Francesca M. Maresca, Ph.D.

Francesca M. Maresca, Ph.D., is the Director of Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E.) for Rutgers Health Services, responsible for the dissemination of health and wellness information to the entire Rutgers community. Dr. Maresca coordinates peer education, assesses the health and wellness of students, sits on a number of University-wide committees including Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention (co-chair), LGBTQ Task Force, Diversity Council and Alcohol Policy, and is adjunct faculty for the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Christopher Gunning

Christopher R. Gunning, RDN

Christopher is the Clinical Nutritionist for Rutgers Health Services and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. Chris holds a B.S. Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and completed his Dietetic Internship at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. He provides clinical assessment, evaluation, and treatment of the nutritional needs of the university’s student population: oversees the Nutrition Advocate peer educator program; and is a member of the Rutgers multidisciplinary eating disorder and disordered eating treatment team. Chris is also involved in multiple new and ongoing projects with the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Mark Cruz

Mark Cruz, is a health education specialist at Rutgers Health Services – Health Outreach, Promotion, and Education (H.O.P.E.) serving the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.  Mark has worked in the non-profit sector focusing on educating community members on HIV/AIDS.  He has also provided community education to local schools regarding the effects of alcohol and other drugs.




Brenda Malchuk

Brenda Malchuk is H.O.P.E. Secretary. When she is not out with friends, Brenda enjoys reading and spending time with her pets – two dogs and three parrots.