Bobcat Peer Educators

Our Bobcat Peer Educators are a team of student employees with the Office of Health Promotion. Bobcat Peer Educators are trained under the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) through their Certified Peer Educator (CPE) program. They are trained to deliver health education, to provide resources for students, and to empower their peers towards safe and healthy decision making. 

Please note: Our Bobcat Peer Educators are NOT Confidential and are Mandated Reporters to Ohio University. Learn more about Ohio University's Sexual Misconduct Policy To speak with a licensed professional, please visit Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and OHIO's Survivor Advocacy Program.

Schedule a Meeting with a Bobcat Peer Educator

Services and Offerings

Our Bobcat Peer Educators can provide a variety of services to students and student groups. 

To request our peer educators for an event or training please contact Taylor Bauer, Assistant Director of Peer Health Education and Empowerment, at

Providing Education & Resources

Bobcat Peer Educators provide education and resources within the following realms: 

  • Student Well-Being
  • Violence Prevention
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Reducing Stress
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Join your Group

Our team can join your peer group, classroom, student organization, sorority or fraternity, department, residence hall, etc. for the following:  

  • To provide trainings and presentations
  • To better understand the well-being needs of your community and strategize solutions for support
  • To assist with your events and activities and share our resources
  • To host a table at your event

Providing Individual Support

Our Bobcat Peer Educators can also provide individual support and connect you to resources at Ohio University and in our community for the following:

  • To discuss healthy relationships and connect you with resources for your sexual and relationship health
  • To connect you with mental health resources including walk with you or help you set up an appointment to Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services 
  • To connect you to Survivor Advocacy Services including walk with you or help you set up an appointment with Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program
    To connect you to other campus and community resources for your personal well-being
  • To discuss your personal alcohol risk and connect you to additional resources for your support
  • To connect you to The Office of Health Promotion’s initiatives including the Peer Well-Being Network, Green Dot, or Bandana Project
  • To ask some questions and chat with a trusted peer about topics that might be difficult to talk about with your friends and family 

Request to Speak with a Bobcat Peer Educator

  • Join the Team

    Interested in becoming a Bobcat Peer Educator? 

    Applications for our Bobcat Peer Educator position are currently closed. If you wish to be notified when applications become available, please contact Taylor Bauer, Assistant Director of Peer Health Education and Empowerment, at

    Bobcat Peer Educators are required to complete 2 full semesters of service to the position. Peer Educators are generally expected to work 10 hours a week with the Office of Health Promotion.

Current Bobcat Peer Educators

Psychology Major
Addy Benn

Hi everyone! My name is Addy Benn, I am a third-year Psychology major also working towards my Professional Deaf Liaison Certificate! My pronouns are she/her. I wanted to become a Bobcat Peer Educator because I value creating safe spaces for students on campus. The Health Promotion office focuses on different topics that can promote healthy lifestyles within students on campus. I am passionate about Mental Health, Sexual Health, and healthy relationships. I want to further my knowledge on additional topics so I can better support students in any ways they need. I'm also a member of Psi Chi (International Honor Society for Psychology)!

Journalism News & Information major
Allie Stevens
  • Major: Journalism News & Information
  • Minor: African American Studies
  • Certificate: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Pronouns: She/her/hers
  • Why I wanted to be a Bobcat Peer Health Educator
    • As a first generation, low-income, queer cancer survivor, I know firsthand how members of minority groups can be particularly vulnerable in society, and especially on college campuses. I wanted to become a Bobcat Peer Educator because I strive to be resourceful and helpful to the people that interact with me, and I think it’s increasingly more important in today’s age to have someone with a nuanced experience advocating for those individuals.
  • Areas of Passion: Healthcare, socio-economic justice, mental health and suicide awareness, eating disorder awareness, intersectional social justice, and drug usage.
  • Other Involvements: Semester in D.C. alumni, news writer for WJLA-TV “The National Desk” broadcast, student ambassador for E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Biological Sciences Pre-Professional major
Cassie Nalazek
  • Biological Sciences Pre-Professional Major
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers
  • I wanted to become a Bobcat Peer Educator because I value the importance of creating a safe, welcoming, and accessible campus in which all students feel that their health and well-being needs are met. 
  • Areas of passion/expertise: Sexual health and healthy relationships; Harm reduction related to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Other organizations: Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association- Treasurer; Delta Zeta Sorority- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair, Margaret Boyd Scholar.
Community & Public Health major
Hazel Chmiel

Hello everyone! My name is Hazel (She/Her), and I am a first-year student majoring in community and public health and pursuing a certificate in Appalachian Studies. I was drawn to the Bobcat Peer Educator position because I am passionate about creating discussions around difficult topics and promoting healthy lifestyles. I am continuously learning and gaining new skills in this position, preparing me for my future in health education. I am passionate about supporting and educating students on harm-reduction strategies. I plan to learn more about all aspects of health promotion here at OHIO, so I can better support more students. I am also a member of the OHIO Sierra Club and Eta Sigma Gamma (Public and Environmental Health Honor Society).

