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Get to know the Residential Staff!

This page shows our staff from Summer 2023. We look forward to updating this page with our incredible Summer 2024 staff shortly before the beginning of Session A!

Learn about the incredible people we have hired as summer staff! Our staff live with you in the residential colleges and are there to support you. We are all eager to welcome you to Yale!

Residential Assistants

Yasmeen Abed

Hi all! I’m Yasmeen Abed (she/her) and I just graduated from Yale as a Political Science and Modern Middle Eastern Studies double major. I’m originally from Sacramento, California. During the summer you can find me reading on Cross Campus, reminiscing, and working up a sweat at hot yoga.

Yussif Basa-Ama

Hi. My name is Yussif. I’m a rising senior in Ben Frank. I live in Coconut Creek, Florida. I like good food, even better music and great company.

Lauren Chong

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren (she/her pronouns), and I am originally from Southern California. I am a rising senior in Silliman/Morse College and double majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Classical Civilization. This is my third summer in New Haven, my third year with YSS, and my second year on the YSS summer team! I am so excited to be a member of the RA team this summer!

Jane Fan

Jane graduated in 2023 with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics and was in Silliman College. Starting in August, she’ll be a 2nd-year MPH student in the Biostatistics department at the Yale School of Public Health. In her free time, she loves taking long walks, going on ice cream runs (to Arethusa), and frequenting coffee shops (her go-to order is an iced oat latte!). She’s looking forward to being an RA this summer and meeting everyone!

Argyris Giannisis Manes

Hi all! My name is Argy, I'm a rising Senior in Trumbull from Greece majoring in Mathematics & Physics. Over the summer, you can find me playing the piano in the common room, working out in the gym, and playing spikeball!

Lizbeth Lozano

Hi everyone! I’m Lizbeth Lozano (she/her), and I’m a rising junior in Pauli Murray from Smyrna, TN, majoring in Statistics & Data Science as an Education Studies scholar. This summer, I’m looking forward to running psychology experiments in museums, playing board games, and going on hikes around New Haven. Super excited to meet everyone!

Kat Moon

Hi all! Welcome to Yale Summer Session!! My name is Kat, and I’m a rising senior at Yale college, majoring in the two longest names possible—Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. I’ll be a residential assistant this summer, so feel free to say hi if you see me in the office—I may or may not have popsicles for you!

Mofeed Nagib

Hi everyone! My name is Mofeed (he/him/his). I am a rising senior in Timothy Dwight College from Baltimore, MD studying Computer Science. You can find me in the gym, watching movies, and hanging out in the buttery.

Cindy Nguyen

Hello everyone! I'm Cindy Nguyen (she/her) and I am from Worcester, Massachusetts. I am a rising junior in Davenport College majoring in MCDB. In the summer, I will be a YSS RA, working in an environmental health lab at the Yale School of Public Health, and volunteering at YNHH! Besides people watching on cross campus, you can also find me crocheting a new summer top, riding my bike, trying to get back into reading, or curating yet another Spotify playlist. Cheers!

Chidimma Nzekwe

My name is Chidimma Nzekwe and I am a first year in Silliman College majoring in neuroscience on the pre-med track. After graduating, I plan to attend med - school before becoming a physician. In my free time I love reading, running, and listening to music. I love to cook and experiment with learning how to make new dishes. I’m super excited to be an RA this summer!

Jennifer Okolo

Hey everyone! I'm Jennifer Okolo (she/her) and I am a rising senior in Trumbull College majoring in Cognitive Science and Global Health. I'm originally from Dallas, TX and am super excited to be an RA this summer! Over the summer, you can find me biking around New Haven, volunteering at the HAVEN Free Clinic, trying new restaurants, and taking a YSS course in session B!

McKenna Picton

Hi there! My name’s McKenna (she/her), and I’m a rising senior studying neuroscience. I call Tucson, AZ, home home, but I guess Pauli Murray is my Yale home, and Berkeley South is my YSS home. Ya know? If I’m not in one of these homes, that probably means I’m at my other homes: Payne Whitney Gym, Cross Campus (come run and spikeball it up with me!!), Yale med school, or Sterling Library … fifth floor, third stall on the right. Welcome home!

