Meet our Mentors

We want you to find the mentor who can best speak to your situation, in order to do so we have provided you with short biographies on our student mentors.

Below you can see each peer mentor's program of study and the time that they are available. Click on the name of a mentor to find out more about their academics and their hobbies.

To view a downloadable version of the of the peer mentor schedule, please visit: ACMAPS Peer Mentor Schedule

Mastoureh Alvandkouhy


I am a mature student in my 4th year at York University. I am a strong believer in community involvement, and I'm dedicated to helping the community grow. I have been a family and youth mediator since 2004. Since 2010 I've been running workshops in the GTA aimed at helping participants develop life skills to improve their interpersonal relationships. I also partake in a variety of volunteer positions for the benefit of various members of the community such as youths without shelters. I would love to work with my fellow students to create a strong support system throughout our learning journey. I believe we can learn from each other to reach our goals together.
Program: Gender & Women Studies/Human Rights Equity (Major/Minor)
Mentor Schedule
Wednesday 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Katlian Halasz


Hi there! My name is Katalin, and I am a third-year psychology student working towards becoming a relationship counsellor. My passion is to help others any way I can, including all ethnic and religious backgrounds, members of the LGBTQI community, and students concerned with mental health issues. If you think university life can be challenging at times, I am here to listen and support you. As a working mother of two, who had to start with ESL classes at York, I also have experienced some of my life challenges. I hope that my knowledge and experience can help you as well. I am very much looking forward to working with you this school year.
Program: Psychology
Mentor Schedule
Monday 11:30 – 1:30pm

Ian Hood

I am a second-year student in Disaster and Emergency Management, who has returned to university after nearly twenty years working in many fields, from construction to facility management and even museums.

I am very involved in the community here at York and have found great skills in research and writing. Balancing that with work and family obligations have definitely made me great at time management, and I hope to help others find their successes here at York.

Program: Disaster & Emergency Management
Mentor Schedule
Friday 9:00am – 11:00am

Suzanne Kennedy

I'm a 4th-year sociology major, 2nd-year ACMAPs mentor, mother of 2 teenage aliens (female). When I am not focused on school life, I love to get lost in a good book, go for a hike or a paddle in my kayak. I am also a committed yogi, which keeps me both physically and emotionally fit.

Program: Sociology
Mentor Schedule
Tuesday/Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Samantha Ledgister

Samantha is a 3rd year psychology major at York University. Having had "that-challenging-first-year-experience," she knows a thing or two about balancing familial obligations and the demands of the academic world. Her goal is to help her peers successfully navigate through their own university experiences and achieve balance.

Program: Psychology
Mentor Schedule
Friday 2:00pm – 4:00pm (Alternating)

Jennifer Lewis

I am in my final year of a Kinesiology and Health Science Degree. I was a transfer student, from over a decade ago, when I arrived. Over the last couple of years at York, I have learned so much knowledge and even more about myself. Having a growth mindset was key for me as I embraced the challenge of doing something new, somewhere new. I’m looking forward to my role as a peer mentor at ACMAPS and to hearing all about what is working, or not, for you. Maybe we have something in common. Maybe I can help. My ears await your story…

Program: Kinesiology
Mentor Schedule
Monday 3:30pm- 5:30pm                                                                                                                                 

Nicholas Legacy


I have an academic interest in human rights, equity studies, the political/social sciences, and health. I am also an active member of YUMSO (York University Mature Student Organization) and other clubs that promote social justice values. Off campus, I enjoy discovering new music and adventuring in the great outdoors.


Program: Nursing/Psychology
Mentor Schedule
Fridays: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Malunga Mwansa

I am a fourth-year student in BCom Finance Honours. As a Student mentor, I look forward to helping prospective mature students learn more about York University and also new students transition into University life.

Program: Commerce - Finance
Mentor Schedule
Monday 2:00pm – 3:00pm & Friday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Nadia Noor

Hey everyone! My name is Nadia Noor, and I am a senior majoring in Social Work honours. I am hoping to apply to graduate school in 2019 to continue in my desire to work in the social policy field. I am a mature student and felt very much out of my depth surrounded by confident teenagers; ACMAPS and YUMSO’s support allowed me to carve my path here at YU. I am currently a member of Amnesty International at YU working to support human rights and equality. I am also a Vice-President of Engagement at YUMSO (York University Mature Students Organization). I have a passion for empowering others and being able to make a positive impact in someone's life. I consider myself a smiling enthusiast and a leadership nerd. Please keep me company in the ACMAPS Peer Mentor Office, and we can chat about classes, courses or anything else at YU!


Program: Social Work
Mentor Schedule
Monday 5:30pm-7:00pm

Rebecca Daniels-Bastmeyer

Program: Music
Mentor Schedule
Tuesday 9:00am – 11:00am

I am in my 3rd year in the music program, pursuing interests in composition and performance. Outside of classes, I am a piano teacher and help run a busy music school and recording studio. I understand the challenges in balancing an active school and work life, and I look forward to helping support other mature students on their journey to a successful experience at York.

Liwei Shi

Program: Financial & Business Economics
Mentor Schedule
Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm

Shinel Thomas

Program: Sociology
Mentor Schedule
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00pm

Virgina Villagomez-Soto

57-copy1I am a second-year student pursuing an Honours in Health Studies – major in Health Management.  After 20 years, I went back and got my College Diploma as Medical Office Administrator, which encouraged me to pursue my degree at York University.  I believe in helping others, including my fellow students, while I learn and develop my skills, and acquire new knowledge while others achieve their goals.


Program: Health Management
Mentor Schedule
Monday: 9am - 11am

Leanne Wood-Smith


I am a second year mature transfer student in the Global Health program. I also work part-time. In my first year at York, I felt disconnected from the school community. This year, I want to help fellow mature students find their place at York. When I'm not in school, I love to run, read, travel, volunteer, and hang out with my family and friends.





Program: Global Health
Mentor Schedule
Wednesday: 9am - 11am

Emily Chan

EmilyDraftBeing a Linguistic and English student at York, my main interests lie in Syntax and Canadian Literature. The former offers me valuable learning opportunities and unique experiences in professional writing and proofreading, while the later leads me to develop and grow continuously in critical thinking and textual analysis. I enjoy meeting people with different cultural backgrounds and I support the idea of giving back to the community. I enjoy helping other students, particularly those with academic challenges, as well as reading, dancing, and listening to music.
Program: English & Linguistics
Mentor Schedule
Tuesday & Wednesday: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Eric Ebata


I am a fourth-year Physical Geography student at York looking to explore graduate opportunities that combine what I’ve learned with other areas of interest such as environmental science and how it interacts with the urban landscape. I’ve been a part of the York community for quite a while, having moved between majors three times and coming to learn of the array of resources available here. I have found that a commuter-based campus such as York can be incredibly intimidating to new or returning students, myself included; so feel free to drop by and allow us to assist you in your return to academic life and all that encompasses it!

Program: Physical Geography
Mentor Schedule
Monday: 10am - 11am

M. Anthony Giscômbe

Program: Bachelor of Administrative Studies - Accounting
Mentor Schedule
Wednesday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Meha Soni

52-copyI am a third-year student pursuing Honours in Health Studies - Health Management major. Besides academic, I strongly believe in community involvement. Currently, I volunteer at Peel Region - Health Service, where I get the opportunity to enhance my expertise. As a mentor, I look forward to helping my peers and making their transition at York University more enjoyable.

Program: Health Management
Mentor Schedule
Tuesdays: 3pm - 5pm