GCP Teams

GCP Teams

GCP Faculty Directors act as the intellectual head of their community, welcoming residents and guests into their homes each month, to live and learn together.  As residents of Harvard University Housing, you are invited to join them virtually each month for Open House events or online conversations with special guests throughout the semester.


Professor Christopher Winship & Nancy Winship

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

Theodore, also known as Theo, is in first grade at Shady Hill School. 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.

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Professor Guhan Subramanian & Helen Clement 

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 Chair of 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.


Vinny Manoharan and Michelle Carter

Vinothan (Vinny) Manoharan is the Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics and the co-Director of the Quantitative Biology Initiative at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on understanding how systems containing many particles suspended in a liquid—such as nanoparticles, proteins, or cells—organize themselves into ordered structures like crystals, viruses, and even living tissues.  His lab uses optical microscopy and holography to watch these systems self-assemble in real time.  The goal is to discover new, general physical principles that underlie complex systems and to apply these principles to practical problems in materials science, nanotechnology, and medicine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania before arriving at Harvard in 2005. In his spare time, Vinny enjoys volleyball, cooking, and sleeping, though rarely all at the same time.

Michelle Carter, a practicing painter, is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Art and Design Program at Northern Essex Community College, where she teaches drawing, painting, and design foundations. She has a BA in History from Vassar College and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art.  Michelle has exhibited her own work across New England and has a strong interest in community building, both in and out of the classroom. 

Our Program Managers support the holistic programming efforts that make Harvard University Housing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all residents. They work with Faculty Directors, Community Advisors, and the Family Programming team to host (virtual) events each month that support your and your entire household’s connections to your neighbors and the wider Harvard community.


Lisa Valela (she/her/hers) - Director, Graduate Commons

Lisa started her career at Harvard at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study before transitioning to Harvard Housing in 2008.  She is currently the Director for the Graduate Commons Program at Harvard University Housing.  In this role, Lisa is responsible for community building and co-curricular programming in all HUH properties, overseeing the talented professional team and their nearly 400 events each year. Lisa co-facilitates the Harvard Graduate Student Affairs Circle and is on the Advisory Board for the Harvard Graduate Council, a One Harvard student group focused on supporting and unifying graduate and professional students across campus. 

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. 

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.


Ashley Johnson - Senior Program Manager                      Ashley realized her passion for working with students while pursuing her BA at The Catholic University of America. She joined the GCP team in 2015, shortly after earning her MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.

Ashley believes in educating “the whole person” and enjoys bridging the gap between the academic and residential experiences of Harvard. In addition to her passion for Student Affairs, she enjoys cooking, playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee, and exploring the New England area.


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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.


Aric B. Flemming, Jr.  - Program Manager
Aric is a native of Decatur, GA. He is a minister and a musician among other things. He earned a B.A. in Religion & English from Morehouse College and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He loves meeting new people, building relationships, and fostering connections that last across Harvard in particular, but even in the broader world. He is proud to serve the Graduate Commons Program as a Program Manager. He looks forward to the new adventures and relationships this role will bring about in the year!



Kajun “Kay” Lloyd (she/her/hers) - Program Manager
Kay is a proud Michigander who moved to Massachusetts for graduate school. Over the years, Kay fell in love with Western Massachusetts, and enjoys hiking and biking the many trails in the Hampshire County area. Now, she is eager to navigate a new environment and explore everything Cambridge and Boston has to offer. 

Kay earned a B.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and an M.Ed. in Higher Education. She enjoys volunteering with local community organizations, reading, jogging, and Lip-Sync battles. Kay is excited to create and support events that help make Harvard home for all residents. If you have any event ideas or questions, please email her. She loves to hear from residents!



Community Advisors (CAs) are a central and integral part of the GCP team. They are residents of Harvard Housing from all Harvard affiliations-- including students, faculty, staff members, postdoctoral fellows, partners, spouses, and family members—who are passionate about hosting events that enrich the Graduate Commons community and help residents get to know the people, places, and resources available at Harvard and the greater Boston area.

Jonathan Jackson
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Biophysics PhD student (in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
From: Madison, Wisconsin
Interests: Hiking/walking, reading, exploring the area and trying new food
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Lauren Ann
Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Staff, Harvard School of Public Health
From: Wherever her friends and family are!
Interests: In her free time, she is a philosopher of sandwiches, a lover of cartwheels, and perpetually desirous of coffee and traveling.



