Hi! My name is Gaby Lozano, and I am a senior psychology major with a minor in women and gender studies. I am a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, a member of Psi Chi, and a member of Golden Key. I applied to become an MHS Peer Educator to educate our campus on the importance of mental health. Growing up, I saw countless examples of how harmful it is to ignore your mental health needs. There is still a significant amount of stigma surrounding mental health which is why I make it my goal to teach people that mental health is just as important as physical health. This is my third year as a PE and I am so excited to keep striving to make a difference on campus!
Hi! I’m Abby Bucci and I am a Senior English Secondary Education major. I will be at TCNJ for a fifth year to get my Masters in English! This is my second year as a Peer Educator and I love my experience with the Mental Health Peer Educator program because it’s a great way to open up the conversation about mental health. Through this experience, I have learned how to give support to those around me, educate others on the topic of mental health, and fight the stigma. Mental Health Services help make the campus safe and empowering for everyone and I love that I get to play a part in that!
Hi! My name is Joshua Payyappilly and I am a Junior Biology Major planning on pursuing a career in the fields of medicine and/or public health. I am excited to be serving as a peer educator because I feel it is extremely important to spread awareness about the importance of mental well-being on our campus and help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental healthcare. I recognize that many college students turn to their friends when dealing with mental health issues before seeking out help from a professional, so I hope that my passion for this field as well as my knowledge of on-campus resources can help guide my peers to receive the help they need! In addition to being a peer educator, I am involved in several other organizations and activities on campus, such as i-Tunes A Cappella, Active Minds, Tri Beta, and taking part in research. In my free time, I love to de-stress by listening to music and spending time outdoors.
Hi! My name is Shyamala Subramanian. I am a junior Biology major, pursuing a career in medicine in hopes of serving as a field medic for an international humanitarian organization. In addition to my involvement in MHS, I serve as the Fundraising Vice President for Alpha Phi Omega and as an academic aide for Disability Support Services. I became an MHS Peer Educator because I believe that taking ownership of the dialogue surrounding mental health is vital to empowering the student body. I’m excited to continue strengthening the resources available to students and faculty here at TCNJ!
Hi! My name is Julia Richards and I am a Senior Psychology major. I plan is to attend grad school and get my masters in clinical mental health counseling and get my LPC. My goal is to work with children that have been through or witnessed some form of trauma. I am so ecstatic to be a MHS peer educator and have the privilege to break the stigma surrounding mental health and foster a welcoming and caring environment. In addition to MHS, I am a member of Psychology club and a Griffin leader for transfer students. Fun facts about me, I love Broadway musicals, painting, listening to Queen and classic rock!
Hi! My name is Julia Micciola, and I’m a senior psychology major. Next year I plan to attend graduate school for counseling in hopes of becoming a Student Assistance Coordinator which is a mental health counselor in a school setting. This is my first time being a MHS peer educator and I’m so excited to be a part of this team! College is an extremely stressful time, and students are always facing various challenges all at once. I want to be able to help the TCNJ community by being a listener, a friend, and a resource for those in need, and I want to promote positivity and compassion on this campus. Mental health is extremely important to me, and I want my peers to feel as comfortable as possible on the TCNJ campus by spreading awareness about mental health and helping students to realize that it is okay, and highly encouraged, to ask for help. Aside from MHS, I’m also a member of Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity. In my free time I enjoy hiking, watching Netflix and Hulu, and being by the beach!
Hi! My name is Meaghan Pannasch and I am a junior Psychology major with a minor in Criminology. I am so excited to start my journey as a Mental Health Peer Educator. Informing and educating others on mental health is something that I am very passionate about. From a young age, I have seen how prevalent the stigma around mental health is and being part of a team with a platform to make a difference and stop the stigma is so special to me. Everyone, especially on a college campus, should feel safe to talk about any obstacles they are facing and as a Peer Educator, I am here to listen. In addition to peer educating, I am also a member of the International Psychology Honor Society: Psi Chi and am the treasurer of the Psychology Club here on campus. In my free time I like to catch up on my Netflix shows, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors.
