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Meet the Facilitators


Ali Blisnuk

Ali Blisnuk

Year: Senior

Major: Nursing

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I wanted to become an Aspire Facilitator because I think it will help me in my future career as a nurse.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Healthy Relationships

Interesting Fact: I’ve been sailing since I was 12 years old.

Aaliyah Bond

Aaliyah Bond

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to be an advocate for a healthy college life within our community. I hope to inform other students on the resources available and encourage them to better take care of themselves and their peers.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I was born in Belgium.

Diamond Brown

Diamond Brown

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I enjoy interacting with my peers and participating in meaningful conversations that can have positive life-long impacts.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I like to go hiking in my spare time.

Emily Rose Carlton

Emily Rose Carlton

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: Being a part of the Aspire Program is a great way to stay involved and act as a peer role model for incoming students who might be struggling with adapting to college life.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Interpersonal Violence Protection

Interesting Fact: I want to run my own fashion editorial magazine one day!

Jonathan Carmichael

Jonathan Carmichael

Year: Senior

Major: Pan African Studies

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to make sure that my fellow peers are the best version of themselves that they can be.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Interesting Fact: I was an Orientation Ambassador last summer!

Megan Carter

Megan Carter

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I became an Aspire Facilitator because I wanted to make a difference on campus and change the outlook on mental health on college campuses.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Interesting Fact: I read an entire book series in one day, and the loss of sleep was worth it!

Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology and Women's Leadership

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I became a facilitator because I have a passion for helping my peers and providing them with the resources they need.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Clemson Campus Resources

Interesting Fact: I love photography and graphic designs. I spend a great deal of my free time playing around with editing skills.

Caroline Clark

Caroline Clark

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology and Recreational Therapy

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I am passionate about the quality of life for students, particularly pertaining to mental health.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: My grandparents both came from Europe in the 70’s and worked in the circus; I come from a long line of gypsies.

Audrey Cutlip

Audrey Cutlip

Year: Junior

Major: Agriculture Education

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I care about Clemson and its students. I am passionate about educating others and creating a safer and healthier campus!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I have been playing the violin since I was 3 years old.

Chiodera Drayton-Smith

Chiodera Drayton-Smith

Year: Senior

Major: Philosophy

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: To more broadly impact my fellow students’ well-being. I constantly advocate for the wellness of one’s self. Being an Aspire Facilitator was the perfect way to influence those around me in helping themselves and others.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I don't like coffee or tea!

Abi Elvira

Abi Elvira

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biological Sciences

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I thought it would be a good way to get involved on campus, as well as help new students begin to think of Clemson as a second home.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Healthy Relationships

Interesting Fact: I eat my pizza backwards.

Jessica Engel

Jessica Engel

Year: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I believe every college student is more equipped to handle a lot of real-world situations that occur after learning what Aspire teaches.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Healthy Relationships

Interesting Fact: Sharks are my favorite animals!

Carli Festa

Carli Festa

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I love helping people! Educating students about the amazing services we offer here at Clemson is a fun and rewarding way to help others!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I've been a Type I Diabetic for over half of my life! And I hope to one day help young kids who are struggling with the disease find their strength.

Kristin Free

Kristin Free

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I am passionate about helping others be happy and safe at Clemson!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I teach fitness classes at Fike!

KeeKee Freeman

Zykeethia (KeeKee) Freeman

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I decided to become a facilitator because I enjoy helping students, and I wanted to engage in meaningful conversations to help Clemson students stay safe!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Interesting Fact: Abraham Lincoln and I share the same birthday.

Sontaja Gordon

Sontaja Gordon

Year: Senior

Major: Management

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: Adapting to new atmospheres can be challenging, and I'm honored to provide my peers with the resources they need to experience living in the safest environment possible here at Clemson.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Chavah Greene

Chavah Greene

Year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial Engineering

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I love interacting with others, and Aspire allows me to have meaning conversations with my peers.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Suicide Prevention

Interesting Fact: I pole vaulted in high school.

Kristen Hepburn

Kristen Hepburn

Year: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I love interacting with other Clemson students and want to help others become aware of the resources available to them so they can feel safe and healthy on campus.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I was in a Global Ecology Magnet Program in high school so I went on field trips to different rivers and mountains every month.

Perrin Hines

Perrin Hines

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to show that learning how to be healthy is just as important as learning how to do well in your classes.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I’m Beyonce’s biggest fan!

Cathy Keaton

Cathy Keaton

Year: Senior

Major: English/Creative Writing

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I am passionate about helping others and want to be sure everyone has knowledge about their options and resources.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Interesting Fact: I write short stories and flash fiction.

Paige Kennett

Paige Kennett

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology, Justice Studies

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I learned a lot from my Aspire session and want to be able to help others learn how to stay safe and healthy in college.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Interesting Fact: I’ve visited the island where 'Pirates of the Caribbean' was filmed.

Darien Mikell

Darien Mikell

Year: Sophomore

Major: English

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I enjoyed being educated about the various Healthy Campus resources that Clemson has to offer, and I wanted to teach and make an impact on others.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Interesting Fact: My birthday is the day after Independence Day.

Tony Norcia

Tony Norcia

Year: Sophomore

Major: Food Science and Nutrition

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: To educate Clemson’s student body on how to safely enjoy their college experience.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Bystander Intervention

Interesting Fact: I love to cook!

Maria Roberts

Maria Roberts

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I love educating my peers on topics that I am extremely passionate about!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: In my free time, I enjoy exploring some of the areas around Clemson!

Megan Sajer

Megan Sajer

Year: Freshman

Major: Biological Sciences

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to make Clemson students aware of all the wonderful resources that the University has to offer to help them become successful and healthy students.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I had brain surgery when I was 16 years old.

Lauren Singleton

Lauren Singleton

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I love health care and helping others become better versions of themselves with respect to their health and wellness. Aspire lets me connect to first-year students while getting to share my passion with them as well.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Interesting Fact: I've spent two weeks and four days of my life watching Parks and Rec reruns.

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Year: Junior

Major: Microbiology with Concentration in Biomedicine

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I became a facilitator because I love to talk to new students and help them navigate their way through their first few months of college!

Favorite Aspire Topic: Mental Health

Interesting Fact: I have shared a room my whole life!

Aubrey Steele

Aubrey Steele

Year: Sophomore

Major: Communications

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to assist anyone going through a problem that they can’t overcome alone.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Bystander Intervention

Interesting Fact: I love to sing!

Lia Stone

Lia Stone

Year: Sophomore

Major: Mathematical Science

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I want to help students feel safe and welcome on Clemson’s campus and provide them with information that will assist them in succeeding at Clemson.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Interesting Fact: I have 6 dogs and 2 goats.

Rachael Zugg

Rachael Zugg

Year: Senior

Major: Microbiology

Reason You Became an Aspire Facilitator: I am so passionate about providing new students with information about Clemson! The Aspire program drew me in because I wanted to give all students the opportunity to hear what Clemson has to offer and the great support systems they have.

Favorite Aspire Topic: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Interesting Fact: I compete in bodybuilding competitions!