GCP Teams

GCP Teams

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Professor Christopher Winship & Nancy Winship - Faculty Directors

Chris Winship is the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and also a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s senior faculty.  His research spans a wide variety of fields from the development of statistical models for assessing causality, the application of the philosophical field of pragmatism to sociology, ethnographic work study partnerships in Boston to deal with gang violence between the police and a group of black inner city ministers known as the Ten Point Coalition, to the study of effects of education on mental and test taking ability. He is co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, an inter-university effort to provide highquality research to inform local policy decision- making. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard in 1977. Prior to coming back to Harvard in 1994, he was professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Economics at Northwestern University. He is an avid tennis player.  

Nancy K. Winship is the senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and a member of the President’s Cabinet at Brandeis University.  During her tenure at Brandeis, Nancy has quadrupled the University’s yearly fundraising total and planned and implemented the first comprehensive campaign in the University’s history.  She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, summa cum laude, and pursued graduate work in Sociology (ABD) at Harvard University. Chris & Nancy support the Garden Area community and reside in beautiful 29 Garden Street. 

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Professor Nancy Hill & Rendall Howell - Faculty Directors

Theodore, also known as Theo, is in first grade at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University. When he is not reading and playing with his truck and train collection, he enjoys riding his bike, running, cooking with mommy, and playing with his friends.

Taylor, our emerging adult, will begin her studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, this fall where she will focus on women’s studies, international relations, and public policy. When she is not serving or studying, she is an avid baker, enjoys reading, writing, and sleeping in.

Rendall Howell is a Strategic Account Manager at Digital Insight, a technology company serving clients in the financial services industry. He earned his BA in Economics at Oberlin College and his MBA in Finance at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In his spare time, Rendall enjoys playing his trumpet and playing any sport.

Nancy E. Hill is a Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and former Radcliffe Professor. Professor Hill is a developmental psychologist and her research identifies the unique and interactive ways in which race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence parenting beliefs, practices and youth outcomes, especially among African American, Latino, and Euro-American youth.  In addition, she is a recent recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Faculty Fellowship for her work on improving adolescents’ academic adjustment holistically via interagency collaborations at the state and local levels. Prior to coming to Harvard in 2007, she was on faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.  She enjoys cycling, tennis, cooking, and is looking forward to kayaking on the Charles River.

Together, as a family, we enjoy being outside, going to concerts, eating, and are actively involved in our church. 

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Lisa started her career at Harvard in the Facilities Group at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study before transitioning to Harvard Housing in 2008.  She is currently the Associate Director for Graduate Commons and is responsible for programming in all Graduate Commons properties, overseeing nearly 300 events each year.  Lisa previously spent 5 years as a management consultant at Accenture, working for clients such as NYU, University of Chicago, and The Ohio State University, before returning to graduate school to begin her career in Student Life. She acts as the student service contact for all Harvard graduate schools and provides invaluable Boston/Cambridge info as well.

Lisa has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Education. She loves to explore New England, attends yoga classes when she can, and is a fan of the local live music scene. She also loves to talk about her three nieces and her hometown of Chicago.

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Tara Bartley - Senior Program Manager
Tara works closely with Faculty Directors,the Community Advisors, the Resident Assistants in the Cronkhite Graduate Center, and the Family Programmer's. Tara is excited to work alongside her fellow GCP team members to build community in the Gardenside Area.

Tara has a BA in Political Science from Merrimack College and an MA in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Boston College. Originally from Maine, she enjoys spending time by the ocean with a wicked good book and an ice coffee. She has an affinity for all four legged friends especially golden retrievers. Tara is also an avid traveler and is currently planning her next adventure to East Africa. 

