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Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff:

Michelle Lambing, LPC, NCC, ACS | Assistant Director for Anti-Violence Initiatives

Michelle (she/her/hers) joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2008 as a Program Assistant for the Alcohol Drug Education Program, Disability Support Services and Anti-Violence Initiatives. Michelle now serves as the Assistant Director for Anti-Violence Initiatives, a role in which Michelle works with students on a daily basis to provide support services for those impacted by power-based personal violence and opportunities for community members to get involved in prevention. As a therapist, Michelle is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and incorporates neuroeducation into her clinical work to help clients understand how trauma impacts their brains and bodies. Michelle also supervises volunteers, interns, student workers, and the SAVE (Student Anti-Violence Education) Peer Educators. This supervisory role is a perfect blend for two of Michelle’s passions: prevention work and student engagement. Her favorite moments are when she programs alongside peer educators, interns and members of our community toward a culture of health and safety. The best example of this is Day to End Rape Culture, which is hosted in April. Michelle feels especially connected to this work in this community, because she attended TCNJ as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Michelle holds two degrees from The College of New Jersey, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2008 and her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling in 2013. Michelle is also recognized as a nationally certified counselor, licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor. Michelle currently resides in Bucks County with her husband and daughter and enjoys filling her free time with family, friends, home improvement projects, reading and baking.

Zachary Gall, LPC, NCC | Prevention Education Specialist & Staff Therapist

Zach (he/him/his) started at TCNJ as a first-year student in 2009 and has never left. As a staff therapist, Zach works to support and advocate for victims and survivors of power-based personal violence. He works primarily through a narrative framework, using client stories and metaphor for exploration and healing. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and integrates nutrition and movement principles into treatment.

As a prevention educator, Zach supports AVI’s various prevention efforts and focuses on our work surrounding gender socialization and engaging men in our community.

Zach is a Central Jersey native and has strong feelings about its geographical and cultural existence. Much of his spare time is spent baking and exploring new food experiences.

Christina Sargiss, M.S.Ed | Program Assistant for Health and Wellness

Christina (she/her/hers) joined the Division of Student Affairs in 2018 as the Program Assistant for Health and Wellness. As a part of her role, Christina supports the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP), Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI), Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL), and Health and Wellness Peer Education Program. Christina graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2016 with a degree in English and graduated from Monmouth University in 2018 with her Master’s in Student Affairs and College Counseling.

Christina is eager to begin teaching as an adjunct professor this fall, and her course focuses on influencers, branding, content creators, and the impact of social media! In her spare time, Christina enjoys spending time with friends & family, going to the beach, and spinning!

Undergraduate Interns:

Kiana Stockwell | Victim Support Specialist Intern

Kiana (she/her/hers) is the Victim Support Specialist intern at Anti-Violence Initiatives. She is a senior studying Political Science with minors in African American Studies and Sociology. Kiana is passionate about cultivating healthy relationships, supporting survivors in our community, practicing intersectional advocacy, and promoting the use of trauma-informed policies and practices. Some of her favorite things include music, the beach, tea, and her family and friends! She’s excited to continue growing within AVI and doing the “heart work” in her last year at TCNJ.

Ellie McCreesh | Green Dot Intern

Hi everyone! My name is Ellie McCreesh (she/her) and I am a junior Public Health Major. I am so excited to take on the role of Green Dot intern! Prior to becoming Green Dot Intern, I was a SAVE Peer Educator with AVI. I look forward to leading initiatives that empower bystanders to intervene in instances of PBPV. These initiatives will look different in the face of a pandemic, but I am passionate about preventing PBPV through virtual messaging. I am the Health and Wellness Chair for Sigma Kappa sorority, and when I’m not hanging out with my friends, you can find me running the loop or playing piano in the music building!

Maggie McCreesh | Publicity Intern

Hey everyone, I’m Maggie McCreesh (she/her) and this is my third year with AVI and my second year as the Publicity Intern. Through my position I work to create digital and print media that helps to amplify our office’s prevention, counseling, and advocacy services. I’m extremely passionate about helping other TCNJ students understand the rights and resources that they have access to and believe that social media is the perfect platform through which to foster that understanding! In addition to my work with AVI, I also serve on the Title IX Student Advisory Committee and as Delta Phi Epsilon’s Vice President of Operations. I love talking about AVI’s heart-work and I’m always willing to answer any questions—feel free to reach out to me personally or via AVI’s social media!

