Ever since moving from outside of Asheville, North Carolina into Canaday as a freshman in the fall of 2001, I haven't wanted to leave the Yard (though I still go back to the Tar Heel State as often as possible)! My role outside proctoring is directing the Peer Advising Fellows program in the Advising Programs Office. Evenings and weekends are filled with sports - watching or playing - board games (Settlers of Catan, anyone?), reading or catching up on the best TV shows. I travel as much as I can, including summer weekend trips to cities just to go to a baseball game at a ballpark I've never been to before. I'm looking forward to knowing the Class of 2020!
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.
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!
Originally from Canada, I graduated from Harvard College as a member of the Class of 2011. I concentrated in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering, minored in Economics, and was a member of the men’s varsity soccer team. I’m currently a member of the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory where we develop vestibular neuroprosthetics and conduct research in vestibular sensory signal processing.
When not riding my motorcycle or running along the Charles River, you can find me hanging out with my partner Tim, our son Cody, and CharlieMurphy (our adorable but neurotic cat). I love catching up with friends (usually eating delicious and sometimes adventurous food!) and trying new things - I especially enjoy rock climbing, camping and getting outdoors, and exploring different art forms. I received my PhD from the Harvard Medical School BBS program in 2014, and I am now a researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My research focus is understanding the mechanisms of how genetic mutations altering a protein complex called SWI/SNF can cause or drive cancer (in particular among very young kids). I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
I moved to the Boston area 12 years ago from sunny San Diego to study opera at the Boston Conservatory. Although I (finally) have appropriate winter wear, I haven't lost my Southern California love for sunshine. I joined the Harvard Community six years ago as a staff member in the Sociology Department. When I am not managing their faculty services, I am singing along to the many musical soundtracks on Spotify, obsessing over other people's dogs (and making plans to get my own!), listening to This American Life, and attempting to read all the books I can. I'm so excited to meet y'all!
Welcome to Harvard, Class of 2020! Though I'm originally from a farm in small-town southeast Texas, I haven't been able to leave Harvard after graduating in the class of 2012. While I was a student at the College, I lived in Pforzheimer House, studied History and Classics, and spent far too much time in various kitchens and theaters throughout campus. Now I work as an Admissions Officer for the College, so forgive me if I already know an uncomfortable amount of information about you. I'm not a stalker - just doing my job! In my free time, I watch a lot of movies and television, and cook far more than I should. I'm looking forward to sharing both baked goods and Yard life with y'all!
Hello and welcome! I am from Southern California and Nigeria. After I got my bachelor’s in International Studies/Economics at UC San Diego and prior to coming to Harvard, I worked at a middle school in New York City. I am a PhD student in the Government department who is interested in development (in its many forms), multilingualism, multicultural identities and the African diaspora. Outside of academia and development work, I enjoy singing with Kuumba, biking, practicing yoga, hiking, connecting with dope people, reading novels and watching 90s shows (and shows from this century). There are many other things that I care about, but you’ll just have to get to know me to find out. Looking forward to meeting you all!
I first came to Cambridge in 2008 from Columbus, Ohio, and immediately fell in love with Harvard. During my time at the College, I competed on the varsity wrestling team and graduated with a degree in Romance Languages and Literature in 2012. I spent the next two years in Denver, Colorado, working as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher through Teach for America. I returned to Harvard in 2014 to get a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Now, I work in communications and marketing for the Advanced Leadership Initiative at the University. In my free time, I love hanging out with my wife, Lauren, doing jiu-jitsu and all things outdoors: rock climbing, camping, hiking, and fishing. I’m so excited to get to meet you and help you make the most of your amazing experience at Harvard!
I grew up in Columbus, OH and went to college at Brandeis University, where I majored in English and Environmental Studies. I taught Social Studies and Writing to middle-schoolers for four years out in Denver, CO, and have returned to Boston for a Master's degree in literacy coaching. I live with my husband, Bryan, and I love to bake, do yoga, rock climb, and read good books. I'm excited to meet all of you and support you through this first year of college!
I grew up in Bakersfield, California (land of delicious Basque food, miles of agriculture, and country greats like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens). After a fun and eventful childhood in the Central Valley, I moved to Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a degree in communication studies and political science. My journey to Harvard began after I applied on a whim (the deadline was extended). I accepted and enrolled at Harvard Divinity School to pursue a Master's of Theological Studies (MTS). After meeting my life partner, great friends, and falling in love with New England seasons, I am continuing my studies here as a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion. I am an aspiring chef, music aficionado and former Limbo champion that is looking forward to welcoming and meeting the awesome Class of 2020!
