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Meet the PHEs

Dedicated to supporting the healthy lifestyle choices of students by providing health and wellness education and resources.

The Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are a group of undergraduate students from across the campuses that are dedicated to promoting and exploring health and wellness among their peers.  They create programs, provide services, and keep HEO running. They also provide Peer Wellness Coaching, which consists of single or multiple one-on-one coaching sessions about health topics such as stress, sleep, nutrition.

Deve Mehta – he/him

My name is Deve and I’m a junior at Pitzer College! I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and now I’m here in sunny California. I’m majoring in Public Health: Sexual & Reproductive Health with a minor in Anthropology. I’ve been a Peer Health Educator since my sophomore year and I love doing outreach events and teaching people about the various aspects of health and wellness. My area of specialty is sexual & reproductive health which encompasses various things like gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, STI transmission, etc… When I’m not busy with school, I enjoy hanging out with friends, traveling, watching shows on Netflix, doing henna, or browsing through social media. 

Donnie Denome – they/them
I am a Pitzer junior and a first-year student at Claremont Graduate University in their accelerated Masters of Public Health program. During my time in Claremont, I have worked at The Student Life as an opinions columnist and editor and served on the Pitzer Student Senate on both the Campus Life and Diversity Committees. I am an alum of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s Autism Campus Inclusion program and am on the officer board of the 5C Disability, Illness, and Difference Alliance (DIDA). I have a passion for queer and disability justice and plan to focus on culturally competent healthcare for queer and disabled communities after I graduate. In my spare time, I knit, play QuizBowl, and work on public health-oriented graphic design projects.

Elise Van Scoy – she/her

Hi folks! My name is Elise and I am from Minnesota (you can tell by my accent). I am a junior at Scripps where I study politics, public policy, and German. This is my second year as a proud member of the PHE team. My health and wellness interests include mindfulness and meditation, yoga and movement, sleep hygiene, nutrition and positive body image, beneficial mental health practices, and sex education. I believe in preventive medicine and the power of good conversation. When I’m not working at the HEO, I’m research health disparity trends for an LA-based healthcare company. I am also a member of the Claremont chapter of the Body Project, a group that questions social beauty ideals and empowers students to love their bodies! Ask me about our upcoming workshops at the HEO! In my personal time, I enjoy catching up with family and friends, listening to music, and getting outdoors. 

Hanna Shiferaw – she/her

I am a junior at Claremont McKenna College studying Science Management while pursuing the pre-med track. My passions revolve around health and medicine, so I am always looking for ways to get involved in those aspects. I have volunteered in hospitals both in the US and abroad and gained hands-on medical experience in a clinical setting. This is my first year being part of the HEO team, but I look forward to helping plan events and getting to know everyone. Outside of school, I enjoy working out, exploring LA beaches, and attending 

concerts.

Hiwet Weldeselase – she/her

My name is Hiwet and I am a senior at Pitzer College and was born and raised in San Diego, California. During my three years at Pitzer, I has served as a Resident Assistant (RA), a member of the Black Student Union (BSU), a student staff member at the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, and as a Peer Health Educator. I created my own major in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Disparities, Global Health, and Public Policy to study the importance of cultural competence in health-care programs, services, and access for under-represented communities. When I’m not thinking about school I’m usually messing with my hair or listening to music. 

Johnny Villaseñor – he/him

I am a third year at Claremont McKenna College (Class of 2020) majoring in Biology while on the Pre-Med Track! I am going into my second year as a Peer Health Educator. I am also involved with Chicano/Latino Student Affairs, CMC’s Mi Gente, intramural soccer, and am always looking to get involved more! Some of my hobbies include making memes, playing guitar, acting, playing soccer, making friends, buying shoes, going to concerts, posting stuff on instagram (especially for the HEO Instagram page @healtheducationoutreach), and hanging out with friends. My health and wellness interests include diet/nutrition, mental health in relationship with physical health (mental health in general), public health, sexual barriers and contraception, and sexual health. 

Katie Carillo – she/her

Hi! My name is Katie Carrillo and I am a senior at CMC majoring in Biology and Government (also on the pre-med track). I have been working at the HEO for three years, and I am so excited to be one of the Lead PHEs this year along with the fabulous Sully Whitely. You can find me at Robert’s Pavilion early in the mornings either playing basketball and/or working out and during the morning hours at the HEO Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please stop by sometime this year to see and use the services that this amazing student-run space has to offer!

Navi Shah – she/her

I am a third year at Scripps with an intended double major in Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Humanities in Culture and this is my first year as a PHE. I’m most interested in the intersection of public health and identity, and how histories of marginalization inform community health and access to healthcare. I hope to attend med school and complement allopathic training with alternative medicine in practice. I’m most familiar with Ayurveda, but I love to learn about all forms of alternative methods of healing and practices of wellness. I used to dance and swim (separately!) until I left for college, so I enjoy picking those hobbies back up when there’s a break in the flow of work 🙂 In any free time, you can usually find me hanging out with my pupp or trying to save my plants from ending up in her tummy!

Noemi Ruiz – she/her

My name is Noemí and I am a senior at Pomona College! I was raised in Austin, Texas, but I was born in Aguascalientes, MX (shout out to you if you knew where that is) I’m majoring in Chicanx/Latinx Studies & minoring in Psychology. This is my first year as a PHE and I couldn’t be more excited. My health and wellness interests include mental health, nutrition and positive body image & making sex education more accessible. In my personal time, I love cooking, dancing and binge watching series.

Stephanie Montiel – she/her

I am a second year at Pitzer College. I plan on majoring in organizational studies with a focus in marketing and public health. This is my first year as a PHE and I am super excited to help educate my community about nutrition especially! My dream is to open up my own business in the health/ wellness industry- either a Mexican vegetarian restaurant or an inclusive natural cosmetics brand (who knows the possibilities are endless). My hobbies include recreating Latinx dishes into vegetarian friendly options, being on social media, and playing with makeup!

Sully Whitely – she/her

Hi! My name is Sullivan (Sully) Whitely and I have been working at the HEO since my first year of college, and now I am a senior at Scripps. I have no idea how the past four years have gone by so quickly, but I’m so happy I’ve had all of them at HEO. I served as the Lead Peer Health Educator last year, and am so excited to return for a second year as Lead with the incomparable Katie Carrillo! At Scripps, I’ve worked as an Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Assault and as the Campus Activities Chair on SAS. You can find me around campus and/or in surrounding areas tutoring, doing some stand-up comedy and balancing bags of snacks on my bike handlebars. We have an incredible team of Peer Health Educators – stop in to see us anytime! 

Looking to speak with a Peer Health Educator about a health and wellness topic in a confidential setting? Use the Peer Wellness Coaching Request Form to make an appointment!