GCP Teams

GCP Teams


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. 


Professor Nancy Hill & Rendall Howell - Faculty Directors

Theodore, also known as Theo, will be in first grade at Shady Hill School in the fall, 2018. When he is not reading about and playing with his trucks, airplanes, rescue vehicles and watching Rescue-bots, he enjoys riding his bike, running, playing the piano, and playing with his friends.

Taylor, our “nearly adult” daughter, is a student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is focusing on gender studies, international relations, and public policy. When she is not studying, she is an avid baker, enjoys reading, writing, and sleeping in.

Rendall Howell is an Strategic Account Manager at NCR, a financial equipment and 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 the Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and former Radcliffe Professor. Professor Hill is a developmental psychologist and her research focuses primarily on adolescence.  Further, she identifies the unique and interactive ways in which race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status influence parenting beliefs, practices and youth outcomes.  In addition, she was 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, cooking, and kayaking on the Charles River.

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


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 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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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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Aixa Aleman - Community Advisor
Aixa hails from Puerto Rico and enjoys good food, cooking, dancing, karaoke, walks, running, tea, travel…all things fun. Her husband Philip Kao is a social anthropologist and works at Harvard in the Department of Anthropology. This will be their second year living in the Gardenside area.

Aixa is a Policy Advisor for the WHO Collaborative Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her work focuses on  researching and improving young people’s wellbeing in Europe and throughout the world.  Previously, she served as legislative counsel in the US Congress, and has been a Presidential Management Fellow in the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. Aixa has also taught in Chicago Public Schools, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

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Lauren Ann - Community Advisor
Lauren is a graduate student studying international relations. She focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals, pretexts to conflicts, and post-conflict resolution. In her free time, she is a philosopher of sandwiches. Lover of cartwheels, and perpetually desirous of coffee and traveling.


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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 an environmental anthropologist and a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Natalia’s academic interests focus on the the political usage of environmental discourse and on the politics of time in Israel/Palestine. She holds an MA degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Democratic Education. 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. Natalia loves hiking, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. Natalia comes from an Argentinian-Israeli family, she is married to Michael who is a classical oboist and Ashtanga Yoga practitioner and instructor. Natalia and Michael live happily with their dog Tommy who received the title of the mascot of the Mount Auburn Housing Group. 

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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Vaughn Kurtenbach - Community Advisor
Vaughn is originally from San Francisco, California. She is a graduate student at Columbia University and is currently completing field work in Boston, where she works with young adults diagnosed with autism. She also works at Harvard Business School as the Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer for The Harbus, which publishes the Business School’s newspaper and admissions products. Along with being a community advisor for Gardenside, she is a social chair for both Harvard Business School’s and Harvard Law School’s partners' clubs.  Her husband is pursuing his JD and MBA at both schools. She and her husband are the proud parents of the world’s cutest Pomeranian (in their eyes, at least).

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Kyrsten Lundh - Community Advisor
Kyrsten is partner to Doug Park and mother to three-year-old Sora. Kyrsten and Doug met while at training for Teach for America, taught in the U.S., then spent a couple years teaching in Japan. Not long after Sora arrived, they moved back to the U.S. to be closer to family and continue their education. After Doug completed his Master’s in Education Policy at Columbia Teachers College, the trio moved to Cambridge where Kyrsten is now a third-year student at Harvard Law School. They now spend their weekends exploring the family-friendly offerings of the Boston area, playing outside, and connecting with the local Korean community. They enjoy travelling, working out, rock climbing, bike riding, Shel Silverstein books, and coffee.

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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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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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Carlos is a post-doctoral fellow working at the Molecular Biology of the Massachusetts General Hospital, affiliated to HMS. He obtained his PhD in Madrid (Spain), the city where he was born, studying how plants respond to environmental stresses. Now, he is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the segregation of chromosomes during the cell division. 

Carlos joined Harvard Housing together with his wife Sandra, also working as a researcher at Boston University, in June 2016. They love both Boston and Cambridge, even during the northeastern storms in the winter, but deeply miss their family and the Spanish cuisine. They enjoy sailing, running, cooking and hiking together at National Parks. In the fall of 2017 they visited Yellowstone, a place they will never forget.

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Kait Saier - Community Advisor
Kait is a political consultant, working to support democrats running for all levels of public office. She hold degree in Political Science from City University of New York Hunter College and a certificate in Public Policy from the Roosevelt House. Before attending college, she worked in the nonprofit sector and in childcare, with a significant period spent working in the midlands of England. Kait moved to Cambridge last year to support her husband through law school. During her infrequent downtime, she enjoys rereading Harry Potter and taking naps.

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Armi Sippel - Community Advisor
Armi is mom to two boys, Elijah (age 14) and Isaiah (age 10) and wife to Tim, who is a second year doctoral student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She and her family moved to Cambridge last summer from sunny Pasadena, California and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the seasons that New England has to offer. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Armi worked as a youth and family pastor, a neighborhood community center director, and an elementary school teacher. She currently works as an assistant teacher in the Structured English Immersion program at the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge.  Armi and her husband enjoy exploring new cities and cheering on their sons at their baseball games and speedcubing tournaments. 

