Meet the Counselors

2022 STP Summer Counselors Team!!

Meet Paula Perez, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Paula is a rising sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. When she is not in Fredericksburg, she resides in Shackleford, Virginia with her family. Paula is a part of the Honors Program and is a Rappahannock Scholar at UMW. Paula also plans to be a part of the Latino Student Alliance on campus this upcoming semester. Paula was a member of STP last year and now will have the opportunity to serve as a peer counselor. Paula states that during her time with the program she, too, met some of her closest friends at UMW and gained a better understanding of the expectations and preparations for college. A fun fact about Paula is that during her free time she loves to take care of her plants and loves to create art, specifically sketching and painting. She also has two adorable dogs named Luna and Uzi she would love to show pictures of.
Meet Justin Daniels, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Justin is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science and Spanish and is highly active on campus. When he is not in Fredericksburg he resides in Richmond, Virginia with his mother and his siblings. Justin has made it a mission of his to help incoming and current students feel welcome and appreciated at UMW. Because of this, during his time at UMW, he has been an orientation leader, peer mentor, and currently holds the position of orientation coordinator. Through his time working in New Student Programs, he has helped welcome hundreds of students to the university. Additionally, Justin has worked to reestablish the notable campus gospel choir, Voices of Praise, who regularly performs on campus at events such as Gospel Fest and the Kwanza celebration. A fun fact about Justin is that during his free time he enjoys creating music and is working to produce his first album. He also enjoys helping the Fredericksburg community by volunteering regularly throughout the community.
Katherine Allen, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Katherine is a rising sophomore majoring in Anthropology and is an active student leader. When she is not in Fredericksburg she resides in Burke, Virginia with her family. Katherine is a member of the International Relations club and has also served as chair member of the finance committee previously; she will transition to being vice president in the fall. Additionally, Katherine will be a peer diversity educator during the upcoming school year! As STP alumni, it is a passion of Katherine’s to help educate and serve as a mentor for her peers anytime she can so, she is very excited to be a guide for the incoming STP cohort. She believes that the Student Transition Program is the best place to become acclimated to college and meet new people. A fun fact about Katherine is that she enjoys gardening. Despite only having room for an indoor garden, she still manages to produce foods like onion, romaine lettuce, basil, and cilantro. She has also played French horn for 6 years.
Meet Ricardo Lopez, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Ricardo is a rising senior majoring in International Affairs. When he is not in Fredericksburg, he resides in Montross, Virginia with his parents and his siblings. He has been a member of the Latino Student Association, served as a RISE Peer Mentor, and is an active member of the Rappahannock Scholars Program advisory board. It is a passion of Ricardo’s to help new students make a smooth transition to college and have an exciting experience during that time. In Ricardo’s words, this summer he will be completing the “STP circle”, as he was once a member of STP himself and now will have the opportunity to serve in his second term as a peer counselor. A fun fact about Ricardo is that during his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and exploring new places. Upon graduation, Ricardo plans to work for the Federal Government and attend graduate school.
Meet Sha’Lelia Moore, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Sha’Lelia, a rising senior and active student leader, is double majoring in Communications and Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Sports Management. When she is not in Fredericksburg, she resides in Richmond, Virginia with her mother and two siblings. Some of her campus involvements includes the Women of Color club, where she served as secretary last year and will step into the role of president in the upcoming fall. Additionally, Sha’Lelia is going into her third year as both a Resident Assistant and a RISE peer mentor. Sha’Lelia shares that during her time in STP, she met some of her closest friends at UMW to-date and learned what it takes to be a successful student at the university. A fun fact about Sha’Lelia is that she has never been outside the country and during her free time she enjoys making art, hanging out with friends, and listening to music
Meet Darius Reed, peer counselor for STP summer 2022! Darius Reed, a senior who is completing his last semester this upcoming fall, is majoring in Sociology and is a member of the Sociology honor society. When he is not in Fredericksburg he resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with his grandparents. Currently, he serves as the president of the Alter Ego Step Team, a role he will carry out until graduation. Additionally, Darius is also a member of African Student Union, Comb As You Are, and the Black Student Union. In the upcoming year, Darius will serve his third term as a Resident Assistant and his second term as a peer mentor. This summer, Darius will take a victory lap as he’s already completed the “STP circle” but is excited to serve as a counselor for the third year in a row. Lastly, Darius is also is a member of the UMW varsity Track and Field. He is a 2-time conference champion in the 100- and 200-meter dash and was named the male “Athlete of the Meet” at the 2022 C2C championships. A fun fact, Darius currently holds the 100-meter dash school record at 10.55.