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Eugene holds a Masters degree in Higher Education and a Bachelors in Digital Media and Communication, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He developed his interest in student affairs from several years of residence life experience at Keuka College and UMass. Engaging with students, faculty, and staff to create inclusive learning environments for college communities is of utmost importance to Eugene. His other interests include writing, basketball, video production, and everything Star Wars!
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Erin is a sixth year graduate student in the Physics PhD Program studying how tiny worms respond to stress. In addition to her interdisciplinary biophysics research, she's also interested in the intersection of science, communication, and outreach. Originally from New York, she hails most recently from Houston, TX, embracing both her New England and Texan roots. In her free time, Erin sings in the Harvard University Choir and cultivates her knowledge of tea, craft beer, and baked goods.
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Sasan is a visiting PhD student at the Wyss Institute (Harvard Medical School) and his research focus is on modeling diseases and finding new therapeutics using human organ-on-a-chip systems. Originally from Iran, Sasan loves kayaking, playing soccer, cooking, hiking, watching movies, and traveling. 
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Natalia is a post-doctoral fellow at the Anthropology Department at Harvard University. She recently submitted her PhD at Tel Aviv University's School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research focuses on environmental anthropology in the region of Israel-Palestine. She is interested in the ways in which the environment can both encourage peace and escalate conflict. Natalia is particularly interested in the political implications of environmental discourses and their use in agriculture policies. She holds an MA degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Democratic Education. Along and prior to her academic career, Natalia worked for a private consultancy dedicated to sustainable development for governmental and private agencies. She also developed peace education programs and environmental education programs for formal and non-formal education frameworks in Israel.
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Tom Howard and Tara Tyrrell - Community Advisors (Trilogy)
Tom Howard is a fifth-year MD/Ph.D. candidate at HMS, currently doing research in pediatric oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is originally from the Boston area, and attended Yale for his undergrad, where he met Tara, who has been his partner for nearly six years.

Tara Tyrrell works at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she supports three faculty with a wide range of research interests including Economics, Psychology, and Homeland Security. She is originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where they held their wedding in October.

Tom and Tara's passions include: Game of Thrones, the New England Patriots, any and all animals, and Big Squeeze Grapefruit Shandy.

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Angela Jackson – Community Advisor

Angela is an award-winning social entrepreneur. After spending a successful career in Corporate America she combined her private sector experience with the expertise of language educators, and founded Global Language Project teach disadvantaged students proficiency in a foreign language, to prepare them for higher education scholarship opportunities and to ultimately compete in a global workforce. After having lived and traveled abroad in over 25 countries, Angela has now settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a doctoral candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where her research and interests are around how to ensure at a systems level that we prepare students to be workforce ready. In her spare times she is a avid runner, meal delivery cook aficionado, and is training for her first triathlon.
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Sierra comes from Alberta, Canada. She is a graduate student at Brandeis University studying environmental anthropology. Her last four summers have been spent working in the Rockies, in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, as an interpretive guide. Her husband, also Canadian, is a third year law student at Harvard. Sierra enjoys having fun in the mountains, craft beers, cooking, and yoga.
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Melissa Mikail- Community AdvisorI am a third year student at Harvard Law School. I am originally from Egypt, but my family currently lives in Redlands, CA. I will be returning to California post-graduation and hope to someday work in Public Interest serving immigrants and underserved communities. I love cooking - especially Middle Eastern dishes, playing basketball, and watching legal thrillers. I am excited to join the GCP team and looking forward to serving the community over the next year.

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André Morgan - Community Advisor (Trilogy)
André is a second-year student in the Doctor of Education Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to Harvard, André held varied positions in the education sector, including roles as teacher, principal, training and development director, and collegiate professor and dean; he has also directed key reform initiatives and areas (service learning communities, school culture, turnaround partnerships and career and technical education). 

André holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from American University, a Master of Teaching Degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, from the University of Virginia.  An avid outdoorsman, André appreciates and engages in adventure sports. He has jumped out of airplanes, swam with sharks, hiked trails during torrential downpours, and has climbed a couple of mountains.

 

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Sydney Montgomery - Community Advisor
Sydney is a second year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to law school, Sydney received an A.B. in English and a certificate in French from Princeton University. Originally from the Montgomery County, MD area, Sydney enjoys dancing, playing the piano, and exploring different cuisines. Sydney is excited to be a part of the GCP Community. 

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Emily Mower & Jake Mower - Community Advisors
Hi! We are Emily and Jake Mower (rhymes with power) and this is our third year in Holden Green. We are really excited to be community advisors! Emily is a PhD student in Public Policy and Jake works in Boston at a company that invests in renewable energy and other sustainable projects. We've been in Cambridge for about 5 years now, so we would love to share our favorite spots with you if you're new to the area and looking for good food (try Dave's or Forge) or fun activities (like climbing at BKB)!

