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Peer Academic Coaches

Meet our current Peer Academic Coaches!

Our Peer Academic Coaches help students learn the skills they need to be successful at CMU. They meet one-on-one with Provisional Baccalaureate students to help them connect with university resources, get involved on campus, improve study skills, choose classes, and find the major that is right for them.

Courtney Abellera

Courtney Abellera

Major: Counseling Psychology
Class: Senior
Hometown: Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Hobbies: Reading, crafting, hiking, going to the beach, working out, & watching TV
Involvement: Psych Club and Alpha Sigma Alpha, previously part of Conduct Board, Residence Hall Council, and have been a Resident Assistant and Desk Attendant 
Favorite Quote: “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”-Robin Williams

David Anderson

David AndersonMajor:  History-Secondary Education
Class:  Senior
Hometown:  Longmont, CO
Hobbies:  Skiing, running, playing volleyball and Frisbee, and watching history documentaries for fun
Involvement:  Orientation Leader, work at the library, and play intramural volleyball 
Favorite Quote:  “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Cody Armstrong

Cody ArmstrongMajor: Criminal Justice
Class:  Sophomore
Hometown: Wellington, Colorado
Hobbies: Fixing cars, hunting, fishing, hiking, football, tractors, meteorology and geology
Involvement: Criminal Justice Association
Favorite Quote: “Ambition is a dream with a V-8 engine.” – Elvis Presley

Hannah Belich

Hannah BelichMajor: Business
Class:  Sophomore
Hometown: Westminster, Colorado
Hobbies: Leadership, soccer, event planning
Involvement: Student Ambassador, member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, intramural soccer
Favorite Quote: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand

Lucy Benoit

Lucy BenoitMajor: Political Science
Class:  Senior
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Hobbies: Crafting, hiking, hanging out with friends and family
Involvement: Political Science Club Treasurer, Pre-Law Club, ASG Senator, Treasurer for New Sisters on the Block
Favorite Quote: “Being normal is not necessarily a virtue; it rather denotes a lack of courage.” Practical Magic 

Sabrina Blea

Sabrina BleaMajor: Elementary Education - English
Class:  Junior
Hometown: Westminster, Co
Hobbies: Traveling, crafting, boating, and hanging out with my friends
Involvement: Service Director for the Sorority Interest Group, Peer Advisor in the Advising Center
Favorite Quote: “No time to waste any.” – Anonymous

Devin Freda

Devin FredaMajor: Exercise Science, Minor: Psychology and Personal Training
Class: Junior
Hometown: Canon City, CO
Hobbies: Traveling, working out, snowboarding, photography, and napping
Involvement: Graduate Education and Medical Sciences Club, Exercise Physiology and Research Club, and Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Officer
Favorite Quote: “Don’t take life too seriously. It’s not like you’re going to get out alive.” 

Lupe Gallegos

Lupe GallegosMajor: Criminal Justice, Minor: Sociology
Class:  Sophomore
Hometown: Brighton, Colorado
Hobbies: Reading, arts and crafts, being outdoors
Involvement: Boxology, Power Core
Favorite Quote: “Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise.”  

Mason Klahn

Mason KlahnMajor: History and Adapted Physical Education
Class:  Senior
Hometown: DeBeque, Colorado
Hobbies: Cycling, weight lifting, circuit training, hiking, cross country skiing, camping, reading, movies, Jeopardy, yoga
Involvement: Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors) President, Hilltop Homecare personal care provider, Exercise Physiology Club
Favorite Quote: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Theresa

Cheyenne O’Loughlin

Cheyenne O'LoughlinMajor: Kinesiology: Fitness and Health Promotion; Minor: Personal Training
Class:  Junior
Hometown: Cove Orchard, Oregon
Hobbies: Running, rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, yoga, snowboarding
Involvement: Snow Slay, Student Ambassador, Outdoor Program, Orientation Leader
Favorite Quote:  “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” – Unknown 

Juliann Phillips

Juliann PhillipsMajor: Secondary Education - English
Class:  Junior
Hometown: Canon City, Colorado
Hobbies: Reading, writing short stories, ultimate Frisbee, first-wave feminism, spending time in the sunshine
Involvement: part of new writers group on campus, attend Writers and Poets of CMU readings downtown, build relationships with my fellow students.
Favorite Quote:  “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” – George Eliot

Abbie Porter

Abbie PorterMajor: Athletic Training, Minor: Personal Training
Class:  Sophomore
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities like hiking and tubing, swimming, art and painting, photography, reading
Involvement: Former varsity swimmer, current athletic trainer, FCA member, lifeguard and swim instructor
Favorite Quote:  “Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” – Perks of Being a Wallflower

Kaitlyn Prather

Kaitlyn PratherMajor: Studio Art
Class: Junior
Hometown: Grand Junction, CO
Hobbies: Drawing, painting, writing, bowling, playing video games, music
Involvement: Peer Academic Coach
Favorite Quote: “When you have today, say all that you have to say.”-Sleeping with Sirens song

Molly Rabon

Molly RabonMajor: Criminal Justice, Minor: Forensic Psychology
Class:  Junior
Hometown: Parker, Colorado
Hobbies: Snowboarding, boating
Involvement: Alpha Sigma Alpha
Favorite Quote:  “Let it be.”

Jacob Reimer

Jacob ReimerMajor: Criminal justice, Minor: Psychology
Class: Senior
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Hobbies: Hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, tennis, volunteering at the soup kitchen, skiing, rock climbing, fishing, boating, eating cheese
Involvement: Senator in Associated Student Government, teacher assistant in developmental math, club tennis 
Favorite Quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”-Thomas A. Edison 

Izamary Rios

Izamary RiosMajor: Mass Communication, Minor: English
Class: Senior
Hometown: Rifle, CO
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading, exploring, snowboarding, hanging out with friends, camping
Involvement: Tutor at Riverside Elementary School, Secretary for Athletics
Favorite Quote: “You’re too young to believe things are not going to be okay, things always turn out okay.”-One Tree Hill 

Samantha Tate

Samantha TateMajor: K-12 Art Education, Minor: Speech
Class:  Junior
Hometown: Delores, CO
Hobbies: Being outside, hanging out with friends, playing basketball, painting, hiking, traveling the world one day to explore new paces, taste new foods, and see artwork
Involvement: Going to games, art shows, and events
Favorite Quote: “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead.” – Jeffery R. Holland