Returning Student Anti-Violence (SAVE) Peer Educators:

Elissa Khoudary

Hi, I’m Elissa Khoudary (she/her) and I’m a senior Physics major with a minor in Chemistry. This is my second year as a SAVE Peer Educator and I’m very excited to help make TCNJ a safer campus! I became a Peer Educator to support other survivors of power-based personal violence. It’s very important that we advocate for survivors and continue to shift our culture against violence. Apart from AVI, I’m a brother of Alpha Phi Omega and president of Physics Club. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, yoga, and taking care of my plants.

Allie Fountaine

Allie Fountaine (she/her/hers) is a senior Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major. Allie has been a Peer Educator since her sophomore year of college. Her love for AVI continuously grows as she continues to work alongside her team to prevent power-based personal violence, empower survivors, and foster a safe campus community at TCNJ. She likes to spend her free time with friends, family, and her pets.

 

Swara Patel

Hi! My name is Swara Patel (she/her/hers) and I am a senior biology major with a psychology minor. This is my second year as a Peer Educator for AVI’s Student Anti-Violence Education (SAVE) program! I love doing this work because I really want TCNJ to be a safe place for everyone and it’s an honor being a part of that. Everyone I work with has the same goal as I do and we have all become so close. I have become more knowledgeable about violence in general and how to prevent it and am comfortable talking with all kinds of people. Being a part of this team has made my experience at TCNJ so much more memorable!

Shannon Joyce

Hi everyone! I’m Shannon Joyce (she/her) and I’m a senior Speech Pathology/Audiology major with a Psychology minor. In addition to AVI, I’m also a member of Greek life on campus. In my free time, I enjoy doing anything creative. I’ve been involved with AVI since my freshman year, and this is my second year in a SAVE Peer Educator role. Working with AVI has allowed me to see the direct impact that our organization and services has on our campus and community. As someone who has been, and have seen friends be affected by PBPV, working with this organization means so much to me, and joining AVI has definitely added an element of support to my daily life.

 

Anna Gelson

Hi! My name is Anna Gelson (she/her) and I am a junior Psychology major with a minor in music. This is my second year as a SAVE PE and I could not be more excited! Besides working with AVI, I am a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota and the president of TCNJ’s Unified Sports club. I am very passionate about helping to make this campus a safer place for survivors, mental health advocacy, and my cats. I also love making new friends, so if you see me around campus, don’t hesitate to say hi!

Aria Sen

Hi everyone! My name is Aria Sen (she/her), and this is my second year as a SAVE Peer Educator. I am a senior biology major with an anthropology minor here at TCNJ, and I plan to attend medical school after graduation. My involvement with AVI started as when I volunteered with the Street Team my sophomore year. Outside of AVI, I serve on the Executive Board of Alpha Kappa Psi, I write music reviews for WTSR, and am involved in activities with the School of Science. My passions include anything regarding animals, philosophy, and public health. As always, I look forward to a great year with our amazing team!

April Chabak

I am April Chabak (she/her/hers), an undergrad who is doubling in IMM and sociology. I am majoring in IMM in hopes of going into animation and also sociology to have the option to go into social work. I also hope to soon do my tattoo apprenticeship next year. On the side I also am public speaker for nj foster adoptive family services and advocate for youth who are in the system. I am from Carteret, NJ and have one sister. In my free time I enjoy travelling!

 

 

Gaby Valentino

Hi my name is Gaby Valentino and I am a senior at TCNJ with a major in psychology and a minor in public health. After graduation I hope so do more great prevention work in my career and receive my LSW!

 

 

 

 

New Student Anti-Violence (SAVE) Peer Educators:

Angelia Seda

Hello! My name is Angelia (She/Her/Hers) and I am a rising junior Public Health major. In addition to being a SAVE Peer Educator, I am a College Ambassador and involved in various club organizations across campus. In my spare time I enjoy baking, watching netflix documentaries, listening to music, and scrolling through pinterest for college friendly recipes! I look forward to working with Anti-Violence Initiatives this year to help create a safer and more inclusive campus environment.

