Meet Your Wellness Advocates

The USC Wellness Advocates (WAs) are students who are available to lead CARE Workshops to student groups, including student organizations, athletic teams, Greek organizations, residence halls, etc.  Workshops focus on personal and community well-being.

Vendela AguayoName: Vendela
Major: Communications
Hometown: Napa Valley
Come talk to me about yoga, I am a certified yoga instructor. I also love to run, bake, and eat! I am such a foodie, I even have a food Instagram.
Favorite USC memory: Home night football game during parents weekend. My mom and dad were with me, we had great seats and USC was playing Cal Berkeley!

Gabriel ArmstedName: Gabriel
Major: Graduate Student in the USC School of Social Work
Hometown: Houston, Texas
“My favorite thing about being a WA has to be the library that has a variety of issues that relate to health and wellness.”

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Name: Stacey
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about mindfulness or rugby! I am on the Women’s Rugby team, and my favorite thing about being a WA is being able to talk with all the people who come through 203.

Amanda ChangName: Ashley
Major: Biological Sciences with a Health Care Studies Minor
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Come talk to me in 203 about art, science, or life in general! My favorite thing as an WA is introducing students to meditation for the first time
Fun Fact: When I’m not streaming Game of Thrones, I like visiting different art museums and exhibitions in LA.

Shayna CoopermanName: Shayna
Major: Health and Humanity
Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates
Come talk to me about dance, being pre-med, and disability services on campus! My hobbies include reading, writing, Netflix, and trying out new yoga poses.
Fun Fact: I am related to the person who wrote the poem on the Statue of Liberty and I can read lips!

Jessie DukeName: Jessie
Major: Cinematic Arts Critical Studies
Hometown: Mahwah, New Jersey
Come talk to me in 203 about chronic illnesses, hospital care, medical documentaries, and ways to tackle wellness issues on college campuses.
Fun Fact: On a serious note, I’m interested in changing medical care and stigmatization around medical issues using media. On a more fun note, I spend 99% of my free time watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Brittany FleckName: Brittany
Major: Human Development and Aging, Minor: Cinema- TV For Health Professions
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Come talk to me in 203 about absolutely anything! I am super open and love to have deep chats. If you have questions about USC Club Sports, other extracurricular activities on campus or the best places to eat I am your go to girl. Come hang with me! I love being a part of WA for the amazing community and extension of the Trojan Family. It makes USC feel smaller and teaches me to be mindful of the little things.

Yervant Hadjian Name: Yervant
Major: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about sports.
Fun Fact: On the weekends I love to race cars on the track.

Niki HashemiName: Niki
Hometown: Calabasas, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about USC Trojan Pride. We throw the coolest athletic events on campus!
My favorite USC memory is sitting in the front row at football games in the Coliseum and seeing all the action up close.

Marina HrovatName: Marina
Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Sierra Madre, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about stress management and sports.My favorite thing about being a WA is spending time in room 203 chatting with new people about health and wellness.

Vivian LeName: Vivian
Major: Policy, Planning, and Development (Health Management concentration)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about: sexual consent, managing stress, sports, fitness, nutrition.
Fun Fact: I am a boba connoisseur, and I drink way too much tea. I also love to eat, but I try to burn off excess calories by playing sports such as badminton and tennis.

Kim LipinskiName: Kimberly
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: I LOVE Yelp and trying new dessert places and I really enjoy ballroom dancing!

Jazmin LopezName: Jazmin
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Baldwin Park, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about my love for make-up or watch me braid one of my co-worker’s hair. My favorite thing about being a WA is coming into OWHP and having interesting discussions with other WA’s and OWHP student workers.

Angie MendozaName: Angie
Majors: Social Sciences with emphasis in Psychology, NGO’s & Social Change
Hometown: Turlock, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about religion! I am part of Interfaith Council and love to explore spirituality.
Fun Fact: A lot of people don’t know this about me but when I was born I weighed only 1 lb and 10 oz. I had a 10% chance to survive and I spent the first three months of my life in an incubator, like a baby chick.

