Spring 2017 Connectors

Pranav Nayak – Boston Connector Committee

Hey there! My name is Pranav Nayak and I'm a second year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University. I'm currently on my first Co-op with Bond Brothers Inc. as an engineering services Co-op. I'm involved with NUMCAA, WOOF Magazine, and Ballroom Dance on campus and in my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and studying photography.

Yi Zhou – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Yi and I'm a second year finance and accounting major minoring in political science. Currently, I'm co-oping as fund accounting at BNY Mellon. I love to travel, meet with new people and debate.

Alice Yang – Boston Connector Committee

Hello! I'm Alice Yang, and I am a third year Pharmacy student. I grew up in Oklahoma before coming to Boston for school, and I love it here! I am currently on my first co-op at CVS Specialty Pharmacy in Chinatown. I enjoy psychological thrillers, horror movies, and amusement parks--yes, I'm an adrenaline junkie (skydiving is still on my bucket list). If you guys ever see me in Marino, Snell, or just around campus, please do say hi!

Kathleen Newcomer – Boston Connector Committee

Kathleen Newcomer is a combined CS/Bio major, currently working at GSK. She spends a lot of time with the ballroom dance club, training for competitions. Planning events has always been a passion of hers, which is why she joined the committee.

Lauren Miner – Boston Connector Committee

Hi Guys! I'm Lauren, a third year Behavioral Neuroscience Major with a Mathematics Minor from Long Island, New York.  I enjoy movie nights and discovering new restaurants around Boston. This is my second time on the committee and I am super excited to plan more events this semester!

Jessica Merritt – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! I'm Jessica Merritt, a second year Computer Science and Biology major from Marshfield, Massachusetts. I'm currently on my first Co-op at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge. On campus I'm involved with Circle K, NUACM, and NUWIT. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and watching the Patriots. I can't wait to plan some amazing events for everyone!

Vivian (Zixuan) Wang – Boston Connector Committee

Hi everyone! My name is Vivian. I'm a third year pharmacy student. Right now I'm on my second co-op at Cambridge Health Alliance Inpatient Pharmacy. I had my first Co-op there too but in outpatient pharmacy. I like travelling, reading and playing piano. I'm looking forward to plan some amazing events this year. See you around!

Brian Hamp – Boston Connector Committee

I am a third year Bioengineering major with minors in Math and Chemistry. After doing my first co-op at Conformis, I'm now working at Medtronic, working on developing products related to minimally invasive therapies. This is my second year on the Committee, and I'm happy to be back and planning events in and around Boston!

Ileana Cortessi – Boston Connector Committee

My name is Ileana Cortessi and I am a third year student currently on coop at the Marriott. My major is International Affairs and I am doing a minor in French, Music and Business. My greatest passion is singing opera and my favorite thing to do is to travel!

Julia Ruiz Borys – San Francisco Connector

Howdy I'm Julia, your co-op connector! I'm co-oping at Okta, a tech startup. I'm a Marketing and Interactive Media major. I grew up in McAllen, TX. I am quite fond of food, museums, beaches, animals and trying new things. I am very excited to meet all of you and find cool things for us to do!

Jack Frysinger – Silicon Valley Connector

Hey everyone, my name is Jack and I’m a third-year Computer Science major minoring in Mathematics and Communication Studies. I love skiing (Tahoe, anyone?), hiking, cycling, baseball, and football. I’m at Apple in Cupertino working on Siri for my second co-op in the Bay Area. Let me know if you have any questions about the place or ideas for events! Hope to meet you all soon!

Jonas Polin – L.A. Connector

I’m a second-year combined Cultural Anthropology/Theater major. I like live music and hiking, and I go to so many comedy shows that it’s almost embarrassing. I’m from LA, and I’m excited to help you all explore the city I love!

Janine Eduljee – L.A. Connector

Hi all - my name is Janine and I'm a graduating senior at NU majoring in journalism and political science. I'm out here in LA co-oping with NBC Nightly News and am thrilled to be your connector! A bit about me: I'm also a figure skater, dancer and pasta connoisseur. I'm very excited to plan some fun and free events for you guys so if you have any cool ideas don't hesitate to let me know!"

John Fundock – Seattle Connector

Hello, my name is John and I am a junior at NU majoring in Business Administration. I am originally from Connecticut and enjoy playing soccer, surfing, skiing, and traveling. I look forward to exploring Seattle over the next 5 months (last month flew by), as well as meeting and learning more about all of the NU co-ops in the area.

Lizzie Hoang – Hong Kong Connector

Hi, I'm Lizzie Hoang and I'm currently a 3rd year student, concentrating in Marketing. I'm from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and I'm co-oping at Li & Fung this Spring. I love to watch movies, explore, try out different cuisines and meet new people!

