- 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, Health & Wellness Promotion Director
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.
Lili Martsynyuk, Administrative Secretary
Rachel Thorstenson, Program Lead
Rachel is from Plymouth, MN, majoring in Biology/Pre-Dental and Spanish at UND. She chose to work in the Health & Wellness Hub because she is passionate about educating and helping others with their health and wellness goals, and enjoys the creative events and activities put on by the Hub.
One fun fact about Rachel is that she was a diver for UND for two years!
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.
Rachel Richter, Online Peer Educator
Rachel is a senior Marketing & Management major from Williston,ND. Rachel chose to be a peer educator to have a positive influence on the UND community and to strengthen her skills in promotion and digital marketing.
One fun fact about Rachel is that she loves Major League Baseball and is North Dakota's biggest New York Yankees fan!
Michael was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Paul/Minneapolis. He is majoring in Criminal Justice here at UND. Michael chose to be a peer educator because he finds joy in educating and helping others.
One fun fact about Michael is that he is really into watching soccer and rugby (GO LOONS!), and has a love for making coffee.
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 lives in many ways.
Fun facts about Kit: She loves being outside riding bikes, rollerblading, and long boarding.
Cheyenne is a Sophomore from Rochester, New Hampshire, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology at UND. Cheyenne chose to be a peer educator because she wants to help make an impact on students and help them make the right decisions in order to succeed as a student.
One fun fact about Cheyenne is that she flew alone in an aircraft when she turned 16.
Hailee is a Sophomore student from Glenwood, MN, majoring in Biology/Pre-Med at UND with a minor in Spanish. She chose to be a peer educator because it is an amazing opportunity for experience in her area of study and she is also excited to be part of the many projects coordinated by the peer educators.
One fun fact about Hailee is that she played the saxophone in high school and still has it stowed away!
Devin is from Claremore, OK, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UND. She chose to be a peer educator because she loves being involved on campus with students or coordinating events for students.
One fun fact about Devin is that she is currently training for MMA, which includes jujitsu and kickboxing.
Isaiah is a freshman student from Eagan, MN, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Middle School Education at UND. He chose to be a peer educator because of his passion for people and his love for helping others.
One fun fact about Isaiah is that he is a mastermind when it comes to fantasy football.
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
Nicole chose to be a peer educator because she found out how important nutrition is to academic success as well as personal well-being. She wishes to bring nutrition to the student's attention to help them understand the value of eating healthy. Nicole looks forward to bringing beneficial nutrition information to students to help them advocate for their own health and wellness.
Fun Facts: Nicole is a Community Nutrition major and hopes to pursue a masters degree in nutrition after obtaining her bachelors degree. She also teaches a life skill course about nutrition at the Northlands Rescue Mission.
Alexandra Rehovsky, Sexual Health Peer Educator
Alex wanted to become a sexual health peer educator because she believes that education on sexual health and healthy relationships is very important in every day life, especially for college students. She also wanted to spread awareness and create a safe environment across campus.
Alex's background in sexual health and advocacy of healthy relationships comes from being the Vice President of the LGBT group on campus - the Ten Percent Society - and working at the CVIC Light of Hope Women's Shelter.
Alex is originally from Alexandria, MN. She is a pre-med student living off-campus with her two cats and giant yellow lab/golden retriever.
Fun Fact: her goal for next summer is to join the Grand Forks Roller Derby team!
Linsey Johnson, Physical Activity Peer Educator
Linsey 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. Linsey wants to make physical activity more important to our students, so they understand the value and benefits of physical activity throughout life.
Linsey went to high school in Staples, Minnesota. She is a pre-dietetics major, treasurer of Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, and helps 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
Hannah is from originally from Wilmar, MN. She is currently a junior at UND majoring in Dietetics. Hannah joined the Health & Wellness Hub team because she loves learning about health and sharing her passion with others.
One fun fact about Hannah is that her favorite food is peanut butter!
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.