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 2021!
Greetings Class of 2021! Welcome to Harvard! I am a Massachusetts native from “20 minutes outside of Boston.” In 2011, I graduated from Bates College (Lewiston, ME) where I studied economics and met my wonderful partner, Jocelyn. Since college, I earned my master’s degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and served as the Associate Director of Diversity and Community at Amherst College. Currently, I work in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office. My partner, Jocelyn, is pursuing her Ph.D. in English Literature at Boston College. We enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling. My partner and I are both from New England and love exploring the region’s hidden gems. We can’t wait to meet you!
A true Texan at heart, I left Austin in 2010 to attend Wellesley College where I studied Music with an emphasis on choral conducting. Now, I orchestrate administrative work as a project manager at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard over in my favorite Cambridge spot, Kendall Square. Outside of work, I spend most of my time outdoors with my husband and our dog, leading the women’s organization at our church, singing with the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops, and checking out the local options for dairy-free sweet treats. I love sunshine, country music and all things choir, so I’m an easy ticket sell for any of you who will be singing in groups on campus!
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 two-year-old Samoyed puppy named Daisy, who is extremely excited to meet you!
Welcome to the Harvard Family! Though I have called New Jersey, North Carolina and Colorado my home, these Boston winters prove that I am a Florida girl at heart. As am a student at the Divinity School I am deeply immersed in questions of religion, meaning, identity, and justice with a particular interest in how to grapple with these questions in non-religious educational settings. On a more personal note, I confess that I am a pun enthusiast, salsa dancer, green mint chocolate chip ice cream lover, world traveler, and quality hug giver. I am excited to join the incoming freshman class on their new adventure.
Nadia Farjood is a 3L at Harvard Law School and student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she is Communications Director. She graduated from Harvard College with a Government major and a Neurobiology minor. Most recently she worked at a law firm, splitting her summer in LA and D.C. Previously, Nadia was a Senior Manager at Political Parity, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing women’s political representation. In college, Nadia co-directed Athena, a gender empowerment and mentoring program for low-income high school students in Boston, and was active in the Phillips Brooks House Association. Passionate about politics, Nadia wrote her senior thesis on women Senators, served at the White House, and worked on Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign. She loves first-year students!
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!
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.
I'm Vanessa. 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 a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School, a chaplain intern at Hebrew Senior Life and the co-host of the podcast, Harry Potter & and the Sacred Text with fellow proctor, Casper ter Kuile. I have taught high school English and have worked at a national education nonprofit in a variety of capacities. I love movies, literature, singing along to musicals, walking, and my dog, Rory, who lives in Canaday with me.
Welcome, Class of 2021! I grew up in Methuen, Massachusetts and I graduated from Harvard in 2014. While at Harvard I concentrated in Government and earned a citation in Spanish. I was a member of the varsity basketball team, and I spent 3 months completing an internship in Lima, Peru; if you’re taking Spanish classes, please feel free to practice with me any time! After a short stint in the world of finance, I returned to Harvard and currently work as an admissions officer here at the College. I love music, reading, movies and all of Boston’s sports teams. My partner Kasey and I are thrilled to meet you all!
My name is Kasey and I am so excited to enter my first year of proctoring with my partner, Tom. I am a Southern California transplant that has mastered the arts of shoveling and layering. I graduated from Harvard in 2014 as a proud quadling and member of the softball team and am now a first-year student in the Tufts Physician Assistant Program. I enjoy sports and exploring Boston, particularly searching for the best nachos in the city (which can be found at Felipe’s in Harvard Square). We can’t wait to welcome you, Class of 2021!
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.
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 husband, 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. Me and my family are excited to meet and welcome the awesome Class of 2021!