Lautaro Grinspan – Paris Connector

I am a fourth year student currently co-oping at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Although I am originally from Argentina, I spent many years growing up in France, so this semester is something of a really interesting homecoming for me. I had an awesome experience with the Co-Op Connections program during my last global co-op (in Singapore) and I'm now very much looking forward to doing cool things with you guys here in Paris.

Rachna Igwe – Tanzania Connector

Hi! My name is Rachi and I am studying to be a chemical engineer. Currently I am on coop at a small solar energy start-up in Tanzania called Sikubora. I love to travel to different parts of the world, learn about their challenges, and help discover solutions to help them. I love to be energetic, keep active and eat anything sugary at any time of the day.

Quinn Valcich – DC Connector

Hi, my name is Quinn Valcich and I'm a third year Political Science Major at Northeastern. I'm currently working at my second co-op in Congressman John Sarbanes office in the House of Representatives here in DC. I'm originally from Annapolis Maryland, which is only about 45 minutes from DC so I'm pretty familiar with the area. If anyone ever has any questions about anything local, from activities in DC to day trips in the area feel free to reach out! 

In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, binge watching Netflix, watching hockey (go Caps!) and anything involving food. I look forward to using my local knowledge and experience to plan a bunch of great events for you all in DC!

Cassandra Moreno – DC Connector

Cassie is a fourth year Theatre and Communication Studies combined major. She is in D.C. on her third and final co-op, working in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's press office. Previously, Cassie co-oped at the Boston Globe and in U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton's Salem office, and has participated in Dialogues to London and Poland. At Northeastern, Cassie has been heavily involved with the theatre department and was seen as Marjory in Vinegar Tom this past fall. Other favorite NU activities include International Relations Council, College Democrats, and nuSERVES, which she lead as a student coordinator in 2015.

Caitlin Pittorie – New York City Connector

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I'm a 4th year Business student concentrating in Management Information Systems. I was a Co-op Connector during my last Co-op in San Francisco where I worked in digital marketing for a startup. Now I am working in New York City for Bluewolf, a technology consulting firm, and am excited to be a Connector again! I enjoy exploring new cities, hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my friends.

Max Meyers – New York City Connector

Hey Friends! My name is Max Meyers and I'm a middle political science and history major (I don't do math). This is my second co-op in NYC as I was also here last spring working at the US Attorney's Office, SDNY. I'm currently co-oping at WilmerHale (a downtown law firm). I'm looking forward to planning fun events that I hope many of you come to (I mean let's be real, they can't be that bad when NEU is footing the bill)! I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Noelene Power – New York City Connector

Hi guys! My name is Noelene and I am working at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival as a production intern. I am absolutely in love with New York and all that it has to offer (this is my second co-op in the city). I eventually want to go into planning music festivals, and I am excited to see where it takes me! In my free time I like to sing and play the ukulele in my residency, try out different yoga studios, and go to new restaurants (because who doesn't love to eat). I love meeting new people so come say hi!

Averie Nawa – Dublin Connector

I am your Dublin Co-op Connector, Averie Nawa! I am a fourth year BSIB student and am currently on co-op in Dublin working at Infineon Technologies in their supply chain department. Back in Boston I was involved in activities like Strong Women Strong Girls, Delta Zeta, and nuSERVES. I have been living in Dublin since September though so I am pretty familiar with the city by this point. I’ve had such a great time so far exploring Ireland and Europe so if you have any questions feel free to reach out. I am beyond excited to start planning fun events for all of us. I am dying to hear what you guys want to do so please give me suggestions!

Alex Kennedy – Chicago Connector

My name is Alex Kennedy, and I am a 4th year Business major concentrating in finance and accounting. I previously worked for Andersen Tax and Ernst & Young for my first two co-ops, and am currently working at Bluewolf here in Chicago. I hope everyone is enjoying their co-ops and adjusting to the Windy City. I can't wait to start planning events so that we can experience all Chicago has to offer.

Kristen Lobo – Denver Connector

Hi! I'm Kristen, and I'm a fourth-year Business & Economics student on my third co-op in the Denver office of Bluewolf Group. At Northeastern I have been involved in a few different groups that I am passionate about: I helped start the Northeastern chapter of the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, competed on the Northeastern Powerlifting team and volunteered with an amazing organization called Generation Citizen. I have been away from Boston for over a year, having had an international co-op in Europe, followed by a study abroad semester in Asia last year. While I love traveling, I can't wait to get back for my final year - but for now, I am enjoying Denver!

Allegra Mangione – Nepal Connector

Hi! My name is Allegra and I am a fourth year Human Services and International Affairs major. I am currently on my third international co-op at a women’s fund called Tewa in Kathmandu, Nepal! In Boston, I’m involved with various student groups including Strong Women, Strong Girls, No Limits Dance Crew, and Sexual Assault Response Coalition. I’m spending my time in Nepal getting outside and staying active, and pursuing writing and art. I’m excited for the opportunity to explore this amazing place with Northeastern students!