About Us

Our Mission

The Office of Wellness Promotion engages students in opportunities to cultivate sustainable skills in health and well-being.

Our Vision

We create and develop a university community where every student can thrive in their health and well-being journey.

Our Values

In addition to the Division of Student Affairs values of accountability, collaboration, holistic student development and social justice, the Office of Wellness Promotion values include:

Fostering connection: We believe in the positive impact that comes from nurturing supportive relationships with all members of the university community--students, families, staff, faculty, alums, and community partners. We believe it is our responsibility to journey with them and provide good company along the way.

Creating awareness: We believe in the importance of creating attentiveness in our environment, thoughts, behaviors, and feelings to ground ourselves.

Cultivating insight: We believe in the importance of fostering the capacity to examine personal experiences through a strengths-based approach to clarify and challenge our understanding of the world.

Generating meaning: We believe in the growth potential of every one of us that comes from developing our values, exploring our purpose, and applying knowledge through action to strengthen communities and personally thrive.

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Full Time Staff

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Jayme Trogus, MPH
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Senior Director

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Jayme joined West Chester University as the Senior Director of the Office of Wellness Promotion in May 2019 with over thirteen years of experience in health promotion in higher education. As the Senior Director, Jayme provides administrative oversight and direction to the department and ensures alignment of wellness programs and services with those in the Division of Student Affairs and university strategic plans to ensure student success.

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Sarah Williamson, M.Ed.
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Associate Director

Sarah joined West Chester University as the Associate Director of the Office of Wellness Promotion in November 2019 with over ten years of experience supporting student well-being in higher education. As the Associate Director, Sarah provides oversight to the peer education program, coordinates large-scale department events and assists with department co-curricular planning and assessment.

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Kelsey Sevenski, MPH 
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Assistant Director

Kelsey joined West Chester University as the Assistant Director of the Office of Wellness Promotion in November 2019 with a background in health promotion and prevention education. As the Assistant Director, Kelsey oversees Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) programming and initiatives.

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Barbara DiEdwardo
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Administrative Support

Barbara joined the Office of Wellness Promotion full-time in July 2020 and provides support to the department staff and students and assists students in scheduling services including the BASICS and CASICS programs, Choices, and Wellness Coaching. Barbara assists students in locating campus resources as well as navigating department program offerings. Barbara additionally provides support to the Center for Women & Gender Equity.

Graduate Assistants

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Gianna Machado

Gianna is a graduate student in the Higher Education Policies and Student Affairs masters program. Gianna supervises and supports the peer educators in their programming and educational outreach to the campus community. Gianna also assists with the department social media accounts.
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Erika McKee

Erika is a graduate student in the Public Health Master's program.  Erika provides wellness coaching and facilitates the Decisions About Drinking and the Choices About Cannabis education workshops.  Additionally, Erika provides supervision to the department graphic designer and to the RefRAMe Campaign student leaders, coordinating alcohol education initiatives focusing on medial amnesty, social norms, and bystander intervention programs.

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Jai-Lá is a graduate student in the Higher Education Policies and Student Affairs masters program. Jai-Lá is working to develop inclusive sexual health program initiatives, including the Ram Box program, as well as other well-being initiatives. 

Student Staff

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Office of Wellness Promotion Student Staff, Fall 2021

 

Peer Educators

Peer Educators: The Wellness Promotion Peer Educators are a group of trained student leaders who are committed to enhancing the well-being of the Golden Ram community. The purpose of the program is to advocate for and promote responsible decision-making, personal well-being, and community safety. Through leadership, education, and awareness Peer Educators provide quality, innovative, and inclusive workshops, services, and events to the greater university community. Wellness Promotion Peer Educators are Bacchus Network Certified Peer Health Educations with training in various topical areas such as alcohol and other drugs, mental health, sexual health, and well-being.

RefRAMe Campaign 

The RefRAMe Campaign Student Leadership team is a group of students working together to reframe the culture of alcohol use in college by educating the campus community on normative behavior and the facts about drinking here at West Chester University. The RefRAMe Campaign team wants YOU to be a part of this learning and culture change. Look out for upcoming initiatives where your voice can be heard!

Graphic Design & Interns

Graphic Design Student Worker: The graphic design student worker supports department programming efforts through design of department publications, including the Stall Seat Journal.

Interns: Interns help to create and support department initiatives, including the Ram Box and well-being programming.


The Wellness Promotion Peer Educators are a group of trained student leaders who are committed to enhancing the well-being of the Golden Ram community. The purpose of the program is to advocate for and promote responsible decision-making, personal well-being, and community safety. Through leadership, education, and awareness Peer Educators provide quality, innovative, and inclusive workshops, services, and events to the greater university community. Wellness Promotion Peer Educators are Bacchus Network Certified Peer Health Educations with training in various topical areas such as alcohol and other drugs, mental health, sexual health, and well-being.    

Recruitment for new Peer Educators takes place at the beginning of spring semester each year. In order to be considered, you must complete an application available through the Twardowski Career Development Center’s one-stop career management platform, Handshake. Access Handshake and log-in with your university account information. Any student who is interested in promoting a campus that supports and enhances the well-being of WCU students is welcome to apply, regardless of major! Learn more about the Peer Educator position through our Wellness Promotion YouTube Channel. If you are interested in more information about the Peer Educator program, please email wellness@wcupa.edu

The RefRAMe Campaign Student Leadership team is a group of students working together to reframe the culture of alcohol use in college by educating the campus community on normative behavior and the facts about drinking here at West Chester University. The RefRAMe Campaign team wants YOU to be a part of this learning and culture change.

Recruitment for the RefRAMe Campaign 2021-2022 student leaders continues as we start the fall 2021 semester. In order to be considered, you must complete an application available through the Twardowski Career Development Center’s one-stop career management platform, Handshake. Access Handshake and log-in with your university account information. Any student who is interested in reframing the culture of college drinking and supporting the Golden Ram community is welcome to apply, regardless of major or year! If you are interested in more information about the RefRAMe Campaign, please email wellness@wcupa.edu

The Office of Wellness Promotion provides learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level internships throughout the year. These internships have a connection to academic programs and directly connect to the department's work on projects including social norm campaigns and the National College Health Assessment survey as well as work on various department initiatives and programs. Students who are interested in pursuing an internship with the Office of Wellness Promotion should email wellness@wcupa.edu by midterms the semester before they would like to hold the internship. Internships are considered on a case by case basis based on department need and supervision availability.

The Office of Wellness Promotion hires a graphic design student each year to help support the department through the development of marketing and informational pieces.  The graphic designer develops program advertisements, designs the Stall Seat Journal, and creates informal educational tools to assist with department efforts.  

Recruitment for the graphic design student worker takes place during the spring semester each year. In order to be considered, you must complete an application available through the Twardowski Career Development Center’s one-stop career management platform, Handshake. Access Handshake and log-in with your university account information. Any student who is interested in this role is welcome to apply, regardless of major or year! If you are interested in more information about the graphic design position, please email wellness@wcupa.edu. 

The Office of Wellness Promotion provides entry-level office assistant positions to support the department's health and well-being initiatives through the preparation and distribution of educational materials, customer service support, and assistance with setup/cleanup of department events.

Recruitment for Office Assistant positions take place during the spring semester each year. In order to be considered, you must complete an application available through the Twardowski Career Development Center’s one-stop career management platform, Handshake. Access Handshake and log-in with your university account information. Any student who is interested in this role is welcome to apply, regardless of major or year! If you are interested in more information about the graphic design position, please email wellness@wcupa.edu. 

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