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Don Swogger

Don E. Swogger

dswogger@frostburg.edu 

M.Ed Health Psychology
Position: Advisor
Years at FSU: 30
Hometown: Sharon PA
Favorite Quote: "People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care"

Shyann Finkle

Shyann Finkle

Position: President
Major: Early Childhood Education
Year: First-Year

Shyann Finkle is our current FSU Peer Education Network President.  Her experience as a leader started at a young age, when sports, but more specifically softball, began playing a more active role in her life.  She would work hard on and off the field to enhance her skills, often help other players to practice and improve, and became a catcher, a position that is designed to control the flow of the game.  Entering middle school, she would often be found helping students with special needs achieve the same educational excellence she was striving for.  It was during this time; she developed a love for education and decided she wanted to become an educator.

While in High School, her desire to participate and lead grew.  Shyann became an advocate for her school’s LYNX program, which helps students determine what they want to do post high school; became her high school softball teams’ Captain and closed out her High School career as her Senior Class Vice President.  With the support of her friends and family, Shyann entered a program called TAM (Teacher Academy of Maryland), beginning college level classes as a Junior in High School.  Within the TAM program, she learned some of the basics of becoming a teacher and even took part in an internship her Senior year, at a local elementary school. 

Her love for teaching led her to Frostburg where she is currently studying Early Childhood Elementary Education in the hopes to one day become an Elementary School Special Education teacher.  Shyann fell in love with Frostburg the moment she stepped foot on the campus.  One of her favorite things Frostburg offers its students, besides the amazing education program, is how inclusive the campus feels. 

When Shyann is not in the classroom or SAFE Office, she can be found watching a softball game, supporting her favorite baseball team, the Washington Nationals, curled up with a blanket and a good book, spending time with friends and family and of course, her pets. 


Nargina Johnson

Nargina Johnson

Position: Intern & BURG Peer Ed. Member
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior
Favorite quote: "If you can't beat the fear, just do it scared." - Glennon Doyle.

Dr. Amanda Vandivier

Dr. Amanda Vandivier

Position: SAFE Office Research Intern, PhD
Dr. Amanda Vandivier is a former graduate of FSU with a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Ph.D. (ABD) in Human and Social Services, an M.S. in Psychology, and an M.Ed. Interdisciplinary (focusing on Psychology and Sociology) and B.S. in Sociology from FSU. She researches the impact of spiritual awakening on recovery from addictions, and most recently published, "The Growth of Spiritual Awareness through AA Participation: A Phenomenological Study" in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. She also presented at the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) National Meeting on Substance Abuse. As a life-long learner, she enjoys expanding her skills base, and is currently working on completing a Master's in Social Work through Fordham University.

Abigail Gordon

Abigail Gordon

Position: Undergradate Intern
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior

TyJae' Bolton

TyJae' Bolton 

Position: Undergradate Intern
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior
Favorite quote: “Change the things I cannot accept; accept the things I cannot change.”

Brynisha Boatwright

Brynisha Boatwright

Position: Undergradate Intern
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior
Favorite quote: "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Duncan Groff

Duncan Groff

Position: Graphic Design Intern
Major: Mass Communication, Minor in Graphic Design
Year: Senior

Vanessa Robosson

Vanessa Robosson

Position: Undergradate Intern
Major: Psychology
Year: Senior




BURG Peer Education Network

S.A.F.E. Office in Pullen Hall, Room 109
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

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Don Swogger
Director of Substance Abuse | S.A.F.E. Office

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