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HOPE & Wellness Interns

Healthy Cougars

Graduate Student Peer Health Advisors 

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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.

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Kristen Tomolak


My name is Kristen Tomolak. I am a graduate student at Point Loma Nazarene University earning my Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Development. I am ecstatic to be a Peer Health Educator with the H.O.P.E. & Wellness Center and am looking forward to interacting with students and helping them find a holistic approach to all aspects of health and wellness. In the past several years, I have come to understand the importance of taking care of your mental health as much as your physical health and am eager to help friends, family, and strangers alike find their best method for doing so. 


I am a certified yoga instructor and appreciate what my yoga practice has done to improve my relationship with mindfulness. In my free time, you will find me practicing yoga, hiking, reading, taking my pup to Dog Beach, or camping with my partner. 

Peer Educators (Interns)

Daphne Garcia-Solorio

Daphne Garcia-Solorio

Hi everyone! My name is Daphne Garcia Solorio (she/her/hers), and I am a 4th year student majoring in Sociology. I am a HOPE & Wellness intern specifically working with the sexual violence prevention team. One of my favorite things to do is rest and go on adventures on Sundays. This semester I am figuring out what my plans will be after graduation. One of my top ideas for that it getting a masters in public health and potentially working with a non-profit organization.

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson

My name is Alana Johnson and I am a fourth year Communication major as well as minoring in Criminal Justice. I am a Sexual Violence Intern in the Student Health and Counseling Services Department. I hold strong values towards supporting survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and supporting the idea of Real Strong Women.

I am currently looking towards pursuing a career as a victim advocate or becoming a lawyer. I am from Pismo Beach California and enjoy exploring the San Diego area and all it has to offer such as the beautiful sunsets. In my free time I like to go to California Adventure for the Avengers campus because I am a huge marvel fan!

Brianna Iniguez

Brianna Iniguez

Hello! My name is Brianna Iniguez, and I am a fourth-year student at CSUSM working towards a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminology and Justice Studies. Once I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Hobbies of mine include playing pickle-ball, learning to bake new things, spending time with my close friends and family, and visiting the beach. One of my passions includes being a service to others and I am excited to have the opportunity to assist the CSUSM community in living a healthier lifestyle!

Dazie Miller

Dazie Miller

Hi everyone my name is Dazie Miller, I am going into my 4th year as a psychology major and hope one day to be a marriage and family counselor. I am so excited to be able to go on back campus and connect with my peers and educate everyone about the importance on mental health and how to party safely!

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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.


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Juliana Rodriguez

Juliana Rodriguez

Hello my name is Juliana Rodriguez! I am a third year student 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.

I am also the Active Minds President, a club dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness by providing mental health education and resources to students. I am looking forward to engaging with the CSUSM community and learning more about what it means to be a peer educator intern.  

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. 

Let’s have a great semester!


Shaelyn Rusnak

Hi my name is Shae (she/her) and I'm a fourth year Human Development major and Psychology minor! In the future, I plan on pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Throughout the years, my passion for mental health awareness and fitness has grown. I hope I can continue to spread knowledge on these topics in engaging ways!

I am thrilled to be a Hope and Wellness Intern this year and I look forward to meeting many people within the \community through this experience!

Megan Schneider

Megan Schneider

Hi everyone! My name is Megan (pronouns are she/her) and I'm a fourth year global Political Science major with a minor in psychology. I am dedicated to bringing mental health to the forefront of our conversations, especially after the pandemic and the isolation that came with it.

I'm super excited to meet new people and talk to you all about how to be the healthiest you that you can be.

Anne Tengson

Anne Tengson

Hi y’all! My name is Anne Tengson (she/her) and I am one of the Sexual Violence Prevention Intern. I am senior majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. I love working with children and see myself pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology or Occupational Therapy. After graduation, I have plans to join the Peace Corps focusing on the Health, Community, or Youth sectors. This internship has helped me form leadership and other skills that will help me attain my goals for the Peace Corps.

I am also the Treasurer for It’s On Us whose mission is to combat campus sexual assault by providing education and awareness. This org works directly with the Sexual Violence Peer Educators in helping support with events and outreach.

Other than that, I love ice cream, pandas, and my two cats. I also enjoy watching anime and playing video games in my spare time.