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Mark John Sanchez and Isidora Miranda
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard affiliation: Mark is a Lecturer on History and Literature and teaches courses on Asian American History, the Cold War, and Migration & Labor. Isidora is a violinist and is writing a dissertation on music and theater in the Philippines.
From: Mark is from California and Isi is from Parañaque, Philippines.
Interests: In their free time, Mark and Isi chase after rabbits in their garden, go for runs on the Charles River, and hangout with their cat Liwayway.
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Mozhdeh Sojoodi
Position: Senior Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Postdoctoral research fellow in Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research is on liver and pancreatic cancer diagnoses and treatment.
From: Shiraz, Iran
Interests: 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.

Xiaojuan Li
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Xiaojuan is faculty in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
From: North Carolina
Interests: Traveling, outdoor activities, and Broadway musicals.

Yang Li
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences 
From: China
Interests: Yang is an Atmospheric Chemist. She loves solving air pollution problems. Meanwhile, she also likes traveling, playing basketball and volleyball, and board games.

Alexa Weiss
Position: Sustainability Community Advisor 
Harvard Affiliation: Alexa is a staff Research Manager at the Harvard Kennedy School.
From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Interests: Alexa likes aerial dance, running, hiking, climbing, and using rigorous quantitative methods to solve social problems.



Danny Rojas and Danielle Colon
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard Affiliation: Danny is a Doctoral student in Education Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Hometown: Danny - Central Falls, RI and Danielle - Clifton, NJ
Interests: Watching movies, working out, kayaking, painting, music

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Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Postdoc at Harvard Medical School.
From: China
Interests: Feifei loves helping people, networking and making new friends, hiking, reading, philosophy, karaoke, and running. 


Olivia Carpenter
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Doctoral candidate in the English department at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
From: Los Angeles, California
Interests: 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.

  Paul Tylkin 

Position: Community Advisor 
Harvard Affiliation: Paul is a PhD candidate in computer science at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 


Liz Hutchinson
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Liz is a part-time graduate student at HGSE in the Education Policy and Management Program and full-time employee at HBS Admissions. As the Manager of College Outreach, Liz spearheads the marketing efforts for 2+2, the deferred admissions program to Harvard Business School.
Interests: Outside of her admissions work, Liz spends her time hunting for the best locally-owned coffee shops, reading at the library, grabbing dinner with friends or baking (and sharing her spoils with various HUH neighbors). Say hello to Liz in the Akron hallways!


Taylor Donaldson
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Master of Theological Studies Candidate, Harvard Divinity School. Her research focuses on religion, state violence, and human rights in the Middle East/North Africa.
From: Des Moines, Iowa
​Interests: In her free time, Taylor enjoys reading, petting puppies, drinking coffee, and being outdoors. She can often be found trying out new recipes, exploring the Boston area, and planning her next adventure. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Taylor worked on local political campaigns, helped lead an Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp for high school students, and served her Fulbright ETA grant in El Jadida, Morocco.


Family Programming team is comprised of community advisors who are dedicated to supporting the engagement and wellbeing of residents with children. GCP Family programming includes a wide range of educational and community-building events and resources for both children and caregivers, as well as opportunities to connect with and explore family focused Harvard resources and offerings.

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Harvard Affiliation: Ray is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, Eva is a Faculty Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
From: Right now, Harvard is home! Eva grew up in Germany, Ray in Mexico, and their children were born in the UK.
Interests: Traveling, meeting friends, and attending GCP events.
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Harvard affiliation: Suzanne is the spouse to a postdoc at Joslin Diabetes Center. She currently works as a Business Engagement Manager at Community Work Services
From: The Netherlands
Interests: Suzanne loves spending time with her young son and being outdoors - from an early morning run along the Charles to a day at Walden Pond.
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 Peabody Terrace Playroom Managers
Harvard Affiliation: Juan Pablo is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Design. Cyntia is alumnae of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From: Chile
Interests: JP loves playing guitar, playing soccer, running, and the weather. Cyntia enjoys cooking, yoga, meditation, and traveling
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Position: 10 Akron & One Western Playroom Managers
Harvard Affiliation: Alena is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Pavel is a Boston University grad who practices immigration and criminal law.
From: Alena is from Belarus, Pavel is from Russia.
Interests: Alena and Pavel have two beautiful children, Victoria and Max. They look forward to this year and to meeting new families in the Graduate Commons Program!