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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!



Ekaterina Kirillova

My name is Ekaterina. I am a fourth-year psychology major. I am a peer educator with the Hope & Wellness Center. After graduating this Spring, I hope to start a PsyD program. On campus, I am also a biopsych SI leader and a research assistant.

Off-campus, I work as a behavior interventionist. In my free time, I like to crochet, hang out with my friends, and hang out with my cat.


Samantha Maldonado

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha. I am a U.S. Navy veteran and I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. I am currently a post-bacc student at Cal State San Marcos. I'm excited to be involved with the campus and look forward to helping students and bring awareness to certain issues within our community. 

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, especially visiting the zoo. I also enjoy going on walks and soaking up the sun. 


Xandra Martinez

Hi y’all. My name is Xandra, and my pronouns are she/her. I am recent transfer student majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Physical Education. Things on campus that I am involved in are TRIO SSS, the active minds club and an on-campus job.

What being a peer educator means to me is getting educated on all dimensions of health and wellness and spreading that information to create awareness and to destigmatize.


Angie Perez

Hello fellow Cougars! I am Angie Perez (she/her/hers) and am a senior here at CSUSM. I am majoring in Sociology with a minor in Sustainability. I became a Healthy Cougars Peer Educator because I believe everyone should have the available resources to maintain their mental and physical well-being. As a peer educator, I will be encouraging you all to make healthy lifestyle choices and connect you to the resources on campus. In the near future, I would like to apply for a Master’s in Public Health. 

In my free time, I enjoy embroidering, reading, and watching K-dramas. I also care for the natural environment around me and am attempting to minimize my footprint. I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors and am always amazed by its beauty. I look forward to interacting with you all!