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Prevention and Wellness

Prevention and Wellness

Our Staff


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

Full-Time Staff

Priya Thomas 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 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.


Jenna Glynn | Program Assistant | Email:

Jenna's hometown is Staten Island, NY. However, she was raised in Cape Coral, FL after the age of ten. She received a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Florida with a concentration in Public Health. While at the University of Florida, she worked within the Department of Emergency Management assisting with data management and planning emergency simulations for over a year. During her time with the department she successfully collaborated with the National Weather Service to get the University of Florida awarded as a StormReady institution. She was also involved in the College of Public Health and Health Professions council and research endeavors. Her particular area of research assistance was working under the Rural South Public Health Training Center and the local health department regarding the usage of avatars for web-based HIV/AIDS education. She was also involved in a separate research project that was focused on qualitative analysis of Public Health workers' Twitter accounts. This project focused on identifying what officials are discussing the most within the community as well as if Twitter was being used as an appropriate resource for Public Health advocacy and education. Jenna is new to our department this year, but she looks forward to what she can accomplish while at FGCU. Her passion lies in mental health and wellness. Some of Jenna's hobbies include singing, learning the piano, and enjoying nature. A fun fact about Jenna is that she was casted in the musical Footloose in high school and has loved musical theatre ever since then!


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