Christelle Thieba

Hello! My name is Christelle (she/her), I'm from Brooklyn, NY and I just graduated with a B.S. in MCDB and a language certificate in Italian. This summer I'll be conducting research in the Medical Oncology department at the Yale School of Medicine but you can also catch me at Payne Whitney Gym, taking walks on science hill, or watching movies in empty classrooms.

Osaru Uwa-Omede

Hi I’m Osaru (she/her)! I’m from Queens, NYC and I’m Nigerian-American. I’m a rising sophomore in Davenport and I’m majoring in neuroscience. I love listening to music so follow the music and I’m sure you’ll see me there. I’m a self-proclaimed foodie so if you know any good food spots, or want to try one, let me know. I’ll be working at a research lab in downtown this summer so if you see me hustling over there (I’m often seen running around) please say hi!

Peter van Vlaanderen

Hi everyone! My name is Peter and I am a rising senior studying physics. I’m a big fan of skiing and playing my bass. Fun fact: I live on a goat farm, so fellow farmers come my way! I’m excited to meet and hang out with y’all this summer.

Sonam Wangchuk

Hey everyone! My name is Sonam Tenzin (he/him), and I'm a rising sophomore from Pauli Murray! I was born and raised in Bhutan, and I'm currently pursuing a joint major in computer science and psychology, while also hopefully acquiring a data science and statistics certificate. I'm really excited to spend my summer in the beautiful city of New Haven, where you'll probably find me preparing for some debate tournament, duolingo-ing some Vietnamese, or playing some pokémon while sunbathing. Genuinely looking forward to crushing this summer with you all!

Residential Directors

Kara Amar

Hey party people, I’m Kara (she/her)! I’m a recent graduate (Pauli Murray) double majoring in MCDB on the neurobiology track and E&EB on the organismal biology track. I’ve had the pleasure of calling New Haven and Yale my home for my whole life, and this summer, I’ll be an RD. Hit me up if you wanna know anything about the area, talk all things procedurals (trust me, I’ve seen them all), or hear me drone on endlessly about theater lighting!

Crystal Cheung

Linda He

I am Linda He, I graduated from Davenport College in 2023 with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology. I was a Residential Counselor for YSS in the summer of 2022 and am excited to be working as a Residential Director this summer. I am also the Coordinator of the Outings Committee and our team plans local outings to farmers markets, beach trips, hikes, salsa nights, for students to explore the city of New Haven.

Michael Min

Hi everyone! My name’s Michael Min (he/him)! I’m a very recent grad (go class of 2023!) from Boise, Idaho, with my B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, where I focused on the intersections of queerness, religion, and East Asian identity formation. I’ll be serving as one of your Residential Directors this summer, so you’ll see me all over, but predominantly in the summer college office! You’ll find me wherever it’s most cool—avoiding the New Haven summer heat is my passion. I’m so excited to meet all of you!

YSS Counselors

Olivia Ang-Olson

Hi! I’m Olivia (she/her). I’m a rising senior in TD from Sacramento, California, majoring in political science with a concentration in health policy and an incoming 5-year BA-BS/MPH student at the Yale School of Public Health. Aside from taking classes and working in an epigenetics lab this summer, I am looking forward to pickle ball games (please play with me!), watercolor painting, lots and lots of ice cream. Can’t wait to meet everyone this summer!

Iffat Aniqa

Hi everyone!!! I'm Iffat (she/her) and I'm a rising junior in Franklin. I'm majoring in computer science and am from Paterson, NJ. This summer I'll be taking a few YSS classes; outside of that, you'll most likely find me napping, painting, reading in the courtyards, or listening to the new boygenius album on repeat. Super excited to be spending the summer with all of you!

Dylan Bober

Hey! I’m Dylan Bober, a rising sophomore in Davenport College. I’m a CS+Econ major from Hollywood, Florida. This summer, I’ll be working to use data science for public policy. I’m looking forward to doing some nonfiction reading and hiking up East Rock this summer.

