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Brandon Edwards

Brandon Edwards

Now in his eleventh year at Harvard and his tenth at the Freshman Dean’s Office, Mr. Edwards serves as Department Administrator. In this capacity, he oversees the budget, human resources, technology, and the day-to-day operations of the FDO. Mr. Edwards also coordinates the Freshman Intramural Program, serves as the adviser for the first-year members of the Undergraduate Council, is a member of the Placement Exams Working Group, and serves as a freshman proctor in Mower B (the best entryway in the Yard!).

A graduate of the Harvard Faculty of Education (EdM 2012), Brandon also holds a BA from Wake Forest (2006) and two other graduate degrees from Harvard (MTS 2008, ThM 2009) – living proof that life really is a rich, meandering adventure! Aside from academe, Brandon relishes in other, no less exciting exploration – backcountry hiking and backpacking in New Hampshire (where he recently bagged all 48 4,000' peaks), kayaking, rock climbing, world travel (Greece, Italy, Spain, and, most recently, Scandinavia), sampling Boston’s ethnic cuisines, and the music of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

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Tim Ahfeldt

Tim Ahfeldt

I'm excited to start my third year as a proctor, which marks my seventh year as a proctor partner! I live with my family in Canaday E. Originally from Berlin, Germany I started my professional career as a detective in the police. Through twists and turns I came to Harvard in the summer of 2006. After earning my doctoral degree I am now a postdoctoral fellow and a teaching fellow in the department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. My free time is filled with sports (volleyball, squash and swimming) and eSports (SC2, BF3), cooking, and reading. I love being a part of the Harvard community and I am looking forward to meeting all of you.

Sonia Alves

Sonia Alves

I have been affiliated with the Harvard community for the past four years. In 2013 I enrolled in the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Human Development and Education. I was born and raised in Boston and I earned a BA in psychology and education from Smith College. I consider myself to be the ultimate foodie. This will be my third year as a proctor and I am super excited to be working with you all!

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Laura Amrein

Laura Amrein

Welcome, Class of 2020!  Originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, I attended school just across the river at Boston College. I graduated with a degree in Hispanic Studies and completed my Ed.M. in Higher Education here at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I now work in the Admissions Office. Outside of work, you can usually find me curled up with a book, biking around Cambridge, or on the hunt for the best ramen in town. Despite being in the Boston area for nearly a decade, I’m still a huge fan of all things touristy - don’t hesitate to stop by for recommendations (but be prepared for me to talk you into a Duck Tour). This will be my second year as a proctor and I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to Hollis South!

Sarah Anoke

Sarah Anoke

Welcome to Harvard Yard! I moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cambridge in 2005, and have lived in and around the area ever since. Although my social class is '09 (!!), I graduated in 2011 (Mather House) with a concentration in Chemistry. I held various jobs and research assistanceships before my current occupation, doctoral student in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Outside of statistics, I spend time running, drinking tea, attending live concerts, and eating. I look forward to welcoming the new freshman class in person!

Peter Bacon

Peter Bacon

Welcome to Harvard! I am originally from Baltimore, MD, but since joining Dorm Crew in summer 2007 Harvard and Cambridge have been my second home. I graduated from the College in 2011 with a degree in history, and came back to Harvard in 2012 to first work and then study at the Harvard Kennedy School. I just finished my Master in Public Policy degree at HKS, and will be starting as the Deputy Director of Operations and Strategy for the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology. Outside of school, I love hanging out with my lovely wife Lauren, walking our wonderful puppy Rosie, trying to stay fit while watching TV at Hemenway, and drinking too much iced coffee.

David Blazar

David Blazar

I grew up in Newton, MA (just a 15-minute drive, or one hour T ride, from Cambridge). As a student at the College, I resided in Pennypacker and then Eliot House and concentrated in History and Literature. Outside of class, I spent time in the dance department, CityStep, and Let's Go. After graduating in 2006, I moved to New York City to teach high school English in Washington Heights. I have returned to Harvard to study education policy at the Graduate School of Education. I am excited to be back at Harvard and to get to know the newest freshman class!

Meaghan Borys

Meaghan Borys

Welcome Class of 2020! I graduated from Harvard in 2011, via Eliot House, the Government and WGS departments, PBHA, and various theater productions. I then moved to California to soak up the sun and earn myself a law degree. I couldn't be more excited to be back in Cambridge proctoring with my partner Sho (see below), in my old freshman dorm. Outside my life in the yard, I'm a judicial law clerk for the MA Superior Court and the oldest of five crazy siblings. You're most likely to overhear me trying to convince Sho to finally adopt a puppy. This could be the year!

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Robert Bowden

Robert Bowden

Born and raised in North Jersey, I graduated from Harvard College in 2013 (Kirkland House!) with a degree in computer science and secondary in mathematical sciences. Between college and grad school, I acted as Preceptor in Computer Science, assisting with a handful of CS courses, including CS50, CS51, and CS61. This year, I’m excited to begin my third year of the PhD program in Computer Science here at Harvard, and I'm also excited for my third year as a freshman proctor in Thayer! I look forward to meeting you all! My door is always open.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Hi everyone! I am a San Diego native who has been "just visiting" the East Coast ever since I stepped onto Harvard's campus as a freshman, (Class of 2012). I currently work as an Admissions Officer at the College, and I am also a part-time Master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I’m an avid baker and would gladly skip dinner for dessert anytime. To offset this habit, I like to stay active and have turned to competitive dodgeball/kickball/slow-pitch softball/half-marathons in my post-grad years to relive my former athletic glory days. I live with my partner, Jon Rossi, and we enjoy traveling to warm places, watching cooking shows, working out, and exploring Boston. We look forward to welcoming you to Harvard!  


Krystal Cantos

Krystal Cantos

I’m originally from Long Island, New York and graduated from Harvard in 2011. After college, I worked for the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. I missed Boston’s winters a bit too much, so I came back to work on a pediatric HIV study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and I’m sticking around to pursue my PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, singing, and most importantly, eating. I look forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming year!

Julia Cataldo

Julia Cataldo

Hello, Class of 2020! I recently graduated from Harvard College with a concentration in neurobiology. I spent my four years as an undergrad laughing with my freshman roommates, dancing with great people at the Harvard Dance Center, and being inspired by other student artists. This year, I am working at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's Hospital where I play peek-a-boo with babies and do some science. My research explores the developmental mechanisms of perception and language in the infant brain. I am a big fan of BerryLine frozen yogurt, tea, and The Office. I am so excited to meet you very soon!