Graduate and Professional PWC

Stephanie Bahniuk's picture Stephanie Bahniuk School of Drama '20

Stephanie is a second year student in the School of Drama. She is working towards an MFA in Design with a focus on Costume Design. Stephanie was a professional dancer for seven years and she toured internationally with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Stephanie is interested in incorporating healthy eating into her daily routine as well as spin, ballet and hot yoga. She is hoping to help change the culture of YSD by promoting guilt free wellness and the free therapy services offered on campus.

Yiqiao Bao's picture Yiqiao Bao Graduate School of Arts & Sciences '20

Yiqiao was born and raised in mainland China. She did her undergraduate in neuroscience at Colorado College and now studies the gut microbiome. As an amateur harpist, she performs with the CT Harp Ensemble in New England area. 

Gabriela Bosque Ortiz's picture Gabriela Bosque Ortiz Biological & Biomedical Sciences, PhD '22

Gabriela was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and completed her bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Her current research focuses on learning the mechanisms behind infant vocalization in relation to maternal care in mice. Outside of work, she likes to get involved in science outreach and communication. For fun, she enjoys spending time on the phone or with friends. 

June Criscione's picture June Criscione School of Medicine

June Criscione lived her entire life in Albany, New York until attending college at Harvard University where she majored in developmental biology with a minor in psychology. She is now a second year student at the school of medicine where she works to support student wellness as a representative to the school’s Committee on the Well-being of Students and as a Peer Advocate. She is looking forward to using her experience in the Peer Wellness Champion program to learn new skills and gather new ideas for promoting wellness among health professional students. To support her own wellness, she enjoys reading, journaling, running, cooking, and spending as much time as possible with friends!

Pei-Tzu Huang's picture Pei-Tzu Huang Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, PhD '19

Ivy is a graduate student in biological sciences, and her research focuses on interaction between viral and the host proteins, and the cytoskeleton system. She enjoys participating in science outreach, and also organizing fun events for grad students. In her free time, she loves reading, making handicrafts, and playing games.

Sarwar Hussain's picture Sarwar Hussain Graduate School of Arts & Sci '23

I am a 2nd year Ph.D student in Chemical Engineering Department. I grew up in India where I developed a liking for reading, a love for traveling and lot of respect for meditation. I strive to be more self-aware every day and wish to help my fellow students achieve something similar through Yale PWC.

Jessica Liu's picture Jessica Liu School of Public Health '19

I am a 2nd year Masters in Public Health student at the Yale School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  My public health interests surround youth prevention education, student affairs & higher education, sexual health, substance abuse, and overall wellness.  What particularly interests me about wellness is understanding how college and graduate students face barriers that prevent them from exercising and eating healthy during times of stress during school.

Stephanie Machabee's picture Stephanie Machabee PHD '21

Stéphanie is a third-year Religion doctoral student who loves to travel, hike, and learn new languages. She is passionate about healthy eating and fitness, and she enjoys finding creative ways in which to include these two aspects of wellness into her busy schedule.

Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat's picture Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat Law School '19

Mariana is a second-year student at the law school, where she focuses on refugee and asylum law. She is Venezuelan-Polish-American, and worked in Myanmar for three years before coming to Yale. Her passions in wellness are metta (loving-kindness) meditation and mindful eating.

Jasmine Park's picture Jasmine Park Jackson Institute for Global Affairs '19

Jasmine Park is a second year MA student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles before moving to snowy Boston to study history and East Asian studies at Harvard. Before Yale, Jasmine served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia. As a PWC, Jasmine hopes to focus on sleep and meditation (but not falling asleep while meditating as she sometimes does).

Riw Rakkulchon School of Drama '19

I am Riw Rakkulchon, Yale School of Drama ‘19, Concentration in Stage Design. I am invested in wellness and providing wellness for the students in university at large. My personal wellness tactic is baking, and releasing stress through shaping beautiful treats.

Racquel Ray's picture Racquel Ray Divinity School

Racquel Ray is enrolled in the Yale Divinity School Masters of Divinity program in preparation for the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church. She lives in RI with her husband of 25 years Von and their four children ages 3-23.  She is a USAF Veteran and Certified Herbalist. She is currently serving as Campus Minister at Albertus Magnus College for the 2018-2019 academic year. She is an avid fan of exquisite coffee, Birkenstocks, and crunchy co-ops.

Racquel’s areas of focus are advocacy for veterans and those who are differently abled, using natural remedies for wellness, and building wholeness of being. She believes in the praxis of awareness, acceptance, action and advocacy to manage illness and disease to increase quality of life.

Darya Smirnova's picture Darya Smirnova Graduate School of Arts & Sciences '19

Darya is a second year MA student in the Europeans&Russian Studies program. Originally from Vinnitsa, Ukraine, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, UK. A former ballroom dancer, she is interested in movement for wellness as well as mindful eating and cooking.

Emily Sorensen's picture Emily Sorensen School of Drama '20

Emily is in her second year at the School of Drama, where she studies Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. When not stuck in a theatre, she loves anything outdoors, yoga, Crossfit, running, bookstores, bananagrams, and farmer’s markets. She tries to avoid chairs and is particularly passionate about eating real, unprocessed food, especially in the form of homemade guacamole.

Jon West's picture Jon West School of Drama '20

Jon is a second year student in the School of Drama working towards an MFA in Technical Design & Production. Jon has been working in the technical side of entertainment for over a decade and loves art and working with designers to make their dreams come true! Jon practices wellness every day in addition to playing squash, riding bicycles, and encouraging wellness in all of its many forms! Fun fact – Jon is an award-winning homebrewer who is looking to try making his own kombucha.

Lauren Wyman's picture Lauren Wyman Jackson Institute and School of Management '19

Lauren is a second year joint degree student between the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the School of Management. She is originally from Ohio and studied Ecology at Princeton. Before coming to Yale, Lauren worked for the UN in Panama and Colombia and can talk all day about the links between the environment and peace-building. In her free-time, she likes journaling, meditation and eating chocolates. 

Lucy Zhou's picture Lucy Zhou School of Public Health '19

Lucy is a second year healthcare management MPH student. She is originally from Minnesota and worked in Los Angeles prior to coming to Yale. While her background is in health psychology, she worked in healthcare consulting this past summer with Kaiser Permanente. In her free time, Lucy enjoys going to yoga, practicing mindfulness, and going to happy hour with friends.