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 grew up in Taiwan and then in Cerritos, CA (near Los Angeles). I went to UCLA for the sunshine, and graduated with a degree in neuroscience. I am continuing to study developmental neuroscience here at Harvard. 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 if you want to join! You might catch me singing as I walk down the hallway, where acoustics are excellent. The songs vary. You will meet Jean, my lovely spouse, who studied ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and in Europe. We enjoy free concerts in Boston, super creamy Greek yogurt, and baking. I treasure the times I get to spend with students, because there's something special and inspiring about first-years. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hello everyone! I grew up in Toronto, Canada, and Atlanta, Georgia, and studied Ecology at the University of Georgia, where I fell in love with birds and butterflies. I went on to obtain a European Master’s degree in Ecology, studying in France, Germany, and England. I eventually met and married my husband Dean (also a proctor) in Cambridge, where I currently work with a faith-based non-profit organization. In addition to spending time outdoors in beautiful New England, I enjoy hosting students at our cozy space in Greenough, baking French desserts, browsing home decor websites, listening for songbirds, and planning my next travel adventure. 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 to Harvard! I’m born and bred from Southeast, Washington DC, and Chesapeake, Virginia is home too. I received my bachelor’s degree in Government and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. After a gap year, I attended the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. As a social worker, I worked at the nexus of social work and urban education in St. Louis. Currently, I am a doctoral student at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. When I am not saving the education world or studying, I love watching Marvel movies, hanging out with friends and eating great food. I am excited to be a freshmen proctor and I am looking forward to living, working and having fun alongside of you!
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!
An undercover Brit 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. Welcome, Class of 2021!
Welcome freshmen!! I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and later went on to attend boarding school and undergrad (Amherst College) all 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, apple picking and the Boston Ballet. However, my one true passion is eating and I love trying the many restaurants that Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have to offer. When not I’m enjoying the wonders of New England or relishing in a culinary adventure I serve as the Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I live in Hurlbut basement with my husband, Donald, our 1 year old son, Aiken, and our adorable dog, Sasha. This is my fifth year as a proctor and I am certain that it will be the best because of all of you!
Welcome to Harvard! I am a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School where I study religion, spirituality, and storytelling. I moved here from Toronto, Ontario, but Cambridge is now home. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2012, I spent a few years working for non-profit organizations and a tech start-up. I have four brothers (one of whom is a current Harvard undergrad!) Feel free to knock on my door if you ever need a cup of tea. Looking forward to meeting you!
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!
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 third year on campus, and along with my husband, John, we welcome the Class of 2021 to Harvard and can’t wait to meet you all!
Hello, friends! I’m very excited to be joining the Harvard community as both a Proctor and student at the Graduate School of Education (studying Prevention Science and Practice). I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado think less snowy mountains and more southwestern-prairie-and-delicious-Mexican-food. I graduated in 2013 from Vassar College where I studied psychology/creative writing. Since then, I have worked in undergraduate admission at Haverford College and most recently Stanford University. A good portion of my professional experience has focused on empowering and providing access to underrepresented/resourced students – a privilege I hold close to my heart. Find me so that we can chat about anything from intersectionality to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (or, alternatively, swap local breakfast burrito tips). I hope to meet many of y’all soon!
Welcome, Class of 2021! I am excited to get to know you this year. I found my way to Harvard from London, England in 2009 and haven’t been able to leave since. As a student here, I was a proud resident of Thayer Hall and then Adams House. A Government concentrator, I spent much of my time outside the classroom involved in Model UN and Intramurals. Since graduating in 2013, I have worked as an Admissions Officer for the College, reading both domestic and international applications. Watching sports, talking politics, trivia nights, and exploring local restaurants all keep me very happy. I look forward to introducing you all to Harvard!
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 just finished my masters degree at Harvard Divinity School last spring and work as a lead CARE proctor with OSAPR here at Harvard. 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!
I am an advanced doctoral student at the School of Education, studying early literacy and teacher development. 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 spending time with my niece and nephew. So excited to be a part of the proctor 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!
Though a born and bred New Yorker, I haven’t left Cambridge since arriving as a freshman in 2010. As an undergraduate, I studied comparative literature and history, wrote for the arts section of The Crimson, and hung out with politically-minded friends at the Institute of Politics. I’m currently a PhD candidate in the English Department, where I study African diasporic literature and culture and teach courses on American literature, among other topics. In my so-called “spare time,” I play with and/or stare at my dog Trooper, who is always available for pet therapy sessions and walks – as long as you don’t mind picking up poop in the Yard. I’m also a great resource if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the coffee options in Harvard Square.
I moved to Boston eight years ago from New Orleans and haven’t left since! Although I’ve learned to like (or at least accept) the Boston seasons, I still carry with me my Nola appreciation for live music and great food. I also love being outside, and take every opportunity to hike, run, bike, or just sit in the sun next to the beautiful Charles. Since graduation from Harvard in 2013, I’ve taught fifth grade in Boston. I’m excited to be back in the Harvard community as a Masters student at HGSE, and I’m looking forward to meeting the Class of 2021! Welcome to Harvard!
