Kinesiology

Peer Learning Facilitators for Exercise Physiology

The Kinesiology Peer Learning Facilitator (PLF) program originally began as part of a large Title V Grant project on campus in 2011. The purpose of the program was to improve student success in courses with high DUF rates. Once the original grant ended in 2014, the program has since continued with funding from Campus Quality Fees.

The purpose of the Kinesiology PLF program is to provide peer mentoring and free learning resources for students. In addition to providing student-learning support, this program also provides on-campus student jobs, which allows students to gain valuable teaching and peer mentoring experiences.

The goals of the program include:

  • Provide learning resources for students
  • Improve student success
  • Grow the peer learning and mentoring community
  • Provide valuable teaching and peer mentoring experience for students who serve as PLFs 

Program Director

 Dr. Kim Henige

PLF Schedule

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Current Facilitators Bios

Amy Robles

Amy Robles amy.robles.912@my.csun.edu

Hi, my name is Amy Robles, and I am a PLF for KIN 346 with Dr. Guillory. My KIN option is exercise science, and I am in my senior year at CSUN. This semester I have been given a great opportunity to PLF for my favorite subject physiology. Outside of school, I work as a Physical Therapy Aide and tend to spend most of my money on my dogs and cat. The motto that gets me through school is that "Genius is 1% inspiration & 99% perspiration," as stated by Thomas Edison. To current 346 students, some advice is to work hard from day one and use all the available resources for this class. By attending PLF workshops, one-on-one appointments, teacher and PLF office hours, and incorporating active studying, this class will be much easier. Have a great semester, and do not feel shy to email me with any questions or concerns.

Arianna Viola 

Arianna Viola
arianna.viola.380@my.csun.edu

Hi, my name is Arianna, but I usually go by Ari. I am a PLF for KIN 346 with Professor Fleck, and I am in my senior year studying kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. I’ve been pursuing a career in physical therapy since my middle school English class had me research a future career I could possibly see myself in. Twelve years of being an Irish dancer, I had many injuries that made me no stranger to PT. This year I am also a part of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, serving as secretary. Other interests I have outside of the usual Kin major interests include playing guitar, board games, and anything Harry Potter or Disney. My advice for anyone taking KIN 346 is to get yourself a whiteboard because you will constantly be rewriting and redrawing concepts and diagrams to study. It’s cheesy, but one of my favorite jokes/quotes is “What do you call a doctor who graduated at the bottom of his class? ... A Doctor”

Armen S 

Armen Saryan
armen.saryan.153@my.csun.edu

Hi, my name is Armen Saryan and I am a PLF for KIN 446 with Dr. Nicoll. My KIN option is Exercise Science and I am in my Senior year at CSUN. After completing my undergraduate studies, I plan on attending graduate school for a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. I decided to pursue a career in this field because I love helping people grow, achieve, and heal. I used to be a professional chef and I still am at heart. I am also a multi-instrumental recording music artist and producer. If I am not studying or working, I am probably playing music, cooking food, woodworking, or exercising. My favorite sports are basketball, soccer, and tennis. I also enjoy the outdoors very much and love to hike and camp. I have traveled quite a bit and love sharing stories about my experiences (Fun fact: people in Southeast Asia mistake me for Thai pop singer Joni Anwar, aka Raptor). My ultimate goal is to find a balance amongst all the dimensions of my life and hone the skills necessary to maintain that balance. My advice to KIN 446 students is simple –knowledge is the only thing that can never be taken from you; embrace it and do your part in making sure you could use what you’ve learned to improve society.

Brando G 

Brandon Guerrero
brandon.guerrero.26@my.csun.edu

Hi, my name is Brandon Guerrero and I am a PLF for KIN 446 with Professor Amiss. My KIN option is Exercise Science and I am in my Senior year at CSUN. This is actually my second year as a transfer student and so far, I have had a great experience in the KIN program. After graduating I plan to apply to Physical Therapy School and pursue a career as a Physical Therapist. My advice to entering KIN 346/446 students is to be willing to put in the time and effort to learn the material, but above all else try to find something that you really enjoy about the course and refer back to that whenever you're struggling. For instance, my interest in Resistance Training kept me engaged in every lecture, no matter how difficult the topic I always tried to refer it back to RT in some way. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

