Staff

Meet your new partners on the path to wellness.

Kelly Hogan Stewart, Director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being

Kelly Hogan is the Director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Kelly earned her Master’s in Public Health from Indiana University and bachelor’s degrees in health promotion, exercise physiology, and psychology from Purdue University.

As director, Kelly leads a robust student well-being department tailored to the unique Notre Dame culture. She believes that personal well-being is perfectly matched with the University of Notre Dame’s mission of cultivating the minds and hearts of students.

Kelly has an adventurous spirit and takes advantage of any opportunity to live life to the fullest. She enjoys running, cycling, water sports, and sunsets on the beach with friends, family, and her Golden Retriever puppy.

Contact information: kellyhogan@nd.edu  


Mara Trionfero, AOD Prevention Specialist

Mara Trionfero is an Assistant Director for Assessment and Education at the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Mara received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. in History from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

Focused on mitigating the effects of high-risk alcohol abuse, she enjoys working with the emerging adult population in a Catholic higher education setting. Mara also serves as a Title IX resource coordinator at the University, as well as a small-group facilitator for the Summer Service Learning Program with the Center for Social Concerns.

When not working at Notre Dame, she loves opportunities for civic engagement in the South Bend community, serving as a volunteer for multiple non-profits in the area and participating in diverse community-building initiatives such as SB150. She also enjoys her two dogs, Wendell and Syra. 

Contact information: mtrionfe@nd.edu,  https://mtrionfe.youcanbook.me


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Katrina Conrad is an Assistant Director for Student Well-Being at the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Katrina received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Indiana University and her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Science from Indiana University-Indianapolis.

Katrina understands that being a college student can be a challenge but by discovering and balancing holistic well-being, she finds students grow in the challenges they face.  She is passionate about helping ND students find this balance and meet the challenges.  By focusing on students' general well being through campus engagement, outreach and initiatives,  she strives to create an environment where students can flourish in all eight dimensions of well-being to have their best ND experience.    

Along with her husband and little boy, Katrina enjoys traveling to new places to experience other cultures, going on walks and hiking adventures with their dog, spending time in the local communities, being active outdoors, and watching sports, especially the Irish!  

Contact information:  kconrad2@nd.edu


Jenna Gehl Jones

Jenna Gehl Jones is an Assistant Director of Emotional Well-Being.  Jenna earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  Jenna also earned a Certification as a Heath Education Specialist after completing coursework at Western Michigan University. 

Jenna's life passion is to help college students find their way safely and successfully through the roller coaster ride of college, and her background in counseling and health education allows her to assist individuals and communities become healthier and happier.  She is inspired to work alongside Notre Dame students, faculty and staff to make our corner of the world a beautiful place to work, live, and study.

Jenna is a solar-powered nature-lover, and you can often find her outside camping, kayaking, biking or hiking with her husband, family, and friends.  When the Michiana weather interferes, she is more likely to be curled up with a good book and her two rambunctious cats.

Contact information: jgehl@nd.edu  


Emily Schulze

Emily Schulze is the Grant Coordinator at the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Emily received her bachelor's degree in Medical Anthropology from Creighton University and her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and a certificate in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Emily is passionate about helping Notre Dame students live fulfilling and flourishing lives on campus and beyond. In order to do so, she works directly with the state of Indiana in managing a grant focused on enhancing ND students' emotional well-being, while reducing risk surrounding alcohol use. Emily also assists in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of other McWell initiatives on campus.

When she is not on campus, you can find Emily cheering on her hometown Chicago sports teams, volunteering in the local community, adventuring outdoors with her dog, Clark, or exploring new places, cultures, and food with family and friends.

Contact information: eschulze@nd.edu


Katie Wood Small

Katie Wood is the Graduate Intern at The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being. Katie joins McWell from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she is currently earning her Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016 from Indiana University where she was active in peer health education. Her professional interests include university health promotion, specifically mental health and cultivating & maintaining healthy relationships.

As part of the McWell team, Katie assists with the Emotional Well-Being Environmental Scan to better understand Notre Dame students’ mental health strengths and challenges. As a current graduate student herself, she is passionate about communicating with students in ways that are effective, engaging, and culturally relevant.

Originally from Granger, IN, Katie is excited to be back on campus after completing an internship with McWell in Summer 2017. In her personal life, Katie is an aspiring pet owner, enjoys yoga, baking, and attending comedy shows.

Contact information: kwood12@nd.edu

McWell Student Staff

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Daniela DeCiantis-Whitley is a Graduate Student Assistant at McWell.  Originally from Toronto, Canada, Daniela has come to Notre Dame to study in the Master of Divinity Program.  Fun fact: in her spare time, Daniela enjoys reading cookbooks.


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Jo Keranen is a Graduate Student Assistant at McWell. She hails from the far off (just kidding!) lands of Osceola, Indiana and is pursuing her Master of Global Health.  Fun fact: Jo is fluent in Kiswahili after spending time in Tanzania in the Peace Corps.


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Kenzie Issac is the Undergraduate Student Assistant at McWell. Kenzie is working towards a double major in Sociology and Latino Studies and is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. Fun fact: Kenzie's first concert was Blue's Clues when she was four years old. Somehow, in the midst of her toddler fanaticism, she sprained her ankle and hasn't attended a concert ever since.