- 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.
Hope Walker, Administrative Secretary
Hope's hobbies are photography, reading, cross-stitch and spending time at her summer home in Warroad, MN.
One health related topic she is passionate about is mental health and suicide, as she has dealt with this closely in her family.
Becca Ruggles, Community and Campus Committee GSA
Becca is a Counseling Master’s student with an addictions emphasis. She joined the Health and Wellness team because she feels that it is important to try and combat issues of substance abuse at an environmental level and at the individual. Becca believes the two are interconnected and this position allows her to work at the system level.
A fun fact about Becca is that she recently bought a house and enjoys fixing it up with the help of her husband. She likes spending time there with her son, husband, and very fat cat.
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.
Shyleen Hall, Health Disparities GSA
Shyleen is a Masters of Public Health student in the Population Health Analytics tract. Her interests lie with Native American health, and access to health. Working at the Health & Wellness Hub has allowed her to not only work with the Native American population, but to branch out and work with other underrepresented populations on campus.
A fun fact about Shyleen is that she recently got accepted into UND’s School of Medicine and Health Science M.D. Class of 2019. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs (Foxy and Copper) and playing basketball.
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.
Kelsie chose to be a Peer Educator because she wants to help UND students become more educated about alcohol and other drugs. Specifically, what she enjoys most about being a Peer Educator is being able to talk directly to her peers about alcohol.
One fun fact about Kelsie is that she loves sports, especially soccer.
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.
Samantha chose to be a peer educator because it is an opportunity not only to help and educate others, it is also a chance to meet new people and make new friends! Being able to be there for someone when they truly need it is her favorite part of the job.
Fun Fact: Samantha's dream job would be working for the Disney Cruise Line as Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Carmen chose to be a peer educator so that she could influence our campus in a positive way. One of her favorite aspects of being a peer educator is that she gets to work with amazing people and share information about living a healthy lifestyle with her peers.
Fun Fact: One of Carmen's favorite things to do is travel. She loves being immersed in different cultures and experiencing what the world we live in has to offer.
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.
Will Hunt, Sexual Health Peer Educator
Will chose to be a sexual health peer educator because he thinks that this is an area in health and wellness that is under-served in the student population. Will would like to be able to approach others on this touchy subject so students on campus will be more informed about their sexual health.
Will is a graduate student in the Physical Therapy program. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. He loves to climb, mountain bike, swim, and cook.
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
Allison is a junior here at UND, from Minneapolis, MN. She is a double major in Political Science and Communication with an emphasis in Crisis Communication and Public Relations. Allison loves working at the Health & Wellness Hub because she loves giving back to the UND community and the Health & Wellness Hub provides so much for the student population.
One fun fact about Allison is that she has met the lead singer of the band, The Fray!
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.