Peer Mentor Bios (2017-2018)

Jason A. MooreAlmani Okuwobi (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hi everyone, my name is Almani Okuwobi and I will be one of the peer mentors for the 2017-18 school year. I am so excited to meet you guys!! I am entering my second-year majoring in Mathematics and Finance and I plan to become a senior financial analyst post graduating, as well as a teacher in the far future before I decide to retire. Aside from being a peer mentor, I am also a member of the Douglass Orientation Committee. During the first three days of move-in on Douglass we host games and activities for first-year students which includes transfers, first-years, and first-year commuters. I am from Newark, NJ and I really enjoy drawing, baking, and doing hair (except my own). You will almost always catch me with a book in my hand so if you have any suggestions that I have not read, feel free to share them with me. I hope you guys had a wonderful summer, but I hope you are ready for what Rutgers has instore for you this year.


Andreia Cheong-A-Shack (Paul Robeson Leadership Institute)
Hi, my name is Andreia Cheong-A-Shack and I will be one of your Peer Mentors for the year. I grew up in Irvington, New Jersey but I was born in Linden, Guyana. I am a sophomore double majoring in Communications and Psychology. I hope to become involved in cinematography and illustration after I graduate in 2020, but I would also like to become involved in Higher Education, particularly advising and counseling college students that come from the same background as me. I really like to draw and paint, so if you’re into artsy stuff, I’m all about it. I’m also very into books, TV shows, and good music. Feel free to talk to me about any of them. I hope we can have a great year together.


Anthony Donato (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hello! My name is Anthony Donato and I will be one of the Peer Mentors this year. I am a rising junior majoring in Chemistry. My goal is to be a part of a research and development team. I will be living in the Newell’s on Cook Campus and my main interest is hanging out with my friends whenever I have free time. This past summer I had the opportunity through RU-1st to study abroad in Greece, allowing me to travel for the first time and experience a whole new culture. I can be described as funny, sarcastic, but most importantly caring. I am determined to never give up and never let anyone else define who I am.


Bonnie Zheng (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hi everyone!! My name is Bonnie Zheng. I am a current junior in SEBS and am pursuing a major in exercise science with a minor in health administration. I am pursuing a career in either physician’s assistant or physical therapy. Currently, I am still feeling out which path I am more suited for. I am going to be living on campus in Frelinghuysen this year. I was born in Queens, New York and raised in Cherry Hill. I absolutely love Rutgers and cannot wait to share my love for the school with my mentees! Something really important to me is being optimistic in life. I always try to look and act positively. During my free time, I enjoy exercising, dancing, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. I tend to be more of an on-the-go type of person especially during the semester. I never find myself just relaxing in my dorm room, which I hope I can change this year, which means I barely watch any shows! The only show I ever watched and was religiously hooked on was Prison Break. As for music, I am a huge RnB lover. I also enjoy hip hop and any 90’s old school music. But, I really can dig any type of music. I am a huge people’s person and love meeting and networking with others. This is probably another reason why I’m never home in my dorm. This being said, I also love my Bonnie time as well. I hope that I can fit some of your interests and wants for a mentor! It’s going to be a great year.


Bryan Matthew (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hey everyone! My name is Bryan Matthew and I will be one of the peer mentors for SSS (Student Support Services). I was born in Plainfield, NJ and I currently live in Piscataway, NJ. I am a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice. This coming year I will be applying to the School of Social Work to pursue Social Work as my second major. Here at Rutgers I am involved in the Latino Community and the Black Community. I love working out, running, reading, and giving back to the community so you will see me around on campus. If you want to work out or go for run, let me know! I know the best running spots on campus. This coming year I am excited to start my new position as a Bonner Leader. I love listening to music especially to J Cole. I do love making people laugh and guiding them down the right direction. In terms of career, I want to join law enforcement, particularly the FBI. I am excited for the Fall semester to start and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.


