Incoming Participants

Christin Adams (Philadelphia, PA / University Of Pittsburgh ‘17)

Christin Adams, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, completed her undergraduate degree at University Of Pittsburgh with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science while also receiving a certificate in Global Studies. During her time in school, she was involved extensively with the Multicultural Association, serving as Co-President for three years and as Secretary before that.  Christin also has worked with the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, PA as a Refugee Resettlement Intern.  She also interned with the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Rabat, Morocco and worked with KidsPark in Willow Grove where she supervised and worked with children.  In her free time, Christin enjoys reading, film, digital photography and traveling.


Amanda Alexandre (Mifflinburg, PA /Susquehanna University ‘17)

Amanda Alexandre, a native of Mifflinburg, PA, completed her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. During her time in school, she as a Global Ambassador Intern, supporting international students’ transition to a new and providing academic. She also raised donations for helped build houses for Selinsgrove, PA families with Habitat for Humanity.  In her free time, Amanda practices yoga and meditation.  She also enjoys running, reading, crochet, and traveling.


Maryem Aslam (Monroeville, PA /Chatham University ’17)

Maryem Aslam grew up in Monroeville, PA, and attended Chatham University where she earned a degree in Biology, majoring in Psychology & Biology with a Human Biology, while also earning a certificate in Women’s Leadership. At Chatham, she devoted much of her to working as an Ambassador for the International Studies Abroad office and US Peace Corps.  Maryem also served extensively on the Muslim Student Association board and student government.  In her free time, Maryem loves going on nature hikes, walking in the park, and learning to cook.


Alex Auyeung (Chicago, IL /Carleton College ’16)

A graduate of Carleton College, Alex Auyeung majored in Cognitive Science concentrating in Educational Studies, and received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Arabic. Alex has devoted himself to Education.  He’s taught English at Fenyang Senior Middle School and Jiudu Elementary School in Fenyang, China. He’s worked as a reading tutor with below grade level students in six Title I schools in New York City.   Additionally, Alex has extensive teaching experience in Minnesota where he served as a teaching assistant with Carleton College’s Arabic Department and at Greenvale Park Elementary School.  Fun fact- Alex speaks in five languages: Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and English!   Alex’s hobbies include practicing Aikido.


Maura Bell (Pittsburgh, PA / Indiana University ’14)

Maura Bell, a native of Pittsburgh, completed her undergraduate degree with honors at Indiana University with a degree in Ballet and a minor in French. During her time in school, she was involved with the Jacobs School of Music as a Ballet instructor. She was also a member of the Hoosier Catholic Student Organization, Hutton Honors College Association, and Honors Residential Council at Indiana University.  In the time since graduating, Maura has been dancing professionally with the Saint Louis Ballet Company in Saint Louis, Missouri.  In her free time, Maura enjoys cooking and sharing meals with friends, practicing yoga, and learning to sew.


Ellen Conrad (Lakewood, CO / Goshen College ‘17)

Ellen Conrad grew up in Lakewood, Colorado, and attended Goshen College where she earned a degree in Environmental Science concentrating in Sustainability concentration and a minor in Bible, Religion, and Philosophy. Through Goshen, she spent nine weeks studying abroad in Sichuan, China and New Delhi, India.  She also served as a staff writer for Goshen College’s newspaper, The Record.  Ellen also devoted much of her time to performing in the Goshen Monologues and Women’s World Choir.  In her free time, Ellen enjoys hiking, cooking, creating collages and upcycling, biking.


Siddhartha Dash (Lincolnshire, IL / University of Pittsburgh ’17)

A graduate of University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Siddhartha Dash majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry while earning a certificate in Nonprofit Management. He was heavily involved in the Pitt community through his work with the Blue & Gold Society, Delta Chi Fraternity, and Project Paw Print.  On top of his school involvement, Siddhartha also founded International Genetic Engineered Machine.  In doing so, he conducted bacterial research, raised more than $37,000, presented his research on P. Acnes at Boston University and was awarded a Silver Medal for his work on E. Coli research.  Siddhartha likes playing soccer with friends.


Sanjana Dayananda (Franklin, MI / University of Pittsburgh ’17)

Sanjana Dayananda, of Franklin, MI, completed his undergraduate coursework with University of Pittsburgh’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences where he earned degrees in Neuroscience and English Literature and a minor in Chemistry. During his time in school, he worked as a research assistant in both the Departments of Neuroscience and Biology,  in addition to serving as a teacher’s assistant for Neuroscience students.  He also volunteered at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh,  UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and the Greater Pittsburgh Learning Council.  In his free time, Sanjana enjoys travelling, landscape and travel photography, learning languages, and exploring different cultures through food and immersive learning.


