Peer Mentor Program

Our mentors share their own experiences from a peer perspective, and listen to our patients and caregivers. They understand the toll a serious health issue can take on our families. Our participants say this one-on-one communication with another patient or caregiver has been extremely beneficial.
Peer Mentors can:
  • Provide information, guidance and emotional support to patients who have experienced a serious health issue.
  • Help patients confront challenging issues and emotions.
  • Offer a network of peers to help those experiencing a health issue to not feel alone.
  • Encourage patients to partner in their care.
All peer mentors are volunteers of the Michigan Medicine who have received extensive training. Conversations are kept in strict confidence. You can connect with a mentor in person or by phone, have a single conversation or more – whatever you find most helpful!

Check this video highlighting the benefits of having a peer mentor program. 

This video was made possible by funding from the Mott Golf Classic. 

Current Peer Mentor Programs

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Peer Mentor Program

Sandy Lemkin, Clinical Care Coordinator & Mentor Coordinator 

Darla Goulet, Mentor Coordinator


Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Oncology

Emily Walling, MD, Mentor Coordinator


Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Chronic Kidney Disease

Lisa Zucker, Mentor Coordinator


Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Peer Mentor Program

Erica Henkle, Mentor Coordinator


Cardiac Rehab Peer Mentor Program

Diane Perry, Mentor Coordinator

Janel Ehrman, Mentor Coordinator

To contact coordinators, click here.


Cochlear Implant Peer Mentor Program

Rachel Kooser, Mentor Coordinator


Community Amputee Network (U-CAN) Peer Visitor Program

Carla Vollmer, Mentor Coordinator


Congenital Heart Center Peer Mentor Program

Chris Kozel, Mentor Coordinator 

Maria Real

Kristin Santa

Alana Oudekerk-Hanxx

Madelyn Smith

Andrea Craven

To contact coordinators, click here


Cystic Fibrosis Peer Mentor Program 

Katie Hall, Mentor Coordinator


Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Peer Mentor Program

Gloria Patterson, Mentor Coordinator


Epilepsy-Pediatric Peer Mentor Program 

Ashley Barnes, Mentor Coordinator 


Fetal Surgery

Melissa Cantrell, Mentor Coordinator


Heart Failure Peer Mentor Program

Sara Kaufman Licata, Mentor Coordinator


Heart Transplant & LVAD Peer Mentor Program

Jack Harrington, Mentor Coordinator


Juvenile Dermatomyositis

Sophia Matossian, Mentor Coordinator

Miaya Boykin, Mentor Coordinator


IBD-Pediatric Peer Mentor Program

Nicole Hall, Mentor Coordinator


Implantable Cardiac Device Peer Mentor Program

Melissa Cunningham, Volunteer Coordinator 


Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Colitis/Chrone's)

Nicole Hall, Mentor Coordinator


Kidney Transplant (Donor and Recipient) Peer Mentor Program 

Stacy Brand, Mentor Coordinator


Kidney Transplant Pediatric Peer Mentor Program

Matt Butler, Mentor Coordinator


Liver Transplant (Donor and Recipient) Mentor Program

Jennifer Smith, Mentor Coordinator


Liver Transplant Pediatric Peer Mentor Program

Tanya Smith, Mentor Coordinator 


Lung Transplant Peer Mentor Program 

Amy Van Zee, Mentor Coordinator

Stephanie Zaientz, Mentor Coordinator


Neurology/Epilepsy Pediatric Peer Mentor Program

Ashley Barnes, Mentor Coordinator


Ortho-Shoulder/Knee Replacement Peer Mentor Program

Melissa Cunningham, Volunteer Coordinator


Pediatric Palliative & Bereavement Care

LaTresa Wiley, Mentor Coordinator

Sarah Lossing, Mentor Coordinator

To contact the coordinators, click here.


Prostate Cancer Center Peer Mentor Program

Jan Gamboa, Mentor Coordinator

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Pulmonary Hypertension Peer Mentor Program

Susie McDivett, Mentor Coordinator


Radiation Oncology Peer Mentor Program

Tayler Lashbrook, Mentor Coordinator

Dana Katz, Mentor Coordinator

To contact the coordinators, click here.


Same Sex Surrogacy Birth Peer Mentor Program

Melissa Cantrell, Mentor Coordinator


Scleroderma Peer Mentor Program

Maya Sabbagh, Mentor Coordinator


Scoliosis Peer Mentor Program

Sadie Shepard, Mentor Coordinator


Spinal Cord Injury & PM&R Peer Mentor Program

Patricia Zuba, Mentor Coordinator

Cindy Douglas, Mentor Coordinator


Stroke Peer Mentor Program

Jessica Roberts, Mentor Coordinator


Throat, Neck, & Head Cancer Peer Mentor Program

Melissa Cunningham, Volunteer Coordinator


UM Community Amputee Network (UCAN)

Carla Vollmer, Mentor Coordinator


Vent Clinic

Nicola Salvia, Mentor Coordinator