Meet the GCP Teams

Meet the 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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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, Chris & Nancy Winship, 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 Garden 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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Brielle Bryan & Zachary Epstein - Community Advisors

Brielle is a 4th year PhD student in the Social Policy and Sociology program, studying poverty, youth, and incarceration in the US. She’s migrated up to Cambridge from the South (Houston and Atlanta) via Nashville, DC and New York.  Zach is a researcher for a federal contractor focusing on poverty and income support programs. Originally from Florida, he came to Boston via Houston and D.C. and really enjoys city life.

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Maggie Gardner & Jeff Holden - Community Advisors

Maggie teaches first year legal research and writing at the law school. When not advocating for Strunk and White, she writes about international legal issues. Jeff is a stay-at-home dad with their infant son, Augie. Coincidentally, his software business helps childcare centers manage their waiting lists. Both Maggie and Jeff have experienced Cambridge as singletons, newlyweds and now parents–so they look forward to befriending all members of the graduate community this program year.

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Ke'Andra Levingston - Community Advisor

Ke’Andra is a third year student at Harvard Law School where she focuses on media/entertainment law and social justice advocacy. Originally from Huntsville, Texas, she is a proud graduate of Spelman College, where she served as a Social Justice Fellow. In her spare time, Ke’Andra can be found listening to or writing music or exploring various avenues of creative expression. Ke’Andra loves God, the South, Hip Hop, and culture. She is looking forward to a dynamic and enjoyable year with the GCP community.

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Colm O'Sullivan - Community Advisor

Colm is an architect and project manager from Ireland. Before moving to Cambridge last year he spent four years working with Habitat for Humanity in Dublin. He is a passionate quizzer and both hosts and competes in trivia nights around Boston. He lives with his wife and 4 year old son in Kirkland Court.

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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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Rebecca Dornin - Community Advisor

Rebecca is originally from New Hampshire and studied computer media in college. She has been a part of the Harvard community for over fifteen years, having spent over a decade working at the business school in IT. She has been a leader in the Harvard LGBT community, serving as the co-chair of the Boston/Cambridge chapter of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus for several years. She works full-time for Harvard University Information Technology as a senior software engineer. Rebecca has lived in Holden Green for the past year,  and she graduated from the extension school with a C.A.S. concentrating in computer science. Rebecca enjoys endurance sports of all kinds, especially spin classes, rowing, cycling, and triathlons. She will be the sustainability community advisor in the Garden Area this year, and she prides herself on always having a commute where she can walk or bike to work.

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Erin Block - Cronkhite Resident Advisor

Erin is from Atlanta, Georgia and is going into her second year at HGSE as a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) student.  Erin was in the Prevention Science and Practice program during the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to coming to Harvard, Erin worked for an outdoor education non-profit and taught preschool.  She is passionate about fostering positive identity development for adolescent youth.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, knitting and traveling.

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Zholl Tablante - Cronkhite Resident Advisor

Zholl is from Orange County, California. He is a globetrotter who loves learning languages and being immersed in numerous cultures. Zholl recently just finished a Fulbright Scholarship in China, where he did research on entrepreneurship and how different languages play a role in doing business.  Avaricious for adventure, Zholl has explored almost 50 countries and has been to six of the seven continents.  He is excited to use his knowledge abroad to continue to pursue a Masters in L&L.

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Ranjavati Banerji - Cronkhite Resident Advisor

Ranjavati Banerji is an MPA 2017 Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and a Presidential Public Service Fellow. She is currently a summer intern at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School, she was a management consultant at the Boston Consultant Group in London. She has an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. Honours in Mathematics from Delhi University. She has also interned with the Ministry of Women and Child, Government of India and the Centre for Policy Studies, a leading London-based think tank. She is interested in the areas of economic policy, social policy, gender rights and governance and hopes to work in the international development sector in the future.

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Elizabeth Micci- Cronkhite Resident Advisor

Elizabeth is entering her second year of HGSE's Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. A Massachusetts native, she was excited to return home after four years in Virginia and five in Houston, Texas where she taught high school English and co-founded an college prep academy. She loves books, words, anything Shakespeare, traveling and studying abroad, hiking and jogging, and community theater

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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 11 month-old baby, Benjamin.

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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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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.

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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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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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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Corey Peak - Community Advisor

Corey is a fifth year graduate student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is very interested in studying infectious disease control in humanitarian crises. Originally from a town near Chicago, Corey went to college in Nashville, and is now excited to call New England home. He looks forward to building community through activities including sports, exploring Cambridge/Boston, the outdoors, and anything that can even remotely be considered an adventure.

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Dominic, Aylin and Owen Tschoepe - Community Advisors

A native of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Dominic studied architecture and has worked as for several German firms and as a 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. As former CAs at Peabody Terrace (2013-14), Dominic and Aylin are excited to return to the PT community after two years of fieldwork in Turkey.

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Matheus Fernandes & Alaina Schraufnagel - Community Advisors

Matt and Alaina have been a part of the Peabody Terrace community since May 2013. Matt is a Brazilian native who moved to the United States at the beginning of high school. He graduated in May 2015 with a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Sciences from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Mathematics with a second field in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard SEAS.

Alaina is originally from Ohio and studied Biology and Environmental Sciences in college. She works full-time downtown Boston at the Zipcar Headquarters. She also is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree from the Harvard Extension School. Matt and Alaina are both looking forward to another great year with everyone in the Graduate Commons Program!

