Destination Western Peer Advisors

We know the transition to college can be challenging. This program was designed to help you acclimate to a new academic and social environment. Your peer advisors will be with you throughout this experience to assist with anything you may need. We’re so excited to meet you! Welcome aboard!

Get to Know the 2023 Destination Western Peer Advisors!

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Abigail Bethke

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Ashland, OR
Languages: English & ASL

I’m majoring in both exercise science and ASL interpreting studies, and I’m minoring in dance. My favorite place to eat in Monmouth/Independence is Mangiare Italian Restaurant!

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Amari Hendrix

He/Him/His | Junior
Cornelius, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in both business and communications. One piece of advice I would give to incoming students is don’t be scared to make friends outside of your normal group and join what you can so you can find a safe space early on in your years at WOU!

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America Moreno Garcia

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Salem, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in elementary education. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was creating projects to resemble my future teaching philosophy!

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Angeles Reyes Mondragon

She/Her/Hers, Ella | Junior
Aloha, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a middle/high school language arts education major, and I’m minoring in ESOL. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included Multicultural Student Union, CHICAS, and Multicultural Representatives Mentor!

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Anna Wyrostek

Junior
McMinnville, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in psychology. My favorite place to eat in Monmouth/Independence is the Sippery!

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Annika Fuller

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Oregon City, OR
Languages: English & ASL

I’m majoring in ASL studies. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was the countless activities the school had offered to new students, where I found and bonded with the people I call my friends and roommates!

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Ayiana Johnson

Sophomore
Portland, OR
Language: English

I’m a criminal justice major, and I’m minoring in political science. My career aspiration is to become a lawyer!

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Brittany Robles Jimenez

She/Her/Hers | Senior
La Grande, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a biology major, and I’m minoring in psychology. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included the WOU tennis club, WOU women’s rugby club, Wolf it down, career fairs, and watching basketball games!

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Cadance Bunch

They/Them/Theirs | Junior
Keizer, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in elementary/middle school education with a concentration in mathematics. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included Discover Leadership, Abby’s House, the Stitch Closet, and the Freedom Center!

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Darien Kealoha-Albarado

Junior
Kaua’i, HI
Language: English

I’m a biology major, and I’m minoring in chemistry. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included the Women’s Club Volleyball Team, Hawai’i Club, Campus Recreation, and Intramural Sports!

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Deshaun Stevens

He/Him/His | Senior
Peyton, CO
Language: English

I’m a dance major, and I’m minoring in ESOL. One piece of advice I would give to incoming students is to dare to find your peoples. There are all sorts of people in college, so look at clubs or activities that interest you cuz that’s where you’ll find friends!

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Emily Stanfield

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Rockaway Beach, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in early education. One of my favorite involvements on campus is rock wall climbing!

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Eva Alvarez

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Corvallis OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in both psychology and communication studies, and I’m minoring in educational psychology. My career aspiration is to become a social worker!

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Fatima Dominguez

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Woodburn-Monitor, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a psychology major, and I’m minoring in biology. A fun fact about me is that I’ve studied in both Mexico and South Korea!

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Hailee Carmody

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Newport, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in both psychology and economics, and I’m minoring in art. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included Abby’s House and CIP!

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Halina Herrera

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Independence, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m majoring in business and minoring in Entrepreneurship. My career aspiration is to be an entrepreneur and own my own real estate business!

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Henry Yon

He/Him/His | Junior
Happy Valley, OR
Language: English

I’m an elementary/middle education major with a math focus, and I’m minoring in ASL. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included going to basketball games and going to events on campus like blanket making and the Easter egg hunt held by the Veterans Resource Center!

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Hunter Hall

He/Him/His | Graduate Student
Portland, OR
Language: English

I’m obtaining my Masters of Arts in Teaching. My favorite place to eat in Monmouth/Independence is Yangs!

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Isabel Lopez

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Kelso, WA
Language: English

I’m majoring in early childhood/elementary education. My career aspiration is to become a teacher!

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Jada Miller

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Vancouver, WA
Language: English

I’m majoring in criminal justice. My career aspiration is to become an archivist!

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JD McShane

He/Him/His | Sophomore
Bothell, WA
Languages: English & ASL

I’m an interpreting (ASL concentration) and computer science major. I also work with althletics helping with gameday communications!

