Meet the PHAs-University Health Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Jade Schiffer

Jade Schiffer

Lead Peer Health Advocate

Hello!  My name is Jade Schiffer, and I joined PHAs because I wanted to learn more about what it means to be healthy and how college students can realistically aim to achieve healthiness, despite our busy schedules.  What I love most about being a PHA is that I think my job helps people to be more open about discussing health issues without fear of judgement.  Please feel free to come up to me on campus if you would like to talk more about health and wellness!

Kennix Lee

Kennix Lee

Peer Health Advocate

My name is Kennix Lee and I am a third-year PHA. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Biological Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I’m passionate about health and wellness because I realize that vitality is a luxury. Not everyone has the fortune of waking up every day feeling well and energized. Therefore, I want to promote steps that my fellow students can follow in order to put their best foot forward and feel the best version of themselves that they can be. I became a PHA because I believe the best way to learn is to teach. I love what I do because it's such a rewarding role on campus and I've met some of the best people by being a part of this team!

LeShaun Jones

LeShaun Jones

Peer Health Advocate / Outreach Coordinator

My name is LeShaun Jones, and this is my third year as a Peer Health Advocate! I’m a senior Statistics and Psychology double major, and I am truly passionate about mental health, wellness, and helping people foster a better quality of life. As a PHA, one of my main goals has been to help people learn how to be the best version of themselves. I hope to continue explaining tangible ways for my peers to do so.

Gaurav Begur

Gaurav Begur

Peer Health Advocate / Outreach Coordinator

"Hey! I’m Gaurav and I’m a junior engineer from Mountain View, California. I’m studying Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering, while still trying to chase that pre-med dream. I'm excited to return to my second year as a PHA! Outside of PHA, I am a brother of Sigma Chi and a research assistant in the Chemistry department. Fun fact: I can wiggle both my ears 😎"

Zeeshan Rizvi

Zeeshan Rizvi

Peer Health Advocate

Hi Everybody! My name is Zeeshan Rizvi, and this is my second year as a PHA. Being a Peer Health Advocate has been an extremely gratifying and transformative experience for me, because I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and discuss topics which we so often neglect. Feel free to contact me if you ever want to talk about health related topics or even if you just want to talk!

Mariah Barnes

Mariah Barnes

Peer Health Advocate

Hello! I'm Mariah Barnes from sunny SoCal and I am a Sophomore majoring in Decision Science with a Healthcare Management and Policy minor. This is my first year being a member of the PHA team and I could not be more excited. As a PHA, my goal this year is to serve as a mentor and role model to students on campus. Physical, mental and emotional related issues can appear in a variety of different ways and I want my peers to feel comfortable coming to me and asking questions.  Outside of PHA I love to travel, cook, play tennis and basketball, and binge watch Netflix. Feel free to come to me for a chat!

Mari-Therese Burton

Mari-Therese Burton

Peer Health Advocate / Social Media

Hi, my name is Mari-Therese Burton, and I’m a sophomore Materials Science and Engineering major from Maryland. On campus, I am also a peer tutor, and, back home, I have been a volunteer EMT in Maryland for the past 2 years, so health and peer-to-peer education are very important to me.  My favorite part of being a PHA is the opportunity to interact with so many different people on campus, which expands my perspective on health at CMU.  My favorite ways to de-stress are hiking, baking, and cuddling with my cats.


Claire Farrokh

Claire Farrokh

Peer Health Advocate / Secretary

Hi! My name is Claire Farrokh, and I'm from Plainfield, NJ. I'm a sophomore in the School of Drama majoring in stage and production management, with an intended minor in business administration. This is my second year as a PHA, and it's been an incredible experience so far. I'm always happy to talk about anything health-related, and I'm especially passionate about sexual health and alcohol safety. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Molly Kaissar

Molly Kaissar

Peer Health Advocate / Social Media

"Hey everyone! I'm Molly and I'm a junior studying Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering. This is my second year as a Peer Health Advocate and I'm really looking forward to working with the rest of this year's team. Aside from being a PHA, I am also a responder for Carnegie Mellon University Emergency Medical Service around campus."

Ermina

Peer Health Advocate

Hi my name is Ermina! I'm a freshman and a first year PHA. I am truly looking forward to working with the team to make CMU a healthy and close knit community where you all feel like you have a place!


Clement Wong

Clement Wong

Peer Health Advocate

Hi! My name is Clement Wong, and I am a first-year PHA! I am a sophomore from North Jersey, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and I became a PHA to help and inspire students live healthier and more active lives. I’m passionate about health and wellness, and from personal experience, I know how one’s health and wellness can significantly affect his or her performance. For that reason, I want to promote health and wellness so that students can reach their highest potential. Outside of PHA, I am an active runner and cyclist, and I love traveling and exploring different cultures. Please feel free to contact me if you ever want to talk!