, the first Kenyan orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, serving more than 60,000 kids in Kenya. Most recently, DeSantis has been asked to serve as Chairman of the Board for USA for UNHCR.

Rachel Bridges
Director, GUWellness

Rachel Bridges has been the Director of GUWellness: Mind, Body, Soul since its inception in 2007. Rachel is a Reiki III practitioner, self defense instructor and a co-facilitator with the Mind Body Skills program offered through Georgetown University’s School of Medicine’s Mind-Body Medicine Program. She also serves as the Director of Benefits Services and Communications in the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits.

Beth Chafin
Program Coordinator, GUWellness

Beth has been a part of the GUWellness team since coming to Georgetown in 2007. Beth is both an employee and a student of Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in PR & Corporate Communication. Beth is an avid practitioner of Vinyasa hot yoga. Beyond work and school, Beth loves to travel and hopes to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

Sarah Cotton
Information & Service Specialist, OFSB and GUWellness

Sarah has been working with GUWellness since joining the University community in 2010.  She tries to weave stillness and presence into her daily work in digital communications, special events and employee service.  She’s currently focused on physical wellness, so she isn’t the first to die in the zombie apocalypse.

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