Welcome to the Yard and to Mower, a most magical place! Hailing from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina (population: 1,500), I have called Harvard home for the last 11 years, and am living proof that life is a rich, meandering, non-linear adventure. Over the last decade, I earned three Master’s degrees (MTS ’08, ThM ’09, and EdM ’12), served five years as Department Administrator in the Freshman Dean’s Office, and have been a proctor for five years. In the fall of 2017, I return to the classroom as a PhD candidate studying the intersection of religion, education, and politics. In my free time, I love traveling (summer 2017 I visited Greece, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Italy!), backcountry hiking (in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington), kayaking, baking (made-from-scratch cookies, anyone?), and sampling Boston’s amazing food scene.
Welcome, Class of 2021! I grew up in Hawaii but have proudly called the East Coast home for the past 16 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, bake and explore New England with my family. We’re excited to meet you all!
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!
I'm excited to be starting my sixth 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!
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!
Welcome to Harvard – your new home! As a first-year Proctor and second-year doctoral student in the Department of the Classics, I’m excited to continue exploring Harvard and Cambridge along with you all. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, I spent four years in Philadelphia as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Classics and minored in Psychology. When I’m not studying dead languages, I enjoy frequenting Cambridge’s many ice cream stores, hosting Netflix marathons, and aggressively playing board games. I can’t wait to meet you all – we’re going to have a great year!
I’m a Southern California native but have spent the past six years on the East Coast living in North Carolina and Massachusetts. I studied Sociology and American Studies/Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and through undergrad internships quickly realized that my passion lies with student affairs and academic support. I came to Harvard for my Master’s degree in Higher Education and now work in Academic Planning with the FAS Registrar’s Office. I am always searching out new experiences, whether it be taking trapeze classes, trying local yoga studios, getting immersed in the stories of good books, or playing new board games with good company. I love all outdoor activities and always welcome a good cup of tea. I look forward to getting to know you this year!
Welcome, Class of 2021! Originally from upstate New York, I attended Syracuse University for undergrad and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education from University of Virginia. After graduation, I explored Midwest life and spent a year interning at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. Currently, I work for the Harvard athletic department as Assistant Director of Compliance. When not cheering on our Crimson, you can find me hanging around the yard with my goldendoodle Charlie, checking out new tourist spots all over Boston, or eating nachos at Felipe’s. This will be my first year as a proctor and I can’t wait to meet you all!
Welcome, Class of 2021! Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota (the best city in the world), I graduated from Harvard in 2012 with a degree in Social Studies, a citation in Russian, and an abiding love for Eliot House and Harvard life. After I got my Master’s at Cambridge University in 2013, I moved to Cuenca, Ecuador with my adventurous parents, then spent six months traveling around Europe. Now I’m thrilled to be back at Harvard getting my PhD in History. When I’m not researching or teaching Humanities 10 (a great course you should all check out!), I can be found cooking delicious vegetarian food, listening to podcasts, watching socially critical chick flicks, or fawning over other people’s dogs. I love being a part of the Harvard community, and I can’t wait to meet you all!
Welcome, Class of 2021! 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. I'm also always up to try a new gym class here at Harvard! This will be my third year as a proctor and I can’t wait to meet you all and make Straus home!
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. Since then, I have held various jobs and research assistanceships, earned my master's in Biostatistics in 2014, and my PhD in Biostatistics in 2017. Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Outside of statistics, I spend time running, drinking tea, attending live concerts, and eating desserts. 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 wife 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!
Welcome, Harvard Class of 2021! 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!
My name is Amanda and I am a lawyer working at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. 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. I live in Straus B with my husband, Gabe Cunningham, and our dog, Lucy. I love playing soccer, cooking, and going on long walks with my dog. Harvard has become my home and I am excited to share it with you all!
Welcome Class of 2021! 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!
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 fourth year of the PhD program in Computer Science here at Harvard, and I'm also excited for my fourth year as a freshman proctor in Thayer! I look forward to meeting you all! My door is always open.
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.
Welcome, Class of 2021! 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 third 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 third year as a Thayer proctor and look forward to meeting you all!
