Current Ambassadors

  • Jake Bokorney

    Hometown: Sarasota, FL     

    Graduate Program: (MS) Engineering Physics         

    About Me: I enjoy hiking and biking all over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since I am from Florida originally, I like to make the most of all the new sports and activities that are available. I also enjoy playing pickup soccer every week, volunteering with the Blue Ridge Parkway Conservation Club, and being a member of the Seven Seals Crossfit family.

  • Blake Crooks

    Hometown: Liberty, SC

    Graduate Program: (MA) Clinical Mental Health Counseling / Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate

    About Me: I am a second year graduate student in the CMHC program at ASU. Currently, I am the treasuring for ASU’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling organization. I have two cats that enjoy going on walks, and I am excited to be living in a place with so many opportunities to go on adventures. When I’m not watching Netflix, I enjoy reading and video games.

  • Michelle Dineen

    Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

    Graduate Program: (MPA) Public Administration

    About Me: I work as a research assistant under Dr. Brian Bulla within the Department of Government and Justice Studies. I am interested in community and economic development as well as social and environmental justice. I enjoy hiking, camping, gardening, cooking and painting! I feel blessed to have made a home here in Appalachia with my cat Jazz and my sweet flock of backyard chickens.

  • Brewer Logan

    Hometown: Wilkesboro, NC

    Graduate Program: (MS) Cell & Molecular Biology

    About Me: I am approaching my second year in my molecular biology graduate program. I am a first generation college graduate and I come from a very rural part of town. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and the general outdoors. I sing in a gospel group and I play many instruments which is where most of my free time is spent.

    In my research I study the process of cancer metastasis, particularly as it relates to a large scaffolding protein known as TKs5. I hope to dissect the maturation process involved with cancer metastasis.

  • Amy Mercier

    Hometown: Westfield, MA

    Graduate Program: (MMT) Music Therapy

    About Me: I am a graduate of High Point University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance: Voice and a minor in Psychology. I began my studies at Appalachian State in the Fall of 2014 in the combined equivalency and master of music therapy program. I completed my 6 month music therapy internship at Four Seasons Hospice in Flat Rock, NC with a final project in songwriting in grief and bereavement. I am a board certified music therapist and attended the neurologic music therapist training this past June.

    I work as a music therapy supervisor, supervising undergraduate students in their clinical work with older adults. My own clinical work passions include older adults, hospice, grief and bereavement, children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health and integrating body mind centered therapy and the expressive arts.

    I am a licensed Zumba instructor. I love the mountains and the outdoors, including camping, hiking, kayaking and playing tennis. I also have a love for board games, puns and ice cream. As a singer/songwriter, I enjoy writing music and performing at bars, restaurants and events.


  • Carter Murray

    Hometown: Escanaba, MI

    Graduate Program: (MA) Mathematics

    About Me: I am a small town kid who loves to travel. Mathematics has been a passion of mine since high school. My goal is to present mathematics to students in a way that is fun, imaginative and rewarding. I am also an avid ukulele and bass player.

  • Cheryl Nickel

    Hometown: Boone, NC

    Graduate Program: Dual Masters; (MA) Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management / (MBA) Business Administration

    About Me: I love hiking and have recently gotten into bouldering, which has been a fun challenge. On campus, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a Research Assistant for the Psychology Department & the HR Coordinator for ‘Beans 2 Brew’, a volunteer-operated coffee shop in the College of Business. App has been an incredible place to go through graduate school and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

  • Jessica Swets

    Hometown: Ocala, FL

    Graduate Program: (MA) Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management

    About Me: I love the outdoors and all of the activities that come with it - hiking, camping, snowboarding and all the others. I am a second year IOHRM student who is passionate about business psychology and its ability to improve the workplace. I am currently working on my master's thesis and look forward to earning my PhD in the future.

  • Brianna Tate

    Hometown: Summerfield, NC

    Graduate Program: (MS) Cell & Molecular Biology

    About Me: I am a second year graduate student in the Biology Department working on research regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis and how it can potentially be treated with a medicinal plant called Moringa. I completed my undergraduate degree here in biology while also being an athlete on the Track & Field team, working as a Resident Assistant and also as a Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL). My hobbies include creative writing, drawing, reading and listening to music. I hope to eventually secure a job in the biological sciences, whether that be research, medicine or teaching.

  • Aimee Wood

    Hometown: Dunkirk, MD

    Graduate Program: Dual Masters; (MA) Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management / (MBA) Business Administration

    About Me: I’m a second year IOHRM/MBA graduate student graduating in August. I’m currently a graduate assistant working on the safety summit. I am outgoing, energetic and I love surrounding myself with people. I enjoy the outdoors, movies, food and french bulldogs!