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Staff Bios

Kirsta Bezenek

Health Education Specialist |

Kirsta is a former Campus Health Center undergrad Peer Educator as well as a former NMSU student-athlete. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelors degree in Community Health in May, 2014. Spurred by a passion for helping people and for the field of public health, she has worked in the field with a special interest and emphasis on prevention since graduating. Kirsta is happy to be a part of the WAVE crew and the new and improved campus Health & Wellness team. She is looking forward to continuing efforts to helping equip the NMSU-Las Cruces community to strive towards healthy lifestyles by promoting preventative behaviors through health education. 

Tiffany Tyson

Health Education Specialist |

Tiffany started out as a peer educator for the WAVE program in 2013, and shes been hooked on health education ever sense. She is passionate about violence prevention and helping people achieve a happier and healthier life. When not working towards one of those, Tiffany can often be found creating things, including paintings, and plays. She received a Bachelors of Arts, with an emphasis in Theatre in 2016, and plans to go after her Masters in Public Health very soon. She often blends her two passions by finding new and creative ways to educate. She would like to leave you with a saying, “I looked around and said, ‘Why isn’t someone doing something?’ then I realized, I am someone”.


Piper Coalson

WAVE RX Program Coordinator |

Piper has a Bachelors in Individualized Studies with a focus on Psychology, Sociology and Communications. She also has a Master Certificate in Public Health and it currently working on finishing her MPH. She joined the WAVE program in 2015 and is the program manager for the WAVE Rx grant. NMSU WAVE Rx collaboratively identifies and implements evidence-based practices to increase protective behaviors and decrease negative consequences associated with abuse of alcohol and prescription opioids in our community.


Isaac Duran

WAVE RX Admin Assistant |

Isaac Duran graduated NMSU with a Bachelors degree in Creative Media and a minor in marketing. He has worked for the WAVE program for 3 years prior to joining the WAVE RX team. He’s worked as a peer educator, marketing specialist and currently as an admin assistant for WAVE RX. 



Rhiannon Barela

Peer Educator 

Rhiannon Barela is a senior transfer student currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She joined WAVE as a peer educator in the fall of 2017 with the hopes of finding a program that focused solely on campus wellness and education for fellow colleagues. Rhiannon hopes to be an approachable, positive force on campus that can provide information and encouragement whenever it should be needed.


Bri Bergtholdt

Peer Educator 

Bri Bergtholdt is an NMSU senior pursuing a Bachelors degree in Public Health. She has a background of working with NMSU students from her previous experience as a Community/Resident Assistant. This is her first semester interning with WAVE and she is most interested in sexual health concerns. 



Xodia Choate

Peer Educator 

Xodia Choate is a sophomore Theatre Arts major with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.  She is passionate about education, and her favorite part of WAVE is the opportunity to talk to students one-on-one. She hopes to be a positive influence in her community, through both art and education!



Olivia De Leon

Peer Educator 

Olivia De Leon is a second-year MPH Candidate with a concentration in health management, administration, and policy. The NMSU WAVE program has reaffirmed Olivia’s passion for promoting preventative behaviors among a diversified student population. Olivia was attracted to the WAVE program by its commitment to serve students within the university through evidence-based strategies aimed at addressing the universities most pressing public health needs.


Lindsay Holmes

Peer Educator 

Lindsay Holmes is a junior in the NMSU Nursing program, and is minoring in public health. She joined WAVE in spring 2018, and is passionate about health education. Out of the many topics WAVE deals with, wellness promotion specifically in the areas of nutrition and exercise are her interests. However, she is excited to work with WAVE in all aspects to positively impact the NMSU campus.



Shaunia Grant

Peer Educator 

Shaunia Grant is a sophomore at NMSU currently working on getting a major in Studio Art and a minor in Theatre. She joined WAVE in Spring of 2017 and has worked as a peer educator and an actor.




Emily Layton

Peer Educator 

Emily Layton is a junior at New Mexico State University. She is pursuing her bachelors in Counseling and Community Psychology with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies. She joined WAVE in spring of 2018 as an intern with hopes of being able to learn how to contribute to prevention in the community.



Jessica Lerma

Peer Educator 

Jessica Lerma is a senior at NMSU currently working on obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Public Health. Inspired by helping others, she hopes to work with Rural and Hispanic communities. She joined WAVE in spring of 2018 as an intern and hopes to help as many people as she can.



Jaymison Miller

Peer Educator 

Jaymison Miller is a senior, studying Counseling and Community Psychology and Spanish.  When he is not working with WAVE, Jaymison likes climbing and anything involving music.  He likes working with WAVE because he likes being active on campus, helping students be informed and aware of ways they can lead full and happy lives. 



Jonathan Mirabal

Peer Educator 

Jonathan Mirabal is currently studying (CTFM) Clothing, Textile, and Fashion Merchandise here at NMSU. He was raised in Clovis, NM and moved here in 2008. Jonathan enjoys just about all things fashion and sewing tailored suits for both men and women. At the end of achieving his degree he plans to open a bespoke tailoring shop for professional athletes and celebrities. Being a Peer Educator for WAVE has taught him tons of valuable information from drug abuse, sexual assault, being a healthy Aggie and he’s proud to say he passes that on to other NMSU students in hopes that it helps them to have a better college experience. GO AGGIES!!


Anndrya Rivera

Peer Educator 

Anndrya Rivera is a senior at NMSU seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Individualized Studies and Minors in Studio Art and Psychology. She started in the WAVE program as a Peer Educator in the spring of 2018. She enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, working out, and spending time with friends and family. Her goal as a Peer Educator is to meet new people on campus to educate, encourage and motivate them to strive for healthier, happy lives.



Eric Sandoval

Peer Educator 

Eric Sandoval is a senior at NMSU pursuing a degree in counseling and community psychology with the hopes of entering the School Psychology program at NMSU. His main goal is to make an impacting difference in advocating for children with disabilities in the school settings and obtaining the necessary accommodations all while creating a well-rounded learning environment that is adaptive to children with disabilities. He joined WAVE spring of 2018 as an intern and hopes to learn more about alcohol, violence and prevention.