Meet Our Advocates

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Diana Alleyne

Diana is currently a sophomore who is a Public Relations and Spanish double major with an Arabic minor. Her pronouns are she, her, and hers. She is a second year Peer Advocate who loves what Health Promotions stands for and has accomplished.  Diana is passionate about mental and spiritual health. She’s a Libra who is immensely indecisive, loves taking pictures of her brunch and believes the most important thing a person can have is an open-mind. After she graduates, she wants to travel the world and make the world a better place in every way she can through various forms of communication, media, and the performing arts.

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Julie Attys

Julie is currently a senior and a Public Health major. She is currently applying to her master’s program to become an Epidemiologist. Julie is very passionate about helping people and making the world a better place. Being a Peer Advocate gives her the opportunity to help those on campus. She loves to volunteer, do makeup, and read during her spare time. She is excited to learn from being a Peer Advocate and wants to do anything she can to help her peers!

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Jamie Bacher

Jamie Bacher is currently a junior majoring in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics. Jamie keeps herself involved on campus by working at the Volunteer Center, being a Service Assistant, a SGA legislator for the Montclair State Dietetics Organization, an usher, ticket seller, and Program Assistant at the Alexander Kasser Theater.  Jamie became a Peer Advocate to further her knowledge in community health, while also being able to promote healthier lifestyles on campus. In the future, Jamie hopes to be an advocate for hunger and access to healthier food in other countries. In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends, going on walks, trying different foods, and attending events of interest.

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Brittany Dorta

Brittany is currently a sophomore at Montclair State University and is studying Biology. She is hoping to attend Medical School and is contemplating a specialty in Neurosurgery or Plastic Surgery. She decided to become a Peer Advocate to get more involved in campus life, form new relationships, and promote the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Brittany has started a vegan lifestyle and has become very passionate about it. She is also passionate about listening to music, painting and a good book on rainy Sundays!

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Schyler Edwards

Schyler is a first year Peer Advocate studying Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is involved on campus as a Resident Assistant and a Supplemental Instructor. She became a Peer Advocate because she is passionate about providing resources and knowledge for students on campus. She plans on pursing a medical degree after graduation with the hopes of establishing a career promoting women’s reproductive health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

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Kimberly Finkler

Kimberly is currently a junior at Montclair State University and a second year Peer Advocate. She enjoys going on walks, running 5ks, and spending time with her friends and family. Some of her favorite things are the color yellow and cacti. Right now she is majoring in Family Science and Human Development with a concentration in School Settings. Kim plans on becoming a teacher and eventually pursue her Master's degree. She decided to become a Peer Advocate because she has a passion for helping others and wants to promote health and happiness across campus.

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Elizabeth Galliford

Elizabeth is currently a junior majoring in Public Health. She is a first year Peer Advocate who is passionate about promoting healthier behaviors among her peers. Elizabeth also works at the Student Recreation Center and enjoys working out. She loves spending time with family and obsessively taking Buzzfeed quizzes. In her post graduate life, she wants to pursue a career in health policy to address health disparities across the nation. 

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Richard Hernandez-Lopez

Richard is currently a sophomore in the field of Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. After getting his bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue his Master’s in Forensic Psychology and hopefully become a criminal profiler for the FBI. This is Richards second year as a Peer Advocate. As a Peer Advocate, he promotes healthy choices among his peers on campus as well as himself. Richard loves being a Peer Advocate!

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Jennifer Kartelias

Jennifer is currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She is a first year Peer Advocate who is excited about what Health Promotion has to offer. Jennifer wants to help others obtain the resources they need on campus. She is passionate about learning, traveling, and her two cats. Jennifer plans on graduating from Montclair State in 2020, and potentially pursuing a post-graduate education.

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Ebony Laboy

Ebony is a senior studying both Public Health and Nutrition.  After graduation, she plans on obtaining a master’s degree. She wants to ultimately create programs for communities to be healthier. She became a Peer Advocate because she loves to educate and promote healthy behaviors among her peers. She also enjoys being involved on campus.  In her free time, she likes to exercise, sleep, and go on adventures.

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Sarah Lauber

Sarah is a junior studying Psychology and is passionate about psychotherapy. Sarah is the President of the Montclair State University chapter of Active Minds, a tutor and a volunteer for the Crisis Text line. Her hope is to pursue a Master’s in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In Sarah’s spare time, she enjoys going on walks and exploring new places with her peers.