I studied Computer Science and Bioinformatics at Brigham Young University, and after my graduation in 2009, spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying and doing research. While in Germany, I went on an epic roadtrip from Berlin to Venice on which I set a new personal land speed record on the Autobahn. It was good that I got that out of my system, because my driving speeds have been somewhat restricted ever since coming to Boston three years ago to study medical engineering in the Health Sciences and Technology PhD program at MIT and Harvard. I currently study epigenetics, specifically in development and tumorigenesis.
Welcome, Class of 2020! I am originally from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, and first moved into Harvard Yard as a freshman in 1997. After graduating from the College in 2001, I spent five years teaching/studying Mandarin in China (so if you’re taking Chinese this year, please come and practice with me – I’m getting a little rusty!). I completed my Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, in Education Policy and Management, and have spent the past eight years working as an Admissions Officer for the College. When I’m not reading applications, I am usually hanging out with my husband (Dave), our hilarious little boys (Sam & Lincoln), and our miniature labradoodle (Mei Mei)!
I am now entering my eleventh year as the Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country here at Harvard. Originally from the suburbs of New York City, I went to school and met my wife, Laura Colarusso, at Columbia where we were both student-athletes. She was captain of the tennis team, and I was a middle distance runner on the track team. We both enjoy exercising, great restaurants, and traveling. Combining all three is the ideal vacation. She is on the editorial board at the Boston Globe. Our daughter, Olivia (3yrs), was born on December 25th and is easily the best holiday gift ever and our son, Owen, was born in August of last year. We are all excited to meet you!
Hello. My name is Leanne Gaffney. I work at the Harvard Alumni Association. After attending Harvard College, I worked at the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) at Harvard College and the Crimson Summer Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, trying out J.P. Licks’ Flavors of the Month, and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting you!
I spent my early years in Taiwan, after which I moved to Los Angeles. I studied neuroscience at UCLA with a focus on sensory neurons. I enjoyed neuroscience so much that I enrolled in Harvard's neuroscience doctoral program three falls ago. Here, I am studying the development of the neocortex. I love to run (jogs along the Charles, adventures into Boston, road races) in the mornings and am always looking for new running buddies, so bring your running shoes and we might just go on a run together! You will definitely also catch me singing, to nobody in particular, often times loudly. The music varies. You will meet Jean, my lovely spouse, who studied ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and in Europe, and now works at Boston University. We enjoy concerts in Boston, home-made Greek yogurt, and French pastries. Finally, I treasure the times I get to spend with students in Annenberg and in my entryway; there's something special and inspiring about first-years. I look forward to meeting you all!
Welcome to the community, y’all! I was born and raised in the rural South and earned my B.A. at the University of Virginia. After college, I moved to Jamaica Plain for an educational fellowship and then came to Cambridge to earn my Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology here at Harvard. I am currently an Assistant Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School, volunteer for a few youth organizations in the area, and have also worked as a Teaching Fellow for the Government Department. Although I miss the warmth, good (read: spicy, greasy, fried) food, and pace of life down South, Cambridge is an awesome place to be. Looking forward to having y’all join the community here!
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!
Hello! I grew up in the small town of Bedford, MA and completed my undergrad at MIT, so needless to say, I love the Cambridge and Boston area! Currently, I am a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences working on my PhD in atomic physics. Apart from physics and physics outreach, I love ice skating (especially on Boston Common!), playing volleyball, sailing on the Charles river, ballroom dance, and shopping. Arts and crafts are also a hobby of mine, especially those on the quirkier side such as watermelon carving or mathematical sculptures. I'm absolutely thrilled to be a freshmen proctor and cannot wait to meet you!
Hello and welcome to Harvard! I’m a born and bred New Englander, having grown up in southeastern Connecticut and completed my bachelors in Religion and International Relations at Boston University. After graduating, I spent two years teaching secondary English in Eastern Ukraine with the Peace Corps and learned that I love working with students (as well as eating homemade Ukrainian pickles). I then returned to Boston, worked briefly in the startup scene, and am now a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School studying religion and education. In my free time I love riding my bike around Boston, chatting about Soviet history, traveling to places near and far, and playing overly complicated board games.
