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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 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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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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Armi Sippel
Position:
Family Programmer
Harvard affiliation: Spouse/Partner, Harvard Graduate School of Education
From: Southern California
Interests: Armi currently works with 5th grade English learners at the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge and is pursuing a license to teach students with learning disabilities at Simmons University.  Armi and her husband enjoy exploring new cities and cheering on their sons at their baseball games, track meets and speedcubing tournaments.

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Position: Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Harvard affiliation: PhD at Graduate School of Arts and Science, Studying Psychology
From: Vancouver, Canada
Interests: Beyond his research, Brandon enjoys staying active, cooking and baking, watching films, discussing current events, and eating ice cream.

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Carlos Perea & Alexandra Mora Martin
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard affiliation: Carlos is a post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Molecular Biology (associated with Harvard Medical School). Sandra is a researcher at Boston 
From: Spain 
Interests: They both love science, nature, sports, music, and traveling. 
 
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Doro Unger Lee
Position: Family Programmer
Harvard affiliation: Doro’s husband is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She is a program manager at MIT. 
From: Germany
Interests: Doro is the mom of two energetic girls. They enjoy discovering Massachusetts and making friends at the Holden Green playground.
 
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Emmanuel Correa Vázquez
Position
: Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Pursuing a Masters of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School
From: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Interests: Emmanuel likes to read about Christian theology and religion. He loves to hang out at Café Pamplona. He’s always interested in sharing anything about Puerto Rico, and is also a big fan of Star Wars, baseball, and dogs.

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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
Position:
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.
 
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Nasia "Naj" Turner
Position
: Cronkhite Resident Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Naj is completing a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Adjustment Counseling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
From: Los Angeles, California
Interests: Naj enjoys writing in her spare time, listening to various music genres, binge watching TV shows, and dancing.

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Quinn Liu and Callum MacKenzie
Position: Sustainability Community Advisors
Harvard affiliation: Quinn is pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Callum has a degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music. 
From: Quinn is from Beijing, China, and Callum is from New York. 
Interests: Music, Sustainability, and GCP events!!
 
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Satrick & Cathy Uy
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard affiliation: Satrick works for the Harvard Faculty Club, where he is in charge of Banquet Services, while Cathy works for an IT company.
From: New York and New Jersey
Interests: Satrick and Cathy 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 and 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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Sawyer Xue
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: Postdoc at Harvard Medical School studying genetics 
From: Xi’an, China
Interests: Sawyer loves all kinds of outdoor activities, especially hiking, biking, rock climbing, and dragon boat!
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Suzanne Bergenhenegouwen
Position: Family Programmer
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 1-year old son and being outdoors - from an early morning run along the Charles to a day at Walden Pond.
 
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Tara Sowrirajan
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard affiliation: PhD in Computer Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science
From: Colorado
Interests: Tara loves dancing, getting outside and being with people, long boarding, and exploring!
 
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Vaughn and Joseph Kurtenbach
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard affiliation: Joe is pursuing his JD/MBA at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Vaughn is completing her master's degree at Columbia University. 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.
From: San Diego, California
Interests: Vaughn and Joe enjoy cooking together, visiting new countries, and going on walks with their dog.
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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.

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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.

 

 

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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 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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Vinny Manoharan and Michelle Carter - Faculty Directors

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. 

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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 - 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.

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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!

 

  Adam and Chelsey Parrott-Sheffer

Position: Senior Community Advisors
Harvard Affiliation: Adam is a Doctoral Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Chelsey is his partner.
From: Chicago, Illinois
Interests: Adam likes swimming, while Chelsey enjoys writing and yoga. Both enjoy cooking and playing with their boys. 

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Alena Yermalovich and Pavel Paromov
Position: 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. The look forward to this year and to meeting new families in the Graduate Commons Program!

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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.

 

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Alina Talagaeva and Fedor Popov
Position: Community Advisors
Harvard Affiliation: Popov is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. 
From: Moscow, Russia
Interests: Board games, movies, trivia games and parenting their adorable daughter.
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Calianne Brown
Position
: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Spouse/Partner, Harvard Business School.
From: Colorado
Interests: Finding all things kid-friendly in Boston, reading, spending time outdoors.

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Danny Rojas and Danielle Colon

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Eva Gottschalk & Raymundo Baez Mendoza
Position: Family Programmers
Harvard Affiliation: Ray is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, Eva is a Faculty Assistant at Harvard Medical School.
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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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. 

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Ina Spaho
Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Ina is a public policy analyst for the Harvard Public Affairs and Communications office.
From: Boston
Interests: Ina likes spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

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Position:
Playroom Managers
Harvard Affiliation: Juan Pablo is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Design.
From: Chile
Interests: JP loves playing guitar, playing soccer, running, and the weather. Cyntia enjoys cooking, yoga, meditation, and traveling.
 

Jung Min (Jennifer) Lee Position: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Spouse/Partner, Harvard Business School.
From: South Korea and Japan
Interests: Speaking different languages, and baby play--Jennifer just expanded her family this summer.

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Kevin Bryant
Position
: Community Advisor
Harvard Affiliation: Kevin is a doctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From: Queens, NY
Interests: Kevin likes sports, food, music, and great conversation.

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Position: Community Advisor  
Harvard Affiliation: Leslie is a doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
From: Compton, CA
Interests: Leslie enjoys adventure! She loves taking road trips, whether multi or single day trips, and checking things off her bucket list, including ziplining and riding a hot air balloon. She is also very passionate about her family and friends and enjoys spending quality time with them, whether it is over a carne asada, game night, and/or a karaoke session.
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Position: Community Advisor 
Harvard Affiliation: Staff at the Harvard Business School.
From: Ukraine
Interests: Mila likes sports and exploring new recipes
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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 currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at the Graduate School of Education. 

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Steph Catz
Position: Family Programmer
Harvard Affiliation: Spouse/Partner.
From: Boise, Idaho
Interests: Steph loves being outdoors, hiking, bike riding, and swimming! She also loves being a mom and playing make believe with her daughters and going on adventures.