Meet the Staff

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Rose Rezaei

As Director, Rose provides leadership and strategic planning for campus wellness initiatives including alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, sexual health, power-based personal violence prevention, nutrition and body image, bystander intervention, and general wellbeing. Rose was instrumental in the development of the campus-wide kNOw MORE power-based violence prevention initiative which highlights education and the continuum of care for students, faculty, and staff. Creating spaces where students feel empowered to take ownership of their lives through education and skill building serves as the foundation of her work. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Florida State. Outside of FSU, she enjoys attending community events, thrift shopping and traveling.rrezaei@fsu.edu

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Eric Gipson

Eric is the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness. His responsibilities include the coordination and facilitation of "Smart Choices", an alcohol/drug harm reduction program. Eric received his BS in Healthcare Administration from Florida A&M University and his MA in International Affairs/Asian Studies from Florida State University. Whenever possible, he enjoys travel, music, art and continues to be fascinated by world history, cultures and languages. egipson@fsu.edu

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Nell Robinson

Nell is the Green Dot Coordinator for the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. Her main responsibilities include coordinating the implementation of the Green Dot Bystander Intervention program, educating students on bystander intervention, and collaborating with campus stakeholders. Nell received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Florida State University and is currently completing her Masters of Social Work. In her free time, she enjoys cake decorating, watching scary movies, and trying to find the perfect cup of boiled peanuts. jrrobinson2@fsu.edu

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Darneshia Williams

Darneshia is the Wellness Coordinator in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness. Her responsibilities include educating students on all aspects of health and wellness, health education outreach and helps to improve students overall well-being and academic performance through wellness coaching. Darneshia also advises Healthy Noles who are trained Peer Health Educators who make a positive impact on campus health and wellness through events, presentations, and discussions with peers. Darneshia is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a graduate from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. In her spare time, Darneshia enjoys traveling with her twin sister, shopping, and food. drwilliams@fsu.edu

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LaToya Newby

LaToya is the Department of Justice Grant Coordinator for the Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness. Her responsibilities include managing and executing grant deliverables pertaining to the reduction of Domestic/Dating violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault. Other responsibilities include coordinating with prevention stakeholders to develop and disseminate trauma informed prevention education and trainings related to power-based personal violence to students, faculty and staff. LaToya is a Certified Relationship Education and Leadership Specialist and a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences and a Master's Degree in Public Health. In her spare time, LaToya enjoys the arts, traveling, and being physically active. lnewby@fsu.edu

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Beth Thompson

Beth (They/Them/Theirs) is the Sexual Health Coordinator in the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness (CHAW). They are responsible for coordinating Free HIV Testing in office and during FSU community wide event, and evidence-based, sex-positive and inclusive sexual health education programs. They received their Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Sociology with a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from Valdosta State University, and their Master's in Public Health from Florida State University. Outside of work, Beth enjoys knitting, learning new information, and playing or cuddling with their deaf cat Phoebe. mthompson5@fsu.edu


Graduate Staff

Marina Gibson

Marina started with CHAW in fall 2019. She is a graduate assistant working on CHAW's college recovery initiative. She is from Panama City, Florida and is a graduate student studying Public Health. Marina loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities.

Becan Hennighan

Becan started with CHAW in fall 2019. She is the Power Based Violence Prevention Graduate Assistant. She is originally from Saint Cloud, Florida and is a first-year graduate student studying school psychology. She loves many things including music, sports, animals, and reading.

Cara Knoeppel

Cara is a Wellness Coach and SMART Choices Instructor at CHAW. She has been with CHAW since spring 2019. She enjoys being able to work with students in this role to support them in achieving their personal wellness goals. Cara is also a doctoral student in FSU's Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program. Her favorite wellness activities include music, traveling, and dance.

Stephan Mitchell

Stephan started with CHAW in fall 2019. He is a graduate student studying School Psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include trauma, substance abuse, aggression, social pressure and resilience. He is currently a Smart Choices Facilitator working primarily with alcohol and other drugs. He relocated to Tallahassee from New York City and enjoys the outdoors.


Undergraduate Staff

Brian Julot

Brian has been with CHAW since the fall 2019. He is a CHAW Assistant helping with special projects in Tobacco and Substance Abuse Prevention. He is from Miami, Florida, and studying Psychology with a goal of reaching med school. He has written poetry since he was thirteen, and has written at least a hundred poems since.

Caroline Martins

Caroline has been with CHAW since fall 2019 as a CHAW assistant helping with special projects in sexual violence prevention. She is from Pompano Beach, Florida and is studying International Affairs. She is Brazilian and speaks three languages.

Marjorie Villalba

Marjorie started working at CHAW in the fall 2019 as a CHAW assistant helping with special projects in sexual health. She is Brazilian and from Miami, Florida. She is a sophomore majoring in Biology at FSU. Marjorie loves karaoke but even if she thinks she can't sing.

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