Hi, my name is Destiny Johnson (she/hers)! I am a Junior Psychology major on a pre-med track. I was born and raised in Paterson, NJ and went to high school in PA. In addition to being a part of the MHS PE team, I am a Community Advisor for the Townhouses and an EOF scholar. I aspire to become a Neurologist and specialize in rare brain diseases. I have a passion for advocacy and outreach; I believe knowledge is power and that all people deserve to know the world! In my free time, I enjoy reading poetry, having picnics, going on walks, and watching Netflix. My 2019-2020 goals are to travel to Maine, cook more vegetarian-friendly meals, and learn a new language! I am excited to be an MHS PE because I have always wanted to be a resource to students who look like me and to make TCNJ a more inclusive, welcoming, and safe space.
My name is Nandini Mehta and I’m a sophomore Psychology major with minors in Women & Gender Studies and French. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be an MHS Peer Educator because I want to help our campus community become more aware of mental health struggles and learn how to combat them. In addition to MHS, some of my involvement on campus includes Orientation Leaders, the Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team, Psychology club, and Alpha Phi Omega. In my free time I love to listen to music and unwind by watching TV or reading!
Hi! My name is Angelo Vinco and I am a junior Math Secondary Education major with a minor in Photography & Video. This is my first year as an MHS peer educator! I became a peer educator to work on spreading the word about the stigma of mental health around TCNJ’s campus. I hope you show others that it is okay to talk about our mental health the same way as we do our physical health. It shouldn’t be something that gets pushed under the rug. I want to use my experience with mental health to help others feel like they are not alone. Bright smiles and good deeds can go a very long way! Apart from MHS peer educators, I am in the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi, Barkada, MathStat Club, and I tutor at the Tutoring Center. In my free time, I love to listen to music, travel to national parks, and take pictures!
Hello! My name is Camryn Legra, and I am a Sophomore Special Education/Elementary Education and Psychology major. I am so excited to be a MHS peer educator this year. Along with being a peer educator, I am in the Bonner Community Scholars program and a HSS tutor. In my free time I enjoy hiking, listening to music, and being with my friends. I became a MHS peer educator because mental health awareness is something that I am very passionate about. Mental health is too often overlooked, especially by college students. I want the opportunity to help empower and educate our campus community regarding the stigma about mental illness and be able to be able to guide my peers to the correct resources. I am so excited to have the opportunity to spread knowledge and help change the stigma about mental health in our campus community.
Hello! My name is Cassie Halper and I’m a senior psychology and communications double major. I am very excited to be a MHS Peer Educator and am honored to be a part of such a caring community. I look forward to helping others on campus as a peer educator and to continue advocating for mental health care and breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health. Aside from MHS, I am a part of Psychology Club, PlannedParenthood Generation Action, the Communications Honor Society-Lambda Pi Eta, a Peer Mediator, and am a member of Alpha Phi Omega. My favorite thing to relax is to curl up with a book and music or Netflix and a cup of tea.
Hi! My name is Sarah Comey and I am a Junior Public Health Major. I am a part of Alpha Xi Delta and Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps. In my free time, I like to spend time with friends and be outdoors. I became an MHS peer educator in order to help people in my community and educate others about the stigma around mental health issues. This is my first year as an MHS peer educator and I am excited to see how I can impact the campus in a positive way.
Hey! My name is McKenna Samson. I am a Junior English and African-American Studies double major, minoring in Communications. I became a MHS Peer Educator because I really want to further educate my peers and friends about mental health and dispel the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses. Outside of MHS, I am the 2019-2020 President of TCNJ’s NAACP, a proud Bonner Scholar, a part of PRIDE Mentoring Program (PMP) and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta. In my free time I LOVE to listen to music, dance, and watch any season of Law and Order: SVU. I am so excited for this upcoming year!
Hi! My name is Rachel Mamrosh and I am a Junior Psychology major public health minor. I am so excited to be a MHS peer educator and aid in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. In my free time, I love spending time by the beach, shopping, being a listening ear for friends, and reading. I look forward to working with my other PE’s to spread positivity, important messages surrounding mental health, and resources around TCNJ.