Carnegie Mellon University

Jade Schiffer

Jade Schiffer

Lead Peer Health Advocate

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

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!

Gaurav Begur

Gaurav Begur

Peer Health Advocate

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

"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

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

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

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hello! I'm Mariah Barnes from sunny SoCal and I am a Senior majoring in Decision Science with a Healthcare Management and Policy minor. This is my third 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

Lead in Training Peer Health Advocate

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hi, my name is Mari-Therese Burton, and I’m a junior 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 4 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.

Claire Farrokh

Claire Farrokh

Peer Health Advocate

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hi! My name is Claire Farrokh, and I'm from Plainfield, NJ. I'm a junior in the School of Drama majoring in stage and production management. This is my third 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

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

"Hey everyone! I'm Molly and I'm a senior studying Materials Science & Biomedical Engineering. This is my third 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 do research in our Biomedical Engineering department and occasionally volunteer as a Crew Chief for Carnegie Mellon University Emergency Medical Service."

Ermina Lee

Ermina Lee

Peer Health Advocate

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hi my name is Ermina! I'm a rising sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and a second year PHA. I love working with our team to not only provide unbiased information on basic and more sensitive health topics, but also make CMU a healthy and close knit community where you all feel like you have a place!

Amber Griffith

Amber Griffith

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

My name is Amber Griffith and this is my first year being a PHA. I am a freshman in the School of Computer Science. I joined PHAs because I loved the cause of helping to educate my community on topics that are pertinent to everyday college life. I think that it is extremely important for our community to learn and understand about health concerns, and who better to teach than students themselves?! Outside of PHA, I love to draw and not only practice my own creativity but to be able to see it in others too.

Colby Yu

Colby Yu

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hello Everyone! My name is Colby and I am a freshman here at CMU and this is my first year as a PHA.  I am currently undecided in Dietrich but I am happy to be here because it can lead to many different options.  I am truly excited to be someone who the CMU community can look up to when facing with difficult circumstances and talk to when needing advice on making healthy choices.  “Need Advice? Don’t Think Twice!  YU Can Help YOU!”

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Hi! I’m Sam Smith. I’m a sophomore, and this is my first year being a PHA. Being a peer health advocate is a wonderful experience, allowing me to interact with the CMU student body and to help people in various ways. No matter the topic, helping others better understand health is an enriching experience and I enjoy doing it! Feel free to contact me if you want to talk. 😊

Jumana Akoad

Jumana Akoad

Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Jumana Akoad is a sophomore at CMU studying Neuroscience with a concentration in Neurobiology, and a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. In her free time she loves debating international relations as a member of the CMU Model UN team, helping run CMU's annual fashion show Lunar Gala, and playing tennis. She's excited to be a PHA and act as a resource for fellow students.