Christopher Rubi (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hey everyone, my name is Chris Rubi, I'm a senior with the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Political Science and minoring in French. Somethings that I do around campus include teaching a political science class as a FIGS Instructor, interning with Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions, serving as the Community Service chair for EOPSA, and being a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honors society. A few of my hobbies and passions are traveling to different cities and countries, community service and volunteer work, and spending time with friends and family. Finally, with anticipation on graduating in May, I plan to enroll pursue a Masters Degree in Political Science at Rutgers!


Damani Jagdath (Paul Robeson Leadership Institute Peer Mentor)
Hi, hello there! My name is Damani Jagdath and I will be one of your peer mentors this upcoming school year. I was born and raised in Jamaica, until I moved to United States in eighth grade; this played an intricate part in molding me as an individual. I am a rising sophomore pursuing a degree as a mechanical engineer and a minor in mathematics. The main reason behind my aspiration to become an engineer surrounds the idea of creating something that once never existed to make everyday life easier. This mentality of wanting to help others is what drove me to volunteer at Five Loaves Food Pantry my freshman year, and will continue to help others throughout my life. In addition, I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a study abroad scholarship, which gave me to the opportunity to explore Paris, France for five weeks. Therefore, if you have any questions about engineering, volunteering, studying abroad or anything you are unsure about, I welcome it. Beyond this, in my free time I enjoy playing and watching both soccer and basketball with more of an interest towards soccer given the lack of Jamaican basketball teams. I look forward to meeting everyone so I can share my insider tips to aid you along your journey throughout your life here at Rutgers, while also learning from you. Welcome!


Elena Reyes (Paul Robeson Leadership Institute Peer Mentor)
Hello! My name is Elena and I am a sophomore majoring in Visual Arts. I have a knack for crafts and I'm a jack of all trades, master of none in a variety of other subjects (mainly reading/writing). I'd like to work in animation someday because of my love for cartoons, but I'm still exploring other paths as well. Speaking of exploring, I like to go out often so you're likely to catch me at the gyms, dining halls, student centers, libraries, and many more places on campus. Feel free to say hi to me if you'd like! I'm also a local from New Brunswick so if you get lost/are looking for something close by off campus, shoot me a message and I'll do my best to help. I really look forward to meeting everyone and I hope we all have a great time together this year!


Genisis Olmedo (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hello everyone! My name is Genisis Olmedo and I will be one of your Peer Mentors this Fall. I am a sophomore here at Rutgers University majoring in English while also minoring in Psychology and Criminology. I was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and I couldn't have been so blessed to be raised in a community filled with culture. I absolutely enjoy visiting museums and being outdoors with a beautiful view. Photography is one of my most cherished hobbies, but I also love playing soccer when the opportunity comes. I am currently exploring my options and seeing which professional career I want to pursue, but for now my goal is to be admitted in the Graduate School of Education. I hope to work with small children, with a specialization in children with disabilities. I am excited for this fall semester and I am looking forward on getting to know each and every one of you!


Jessica Luna (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hola, My name is Jessica Luna. Fun fact my last name stands for moon! I grew up in Union City, New Jersey. I attended and graduated from Union City High School. I was part of the Tennis Team for four years. I became the Team Caption my senior year. If you ever want to go hit some balls to release some stress or just for fun then I am your girl. Currently I am a rising junior. My intended major is Criminal Justice with a minor in Digital Communication, Information, and Media. I love traveling the world and learning about different cultures. This summer I had the great opportunity to go to Hawaii with my family. I learned how to hula dance! So now I could add hula dancing along with knowing how to dance Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Duranguense & Cumbia. Many might not know the last two dances since they are Mexican traditional dances. Since I was not born in Mexico like the rest of my family members, I am considered to be Chicana. I've been told I am a very amiable and approachable person. So if you ever see me on campus don't be afraid to say hi or just smile at me!


