For over 20 years, Molly has worked and advocated for adults experiencing housing instability, children with special needs in the school system, and children in the foster care system. She enrolled at Oregon State as a non-traditional student and graduated in 2007 with a BS in Human Development and Family Services with a Human Services option. Her years of experience helping folx through rough situations and her experience as a student at OSU has informed her practice of listening and supporting each student she meets. Molly has been with the Office of Advocacy for almost three years, and appreciates the opportunity to meet and learn from each person she encounters.



Peer Advocates


Joe Wolf is the Assistant Advocate in the office. He is a second-year M.A. student in Applied Ethics. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Applied Journalism from OSU in 2020. As an undergraduate student journalist, Joe held several reporting and editing roles at our award-winning student newspaper, The Daily Barometer. When he's not working or talking philosophy, you'll find Joe at trivia or on a hike. 




Andrew Harker is a Peer Advocate and Data Team Lead at the Office of Advocacy. He is in his third year at OSU, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Spanish. When he's not working or studying, he likes to run, cook, and eat ice cream.


Ava Thomas is a Peer Advocate and Marketing Team Lead at the Office. She is a third-year studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with double minors in Chemistry and Toxicology. She aims increase the retention of underrepresented minority students in traditional science fields. You can find her outside of work hunting for records, researching on campus, and making too many cups of tea. 



Gabriel Bendat is a Peer Advocate at the Office. He is a third-year student majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Environmental Sciences. He leads the Policy Team within the office. In his free time, Gabriel likes to bike, hike, and eat outside.


Shayla Rao is a Peer Advocate and part of Data Team at the Office. Shayla is a fifth year student studying Computer Science with a focus in Bioinformatics. She hopes to get a Master's degree in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures, hiking, cooking, and hanging out with her dog.  

Support Staff


Eero Kartano is an Intern at the Office. They are a fourth-year studying anthropology. Off-campus, Eero does social work at the Children’s Farm Home. They hope to pursue a career in social welfare. They are passionate about LGBTQIA+ affairs, disability access and issues, and diversity. Eero aims to effectively assist students achieve their goals to the best of their abilities.


Anna Sung is an Intern at the Office. She is a third-year, double majoring in Bio-Health Sciences and Public Health. She's excited for the new opportunities and projects this work will bring her. She stays involved on campus and spends a lot of her time in various clubs, activities, and research. For fun, she loves working out, binging Netflix shows, and finding new places to eat with friends. 


Grace Ault is an Intern at the Office. She is a second year student, minoring in Spanish and still deciding on a major. She is interested in pursuing Ethnic Studies, Linguistics, or Creative Writing. She is excited about getting more familiar with the community of Corvallis and OSU, and connecting with both local and campus organizations working to support students. In the future she would like to work within social welfare, specifically centering underrepresented voices, and focusing on community led social justice. 


Jeanie Chen (she/they) is an Intern at the Office. She is a fourth-year majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences with an option in Human Services. They are still exploring their specific career goals, but they wish to make a positive impact on under-resourced communities. A controversial fact about Jeanie is that she does not like cheese! She is however the biggest fan of true crime and fictional murder mystery podcasts and learning how to skateboard.


Barış Karaca is an Intern at the Office. He is a second year student who likes to cycle along the Willamette and climb trees in his free time.