Current Wellness Educators

Grace Baker

Grace Baker HeadshotHi! My name is Grace. This is my fourth year working with Campus Wellness. I’ve worked on many topics, including sleep health, alcoholism prevention and eating disorder awareness.

  • Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Biology 
  • Minor: Environmental Studies
  • Hometown: Walton, KY
  • Campus Involvement: BUKnighted
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I am passionate about people and felt that it was a way I could support my peers and provide access to additional supports.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Eating disorder awareness     
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: Freshwater Ecologist
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: Skateboarding, listening to music     

Logan Funderburg

Logan Funderburg HeadshotMy life up to this point has had its ups and downs as anyone’s life probably has. There then came a point in my life, about two years ago, when I realized that I deserved better. I deserved to be happy. So, right then and there, I made it my mission to find happiness; and I haven’t looked back. My name is Logan Funderburg. I am a Sophomore here at Bellarmine, and I hail from a small town in northwestern Indiana, called Chesterton. It’s mostly quiet, but it’s a lovely town to raise a family in. Chesterton is known for its sports, and that is where I grew to love fitness. Instilled within me from a young age was a love for competition, and the betterment of self. Exercise then, as you could imagine, has played a crucial role in my finding of happiness. I have found that exercise has made my life exponentially better; not just physically either, but also mentally. I became a peer wellness educator here because after taking the past two years to focus on bettering my own life, I realized that so many people are also on that journey to find happiness. I found what worked for me; a lot of it had to do with fitness. And all I can hope for is to reveal the secrets, and steps I learned along the way for those who would like to listen.

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Communications
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Hometown: Chesterton, IN 
  • Campus Involvement: Philosophy Club     
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? To help others around me and create a community that people felt safe enough to be themselves in.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Fitness and nutrition
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I want to become a writer when I grow up. I write each and every day and hope to become a published author.
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: Love any and everything fitness related. My backyard back home is a national park.

Daniela Gutierrez-Folch

  • Daniela Gutierrez-FolchYear: First Year
  • Major: Criminal Justice/Political Science
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Campus Involvement: Knights of Color, Pioneer Scholars
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I already have history with helping peers through personal problems. I am usually the person my friends/family come to for advice or just to vent. I love listening and trying to find solutions and compromises. Most importantly, I love being able to help someone feel better and get things off their chest. I know how it feels to be in a tough spot, so I want to be an outlet for people.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Self-care! Whether it is self-care physically, mentally, or emotionally, I love being able to motivate people to be their best self and be comfortable with themselves.
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: To have my doctorate degree in law.
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: English is my second language!

Jameelah Lockhart

  • Jameelah Lockhart HeadshotYear: Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: English
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Campus Involvement: Peer Wellness Educator, Bellarmine University Dance Company Vice President and Bellarmine University Dance Marathon Co-chair for Morale
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? My passion for mental health and spreading awareness in freshman year of high school when I had started having anxiety and other things. I always want to push to not hold stuff in and to tell someone because I believe that mental health is the start of all the other aspects of health. I also want to be that voice for people that look like me to tell them that they need to express their feelings as well because some of them never learned how to do it in a healthy way.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: How to handle anxiety or spreading awareness about preventing suicides
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I want to somehow become a motivational speaker or something where I can discuss mental health and reach for becoming a social worker for older adults.
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: I write poetry, I dance and sometimes I paint on the side.

Mason McGrew

  • Mason McGrew HeadshotYear: Bellarmine Alumni
  • Majors: Exercise Science (BA), Master of Digital Media and Health Communication (MSDM)
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Campus Involvement: TRX Group Fitness Instructor and SuRF Center Personal Trainer
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? My love for health and wellness has always been present throughout my life but it really took off during my time at Bellarmine. My Introduction to Exercise Science Professor Dr. Carnes introduced to how important leading a physically active lifestyle was for not just our physical health but mental health as well. Since that class, my love for exercise has led me to become a certified personal trainer and be a group fitness instructor. When I became a Peer Wellness Educator, I was excited to be able to share my love for exercise with Bellarmine students. My time as a Peer Wellness Educator has been extremely fulfilling and it has been great to see students excited to learn how they can improve their health and well-being.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Physical activity, exercise and nutrition
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I would like to help to teach young adults about the importance of leading a physically active lifestyle and the impact it can have on their lives.
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: I love to hike and travel to national parks.

