Meet the Staff

Michelle Peralta
Senior Assistant Director
URecFit and Well
621 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-7370

Student Staff 2019-2020

Mabinty Conteh, School of Medicine

Mabinty Conteh is currently a second year MPH student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her concentration is community and population health and she is interested in working with underserved populations to improve their nutrition and education about living a healthy lifestyle. Her career goals include becoming a program director for local or state outreach programs that benefit the community. While trying to maintain her own healthy lifestyle, Mabinty enjoys cooking healthy meals, doing at home yoga, and doing arts and crafts with her mentee. She believes that in order to give the community the attention and effort it deserves, she has to take care of her own wellbeing.

In Spring 2020, Caroline was promoted to Wellness Instructor.
 

Briana Ciccarino, School of Social Work

I’m so excited to join the Wellness Hub as a Fellow this semester because I’m passionate about mental health, overall wellness, and self care. One activity that really helps me mentally, emotionally, and physically is working out, but I can easily push exercise aside with so many responsibilities. This semester, I plan to schedule my favorite URecfit group fitness classes in my planner so they are already built into my schedule. I also plan on meal prepping more this semester to better my eating habits. I know when I eat well-balanced meals and exercise more, I feel less stressed and feel better overall. As a social work graduate student and now a Wellness Hub Fellow, it is important to practice what I preach, that self care is important! So this semester, I am going to focus on what helps me stay well and healthy.

 

Gregory Dodson, School of Social Work

Greg Dodson is currently a second year MSW student at University of Maryland, Baltimore. His concentration is Clinical Social Work. His interests include mental health, community activism and the transformational power of mindfulness and meditation, which has propelled him into clinical social work. Greg has a deep passion for the benefits that yoga, meditation, and music, and what it can do to the individual to then bring into our communities as a vehicle for social change.

Caroline Russell, School of Pharmacy

Caroline Russell is currently a third year PharmD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She became a Wellness Fellow to help promote wellness among UMB students and to learn more about wellness initiatives happening on campus and nationally. Her career goals are to work in managed care pharmacy, then eventually move into healthcare policy. To take time to care for her mental health, Caroline likes wake up early to have the time to get a workout in and enjoy a hot cup of tea.
 
In Spring 2020, Caroline was promoted to Wellness Instructor.

Alex Walker, School of Social Work

I joined the Wellness Hub because I am passionate about helping people find and live their definition of wellness. Wellness to me means mindfulness of the mind, body and soul. You can always find me meditating, running, or drinking a hot cup of tea. Looking forward to a great year of learning and growing together.

Student Staff 2018-2019

Japji Bindra, School of Nursing

 I applied to be a wellness fellow because I am passionate towards impacting the health and wellness of UMB’s campus community through preventative and hands-on patient care. Specifically, I take interest in the sexual and reproductive health aspect of wellness, as this piece of wellbeing is often overlooked and stigmatized. As a wellness fellow, I hope to implement opportunities and activities that can help students, staff, and faculty make healthy decisions regarding their reproductive health. Some of these opportunities may look like facilitating sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings, distributing contraceptive resources, holding informative lectures and workshops, and tabling for sexual assault awareness. Apart from these interests, I enjoy taking study breaks to dance and spend time with family and friends. 

Lena Chehab, School of Dentistry

I joined the Wellness Hub team because I studied Nutrition and Exercise in undergrad and wanted to explore that more while in graduate school. My favorite activities include hiking near the Potomac, biking around Baltimore and kayaking. A wellness technique I use is going on a 2 mile walk to and from studying when it’s nice out so I have some time to relax and unwind before diving into school work.

Kathleen Swanson, School of Law

I wanted to be a Wellness Fellow to help tackle all the issues related to one's health that are most salient to students at the graduate/professional level and do so in real, practical ways. I hope to help curate meaningful strategies for folks in our community that are conducive to coping, stress reduction, building resilience, self-care and thriving in whatever way is right for that individual as opposed to achieving a "perfect" (often stress-inducing) sense of balance that may not be entirely attainable as a student in higher education. For self-care while I am in school, I make time to be around my friends and colleagues in situations where the topic of discussion is not school (as hard as that may be) and spend time outdoors, where I find reflection and intention most accessible.

Alex Walker, School of Social Work

I joined the Wellness Hub because I am passionate about helping people find and live their definition of wellness. Wellness to me means mindfulness of the mind, body and soul. You can always find me meditating, running, or drinking a hot cup of tea. Looking forward to a great year of learning and growing together.

In Spring 2020, Alex was promoted to Wellness Instructor.