Andrea MooreName: Andrea
Major: Theatre
Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Come talk to me in 203 about hiking or getting outdoors to relieve stress! My favorite thing about being a WA is getting to be a part of an extremely supportive and diverse community.

Nick OrlandoName:Nick
Major: Computer Science/Business Administration
Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about stress reduction and meditation in everyday life. My hobbies include singing, going to hack-athons, kayaking and writing poetry.

Krystian Palmero Name: Krystian
Major: Policy, Planning, & Development (Health Management)
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois
Come talk to me in 203 about your cultural identity and how it impacts your health and wellness (and everything else)!
Fun Fact: I have three brothers, and each of us is one year apart from the next.

Pooja Patel Name: Pooja
Major: Neuroscience, B.S
Hometown: Newbury Park, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about how awesome meditation is!
Fun Fact: I know all the best pick up lines.

Sergio RamirezName: Sergio
Major: Creative Writing
Hometown: Sunnyside, WA
If I’m in 203, don’t hesitate to talk to me about meditation and mindfulness! My favorite thing about being a WA is being a part of such a diverse, supportive community that thrives with the best kind of energy and inspires me in endless ways.
Fun Fact: When I was 7, while pretending to be Spider-Man I accidentally cut my right arm open and I had to get stitches.

Vivian Rothstein Name: Vivian
Major: Psychology
Minor: Psychology & Law, Piano Performance
Hometown: Oak Park, California
Come talk to me in 203 about: Getting enough sleep & de-stressing in college!
Fun fact: I can speak Romanian fluently!

Emily SagardiaName: Emily
Major: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about working through anxiety and stress management techniques!
My favorite moment at USC was when we stormed the field at the Coliseum after the win against Stanford! Fight on!

Carrie ScherderName: Carrie
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Come talk to me in 203 about how simple movements can reduce stress while studying!
My favorite part about being a WA has been meeting other WAs and receiving wonderful advice from them about life!

Sindhu ShettyName: Sindhu
Major: Experimental Pathology
Hometown: Mangalore, India
Come talk to me about the life of an international graduate student at USC. I would love to share my experiences and hear your stories. My fellow wellness advocates are an amazing group of individuals who are open and accepting. I can guarantee, wherever you come from, you will find a sense of belonging when you hangout in 203.

Sharon SinName: Sharon
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orange, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about nutrition and happiness because I love food (no discrimination here) and I am currently taking Science of Happiness – there’s so many interesting concepts behind what makes us happy!
Fun fact: I love to explore new places and try hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Suggestions are always welcome.

Sophia Skaaden Name: Sophia
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Calabasas, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about the transition into college, greek life, being pre-health or really anything!
Fun Fact: I am a five-year old at heart: my favorite movie is Finding Nemo and there will always be a part of me that thinks I’ll wake up a mermaid one day.

Alex SmithName: Alex
Major: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about… a cappella!
My favorite thing about being a WA is spending time in 203 hanging out with and meeting great people, perusing the bookshelves, and (of course) lounging in the massage chairs!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESName: Joe
Major: Occupational Therapy
Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Come talk to me in 203 about…Mindfulness & Occupational Therapy!
Fun Fact:I’m a triple Trojan! (Graduate student, alum, and former staff).

Ellie WangName: Ellie
Major: Environmental Science and Health
Hometown: Shanghai,China/Redlands, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about the resources on campus about Health and Wellness(anything from healthy food to favorable meditation places!) My favorite thing about being an WA is being able to surround myself with a group of people with substantial awareness of Health and Wellness.
Fun Fact: I got attacked and pushed to the ground by a kangaroo when I was 12.

Janna YangName: Janna
Major: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Hometown: Alameda, CA
Come talk to me in 203 about whatever your heart desires. Feel free to vent! My favorite thing about being a WA is how genuinely nice fellow WAs are and how they feel like family.

Amanda ZhouName: Amanda
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
If I’m in 203, I’d love to talk to you about music or USC eSports, which is a gaming club.
Fun Fact: I’ve also gotten really good at microwave cooking, so feel free to ask me how to make microwavable omelettes or brownies!

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