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Jorge Onieva & Nina Dinjaski- Community Advisors
Jorge is a software engineer and he recently started his PhD in biomedical imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He served as CTO in a startup company in Madrid, Spain before coming to Cambridge. Nina recently started her new position at tech transfer office as licensing associate. Previous to that she held a joint postdoctoral scholar appointment at MIT and at Tufts University. Jorge and Nina met in Madrid, where Nina came from Serbia to do her PhD in molecular microbiology. In 2013 they decided it's time for new adventures and came to Cambridge (despite the opposition of Bubbles the cat, she's not a fan of long flights).

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Tara Sowrirajan – Community Advisor
Tara is a PhD student in computer science working on an artificial pancreas for diabetes treatment. She is originally from Colorado and spent the last four years at Caltech enjoying the palm trees! Tara loves singing, dancing, and exploring nature. She loves being with people and is really excited to meet everyone!

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Justin is a PhD student in the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Design.  His research focus is on the history and theory of urban form in cities in East and Southeast Asia, and he has visited 61 countries and counting–some for fieldwork, but most to satisfy his ‘travel bug’.  Justin is looking forward to sharing his love of architecture and urban design with the GCP community by sponsoring walking tours of Boston’s rich architectural heritage.
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Diane Tran- Community Advisor    
I'm originally a Texan and currently a 3L at the law school. I'm an avid baker, so if anyone ever wants some fresh treats, stop on by! I also love barre class and international backpacking.

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Satrick and Cathy Uy – Community Advisors
Satrick works for the Harvard Faculty Club, where he is in charge of Banquet Services, while Cathy works for an IT company. They are blessed with three amazing kids: Alexandra, Camerone and Angelique. Prior to moving to Cambridge, they were actively involved in the New Jersey and New York communities, organizing several profit, non-profit events, and annual parades for the Eastern Seaboard.

Aside from their passion in organizing events they enjoy wine/beer tasting, listening to live bands and exploring the world.

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Yunlu “Sawyer” Xue - Community Advisor - (Trilogy)
Sawyer is a postdoc fellow at Harvard Medical School studying retinal degenerative diseases. Prior to Harvard, he did his PhD in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis, and BSc at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His hometown is Xi’an, a city of over 3000 years history, in China.

Sawyer loves all kinds of outdoor activities, especially hiking, biking, and rock climbing.

   
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Francesca Cipriani- Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Hi my name is Francesca, but I am open to nicknames that are any variation of that; Fran, Frankie, Franchie, etc. I am a second year Divinity School student. I am from the Jersey Shore and I love fried food and dancing. I like beer and going to local breweries, but I honestly do not know much about beer; I just enjoy drinking it. When I am at my most interesting I like designing and printing tee-shirts. When I feel lazy, I watch GOT, Studio Ghibli films, Insecure, Orange is the New Black, Steven Universe, and American Gods. If you see me in the kitchen please feel free to say hi :) 

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Jeremy James- Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Jeremy joins Harvard from sunny Sydney, Australia where he was a life guard over summers at his local beach, Bondi. He is pursuing a Master of Design (Real Estate Finance) at the Graduate School of Design and participates in two rowing teams. His passions include sport, travel, and the outdoors. In 2012, he completed a 600 mile trek through rural Spain.

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Elam Jones- Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Elam is a M.Div. candidate at the Divinity School, hailing from the great city of Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently an officer and candidate for chaplaincy in the US Navy. In addition, Elam enjoys good food and good people; and in his spare time, he likes to travel and play tennis.

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Sibella Matthews- Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Sibella is in her second year of a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is passionate about child welfare and juvenile justice reform. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Sibella is still struggling with U.S. terminology so please forgive her when she says "lift" instead of "elevator" or "bin" instead of "trashcan"! Prior to her move to Cambridge, Sibella worked as a lawyer and policy advisor to a state Attorney General. In her spare time, Sibella enjoys exploring Boston, real crime podcasts and finding new music. Sibella is the RA for 2nd floor Brattle.

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Kate Lynch & Anh Nguyen - Family Programmers
Kate and Anh met at Harvard long ago, when they both spent a summer teaching English to refugee children for the Phillips Brooks House Association student public service group. Now they’re back at Harvard along with their infant son while Kate pursues her doctorate. Kate is a 4th-year doctoral student in education at Harvard GSE, where she studies education policy and STEM teaching and learning. She is a native Bostonian and has lived in Cambridge/Somerville for over 12 years. Anh is a software engineer with interests in 3D simulation and new technologies. He hails originally from Vietnam by way of Boston/western Massachusetts/southern California. Kate and Anh are excited to be seeing Harvard and Cambridge through new eyes with children Ben and Emma.

