Meet Our Staff
The WELL has assembled a caring, student-centered team of coordinators, mentors and
educators to help you get the most out of your UC Riverside experience. If you have
any question, problem or a concern, we probably have someone on our staff that can't
wait to help you through it. Our doors are open five days a week, and you're always
welcome to contact us by phone or via e-mail.
Devon Sakamoto, MPH, MCHES - Director
- Devon grew up in Southern California and received her BA in Women’s Studies from UCR.
She earned a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University,
and joined The WELL family in 2011. Devon stays well by spending time with her family,
reading, drawing, running, cycling, and making time for healthy activities at work.
Humberto "Bert" Santiago - Peer & Wellness Program Coordinator
- Bert graduated from UCR in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Sciences and BA in Mathematics.
In his student days, he was an active member of Golden ARCHES Peer Health Educators,
which he now co-advises. He stays well by running, traveling, and playing soccer.
Jessica Bowes, MSW - Mental Health Outreach Coordinator
- Jessica grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received both her undergraduate and graduate
degrees from the University of Washington (B.S. in Psychology, Master's in Social
Work). She became a member of the WELL family in 2016 to coordinate a federal grant
from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) on suicide
prevention and mental health promotion, and also currently advises the Active Minds
peer mentor program. Jessica stays well by laughing with her family, gardening, cooking,
going on walks, and building community at UCR.
Marisol Torres, MPH - Health Educator
- Marisol grew up in Southern California and received her BS in Health Science and Human
Ecology from Cal State San Bernardino and her Master of Public Health degree from
UCLA. She joined The WELL family in 2017. Marisol stays well by spending time with
her family, running 5Ks, traveling and practicing social justice work.
Jonathan Godoy - Budget, Personnel & Program Assistant
- Jonathan graduated from UCR in 2013 with a BA in Liberal Studies. In 2016, he joined
the WELL team as the Budget, Personnel and Program Assistant. He enjoys being able
to provide all the behind-the-scenes administrative support to help all programming
events be successful and enjoyable by all students. Jonathan stays well by going
on walks, reading, trying new foods and visiting the Happiest Place on Earth.
Grecia Marquez-Nieblas - R'Pantry Coordinator
- Grecia grew up throughout Southern California, earning her BA in Psychology from UCSD,
and is currently working on an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at HIU. She joined
The WELL family in 2015, focusing on the operations of the R'Pantry, raising awareness
around food security issues, and fostering a supportive community to promote food
access and security efforts at UCR. Her favorite wellness activities include swimming,
art, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.