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Health Advocates

Health Advocates are students trained as certified peer educators promoting health and mental health awareness on campus. They work to build a community of inclusive care at Loyola. Chat with them about anything from your day-to-day, your stress, your interpersonal conflicts and more every other Monday for Mental Health Mondays in the Danna Center. Always remember that reaching out isn't weak, it's strong.

Zipporah McNeil, President


Athena Rivera, Vice President of Membership


Donyelle Ford, Vice President of Events

Donyelle Ford is a junior majoring in Biology, Pre-Med. She is the VP of Events for Health Advocates. Her interests include health and wellness, music, and peer education. She is a returning Health Advocate and enjoys working with the team to make a difference in the community.


Brionna Adams


Bryan Sussman


Grecia Hingst

Grecia Hingst is a Criminology & Justice and Psychology student at Loyola University New Orleans. She is from Honduras and her native language is Spanish. Grecia became a Health Advocate due to her ever growing passion for mental health; her intention is to further raise awareness about this matter on campus and to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

Her areas of interest include multiculturalism, LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety, and sexual and physical health, among others.


Jousette Alvarado

 Joussette Alvarado is a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. She majors in Biology, minors in Chemistry, and plans to go to medical school to pursue an M.D.


Julia Wetta

Julia Wetta is a sophomore at Loyola University New Orleans from Destrehan, Louisiana. She is double majoring in psychology and criminology and justice. She is also a facilitator for Christian Life Communities and is actively involved in other student ministry organizations. She is also a staff member for First Year and Awakening retreats.


Natalie Garcia

Natalie Garcia is Loyola student majoring in Psychology and Criminology and Justice. She has experience working with a wide range of diverse students through her role as an RA and involvement on campus. With an open mind, Natalie enjoys helping wherever needed and is willing to try different options in order to overcome obstacles. Her areas of interest are: life transitions, stress management, organization, anxiety management, and relationship issues. Strengths Quest: Achiever, Learner, Communication


Natalie Tavares

Natalie Tavares is a sophomore Psychology major at Loyola with a minor in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis, Missouri. She enjoys listening to music, hiking, writing, and playing guitar. She advocates for consent as well as mental, physical, and sexual wellness. In the future, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and practice as a sex therapist.


Nyla Moore


Sallie Fell

Sallie Fell is a sophomore in the Honors Program at Loyola University New Orleans. Her major is currently undecided, but she has experience in biology, chemistry, math, and psychology. Sallie is from Fairhope, Alabama where she attended a public high school and participated in several sports and clubs. At Loyola, Sallie is a facilitator for a Phase I Christian Life Community (CLC). She is also a staff member for the First Year Retreat sponsored by Student Life and Ministry. Some of her favorite experiences at Loyola have included attending mass every Sunday at 9:00pm, living on the Honors floor her freshmen year, and becoming a teaching assistant for the Cells and Heredity Lab.


Stephanie Hoang

Stephanie Hoang is a Biology Pre-Med major from Houston, Texas. She hopes to help her peers feel happy and comfortable at Loyola. She strives to raise awareness of the importance of self-care and holistic wellbeing. Stephanie aspires to be an empathic peer educator for and with others.


Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen is a third year biological science pre-med student. In the future, she wants to pursue a career as a primary-care physician. Her areas of interest include: multiculturalism, anxiety, depression, bullying, sexual harassment, suicide prevention, and healthy lifestyles. With many experiences in various mental health issues, Vy is able to help a lot of her peers from all ages to improve and gain back the vitality of their lives. Vy’s strengths include outstanding empathy, kindness, great listening skills, optimism, friendliness, and extraordinary understanding. The reason she wants to become a Health Advocate is to speak up about the significance of mental health issues in our society and the experiences that she has overcome and relates that to others who are currently suffering the same way. If you can share your own story, you are more marvelous than you can believe.


Emma Catherine Rader


Christion Gilyard

Christion Gilyard is a Retired Army Veteran, Mass Communication major with a minor in philosophy. He is involved with numerous other organizations, such as NABJ, The Maroon, The Maroon Minute, and more. He has a passion for helping others, and,, more often than not, wears his heart on his sleeve. He lives for empowering others and serving as a fighter for the rights of all people. Email Address:


Taylor Fontenot

Taylor Fontenot is a third year Music Performance Major. She has been involved in many organizations such as L.O.V.E., SGA, UPB, BSU, and more. This will be her second year as a Health Advocate on Loyola's Campus. She is very focused on making her peers feel comfortable and safe on a college campus no matter the age or year. Her strengths are listening, learning, sympathizing, trust, and just being a good ole friend.