Kaylee Ferguson (Mechanicsville, VA / Eastern Mennonite University ’17)

A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, Kaylee Ferguson majored Biology and Pre-Professional Health.  She was heavily involved in university research at EMU. She worked with the EMU Science Department as a research assistant, collaborating with faculty of the Biomedicine Department, to measure gene expression and regulation in response to different salt and sugar diets.  She also served as an undergraduate learning Assistant and National Science Foundation Tutor with EMUs Science Department.   Additionally, Kaylee worked as a Community Advisor and House Coordinator with EMU Residence Life. Kaylee’s hobbies include hiking, playing soccer and volleyball, and kayaking.


Shayna Gleason (Summit, NJ / Carleton College ’17)

Shayna Gleason, a native of Summit, New Jersey, completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a certificate in Spanish. During her time in school, she was involved with the Carleton College Experimental Theater Board, where she acted and directed several student-run productions.  She worked with Carleton Colleges Sociology-Anthropology Department as a teaching assistant, student departmental advisor, and research assistant. Additionally, Shayna interned of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr during the summer of 2015. In her free time, Shayna enjoys playing the piano, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee and tennis, and creative writing.

Hannah Green (Pittsburgh, PA / Allegheny College ’17)

Hannah Green grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Allegheny College where she earned a degree in Communication Arts, with a minor in German Studies, while maintaining her Dean’s List status.   Hannah has worked with the Gifted and Talented Program in Meadville, PA.  She also tutored elementary school children with Meadville’s America Reads Program.  Hannah served as the Public Relations Chair for Allegheny College’s chapter of UNICEF.  In her free time, Hannah loves experience the latest music, television and films.  She also enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.


Erin Guthrie (Deerfield, IL /  Trinity International University ’17)

A graduate of Trinity International University, Erin Guthrie majored in Graphic Design focusing on Communication.  She was heavily involved in the Trinity community, serving as a student leader on Trinity’s Global Partnerships Cabinet. Where she was the Media Director responsible for external relations through informational outreach and co-led a student trip to India.  She also worked as an undergraduate Editor of the Trinitarian yearbook and as a Communications and Design Intern for CAUSEGEAR.   Erin’s hobbies include watching movies, drawing, watercoloring, and hand-lettering gifts for friends.


Kaleigh Herron (Oak Ridge, NJ /Juniata College ’17)

Kaleigh Herron grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York and attended Juniata College where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Economics and a minor in Spanish. At Juniata, she devoted much of her time to campus service working as a Peer Tutor for calculus and Wildlife Management students.  She worked as an Intern with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection where she conducted a ten-year resampling project to track changes in wetland plants in the West of Hudson watershed.   She also volunteered extensively with Juniata’s Student Alumni Association.  In her free time, Kaleigh enjoys music and dance.


David Hogan (Bethesda, MD /Middlebury College ’17)

David Hogan grew up Bethesda, Maryland, and attended Middlebury College where he earned a degree in History, with minors in Political Science and French.  David has devoted much of his time to school and recreational athletics.  He was a member of the Middlebury College All-Athletic NESCAC Varsity Swim and Dive team as well as head coach of the Little Falls Swim Team in Bethesda, Maryland.  David has served as trip leader for MiddView Outdoor Orientation and Habitat for Humanity in addition to working as a research assistant for the U.S. Army Center of Military History. In his free time, David enjoys pushing himself through sports.


KeAndra Hollis (Detroit, MI / Spelman College ’17)

A graduate of Spelman College, KeAndra Hollis majored in Economics concentrating in Government and Business. KeAndra has extensive experience and has been heavily involved in community service, serving as a Policy Intern to Councilwoman Mary Sheffield of Detroit, working with the Congressional Black Congress through her service as Congressional Intern to Dean of Congress, Congressman John Conyers Jr., and her years of work with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.   KeAndra also served as the Program Director and mentor for Gifted Girls of Grace where she created and managed sponsorship packages and fundraising events in addition to mentoring middle and high school girls through academics and self-esteem.   KeAndra’s hobbies include writing, reading, watching films and documentaries, running and dancing, and exploring new places.


Jaclyn Kuyers (Pella, IA /Calvin College ’17)

Jaclyn Kuyers grew up in Pella, IA, and attended the Calvin College where she earned a degree in Fine Arts, minoring in Dance. While at Calvin, Jaclyn balanced her studies with school service.  She worked extensively on campus as a Campus Tour Guide, in addition to serving with the Student Senate and interning with the Student Life Office. Jaclyn also was involved with the Student Philanthropy Council, Students for Compassionate Living, and the Visual Arts and Dance Guilds.  In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys choreography, dancing, and pursuing artistic endeavors.


Cecilia Lapp-Stoltzfus (Mount Rainier, MD /Goshen College ’17)

Cecilia Lapp-Stoltzfus, a native of Mount Rainier, MD, completed her undergraduate studies at Goshen College with a degree in Environmental Science focused on Sustainability and a minor in Music.  At Goshen, Cecilia was the 4-year recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Presidential Leadership Award, Dean’s list status, and Music Achievement Award for vocal performance.  During her time in school, she was involved in environmental work through her service on the Ecological Stewardship Committee and as the EcoPAX Environmental Justice Club leader.  She was also GCDivest leader where she collaboratively wrote literature review titled “Socially Responsible Investing and Mennonite Education Agency”.  In her free time, Cecilia enjoys playing sports rugby and volleyball, swimming, singing, and participating in community choirs.