Kashea Richards (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hi, my name is Kashea Richards, I’m a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology on the pre-med track. I know I want to pursue a medical career but I’m not sure what kind of medicine yet. I’m a scholar in the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute and the Community Service Chair for the West Indian Student Organization. In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, and watch tv. My favorite tv shows at the moment are Teen Wolf and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. This past summer, I worked as a Summer Conference Assistant on campus in Residence Life and also went indoor skydiving for the first time. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and helping with your transition to being a Scarlet Knight!


Kierra Pean (Paul Robeson Leadership Institute Peer Mentor)
Hey, my name is Kierra Pean and I am one of your Paul Robeson mentors! I can’t wait to get to know you, but until then here is a little bit about myself and what my favorite things are. I am a sophomore here at Rutgers, majoring in Psychology and Communication. I plan to someday get my PhD and become a Psychologist. I love running so you will probably catch me in the gym or on the track during the summer (let me know if you want to join me.) Reading is also a big part of my life, so far my favorite book is My Sister’s Keeper. My favorite movie is Forrest Gump. On Netflix you will catch me watching Grey’s Anatomy, those random obscure documentaries about cold case crimes, or Riverdale. Lastly, I love new music; so tell me your most listened to album and I will greatly appreciate it. My favorite album is Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, but my all-time favorite song is Fergalicious by Fergie and it has been since middle school.


LaVee Johnson (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hi, my name is LaVee Johnson and I will be one of your peer mentors. I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing experience! I am a sophomore and I will be double majoring in English and Communications. I am so overtaken by what a simple cluster of words can do to the pysche. So accordingly, I'm interested in song writing, creative writing, reading, and all things philosophical and artsy. I am a social justice warrior that won't stand for any of the 'isms'! With such an inspired heart, I plan to be my own boss. When you come across me just know that I'm a thinker. I think over things and I think under and beside them too! I can't wait to meet you!


Omankeh Samura (Paul Robeson Leadership Institute Peer Mentor)
Wassup y’all, my name is Omankeh (Oh- Man- Kay) Samura and I’ll be one of your mentors for the year. I graduated from New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School although I lived in Franklin, NJ. Before I get to know the recipes which make each of you, I’ll tell a little bit of the ingredients that make the current me. I am majoring in Public Health and minoring in both African Studies and Business. I am going to be an Infectious Disease Specialist that owns his own physician’s office, and in a couple years after that, my own hospital. At Rutgers, I am a part of the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute, Helyar House, and I partake in various intramural sports. The key ingredients to making me are 3 cups of J.Cole, 3 cups of Kendrick Lamar, 3 cups of Jersey Club, 2 cups reggae, 1 cup trap music, 1 cup bachata, 10 cups curiosity and love of life, 2 tablespoons anime, 5 teaspoons Netflix comedies, action shows/movies, interesting documentaries, 20 gallons gym/sports life, 1 teaspoon pescatarian lifestyle, and 1 tray of the truth. I hope to get to add to your life ingredients as each of you will to mine.


Wai-Kit Chia (Student Support Services Peer Mentor)
Hi, my name is Wai-Kit Chia and I am a junior at Rutgers University. I am majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minoring in Chemistry. My goal is to pursue a PhD in my field. I enjoy investigating and experimenting with the “microscopic world” through a microscope. Since neurological disease is globally prevalent nowadays and cases are increasing every day, this is where I would like to focus in my research. I had my first real experience as a lab assistant in the Driscoll lab. I started investigating lysosome incorporation into a newly discovered extracellular vesicle with my mentor, Dr. Monica Driscoll. During the summer, I have also participated in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. This program has provided me with significant guidance and support to succeed in pursuing a graduate degree. My goal is to work hard to build my knowledge and skills in the medical research field. Therefore, I always remind myself to be perseverant and determined in the goals that I set for myself. Being a first-generation college student, I embrace the values of enthusiasm and dedication, which I believe are the keys to a successful career in research. Although I anticipate challenges along the way, I know that learning from failures is part of my growth.