Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Marie Cascarano, EdD, MCHES
Assistant Director, Health Promotion

Dr. Marie Cascarano received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art. She went on to receive a master’s degree and doctoral degree from Columbia University – Teachers College in Health Education.

Marie has worked for several non-profit organizations including the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of Hudson County, Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey and Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.

With over 20 years of experience in group facilitation and program development, Marie oversees a comprehensive, award-winning education and prevention program that addresses various health issues including alcohol and other drugs, safer sex, sexuality, body image, stress and sleep. Awards include The U.S. Department of Education’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses (2006), The Bacchus Network Outstanding Program for Body Acceptance Week (2014), and The Bacchus Network Outstanding Program for Safer Spring Break (2015).

When Marie is not fighting stigma and preventing college health disasters, she is chauffeuring her daughter to various sports and activities, attending spin classes, and practicing self-care through art.

John Han
Health Promotion Specialist, Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports

John graduated with a bachelors in Public Health from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Shortly after graduating, he worked at the Englewood Health Department as a Health Educator for 3 years. There he understood the importance of outreach and health education as he went out and initiated various programs and health workshops for the youth and adults throughout Englewood.

After working at the health department, John went back to school and received his Master’s in Public Administration from Kean University. While studying, John worked at the Human Resources Department at Kean University for over 3 years.

John is passionate about outreach, serving the community, and being a positive influence to those around him. He hopes to make small and positive differences in people’s lives anywhere he is. In his free time, John enjoys friendly competition with his friends and family through board games, golf, and tennis.

Graduate Coordinators

Cassidy Walsh
Health Promotion Graduate Coordinator

Cassidy Walsh is a Graduate Coordinator at the Office of Health Promotion. She is currently in her second year of her MPH at Montclair with a concentration in Community Health Education. She received her undergraduate degree in 2020 from Sacred Heart University and while there, she discovered a love for women’s health, mental health, and environmental health. Cassidy has interned with New Jersey SNAP-Ed and Zufall Health Center, and hopes to utilize these experiences to address systemic health issues and advocate for underserved communities once she graduates in May. In her free time, she likes to hike, paint, and try out new vegetarian recipes!

Stefanie LoBue
Health Promotion Graduate Coordinator

Stefanie LoBue is a second year Master of Public Health student with a concentration in Community Health Education. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Rowan University in 2018. She has worked for different nonprofits including The Food Trust of Philadelphia and Top Box Foods of Chicago. She hopes to continue work in health promotion upon graduating and advocate for mental health and wellness. When Stefanie is not working, she is spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and planning her next travel experience.

Val Mejia
Health Promotion Graduate Coordinator

Valentina Mejia is in her first year of the Master’s of Public Health program at MSU with a concentration in Community Health Education. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Valentina was a peer advocate for The Office of Health Promotion for two years where she developed her passion for sexual health, mental health, and overall human well being. Now she continues to work at the Office of Health Promotion as a graduate coordinator! She has various years of experience working in healthcare and plans to use her knowledge in biology to help her research ways to enforce sexual health/education especially in marginalized communities. In her free time, Valentina loves reading new fiction, buying vinyls, hiking, journaling and making playlists!

Health Promotion Assistants

Gisele Lewis

Gisele Lewis is a senior who majors in Medical Humanities and minors in Anthropology. She has been with the Health Promotion team since her sophomore year as a Peer Advocate, where her love for all things healthcare was allowed to flourish and thrive. Upon completing her degree, Gisele hopes to further her healthcare knowledge by attending medical school. In her free time, she likes to cook, bake, sight see and spend time with family and friend