I'm excited to be starting my fifth year as a proctor! I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, having come to Harvard as a freshman (and not having left since). As an undergrad, I lived in (and loved) Pforzheimer House and studied biochemistry. After graduating in 2008, I immediately took a job at the Harvard Office for Sustainability, working to reduce the environmental impact of our campus. Since then, I’ve received my Master's degree at the Graduate School of Education and am exploring the role of higher education in society while continuing my job. When not working, proctoring, or studying, I also serve as a trustee of the Boston Awesome Foundation. I love being a part of the Harvard community and learning about people's diverse interests, so I can't wait to hear about yours!
Hi! Welcome to the best entryway in the Yard! I'm a doctoral student (A.B.D.) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where I study medieval Arabic-language intellectual history. Beyond my time in academia, I've worked at a quantitative hedge fund, run a community art gallery, changed oil and rotated tires, and joyfully tortured students as a high school math teacher. I also have a degree in visual arts, and like to build moderately useful things out of wood. My wife Monica serves as a proctor alongside me, and we are very much looking forward to getting to know all of you! Also, we have two dogs (P.Nutt the Old English Bulldog and JoJo the Crazed Husky mix), and they are happy to provide free pet therapy in exchange for being allowed to lick your face.
I grew up in a small farm town in northern Indiana. I received my BS in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Southern Indiana and my Master's in City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. After grad school, I initially moved to Boston to work for the MBTA, and I am now the Executive Director of a transportation & urban design company, as well as sitting on the Boards of both MassDOT and the MBTA. My wife Lispeth is also a proctor, and along with our two dogs, we call Holworthy West (HoWe) home. I spend most of my free time designing & collecting toys, making maps, and binge watching shows about game wardens.
Welcome freshmen!! I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and later went on to attend boarding school and undergrad in MA; I'm pretty much a Massachusetts girl through and through. As a result, I'm a fan of all things New England, namely the beach, the Museum of Fine Arts, Nantucket, apple picking, fishing, running along the Charles, hiking in VT, and the Boston Ballet. When not enjoying the wonders of New England I serve as the Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I live in Hurlbut with my husband, Donald, our new son Aiken, and our adorable dog, Sasha. This is my fourth year as a proctor and I am certain that it will be the best because of all of you!
Welcome, class of 2020! I’m looking forward to meeting you all. My name’s Avi and I grew up right here in the Boston area. For those of you coming from elsewhere, Boston is an amazing city with tons to offer. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis (where I studied anthropology), I moved back to Boston. I am about to begin the second year of my medical degree at HMS. I got married about a year ago and my wife, Hallie, and I love taking advantage of all that Boston and New England have to offer: deep history, beautiful outdoors, cool places to see, mild winters, great food, and far more. We enjoy being outdoors, excursions to Walden Pond, time with friends, cooking, potluck dinners, the BSO, gardening, good coffee, and weekends down the Cape. Hallie graduated from WashU as well and now works as the youth programming coordinator at the Cambridge Public Health Department and part-time at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Hallie and I are both thrilled to be a part of the new student community. If ever you need anything, or just feel like hanging out, please never hesitate to reach out to us! Can’t wait to meet you all!
I am excited to start my second year in Hurlbut and first year as an official Proctor! I have been living in Cambridge for the past two years with my husband and fellow proctor, Avi. I work in cardiology research at Brigham and Women's Hospital and volunteer as a Reiki Practitioner in the evenings. I love being outdoors, cooking, and crafting. I can't wait to meet you all!
Welcome to Lionel B! My name is Alison Chapman, and I am a PhD candidate in the English Department here are Harvard! I live with my partner James (a PhD candidate in the Government department) and our large and friendly dog Stella (whose concentration is still “undeclared”). I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. Most of my time is devoted to proctoring, teaching, and working on my dissertation, but I also love baking and going on long walks with my dog. I can’t wait to meet you, and introduce you to the best dorm in Harvard Yard!
Welcome, Class of 2020! My wife Celeste and I have lived here in Boston for the past ten years, but there will always be a place in our hearts for the South, where we both grew up. I'm a sixth-year Ph.D. student studying the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and Celeste currently works as a physical therapist at the Franciscan Hospital for Children. This will be our sixth year proctoring, and we're super excited to see you all in the fall!