Matthew Bray

Heya! My name is Matthew (he/him), I’m a rising senior in Pierson College. I’m originally from Birmingham, AL, and I’m majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Health & Society. This summer, expect to see me working on my senior thesis in the Berkeley buttery, taking pictures of courtyard squirrels, or reading one of the many books on my to-read list! Apart from YSS, I’ll be working as a research assistant on machine learning ethics & AI policy futures. I’m always down to chat about my thesis research on activist harm reduction initiatives, the best spots for vegetarian food around New Haven, or anything public health related. I’m super excited to work with y’all as a Residential Counselor this summer!

Diane Documet

Hi! I'm Diane Documet, a rising Senior at Pierson College. I am from Miami, FL, studying Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. My hobbies include kayaking and crocheting! I look forward to working at Yale Summer Session this Summer!

Hasfa Fazl

Hello everyone! My name is Hasfa Fazl and I'm a rising junior in Silliman. I'm from Branford, CT (a whopping 10 minutes away!) and I'm majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Over this summer, you can find me on boba runs, watching Kdramas, studying bones, and taking care of my plants.

Melody Gebremedhin

Hello! My name is Melody Gebremedhin (she/her), and I’m from Grand Island, NY. I’m a rising senior in say what? Saybrook majoring in chemistry, and I work in Herzon Lab. I brought various instruments to campus — piano, viola, recorder, harmonica — so if you live in Hopper C, I apologize in advance. And I’ll be an RC this summer; see you around!

Sam Goodcase

Hi everyone! My name is Sam Goodcase (she/hers) and I am a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience! I am from Camarillo, California where I loved to go to the beach, go on hikes and watch beautiful sunsets! I also am a huge fan of great food and New Haven has a lot of it, so if you are ever in need of a recommendation, just let me know.

Jaspreet Kandola

Hello! I’m Jaspreet Kandola (she/her), and I’m a rising junior in JE majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I’m from Hannibal, Missouri, but I was born in India and have also lived in Italy. This summer you can find me in the gym or studying for my physics class. I look forward to meeting you all! :)

Maria Leskovec

Hi! My name is Maria. I'm a rising senior in Franklin. I study neuroscience and will be taking neurobio this summer. My position is RC, and I'll be working in the intramural committee. Feel free to reach out with questions about anything above! :)

Ethan Lewis

Hey, everyone! I'm Ethan Lewis (he/him), a rising sophomore in Benjamin Franklin College from Golden, Colorado! I'm undeclared, but I hope to study statistics and data science and cannot wait to meet all of you! I'm on the Yale baseball team and will play locally out of New Britain this summer. When I'm on campus, you can catch me writing for my summer class, doing yoga, or having a heated debate about Denver sports teams.

Kalisa Minas

Hola everyone! My name is Kalisa Minas (they/she) and I am a FGLI rising junior in Morse majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA (west coast best coast, baby!) and I’m super excited to be spending this summer in a place like New Haven. If I’m not in the summer college libraries struggling with bio, you could probably find me up on Science Hill or in the paleoarchaeology lab. I’m a big lover of all things music and I have a soft spot for anime, so I’m always down to exchange recommendations. I look forward to being one of your RCs for the summer!

Sebastian Orozco

Hi! My name is Sebastian (he/him), and I’m a rising sophomore in Stiles majoring in CS & MCDB. I’m from New York, though I’ve spent a third of my life in Mexico & gapped in Taiwan. This summer I’ll be interning at Google Summer of Code, but in my free time I’ll be hanging with friends, trying out new cafes/ restaurants, or hiking!

Caleb Prempeh

Hi everyone, I’m Caleb Prempeh. I’m a rising sophomore in Pierson College from Elizabeth, NJ majoring in Neuroscience. I love boba and am a member of Yale’s afro-fusion dance team Dzana. Over the summer, I’ll also be working with the Brennand Lab and volunteering at HAVEN Free Clinic.

Jordan Romano

Hey everyone, my name is Jordan Romano (he/him) and I am rising Junior in Trumbull College. I am studying Applied Mathematics and am from Long Island, New York. I really enjoy playing Jazz, watching movies/TV shows, and playing soccer. I’ll be living in Berkeley as an RC, and can’t wait to meet you all!