Lily Miller

  • Lilly Miller HeadshotYear: First Year
  • Major: Clinical & Counseling Psychology, Aging Studies
  • Minor:Philosophy
  • Hometown: Lexington, KY
  • Campus involvement: University Singers, Psych Club, BUKnighted, Knights of Color, Asian and Asian-American Student Union, Bellarmine Leadership Institute
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I am no stranger to mental health struggles, as are a lot of the people I have met in my life and even my short while at Bellarmine. Struggling is more common than most of us talk about. I hope to engage in regular conversations about it in the community and with my peers who need a listening ear to help people find ways to start lifting their burdens as a result.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Stress and depression
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I want to research a way of measuring neurotransmitters in the brain so precisely that it can be used to empirically diagnose psychiatric disorders as well as to test the efficacy of current psychiatric treatments more accurately and finally eliminate the barrier to thinking of mental illness as a non-physical issue.
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: I love being with my friends, either performing or watching people perform, and petting cats.

Carlee Monaghan

Carlee Monaghan HeadshotHi, my name is Carlee Monaghan. I am a sophomore here at Bellarmine. I was born in Pittsburgh, but my family moved to Columbus 8 years ago. At home, I live with my parents, younger sister and our 2 dogs. Although I was an active kid and tried just about every sport, I commonly stuck to performing as a gymnast, a dancer, a cheerleader, an actress and a singer. Running long distance such as in Cross Country is something I picked up in middle school and still try to practice to this day. The reason I mention this is because performing and running are ways for me to express myself and clear my head. I think it is important for everyone to have an outlet which is why I share some of mine. My main goal in life is to help others. I am a compassionate person and, like the Libra I am, desire to create and maintain balance in all aspects of life. These are a few dimensions of myself and are the reasons I am happy to promote wholesome living as a Peer Wellness Educator.

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Major: Psychology
  • Hometown: Columbus, OH
  • Campus involvement: I like to go to on-campus events and sign up for intramural rec games. Working for Campus Health and Wellness, I help at informational tables as well as help with different events.
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I wanted to put my desire to help others into action through working to bring awareness of health-related topics to my peers. I understand the significance and importance good health is for an individual and want to spread my knowledge, resources and my stories with hopes to reach others. To better understand others, it is important to listen, and in this workspace, I am provided with many opportunities to do so. Beyond wanting to have this position for the benefit of others, I first saw (and still see) it to be involved with Bellarmine and make friends along the way.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Body image or mental health in all aspects
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I want to work in either an eating disorder clinic as an art therapist or as a school guidance counselor specialized for mental illnesses. I eventually want to live in Arizona and have a family of my own.
  • Fun Fact: I had my appendix removed on Christmas Eve when I was in 5th grade. I missed my school Christmas play, and a boy filled my role, but I got to meet some of the Steelers at the hospital which was cool.
  • Hobbies: Going on runs with my Great Dane, hanging with friends and family, journaling

Abby Nelson

  • Abby Nelson HeadshotPronouns: She/Her
  • Year: First Year
  • Major: Art, Photography Concentration
  • Minor: Digital Media
  • Hometown: Georgetown, KY
  • Campus Involvement: Honors Program, Peer Wellness Educator, Bellarmine Leadership Institute, Peer Note Taker, Art for Relaxation Club
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I wanted to be a Peer Wellness Educator because I've advocated for mental health in the past for the National Eating Disorder Association and it's been one of my favorite things. If I'm able to make a difference in someone's life for the better, then I'll do my best to. When I heard about this program, I immediately wanted to join so I could continue advocating and help other Bellarmine students.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Mental/emotional wellness and self-care
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: Unsure, but current goals are to graduate with honors and to fully recover from my ED!
  • Fun Facts/Hobbies: I love to cook and bake!

