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Meet the Staff

Coordinators

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Jenna Abbot

Coordinator, Homelessness and Housing

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Elizabeth Binckes

Coordinator, Public Health Awareness

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Markian Borkowsky

Coordinator, Abilities

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Claire Buesser

Coordinator, Homelessness and Housing

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Steve Caron

Coordinator, Human Rights

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Lindsey Chew

Coordinator, Urban Engagement

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Taylor Delosh

Coordinator, Elders

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Rebecca Gladstone

Coordinator, Hunger

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Jeff Herrera

Coordinator, Urban Engagement

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Justin Hong

Coordinator, Elders

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Amy Horenstein

Coordinator, Children

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Noelle Kichura

Coordinator, Gender Focus

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Dan Koski

Coordinator, Gender Focus

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Doug Lappe

Coordinator, Abilities

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Dylan Lewellyn

Coordinator, Environment

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Tom Meeus

Coordinator, Public Health Awareness

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Monica Nunez

Coordinator, Environment

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Ali O’Hare

Coordinator, Animals

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Kyle Ortman

Coordinator, Hunger

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Rachel Pollard

Coordinator, Human Rights

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Zoe Roos

Coordinator, Animals

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Kate Schade

Coordinator, Children

Program Assistants



Colleen Caty

Program Assistant

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Tré Pina

Program Assistant

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Nicole St. Louis

Program Assistant

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Jenna Abbot

Coordinator
Homelessness and Housing

Hi Homies! My name is Jenna Abbot and I’m a Senior in the School of Education, studying Social Studies Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. If all goes according to plan, I will be a middle school Social Studies teacher upon graduation! As a student at BU, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in FYSOP, Alternative Spring Breaks, Dance Theater Group, and Kappa Delta sorority. When I’m not on campus, I love going on walks with my dog, watching old movies, and Facebook stalking. I am so excited to expand my experience in Boston as a FYSOP coordinator. I cannot wait to delve into the H&H issue area, and forge new perspectives with my staff and incoming first-years! Counting down until August!

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Elizabeth Binckes

Coordinator
Public Health Awareness

Hello nutritious nuggets and healthy helpers out there! Welcome to Public Health Awareness (PHA) for FYSOP 25. I am a Junior in Sargent College studying Occupational Therapy. I love photography, elephants and all things Disney. I am an avid pun enthusiast so obviously I have a very cheesy sense of humor. I aspire to one day overcome my irrational fear of jelly. One interesting fact about me is that I was born a fan girl; this means that I am very passionate about things that I love. Which is good news for you because not only can I tell you countless fun facts about One Direction but I am very passionate about Public Health! I am so excited for FYSOP 25! Which I appropriately re-named “First Year Student Outreach PARTY” because it is just going to be so much fun. I cannot wait to meet all of you and find out what you are passionate about and what brought you to PHA.

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Markian Borkowsky

Coordinator
Abilities

Hello! My name is Markian Borkowsky and I am proudly representing the newly re-named, Abilities issue area for the 25th year of the First-Year Student Outreach Project. I am a junior in Sargent College studying Health Science and have a great passion for the medical field. I have two goals in my career, to teach people to advocate for themselves and to reassure them to never be ashamed of their bodies and how the medical profession has altered it. You can always find me in the sun, and I live for lying in the grass. Finding parks to relax in allow me to de-stress and enjoy the beautiful city around me. An interesting fact about myself is that I am a paint-by-numbers aficionado and am working on my third masterpiece over the summer. Although my future is unclear, I know I will find myself working in a hospital, helping people when they need it most. I am confident that this FYSOP will be an eye-opening experience, as the Abilities issue area will work to challenge the societal norms of what living with a disability really means.

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Claire Buesser

Coordinator
Homelessness and Housing

Hello! My name is Claire Buesser, and I am a Coordinator for the Homelessness and Housing issue area. I am a junior in the School of Education, where I study Elementary Education with a minor in Deaf Studies. I hope to teach children in the U.S., and I also plan on teaching abroad! I love to travel and meet new people. My other activities include dancing, acting, eating, and reading. I am tremendously excited about FYSOP, and I know it is going to be a fantastic 25th year!

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Steve Caron

Coordinator
Human Rights

I am a Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Environmental Analysis and Policy with a minor in Business Administration from the School of Management. I grew up spending as much time as I could outdoors, and although I love being in the city, to me there is nothing better than getting away and going for a hike. In the future, I would like work in the renewable energy field, but I would also love to spend time with an environmental non-profit or park service after I graduate. FYSOP has truly been a life-altering experience for me in the past, and I could not be more excited to help create the same experience for the first-years and staff.