I am originally from Florida and moved to Boston to earn my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University. I am now a pediatric physical therapist and a mother, and I love both of my jobs! Our family has lived in Harvard Yard for over five years now. We absolutely love living in the Yard and are happy to call it home. I am passionate about jogging, board games, frozen yogurt, and running around outside with our children. I look forward to meeting the Class of 2020! Welcome to your new home!
Hello all! I am originally from Dallas, Texas and have been living in the northeast for about 9 years now. After graduating from Haverford College in 2011, I stayed in Philly to work in Admissions at Haverford and at local arts non-profit. I love craft oriented things, especially making cards and chalkboards for my friends. I play music and sing for fun and I love having art (music/drawing/painting/anything) nights with my friends. I am currently an MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School where I am interested in a broad range of topics including college chaplaincy, ethnic studies, constructionism (learning through making) and relationship ethics. I also lead mindfulness meditation sits for the Harvard Wellness Center. I am excited to meet y’all!
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.
Welcome to Harvard! I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and studied engineering at Harvard as an undergraduate. As a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, I currently have the world’s best day job. I get paid to build robotic legs and design neural controllers for both animal and human patients! If you get a chance, ask me about my goats. After my freshman year of college, I spent two years in Brazil, and am now fluent in Portuguese. My wife Kendall and I were married in 2013. Kendall studied music at Wellesley, focusing in choral conducting, and is an avid pianist. Together we enjoy discovering new restaurants, sailing, hiking, and playing board games. We share our home with a one-year-old Samoyed puppy named Daisy, who is extremely excited to meet you!
Welcome freshmen! I am excited to share my passions and many fun times with you. I started my undergrad a year early at Simon's Rock, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts. Shortly after receiving my BA in mathematical economics and political studies, I began working at the Center for Education Policy Research at the Ed school. I love to code and create cool visualizations of data. Ask me for programming help in Stata or R! A consummate "lifelong learner," I started competitive swimming recently and believe it's never too late to start new hobbies. You'll find me at the pool every morning. My idea of a good time is a Lord of the Rings marathon with my husband Peter Bacon.
I am a doctoral student at the School of Education, studying early literacy. I am originally from Newton, MA, and went to Brown University, where I studied Spanish and urban studies. After college I taught for three years in Washington, DC at a bilingual elementary school. Outside of teaching, I enjoy traveling, reading, and doing yoga. So excited to be a part of the proctor community!
I am really excited to be in my third year of proctoring in Matthews! I am currently an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and pursuing my PhD in the HST Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program. My PhD research at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine (MGH) focuses on developing a novel microscopic image guidance platform for treating early cancers in the GI tract. Actually, I previously served as head resident advisor at Vanderbilt Hall (the dorm for HMS students), where I had the opportunity to lead a dedicated team of RAs in planning many fun events for our residents (including a vibrant group of first-year medical students). I look forward to welcoming you and building a great community!
I came to Harvard many moons ago as an MBA student and never really left. Currently, I'm doing doctoral work in New Testament/Early Christianity. Prior to settling on academia, I was a management consultant. I also did a stint as director of research and evaluation at a non-profit in the education sector. Before all that, I studied engineering at Dartmouth - undergrad and grad. My obvious love of learning is then perhaps surpassed only by my love of teaching and I've taught at the K-12 level and in adult and executive education programs. My free time is spent dispensing both solicited and unsolicited advice, comtemplating the deeper social symbolism of the Marvel universe, perfecting my near-perfect yoga practice (j/k!), and hanging out with musicians and other creative types. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Welcome class of 2020! I'm a Boston native who completed his undergrad in philosophy here in 2010. After a brief stint on the West coast I came back to pursue a degree in OEB. My research looks at patterns of genetic data to infer natural selection in human populations. I'm always up for chatting about biology, philosophy, religion, science policy, and beyond, so say hello! I'm also one of the BGLTQ specialty proctors and am here to talk about gender and sexuality on campus. I look forward to meeting you!
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.
Welcome, Class of 2020! I grew up in Hawaii but have proudly called the East Coast home for the past 14 years. I graduated from the College in 2005 and have since worn a number of hats in education, a field I love to talk about! I’m currently an admissions officer for the College and am so inspired by all of you. When I’m not reading applications, I love to dance hula, read mystery novels, and explore New England with my family - my husband, Ben ’04, our son, Rex, and our Scottish terrier, Nori. Please stop by for chocolatey baked goods, Hawaiian music, Champions League talk, puppy time, or anything else – we’re excited to meet you all!
