SWAG Peer Mentors

Alina Maslyukova : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Alina Maslyukova

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Alina is an international student majoring in Psychology at Palomar College. Over 10 years in Education have led her to develop a strong interest in human behavior and mental health problems student face while studying. Alina is a passionate researcher with interests in depression treatment, positive psychology, aerospace psychiatry and psychology, resilience and data-driven, scientifically proven therapy approaches. Currently, she is focused on mental health issues that arise with forced displacement and immigration.

Ariana Jorden : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Ariana Jorden

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Ariana is a media studies major at Palomar College and lifelong resident of San Diego. As a peer mentor, she hopes that her experience in her creative endeavors can help her to promote the fantastic resources offered by the Health Services department at Palomar. She hopes to work in television and film production later on, and looks forward to cultivating a safe and inclusive environment for her fellow students during her time with SWAG. She believes that mental health should be openly discussed in order for students to be able to live to their highest potential and form a better relationship with themselves and others. Ariana enjoys drinking coffee, going for walks, writing and learning anything she can about the film and media industry

Jessica Villagomez : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Jessica Villagomez

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Jessica is majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish, all in hopes to eventually go to medical school specializing in pediatrics. With the position of a pediatrician, she hopes to encourage children and teens that their mental health is important, so they should seek out help when needed. With SWAG, she hopes to gain a better understanding of mental health to then share that information with others. As a Latina, Jessica knows the stigma mental health has in the Latin community and she hopes to alter that negative perspective in any small way possible in her career choice, as a SWAG Peer Mentor, and even in everyday life.

Mark Francis Marasigan : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Mark Francis Marasigan

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Mark is an international student majoring in Cybersecurity at Palomar College. Because of Mark's experience with traveling and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, he has the interest and experience in connecting with others through hearing their stories to better understand them and help in the best way possible. Having grown up in a community where mental health was disregarded, Mark hopes to bring the "cool" back into mental health and allow others to be comfortable in their own skin. One of the ways he is able to find peace is through unwinding with nature along with a book and performing extreme sports.

Ivan Larios-Perez : Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Ivan Larios-Perez

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Peer Mentor

Ivan is undecided on his major but is pursuing Mathematics to become a Math teacher in secondary education. As a SWAG peer mentor, he would like to help provide insight on behavioral and mental health to fellow students. Ivan believes that mental health is very important because he connects with how we handle stress. He also believes in connecting with others and making better and healthier choices. Ivan’s few hobbies include walking his puppies, going to the gym, and playing video games.