Heather Marra (Oak Ridge, NJ /Juniata College ’17)

Heather Marra hales from Oak Ridge, NJ, and attended Juniata College where she earned a degree in Multicultural Social Issues. While at Juniata College, Heather studied and interned abroad in Kanifing, The Gambia conducting data entry and analysis and helping document women’s training sessions for GAMCOTRAP. At Juniata, she devoted much of her time to the Juniata College Admission Office where she served as an assistant admissions counselor interviewing and counseling prospective students on admissions processes financial planning and scholarship opportunities.  In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, cooking, making things from scratch, reading, and running.


Brandon McClendon (Brentwood, TN /Earlham College ’17)

A graduate of Earlham College, Brandon McClendon received his B.A. in Arts, Activism, and Community Empowerment. He has a long history of community service through his work as an intern, counselor, and Youth Advisory Council member with Oasis Youth Opportunity Center in Nashville, TN.  He also worked as a counselor and teaching assistant with the Summer Institute for the Gifted in Berkley, CA where he supported special programming, provided one-on-one support, and helped increase academic performance.  Brandon also served as a Senior Congress Member from 2014-2017 with the Bonner Scholar Congress and was the student keynote speaker at the 2014 Bonner Summer Leadership Institute at Berry College.   Brandon’s hobbies include ballet and jazz.


Koehler Powell (Pittsburgh, PA /Carleton College ’17)

Koehler Powell has a long history with Pittsburgh having grown up here. Koehler left Pittsburgh to study at Carleton College in North Field, Minnesota where she received her degree in Biology.  While at Carleton, Koehler was able to study abroad in Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to joining PULSE, she worked as the HOPE Center Program Director with Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement Office. Additionally, Koehler was an Orthopedic Spinal Surgery Extern at Stanford Hospital and a Molecular Biology Research Intern with University of Pittsburgh’s Medical.  In her free time, Koehler enjoys film photography, cooking, and rock-climbing.


Lauren Shirley (Rocky River, OH /John Carroll University ’17)

A graduate of John Carroll University, Lauren Shirley majored in Mathematics and minored in English. At John Carroll, she was honored as a Magis Scholar and received Dean’s List status. She served as a Resident Assistant for two years.  Beyond her work on campus Lauren extensively volunteered with Environmental Issues Group and worked as a Carroll Faith Community Leader in addition to leading a mission trip to Appalachia to learn from locals about the environmental impacts of industry.   Lauren also worked as an IT Helpdesk Technician at Materion Corporation.   Lauren’s hobbies include sewing,  being craft, working out, movie marathons, exploring new places, and eating ice cream!


Maegan Stump (Pittsburgh, PA /Allegheny College ’17)

Maegan Stump is no stranger to Pittsburgh, having grown up here.  Maegen received a B.S in Environmental Science and minored in Global Health from Allegheny College. Before joining PULSE, Maegan was able to study abroad in Queensland, Australia where she incorporated marine-based field work like snorkeling and scuba diving to assess coral health and diversity on the Great Barrier Reef.  She’s worked as Davies Community Service Leader and Environmental Education Intern with Crawford County Conservation District. Additionally, Maegan was a Development and Membership Intern and a Backcountry Intern for the American Hiking Society and Yellowstone National Park, respectively. In her free time, Maegan enjoys hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and doing yoga.


Courtlin Vizzuso (Alliance, OH /Ohio University ’17)

Courtlin Vizzuso grew up in Alliance, OH and attended Ohio University where he earned a B.A in Political Science Pre-Law, while also earning a Law Justice & Culture Certificate. At OU, he devoted much of his time to campus service.  He served as a College Representative Orientation Leader with the Undergraduate Orientation Programs.  He also a Learning Community Leader with Learning Community Programs where he mentored first-year political science students, assisted Learning Community class instructor with lesson plans, lead discussions, and programmed diversified events.  In his free time, Courtlin enjoys singing, playing soccer, meeting new people, and trying new foods.


Hannah Wesselman (Spokane Valley, WA / Saint Martin’s University ’17)

Hannah Wesselman comes to Pittsburgh by way of Spokane Valley, WA. Hannah received her degree in Biology from Saint Martin’s University. Prior to joining PULSE, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Biology Department at Saint Martin’ in addition to working as an intern for the Athletic Training Office and as an Office Assistant for the Center for Student Learning, Writing, and Advising.  Additionally, Hannah was a Section Leader for Spokane Indians Baseball. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing softball, volleyball, basketball, traveling, and crafts.


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