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CAPS Peer Educator Profiles

Hi! My name is Shira Pollack and I am a Junior Psychology major. Next year, I plan on applying to graduate school in clinical psychology in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist and professor. I am so excited to be a CAPS peer educator and honored to have the opportunity to spread a caring, compassionate, and accepting community here at TCNJ. My passion is to help other people feel their best and overcome any obstacles they are facing. I hope to make a difference in the TCNJ community by spreading awareness about mental health and empowering others to reach their full potential. In addition to CAPS, I am Vice President of the International Psychology Honor Society: Psi Chi, Vice President of Psychology Club, an HSS tutor, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega. In my free time, I love to relax by listening to music, dancing, playing tennis, and being outdoors!

Hi! My name is Suma Mallepeddi and I am a senior double major in Psychology and Public Health with a minor in Economics. As a CAPS Peer Educator, I look forward to positively impacting the TCNJ community by promoting wellness and by raising awareness about mental health. Through this program, I hope to empower others and myself with the knowledge and experience I gain. In addition to CAPS, I am also an EMT, a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, and an on campus tutor. I hope to one day enter the medical profession and continue my passion for helping others. In my free time I love to read novels, listen to music, and volunteer.

Hi!  My name is Namal Seneviratne, and I am a junior Biology major on the Pre-Medical track.  I am a part of Tri-Beta and Golden Key, and in my free time I like to swim, read, and wander around our beautiful campus!  I became a CAPS peer educator to combat the stigma of mental health that exists all around us, which I noticed at a very young age after watching the struggle of someone close to me.  There doesn’t have to be discomfort around mental health issues, and I want to be a part of the solution!  This is my second year as a CAPS PE, and I’m so excited to help make this campus a safe and empowering place for everyone.

My name is Kevyn Teape and I am a Junior Finance major. I am a creative writer and have interest in many of the arts. I’m always available and willing to extend my hand to anyone who may find themselves in need.

Hello! My name is Sara Graser and I’m a senior Psychology major and Deaf Studies minor. I also play club field hockey on campus and love being part of the CAPS community to help share our ideas and advice to the TCNJ community as a student representative for our wonderful CAPS staff and program.

Hi! I’m Jamie Nicolich and I’m a senior psychology major. I’m involved in a few clubs on campus and also love spending time outdoors doing things like hiking, camping, kayaking, and snowboarding. After graduating, I am currently planning on getting a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling.  As a peer educator, I hope to change the conversation on campus around mental illness and self-care in relevant and interesting ways.

Hi! My name is Rucha Borkhetaria, and I am a junior Biology major with a minor in Public Health, and I am hoping to enter the medical profession in the future. This is my first year as a CAPS Peer Educator, and I am looking forward to working with the other PE’s in promoting mental health and wellness in the TCNJ community. Through CAPS, I hope to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and positively impact our campus. Outside of CAPS, I enjoy photography, reading novels, traveling and drawing.

Hi! My name is Emily Fuentes and I am a senior Communications major with a Graphic Design minor. I am so excited to start my first year as a CAPS PE. Aside from being a PE, I am a sister of Theta Phi Alpha, a Student Ambassador for the Communications Department and a member of the Communications Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. On my free time I enjoy watching a lot of Netflix and spending time with my family and friends. In joining CAPS I hope to be an ally for those struggling on campus. I want to become a friendly face and someone people can reach out to and rely on.

Hi! My name is Gabriella Lozano (you can call me Gaby) and I am a sophomore Psychology major. This is my first year as a CAPS Peer Educator and I am extremely excited to begin working alongside my peers to promote mental health awareness! I hope to be an asset to this campus and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Hello! My name is Kelsie Cavorley and I am a junior Nursing student! I am excited to take part in the CAPS Peer Education program because health is something that I value. I hope to help others with my knowledge about mental health, along with being a nurse in the future! I love nature and enjoy spending time outside, either running or hiking. I am interested in the unknown, and can spend hours gazing up at the night sky. I am a huge fan of The Office and Ellen! A dream of mine is to travel the world, starting with all 50 states of America.

Hi! My name is Nick Danduone, and I am a junior Psychology major with a minor in Public Health. As a CAPS Peer Educator, I hope to encourage the TCNJ community to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. In addition to being a CAPS PE, I am also the Vice President of Membership of Alpha Phi Omega. In the future, I aspire to become a doctor and continue my passion for helping others. In my free time I love to volunteer, travel, run, and take photos.

Hey! I’m Sanjana Saksena and I’m very excited to be serving as a CAPS Peer Educator at TCNJ this year. I’m a Biology major with a Public Health minor and I am a pre-Optometry student. I hope to spread positivity around our campus to eliminate any stigma towards mental health issues. In my free time, I enjoy watching comedy sitcoms and playing my ukulele.

HEY! My name is Komal Kerkar and I am a Junior psychology major planning on a career in the medical field! This is my first semester as a CAPS PE and I’m extremely excited to see all that our group accomplishes towards greater mental health education on our campus. Improving the conversation about mental health has been an endeavor of mine that stems from my own personal struggle with mental illness. In addition to the CAPS peer education program, I am also a Community Advisor in ResEd, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a research assistant in Dr. Martinetti’s Alcohol Lab, and a volunteer for FIMRC (I went to Peru last summer for them)! Some of my stress relief techniques include photography, meditation, and cuddling with my dog, Lola <3

My name is Sarthak Mohanty and I’m from Edison, New Jersey. I’m a biology major in the seven year medical program and enjoy reading, and playing tennis in my free time. My favorite TV shows are Friends, Narcos and Breaking Bad and I joined CAPS to get to know people and help the TCNJ community with issues that are common but rarely addressed.

Hi! My name is Kelsey Fama and I’m a senior psychology and women’s & gender studies student here at TCNJ. This is my first year as a peer educator and I am so excited to make a difference in my campus community, and to act as a mental health advocate and resource for my peers. My favorite things to do outside of CAPS involve art, music, food, friends, and of course Netflix!

Hi! My name is Alexia Guzman, but you can call me Lexi. I am a second year student at TCNJ, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am a member of the Women in Learning and Leadership program. I believe mental health should be a major priority, especially for college students. I’m always open to lend an hear to anyone in need. My hobbies include performing spoken word poetry, going to basement shows, meditating, and spending all the time that I can out in nature.

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