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Lindsey Chew

Coordinator
Urban Engagement

Hello Legends!!! My name is Lindsey Chew and I am half of the legendary Urban Engagement coordinator team! Originally from Wappingers Falls New York, I am a junior in the School of Management concentrating in Law (after three tries, I’m finally certain!). I find happiness and solace in gardening, crafting bento boxes, playing viola, spoken word poetry and running around our beautiful city. A meditative hobby of mine is creating golden venture origami figurines!

Outside of the classroom, I have a lot of fun working for the office of sustainability@BU and hope to explore a medley of sustainability, public health policy and teaching in whatever career I pursue after college. As Urban Engagement’s 5th birthday and FYSOP’s quarter quell, it is bound to be a very special summer! I cannot wait to coordinate this amazing program and meet you all soon – get excited for lots of cheers, new friends, and to make an impact in our city!

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Taylor Delosh

Coordinator
Elders

Hi everyone!! My name is Taylor Delosh. I am a senior in Sargent College studying behavior and health. I grew in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. It is a neighborhood of Boston about 10 minutes away from BU. After BU, I plan on going to graduate school to get a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and work with those who have suffered a stroke. My favorite activities would be meeting new people, traveling, golfing, and softball. I love trying new things. I have tried bungee jumping, surfing, and am always looking for the next greatest challenge. I am so excited to be a coordinator for FYSOP! This will be my last one and I am so excited to meet you all and to make a difference in this community. See you soon!

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Rebecca Gladstone

Coordinator
Hunger

Hi! My name is Rebecca Gladstone. I live outside of Philadelphia, PA. I am now a senior (AHH!) studying graphic design in the College of Fine Arts. Ever since I was little I loved to color. My mom saw my doodles and signed me up for art classes. So here I am, doing art but with a graphic twist. I love solving creating problems and communicating through visual means. When I group up I want to help people express themselves through artistic methods, and make messages more accessible to the public. My favorite color is orange and I love puffer fish, but as much as I love icecream. I also love food. I am always and forever hungry. Lucky for me I am one of the Hunger Coordinators for FYSOP25! I can’t wait to live, eat, breath, smell, food even more than I do right now. I am excited to work with Hunger this summer because there is so much to learn. Food justice is a new topic that I am passionate about and is important to me. I believe everyone should have healthy, organic, GMO-free food options. For these reasons and a few more, I sometimes swing vegan…sometimes there is ice cream.

FYSOP is my absolute favorite week of the year. So get ready for FYSOP25! It is going to be awesome! Can’t wait to see you there!

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Jeff Herrera

Coordinator
Urban Engagement

Hello! My name is Jeffrey Herrera and I am half the coordinating team for the Urban Engagement Issue Area (#Legendary). I am currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Philosophy and Biology with a specialization in Behavior. During my time here at BU, I have found a passion for the university life style, and hope to receive a Master’s in Higher Education and Administration. When I’m not singing with my a cappella group, the BosTones, you can find me whistling to the birds (or even the crickets) outside, enjoying the beautiful weather, or playing a sport outside. I am so excited for the summer and can’t wait to see what all the different issue areas do to make FYSOP an amazing experience!

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Justin Hong

Coordinator
Justin Hong

Hello everyone! My name is Justin Hong, and I am from the sunny city of Anaheim, California. I am a junior studying biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering. I love anything related to magic tricks (I have a couple up my sleeve), I love chicken pot pies (I also have a couple of those up my sleeve), and I love the color crystal turquoise (the color of my sleeves, for anybody who was wondering). I am incredibly excited to be a Coordinator for the FYSOP25 Elders issue area. Get ready because FYSOP25 will be here before you know it! I cannot wait to see you all there, and if you ever see me around, feel free to say hi!

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Amy Horenstein

Coordinator
Children

Hello! My name is Amy Horenstein and I am a junior in the School of Management. After college, I would like to go into nonprofit management, hopefully with an organization that would allow me to travel globally. In my spare time I love to bake (I have a major sweet tooth!) and travel. I also have two black belts in martial arts. I’m excited for all of the great, new sites that coordinators have planned for FYSOP 25 and, especially, to work with my co-coordinator Kate Schade!