Greetings, Class of 2020! I’m originally from the Great White North (Winnipeg, MB, Canada), where I completed my undergraduate studies in biochemistry/biology and MSc in molecular evolution. I arrived at Harvard in 2013 to pursue my PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB which is also known as IB for undergrads). This is my third year as a proctor in Pennypacker, and my wife (Jenny Trenchard) and I are excited to meet you all and help you get to know this wonderful university, dorm, and city! I have diverse interests ranging from theatre to sciences, video games to movies and TV, Frisbee, cycling and a wide range of music and tabletop games. Stop by and say hi! As an aspiring professor, I truly value the opportunity to grow as a mentor and adviser. Congrats and good luck in your freshman year!
Welcome to Harvard, Class of 2020! I graduated from Brown University in 2014, where I did lion dance, learned how not to stress about grades, and studied a variety of subjects before settling on math. I am currently at the law school, after which I am hoping to pursue a career in human rights and criminal justice. I have many hobbies, including cooking, baking, making crafts, playing piano, and any outdoor activities!
Dear Class of 2020, welcome to Harvard! I came to Cambridge in 2007 by way of upstate New York, and have remained in the Boston area since. I graduated from Harvard College in 2010, from the Graduate School of Education in 2016, and now work as Assistant Director of the Harvard Varsity Club. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing sports, going to concerts, watching movies, and eating ice cream. I also love to be outdoors. I'm looking forward to meeting many of you and helping in any way I can!
I'm a Philadelphia native who's been putting down roots in Boston/Cambridge since arriving as an undergrad (class of '07). I spent my undergraduate years studying government, learning languages, and playing squash. I returned to Harvard a few years later to study religion for a Master's degree at the Divinity School. These days, I work for Harvard Summer School where I manage the tutor program and the activities office. This will be my sixth year as a proctor. I’m looking forward to playing intramural sports, hosting creative study breaks, sharing my collection of graphic novels, and having the opportunity to learn from all of you. Welcome to Harvard, Class of 2020!
I moved to Cambridge from Canada in August, 2014 after getting married in July of the same year. In Canada I received a BA in Theatre Education from the University of Winnipeg and I worked as a teacher for a variety of ages and subjects. Currently I am a House Manager at Improv Boston in Central Square and the Director of Arts Initiatives in the Freshman Dean's Office. My interests include music, movies, puzzles, and our cat Data, who lives with Phil and me in Pennypacker.
An undercover Brit and former rugby player from Oxford, England, I graduated from the University of Bath in 2011 with a concentration in psychology. I spent my junior year of college working in a cognitive neuroscience lab in Harvard’s Psychology Department, and immediately fell in love with the place. After graduating, I returned to Harvard, and have been here ever since. I now work in the Alumni Relations and Resource Development office at the Harvard Kennedy School. In my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, and all things outdoors: rock climbing, camping, hiking, running and biking. I am excited to meet you all and help you make the most of your first year. Importantly, if any of you want to join me at 7:00 AM to run the steps of Harvard Stadium, let me know. Welcome, Class of 2020!
Welcome, Harvard Class of 2020! Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I relocated to Boston to get my undergraduate degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. I loved the area so much that I decided to move just a short way up the river to pursue a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science. I am also a volunteer coach for Harvard’s track and field team (and still enjoy getting to pole vault a bit myself). I’m looking forward to a wonderful year getting to know you all!
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!
Hello all, and welcome to Harvard! I graduated as a member of Harvard College's Class of 2013.5 with a concentration in Social Studies. After graduation I moved to Detroit to work in venture capital and entrepreneurship as a Venture for America Fellow. Now I'm back at Harvard as a student at Harvard Business School. I am originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, played rugby on the Harvard Rugby team, and met my fiancée Amanda in Stoughton as a freshman. I will be living in Straus with Amanda and our sweet, sweet dog Lucy. Looking forward to meeting you all!
My name is Amanda and I am a law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016 and Harvard College in 2013. In law school, I represented victims of domestic violence in domestic disputes with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, advocated for Boston residents in public housing hearings through the Tenant Advocacy Project, served as a line editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and interned at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
Before law school, I interned at the American Civil Liberties Union and Teach For America. In college, I worked as a rape crisis counselor with Response Peer Counseling, mentored with the Athena Program, and played soccer. Because of Response and the Athena Program, I teach workshops on domestic violence, relationship abuse, and healthy relationships. I live in Straus B with my fiancé and puppy, and love playing soccer and cooking. Harvard has become my home and I am excited to share it with you all!