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Siri Powell - Family Programmer
Siri  is mom to two energetic boys (5 and 2), wife to one busy law student, and the creator of a happy home. She gets to stay home with her two boys and loves watching their bright little minds at work. In her spare time she is a photographer, but mostly ends up taking thousands of pictures of her own family. She and her husband are originally from Idaho, and grew up climbing the Rocky Mountains, picnicking in Yellowstone National Park, and generally spending a lot of time outdoors. After her husband, Curtis, completed a PhD in Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan, he decided law school sounded fun, so off to Cambridge they came. They have been married 10 years and look forward to a life after school.

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Evan and Michelle met in chemistry class at Stonehill College - which one depends on which partner you ask.  They connected over a shared love of food (chocolate chip cookies and apple pie!), the great outdoors and hosting.  After completing their undergraduate studies, Evan went on to Cornell University to become a mad scientist in their chemistry doctoral program while Michelle pursued a career in industry.  After deciding that a doctorate simply wasn't enough education, Evan moved from Ithaca to Cambridge to pursue his childhood dreams of becoming a lawyer.  Michelle spends her spare time cooking far too much food, learning how to knit and attending local art fairs.

 

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Professor Jim Hogle & Doreen Hogle, J.D - Faculty Directors
 

Professor Hogle is the Edward Harkness Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, where his group explores the structure and function of viruses and viral proteins. He is also Chairman of the Biophysics Program, and is an avid fly fisherman.

Doreen Hogle, J.D.
Doreen is a partner at HoustonHogle LLP, a law firm specializing in intellectual property law. Doreen’s practice is focused in the biotechnology area, and she is active in a number of professional intellectual property organizations such as the Boston Patent Law Association (past-president) Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society. Law is a second career for Doreen and prior to entering the legal profession she had extensive experience in biological research in both the academic and industrial areas. Doreen also enjoys gardening and reading.

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Lisa started her career at Harvard in the Facilities Group at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study before transitioning to Harvard Housing in 2008.  She is currently the Associate Director for Graduate Commons and is responsible for programming in all Graduate Commons properties, overseeing nearly 300 events each year.  Lisa previously spent 5 years as a management consultant at Accenture, working for clients such as NYU, University of Chicago, and The Ohio State University, before returning to graduate school to begin her career in Student Life. She acts as the student service contact for all Harvard graduate schools and provides invaluable Boston/Cambridge info as well.

Lisa has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Education. She loves to explore New England, attends yoga classes when she can, and is a fan of the local live music scene. She also loves to talk about her three nieces and her hometown of Chicago.

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Amanda Sharick - Program Manager
Amanda has an MA in English from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and is on track to receive her Ph.D. in English from the same institution in 2016. Over the last six years, Amanda has taught, tutored, advised, and mentored undergraduate and graduate students at UCR, Newbury College and Harvard Divinity School. In her spare time, Amanda loves to read and write about novels, take Zumba classes, and binge-watch Netflix series. (She’s also a fan of the Oxford comma.)

Originally from Southern California, Amanda became a member of the GCP community (as a resident) in 2012. From 2013-2016, Amanda served as a Community Advisor and then Family Programming Community Advisor before joining the GCP professional staff in March 2016. Given the different roles Amanda has held within GCP, she plans to draw on her experiences to enhance and diversify programming offered by the Graduate Commons moving forward.

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Elissa Badique - Community Advisor
Elissa Badique, (E for short), hails from California and has been a resident of Peabody Terrace for three years. This is their 2nd year as a community advisor. E's interests include games, costumes, food, dance, and fandom (especially for TV shows). Moving here to Harvard is challenging, so E aims to help create a warm, welcoming environment and strong support network for everyone, including fellow LGBTQ+ individuals and partners/spouses of Harvard affiliates

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Sonya is a fourth year graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program (BBS) under GSAS. She currently studies the export of gene silencing signals in worms. She is also a proud graduate of Smith College. In her free time Sonya loves to travel, cook, and try out new eateries in Boston. One day, she dreams of owning a golden retriever.
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Eric Fredrickson - Community Advisor
Eric is a Ph.D. student in GSAS focusing on the ancient Middle East, in other words, your local resource for questions like: Who wrote the Bible? or Did aliens build the pyramids? When Eric is not busy studying hieroglyphic inscriptions in the deep recesses of Widener library or discussing the implications of probability theory for the humanities over a latte at Cafe Crema, you can find him out for a run by the Charles River or playing a set at the Beren Tennis Courts.

