C.H.A.M.P Peer Educators

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Hello, I am Gavin Aikens and I'm a freshman here at CMU majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, and intend on becoming an Occupational Therapist in the future.  This will be my first year as a C.H.A.M.P. peer educator and I'm excited to enlighten the student body.  I'm also a member of the Health Professions Residential College and Pre-OT club.  My hobbies would be working out, running, playing any type of sport and jamming to music.  I'm super friendly so feel free to say "hi" or ask a question if you see me around campus. 

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My name is Jake Altman.  I'm a sophomore and a Dietetics major.  This is my first year as a CHAMP and I'm really looking forward to it.  My hobbies include working out, cooking, baseball, hockey, hospitality, botany and astronomy.  I love it here at Central, and encourage other students to have an amazing, safe, and healthy college experience.  If you see me around, don't be shy.  I love meeting new people. 

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Hi, my name is David Bancuk.  I am a freshman at Central Michigan University and a Kinesiology major with a Nutrition minor, looking to become a Physical Therapist.  I am an active member in both the Health Professions Residential College as well as the Pre-Physical Therapy club.  This is my first year as a Certified BACCHUS peer educator and I am looking forward to the experience.

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Hello! My name is Erin Barrett and I am a Community Health major with a minor in Nutrition. My areas of interest within my field of study are chronic disease prevention, nutrition, and sexual health education. After I graduate CMU I plan to take a year off to travel and experience new cultures. Afterwards, I plan to go to grad school to further my education. My dream job would be teaching sex education to youth at high schools or middle schools. If I am not studying or doing homework I like to watch Netflix, cook, hangout with friends, and play with my dog. I have an on-campus job at Starbucks which is where I spend a lot of my time outside of classes. I love meeting new people so if you ever see me on campus say hi!

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My name is ​Megan Broderick and I am a senior from St. Joseph, MI majoring in Public Health Education and Promotion with a minor in nutrition. I am involved in Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society on campus as well as Eta Sigma Gamma, the Public Health Fraternity. I am currently a group fitness leader for CMU that teaches glutes, guns and guts and kickboxing. I love to lead a healthy lifestyle and being outdoors whenever I can be. My dream job is to help people make the move to change their lives for the better. When I am not doing school related things you can probably find me at a country concert!

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Hi! My name is Taylor Burkhardt and I am a junior here at Central MIchigan University.  I am a Dietetics major in hopes of becoming a Registered Dietician someday.  I love being involved as I work at the The Fresh Food Company and I am a Resident Assistant in Emmons Hall.  I also work as a Diet Technician at the hospital in Saginaw, MI.  I am a member of the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (S.A.N.D.) and serve as the Recording Secretary.  When I have some free time I enjoy running, listening to country music, painting my nails, and cooking delicious food.  I have a passion for helping others and being a part of the CHAMP program allows me to use my knowledge to help others lead healthy lifestyles! 

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Hello!! My name is Lauren Czarnowczan and I’m currently a junior here at the wonderful Central Michigan. I’m majoring in Community Health Education and double minoring in Substance Abuse Prevention, Education and Treatment along with Nutrition.  I'm very passionate about my area of study and can't wait to do great things in the future.  I've been part of CHAMP's now for a year and love the program and what we're set to do.  I'm a big advocate for helping people in anyway possible.  Even if that means only making a difference in one person's life, then I'll be happy.   I know everyone has a story underneath their outer shell and life can get hard sometimes, and that's why we need people in our lives; and that's why I love to help people, and why I am involved on campus with CHAMP's and other things.  So, my "door" is always open!!!  :)

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Hi! My name is Katie Diephouse, and I am from Grand Haven, MI.  I am currently a Junior here at the lovely Central Michigan University to pursue a Dietetics major with a goal of becoming a Registered Dietician one day.  I enjoy being involved and working with others.  I currently work at The Fresh Food Company on east campus, as well as a Dietary Assistant at an assisted living home/nursing home in my home town.  I am a member of the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (S.A.N.D.) and serve on the E-Board as the MAND Chair/FNCE Chair, as well as a participant in the Alternative Winter Breaks program.  When I am not studying or working, I enjoy running, swimming, cooking yummy food, reading, cycling, and spending time with my great friends and family.  Also, I am very excited to be a part of the CHAMP program for the first time, making a difference on campus and promoting healthier lifestyles!!  :)

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My name is Jenn Hickey and I’m a junior majoring in Dietetics, with hopes to someday become a Physician Assistant.  In addition to being a CHAMP for the past year, I'm employed at the East Area Fitness Center and Merrill Residential Restaurant. I'm also a ranger guide for Leadership Safari, a participant of CMU's Alternative Breaks program and a member of the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  When I'm not in class or working, I enjoy reading, binge watching Netflix, cooking, working out and spending time with my wonderful friends and family.  I love meeting new people so don't be afraid to say, "Hi"!

