Community Wellness

Division of Student Services


Peer Health Advocates

The Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are student staff in the Community Wellness Office who offer peer-driven health promotion programming. The PHAs consider health as something we are all engaged in and striving towards, rather than something that can be achieved or lost. We strive to create engaging, relevant, and inclusive programming for the student community. If you're interested in connecting with peers or other student groups with a passion for wellness, check out our events calendar or contact us directly!

Student Staff

Tessa Verbal

photo of tessa verbalHey! My name is Tessa Verbal and I am a sophomore Political Science major from Detroit, Michigan. I am really looking forward to bursting the "Reed bubble" and taking more Reed students out to explore the city of Portland. One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to hangout with friends off campus either eating or trying a new activity. I love wearing cardigans and hanging out in the MRC either with a good book or good people. I enjoy bringing my community together through one-on-one interactions and inclusive events. I am looking forward to this new school year where I can get to know you!

Lieh Vertuoso

photo of Lieh VertuosoHello! My name is Lieh and I'm a senior History major. I was born and raised in Brazil but have made Reed my second home. In my spare time, I like to transform into a burrito with a lot of blankets and watch movies. Apart from that, I enjoy listening to music, watching stand-up comedy, reading, and baking. I've recently realized I love the color blue. I'm so excited to be a PHA because I know it can be hard to appreciate the education and opportunities offered at Reed when it feels like a stressful burden. Please feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to, someone to silently eat Sour Patch Kids with, or someone to give you bad reality show recommendations. Or anything really.

Anneleissa Coen

photo of anneleissa coenHello lovelies, I am Anneleissa (they/them/theirs) and I am a transfer junior Sociology major. I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and absolutely adore the West Coast, so some of my favorite hobbies are backpacking, bicycling, capoeira, and hacky sack. During the school year I like to relax by knitting, watching Netflix, swing dancing, playing video games, or curling up with tea while I read. I also adore turtles. I am super excited to serve as both a Peer Health Advocate and Community Wellness Intern here at Reed because I love creating more supportive and positive spaces wherever I go! I am particularly passionate about fostering greater inclusivity across campus so that students from all backgrounds feel as though their wellbeing is cared for equally. If you have any fun ideas, questions about campus resources, or just want to see a smiling face, please feel free to hit me up!

Farhan Hasan

photo of farhan hasanHiya! I’m Farhan, a junior Physics major hailing from several thousand miles away (Bangladesh) and I prefer he/him/his pronouns. I’m very nerdy about music – everything from discovering new artists and genres to goofing around on the keyboard and ukulele to hastily scribbling down unfinished lyrics and compositions to writing a music column on The Quest makes me happy. I also enjoy playing soccer, going hiking, reading (I’m currently trying to finish up the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy series, aside from discovering a whole world of non-fiction literature), and frequenting record stores. I strongly believe that inclusivity and empathy are quintessential for our community to cohere and as such, I try my best to uphold them no matter what the circumstances are. I also have tremendous compassion for all those who’ve felt lost in the very unique fabric of Reed and want to say that we’re overcoming this challenge every day and bringing out the best in ourselves by embracing it.

Trevor Soucy

photo of trevor soucyHi, my name is Trevor! I am a junior Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major from Eugene, Oregon. In my spare time, I love to play video games, do long-distance running, and to practice meditation. I also love the outdoors and am always looking to go running, hiking, or biking around Portland. I believe that there is no singular "right" way to be healthy and that we can all find a set of habits that work for us. I also think taking care of the mind is just as important as taking care of the body. Through our community, we can help share ideas and learn from each other. I am really looking forward to getting to know more of the Reed community as I work with Community Wellness!

Katie MacDougall

photo of katie macdougallHi! I’m Katie and I’m a sophomore Economics major. I’m originally from the great (if absolutely minuscule) state of New Hampshire, clear across the other side of the country, so I’m a firm believer that time spent in the great outdoors is essential to maintaining a less-stressed “life of the mind”. I love coffee, New England sports teams, and books of all sorts, although not necessarily in that order. Although Reed College is a relatively small school, I realize that it’s pretty easy to get caught up in academics and start feeling isolated, which is why I believe that Community Wellness and PHAs are integral in helping to maintain an open, accessible, and peer-driven place for folks to de-stress and foster connections with the Reed community. I am so excited to get to know you throughout this year!

Contact us

Rachel Wagner
Community Wellness
Program Manager

Anneleissa Coen
Community Wellness
Program Intern

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