Kayley Papa

Kayley Papa HeadshotHello, my name is Kayley Papa and I am currently a senior at Bellarmine. I plan on graduating in the spring with a degree in Psychology; this major has helped me grow as a person and find my passion in life. I hope to attend graduate school in the future to peruse my career goals of becoming a Clinical Neuropsychologist. I find this field very interesting and an exciting way I can help and work with others in need. Right now, I am just trying my best to enjoy where I am and gain the most I can out of my college experience, and ready to grow as a Peer Wellness Educator.

  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Biology
  • Hometown: Lagrange, KY
  • Campus Involvement: Peer Wellness Educator Intern
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? Over my time at Bellarmine as a psychology major, I have expanded my interest in my own health – both mental and physical – and helping others with theirs as well. As a student who is still learning and finding my way, I felt that taking an opportunity to help on campus way a good place to start. Learning about what it means to be a peer wellness educator and what I would be able to contribute to on campus piqued my interest. I love to help people and give advice when asked for to make someone’s day/experience better. Now, as a senior, I know that as a student every year of college presents different challenges, and these challenges may not be easy to handle on your own. But being in the position as a peer wellness educator I know I will be able to be a helping hand to anyone at Bellarmine who may need help; and if I can make their experience easier and more enjoyable that’s great. Being able to be a person who others can come to and talk to without feeling judged or uncomfortable means a lot to me.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Self-Care (i.e., positive body image, sleep, de-stress)
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: Going to graduate school for Clinical Psychology
  • Fun Facts/Hobbies: I love all things Disney; my goal is to visit all 6 parks

Haley Thayer

  • Haley Thayer HeadshotPronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Year: First Year
  • Major: Biology
  • Hometown: Madison, IN
  • Campus Involvement: Campus Wellness, Biology Club, the Photography Club, Knights Adventure Club, and Knights Nation.
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I wanted to be a Wellness Educator because I love helping people and planning events. I also want to make a huge impact by teaching people to be more physically, mentally and spiritually healthier every day.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: It would probably be Mental Health and Stress.
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: I want to become a zookeeper at the Louisville Zoo first and then I want to travel the world researching wild endangered animals and find ways to help sustain their populations.
  • Hobbies: I like being outdoors and going on travel adventures, I like to draw and paint, shopping, photography, volleyball and watching movies.

Lillee Westfall

Lillee WestfallHello, friends. I am in my final year at Bellarmine and it has been a wild ride. I became a Peer Wellness Educator because I have always had a desire to serve others. This has been an amazing opportunity to learn ways to better myself and help other’ better themselves. I was a nursing major which gave me a passion for human biology and physical wellbeing. Last year I switched to Psychology when I realized I am more interested and connected to mental health. When I was 8, I was introduced to child psychology as a patient and now I want to be the therapist. I have always felt like a nurturer and have been in childcare since I was 12. I am now full time with children and will try to manage my time wisely so I may provide for myself and succeed academically while also being a Peer Wellness Educator. My goal is to work on creating healthy habits to deal with the emotions and stress that life throws at us and help others do the same.

  • Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Year: Senior
  • Major: Psychology with a clinical and counseling track
  • Hometown: Louisville, KY
  • Campus Involvement: Psychology Club
  • Why did you want to become a Peer Wellness Educator? I want to help others improve their mental and physical health.
  • Favorite Health and Wellness Topic: Mental Health/Self-Care/Coping Techniques
  • Future Goals/Aspirations: Child Psychologist
  • Fun Fact/Hobbies: Skateboarding, painting, camping