Welcome to the Yard, class of 2020! I recently completed my PhD in Harvard’s English Department, and I’m currently working as the Head TF for Humanities 10a-b (a course you should definitely check out!) As an undergraduate at Duke University, I studied Art History and modern dance in addition to English, and after graduation I worked in consulting in Washington, D.C. My favorite things are novels, yoga, and food (preferably enjoyed with friends). I can't wait to meet you and learn about all of your passions, interests, and quirks!
I'm Vanessa, a proud Valley Girl/Los Angelean. I graduated with my BA in English and Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and my MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and my MDiv from Harvard. In the past 15 years I have lived in six states. I am currently the Assistant Humanist Chaplain here at Harvard. I have taught high school English and have worked at a national education nonprofit in a variety of capacities. I love movies, literature (I am working on a book about Jane Eyre), singing along to musicals, riding public transit (while listening to musicals), and my dog, Rory, who lives in Straus with me. When I play two truths and a lie my two truths are that I have my black belt and my father was born in Transylvania. I always struggle with the lie.
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!
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.
Welcome, Class of 2020! Hailing from Maryland, I graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies. After college, I moved to New York City, where I worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and volunteered with Apex for Youth and New York Cares. I'm currently in my second year of the JD/MBA program at Harvard and love traveling, going on adventures, being active, curling up with a good book, and watching trashy TV. I'm so excited for my second year as a Thayer proctor and look forward to meeting you all!
Nadia Farjood, a 2L at Harvard Law School, graduated from Harvard College with a major in Government and a minor in Neurobiology. Most recently she worked at Political Parity, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing women’s public service leadership. As an undergraduate, she co-directed Athena, a gender empowerment and mentoring program for low-income high school students in Boston, run through the Phillips Brooks House Association. Passionate about politics, Nadia wrote her senior thesis on women Senators’ paths to office, served at the White House, and worked on Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign. Nadia serves on the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action and on the Advisory Councils of Running Start, Beantown Society, and Legal Momentum. She loves first-year students, Shonda Rhimes, and social justice.
Welcome, Class of 2020! I am a proud Massachusetts native (from the south coast of the state) and currently in my third year at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. I am pursuing master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning. Before coming to Harvard, I graduated from Swarthmore College where I studied art history and public policy. In my free time, I enjoy reading the news, exploring new neighborhoods, checking out art galleries, and cheering on Boston sports teams. I look forward to meeting you all!
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!
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!
I’m originally from Chalmette, Louisiana and graduated from Harvard College in 2011, where I concentrated in sociology and government. After college, I lived in DC and New York, where my work focused on youth civic engagement. I’m currently pursuing my PhD at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and am enjoying my return to Cambridge. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, searching for good live music, and improving my Cajun and Creole cuisine. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Hey, everybody! My name is Jon and I’m from Woodstock, Vermont. I studied math and rowed on the crew team at Wesleyan University, and continued training and competing as a lightweight rower for a couple of years after graduation. I currently work in our Financial Aid Office and proctor in Weld with my girlfriend, Rachel Brown. In my free time, I enjoy bocce, scuba diving, working out, and learning languages. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Hello and welcome! I’m Casper and have called Cambridge home since 2012 when I started my Public Policy and Divinity graduate studies at Harvard. I’m now a Ministry Innovation Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School and co-host a podcast with my fellow Proctor Vanessa Zoltan called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text! I grew up in the UK with Dutch parents, but have grown to be a big Kentucky Wildcats fan because my husband Sean is from the Bluegrass State. I studied History and Sociology at the University of Warwick in England as an undergrad and worked as a social justice campaigner in London.
I’m so excited to start my first year as a freshman proctor at Harvard. I graduated from Harvard last year, as a member of the class of 2016, with a degree in Neurobiology on the Mind/Brain/Behavior track and a secondary in Chemistry. I also played four years as a varsity athlete on the Harvard women’s basketball (therefore, ball=life). I absolutely love watching sports, working out, and hanging out with my friends and family in my free time. Outside of the yard, I work as a research assistant in the neuro-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and find myself, occasionally, ballin’ out in Lavietes with old teammates! I can’t wait to meet you all!
