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Meet Our Staff

Assistant Director for Anti-Violence Initiatives: Michelle Lambing, MA, LPC, NCC   

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.  As a part of her role, Michelle works with students on a daily basis to provide appropriate support services for those impacted by power-based personal violence and opportunities for community involvement as it relates to prevention.  Michelle supervises volunteers, interns, student workers, and the SAVE (Student Anti-Violence Education) Peer Educators on campus.  This supervisory role is a perfect blend for two of Michelle’s passions: prevention work and student engagement.

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 and a licensed professional counselor.

Michelle currently resides in Bucks County with her husband and daughter and enjoys filling her free time with family, friends, home improvement projects, and baking.

Office of Violence Against Women Grant Project Director and Prevention Education Specialist: Zach Gall, MA, LAC, NCC 

Zach (he/him/his) is  the Office of Violence Against Women Grant Project Director and Prevention Education Specialist. In addition to managing the OVW grant that AVI received in 2016, Zach supports the Assistant Director in generating and sustaining prevention programs and in managing the Peer Educator team; Zach coordinates MILES: Men for Integrity, Leadership, and Ethics in Society, TCNJ’s group dedicated to engaging men in violence prevention and in promoting equity. Zach also serves as a volunteer clinician and provides counseling and advocacy to community members impacted by power-based personal violence.

Zach graduated from TCNJ in 2013 with a degree in English and Psychology and in 2017 with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He lives in Robbinsville, NJ and is a self-described foodie, spending lots of his free time either making or trying new foods.

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

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 all of the initiatives of the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP), Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI), Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL), the THRIVE program, and Health and Wellness peer educators. 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.
Community Engagement Intern: Shaun Meyers
Hi everyone, my name is Shaun Meyers (he/him/his) and I am the Community Engagement Intern at AVI. I am a senior psychology major with minors in anthropology and criminology. Outside of this position, I am also the Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Unified Sports. Some of my interests include reading and writing, listening to music, and playing video games.
Publicity Intern: Maggie McCreesh
Hi everyone, my name Maggie McCreesh (she/her) and I’m a junior History major with a double minor in WGSS and Art History.  I’m currently AVI’s Publicity Intern, helping to amplify our messages surrounding choice, advocacy, respect, and empowerment (CARE!) with the help of various social media and communications platforms.  As a Peer Educator alum, I look to project the “heart work” that we do to the campus community and beyond! In addition to AVI I’m also involved in Greek life, WILL, and I may or may not co-run a dog Instagram account.  Feel free to ask me any questions about AVI or the work that we do, I’m always happy to help!
Healthy Masculinity Intern: Connor Holden
Hello, my name is Connor Holden (he/him) and I am excited to be the Healthy Masculinity intern for AVI this year. I am also a senior Biology major and the President of Phi Alpha Delta. For my last year as a part of this community I hope to inspire us to step outside of our comfort zones and discuss the important things we can do to make TCNJ a safe place for everyone!
Healthy Masculinity Intern: Christopher Gallo

Hi, my name is Christopher Gallo (he/him/his) and I am one of the Healthy Masculinity Interns at AVI!  I am a sophomore Public health major who enjoys running, soccer, and volunteering.  I was an AVI street team member for my first two semesters at TCNJ and am looking forward to continuing my work with them.

Green Dot Intern: Catriona LearyHello! My name is Catriona Leary (she/her), and I am a Junior Political Science major with minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as International Studies. I am so excited to be with AVI to share its goals and what we do. Working with Green Dot, I hope to meet so many new faces and help everybody feel safe on campus. Outside of AVI, I am in Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) and Alpha Kappa Psi! I love going to the beach, art museums, and concerts, too. I cannot wait to see what a wonderful year this will be!

Victim Support Specialist Intern: Jamie Loughlin

Hi everyone, I’m Jamie Loughlin,  a rising senior and Public Health major, and I’m so excited to have joined the AVI team this year as the Victim Support Specialist Intern! Here at TCNJ, I’m on the dance team and part of the Greek community. In my spare time I love going to concerts, riding my bike, and dancing.

SAVE Peer Educators:

Hi, I’m Bridget Kneisel and I’m a senior Urban Early Childhood Education and Sociology major. I wanted to become a part of AVI as soon as I found out about it my freshmen year and became a PE my freshmen spring. I’m so excited for my third year as a peer educator and to continue to make our campus a safer place for everyone!

Hi! I’m Dian Babu (she/her/hers) and I’m a senior with majors in biology and WGSS. This is my second year as a SAVE Peer Educator and I’m excited to continue to work with the AVI team and our community to make our campus a safer place for everyone. My interests include feminism, science trivia, and taking quality naps.