Biological Sciences major
Iana Byrd

Hello everyone!! My name is Iana Byrd (She/Her), a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Health Care Administration. My goal is to become a Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery. Currently, I am an active member in two student organizations called MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students) and MSBC (Multicultural Student Business Caucus).  

My interest in the Bobcat Peer Educator position stems from my experience during my first year of college. I was a part of a weekly walk group that served as a valuable outlet for students, promoting a healthy lifestyle and aiming to prevent lifelong conditions. Now, I see this position as Well-Being Peer Educator as an opportunity to extend the positive impact I experienced to a wider audience, leveraging greater resources and knowledge. I’m excited about the prospect of contributing to the well-being of our campus community! 

Mechanical Engineering major
Kathleen Perry
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Pronouns: she/they
  • Why did I want to be a BPE?:
    • I care very passionately about the OHIO community, and I want to see all its members thrive. Being a Bobcat Peer Educator gives me the opportunity to connect with others and make sure everyone gets the knowledge, resources, and help they may need to be happy and healthy.
  • Areas of Passion/Expertise: Sexual Health and Relationships, Mental Health
  • Additional Organizations: Lost Flamingo Theatre Company, Alpha Omicron Pi, Society of Women Engineers
Social Work major
Lily Sager
  • Major: Social Work
  • Pronouns: She/her/hers
  • Why I wanted to be a Bobcat Peer Health Educator
    • One of my big  passions is advocacy. Through being a Peer Health Educator I am able to advocate and educate my peers on struggles they may face in their everyday lives. Through this position I can raise awareness on college students struggles and connect them with resources that will support their college experience 
  • Areas of Passion: Sexual Assault, Trauma-Informed Care, Dating Violence, Mental Health
  • Other Involvements: Delta Gamma Sorority, Student Social Work Association, Learning Community Leader
Child & Family Studies major
Mady Shiplett
  • Major: Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child, Adult, and Family Services; Gerontology Certificate
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Why I wanted to be a Bobcat Peer Educator
    • Working as a Peer Health Educator allows me to create and administer awareness and education programs for initiatives I am truly passionate about, providing health information and services in a way that is comfortable and accessible for my fellow students. I believe that peer education empowers students to curate positive change on campus and in their own lives. 
  • Passion areas: Intimate partner abuse awareness/prevention/intervention, healthy relationships (could probably go with the first one), sexual education and health, harm reduction
WGSS major
Mia Walsh
  • Major: WGSS, Journalism
  • Pronouns: She/her/hers
  • Why I wanted to be a Bobcat Peer Health Educator
    • I wanted to become a Bobcat Peer Health Educator because I love connecting my peers to resources and being helpful, especially with topics that may seem hard to start
  • Areas of Passion: Trauma informed care, Harm reduction, alcohol and other drugs , mental health
  • Other Involvements: Cutler Scholar, Triota Honor Society, CIAO Club, Bobcat Student Orientation, LGBT Center
Health Services Administration major
Nicole Souza

My name is Nicole Souza (she/her) and I'm a first year Health Services Administration major and Community and Public Health minor. I wanted to be a Bobcat Peer Educator to help the community and students with difficult situations that I think are sometimes overlooked. I also wanted to have an experience as an undergraduate in a field that relates to my intended career. My areas of passion are well-being, sexual health, mental health, and interpersonal violence prevention. Apart from being a peer educator I am also a dancer on the OHIO Vibrations team and a member of the Ohio University's Society of Health Administration.

Public Health major
Owen Yates-McEwan
  • Public Health Major
  • He/him + She/her Pronouns
  • I wanted to be a Peer Educator to connect with students and be a nonjudgmental, supportive source of information. 
  • My passion is sexual health, and I hope to create environments where people can ask questions without fear.
Nursing major
Precious Rogers
  • Nursing Major | Public Health Minor | Global Health Certificate 
  • Pronouns: She/Her 
  • I wanted to become a Peer Health Educator because it fit well with my passion of healthcare and promoting public health to others!
  • My areas of passion are mental health advocation and drug and alcohol safety for students to find resources and alternatives to better their health!