Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador Program


The Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador Program is a new offering from Student Health and Wellbeing Services at Humboldt State University. Partially funded by a Federal SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Grant, the Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassadors are an integral part of the HSU Campus Connect Support Network which is aimed at understanding and addressing the disparities around physical and mental health that Humboldt State Students face. 

Selected staff and faculty members serve as beacons to guide colleagues in their area to vital health and wellbeing resources available to students. Each year they are offered special training opportunities each semester to ensure they are supported in this role.

Each Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador will be trained in the following areas:

Data & Basic Resources

Who do we serve? This module is aimed at introducing staff an faculty to what we know about HSU students' mental health, and the processes used to evaluate our student's need and to the health and wellbeing services offered on campus. After this module, Wellbeing Ambassadors should be able to articulate the unique mental and physical health and barriers facing our students and know what resources students can be referred too.

Suicide Prevention Training 

This module combines materials on suicide theory and postvention from the iCanHelp Faculty/Staff training materials developed by Humboldt State University's Dr. Brian Mistler. The experientially based training is designed to enhance participant’s knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. The aims of this component are to increase participant’s knowledge about empirically grounded suicide models including the Three Step Theory (3ST), suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to increase empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide; awareness of campus response consideration following a death; and to increase self-awareness concerning the potential emotional reactions participants may experience when interacting with students in crisis. 


What Each Wellbeing Ambassador Will Learn:

• What's available regardless of insurance in our campus health center and how to direct students who need an appointment.

• Data from local and national benchmarking research identifying the top issues faced by our students, the impact of limited community medical and mental health resources, and how our Oh Sure! program helps uninsured students enroll at no cost.

• How to recognize when a student is in crisis, ask directly about suicidal thoughts, offer support, and connect to resources including Counseling & Psychological Services 826-3236 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will also learn about how a campus can best respond when a student dies.

• What counseling really looks like, how a brief-therapy model makes it possible to help the 50% of HSU students who meet with our small team of therapists on the way to graduation, and what makes group therapy more effective for so many of our students.

• Signs a student is struggling with alcohol or other drug issues, why the actual number of students who use on a regular basis is lower than many think, and where to refer those who want help.

• The range of on-demand health modules and campus events in areas like sleep, stress management, motivation, sexual health, belonging social support, and nutrition available from our peer health educators.

• Using the The HSU Wellbeing Map, an interactive guide to a healthier campus experience, to help students and families easily connect to the right programs for their needs and get back to class.

• How our nationally recognized bystander intervention program CHECK IT empowers action when we see acts of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in our community and make clear to those who choose to commit acts of harm that it’s not acceptable.

• About the large group of food insecure students, why canned-food drives don't work, and how donating to Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs supports the student food pantry, CalFresh benefits signups, and other food and nutrition education.


Current Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassadors:

Julie Tucker(CNRS) Dean's Office
Anna Thaler Peterson(CNRS) Biological Sciences
Josh Smith(CNRS) Chemistry
Ryan Rasmussen(CNRS) Computer Science
Beth Eschenbach(CNRS) Engineering
Gilly Black(CNRS) Env Sci & Management
Andre Buchheister(CNRS) Fisheries Biology
Lucy Kerhoulas(CNRS) Forestry and Wildland Resources
Maurine Nicholson(CNRS) Forestry and Wildland Resources
Laurie Marx (CNRS) Geology
 Brandon Browne
(CNRS) Geology
 Christine Cass(CNRS) Oceanography
Danielle Trapkus(CNRS) Oceanography
Ruth Saunders(CNRS) Physics & Astronomy
Micaela Gunther(CNRS) Wildlife
Kelda Quintana(CNRS) Academic Career & Advising
Jyll Jackson(CAHSS) Anthropology, Philosophy, and Wildlife
Nikola Hobbel(CAHSS) English
Lisa Bond-Maupin(CAHSS) Dean
Kim Vincent-Layton(CAHSS) Communication & Center for Teaching and Learning
Heather Madar(CAHSS) Art 
Brec Ronis(CAHSS) Art 
Karen Davy(CAHSS) Music
Julie Alderson(CAHSS) Art 
Kyle LeitzkeAcademic and Career Advising Center
Kevin Colando(CPS) Psychology
Pamela KirschnerClubs & Activities
Travis WilliamsPhilanthropy
Kim Coughlin-LamphearStudent Disability and Access Resource Center
Tay D Triggs Student Engagement and Leadership Dean
Todd LarsenHousing & Residence Life
Celeste B. Robertson Educational Opportunity Program
Nicole RyksHSI STEM
Eli PenceEducational Opportunity Program
Kristin PitsenbargerPhilanthropy
Carly StrandHousing & Residence Life
Alison  Holmes(CAHSS) International Studies
Amy ConlinHousing & Residence Life
Dawn Goley(CNRS) Zoology
Fernando PazLatinx Center for Academic Excellence
Lori Cortez-Regan(CAHSS) Sociology
Nicki VisoHousing & Residence Life
Sam CaudillSponsored Programs Foundation
Robin Miller(CAHSS) Music
Nicholas Perdue(CAHSS) Geography
Rob KeeverCARE Coordinator - Dean of Student's Office
Sarah IngramAthletics
Arlene WynnAthletics
Damaro WheelerAthletics
Shannon ChildsAthletics
James HarrisAthletics
Duncan RobinsAthletics
Paul KarverAthletics
Steve KinderAthletics
Rich MendozaAthletics
Fred JungemannAthletics
Mark UlbrichtAthletics
Michelle Bento-JacksonAthletics
Kelly KimeAthletics
Megan Hankins-MaldonadoAthletics
Ashley DonnellAthletics
Robin MeiggsAthletics
Kristin OlsonAthletics
Kelly WoodAthletics
Sheli SarchettAthletics


If you see any mistakes on this list please contact Ravin Craig, ravin.craig@humboldt.edu

If you are interested in becoming a Faculty/Staff Wellbeing Ambassador please email Mira Friedman, mira@humboldt.edu