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Jocelyn Duran Jacobo

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Salem, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a gerontology major, and I’m looking at minor in psychology. Some of my favorite involvements on campus have included athletics and all the amazing clubs here, especially the pre-med club!

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Johnny Martinez

Senior
Portland, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m majoring in exercise science. A fun fact about be is to look at maps with weird statistics!

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Jordan Gouvea

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Coquille, OR
Language: English

I’m a psychology major, and I’m minoring in education psychology. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was being a student in Destination Western and doing Destination Monmouth. It was fun walking around with people I barely knew trying the foods around Monmouth.

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Josh Bare

He/Him/His | Sophomore
Salem, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in business. My career aspiration is to become a surf shop owner!

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June Dominguez

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Gresham, OR
Language: English

I’m a biology major, and I’m minoring in physical science. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was having late dinners and study sessions in the Ackerman kitchen with friends!

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Kainalu Cabebe

He/Him/His | Senior
Wahiawa, HI
Language: English

I’m majoring in both education studies and public health. A fun fact about me is my eyes turn green when I’m mad!

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Kassidi Thompson

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Falls City, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in pre-early childhood studies. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was the Homecoming bonfire!

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Lauren Mallen

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Oregon City, OR
Language: English

I’m an elementary/middle school education major with a concentration in math, and I’m minoring in psychology. Some of my favorite involvements on campus include the Freedom Center and Stonewall Center!

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Linda Llanos Garcia

She/Her, They/Them | Senior
Salem, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m an art and design major with a concentration in education, and I’m minoring in Spanish. One piece of advice I would give to incoming students is to be courageous and try what you think will make you happy! You never know what you’ll find; be open to growth and change, and it will help you in the long run!

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Maddux Gillett

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Sherwood, OR
Language: English

I’m majoring in political science. My career aspiration is to become a politician!

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Malia Fernandez

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Maui, HI
Language: English

I’m majoring in both psychology and gerontology. My favorite memory from my first year at WOU was the Pow Wow. It was my first time attending one and it was a great experience, as I had the opportunity to see beautiful performances and shop for some gifts!

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Mariel Nuñez Medina

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Jefferson, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a pre-education major with a focus in early childhood elementary, and I’m minoring in ESOL. My career aspiration is to become a bilingual teacher!

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Mary Ayala-Velazquez

She/Her/Hers | Senior
Albany, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a psychology major, and I’m minoring in early childhood studies. I also work as an MSSP student coordinator, MCR mentor, and the UNIDOS treasurer!

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Morgan Pemberton

She/Her/Hers | Sophomore
Chandler, AZ
Languages: English & ASL

I’m majoring in ASL studies. One piece of advice I would give to incoming students is to be patient—college is a big change and you’ll need time to adjust!

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Nicklas Matsumoto

Senior
Mililani, HI
Languages: English & ASL

I’m an interpreting studies theory (ASL/English) major, and I’m minoring in English literature. My career aspiration is to become a an ASL interpreter!

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Paola Casco

She/Her/Hers | Senior
Salem, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m a psychology major, and I’m minoring in legal studies. My career aspiration is to become an immigration attorney!

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Sarah DeVyldere

She/Her/Hers | Junior
Tangent, OR
Language: English

I’m a pre-nursing major, and I’m minoring in Spanish. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was playing drop-in volleyball every Thursday!

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Sarahi Bazan Guerrero

Sophomore
Gervais, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m an education major, and I’m minoring in ESOL. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was being able to get involved in many college events that made me grow as individual. I used to be super shy, and I have grown to become much more confident!

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Shyann Ah Nee

She/Her/Hers | Graduate Student
Kapolei, HI
Language: English

I’m a communications major, and I’m minoring in both Health and psychology. My favorite memory in my first year at WOU was attending the new student events and meeting a bunch of other kids from Hawai’i, which turned out to be my best friends that I still have now!

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Vanessa Martinez

She/Her/Hers | Senior
Cornelius, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m an elementary education major, and I’m minoring in ESOL. A fun fact about me is that I have 26 goats!

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Wesley Gutierrez

He/Him/His | Junior
Salem, OR
Languages: English & Spanish

I’m majoring in business. My career aspiration is to own my own construction company!

Contact the department of New Student & Family Programs

orientation@wou.edu | (503) 838-9482 | M-F, 9am-5pm | Virtually & On Campus (WUC 210)