Peer Educator Bios

2014-2015 Peer Educators


Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Andrew is a 5th year senior double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. In addition to his duties as a Peer Educator, he is a Lead Writing Consultant in the Writing Center, serves as the Circle President for the GVSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and serves on two national committees for the Society. After this final year at GVSU, he hopes to attend a PhD program in Counseling Psychology and work as a counselor on a college campus.



Michaela Degrande

Michaela is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University studying Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Community Health. She is interested in pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health post-graduation. Michaela is from a small town on the east side of Michigan known as Armada. She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.



Tiffani Knopp

Tiffani is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, studying Social Work with a minor in Psychology. She is incredibly excited to be a Peer Educator this year through the University Counseling Center. Her hometown is Palatine, IL, which is a suburb outside of Chicago, so moving to Michigan was a new experience for her; she is still trying to learn the mitten! When Tiffani has free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing lacrosse, and, of course, watching Netflix!



Angel McFarland

Angel McFarland is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University. Although a Detroit native, she currently resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Angel is a psychology major with a minor in religious studies. In her spare time she enjoys reading and expanding her knowledge about her field of study and is an active member of the Voices of GVSU Choir. When asked about future career plans, she replied saying she will one day serve as a trained Psychiatrist for the Armed Forces. Angel looks forward to spreading awareness about mental health issues as well as forging new connections and breaking down barriers about stigma related to seeking mental health help.