Meet the Educators

Who are the Peer Health Educators?

The Peer Health Educators are Bates students who are passionate about a range of health and wellness topics and are dedicated to working from within the Bates student community, in partnership with the office of Residence Life and Health Education, to make a positive change in the lives of Bates students. The educators have diverse backgrounds, majors, personal interests, and engagements across campus. Becoming a Peer Health Educator does not require any prior knowledge or experience in health promotion, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! Meet our educators below!

Mfon Diduff ’24

Hi! My name is Mfon Diduff and I am in the class of 2024! I plan on majoring in Biochemistry with a concentration in either Spanish or African studies. I hail from the great city of Brooklyn, New York but I am always a proud Nigerian!!! I decided to become a Peer Health Educator because I believe this is a great opportunity for me to spread awareness of different aspects of health across our campus that often get swept under the rug. I am looking forward to being a part of a great shift in our culture.


Ruslan Peredelskyi ’25

Hi! I’m Ruslan and I’m from Ukraine. Because of my occupation – classical ballet – I became seriously interested in the topic of health. Studying patterns that affect well-being has become one of my interests. Besides dancing, I love yoga, jogging, sub-boarding, and horse riding. My goal in PHE for this year is to work with aspects of health that haven’t received enough attention at Bates before and to spread health awareness.


Emma Johnston ’23

Gretchen Lindenfeldar ’23

Hi! My name is Gretchen and I’m in the Class of 2023! I’m from a small town in New Jersey called Pennington. I joined Peer Health to make a bigger impact in the Bates community! My favorite thing about being part of Peer Health is getting to know a bunch of different kinds of people.



Katia Ryan ’23

Hi! I’m Katia and I hail from upstate New York. On campus you can most likely find me leading yoga classes or dancing on the quad to Buena Vista Social Club before my 8am. I am a French and Francophone Studies Major and Public Health GEC. I really care about creating spaces and activities on campus where Batesies feel comfortable sharing and learning about what wellness means to them and others. See you around campus!

Courtney Tally ’23

Hi! My name is Courtney Tally and I am a member of the class of 2023! I am from Hanover, NH and am super excited to continue to be a part of Peer Health for this year. As part of the sexual health group, I was a part of the Sex Week Trivia last year and am excited to create more programming for Sex Week 2022! I am a declared biology major with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in applying mathematical methods. On campus, I am also a part of the Dance Marathon Committee, a member of the sailing team, and I play the cello in the Bates College orchestra.

Adelle Welch ’25

Hi! I’m Adelle Welch from Livingston Montana. I’m interested in biology but also every other thing a person can study. I joined Peer Health this year to become more involved with the Bates community and I’m very excited to be a part of the nutrition team this year!