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.
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.
Gabby is a CSUSM graduated with a BS in Kinesiology. She is currently in graduate school for her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Education. She currently works at Sharp Grossmont Hospital as a Nurse Assistant. Eventually, she would like to become an epidemiologist or a communicable disease investigator. Gabby was born and raised in San Diego, CA but currently resides in Chula Vista around the Eastlake area. Since quarantine her hobbies include reading, baking, taking care of my plants, walking my two dogs, being a foodie, and exploring different parks and having picnics with my boyfriend. I also really love strawberry ice cream and anything with matcha!
Gabby is very passionate about health and self-care. She hopes to make an impact within the community through this internship and can’t wait to work with everyone these upcoming months.
Jan-Marini Pacleb is a 24-year old, cis-woman (she/her/hers), currently living in Chula Vista, California. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2018 with a degree in Biology (BS) and a minor in Social Psychology. Currently, she is applying to medical schools since it’s a big dream of hers. Other than this new volunteering experience, for the past five years, She has been a hospice volunteer for Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program, where she provides emotions, spiritual support, and companionship with terminally ill patients. It’s because of her future aspirations of being a doctor, that Jan-Marini wanted to branch out and find ways to broaden her knowledge of cultural relativism by supporting various groups of people (LGBTQA+, the elderly, youth groups, and now women’s reproductive support groups).
Other than that, I love sleeping in, playing with my guitar, playing video games and sketching art work for my friends and family. Fun fact I really have a big Pikachu obsession!
Graduated from UCSD in 2018 with her BS in Human Biology. Jas is a premed student and want to pursue an MD/ MPH with a focus on comprehensive sex education. She founds Fulfilling Destiny after researching local organizations in San Diego that address issues related to sexual/reproductive rights. She is excited to be a part of the Fulfilling Destiny (FD) community and look forward to learning and connecting with everyone! Jas is also excited to help expand FD’s mission to young adults/young menstruators in the community she grew up in with the hopes of inspiring them to be an active participant in advocating for their bodies’ rights.
Jas is also a dog/cat mom and an avid animal lover. She also love to spend a lot of time experimenting and learning in the kitchen and also love the art scene in San Diego (local creatives, music, art, fashion, photography, etc.)
Jayzle-May is a junior at San Diego State University double-majoring in Business Administration – Accounting and Women’s Studies. She is involved with the Hispanic Business Student Association at SDSU as the Director of Professional Development and Project Helping, a volunteer organization, as a volunteer coordinator. Her passions include serving the community and building lasting relationships. Jayzle-May is driven by sunshine and water (she is a plant).
Jessica Palaganas is a Public Health Major at San Diego State University with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She is excited to be working with Fulfilling Destiny and eager to learn more about the work of a non-profit organization. Through learning about health disparities and social inequities, she has become passionate about addressing these issues and learning more about how to make an impact. With Fulfilling Destiny expanding to her hometown of San Jose, CA, she is excited for the opportunity to make a difference in her local community.
Monica Kerolos is a Junior at Point Loma Nazarene University. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She loves to read, cook (not a big fan of baking), and binge watch crime shows on Hulu. Mariza is very excited to join the Fulfilling Destiny team as she would love to be a part of a wonderful organization helping to promote the Dignity and Respect of all women, especially those most forgotten in our society, and aid in providing safe access to feminine hygiene products thus taking one step forward in eradicating period poverty.
Mariza Zaratan (she/her) is thrilled to intern with Fulfilling Destiny! She is currently a nursing student at SDSU and will graduate this December. Mariza is really passionate about women’s and children’s health and hope to work in these specialties soon! She has lived in San Diego for almost her whole life and enjoys finding new places to explore & support (especially plant nurseries and coffee shops!). Mariza’s jack russell/chihuahua has been her best friend since she was 7 years old and even more so in these times. The pandemic has allowed her to invest time in new hobbies, like sewing and reading, and also allocate time for some much-needed self-care and reflection. Mariza is excited about this opportunity and to be a part of the Fulfilling Destiny Team.
Albert Lau is a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Business Administration – Management. He is committed to helping the community around him and serving those that are in need. He hopes to one day own a business that will help those that are in need. His current hobbies include working out at the gym and learning more about new business ventures.
Ariana Garcia is 20 years old and a senior at San Diego State University. She is studying Political Science and Business Management. She loves to dance, sing, and hang out with friends. She hopes that interning with Fulfilling Destiny will bring her real-world experience working with a non-profit organization, and she hopes to take any information she learns along the way to inspire others.
Karla Celis, is a 4th year Political Science Major and Women’s Studies Minor at SDSU. She hopes to make a positive impact on the San Diego community by getting involved with Fulfilling Destiny.
Rachel Reyes is a senior at San Diego State University studying Business Management and is on the executive board for two organizations on campus – the Pacific Islander Student Association and Students Against Human Trafficking. With prior experience being on executive boards, she hopes that Fulfilling Destiny will help educate her even further and grant her even more exciting experiences!
In her free time, she enjoys practicing her photography and catching up with her friends over Boba or lunch.
Ruby Lynn is a senior at Grinnell College in Iowa, where she is majoring in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. When she is not studying, she works as an assistant preschool teacher and leads a community dance class. Ruby is passionate about creating a safer, equitable, and compassionate world. She is excited about being part of the Fulfilling Destiny team!