WFU P.E.E.R.S. Advisors

The Wake Forest University Peer Education program is a collaborative initiative, supported by the Campus Life Division.  The WFU P.E.E.R.S. are overseen and supported by the Advisors, which consists of professional staff members from partnering offices. Through a cooperative effort, the Advisors provide content and programmatic expertise to guide P.E.E.R.S. in their student-led initiatives.

    P.E.E.R.S. Advisors

  • Marian Trattner (she/her), MSW, serves as the Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion and Interim Director

    Marian TrattnerMarian provides strategic leadership for our health promotion portfolio which includes peer education initiatives, bystander intervention, Sleepin’ Deacon Program and Signs of Stress. Marian brings 13 years of experience working in college student health promotion to our office.

    Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Marian served as the inaugural Bystander Intervention Specialist for The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). In this role, she managed their campus wide multi-issue bystander intervention initiative called BeVocal. The mission of BeVocal is to enhance bystanders’ confidence and motivation to intervene in order to prevent and reduce harm.

    Prior to that role, she served for as the inaugural Suicide Prevention Coordinator for UT Austin where she worked with campus stakeholders and students to create the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (Be That One), a program of the Longhorn Wellness Center. Be That One utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies by peer outreach, education, and support. During this time she also served as the instructor and adviser to the Mental Health Promotion Peer Education at UT Austin.

    Marian is the founder of the National College Student Suicide Prevention Listserv. She is currently serving as the NASPA Region III Knowledge Chair for Wellness and Health Promotion.  Marian is passionate about empowering students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. For self-care Marian enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outside, and exploring local coffee shops.

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  • Dr. Denisha Champion, Associate Director for Community Engagement, University Counseling Center

    Denisha ChampionDenisha (she/her) serves as the Associate Director for Community Engagement in the University Counseling Center where her role is to connect with individuals across all areas of the university to help community members recognize their role in promoting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our campus. Denisha wants the University Counseling Center to be the central, but not the only location where mental health is a focal point of discussion.

    She also implements programs and initiatives promoting the overall mental health and emotional wellbeing for WFU students. Denisha is excited to advise the Mental Health Ambassadors program and invites students with ideas and energy around promoting positive mental health on campus to become certified peer educators.

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  • Erin Adamson, Assistant Director, Women's Center

    Erin Adamson headshotErin Adamson serves as the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University.

    Her previous experience has included working both in higher education and the non-profit sector using education as a tool for social transformation. Erin is excited to advise L.E.A.V.E.S. and promote gender equity on campus.

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  • Bethany Miller, Counselor/Advocate, Safe Office

    Bethany Miller HeadshotBethany is a Counselor/Advocate in the Safe Office where their role is to provide confidential services for survivors of interpersonal violence. Bethany enjoys collaborating with PREPARE to develop peer education, outreach, and awareness building efforts focused on survivor support and interpersonal violence prevention across campus.

    Prior to working with the Safe Office, Bethany worked in court victim advocacy and community mental health. Bethany holds a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Violence and Injury Prevention and a specialization in System Dynamics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s in History and Psychology with Honors from Wake Forest University.

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