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Mozhdeh Sojoodi - Community Advisor
Mozhdeh is a postdoctoral research fellow in Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is originally from Shiraz, Iran and earned her PhD in Biomedical Science from Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Mozhdeh has joined MGH in 2016, where she conducts research on liver and pancreas cancer diagnosis and treatment. She is particularly interested in finding new anti-fibrotic drugs and has several collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Traveling and exploring new places are her favorites, and in her spare time, she loves cooking - especially Middle Eastern foods, watching soccer, and listening to classic Persian music.


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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Doro Unger-Lee - Community Advisor
Doro is a program manager at MIT and mom to two little energetic girls. Her husband is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States in 2011. After six years in California, she and her family relocated to Cambridge. They live in Holden Green and enjoy discovering Massachusetts and making friends at the playground.

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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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Diana is completing the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a proud Mexican, originally from Saltillo. Before HKS, she worked in consulting and was a Teach for Mexico Corps Member. During TFM, she taught Math, Physics, and English to over 400 students and led the Community Service Department of her school. Her interests span from energy to education policy, poverty, and international development. After HKS, Diana aspires to work in making quality education a reality for all Mexican children and adolescents. 


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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Harout Manougian – Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Harout is completing the two year MPA degree at Harvard Kennedy School.  Originally from Toronto, his previous experience is in the field of power systems engineering, having worked at Ontario’s largest electrical utility, Hydro One.  In 2012, he was also elected as a school board trustee with the Toronto District School Board, serving a three-year term.  Currently, his studies are focused on electoral system design and election administration.

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Brandon is a second year PhD student in psychology. Before coming to Harvard, Brandon lived in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied psychology at the University of British Columbia. In his research, Brandon broadly examines how people understand what others think and know. Beyond his research, Brandon enjoys staying active, cooking and baking, watching film, discussing current events, and eating ice cream.



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.


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 - Senior Program Manager
In 2017, Amanda earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Over the last seven years, Amanda has taught, tutored, 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.

Feel free to email her at amanda_sharick@harvard.edu with questions or suggestions for programs you would like to see at Peabody Terrace.

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Elika is the Senior CA at Peabody Terrace. With many years of experience as a Community Advisor for Peabody Terrace, she is happy to answer all your questions about life at PT and in Cambridge. During the day, you'll find Elika at the Amigos School in Central Square where she works as the literacy coach. Elika grew up in Puerto Rico and loves running, traveling, and making new friends!
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Elissa Badique - Community Advisor
Elissa Badique (E for short), is a queer Filipinx-American who hails from Northern California. They're excited to begin their 6th year living at Peabody Terrace and 4th year being a GCP community advisor.

E's interests include gaming, costumes, food, dance, quality memes, and fandom (especially for TV shows). Moving here to Harvard is challenging, so E aims to help create a warm, welcoming environment with a strong support network for everyone, including fellow LGBTQ+ individuals and partners/spouses of Harvard affiliates.

  Sonya Bhatia - Community Advisor 
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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Rohit Gawande and Sanchali Pal - Sustainable Community Advisors
Sanchali just graduated from the MBA program at Harvard. Her startup, Joro, is gamifying carbon emissions reduction with an app and a community that helps people live more sustainable lives. Previously, Sanchali worked at Dalberg, a management consulting firm focusing on projects with social impact. With Dalberg, Sanchali lived in New York, Mumbai, and Addis Ababa, where she moved to help start the firm's Ethiopia office. Sanchali is passionate about cities as catalysts for economic development and the role of clean energy and mobility in building better cities. Sanchali received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University. She loves discovering new Cambridge restaurants, experimenting with vegetarian recipes, and being a part of the Peabody Terrace community!

Rohit is a third year MBA / MPA Candidate at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Rohit spent five years at Acumen, a social impact investment fund, based in Nairobi, Kenya and in New York, USA. Rohit worked across Acumen’s Business Development, Portfolio, and Impact teams, and helped launch Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative, a new way to measure the impact of social enterprises. Prior to Acumen, Rohit was a research intern at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. While in graduate school, he has spent his summers interning for energy efficiency and renewable energy companies. Rohit is primarily interested in the intersection of climate change and poverty in emerging and developing markets. Rohit received an A.B. from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

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Hi, my name is Anakaren and I'm originally from Mexico. I'm an Industrial Engineer working at Wayfair. I'm passionate about social responsibility and love getting involved in different volunteering activities; currently I´m one of the Co-Presidents of the HBS Partners' Club. I moved to Boston one year ago with my husband Pascal, who is doing his MBA at HBS. We love living in Peabody Terrace and we are excited to help building our community. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.


