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Prevention and Wellness

Prevention and Wellness

Our Staff

 
 

Department Phone: (239) 590-7733 l Department Email: pws@fgcu.edu


Full-Time Staff

Priya Thomas Priya Thomas l Director l Email: pthomas@fgcu.edu 

Priya is originally from Sedalia, MO. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. As an undergraduate, Priya worked as a Community Advisor (CA) for Mizzou’s Department of Residential Life. Next, she supervised 2 Peer Education groups as the Graduate Assistant for Peer Education at Mizzou’s Wellness Resource Center (WRC), one of the top-three prevention programs in the country. Priya started as Counselor-in-Residence at FGCU in 2005, assuming primary leadership of Prevention & Wellness in 2007. She has been recognized as “FGCU Employee of the Year” and by the Office of Housing & Residence Life with the “Friend of Housing Award.” She serves as an Advisor and the Faculty Fellow for Sigma Phi Epsilon, for which she has been recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” (District 10/Florida) by the national fraternity and as “Advisor of the Year” by FGCU Fraternity & Sorority Life. She has also served as a Trip Leader for FGCU Global Medical Brigades to Panama and Nicaragua. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, working-out, and discovering local hole-in-the-wall restaurants.  A few fun facts about Priya are that she used to work in radio, was voted “Nicest Girl” in her high school class, and that she met her best friend in college when she was working as a CA--she was Priya's resident and lived two doors down from her. 


Nikki Kirdahy Nikki Kirdahy l Coordinator of Peer Education l Email: nkirdahy@fgcu.edu

Nikki’s hometown is Cape Coral, FL. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Art History. While she was there, she worked as a Resident Assistant for three years. Nikki has been at FGCU since 2009, where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling. She was named Graduate Student of the Year for 2010-2011. She started working for Prevention & Wellness in 2010 as a Graduate Assistant and now works as a Coordinator overseeing the Peer Education Program. She manages group members and activities, including programming, recruitment, training, and promotion. The group is growing and making an impression on the campus with fun events like Cash Cab, Kindness Week, and the Eagle Wellness Fair. She participated in the New Professionals Institute in 2012-2013, which is a program designed to assist professionals in understanding their roles and responsibilities as Student Affairs Professionals. She is also currently a member of FGCU’s ARISE Committee that focuses on education and bringing awareness to issues concerning sexual assault. Some of Nikki’s hobbies include photography, playing video games (especially Zelda!), and going to theme parks. A few fun facts about Nikki are that she went to Scotland for two weeks in May of 2012 and her favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean.


Diane Odeh Diane Odeh l Program Assistant l Email: dodeh@fgcu.edu

Diane’s hometown is Stillwater, Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University in 2009 and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. After living in Ithaca, New York for two years, Diane moved to Fort Myers in 2011. She has been working at FGCU since January 2012. As the Program Assistant for Prevention & Wellness, Diane is the health promotion, programming, and outreach support for the department. Her work includes assisting with coordination of programming and outreach, advertising efforts and website management, as well as the organization of special wellness events throughout the year. Additionally, Diane takes part in managing the MyStudentBody.com requirement for all incoming undergraduate students. She also contributes to the success of Peers CARE with administrative support on a daily basis.  Lastly, Diane works to ensure the department runs smoothly, keeping track of the budget and managing the department's Free Resource Area. In her free time, Diane enjoys learning to cook new things, spending time with her husband and cats, and running. A few fun facts about Diane: mustard yellow is her favorite color, she met the lead singer of her favorite band (Wilco) at a sandwich shop in New Orleans, and she has seen every episode of "The Golden Girls" at least five times.

 

 


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