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HOPE & Wellness Team

Graduate Student Peer Health Advisor

Michelle Montes

Michelle Montes

Hello, Cougars! My name is Michelle (she/her/ella) and I am a fellow CSUSM graduate, class of 2016. I'm excited to be back on campus and pay it forward. I am a second-year graduate student in the Masters of Education, Counseling and Guidance Program at Point Loma Nazarene University. I aspire to work as a counselor at a 4-year university or community college with first-generation and underrepresented college students. I look forward to connecting with you all this year and engage in fruitful conversations about the importance of mental health.

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors at the beach and watching the sunset. I have been obsessed with ordering paint by number kits from Amazon, they're very therapeutic.


Peer Mentors 

Allison Miller

Allison Mitchell

Hi, I’m Allison and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m a first generation student pursuing a bachelors in psychology. As a former foster youth, I’ve had my share of trials and tribulations including my own mental health struggles. I have a passion to help others and I hope one day my story can help those who have lost hope or are questioning their worth. I am excited to be a peer intern and help educate and empower others to live a healthy life and reduce the stigma around mental health.

Outside of school, I enjoy raising my beautiful daughter, hanging out with friends. Going to the beach, hiking and being in nature.


Dazie Miller

Dazie Miller

Hello everyone! My name is Dazie, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am a psychology student and aspire to be a middle school counselor! This is my 4th semester working with the HOPE & Wellness Center, I started out as an intern and now am excited to be a Peer Mentor, a new program here on campus.

I am very excited to meet all the students and continue to destigmatize mental health here on campus. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends, going to the beach and going to concerts. Hope everyone has a great semester!


 

Juliana Rodriguez

Juliana Rodriguez

Hello my name is Juliana Rodriguez! I am in my final year here at CSUSM, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice Studies. My pronouns are she/her/ella. My future career goals are to go to graduate school and get my Ph.D so that I may be a counseling psychologist working with adolescents who have experienced trauma. I’m passionate about advocating for mental health education on campus because it is something everyone experiences and we can all be more aware about.

Outside of school, my hobbies include swimming and listening to music. I love to visit new beaches along our beautiful California coastline and find small businesses to support along the way. Recently, I have been painting and journaling at the beaches as a form of self-care. I love listening to all kinds of music, though my favorites are generally oldies from the 70’s. 


Peer Educators (Interns)

 

Khim Angeles

Khim Angeles

Hello! My name is Khim (she/her/hers) and I’m a fourth-year student majoring in psychology. I am a HOPE & Wellness intern who’s excited to empower and educate students about their resources and mental health. I’m still uncertain of what I would like to do for my career, however, I am interested in public health, mental health, and becoming a counselor. I’m looking forward to learning and growing as an intern.

Outside of school, I love rock climbing, bowling, reading books, and enjoying life as much as possible.


Camille Esposito

Camille Esposito

Hello! My name is Camille Esposito and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m in my final year here at CSUSM, majoring in Human Development. My plan after graduation is to to attend Graduate School and become a therapist for college students. I’m passionate about advocating for mental health because I want other students on campus to be aware that they have so many resources available.

Outside of school and work, I enjoy working out, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.


Ayana Ford

Ayana Ford

My name is Ayana Ford (They/She) , I am a 4th year here at CSUSM. I am from Moreno Valley originally. I am a HOPE and Wellness Center Intern here at CSUSM.  I plan on graduating in spring 2023 with my degree in Psychology, and I plan on going on to get my master's to become a Family and Marriage therapist, specifically focusing on cognitive psychology.

I love art, video games, and plants. I have around 33 plants currently.  If you don’t find me at the hope and wellness center, I am usually at the library where I also work as an ADA assistant and a student assistant with special collections. I am a huge dog person and have 3 dogs right now. I enjoy chilling on campus usually with some form of beverage in my hand and a book.


Bethany Hernandez

Bethany Hernandez

Hi! My name is Bethany Hernandez (she/her/hers) and I’m a fourth-year student here at CSUSM majoring in Psychology. My future goals consist of getting my PsyD and becoming a counseling psychologist. I aspire to have a life-long career of helping people improve their well-being and overcome their challenges. I am extremely happy to be an Intern this semester because I’m very passionate about educating others on the importance of mental health!

Some hobbies I enjoy outside of school are journaling, listening to music, learning about astrology & spirituality, and spending time with my loved ones!


Faye Preston

Faye Preston

Hi my name is Faye Preston (she, her, hers), and I am junior who is double majoring in Sociology and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. I am an intern at the Student Health and Counseling Services Department along with being the CHABSS representative for ASI. I am very passionate about mental health and educating my fellow peers about sexual violence.

My goal for this year is to have the Student Health and Counseling Resources be more accessible to students. I want to create an atmosphere were people feel comfortable seeking mental health services and that are not afraid to ask for help! In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends!


Jaylene Siruno

Jaylene Siruno

Hi! My name is Jaylene Siruno. I go by Jay and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a 4th year and I am studying human development with a concentration in counseling. In the future, I want to become a licensed marriage and family therapist or work with high schoolers regarding mental health!

I am so excited to be a HOPE & Wellness peer educator intern as I get to learn more about other health topics, meet new people, and promote others well-being! Some hobbies I enjoy is painting, journaling, and listening to music.