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Healthy Cougar PAWS Peer Educators

Healthy Cougars Peer Educators


William Burnham
 William Burnham. I am a first year student at CSUSM, and I am a Psychological Science major. A little about myself, I enjoy traveling, and various outside activities. I have been to several places around the world, such as Thailand, United Kingdom, and many more. The outside activities that I enjoy are kayaking, biking, and hiking.

I am very interested in mental health, which explains my aspiration to become a clinical psychologist, more specifically with children and adolescents in crisis stabilization units. As a HOPE & Wellness Center volunteer, I am eager to take on this role because I can now gain experience in the mental health field, which will make me much more prepared for the career that I am pursuing. As a goal, while I am a peer educator, I want to reduce the amount of stigma around mental illness.
Crystal Chavero

 My name is Crystal Chavero, I am a Psychological Science major and Spanish minor. I plan to attend graduate school to then become a certified school psychologist. I enjoy hiking, going to the beach and going on road trips. I also love spending time with friends and family.

I wanted to become a peer educator because I have always had a passion for helping others and I knew this opportunity would allow me to do that. I also wanted to raise awareness on the importance of both physical and mental health by educating my peers as well as others. Another reason for wanting to become a peer educator was because I knew it would also help prepare me for my future career.

Sherri Danesvari

My name is Sherri Daneshvari and I am a Literature major. I plan on becoming a high school English teacher and I love working with kids. I love being outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with friends. 

I wanted to become a peer educator because I love helping others and knew that this would give me the chance to. I believe there should be more awareness on the importance of mental and physical health so I hope to educate myself and others more on the subject. I’m so excited for this upcoming year! 

Amber Giusti 


My name is Jasmine but my friends call me Jazz, mostly for my love for music including jazz. I love it so much I got my first tattoo to commemorate it so everyone can see my passion for it. I’m a senior here at Cal State San Marcos for criminal justice and psychology, and I love everything about both subjects so that I can work in the CSI field.  Hopefully within this field I’ll get to do some traveling , and visit my dream place , which is Italy , whether it be Rome , Milan , Venice anywhere in Italy would make me happy .

Kylie Kutina

Kylie, a graduate student in the MPH program, was raised on an avocado orchard in Ramona, CA. She attended Ramona High School where she participated in cheerleading, NJROTC and was a competitive gymnast. Upon graduation she was accepted into CSUSM where she became a member of Delta Zeta and now holds the “Pink goes green” chair, helping her sorority be more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Kylie graduated as a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society past May with a degree in Human Development-Health Sciences, and is continuing her education here at CSUSM in a masters in public health program. Kylie is a kind young lady with positive outlook on life and a great sense of humor. She has an open mind and is willing to help anyone in need.

Perla Magana

My name is Perla Magaña, I am a second year at Cal State San Marcos majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. As a college student I became interested in becoming a peer educator due to the amount of stigma that surrounds Mental illness.

I believe that getting involved in our community is the most effective way to bring awareness and knowledge about how important Mental health is. I aspire to become a Pediatric Psychologist in the near future. I am very honored to be able to have this opportunity to be part of the HOPE & Wellness center. 

Christopher Christopher Rivera 

My name is Christopher Rivera, a new member of the Peer Advocacy and Wellness program here at CSUSM. I am currently in my sophomore year, a part of the graduating class of 2022. I hope to graduate CSUSM with a bachelor’s degree in biology then continue on to a PA program in hopes of attaining a physician assistant license. A few of my hobbies include skateboarding, traveling, and watching movies. I am big Marvel fan and love every single superhero movie produced by marvel. My top three favorite foods include hot wings, fried chicken, and sushi. 

I became a peer educator to help create awareness around issues like depression, anxiety, and sexual assault around campus. My goal in this program is to assist students in making healthy lifestyle choices and retain a healthy mental state. I am very easy going and nonjudgmental so if anyone ever needs advice or a friend to talk to, I am here to help.  

Noelle Tyson

My name is Noelle Tyson and I am a fourth year at CSUSM studying biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. I hope to be accepted into medical school next year and continue my path in becoming a doctor.  I am involved in several on campus organizations including Pre-Optometry society, where I hold the positions of secretary and media head. I also work as a student assistant in Kellogg Library. I love interacting with people, going for runs or hikes, and overall being surrounded by my peers.