Alison Heckel - 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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Adam and Chelsey Parrott-Sheffer - Community Advisors
The Parrott-Sheffer family is excited to be returning to Peabody as first time Community Advisors. Being on the Charles River has great appeal as it reminds them of their home on Lake Michigan in Chicago. Chelsey spends her working hours at a law firm in human resources and enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, and writing. Adam is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Education and can be found most mornings swimming at Blodgett and is sometimes caught in the kitchen inventing new flavors of ice cream. Nathan and Nicky are happy students in Cambridge Schools, looking to rebuild the world one Lego structure at a time when they aren't running playground to playground, practicing Tae Kwon do, or adventuring as Cub Scouts. They look forward to connecting with each of you and learning from you over the course of the year.

  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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Raul Ripoll and Maria Maroto - Family Programming (Playroom Managers)
Mateo (6), Morena (8), Maria, and Raul arrived to Cambridge and Peabody Terrace almost a year ago. They're originally from Argentina, but before coming to Cambridge they lived in Chile for three years.

Maria is a Visiting Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, and a PhD Candidate at the Catholic University of Chile. Raul holds a MSc. in Project Evaluation and for the last four years has been working in Charter Schools in Chile and in the US. Mateo and Morena are both in the Kennedy Longfellow Elementary School in Cambridge. They all love being around Peabody Terrace, meeting new neighbors, making new friends and enjoying this wonderful PT community.


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Raymundo Baez & Eva Gottschalk - Family Programming (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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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.



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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Betty is a second year graduate student at Boston College pursuing a degree in Higher Education. She loves exploring her new home in Boston, but her heart will always have its place in St. Louis, where she grew up and completed her undergraduate studies. She has a crazy love for exploring the world and believes that hot sauce can complement just about any food!

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James and Hanna Carbaugh - Community Advisors
James and Hanna are both New Yorkers who have spent the last several years living everywhere else! Hanna took a break from teaching to join James in the Tokyo suburbs. After ten years in the Navy, James is now an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. James and Hanna enjoy spending time with their two young daughters, Mary, and Elizabeth, at local zoos, gardens, and aquariums and they are always on the hunt for delicious spicy foods! They look forward to getting to know all the new students and families as they discover the best of Boston together!


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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Matthew D’Agostino - Community Advisor
Matthew is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied Economic History and worked as a fencing coach. He then moved to London and worked in oil field decommissioning, before returning to Scotland to turn his hand to software sales. He has recently married an HBS student, Judy D'Agostino (née Payen), and emigrated to America, where he has quickly fallen in love with Boston's architecture and history. He is a former fencing champion, an avid follower of MMA, and also enjoys reading, particularly 20th century fiction and history books.

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Liudmyla “Mila” Goncharenko - Community Advisor
Mila, as friends call her, is originally from Ukraine. After living in Germany and Italy, she moved to Boston in 2018, following her husband, a current MBA student at HBS. She holds two Masters degrees, in English Language and Literature and European Studies, and is currently working on the HBS Alumni Relations Team. For six years Mila has volunteered in various youth organizations fostering newcomers into their new communities. She continues her passion of building stronger communities by having joined the GCP team and teams of several clubs at HBS. In her spare time, Mila enjoys swimming, exploring Boston, and attending various discussions at Harvard. She looks forward to getting to know the residents and spending time in fun and exciting activities together.

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Katya Klinova - Community Advisor
Katya is a second year graduate student at the Kennedy School of government; she focuses her research and coursework on economic development and the impact of emerging information technologies on societies. Prior to Harvard, Katya spent seven years at Google in a variety of marketing and business development roles. Originally from Russia, Katya loves winter and snow, so hit her up for winter fun activities ideas!

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Sruti Komarappagari and Chandrashekarapura (CR) Mahesh - Community Advisors
Sruti and Mahesh have known each other for almost ten years and got married just before they came to Harvard. Sruti is an entrepreneur and amongst the few women VCs in India. She went to business school at ISB. Mahesh worked as a consultant before coming to Harvard Kennedy School. In their spare time, they love cooking, watching movies and traveling.

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Jennifer Wu - Community Advisor
Jennifer is a second-year MBA student at Harvard Business School.  She grew up in Singapore but have lived in Boston and New York for the past 8 years.  She loves walking around cities, hunting out good food spots, and going to the theatre.

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Shandra and Shannon Jones - Family Programming Community Advisors
Hi! We are Shandra and Shannon Jones, and this is our second year in the Western Area (Hingham Street). We are really excited to be Family Programming Community Advisors for the Western Area, as are our three kids! Shandra is a PhD student in Education, and Shannon works in Boston with a non-profit sustainable energy advising and management firm. Our family moved to Cambridge in July 2017 from San Diego, CA, in time to enjoy some New England warmth (and buy winter coats in advance of all the snow!), figure out Cambridge schools, extracurricular activitiesm and start exploring our new surroundings. We look forward to creating and empowering a sense of community, family, and home for all students, families and members living in Harvard University Housing.


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!