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Jay Jordan & Megan Cooley - Family Programmers

Jay and Megan moved to Peabody Terrace from Washington state in July 2015 for Jay to pursue his doctorate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jay is a former high school teacher and middle school principal. Megan’s background includes elementary school teaching, journalism, and educational publishing. They have two daughters, Boston (11) and Maggie (9). Boston loves theater, photography, and playing softball. Maggie enjoys soccer, softball, dance, writing, and cooking. In their spare time, the Cooley-Jordans love exploring the Boston area, visiting beaches, reading, and playing board games.

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Stephanie & Humberto Toledo - 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 play room, you will find the Toledos in the play room daily as Luke (3.5) and Dean (1.5) 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.  We look forward to supporting the PT community!

 

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Professor Nancy Hill & Rendall Howell - Faculty Directors

Theodore, also known as Theo, is a kindergartener 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, recently graduated from Medford High School with honors. She is currently serving inner city youth and families with City Year, Washington DC.  In Fall, 2017, she will begin her studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 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 an 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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Eugene Mont - Program Manager

Eugene recently completed an M.Ed in Higher Education and a BA 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 Dahlstrom - Community Advisor

Erin is a fifth 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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Justin Stern - Community Advisor

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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Mazvita Nyamukapa - Community Advisor

Mazvita Nyamukapa is originally from Zimbabwe and moved to Cambridge, MA by way of Philadelphia. Her husband is a second year MBA student at Harvard Business School.  Mazvita holds a Master in Public Health degree from Thomas Jefferson University and currently works remotely for a Philadelphia based non-profit, Maternity Care Coalition which provides home-visiting services to low income pregnant women and families with children under the age of three. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, aspiring home chef and enjoys editing articles for the Business School’s student newspaper, the Harbus

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Sierra Dakin Kuiper - Community Advisor

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 second year law student at Harvard. Sierra enjoys having fun in the mountains, craft beers, cooking and yoga.

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Natalia Gutkowski - Community Advisor

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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Jacqueline Trudeau - Community Advisor

Jacqueline is a third-year law student who briefly considered quitting law school to pursue a career as a walrus. Originally from Cleveland (and proud of it!), Jacqueline spent all of her pre-law-school-life living and working in the Midwest. Her interests include beer, Zumba, innertube water polo, almost any water sport, anything involving cheese or chocolate, and baseball… but she really isn’t that picky and enjoys trying almost anything new.

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Yunlu “Sawyer” Xue - Community Advisor

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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Tom Howard and Tara Tyrrell - Community Advisors

Tom Howard is a fourth-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 five 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 will be returning in October for their wedding.  

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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Evan Tallmadge & Michelle Houle - Family Programmers

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 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 University and the Vice-Chair for Research at the Harvard Program on Negotiation.  He is a director of LKQ Corp., a Fortune 500 company in the automotive sector. He holds degrees in Law, Business, and Economics from Harvard University. He enjoys tennis, running, and free weights in his spare time.

Helen Clement is a Managing Director at Wellington Management, an investment management firm.  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, running, 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 works closely with Faculty Directors Guhan Subramanian and Helen Clement, Community Advisors, and Family Programmers. She realized her passion for working with students while pursuing her BA at The Catholic University of America. She received her MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and is thrilled to be staying in Boston. She is a “Jersey girl” who comes to Boston by way of that shore, and when she’s not exploring Cambridge, she can usually be found chasing an Ultimate Frisbee disk as an avid enthusiast of the sport. Ashley enjoys photography, music, and really long road trips. She looks forward to getting to know the residents here and learn 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 little daughter

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Yael Stern & Gal Lin - Community Advisors
 
Yael Stern grew up in Israel, and is studying public policy and international relations at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a social entrepreneur, passionate about increasing freedom in the Middle East. Together with Gal Lin and another partner, she conducted innovative empirical research of Iranian society and promoted an alternative policy in the Middle East based on engagement with the liberal currents in the region. She is also part of the leadership of ‘The Schoolhouse’, a non-profit which provides language skills and vocational training for adult African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. She served in the Israel Defense Forces in an intelligence position. She loves having good conversations with people, so feel free to strike up a conversation with her!
 
Gal is a second year graduate student of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Born and raised in Israel, Gal is a social entrepreneur passionate about empowering civil society in the Middle East. A long time traveler and adventurer, Gal is looking forward for some new adventures exploring Boston alongside the members of the Western GCP community. He is equally eager to share and exchange our diverse cultural backgrounds in community events.
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Jody Grewal – CA for Sustainability

Jody Grewal is a second year doctoral student at Harvard Business School studying corporate sustainability. She was born and raised in the Great North (Canada) and has a hard time eating anything without maple syrup. When she isn’t hanging out with her colleagues at HBS, you can find her jogging along the Charles River, playing field hockey, and hosting friends for movies nights and dinners.  She looks forward to being the Sustainability Community Advisor for SFP/One Western!

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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, while simultaneously pursuing a Masters in General Management and Higher Education.  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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Jamie Huang - Community Advisor

Jamie is a second-year MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate studies, she spent two years at a start-up and three years in project management in the medical-device industry.  Jamie was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and loves to bake cookies, play board games, and blow glass.

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Lauren Stanley – Family Programmer

Lauren is a second 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 5th year 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 years old daughter, Victoria. Pavel, Alena and Victoria are excited and thrilled to join 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!