G’day! I’m from Sydney, Australia, currently completing my PhD in Education Policy at Harvard. Since graduating college I’ve been lucky to have lived and worked in some pretty cool places. Most recently I was training teachers in rural Philippines. Before shifting to teacher education, I was a high school social sciences teacher. Aside from work, I’m a reality television and film nerd, I like heated discussions about politics, and I love baked goods. Coming to Harvard has also been my first time living in the U.S.—so I’d love to hear stories about where you’re from and where I should explore next!
Welcome, Class of 2021! 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 member of the Class of 2012. I graduated from the Graduate School of Education this past year, and I currently work as an Assistant Director in the Harvard Varsity Club. In my spare time, I like participating in recreational sports and running along the Charles River, creating art for my Etsy store, and hosting friends for dinners and parties. I live with my partner, Jon Rossi, and together we enjoy traveling to warm places, watching cooking shows, and exploring Boston. We look forward to welcoming you to Harvard!
Welcome class of 2021! I’m originally from Long Island, New York and graduated from Harvard in 2011. After college, I worked at the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. I came back a year later 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, eating the delicious food my partner Frank cooks up, and playing with our pup Ryker. We look forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming year!
Originally from Kentucky, I first came to Boston in 2009 to pursue graduate studies in opera at New England Conservatory of Music after graduating with degrees in piano and voice from Miami University in Ohio. I am a professional musician, singing mostly sacred music and opera, and came to the Harvard community by way of my husband Casper. If I’m not in the practice room, then you might find me playing the organ in Busch-Reisinger, biking around town on my Dutch Gazelle, or wheel-throwing pottery. I’m excited to serve as a proctor this year and am looking forward to meeting you!
Hi, 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 as an analyst in Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research and proctor in Weld with my girlfriend, Rachel Brown. In my free time, I enjoy bocce, scuba diving, working out, and learning languages. I’m 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 second 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 five 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. This will be my fourth year as a proctor and I am super excited to be working with you all!
Welcome, Class of 2021! I am a Ed.D Candidate at the Graduate School of Education, studying Human Development and Psychology. 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!
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. I 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 share my room with my girlfriend and proud Michigander Robin Baird, who works in philanthropy at the Boston Foundation.
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 wife, Christine, and our three-year old golden retriever, Duke. We also love to be outdoors, and when not working, I’m usually fishing, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, or cycling.
I am a student at the Divinity School in the M.Div. program. I hail from the wonderful city of Atlanta, Georgia, and I’m so excited to be serving as a Proctor at Harvard. I love soul food, good music (R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel), and meeting new people from around the world. Things I like to do in Boston/Cambridge are walking the Charles River, shopping on Newberry Street, and relaxing at the beach. I also serve as a Seminarian to the Memorial Church and intern in the Office of Student Life at the College. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time since coming to Harvard and I hope the same for you once you arrive.
Welcome Class of 2021! I grew up about an hour outside of Boston, and went on to get my BA in Psychology & Education from Mount Holyoke College in 2006 and then a law degree from Suffolk University in 2011. I’ve been working here at Harvard since 2006, and I’m thrilled to be joining the proctor program this year! When I’m not at work I can be found running all over town and across the river (I completed the Boston Marathon in 2016 and I’m a sucker for the Disney Avengers half marathon), reading, or catching up on TV shows that were popular five years ago.
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.
Hello, and welcome to Harvard! I was born and raised in the Bronx and I am currently pursuing a dual-track Ph.D. in Portuguese and French here at Harvard. I did my B.A. at Beloit College and my Masters in comparative literature at Dartmouth College. Before coming to Harvard, I taught high school and middle school in Brooklyn and was a Fulbright ETA to Portugal. Away from school, I like taking long walks, playing Pokémon, reading books I want to read, hanging out with friends, playing chess, and eating fried sweet plantains. I’m very excited about being a proctor and I look forward to getting to know you.
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 hail from Montclair, New Jersey and graduated from Harvard College in 2013. During college, I concentrated in History with a language citation in Mandarin and was a member of Pforzheimer House. After college, I did a stint in the UK, first studying at the other Cambridge and then working in London. I am now in my second year of Harvard Law School and am very excited to be back in the Yard! When I’m not carrying around massive law textbooks, I enjoy running, collecting sweaters, experimenting with new recipes, playing board games, and spending time outdoors. Looking forward to meeting y’all soon!