Meet our Advocates

Photo Allison ZalePeer Advocate
Allison is currently a first year student at Montclair State University and she is a mathematics education major. In the future, she would like to become a middle school/high school mathematics teacher and earn certification to teach children with disabilities. She is also an active member of Hillel and pep band on campus. She became a Peer Advocate because she wanted to promote healthy decision making and mental health awareness on campus.
Photo Amena KhanPeer Advocate
Amena is currently a junior at Montclair State University. She is majoring in women’s and gender studies and minoring in creative writing. She became a Peer Advocate to help promote women’s health, mental health and to learn more about other health related issues. Amena is also an EMT in her home town, a Bonner AmeriCorp leader on campus, and works as the volunteer coordinator at her local library. She is interested in writing and is working on going into healthcare and women’s rights advocacy. She believes that her experience at Health Promotion’s Drop In Center will help her begin a lifelong career in helping others become healthier and happier.
Photo Ashley MelnickPeer Advocate
Ashley is a sophomore at Montclair State University and is in the family and child studies program with a concentration in K-6 elementary education. She became a Peer Advocate because she loves to help people and wants to promote healthy lifestyles for her campus community. Ashley currently works as a waitress at Anthony Franco’s in Verona and she is a babysitter for her three adorable neighbors! After graduation, Ashley hopes to be an elementary school teacher because she loves children! You can recognize Ashley on campus from her bright blonde hair and loud, strong Jersey accent!
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Cortney McKenziePeer Advocate
Cortney McKenzie is currently a junior at Montclair State University. She is a family and child studies major, minoring in public health and is also completing the certificate in child advocacy. Her studies are fueled by her passion to make a difference. She is happy to be a part of the Peer Advocacy program because it allows her to expand her positivity to the campus community. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and going on adventures.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Daniella MironskiPeer Advocate
Daniella is a junior here at Montclair State University. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. She has a passion for working with people and plans to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. What prompted her to become a Peer Advocate was the opportunity to help educate her peers about living a healthy lifestyle and connecting with others across campus. Off of campus, she enjoys living an active life and participating in activities such as running, yoga and mixed martial arts.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Emily IovinePeer Advocate
Emily is currently a junior psychology major at Montclair State University. She became a Peer Advocate because she is passionate about living healthy and wants to share her knowledge with others to help them make good choices. Emily is also a very involved member of her sorority, Alpha Iota Chi. She likes to spend her time doing yoga, seeing her friends, going shopping and working on community service projects. After graduation, Emily plans to get a PsyD and become a psychologist, so she can continue to help people.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Erica TraupmanPeer Advocate
Erica is a junior at Montclair State University. She is majoring in justice studies with a concentration in paralegal studies and justice systems, and a minor in justice and family studies. She became a Peer Advocate because she wanted to be able to help her peers and other people in Montclair State University’s community. She also became a Peer Advocate to learn more about ways to promote healthy lifestyles. In the future, she wants to work with kids and help children.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Jasmine SanguPeer Advocate
Jasmine Sangu is currently a sophomore at Montclair State and is majoring in chemistry. She plans on working in the health and medical profession, after she obtains her degree. She joined the Peer Advocate team because she wants to help promote healthy decision making amongst college students. She wants others to be informed of all the tools and resources that are available throughout campus, such as programs and events. She hopes to help college students just like her make the most of their college experience.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Jessica LiebermanPeer Advocate
Jessica is currently a first year student from Livingston, NJ. She became a Peer Advocate after getting involved with volunteering as a “Freshman Friend”, a peer mentor that advises others on academic resources and how to maintain well-being in high school. She is so eager to work at Health Promotion’s Drop In Center to motivate and inform others on how to stay stress-free and keep a positive attitude! Jessica is currently undeclared, but is looking forward to a fulfilling and promising future. Her hobbies include singing, socializing with friends, and being an active member in Hillel. After graduation Jessica wants to continue promoting health and travel the world.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Joshua CohenPeer Advocate
Joshua is currently a Junior Psychology major at Montclair State University. He became a Peer Advocate because he wants to promote social change, and promote mental health awareness on campus. Joshua is also an active member of Active minds on campus, and is a CAPS Empowerment Ambassador. His interests include listening to music, playing the drums, and participating in martial arts. Joshua hopes to enter a PhD program in clinical/counseling psychology to become a Psychologist, where he will have the opportunity to help people.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Kiara SarnerPeer Advocate
Kiara is currently a junior at Montclair State and studying abroad this semester. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in fine arts, as she plans to go onto graduate school for art therapy. Kiara became a Peer Advocate to help her peers understand the importance of taking care of your mind and body while journeying through college. She is also the secretary of the Montclair Student Council on Family Relations and a nanny for two adorable little girls when she is not on campus!
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Kimberly PierrePeer Advocate
Kim is a sophomore biology major from West Orange, New Jersey. Kim became a Peer Advocate because she loved being involved in her high school's Prevention Education Program, Teen PEP. She also wanted to learn new ways in which to promote health and help people. After graduation, Kim wants to travel to Europe. Kim's other hobbies and interests include sleeping, hanging out with friends, and having fun.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Leah BankPeer Advocate
Leah recently graduated with a degree in exercise science from Hofstra University. She is a graduate assistant pursuing her master’s degree in exercise science at Montclair State University. Her passion for exercise and fitness stems from her participation in flying trapeze and aerial arts.  She holds an interest in physical activity, healthy eating, and balancing a stress-free lifestyle. Leah teaches a variety of group fitness classes including Zumba, kickboxing, and circuit training. She is a positive role model for others and enjoys working with the youth population. Leah is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm and commitment to health with the Montclair State University campus.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Maysoon SalemPeer Advocate
Maysoon is currently a junior, majoring in psychology, and an aspiring optometrist. She was inspired by her grandfather to pursue the career of optometry. Unfortunately, he suffered from blindness almost all his life due to lack of resources. Becoming a Peer Advocate allows her to promote health awareness and guide students to the correct and available resources, giving them hope of a healthier future. Her grandfather once told her, “You don’t need your eyes to see the world - you just need a clean mind”.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Stephanie BaronePeer Advocate
Stephanie is currently a sophomore studying food science and nutrition. Stephanie became a Peer Advocate because she enjoys spreading information on various health topics. She enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family and learning new things! After graduation Stephanie plans to be a motivational speaker and travel around the country motivating people to be happy and healthy.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Stephanie RahnPeer Advocate
Stephanie is currently a sophomore business administration major with a concentration in marketing. She became a Peer Advocate because she wanted to help promote healthy lifestyles for the Montclair State campus community and give to people who are in need of a helping hand. After graduation, she hopes to be a marketing correspondent for Disney.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Tatiana CabreraPeer Advocate
Tatiana is currently a senior at Montclair State University. She is majoring in child advocacy and policy. Her studies are driven by her passion and love for children and life. She became a Peer Advocate in order to work and connect with others who share her passions for health, fitness and making positive and healthy choices. In her spare time she enjoys reading, teaching or taking Zumba classes, training at the Student Recreation Center, and spending time with her friends and family.
Photo of Health Promotion Employee Taylor IanuzeliPeer Advocate
Taylor is a sophomore studying family and child studies with a minor in justice and families. She became a Peer Advocate in hopes of setting up a foundation of health for her fellow peers, so that they can continue being healthy throughout their lives. Taylor loves to spend time with her family, reading, and working out at the Student Recreation Center. After graduation, Taylor hopes to continue her studies at Montclair State at the Graduate School and achieve her master’s.