Skip to content
Tab thru menu links. Enter key for site map

Staff Profiles

Jordan Perry

Jordan Perry
Director

(they/she)
perryj2@appstate.edu

 

Jordan (they or she pronouns) was born and raised in Iredell County, NC, got their bachelors degree in sociology from UNC Asheville, and masters degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill. They are working to complete their doctorate in Educational Leadership and are excited to be both a staff member and a student at Appalachian State University.

Prior to taking on this position, Jordan worked in health promotion at UNC Asheville, for a violence prevention non-profit in Washington, DC, and for several East Coast colleges and universities. Jordan is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, and has completed professional trainings on racial justice, social justice, sexual health, bystander intervention, peer education, restorative justice, smoking cessation, harm reduction, suicide prevention, mental health, and more. They taught as an adjunct lecturer for UNC Asheville and UNC Chapel Hill and have served on several WNC nonprofit boards. They work with the American College Health Associations Healthy Campus Leadership Team at the national level and are excited to be part of the future of health promotion on campus.

When they arent working, Jordan plays roller derby, cooks, and crafts.

 

Ben Asma

Ben Asma
Assistant Director and Coordinator for Alcohol and Other Drug Services 

(he/him/his)
asmabt@appstate.edu

Ben was born in Asheville, NC and raised in nearby Haywood County prior to moving to Virginia where he graduated from Alleghany High School.  After high school, Ben attended James Madison University and graduated with a bachelor of science in Psychology and a minor in Biology.  He then returned to North Carolina and enrolled at Appalachian State University where he completed a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with post-master's certificates in Addiction Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy.  Ben views his work in the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services as his perfect job, working with his favorite population—students, and environment--the university setting, in efforts to promote, create and sustain holistic well-being during a significant developmental period of life.  When Ben is not providing counseling and wellness services, he enjoys spending time and playing with his family and dog, Blue, as well as listening to music, watching football (Go App!) and Formula 1 racing, or trying his hand at woodworking.

Elisabeth Cavallaro

Elisabeth Cavallaro
Assistant Director and Coordinator for Student Mental Wellness

(she/they)
cavallaroe@appstate.edu

Elisabeth was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master's of Public Health from University of North Florida. She loves being able to apply a truly public health approach to improving the mental health of the students on campus, especially since improving mental health through public health techniques is such a new practice in the mental health world. Making a difference with students and working with the great team in Wellness and Prevention keep her excited to come into work every day. In her off-time, Elisabeth is usually playing with her dog or cat, enjoying all that Boone has to offer with her friends, contra-dancing, or reading a good book

Janna Lyons

Janna Lyons
Nutrition Specialist

(she/her/hers)
lyonsjw@appstate.edu

Janna is a native of Watauga Co. and an alumni of Appalachian State University, having completed both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Nutrition. Janna enjoys her work with students through the Department of Wellness and Prevention Services.  When Janna is not engaging students through her work on campus, she enjoys spending time with her family, bouldering, and being outside in general.

Kyra Patel

Kyra Patel
Coordinator for Student Social Wellness

(she/her/hers)
patelk@appstate.edu

Kyra was raised in Apex, NC and attended Appalachian State University for her undergraduate degree in Statistics. While at AppState, she was an orientation leader, worked in the Dean of Students Office, and founded the Annual Suicide Remembrance Night. Following graduating in 2016, she attended the University of Kentucky earning a Masters of Public Health in Health, Behavior & Society. During her time there, she was the graduate assistant in the Office of Financial Wellness. Since her sophomore year of undergrad, she has wanted o work n the field of student affairs, and is excited to use her public health degree to work with WECAN and the Red Flag Educators to raise awareness for holistic well being on AppState's campus. When she's not at work, Kyra is busy reading in her eno and enjoying all Boone has to offer.

 

 

Jake grew up in Gaffney, SC and attended Gardner-Webb University where he received a bachelors degree in Music Performance. Jake went on to attend Appalachian State University and received a bachelors degree in Music Therapy. He was deployed to Iraq with the Army National Guard for a year. Upon returning from deployment, he continued at ASU graduating with a masters degree in Music Therapy and a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy along with graduate certificates in Systemic Multicultural Counseling and Addiction Counseling. Jake serves as a coordinator for the Collegiate Recovery Program, provides counseling, and facilitates outreach programming for wellness. Jake is excited to utilize his education in music therapy and systemic training in marriage and family therapy in areas concerning mental health, recovery, stress reduction, and relationship development. Jake also serves as an adjunct professor in the Music Therapy Department at ASU. He has lived in Boone, NC with his wife since 2015 and they are expecting their first child soon. Jake has a big heart for the community and enjoys fishing, chess, softball, and making music with others.

Dina Critcher

Dina Critcher
Administrative Support Specialist

(she/her/hers)
critcherdw@appstate.edu

Dina was raised in a close-knit community in Davidson County, North Carolina, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, along with a minor in Psychology. Although not the career path she had intended, she worked 23 happy years in private medical practices. Managing the Office of Wellness and Prevention Services combines her administrative skills with her desire to work in public health. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, and have dinner with friends.