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Talk to an rIQ Friend

Want to chat about relationships? Is a friendship painfully confusing? Want to feel appreciated, heard, and empowered? Contact a Relationship IQ intern to talk about any relationship issue you're facing.

Through Friend-to-Friend, the rIQ interns offer help by listening, giving suggestions, offering good resources, and by being a sounding board. Look through the bios below, decide who you'd like to connect with, and email that intern. You're also welcome to connect any time with the Executive Director of the Boone Center for the Family, Dr. Kelly Maxwell Haer – kelly.haer@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.8551.

Matt Abracosa

Hey! My name is Matt Abracosa and I am a junior majoring in Business Administration with an I/O Psychology minor. I am from Palos Verdes, California and I enjoy hanging out with family and friends as well as playing basketball and ping-pong. I am an introvert by nature, but a great passion of mine is developing deep and intentional relationships. I love getting to know people and having honest conversations so I'm always down for meeting up and grabbing a bite, my treat!

Email: matt.abracosa@pepperdine.edu

Jessa Lebens

Hi! My name is Jessa Lebens and I'm a junior at Pepperdine, majoring in psychology. I love to paint, play guitar, be out in nature and go to the beach with friends. I love spending quality time with people and getting to know them beyond the surface. I'm always down for deep talks at the beach or over coffee. Feel free to email me and we can meet up!

Email: jessa.lebens@pepperdine.edu

Austin Berg

Hey! My name is Austin Berg and I am a senior majoring in Communication Studies and I am pre-Law. I am from Phoenix, Arizona, and I love traveling and going on spontaneous adventures with my friends, whether it be to the beach or to a national park. I love getting to know new people and spending quality time with the people I care deeply about. I am always down to chat about anything so feel free to reach out and let's meet up!

Email: austin.berg@pepperdine.edu

CJ Bergstrom

Hi, I'm CJ! I am a senior at Pepperdine, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. My favorite hobbies include reading, getting coffee with friends, and talking about the enneagram or attachment styles. I've loved my experience at Pepperdine for many reasons, but the biggest is the deep relationships I've made. I'm drawn to people who can be goofy but can also have vulnerable conversations and Pepperdine has provided me with incredible people who are able to do those things. I love meeting and getting to know new people so please reach out if you would like to talk or grab coffee.

Email: cj.bergstrom@pepperdine.edu