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Prevention and Wellness

Our Staff


Department Phone: (239) 590-7733 l Department Email:

Full-Time Staff

 Priya Thomas l Director l Email: 

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 l Coordinator of Peer Education l Email:

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 l Program Assistant l Email:

Diane’s hometown is Stillwater, Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University with a concentration in Public Leadership and Management. 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 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 are that 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.



Collaborative Staff

Kelly Rubin l Substance Abuse Counselor  

Kelly's hometown is O'Fallon, IL. She graduated with a BS in Sociology from Southeast Missouri State University. There, Kelly became a member of Gamma Phi Beta, serving in the leadership positions of New Member Educator, Membership Education Vice President, and Rho Gamma. Kelly then spent 10 years living in Philadelphia, where she earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. Kelly has been the Substance Abuse Counselor at FGCU since 2010. Four days a week, she sees clients in CAPS, meeting with students who struggle with substance abuse issues or experience it within their family system, and students with general mental health concerns. One day a week, she works for Prevention & Wellness, developing alcohol and other drug programming educating students on how to “Party Smart.” Kelly is also involved on the Hazing Prevention Team, is the Chapter Advisor for Pi Kappa Phi, and was given the honor of being named Panhellenic’s 2013 "Distinguished Woman of the Year." Some of Kelly’s hobbies are going to beach, training for Tough Mudder events, and traveling.  A few fun facts about Kelly are that she loves peanut butter and eats it almost every day, she has been to 9 New Kids on the Block concerts, and she owns an embarrasing amount of shoes that only get worn once or twice a year.


Graduate Assistants

Alyson Brumbaugh | Graduate Assistant

Alyson's hometown is Bellevue, OH.  She is a graduate student in FGCU's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  Alyson graduated with a B.S. in Communication Disorders from Bowling Green State University in 2012.  After spending 22 years in the north and bearing the cold, Alyson finally took the plunge and moved to the sunshine state.  In her free time, Alyson enjoys sports, working out, cooking and getting lost in a good mystery book.  A few fun facts about Alyson are that green is her favorite color, she met her favorite baseball player (Grady Sizemore) at a bowling alley near her hometown and she watches Christmas movies all year long. 




Brandee Longwell | Graduate Assistant

Brandee's hometown is Pembroke Pines, FL. She received a B.A. in Psychology from FGCU in 2014 with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. As an undergraduate she had the chance to work for Prevention & Wellness as a Peer Educator. Brandee is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at FGCU. Previously she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Students’ office in the Office of Student Conduct. As a Graduate Assistant at Prevention & Wellness, Brandee is helping to fill in for the Program Assistant, Diane Odeh, for the Fall 2015 semester. Some of Brandee’s hobbies include taking road trips, reading, cooking, crafting, and going to Disney. A few fun facts about Brandee are that she attended the 2013 Bacchus & Gamma General Assembly as a Peer Educator, and she is SCUBA certified.


Madison Harris | Graduate Assistant

Madison’s hometown is Weston, FL. She is a graduate student in FGCU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Madison graduated with a bachelor’s in Health Science from FGCU in 2012. Madison has many favorite wellness topics from sexual health to educating students on ways to party smart and the prevention of substance abuse. In her free time, Madison enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, football and shopping. A few fun facts about Madison are that she loves ethnic cuisines, English bulldogs, has swam in the Dead Sea, and she founded the FGCU chapter of I Am That Girl. 




Student Staff

Peers CARE  (click to see them)