Meet the Team

Monica Alfaro standing in front of a tree
Monica Alfaro ’24
Majors: International and Global Studies and Politics

Hi, my name is Monica Alfaro, and I'm double majoring in international and global studies and politics with a possible minor in legal studies. I am so thrilled to be a part of Bridge to Wellness Peer Educators and advocate for health and wellness in our Brandeis community! I am excited to use my passion for mental and social health to work with this incredible team and at the same time learn more about how I can improve my own well-being. In my free time, I enjoy working out, music and exploring new places.

Isabella Doulas
Isabella Doulas ’24
Majors: Health Science, Society, and Policy and Biology, Minor: Psychology

Hi there! My name is Isabella "Bella”" Doulas and I am a senior on the pre-dental track double majoring in biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). Bridging the gap to enable empowerment and connectedness within our community aligns with my personal values and passion for health advocacy/outreach. Outside of BTW, I enjoy being a dental assistant, taking nature walks and biking around the city. As a peer educator, I look forward to informing the community, spreading awareness and providing supportive resources in a spirited fashion.

Karen Girsang
Karen Girsang ’25
Major: Biology, Neuroscience

I love discussing different methods of practicing wellness with the Brandeis community, and I hope to proactively connect students to available support resources. I enjoy songwriting, attending concerts and playing in jam sessions. Aside from being a Peer Educator, I lead the Brandeis Science Research Connection Club.

Leah Goldstein
Leah Goldstein ’25
Major: Psychology, Minor: Film

My name is Leah Goldstein and I'm a junior majoring in psychology and film, television and interactive media (FTIM), and health, science, pociety and policy (HSSP). My role as a Bridge to Wellness Peer Educator and working alongside the Health and Wellness Promotion office is my most valuable role on campus. Here, I am responsible for the implementation of health promotion programs on campus and work alongside the Peer Educators to see the impact these programs make. Our tabling events, workshops and consultations help our community thrive. Apart from my work at Brandeis, I also host a podcast focused on health and wellness called "We're All Growing Together." I am excited to continue my work on campus and impact lives by spreading awareness about mental health and wellness.

Martaveous Gregory
Martaveous Gregory '26
Majors: Environmental and Hispanic Studies

Hello! My name is Martaveous Gregory and I am a Posse Scholar majoring in environmental and Hispanic studies. I am excited to work with BTW to spread impactful information about health and wellness! I enjoy gardening, being physically active and playing games. I look forward to making an impact here!

Emily Hou
Emily Hou '26
Major: Biology, Minor: Health, Science, Society, and Policy and Psychology

Hello! My name is Emily Hou, and I'm an aspiring biology major and psychology + HSSP minor. I'm so excited to be part of BTW and contribute to the mission of expanding health and wellness access and awareness on campus and amongst students! I plan to tackle our complex identities' impact on our physical, mental, emotional and general health during my time as a BTW Peer Educator and expand the university's health program to be more accessible and attainable. I'm obsessed with learning about anything medicine and health-related, so feel free to talk to me about that or email me in general. Outside of BTW, I'm part of TSA (Taiwanese Student Association) and I love to play golf, draw, game and gaze at bunnies in my free time!

Yuxuan Li
Yuxuan Li '26
Majors: Applied Math, Minor: Economics

Hi, I'm Yuxuan Li, an international student majoring in Applied Math with a minor in Economics. As a member of the BTW team, I'm excited to support and engage with my peers. And I'm passionate about introducing on-campus resources and promoting wellness in areas such as stress management, drug use, and fitness. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and soccer, and I'm also an avid movie enthusiast. If you have any questions or need support, feel free to contact me via email. Let's work together to create a healthy and inclusive wellness community at Brandeis.

Thabang Matona
Thabang Matona ’24
Major: Health Science, Society, and Policy

Thabang is a South African recipient of the Brandeis University Wien International Scholarship. Before joining Brandeis, he graduated from the African Leadership Academy where he honed his leadership and entrepreneurial skills. At Brandeis, he is majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and Business. He hopes this major will prepare him for a successful career where he can have an impact. As someone who has always demonstrated an interest in his community's physical, mental and social health, he became one of the Bridge to Wellness peer educators with a vision to contribute to the well-being of his fellow students on the Brandeis community. Outside of the BTW position, Thabang is an office assistant for the Department of Community Living. Outside of Brandeis, he has worked for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Kenneth Sicat
Kenneth Sicat ’26
Majors: Health: Science, Society, and Policy & Hispanic Studies

Hi! My name is Kenny, and I am from New Jersey! I am a rising sophomore double majoring in HSSP and Hispanic Studies. As a BTW peer educator, I am eager to spread health awareness and wellness throughout Brandeis’s diverse community. On campus, I am also active in Southeast Asia Club and Waltham Group. In my free time, I love learning languages and traveling. I look forward to the opportunity of serving as a resource for my peers throughout this upcoming academic year!

Averill Yang
Averill Yang ’24
Major: Biology and Neuroscience

Hi! I am Averill and I'm an international student originally from Singapore and Taiwan. I am looking forward to working for BTW and being an advocate for health and well-being. I am passionate in the mental and public health fields, and I hope to contribute by not only providing information and on campus resources, but also continue learning and gaining insights into how others maintain well-being. I love drawing, running and listening to music during my free time. I'm also a part of the Neuroscience Club at Brandeis.