 Emma P 

Emma Pfister
emma.pfister.367@my.csun.edu

Hi, my name is Emma Pfister. I am a Kin 446 PLF for Dr. Andrews. My option is exercise science and I am a senior. After I graduate in the spring, I plan on continuing my education to achieve my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Ideally, I would love to work with high level athletes, because I have a passion for activity. Going along with this, I am a goalie on CSUN’s Women’s Water Polo team. When I am not playing Water Polo or studying exphys, I love to read, water ski, and hike. I have had the luxury of growing up in the greater Malibu area, so I have plenty of hiking spots to choose from. My one piece of advice to my peers would be to be fearless when it comes to being wrong. I believe I have found success thus far because I embrace learning from my mistakes.

Josh V 

Joshua Vicente
Joshua.vicente.9@my.csun.edu

I’m Joshua Vicente and I am a Peer Learning Facilitator (PLF) for Exercise Physiology as well as a part of the CSUN Move Learn Lab. I transferred to CSUN from Moorpark College in Fall 2018 & I aspire to get into Medical School and obtain my M.D. I just graduated in Spring 2020 with my Bachelor’s Degree and am now starting on a Master’s. I’ve been dancing since 2012 on some competitive hip hop teams and try to take classes when I can. I like traveling and just being exposed to new things. I’m more than happy to help others, so don’t be afraid to reach out and ask me questions. Cheers to all of your future success!

Lana O 

Lana Otuzbiryan
Svetlana.otuzbiryan.23@my.csun.edu

Hello, my name is Lana and I am a PLF for KIN 346 with Professor Fleck. My KIN option is exercise science and I am in my senior year at CSUN. My nickname is Lana and that is what I usually go by since everyone calls me that! I plan on attending PT school right after I complete my undergraduate studies. I am a major foodie and always willing to try new foods I see on social media, which is what my free time usually consists of; going to new restaurants. My favorite sports are hockey and water polo, I grew up watching hockey with my family which is what had made me so interested and I had played water polo in high school. My advice for KIN 346 students is to prioritize their time and create designated study times and dates for exams, listening to recorded lectures is key! Putting in the time and willingness, makes you successful.

 Naz H 

Naz Hovasapian
Nazeli.hovasapian.961@my.csun.edu

My name is Naz and I am a PLF for KIN 446 with Dr. Nicoll. My KIN option is Exercise Science and I am in my senior year at CSUN. I hope to pursue a career in physical therapy in the future. I chose PT because I want to help people live life to their fullest potential without any limitations. I am also the President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and spend a lot of time interning for a non-profit organization called the Armenian-American Sports Medicine Coalition. On my free time, I like to cook, read, binge-watch shows and do yoga. Something that inspires me is being around hard-working people. When I see my mentors and peers work with passion, it inspires me to do the same. I am happiest when I am able to give back, and I am always willing to help in any way that I can. My advice to all students is: college is hard, but so are many things in life. Embrace this chapter in your life, find passion in your studies and remember that the things we learn in these classes are not just lessons in a textbook, its real life and you’re going to need it. Focus on the learning, the grades will follow.

 Rachel L 

Rachel Larimer
rachel.larimer.580@my.csun.edu

Hello, my name is Rachel Larimer and I am a PLF for KIN 346 with Professor Fleck.  My KIN option is Active Lifestyle and Physical Fitness Development with a minor in Psychology.  I am in my senior year at CSUN. I have a passion for trail running, surfing, rock climbing, dance, and Olympic lifting.  I live with my loving parents and younger brother named Daniel in Santa Clarita.  Three words that describe me include: passionate, enthusiastic, and energetic.  I have a passion for working with those with special needs, United States Veterans, burn and TBI trauma victims.  My goal is to implement my passion for movement, mental health, and independence, in my future career as an Occupational Therapist & Personal trainer.  Currently I am an Exercise Instructor in CSUN’s 3 WINS fitness program under Dr. Loy.  My advice to KIN 346 students is to take the information you are handed, apply it by regularly exercising yourself so you know what fatigue feels like, ask tough questions, answer questions wrong sometimes (that is a good thing :) ), make Zoom study groups, and attend office hours/workshops. I can’t wait to meet you all and see the light bulbs turn on in your learning journey.