Emily Shang

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Shang (she/her) and I'm a rising junior in Timothy Dwight college. I come from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA and major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. This summer, I'll be doing research in a blood lab at YNHH as well as working remotely for the FDA. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball and chess.

Tobenna Ubachukwu

Hi! I’m Tobenna Ubachukwu (he/him) and I’m a 23.5 in Saybrook studying MCDB. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. This summer I’ll be conducting research at The Yale Stem Cell Center and volunteering for YNHH and Haven Free Clinic, but you can also catch me at Payne Whitney Gym or eating all around New Haven.

Aaron Weiser

Hey everyone! My name is Aaron. I’m a rising senior from Dallas, Texas. During the school year, I live in Pauli Murray College and major in English. This summer, I’ll be a Residential Counselor living in Grace Hopper College. I’m super excited to be working for the second time at YSS, and I can’t wait to enjoy movie nights, Broadway trips, and lots of ice cream with all y’all.

Buttery Managers

Ryan Bose-Roy

Hey everybody! My name is Ryan, I'm a Biomedical engineering major in Trumbull from New York City. I'm really excited to be your buttery manager this summer! When I'm not planning out the menu and making food, I'll be reading on cross campus or playing the viola. Excited to meet all of you!

Jack Denning

Hi y’all, my name is Jack Denning and I am a rising senior and History major in Timothy Dwight College. You’ll find me in the Buttery most nights, but if I’m not there, I’m still thinking about or eating food somewhere in New Haven!

Head Residential Director

Maxine Dillon

Hello and howdy, y'all! I'm Maxine (she/her), your Head Residential Director. I'm so happy to welcome you to Yale Summer Session. I’m from Texas  if my howdy didn't give me away, and I am doing my part to Keep Austin Weird! I'm a playwright and teaching artist if you ever want to talk about theater and writing. This summer, when I'm not in the Reslife office, you'll probably find me rollerskating, in the middle of playing Dungeons and Dragons, learning how to play the bass, or watching Netflix on someone else's account.

Special Programs Assistant

Kellie Geisel

Hi y’all! My name is Kellie, and this summer, I’m working as part of the YSS administrative team as a Special Programs Assistant. At Yale, I’m (nearly) graduated member of the class of 2023.5, which means I took a one semester of leave of absence. I’m majoring in Neuroscience, and if I’m not hanging around the summer colleges or chilling on a picnic blanket, you might find me working on my thesis at the Yale New Haven Hospital or fixing computers with the Yale Student Technology Collaborative. I’m super excited to meet you all, so feel free to say hi if you see me!

STARS Counselors

Emme Magliato

Hi friends! My name is Emme (she/they) and I’m excited to be one of your STARS Summer Counselors this year! I’m originally from Poughkeepsie, NY and just graduated from Yale this year with a double major in the History of Science and Medicine as well as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I was in Pierson College (woo woo!) and love New Haven so very much that I plan to stay here for the foreseeable future! Outside of STARS Summer, I’ll be working with the Yale Prison Education Initiative, doing harm reduction work, reading lots of books, and knitting what feels like a never-ending blanket.

Sandra Temgoua

Hi, my name is Sandra Temgoua (she/her) and I am from Louisville, Kentucky! I was a student in Jonathan Edwards and just graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. This summer, you might see me doodling, listening to music, and biking around New Haven!

Communications Coordinator

Samuel Ostrove

Hello there! I'm Samuel (he/him), a rising Junior majoring in Computing and Linguistics. My YSS responsibilities lie are photography, graphic design and communications. When not working, you'll find me practicing organ, riding my bike, dealing with pictures or hanging out with friends.

Trips Coordinator

Bryant Valladares

Hello! I’m Bryant Valladares Turcios, a senior in Pauli Murray studying Computing and the Arts. I’m excited to spend another summer within YSS’s awesome community as Trips Coordinator. During the academic year, I’m Co-President of Sabrosura, Yale’s Latin Dance Team, and a smoothie super-fan, so you’ll find me at Salsa on Ninth and Tropical Smoothie Cafe this summer. Feel free to say hi!!