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Samantha Lima

Sam is currently a junior at Montclair State University. She is majoring in Psychology, minoring in Spanish and getting a certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a Master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology to become a Psychiatrist. Her main goal in life is to help children struggling with Mental Disorders. Sam is extremely passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental health which is why she became a Peer Advocate. On campus, Samantha is also a sister at Sigma Sigma Sigma national sorority and has worked in the Call Center on campus for the past two years. In her free time, Sam loves to go on adventures with her friends, spend time with family, sing and read.

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Marc McAlinden

Marc is a junior and a Psychology major. He plans to pursue his PsyD in Clinical Psychology and hopes to work at a children’s treatment center. Marc became involved in Health Promotion as part of his desire to become more involved in the Red Hawk community. In addition to working at the Rec Center, Marc hopes to make a difference here at Montclair State University and help promote resources for living a healthier lifestyle on campus. Besides his positions here on campus, Marc enjoys camping, swimming, reading, and can do ten backflips in a row!

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Shanelle Morris

Shanelle is currently a senior at Montclair State University and is majoring in Fashion Studies with a minor in Business. She has aspirations of becoming a fashion stylist and owning her own boutique. Her hobbies are photography and binge watching shows on Netflix. She also enjoys having deep conversations about being a vegetarian. As a peer advocate, Shanelle hopes to spread awareness about body acceptance and promote healthy behaviors on campus.

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Diuky Padron-Marrero

Diuky is currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She decided to join Health Promotion to provide healthy tools and resources to students on campus. As a first year Peer Advocate, her main interests are mental health awareness, safer sex, and stress management. She aims to promote wellness to MSU students as a Peer Advocate.

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Kesha Patel

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Amanda Perez

Amanda is a currently senior at Montclair State University.  She is an English major and plans on becoming a high-school English teacher. This semester is the start of her student teaching internship for her last year in Montclair’s undergraduate teacher education program. She has a love for nature and likes to be outdoors as much as possible; she’s a hiker, a fisher, and a camper! Aside from that, her interests include literature and music. She is a concert-goer, museum visitor, and nature enthusiast. She also really enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy and Shameless. Her favorite kind of peanut butter is Skippy’s Natural Creamy with Honey, her favorite musical is Cats, and her favorite color is purple. Her career aspirations are to become a high-school English teacher. Eventually, she hopes to continue her education to become a college professor, concentrating in British Literature.

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Justine Potter

Justine is currently a junior and is majoring in Family Science and Child Development.  After she graduates, she plans on receiving her master’s degree at Montclair State University. She loves to work with children and displays interest in a healthy lifestyle. She believes that by becoming a Peer Advocate she will be able to learn more about promoting a healthy lifestyle to others. Justine is friend and family oriented, loves to travel and intends to explore other parts of the world.

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Tiamera Rasmussen-Ellen

Tiamera is currently a freshman and majoring in Visual Communication Design. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She is a first year Peer Advocate who enjoys educating and helping her peers. Health Promotion has given Tiamera a great opportunity to grow as a person, gaining knowledge and continuing leadership skills. She is a creative soul who loves writing, reading, design, and photography. She hopes to one day open up her own design firm. Tiamera has a favorite quote that she likes to live by in everyday life, “To be great is to be misunderstood”-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Brittany Savill

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Nomble Tanner

Nomble is currently a freshman. She is a Theatre Studies Major and has a double minor in Musical Theatre and Fashion Merchandising. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. Nomble is passionate about mental, sexual, physical, and spiritual health. Her goal as a Peer Advocate is to promote the importance of overall wellness to students on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys doing makeup, watching Bob’s Burgers, or sleeping. Her goal after college is to be multi-faceted in areas such as performing arts, fashion, and college health.

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Kayla Tozzi

Kayla is a Nutrition and Food Science major and is applying to the Dietetics concentration this semester. She is treasurer of the Montclair Animal Activists and a member of the Montclair State Dietetics Organization. Kayla is interested in nutrition, mental health, and safer sex.  She is excited to be a Peer Advocate and promote healthy behaviors among her peers.

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Rian Weinstein

Rian Weinstein is a sophomore majoring in Food Science and Nutrition with a concentration in Food Systems and a minor in Business. Food has the power to affect one’s mind, body and soul which is why her dream job is to travel across the world and help people through food and nutrition in developed and severely food insecure locations. Rian’s love for helping people extends to her purpose in Health Promotion. She joined freshman year because she wanted to help the public in more ways than just through food and nutrition. At Health Promotion, she has increased her knowledge of drugs, alcohol and safer sex, which fulfills her desire to educate people. Gaining knowledge and then passing it on to others is very valuable to Rian, as she sees herself as someone who strives to be a role model and have a positive influence on her campus.