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Elika Fredrickson - Community Advisor
Elika is eager to begin her fifth year as a CA at Peabody Terrace. She loves working in the Cambridge community both as a CA and also as a teacher at the Amigos School in Central Square. You can usually find Elika running along the Charles River, especially during sunset. She grew up in Puerto Rico and loves music, dancing, and making new friends!

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Claudia Ng & Brandon Gier - Community Advisors
Claudia is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a multilingual professional with prior work experience in finance, international development, and the UK Foreign Service in North America, Latin America, and Europe. She is passionate about diplomacy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She grew up in Hong Kong, and has lived in Peru, Spain, and the U.S. In addition, she is an avid linguist and is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and speaks some Portuguese, German, Arabic (MSA), and Japanese. In her free time, she enjoys doing water sports and outdoor activities.

Brandon works as a software developer in the e-commerce sector in Boston. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he moved to Boston in 2010 for college. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and playing around with electronics.

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DominicAylin and Owen Tschoepe - Community Advisors
A native of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Dominic studied architecture and worked for several German firms and as freelance architect and photographer. Aylin is a Ph.D. student in the joint program Anthropology/ Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. She is also an architect and instructor who is interested in the reciprocal relationship between people, places and practices. She particularly enjoys arts and crafts inspired by local traditions.

Dominic and Aylin have passed on their passion and curiosity for new people, cultures and places to their son Owen, who makes friends easily. They were CAs and Sustainable Community Leaders at Peabody Terrace in 2013-14. After two years of fieldwork in Turkey, they are excited to return to the PT community, reconnect with old friends, and meet lots of new people

 

Paul Tylkin - Community Advisor
Paul is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science. He is a member of the EconCS research group.

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Alison Heckel - Sustainability Community Advisor
Alison moved with her husband, Osiris, and son, Jesse, to Cambridge from North Carolina in 2016. She enjoys knitting and listening to audiobooks on her commute to her day job in the transplant clinic at Mass General Hospital. She uses her degree in American Studies from William & Mary to study how pop culture reflects and influences politics and history, mainly by watching a lot of television. She looks forward to using her role as Sustainability CA to promote and maintain environmentally healthy practices at Peabody Terrace and beyond!

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Raymundo Baez & Eva Gottschalk - Family Programming Community Advisors (Events)
Eva, Raymundo, Maya (5), and Sebastian (2) moved to Peabody Terrace in 2015 and instantly felt at home in this community. They’ve been regulars at GCP events and are excited to take a more active role in the community as Family Programmers.

Eva grew up in Germany and holds a Master’s in Public Administration. She worked for the Governmental Social Research Service in the UK for seven years before coming to Boston. Here, Eva has kept busy leading the HSSPA playgroup and auditing classes at Harvard. Raymundo was born in Mexico and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge. He works as a postdoctoral fellow at Mass General Hospital. Raymundo loves the game of soccer and keeps fit by cycling to work along the river all year around. Maya and Sebastian are good buddies and love to hang out with their PT friends on our fabulous playgrounds.

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Stephanie, Humberto, Luke, Dean, and Hope Toledo - Family Programming Community Advisors (PT Playroom)
The Toledo family is thrilled to serve as Family Programming Community Advisors for the Peabody Terrace Play Room. If you have any questions about the playroom, you will find the Toledos in the playroom daily as Luke, Dean, and Hope enjoy spending time there with all their PT friends. Humberto is an acupuncturist, originally from California but now almost 10 years on the east coast. Stephanie is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education. They look forward to supporting the PT community!

 

 

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Professor Guhan Subramanian & Helen Clement - Faculty Directors

Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law & Business at Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School.  His research, teaching, and advisory work focus on corporate governance, corporate law, and negotiations.  He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard and the Vice-Chair for Research at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. He enjoys tennis, running and free weights in his spare time.

Helen Clement is a Managing Director at Wellington Management, an investment management firm based in downtown Boston.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  She enjoys cycling and tennis in her spare time.