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Noelle Kichura

Coordinator
Gender Focus

Hey everyone! My name is Noelle Kichura and I am a Junior at Boston University in the School of Management. I’m hoping to use my skills from the School of Management to one-day work with non-profits or even just to work for a socially-conscious company whose values I support. I love spending time drawing, reading, doing yoga, being with my family and 3 dogs, and obviously volunteering at the Community Service Center. I’ve worked with the CSC’s Student Studio Program teaching art to kids throughout Boston, volunteered for the Children Issue Area for FYSOP 23, was a Staff Member for the Hunger Issue Area for FYSOP 24, and am ecstatic to be this year’s Gender Focus Coordinator for FYSOP 25! I cannot wait to collaborate with my lovely Co-Coordinator Dan Koski to make Gender Focus as in-depth, comprehensive, educational, and insightful as possible and am excited to work hard to inspire others to find out what Gender Focus means to them.

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Dan Koski

Coordinator
Gender Focus

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Doug Lappe

Coordinator
Abilities

Hey there everyone! My name is Doug Lappe and I am originally from a small town called Mountain Lakes which I about forty-five minutes from New York City. I am currently a junior in Sargent College, studying Athletic Training. I hope to graduate BU and then travel extensively, working along the way and then eventually settle down, possible in Europe somewhere and working as an Athletic Trainer for a professional fútbol team. Some of my favorite things to do are play Ultimate Frisbee, go out for runs, and play video games. I love being outside and love just hanging out listening to some great music. I am super excited to be one of the Coordinators for this year’s recently renamed Abilities issue area, and I am ecstatic for FYSOP 25 this year, the Quarter Quell will truly be an epic one. Hope you all have a great summer and I cannot wait to see you all when FYSOP begins in August!!

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Dylan Lewellyn

Coordinator
Environment

Hello all! My name is Dylan Lewellyn and I am very excited to be one of the coordinators for the Environment Issue Area for FYSOP 25. I am a junior in BU’s School of Management studying Operations and Technology Management and minoring in Sustainable Energy. I enjoy riding my bike around the city and exploring the Boston area – especially the greener parts such as the Commons and along the Charles. An interesting fact about me is I moved eight times and lived in three different countries growing up. In the future I hope to work in either the energy or technology sector helping drive sustainable business practices in the industry. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of FYSOP 25 and cannot wait to meet you all!

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Tom Meeus

Coordinator
Public Health Awareness

Hey there PHA! My name is Tom Meeus, and I’m one of your Coordinators for FYSOP 25. I was born in Antwerp, Belgium, although my family currently lives near Seattle, Washington. I’m a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Neuroscience, and I’m also studying International Health in the School of Public Health. One day, I hope to work in international non-profits, preferably related to health care and access. My favourite activities include reading in the sun, listening to music, taking walks on the beach, and traveling. I learned English when I was six, right before moving to the U.S. I’m very excited for FYSOP, and I hope you are too!

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Monica Nunez

Coordinator
Environment

Hello lovely person who is reading this! I’m Monica Nunez, one half of the Environment coordinating team! I’m a junior in the School of Hospitality Administration, and I am from Northern New Jersey. I love being outdoors and wandering around the city aimlessly without an agenda. I’m a sucker for a good brunch, and raspberry ice cream is my favorite ice cream, but cookies n’ cream is a close second! Speaking of ice cream, FYSOP! FYSOP has a special place in my heart; I was an Enviro volunteer as a first-year and was a Hunger staff leader as a sophomore. The way I view and interact with the world has changed thanks to my experiences with FYSOP, and I have learned how to look at the world through an environmentally aware filter. I can’t wait to continue learning about the environment and to work with all of you to help cause present change and future success!

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Ali O’Hare

Coordinator
Animals

Hello my lovely FYSOP 25 family. My name is Ali O’Hare, and I am one half of the Animals issue area coordinating team. I’m a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Psychology and minoring in Film & Television in the College of Communication. As a dog lover, large cat enthusiast and vegan, I am incredibly excited to embark on this FYSOP adventure, and cannot wait to continue to learn while embarking on an incredible week of service with you all. When I’m not snuggling with pups, I love spending time lounging in the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism, and singing with the sassy ladies in BU’s Aural Fixation. Post grad, I hope to incorporate my love of activism into my work, and am incredibly honored to experience my first FYSOP during the quarter quell. #ANIMALS

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Kyle Ortman

Coordinator
Hunger

Hey there! My name is Kyle Ortman and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Environmental Analysis and Policy and minoring in Environmental Science and Marine Science. I am one of the two coordinators representing the Hunger issue area for FYSOP 25. I grew up in a tiny town nestled on the Jersey shore and learned how to fist pump and gel hair at a very young age (jokes!). Growing up fishing with my dad made me fall in love with the environment, which is why my dream job is to work with global marine conservation after college. Outside of academics, I enjoy sports, trash TV, and board games. HINT: Next time you play monopoly… use the iron as a game piece! (Just do it… don’t ask questions) I also love pretending to be on CHOPPED when cooking at home. I cannot put the excitement I have for FYSOP 25 into words so I will just leave you with this… YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