I am originally from Panorama City, California, and beyond my career and educational goals you should know that I am a proud Salvadoran, I love to run and I love to eat sushi. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I worked as a college advisor for the KIPP Through College program that served high school students in East and South Los Angeles. I came to Cambridge to pursue research on college access and retention through my Masters program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I currently work as an Advising Programs Administrator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and support prospective SEAS concentrators through various advising events as early as Visitas, to the final advising fair prior to Sophomore declaration day.
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!
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!
Welcome, Class of 2020! I am a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education, studying Human Development and Psychology. I am a Chinese-English bilingual and my research is about how children learn their mother tongues and how to help adults learn second/foreign languages efficiently. Outside of academics, the three things I love most are traveling, traveling, and traveling, especially exploring the history, culture, and people's lives of a foreign country. I also enjoy movies, musicals, and almost all kinds of performing arts. Looking forward to meeting all of you!
Originally from New Jersey, I have been living in Boston for ten years on and off (first for college, then grad school, and now work and proctoring). As an undergrad at Boston College, I studied English and history, and during my masters at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I studied higher education, with a focus on alumni engagement. I currently work in Harvard Alumni Affairs & Development for Alumni & Development Services, where I focus on data acquisition, integrity, and strategy. When not working or proctoring, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Christine, and our two-year old golden retriever, Duke. We also love to be outdoors, and when not working, I’m usually fishing, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, or cycling.
Hello and welcome! A desert child at heart, at 18 I left my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico for the rural Midwest to attend school at Grinnell College in Iowa. After spending four years running around cornfields with the cross country team and admiring the prairie sky I traveled to a small village in Nepal to work as an English teacher with preschool to seventh graders for a year. Upon returning to the States I couldn't resist the familiar pull of the Midwest and made Chicago my home. I am now studying at Harvard Divinity School, about to begin my final year. I love to be outside and hope to continue exploring the beauty of the Northeast this year. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing your stories!
Welcome to Harvard, freshmen! I am originally from Albany, NY and majored in biology and psychology at Williams College, MA. After doing a brief but enjoyable stint at UCLA’s psychology department, Massachusetts called me back to complete a PhD in Social Psychology here. I’m a second year, so I’m still learning what Harvard is all about, but I’m happy with what I’ve seen thus far! When I’m not researching dominance hierarchies and race, I fill my time cooking, taking pictures, and watching animé. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
Welcome to Harvard! I grew up in Southern California, and studied Art History and English at the University of California, Berkeley, before heading east for a Masters of Theological Studies with a focus on religion, art and visual culture at Harvard Divinity School. For the past five years, I’ve worked at the Harvard Art Museums where I serve as the Manager of Student Engagement Programs. When I’m not at the museum, you can find me spending time with my wonderful husband Darrick, enjoying dinner and movies with friends, watching cooking shows, practicing yoga, exploring Boston, visiting new museums, and planning our next travel adventure. Darrick and I love being a part of the Harvard community, and we can’t wait to meet you.
Hailing from the great state of New Jersey (said with pride), I graduated from Boston College in 2008 and have lived in the Boston area since. Interestingly enough, I’m told I still say “water” weird and have yet to adopt the term “wicked” into everyday conversation. I am an Assistant Athletic Director within Harvard’s Athletic Department and spend much of my time helping to coordinate sporting events both across the river and at the MAC for Harvard’s varsity, club, intramural, and recreational programs. This will be my second year on campus, and along with my husband, John, and our Bernese Mountain Dog, Winston, we welcome the Class of 2020 to Harvard and can’t wait to meet you all!
Hello and congratulations on joining the Harvard community! Originally, I am from Springdale, Arkansas and completed my undergrad at Brown University where I concentrated in Public Policy & American Institutions with an emphasis in economic policy, social policy, and management. My affiliation with Harvard is through the Divinity School where I am completing a Master of Divinity degree focusing on Christian theology and scriptural interpretation. In my free time, I love playing board games, indulging my movie obsession, and in the fall being a crazy professional and SEC college football fan. I’m excited to get to know your class and learn about your independent desires for your Harvard experience and life in general.
I am a born and bred Massachusettsian, with all the sensitivity and driving expertise that the term implies. I studied history at Tufts; moments after graduation, I realized that I wanted to be a psychiatrist and completed my pre-med requirements at the Science Center. I spent the rest of the millennium studying medicine at UVM. If you would like to discuss physical fitness, politics, history, religion, philosophy, the NFL, or pretty much anything else ... my door is open.