Hi! I’m Rachel Craig (she/her) and I’m a peer educator with AVI. I’m a junior psychology major and Arabic minor hoping to be a therapist and trauma counselor. I’m a peer educator with AVI because I think this organization does some amazing “heart work” as we like to call it. I’m really excited to be having important conversations with my peers as we educate each other throughout this year. I have worked previously in AVI helping with the MILES program, which focuses on healthy masculinity. Aside from AVI I have participated in WIRED on campus! I’m passionate about theater, social justice, mental health, and parks and recreation (I’m just trying to make Leslie Knope proud). See you around!

Hey!! My name is Ellie McCreesh and I’m a sophomore Public Health major with a Spanish minor. This is my first year as an AVI peer educator and I am beyond excited to grow throughout this process and share my passion for health promotion and education. I’m a sister of Sigma Kappa! I love to travel ~writing this from an airport in budapest~ run in the rain, listen to music with friends, and eat every type of chocolate that exists. ¡Hasta pronto!

Hi! I’m Gaby Valentino (she/her) and I’m a peer educator with AVI. I’m a junior psychology major and public health minor hoping to be a therapist and trauma counselor. I am really looking forward to having these important conversations with the TCNJ community this year. Aside from AVI I am a brother of Alpha Phi Omega and a member of psych club!

Hello! My name is Sophie (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore this year at TCNJ. I am majoring in Nursing with a minor in Women and Gender Studies through the WILL program here. In addition to being an AVI SAVE Peer Educator, I am a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of the Student Nurse’s Association. In my free time, I love to go to concerts and I am always taking new music recommendations! I also enjoy doing a good craft or two in my spare time. I look forward to working with this incredible organization on campus to make TCNJ a better, less stigmatized place for us all!

Hi everyone, my name is Kristen Cefaloni (she/her) and I am a senior Math Secondary Education major. This is my second year working with AVI, and working on this talented team of peer educators has been my favorite thing about TCNJ so far. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, writing, hiking, and going to concerts. I am excited to see what my senior year will bring and I can’t wait to spend another year making our campus a safer place! 

Hi, my name is Kiana Stockwell (she/her) and this is my second year working at AVI, this time as a Peer Educator (last year I was the Green Dot Intern)! I transferred to TCNJ in Spring 2018, and I am currently a junior Political Science and Sociology double major. In my role this year, I am excited to continue AVI’s community building efforts, and dive deeper into our core mission and programming. A fun fact about me is that I live on a small horse farm!

Hi! I’m Allie Fountaine and I am a junior Political Science major with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies! I am a Peer Educator with AVI because I am very passionate about the goals and missions of the office and want to help foster a safer campus community for everyone. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and being around my friends and family.

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!

Hi my name is Justin Fernandez (he/him/his). I am a senior Computer Science major aspiring to become a Software Developer. In my free time I like to run, climb, hike, and just about anything active. I seek to make a change in my communities and groups and possibly encourage others join me.

Hi everyone! My name is Aria Sen (she/her), and this is my first year as a SAVE Peer Educator. I am a junior biology major with an anthropology minor here at TCNJ, with plans to attend medical school. My involvement with AVI started as when I volunteered with the Street Team my sophomore year. Outside of AVI, I am also an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, WTSR and serve on the E-Board of our school’s Active Minds chapter. My passions include anything regarding animals, philosophy, and public health. I look forward to this year and being apart of such an awesome team!Hi! My name is Swara Patel (she/her). I am a junior biology major with a psychology minor. This is my first year as a Peer Educator for AVI’s Student Anti-Violence Education (SAVE) program! In my free time I like dancing, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends. I am very excited to be a part of the SAVE PE’s and to make our campus a better place!

Hey, My name is April (she/her/hers). I am a double major with sociology and visual arts. I hope to get my tattoo apprenticeship and get myself through law school. In addition to being a SAVE PE I am also an EOF student. In my free time I draw and work as a bartender. I look forward to being a resource and shifting the culture of TCNJ.

Hi everyone! My name is Shannon Joyce (she/her) and I am a junior Speech Pathology/Audiology major. This is my first year as a SAVE Peer Educator, but I started getting involved with AVI my freshman year through Greeks 4 Change. In addition to AVI, I am also a member of Theta Phi Alpha! In my spare time, I enjoy doing anything creative. I am excited to continue working with this organization to create a safer community at TCNJ!

Hi, my name is Sarah! I’m a senior Sociology & Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies double major with a minor in Journalism. This is my second year as a Peer Educator with AVI. I applied so that I could make a change on our campus and spread the messaging, advocacy and support that AVI offers. I plan to go into social work in the future, so this work now is very meaningful to me as I begin a career of service to others. I’ve met some amazing people through AVI, and am so happy that this program has been part of my time at TCNJ.


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 semester. Services are available by appointment and can be scheduled via the OWL portal.