Francis has supported students for over a decade through various roles in student affairs. Francis graduated with a Master's of Science in Secondary Education, and is currently enrolled in an Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Portland State University. Drawing on experience as a counselor for the National Suicide Lifeline, his work as a survivor's advocate in Suffolk County, and crisis management roles in university housing, Francis brings compassion, equity, and dedication to his work advocating for students. Outside of work, Francis enjoys the outdoors and playing video games.


Molly worked and advocated for adults experiencing housing instability, children with special needs in the school system, and children in the foster care system until she came to the Office of Advocacy five years ago. She was a non-traditional student at Oregon State and graduated in 2007 with a BS in Human Development and Family Services, with a Human Services option. Her years of experience helping people through rough situations and her experience as a student at OSU has informed her practice of listening and supporting each student she meets. She understands the complexities of navigating a higher education institution and strives to consider the needs of everyone involved in issues that arise. Her mission is that every student she meets with will develop the self-advocacy tools to address future conflicts professionally and respectfully. 


Julia grew up on the coast of South Carolina and holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina. She is currently finishing up her Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at USC and is excited to spend her summer in Corvallis! Her background in teaching, public health, leadership development, and integrative and experiential learning has given her the tools to work with all kinds of students and has informed her practice in student affairs. She is interested in supporting students as they navigate the challenges and successes of higher education through equity-informed mindset and advocacy. Outside of work, Julia enjoys hiking and arts and crafts!

Peer Advocates

Barış Karaca (he/him) 

Barış is a Peer Advocate at the Office. Barış is also the Office of Advocacy's International Advocate. He is a third-year student studying Human Development and Family Sciences, with an option in Pre-Medicine. Barış likes to cycle along the Willamette and climb trees in his free time.


Joe Wolf (he/him)

Joe is a Peer Advocate and the Policy Team Lead in the Office. He is finishing up an M.A. in Applied Ethics after earning a B.A. in Political Science at OSU. When he's not working or talking philosophy, you'll find Joe on a hike.


Jeanie Chen (she/they)

Jeanie is a Peer Advocate at the Office. She is a fifth-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. She is allergic to mangos and the biggest fan of true crime and fictional murder mystery podcasts.

Support Staff

Kalei Blair (she/her)

Kalei is a second-year studying BioHealth Sciences. Kalei is currently planning for a career as a dental hygienist. When she's not working or studying, she loves to collect shoes that she cannot afford.




Gabe Ryley (he/him) 

Gabe is a third-year student in the College of Engineering. Gabe is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which comes from his knowledge of techology. In addition to working with computers, Gabe enjoys running and hiking in his free time (pictured on a hike in Hawaii!). He also enjoys helping people navigate bureaucracy, and likely spends too much time working on his personal finances. 


Aracely Perez-Perez (she/her) 

Aracely is a third-year studying Political Science with a minor in Business Information Systems. On top of greeting students, she is a vital member to the Policy Team. She hopes to build her own library someday in her future home!