Eya Massan Touglo is Founder and Chief Executive Director of FULFILLING DESTINY, a non-profit organization, serving homeless, underprivileged, and underserved women in the San Diego area. Born in Togo, West Africa, Eya moved to the United State of America in 2004. Eya graduated with her Bachelor degree from San Diego State University in Health Communication in 2017. Driven by the desire to help others, Eya has worked with a variety of persons needing medical care including convalescent care, Alzheimer, and dementia patients in memory care and young adults with intellectual disabilities. A very optimistic person, Eya believes she can be a help in the midst of the great needs around her. Her dream and vision are to create a mean to encourage and empower the especially vulnerable women in her community. Eya believes that women health is very important and she is dedicated to helping bring awareness of the lack of feminine hygienic products for homeless women and additional issues homeless women face. Most importantly, Eya is excited to be the voice of the voiceless.
Patricia Reed is a licensed MA, MFT 33142, founder and director of New Hope Counseling since 1993. Patricia has always been concerned about the inequities in the treatment of women and believes that she needs to be actively involved with others, regard all who are needy as her neighbors, and not rely on someone else to see, act and offer help in time of need. In addition to 24 years of experience as a Marriage Family and Child Therapist, Patricia is involved in the deacon ministry at Christ Community Church in Milpitas, where she met Eya Touglo in 2008. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree Psychology at San Francisco State University, Certificate Biblical Studies, Simpson College, and holds a Masters Degree (MA MFT 33142) from Santa Clara University.
From high school through junior college and to university, Yawo Ezunkpe has done a lot of outreach works. He has been involved actively in several organizations on campus where he worked with diverse and underrepresented. Among others, Yawo was inducted in Alexander Bouchet Honor society in 2015 for his devotion in outreach and diversity empowerment. Yawo received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University, M.S. and C.Phil. degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at University of California, San Diego. His research area is Fluid Mechanics, Applied and Computational Mathematics.
Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, Komi Touglo moved to the United State of America in 1996. On top of his education and his experience as a policeman in San Francisco, Komi has done many outreach work with the homeless population. He helped as the Resident Supervisor for the Sponsor Church Program at InVision San Jose where they selected up to 15 Residents every week to spend the night alternatively in the churches of the area. Komi was also involved with the fundraising aspect of this program where they did presentations on the importance of the program. Additionally, Komi introduced the importance of the spiritual part of our life by working with the Director of Program to invite yoga instructors and teachers of Eckankar.
Rachael A. Record, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. She earned her B.A. (2009) in Communication from SUNY, University at Buffalo and her M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in Communication from the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Health Communication (2011) and in Applied Statistics (2013) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Record teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health communication, including Introduction to Health Communication, Community Health Communication, Health Communication & Culture, Persuasion, and Health Communication Campaigns. Her research examines health communication strategies–specifically campaigns, interventions, and social media– in order to improve public health. Her research has been published in the academic journals of Health Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, American Journal of Health Promotion, and others.
Amber Avila is a graduating senior at San Diego State University where she is majoring in Sociology. Beginning at SDSU, she had the opportunity to create a workshop titled “How Your Period Can Change the World” to help educate young girls on the economic, health, environmental, and social impacts of menstrual products. This workshop has not only fostered a more dignified period for middle school, high school, and college students among others in the Greater San Diego area but has also been recognized by the National Residence Hall Honorary as Educational Program of the Year in 2018. After graduation, Amber plans to continue educating youth about sexual and reproductive health.