Student Staff
Whitney Platzer O'Regan

Whitney Platzer O'Regan - Graduate Assistant
Whitney Platzer O'Regan joined the Dean of Students Office in August 2013. Whitney is the Graduate Assistant for PIER21, the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education and assists the Assistant Dean of Students in initiatives that support the overall goals and objectives of the center. Including prevention, intervention, education, and referral focusing on alcohol and other drug use, misuse and dependency. In order to accomplish the goals of the Center, Whitney works closely with the peer educators and peer education groups in the Dean of Students Office and other leaders in the campus community.
Whitney grew up on Miami Beach and is excited to be back in Miami after spending the past eight years in North Carolina. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Appalachian State University, where she found her calling as Vice President of the student run programming society on campus. Before joining the Dean of Student's office, Whitney worked in several university libraries and as a legal assistant, which gives her a unique approach to the goals of PIER 21. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Student Life and Development s part of UM's Higher Education Administration program. Whitney enjoys painting, any excuse for an outdoor adventure and everything pop culture.

Michaela Hennessey

Michaela Hennessy - Peer Educator
Michaela Hennessy is a senior from Sandwich, Massachusetts majoring in Marine Affairs with a minor in Advertising. This is her first year as a peer educator for PIER 21 but she's involved in many other areas of campus. She works as a Resident Assistant in Mahoney Residential College, and she's active in the Panhellenic Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA), Homecoming Executive Committee, Orange Festival, and President's 100. After UM, Michaela hopes to one day work for an aquarium planning education programs. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and TV shows and trying out new dessert recipes.

Stephen Quinones

Stephen Quinones - Peer Educator
Stephen Quinones is a junior at the University of Miami majoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Anthropology with a minor in Art History. He is a dedicated e-board member of Random Acts of Kindness and believes that being kind changes lives. He is also vice president of the UMiami Running Club and participates in intramural soccer. Stephen loves to read, SCUBA dive, give Free Hugs and play soccer. After graduating Stephen hopes to attend laws school to influence environmental policy and help preserve our ecosystems. He comes from a family background affected by alcohol and hopes to educate and encourage his peers to manage alcohol and other drugs responsibly

Stephen Quinones Ashley Ramon - Peer Educator
Ashley Ramon is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, she enjoys the Miami weather but would love to move back to the South one day. Ashley has always had a passion for bettering people and has become extremely passionate about educating her peers about drug and alcohol misusage. After graduating, she plans to continue her education in a Master's program in Criminology or Clinical Psychology. Eventually, Ashley would like to work with criminals in prisons to rehabilitate them and prepare them for a sober and healthy lifestyle. Outside of her Peer Ed duties, she enjoys outdoor activities, exercising, meeting new people, socializing, traveling, taking pictures (not of herself), and spending time with her precious family.
Danielle Morabito Danielle Morabito - Peer Educator
Danielle Morabito is a junior from Riverdale, New Jersey majoring in Psychology and Criminology with a Political Science minor. She is excited to be working with the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education as a Peer Educator. Danielle is also a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Greek Week Olympic Day Co-Chair. She has served as an Orientation Fellow for New Student Orientation and as a Research Assistant for the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD in our psychology department. After graduating, Danielle would like to pursue a higher degree in Criminal Psychology. In her free time, she takes advantage of the lovely Miami weather between scuba diving and lounging on the beach. Danielle also enjoys yoga, movie nights, and traveling.