Group of Peer Advocates inside in red and teal shirts

Meet Our Advocates

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, an 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.