 

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Lisa started her career at Harvard in the Facilities Group at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study before transitioning to Harvard Housing in 2008.  She is currently the Associate Director for Graduate Commons and is responsible for programming in all Graduate Commons properties, overseeing nearly 300 events each year.  Lisa previously spent 5 years as a management consultant at Accenture, working for clients such as NYU, University of Chicago, and The Ohio State University, before returning to graduate school to begin her career in Student Life. She acts as the student service contact for all Harvard graduate schools and provides invaluable Boston/Cambridge info as well.

Lisa has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Education. She loves to explore New England, attends yoga classes when she can, and is a fan of the local live music scene. She also loves to talk about her three nieces and her hometown of Chicago.

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Ashley Hopper - Program Manager
Ashley is a “Jersey girl” who moved to Boston for graduate school and never left! When she’s not exploring Cambridge, she can usually be found chasing an Ultimate Frisbee disk. She enjoys long road trips and attempting complicated cookbook recipes.  She looks forward to getting to know the residents here and learning what types of events they are interested in.

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Asseman Khatiri & Reza Solgi - Community Advisors
Asseman and Reza are originally from Iran. After living over a decade in Italy and Switzerland, they moved to Cambridge in 2014. Asseman holds a Masters in Economics from LUMSA (Italy), and Reza holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Swiss Finance Institute (Switzerland). Currently Reza is a postdoctoral fellow at the statistics department, and Asseman has recently started working a part-time job. They spend most of their free time with their daughter, Ava.

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Carlos Lastra-Anadon and Dora Shalts-Anadon - Community Advisors
Dora and Carlos met a while ago when Carlos was living in Harvard Housing and they have barely left! Dora is a mental health counsellor, working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in her private practice and Carlos is a graduate student in Government and Social Policy and former management consultant. Dora is originally from the New York/New Jersey area (and originally-originally from Russia) and Carlos is from Spain (from Asturias, in particular, which is of course better than any other part!). They live in Soldiers Field Park and are both excited about exploring Boston and sharing their favorite adventures around, as well as getting to know everyone in the community, especially those coming up for the first time.

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Olivia Carpenter - Community Advisor
Olivia is a second-year PhD student in the English department here at Harvard. Her research focuses on eighteenth-century Anglophone literature, and she takes particular interest in race and gender in the novel. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved here from Albuquerque, NM, and is happily adjusting to life in beautiful New England! When not reading through a heap of novels, she delights in all things creative including knitting, sewing, embroidery, and getting lost in contemplating the beauty of the Charles at sunset.

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Marcelo del Prado and Julia Dias  - Community Advisors
Marcelo and Julia are good complements to each other. Both were born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but took different paths after that. Julia went on to Medical School and then specialized in Breast Cancer Surgery and Gynecology. Marcelo graduated as an Engineer, moved to France to do a Masters and worked as a consultant before coming to Harvard Business School. In their spare time, they love going to the movies, watching TV, and cooking.

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Inga Sergienko – Senior Community Advisor
Hailing from the Sunshine State, Inga grew up in the Tampa Bay area and attended the University of South Florida, majoring in Chemistry.  Moving to Boston after graduation, she spent three years working at Harvard Business School with the MBA program. She currently is working with Harvard’s Public Affairs and Communications, and just completed a Masters in General Management.  A lover of all-things New England, this Boston transplant is especially fond of photography, lobster rolls, the Red Sox and Patriots.

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Lauren Stanley – Family Programmer
Lauren is a third year law student, interested in working in Civil Rights litigation. Originally from Kansas City, Lauren is new to New England and loves exploring Boston and the surrounding areas. She enjoys running, cooking, crafting, and any activity that can be paired with wine and cheese. She is excited to get to know the families of the Western Community this year!

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Alena Yermalovich and Pavel Paromov – Playroom Managers  
Alena is a Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences in Public Health Program, studying in the laboratory of Dr. George Daley at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Alena’s research is focused on understanding mechanisms underlying pediatric tumors. Pavel is a recent Boston University Law School graduate who is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts. He practices in immigration and criminal law. In addition, Pavel is certified by Committee for Public Counseling Services to represent children in juvenile court. Originally Alena is from Belarus and Pavel is from Russia. They have lived in 10 Akron since 2009. They have a beautiful 2.5 year old daughter, Victoria, and a new baby, Max. They are excited to join the Graduate Commons Program as the Family Playroom Community Advisors this year and look forward to meet new residents and families in the Graduate Commons Program!