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Rachel Pollard

Coordinator
Human Rights

Hey there! My name is Rachel Pollard and I am a junior studying Occupational Therapy in Sargent College. I am so excited to learn about and work together to tackle Human Rights injustices in Boston. I love gardening (and veggie farming!), goats, running, singing (even though I am tone deaf…sorry folks!) and cooking kale. I am originally from Texas and have a slight obsession with cowboy boots and country music because of it. I hope to travel all over and find a place where you can get smoothies from the tap like water, otherwise I will settle on just trying fruits and veggies unique to places all over the world. Most often you can find me playing outside, snuggling in my sleeping bag, or singing songs from Frozen. The countdown to FYSOP 25 has begun, and hu-are-right to say I cannot wait ‘till it is here!

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Zoe Roos

Coordinator
Animals

Hello everyone! My name is Zoe Roos and I am one half of the Animals issue area coordinating team for FYSOP 25. I will be a Boston University graduate in January 2015 with a major in Journalism from the College of Communication and a minor in French and a concentration in International Relations from the College of Arts & Sciences. My hobbies include playing with animals, volunteering for animals, and continually asking random strangers on the street if I can pet their dog. When I’m not playing with animals, I occasionally row on the Charles River. After college I aim to become a foreign reporter and cover conflicts across the globe but in the meantime my ultimate life goal is to hug an elephant. I am incredibly excited to be working with animals this summer and hope you all are too. This is going to be a great experience for us and the animals we love so much so get ready for FYSOP 25!

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Kate Schade

Coordinator
Children

Hi everyone! My name is Kate Schade and I am half the coordinating team for the Children issue area. I’m a junior in the College of Communication, majoring in Public Relations with a concentration in Psychology. Originally from Sharon MA, I am a proud Bostonian and this amazing city will always have my heart. When I’m not at the CSC, you can find me working on Newbury Street, strolling down CommAve with my aviators on, throwing what I know with my Kappa Delta sisters, and speaking French to anyone who will listen. After graduation, I hope to indulge in my obsession for France by attending grad school in Paris. I’m so excited to start a new FYSOP chapter with Children! I have loved learning about this issue area and I can’t wait to plan an awesome week full of education, service, and fun. My goal is to ease the first years’ transition into life at BU while teaching them the power of a commitment to giving. Can’t wait to meet you all in August.

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Colleen Caty

Program Assistant
Community Service Center

Hi friends! My name is Colleen Caty I am a senior in Sargent College majoring in human physiology and minoring in French. I am from Northborough, Massachusetts, which is a small town about 35 minutes west of Boston. After BU, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Physician’s Assistant Studies. I love running, skiing, cooking, laughing, and being outside. I am chronically unable to not sing out loud while doing homework and I will forever be afraid of the Pillsbury dough boy and overconfident city squirrels. I am so excited for (my last, sadness) FYSOP this year and I cannot wait to see all of the great volunteer work that will occur throughout the upcoming academic year.

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Tré Pina

Program Assistant
Community Service Center

Hello everyone! My name is Tré Pina and I am a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Linguistics with minors in Spanish and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This is my fourth and (sadly) last FYSOP, and I am thrilled to be one of the three Program Assistants for FYSOP 25! My idol in life is Beyoncé, and when I was seven, I would bungee-jump off my bunk bed using sheets. When I’m not doing one of the Community Service Center’s amazing programs, I’m watching Netflix, talking to babies, and conducting thought experiments about what would happen if we biologically reengineered dinosaurs for a zoo-like amusement park and they escaped their paddocks. After I graduate in next Spring, I hope to head to grad school for a Master’s in Higher Education Administration.

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Nicole St. Louis

Program Assistant
Community Service Center

Hello everyone! My name is Nicole St. Louis, and I am a senior in Sargent College majoring in nutrition and public health. Once I graduate, I really hope to help develop nutrition interventions in different communities, working on access to fresh, nutritious foods. Going off of that, one of my favorite activities is volunteering with Student Food Rescue (SFR) at the Community Service Center! SFR has become one of the closest things to my heart in my 3 years of volunteering with the program, and I’m so glad I got the chance to work with it. I am super excited for FYSOP because it is my 4th and final one, and I cannot wait to see what all of the coordinators do with their respective issue areas to make FYSOP 25 amazing. To close, an interesting factoid is that there is research showing that sugar cravings may actually be biological! Crazy.