Peer Advisors

Emma DeBaldName: Emma DeBald
Major(s)/Minor(s): Spanish / Psychology
In CLA Advising since: January 2015
Graduating in: May 2017
Bio: Emma grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania but is happy to call Philadelphia her new home. In her free time, Emma enjoys exploring every corner of Philadelphia and finding new places to drink coffee and chat with friends. She also enjoys going to concerts, traveling, meditating, attending Temple football games, and visiting museums. Aside from being a Peer Advisor, Emma also works with the Crossroads Study at Temple University. She is currently majoring in Spanish as well as Psychology and hopes to acquire her PhD in the future after she has time to travel through South America to volunteer and broaden her understanding of the Spanish culture.
Favorite Music: Rudimental, Bastille, Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Fleetwood Mac, Weezer
Favorite Animal: Wolf

Taylor JohnsonName: Taylor Johnson
Major(s)/Minor(s): Environmental Studies/ Undergraduate GIS
In CLA Advising since: January 2015
Graduating in: May 2017
Bio: Taylor was born in the Southeastern Tidewater region of Virginia and moved to Hanover, Pennsylvania at the age of 8. The allure of the big city drew him to Philadelphia, which he has now made his home while he completes his degree. Taylor plans to use his degree in Environmental Studies to become an officer in the Coast Guard. Outside of school and work Taylor enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, and spending vast amounts of time on Khan Academy.
Favorite Music: Indie/Alternative
Favorite Animal: Ocelot

Aiyana MobleyName: Aiyana Mobley
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and Anthropology
In CLA Advising since: June 2015
Graduating in: May 2018
Bio: Aiyana grew up in Philadelphia and North Carolina and loves going to school in her native city. She attended Central High School here in Philadelphia (like academic advisors Dina and Chris) and is a proud member of 272! Aiyana has also been recently inducted into the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. When she is not in the advising office, she can be found in the Tech Center curled up in a comfortable chair reading or studying for classes. In her free time, Aiyana enjoys going to the movies (especially for horror films), concerts, football games,and visiting The University of Pennsylvania Museum for Archaeology and Anthropology. After graduating from Temple, she hopes to continue on to a graduate school program for psychology or anthropology and travel to see as much of the world as possible.

Christopher PersaudName: Christopher Persaud
Major(s)/Minor(s): Sociology and French / LGBT Studies
In CLA Advising since: June 2014
Graduating in: May 2017
Bio: Christopher graduated from high school in Chester County, PA but he moved around quite a bit growing up. In addition to working as a Peer Advisor, he is an active student leader in the Temple Honors Program, a Peer Health Educator at the Wellness Resource Center, and a tireless advocate for underrepresented/minority students in Temple’s community. He loves Philadelphia for all its wonderful options to grab something to eat and its very distinct neighborhoods. A recent summer research experience at Harvard has helped Christopher decide that he eventually wants to go on to graduate school for Sociology, Media Studies, and/or STS (Science, Technology, and Society) Studies. In his spare time, he can usually be found cooking, baking, or finding weird things to read on the Internet.
Favorite Music: FKA Twigs, Beyoncé, CHVRCHES, Lorde, Frank Ocean
, Melanie Martinez, Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, St. Vincent, Mitski
Favorite Animal: Shiba Inu

Marissa TartagliaName: Marissa Tartaglia
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology
In CLA Advising since: June 2015
Graduating in: May 2017
Bio: Marissa grew up in Broomall, PA, right outside of Philadelphia. She initially attended the University of Pittsburgh, but could not stay away from the city she considers home. Marissa is a psychology student, and plans to get her masters with hopes of becoming an academic advisor. Marissa is enjoying living in the city, exploring everything it has to offer. She would eventually like to live abroad, particularly in Europe. When Marissa is not in the office, she can be found hanging out with her kitten Ellie and binge watching really bad reality television.
Favorite Music: The Beatles, Ray LaMontagne, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Brand New
Favorite Animal: Elephants, Owls, Whales, Dogs

Sarah WilliamsName: Sarah Williams
Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology (Pre-Med) / Women’s Studies
In CLA Advising since: June 2015
Graduating in: May 2017
Bio: Sarah grew up in the small town of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania but always knew she wanted to go to college in a big city like Philadelphia (even though it doesn’t have Sheetz.) In addition to working as a Peer Advisor for the College of Liberal Arts, Sarah is involved in Temple’s Honors Admissions and Transitions Team along with various feminist and LGBT activities around Philly. When she’s not in the library doing mountains of calculus homework, Sarah is usually biking around the city, at a concert or restaurant with her friends, or at home re-watching The Office on Netflix. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school in Philadelphia or New York City and work to become an OBGYN.
Favorite Music: The Menzingers, Girlpool, Justin Timberlake, Joyce Manor, Amy Winehouse, Tacocat, Tigers Jaw, Weezer
Favorite Animal: Dogs (but especially Pomeranians)