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Meet the Staff

Rose Rezaei

Rose is an Interim Director of the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. Her main responsibilities include overseeing campus wide initiatives encompassing sexual violence prevention and sexual health education. Rose received her Bachelor's in Mass Communication and Master's in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Creating space where students feel empowered to take ownership of their lives through education and skill building serves as the foundation of her work. Outside of FSU, she enjoys attending community events, thrift shopping, and traveling. rrezaei@fsu.edu

Joi D. Alexander

Joi is an Interim Director of the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. Her main responsibilities include overseeing campus wide initiatives encompassing alcohol, tobacco and other drug education/prevention and wellness initiatives. Joi received both her Master's and Bachelor's in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University. She is currently the Chair of FSU's Healthy Campus 2020 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs sub-committee. Her passion is in creating diverse and inclusive spaces that empower individuals and communities to make healthy lifestyle decisions that facilitate academic success and lead to life-long health and wellness. Outside of FSU, she enjoys traveling, mentoring and spending time with her family and friends. jdalexander@fsu.edu

Jose Carval

Jose is the Green Dot Coordinator. His main responsibilities include coordinating the implementation of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, educating students on the Green Dot bystander intervention approach, collaborating with key campus stakeholders and developing partnerships throughout the university. He received his Bachelor's in International Affairs from Florida State University and plans to soon begin working on his Master's in Higher Education. On his spare time Jose enjoys making music, sports, and spending as much time as he can out doors with his wife Nicole and his dog Jeter. jcarval@fsu.edu

Kori Pruett

Kori is the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator. Her main responsibilities include educating students on the dynamics of sexual violence, the myths that surround sexual violence, ways to obtain and define consent, empowering students through bystander intervention, and informing students about campus resources and support. She is also the Co-Chair of the Curriculum Development Sexual Violence Prevention Sub Committee. Kori received her Master's and Bachelor's in International Affairs from Florida State University. In her spare time she participates in community service organizations, enjoys outdoor adventures, and travels to as many new locations as possible! kpruett@fsu.edu

Kelly Grove

Kelly is the Sexual Health Coordinator in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. Her responsibilities include improving the sexual health of FSU students through education, outreach, advising, contraception distribution, and STI testing. Kelly graduated from FSU with a Master's Degree in the Sociology of Health and a Graduate Minor in Women's Studies. She is passionate about promoting sexual discourse that is inclusive, healthy, and sex-positive. In her spare time Kelly is enjoys her family, food and beaches. kgrove@fsu.edu

Joanne Perez-Veragara

Joanne is the Health & Wellness dietitian. Her main responsibilities include promoting a "no diet" approach and Health at Every Size mentality on campus, helping students achieve a more positive body image and working with students with disordered eating. She is, also, the co-chair FSU's Healthy Campus 2020 Physical Health sub-committee. Joanne graduated from Framingham State College with a BS in Nutritional Sciences, completed her internship with the US Army, where she remained on active duty as an officer for 5 years, and went on to receive her MS in Management from NC State. In her free time, she is a runner, wanna be chef, avid reader, beach lover, wife and mom. jperezvergara@fsu.edu


Graduate Staff

Joslyn Armstrong

Joslyn is a doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University. She previously completed a M.S. in MFT at Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is the Sexual Health Counselor for CHAW. Her research interests include examining risky sexual behaviors and substance use behaviors in emerging adults and the impact of father engagement in minority families. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, watching relationship reality TV, and attempting to break into the society of extreme couponing.

Christina Colgary

Christina is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology Program at Florida State University. She is from New Jersey and received her BS in Psychology at Saint Joseph's University and her MS in Experimental Psychology at Seton Hall University. Her clinical and research interests include eating disorder symptomology in adolescence and adulthood, mindfulness meditation, multiculturalism, stress regulation, and help-seeking behaviors. Christina is also Vice President of FSU's Active Minds chapter, an organization that works to change the conversation about mental health on campus. She enjoys playing soccer, running, yoga, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Justine Devlin

Justine is a Doctoral Student in the Combined Counseling and School Psychology program at Florida State University. She is a Florida native, earning her BA in Psychology and Master's Degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida in 2015. Justine's research interests, and clinical training, are heavily focused on Substance Use Disorders, addiction, and the impact of substances on Co-morbid mental health disorders. Justine is currently conducting research on the impact of ADHD diagnoses on Substance Use Disorder Recovery. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, water sports, kayaking, spending time at the beach and quality time with friends and family!

Alana Diggs

Alana is in her second year at Florida State University where she is pursuing both a Specialist (Ed.S.) and a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Counseling and Human Systems with a Major in School Psychology. Originally from Maryland, Alana received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She has been working with the University’s Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness since August 2016 as the graduate assistant to the Green Dot initiative funded by the Department of Health. Her clinical and research interests are primarily in the areas of acute and chronic trauma, positive development of the self, and neurodevelopmental disorders. In her free time, Alana enjoys the simple things in life – spending time with her family and friends, enjoying new foods and restaurants, engaging and exercising the mind/body and spirit, and loyally watching the New England Patriots play football!

Jaylene Spannring, M.S.

Jaylene received her B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA before earning her M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University. Jaylene is a student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology doctoral program. She is the President and Co-founder of the Active Minds Organization at FSU. She has a wide array of research interests including how sports influence at-risk youth, athletic injury, mental health, social support and coping, exercise and mental health, chronic pain/illness, disability and mental health and coping, relaxation, art therapy, and trauma.

Ashley Fryer

Ashley is a doctoral student in the Sport Psychology program at Florida State University. She decided to pursue sport psychology after graduating with her BA in Psychology at The Ohio State University and her MS in Educational Psychology at Florida State. Ashley's research interests include choking under pressure, performance psychology, and trauma informed care. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her dog Sloopy.

Shanteria Owens

Shanteria is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program at Florida State University. She decided to pursue a career in psychology because she wants to help people overcome the challenges they experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University. Her clinical and research interests are primarily in the areas of trauma and suicide prevention. In her spare time she enjoys reading, painting, cooking, visiting new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Diana Carbonell

Diana is a doctoral student in the Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. Born and raised in Central Florida, Diana received her BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and her MSW with a concentration in mental health counseling from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include post-traumatic growth (PTG) versus post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidology, and interpersonal relationships. During her free time, Diana enjoys walks with her pups Thor and Princess Leia, napping, playing board games with her husband, and spending time with family and friends.

Andrea Kleinbauer

Andrea is a Nutrition Coach in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. She received her BS in Dietetics from FSU and is currently a second year graduate student and dietetic intern studying Nutrition & Food Science. She will be completing her internship this upcoming fall and hopes to practice as a RD focused on health and wellness promotion. In her free time, Andrea enjoys painting, arts & crafts and exercising.


Undergraduate Staff

Sara Pruitt

Sara is a front desk assistant at CHAW. Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments and assisting with office organization and Healthy Campus initiatives. She is a third-year undergraduate student studying economics and statistics. She plans on becoming a data analyst for a government agency. She is involved in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority on campus and she enjoys hiking, First Friday at Railroad Square Art Park, and trying new food around Tallahassee.

Mayla Debonville

Mayla is a front desk assistant in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. She is a first year undergraduate student from Orlando, Florida. She is studying Mass Media Communications and Family and Child Sciences. Mayla is involved in the Delta Zeta Sorority on campus as well as a weekly campus ministry. She enjoys going to fitness classes at the Leach Center, baking, and watching movies with friends.

Careliz Alcantara

Careliz is a front desk assistant in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. She is a first-year undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in psychology and mathematics. After she graduates in 2019, she plans on working towards a Master's degree in Public Health. She enjoys baking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.


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