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Hey there!  My name is Katy Isles and this is my 4th year at CMU.  I am a Kinesiology major and American Sign Language minor.  My time here at Central is spent actively involved in research, supplemental instruction, working out, and meeting new people!  I would love to chat with you about anything under the sun, so let's find some time to do so!

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My name is Sadee LaLonde and I am a sophomore and aspiring Physician Assistant at CMU. I am set to graduate in the spring of 2017 and hope to complete a minor in Gerontology.  I have always loved to volunteer throughout my community and look forward to seeing the positive effects the C.H.A.M.P. program will bring to the CMU community.  When I’m not studying or involved in extra-curricular activities, I love to play tennis, softball, ski, go boating, hiking, and give back to my community. 

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Hey guys! My name is Breanne Lesnar and I’m in my fourth year here at CMU. I’m majoring in Spanish and Community Health Education and Promotion. I run long distance for the CMU cross country/track and field teams, so there’s a good chance you might see me running around campus. When I’m not logging miles or doing schoolwork, I enjoy spending time outdoors or meeting new people. I have always been a great listener and friend, so please don’t hesitate to get ahold of me if you ever want to chat!

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My name is Shannon and I am a senior here at CMU with a major in Community Health Education and  minors in Substance Abuse Counseling and Sociology. I am passionate about family planning and STI's, mental health and substance abuse.  If you ever see me on campus, feel free to ask me a question or just say "hi".  I look forward to another year as a CHAMP and promoting healthy lifestyles!

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My name is Austin Pearson and I am a Junior from Gaylord, MI studying Exercise Science here at CMU.  Eventually, I hope to attend graduate school to earn a degree in Physical Therapy.  Upon completion of graduate school, I hope to move back up north and eventually own my own practice.  Other than being a member of CHAMP's, I am also a Peer Mentor for the Health Professions Residential College in Emmons Hall and a member of the Honors Program.  In my free time I enjoy downhill skiing, hunting and playing basketball.  I love just about everything to do with sports, exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I look forward to being a member of the CHAMP program this year and promoting healthier lifestyles!

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Hello, my name is Heather Sell and I am from Marshall, MI.  I am currently a freshman at Central Michigan University with a Neuroscience major and a minor in Leadership.  I am involved in the Health Professions Residential College as well as the Pre-Medicine and Osteopathic Society.  I have a strong passion for educating people about the correct treatment of the body and helping them to lead a healthier lifestyle.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, water sports, and reading.

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My name is Megan Shannon and I am a transfer student from UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. I am now a Central Michigan University student majoring in Kinesiology to eventually become a Physical Therapist. I became a CHAMP because I wanted to make a difference on campus as well as become more involved in the community.

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Hey, my name is Phillip Shannon.  I am a senior who is studying Counseling Psychology here at Central Michigan University.  Other than being in C.H.A.M.P.'s for the first year, I am also Vice-President of a Psychology RSO called APSSC, and in the future Alumni Association as well.   I am very excited about being a peer educator and can't wait to make a difference on this campus.

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I am Ariel Tucker and I am from Ludington, MI.  I am currently a junior and am majoring in Therapeutic Recreation and minoring in Psychology with hopes of eventually becoming an Occupational Therapist.  I became a CHAMP because I am passionate about living a healthy life as well as informing others how to do so as well. 

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Hi all, my name is Kayleigh Wilhelm.  I am from a small town by the name of Engadine located in the Upper Peninsula.  I am an outgoing and laid back type of person.  This is my first year here at CMU and I have loved every moment of it.  I am majoring in Psychology and double minoring in ASL and Child Development.  One day I hope to counsel children and work specifically with children who have autism.  My hobbies include fishing, hunting, playing sand volleyball and watching movies.  I spend most of my time outside and do what I can to stay active and fit.  I enjoy sharing these hobbies with others and learning new things.  If you need to get out and get  fresh air, or just need someone for support, I'll be there. 

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Hello, my name is Hailey Zacharski and I am a freshman here at CMU!  I am currently majoring in Secondary Education - History with minors in Health Education and Nutrition.  I hope to one day obtain my dream job of becoming a teacher.  I am a member of the Council of Future Educators and the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I am an Honors Student and volunteer with Honors Outreach Network.  I am passionate about fighting hunger and bringing about social change to achieve equality for all.   I love to run and watch all kinds of movies.  Health and Wellness have become near and dear to my heart since I first discovered the importance of nutrition and exercise in promoting longevity and warding off sickness.  I want to educate others on how vital it is that they eat well and engage in physical activity each day.  Please feel free to approach me, I want to build relationships with as many new people as I can, so don't hesitate to introduce yourself!

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Meet the Peer Educator Advisors
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Leslie Stockford, Coordinator of Fitness, Wellness & Facilities
Office of Residence Life
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Lori Wangberg, Health Educator/HIV Test Counselor
University Health Services

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