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Meet the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Committee

Each spring, Active Minds, Inc. welcomes new members to the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), a group of up to 20 students from across the country who have shown extraordinary leadership and dedication to Active Minds. The SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office staff and brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making.

Read on to meet the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Committee!

Melina Acosta

School: University of TeMelinaxas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Studies: Psychology, Statistics
Fun Fact: Melina loves HGTV – she’s obsessed with houses and would love to flip one!


Emily Ahlin

School: University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburg, PA)
Studies: Political Science, Russian/Eastern European studies
Fun Fact: Her favorite color is yellow and although her favorite book series will always be Harry Potter, her favorite book is The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak.

Erica Cooke

ericaSchool: Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA)
Studies: Psychology, Neuroscience and German
Fun Fact: Erica is currently working on her minor in GERMANY!


Russell Fascione


School: University of Maine (Orono, ME)
Studies: Psychology, Disability Studies
Fun Fact: Russell has been active in UMaine’s LGBTQ community, and he is a huge nerd for educational trainings, workshops, and presentations of all kinds.


Nycole Fassbender

School: Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
Studies: Criminology and Psychology
Fun Fact: When she isn’t advocating or doing school work Nycole loves to explore new places, enjoy a run, and get her caffeine coffee fix.


Allison Friske

Allison Friske

School: University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Studies: Psychology and English, minor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Fun Fact: Allison is currently in England, studying abroad at the University of Sussex!


Rae Gerber

Rae Gerber
School: Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
Studies: Psychology, Nutrition and Public Health
Fun Fact: In Rae’s free time you can find her on a horse, running outside, drawing, or taking a nap with her cat, Osteo.


Taylor Grant

Taylor_GrantSchool: Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)
Studies: Psychology
Fun Fact: If she could be a guest star on any TV show, she would choose The Oprah Winfrey show because she is insightful and an inspiration to other women to be progressive in society!


Kristina Keidel

Kristina Kiedel

School: Denison University (Granville, OH)
Studies: Psychology and Communication
Fun Fact: She is also a proud member of a sorority and likes baking sweets!

Matt Kridel


School: University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)

Studies: Clinical/Counseling PhD Program
Fun Fact: Matt loves watching and participating in theatre and various musical pursuits. He’s also an Active Minds Emerging Scholar!

Megan Larson


School: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Studies: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Study of Religion
Fun Fact: When she’s not advocating for mental health awareness, you can find Megan practicing archery to defend her national title, knitting in her Stitch onesie, and speaking in the British accent she picked up while studying abroad.

Tara Maestas

Tara Maestas

School: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
Studies: Biochemical Engineering
Fun Fact: When she is not studying or participating in soccer, archery, or school clubs, she volunteers at elementary schools and develops recycling programs.


Tracia Rochelle


School: CSU Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Studies: Social Work Master’s Program
Fun Fact: Tracia was born in Pakistan! In her free time, she likes to work out and go on hikes, as she is a major advocate for self-care and loves the outdoors.




Carly Stewart

Carley Stewart

School: Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Studies: Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society
Fun Fact: If she could guest star on a TV show, she would choose Grey’s Anatomy because she feels like she’s made an emotional connection with the characters and also Patrick Dempsey is beautiful.



Sara Treptow

Sara treptowSchool: San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)

Studies: Psychology and Counseling & Social Change

Fun Fact: She has enjoyed working with teenagers with mental disabilities, being a Peer Educator, and her job as an elementary school assistant teacher.


Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

School: University of Alaska (Anchorage, AK)
Studies: Social Work
Fun Fact: In addition to Active Minds, Elizabeth leads monthly suicide prevention trainings for students. She loves wedding dresses and “Say Yes to the Dress.”




Cody Winston


School: Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
Studies: Applied Arts and Sciences, minor in Communications
Fun Fact: Cody’s academic program is a combination of civil engineering, marketing, and communications. He likes the show “Mr. Robot,” because “its one of only a few shows that I’ve watched that every character actually felt like they could be real.”

Jessica York

Jessica York

School: University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Studies: Nursing
Fun Fact: Jessica participates in Mizzou’s student government and alternative spring break program. She also enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, hiking, and spending time with her golden retriever.