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Meet our Team


Kassy Keen,
Associate Director

Prior to coming to the Center for Student Wellness (CSW) I worked with the Utah College Advising Corps and then as an academic advisor. I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and in 2012 graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah. Through the CSW I hope to encourage our community of students to lead healthier lives in all dimensions of wellness. In my free time I love reading and watching movies.


Jenna Templeton,
MS, Health Promotion & Education
Health Educator

After graduating from Virginia Tech, I moved to SLC and spent 5 years as a research scientist in the nutritional industry. My experience in that field taught me that nutrition is just one facet of wellness, the rest of which cannot be ignored. To learn more about wellness, I decided to continue my education and change career paths. In 2016, I received a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from the U. Going to school while working full-time taught me that balance is the key to maintaining a healthy (and sane) lifestyle! This is my hope for students at the U: that they may excel academically while successfully balancing all of life’s pleasures and demands. In my spare time I enjoy baking (and eating) sourdough, live music, and just about any activity in the mountains.


Maya Jolley
BS, Community Health
Health Educator 

I spent the majority of my life in the Pacific Northwest and recently returned to my Utah roots after graduating from Western Washington University (WWU) where I received my B.S. in Community Health. During my time in Washington I worked as a Health Educator with Planned Parenthood and WWU Prevention and Wellness Services. As a recent graduate I understand the challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in school, and I am dedicated to helping students discover how they connect with wellness – and how we can all achieve and enjoy our highest quality of life! In my free time I enjoy evening walks, cooking monster-burritos with my roomie, and enjoying the food, culture, and outdoor wonders of SLC.



Jodi Petersen
BS, Psychology
Sexual Assault Support Advocate

I spent eight years with the West Valley City Prosecutor’s office as their Court Advocate. During this time I became very passionate about crimes directly affecting women, in particular sexual assault. I wanted to become more involved with these cases so I joined the Mobile Response Crisis Team for the Salt Lake City Police Department and was with them for four years.  After that I spent three years as the statewide certification and training coordinator for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  I started working part-time as the Sexual Assault Support Advocate for the U, one year later I was hired on full-time.

In my free time I love doing DIY projects, spending time with my dogs, and going on as many road trips as I possibly can.


Darrah Jones
BS, Political Science
Sexual Assault Support Advocate 

I moved to Cedar City, Utah from Oakland metropolitan area, CA in 2009. There, I attended Southern Utah University where I graduated with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Following graduation, I worked at a treatment center for young women with trauma history, then as a victim advocate/youth case manager at an emergency domestic violence & sexual assault survivor shelter. I am currently an MSW candidate at the University of Utah. I hope to use my advocacy experience and passion regarding gender-based violence prevention to make the University of Utah a safe, survivor-friendly environment for all. In my free time, I like to spend time out on the town, getting to know the people and places in Salt Lake City.



Jade Culbertson
MS, Exercise Physiology (Emphasis in Wellness Coaching), Expected 2018
Wellness Coach 

I moved to Utah after graduating from Bowling Green State University with my Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology. I wanted to learn more about health and wellness as a whole and thought the Coaching Wellness Masters program was a good fit. I have a passion for health and wellness, and helping others live the best life possible. Since moving to Utah I have enjoyed hiking, camping and exploring all that Utah has to offer.  



Angelica Fierro
BS, Architectural Studies, Expected 2018
Graphic Artist

I am currently in the Architecture program as well as minoring in both Urban Ecology and Design. I am passionate about design and the built environment and the many ways social justice and sustainability can influence and serve marginalized communities.  In my free time, I like to explore cities, nature, and food places, work on personal art and design projects, and spend time with family, friends, and my dog. 


Emily Howland
BS, Health Promotion & Education, Expected 2019

I am a SLC transplant from Oakland, CA! I am majoring in health promotion and education with an emphasis in community health and minoring in sociology. I want to incorporate the prevention aspect of health in healthcare instead of treatment. I am particularly interested in sexual and reproductive health as well as drug use/abuse. In my free time I enjoy traveling, trying out new restaurants, exploring SLC, having bonfires with friends, and binge watching shows on Netflix!

Last Updated: 9/6/17