- Alcohol & Other Drugs
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
- General Health
- Physical Activity
As your gateway to health & wellness, the Health & Wellness Hub employs a number of different staff members, including full-time staff, part-time Graduate Student Assistants (GSA's), and student peer educators.
Jane Croeker, Director of Health & Wellness Promotion
Jane enjoys biking, cross country skiing, bird watching, reading, hanging out at her cabin at Lake of the Woods, and spending time with her partner and friends listening to old time rock and roll and rhythm and blues.
Creating environments where healthy choices are easy choices takes time and patience, but it pays off with greater dividends in the long run and therefore Jane finds this aspect of her job most rewarding.
Anne Bodensteiner, Health & Wellness Promotion Coordinator
Reading, cross-country skiing, running, watching movies, cooking and traveling are some of Anne's favorite ways to unwind.
As her educational background might indicate, she is particularly passionate about nutrition related health – however many aspects of wellness interconnect to affect nutrition choices and overall well being.
Jen Proulx, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator
Jen enjoys reading, spending time boating and camping at the lake in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter and traveling all year round!
One health and wellness area that has been of particular interest for Jen throughout her career is alcohol and other drug education. She strongly believes in the importance of educating students about drinking in a low-risk manner.
Vacant, Administrative Secretary
Sam Branger, Program Lead
Sam chose to be a part of the peer education team to help students learn about the Health & Wellness Hub; she particularly enjoys knowing that students are learning something new when they come to an event that the Hub puts on during the year.
A fun fact about Sam is that she has a horse in her backyard in Minnesota named Mulligan.
Delphine Banjong, Assessment Lead GSA
Delphine is a Ph.D student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, higher education. She is a very dynamic person who respects diversity and enjoys organizing functions and occasions that bring people together. Delphine loves team work and is open to learning new things from other people, particularly of different cultures. Data collection and manipulation is a fun activity for her. She likes finding ways on how to improve on students’ academic performance.
Outside her career, she likes listening to music and enjoys singing with her kids.
Anna enjoys working at the Wellness Hub because it provides a number of different educational opportunities. Not only does she enjoy learning more about her position and the community but she loves working with her staff members in a "team atmosphere."
Fun fact: Anna has three dogs, and volunteers at the local Humane Society.
Kit chose to be a peer educator because she wants to help students be aware of how alcohol and other drugs affect them. She views being a peer educator as a way of enabling students and herself to make healthy choices that improve their life in many ways.
Fun facts about Kit: She loves being outside riding bikes, rollerblading, and longboarding.
Maggie chose to be a peer educator because not only does she want to share education on alcohol and other drugs, but she also wants to learn more about it herself. Her favorite part of this job is working with people and learning new things.
Fun Fact about Maggie: she can fit her fist in her mouth. She loves running outside on summer mornings followed by a swim in the lake!
McKinley chose to be a peer educator because she enjoys informing students of the possible outcomes with drug and alcohol usage. She finds educating her peers to be also a powerful learning experience for herself and her classmates. She enjoys learning what tasks will grasp the college student's attention to keep them entertained while informing them.
Fun Fact: McKinley enjoys spending some of her free time participating in music, theater, and fire baton twirling activities.
Kelsey Plese, Mental Health Peer Educator
Kelsey chose to be a peer educator because she wants to educate students and stomp out the stigma behind mental health. Kelsey wants to bring awareness to mental health so students realize how it affects their everyday life. She views being a peer educator as a way to help students adjust to campus life and make healthy decisions.
Fun Facts about Kelsey: She is a psychology major. She will be going to graduate school for counseling. Kelsey loves meeting new people, hanging out with friends, and fishing.
Nicole Welle, Nutrition Peer Educator
I chose to be a peer educator because I found out how important nutrition is to academic success as well as personal well-being. I wish to bring nutrition to the student's attention to help them understand the value of eating healthy. I look forward to bringing beneficial nutrition information to students to help them advocate for their own health and wellness.
Fun Facts: I am a Community Nutrition major, and wish to pursue a masters degree in nutrition after obtaining my bachelors degree. I also teach a life skill course about nutrition at the Northlands Rescue Mission.
Alexandra Rehovsky, Sexual Health Peer Educator
Linsey Johnson, Physical Activity Peer Educator
I chose to become a peer educator to promote healthy living throughout campus. Physical activity effects everyone in some way, since it is necessary for every students health and wellness. I want to make physical activity more important to our students, so they understand the value and benefits of physical activity throughout life.
I went to high school in Staples, Minnesota. I am a pre-dietetics major, treasurer of Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics and help teach a Nutrition Life Skills course at Northland Rescue Mission. I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family and baking.
Taegan Shields, Tobacco Peer Educator
Taegan chose to be a peer educator because she loves helping students become more educated about tobacco. She loves learning and meeting new people, as well as helping people become as successful as possible.
Taegan went to high school in Eagan, Minnesota. She loves cats, cooking, and taking walks in good weather. She is a psychology major.
Hannah Bateman, General Health Peer Educator
Paula is interested in aspects of Public Health: miscommunication, representation, and presentations- mainly dealing with viruses (and their outbreaks) and sexual health. The way information is presented and shared is flawed, creating social stigmas and behaviors that further distort any gains or missions to fix/educate about the situation.
Fun Fact: The original (and still functional) Smarties Factory is right behind her high school in Union, New Jersey.