 

Afash Haleem

Hello everyone! My name is Afash Haleem (he/him), and this is my first year as a SAVE Peer Educator. I am a sophomore biology major here at TCNJ, with future plans in global and public health, and medical school. Outside of AVI, I serve on the Associate Board of Late Night Take, work with the Recreation and Wellness Department, and play violin in TCNJ’s orchestra. I am passionate about music, education, film, and learning new things. I love meeting new people, so feel free to approach me if you see me on campus! I can’t wait to have a fun and productive year.

 

Snehi Mukkamalla

Hi! My name is Snehi Mukkamalla (she/her/hers) and this is my first year as a SAVE Peer Educator. I am a sophomore Psychology major and apart from my involvement in AVI, I am also a Senator in our Student Government and an Eboard member for TCNJ’s PPGA chapter. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, watching movies, and discussions about the world around us! As a Peer Educator, I hope to break the silence on issues relating to power-based personal violence and fight against cultural habits that normalize toxic and unsafe behavior. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with my like-minded peers in order to bring awareness to stigmatized issues and build a more inclusive community.

Christina O’Neill

Hi! My name is Christina O’Neill and I am a junior biomedical engineering major. This will be my first year as a peer educator and I am very excited to work with such a great team! Aside from AVI, I am a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and Theta Tau. In my free time I love to travel, bake, and read a good book on the beach. A fun fact about me is that I studied abroad in Australia! I am looking forward to transforming the culture of TCNJ towards a safer, more educated community.

 

 

Rebecca Geddis

Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca (she/her/hers) and I am a junior nursing major this year at TCNJ. This is my first year being an AVI peer educator and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team and help promote a safer campus community. I am also a part of Barkada, Student Nurses Association, and used to tutor! I love meeting new people so feel free to say hi if you see me around!

 

 

Amman Waseem

Hi! I’m Amman Waseem (she/her), a senior biology major with a minor in religion. Outside of AVI, I tutor and am an active member of the Muslim Student Association. My passions include anything medicine or food related, and I love to read, cook, and meet new people. I am incredibly excited to work with such a great team and educate our campus!

 

 

 

Salomine Ekambi

Hi everyone! My name is Salomine Ekambi. I am a junior Public Health major with a minor in sociology. This is my first year as a Peer Educator for AVI and I look forward to being an advocate for a safer and inclusive college environment. In addition to being AVI, I am vice president for TCNJ NAACP and a House Assistant in Townhouse West. In my free time, I like to read, listen to music and hang out with friends.

 

 

 

Julianna Padilla

Hey everyone! My name is Juliana Padilla (she/her) and I am a senior Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public and Mass Media and a minor in Business Management. This is my first and last year as a SAVE Peer Educator with AVI and my goal is to promote a safe and healthy living/learning environment for my peers and facilitate healthy conversations about dating and sex in college. I am so excited to be working closely with the TCNJ community and I hope to leave a lasting legacy here for future PEs! Outside of AVI I enjoy spending my free time outdoors, writing, and planning my future travels!

 

Katarina Stefanik

Hi! I’m Katarina Stefanik (she/her/hers), and I’m a junior biology major. This is my first year as a SAVE Peer Educator, and I’m really excited to be a part of such an impactful community on campus. Outside of AVI, I am an EOF student and the SMRO of Wolfe Hall. My interests include hiking, watching The Office, and traveling. I look forward to becoming a resource for others and working with AVI to make TCNJ a safer place.

 

 

Catriona Leary

My name is Cat Leary (she/her) and I am a Peer Educator! This is my second year with AVI, but my first year as a PE. I am so excited to help prevent PBPV and work with so many amazing people while doing it.

Hours

Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

When TCNJ has an emergency closure, AVI also closes.

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Anti-Violence Initiatives has moved to a teletherapy format for the duration of the physical distancing period. Services are available by appointment and can be scheduled via the OWL portal.
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