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Meet our Team

 

 

 

Brittany Badger
Ph.D. candidate, Health Promotion & Education (University of Utah)
Director of Center for Student Wellness

Where are you from? Kaysville, Utah
What part of your position/job do you value most? I love my team and the work we do for this campus. Every day there are new opportunities for us to work together as a campus community to truly make a positive impact.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Narcos, OITNB, and random documentaries.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Street tacos. Real ones.
What is your dream vacation destination? Machu Picchu, explore Southeast Asia, Greek Islands, backpack to Havasupai Falls - so many!

 

Ellie Goldberg
MSW (University of Utah)
Assistant Director of Advocacy & Victim-Survivor Advocate

Where are you from? West Bountiful, Utah 
What part of your position/job do you value most? I am continually impressed and in awe of the resilience, courage, bravery, and strength of survivors.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? I prefer the glorious world of Bravo.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Salads.
What is your dream vacation destination? The Baltic states.

 

Jenna Templeton
MS, Health Promotion & Education (University of Utah); BS, Chemistry (Virginia Tech)
Health Educator

Where are you from? Virginia & California
What part of your position/job do you value most? I appreciate the many hats I get to wear - educator, facilitator, researcher, collaborator, etc. It keeps each day different and interesting. But nothing beats the moments of connection that allow a student to feel heard, to feel supported, to feel human!
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? What is Jeopardy!, Alex? (or any historical fiction show)
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Neapolitan pizza!
What is your dream vacation destination? Anywhere in Italy to eat, eat, eat!

 

Maya Jolley
Current MPA student (University of Utah); BS, Community Health (Western Washington University)
Health Educator 

Where are you from? Olympia, WA 
What part of your position/job do you value most? Connecting students to their wellness. I know when we’re in college, life can feel disjointed and messy at times. My favorite thing about being a health educator is finding each student’s individualized link to their wellness and what makes them feel whole and alive. Whatever that link might be, I am here to help establish and maintain that balance!
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? I’m a 90s kid – Friends, of course!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Burritos. It’s all about the bean to cheese ratio.
What is your dream vacation destination? I am a sucker for browsing Airbnb destinations. Currently eyeing both a rooftop apartment in the heart of Mexico City, and a secluded, riverfront tree-house outside of Bangkok.

 

Benta Opiyo
MSW (University of Utah); BS, Public Health (Brigham Young University)
Victim-Survivor Advocate

 

Where are you from? Originally from Kenya. Now UT resident.
What part of your position/job do you value most? I find joy and satisfaction in helping victim/survivors in their recovery process, by providing guidance to the optimal services and referrals they need at their most vulnerable time. I am fully cognizant of the fact that during trauma, a person's psychological well-being is significantly compromised, which may pose a challenge to maneuver even the simplest situation. Therefore, they need someone to guide them to the most effective resources that would meaningfully influence their quick and beneficial recovery.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Whenever I have some time, I watch Designated Survivor.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love greens! Veggies provide great benefits, e.g. I can eat as much as I desire, without encountering major issues. However, I'm not a vegetarian!

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Maria Skedros

MSW (University of Utah); BA, Anthropology (Florida State University)
Victim-Survivor Advocate

Where are you from? Merryville, Indiana
What part of your position/job do you value most? I value human connection the most, we are all in this together, there is no “you” or “me”, just “us”. We all have a shared experience, and when I can come into a situation being just me, it helps those that I am assisting to not feel so alone, alienated or judged.  
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Definitely The Office, hands down.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheeseburgers! Love them! All the way, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard. And when I feel fancy I will add avocado and or bacon!
What is your dream vacation destination? Any beach with white sand and a blue ocean.

 

 

Holly Michaels
MS, Health Promotion & Education (University of Utah); BA, Exercise Science (North Central College)
Wellness Coach 

Where are you from? Middle-of-nowhere Rochelle, IL
What part of your position/job do you value most? I love helping students become the best versions of themselves. Working with students to set goals and help them accomplish what they want in life and being there to encourage and support them along the way is exciting. There's nothing better than hearing how a student sees or feels a positive difference in their life and seeing them believe in themselves. Also, working with some a powerful team of women is so empowering! I love my team so much.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? The Office
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Tacos with guac and no extra charge
What is your dream vacation destination?Ireland!!! At least that's at the top of my long, long list. I want to explore the countryside and get swallowed up by the beautiful greenery and stone.

 

Taylor Hawk
Current BS student, English (University of Utah)
Office Assistant

Where are you from? Marion, Ohio
What part of your position/job do you value most? I value how fulfilled I feel in this position. I leave every day feeling like I understand how to better my own personal wellness and the wellness of the campus community. I also value my coworkers, because they are so passionate about their jobs and we have a group chat full of hilarious memes and gifs.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? Black Mirror. I love psychological thrillers! I'm also in the middle of re-watching Park and Rec for the third time.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I am a big fan of pasta. There are so many variations (sauces, noodles, toppings!).
What is your dream vacation destination? I have always been wanderlust for Italy. Mostly for the scenic and beautiful views and culture, but also for the authentic pasta.

 

Alix Ford
BS, Health Promotion & Education (University of Utah); BS, Hospitality Management (Oklahoma State University)
Lead Peer Health Educator

Where are you from? Ponca City, Oklahoma and got to SLC by way of Missoula, MT
What part of your position/job do you value most? I feel so thankful for the opportunity to help create the Peer Health Education pilot program. Working closely with Maya & Jenna, and other students passionate about the wellness of their peers, has really helped solidify my future goals as a health educator.
What is your favorite thing on Netflix to binge? I am NEVER NOT bingeing The Office!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Brunch - does that count? Yes. Brunch.
What is your dream vacation destination? I'm currently dreaming of backpacking through South Asia.

Last Updated: 5/17/19