Spring 2018 Co-op Connectors

Jackie Chang – DC Connector

Hi everyone! I'm your spring 2018 DC Co-op Connector Jacqueline (Jackie!) Chang. I'm a senior Psychology and Criminal Justice student who is currently on co-op at Goodwin Procter. My hobbies include cooking, rock climbing, reading, and theater. I look forward to meeting everyone and bringing all sorts of fun events to you all. Please feel free to reach out to me about anything as well as suggest activities that you are interested in doing. 

Yian Pan – Chicago Connector

My name is Yian, and I'm a graduating International Business major with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. I'm currently doing my third and final co-op at Bluewolf in their Chicago office. A few of my favorite things in life are trying different foods, visiting foreign places, meeting new people, and sweet potato fries As a connector, I hope to plan exciting events that will make Chicago a memorable experience and feel like home.

Trevor Fick – Orlando Connector

I'm a third year student originally from Long Island, NY and most recently from Raleigh, North Carolina. I'm currently on co-op at Walt Disney World on their Industrial Engineering Project Development team. Back in Boston, I'm involved in different clubs including the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and Husky Ambassadors. In my free time, I enjoy going to sporting events, finding new restaurants, and experiencing Disney and Universal theme parks.

Maria Bermudez Pizano – Singapore Connector

Hi everyone! My name is Maria and I am a fourth year International Business major with a concentration in Marketing. I am halfway through completing my expatriate year in Asia; last semester I did a study abroad at the University of Hong Kong, and this semester I'm working for Essilor Group/Artgri Group International in Singapore. I had a fantastic time in Hong Kong and hope that this semester will be even better, so I'm looking forward to planning cool events and meeting everyone here! I love fitness classes (particularly indoor cycling), and I also enjoy cycling outdoors, hiking, trying out local food and checking out cool coffee shops. If you are interested in any of these activities, have any other ideas, or just want to talk, you can reach out to me, I'd love to hear from all of you.

Maddie Oldow – Madrid Connector

Hello! For those of your working in Spain outside of the BSIB program, I'm Maddie, and fourth year student currently based in Madrid. I spent the fall semester taking classes at a university in the Arguelles area and now work in marketing strategy for XL Catlin. I am looking forward to planning several upcoming events so that we can all meet each other and share out Spain co-op experiences. 

Lydia Zhou – Providence Connector

Lydia is a third-year chemical engineering major who has little idea what she wants to pursue career-wise but knows she appreciates cool, novel science. Her passion is travel - she most recently went to the Yucatan Peninsula and will be going on a Dialogue to India. When she is unable to travel, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to stand-up comedy shows. She recently got her open water certification in scuba diving and is currently pursuing an EMT-basic certification. She recently moved to providence in hopes of exploring the "Creative Capital" and is thrilled to launch the Co-op Connector Program in the area.

Caroline Kelly – New York City Connector

My name is Caroline Kelly and I am a fourth year math major with a psychology minor at Northeastern. I am originally from Chicago and am currently on co-op at Mastercard. I was on the swim team when I first cam to Northeastern, I'mt not anymore but I still love exercise and discovering new and dun ways to work out. I love to go out to eat and can't wait to restaurant/bar hop my way around New York City. I currently live in the Lower East Side and can't wait to get to know everyone.

Sophie Kushen – New York City Connector

Hey there! I'm Sophie, and I'm a second year cultural anthropology major at Northeastern. I'm currently on my first co-op at Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival as a production intern! I am a native Upper West Side-er who loves exploring the city, cooking, backing, blogging, and more importantly, eating. 

Madison McDaniel – New York City Connector

Hi! I'm Madison and I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'ma  fourth year marketing and entrepreneurship major, with a minor in musical theater. My co-op this semester in event planning at MKG, a creative agency in Soho. Previously, I co-op at Wayfair in Boston and the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. I'm excited to be able to put together some great events this semester!

Debbie Madueke – Philadelphia Connector

Hi! My name is Debbie Madueke. I am a third year majoring in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I am currently on co-op right outside of Philadelphia in Conshohocken. I love to travel and learn about new cities so I am excited to explore Philly with you!

Kelsey Taeckens – Sydney Connector

Hi! My name is Kelsey Taeckens and I’m a third year International Affairs major/Econ minor. I’m currently on my second co-op as a research assistant at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, photography, and spending an unreasonable amount of time in coffee shops.

Catherine Callahan – Paris Connector

Hi - I'm Catherine, a 4th year International Business major concentrating in Finance and Minoring in French. At Northeastern I was on the Northeastern Dance Team (the one at the basketball games), and a member of Sigma Kappa. My first co-op was in Global Real Estate at the Boston Consulting Group. I've been in France since August, studying at IESEG School of Management (in La Defense), and travelling. I'm currently living in Nation, and working in the Workplace Department of Accenture. I've had a ton of experience in planning events, and look forward to meeting everyone and to start planning events! 

Jasmine Cheung – London Connector

Hey everyone! I'm Jazzy, and i'll be your co-op connector in London! I'm a third year but i'm graduating next spring 2019, so this is my second co-op but first one abroad. I'm studying international affairs and minoring in economics, and have been loving it so far. For my co-op, I'm working at Plan International which is an international children's charity in Shoreditch area! I'm from Hong Kong (HK), known as food heaven and home to beautiful and scenic mountains as well as massive skyscrapers. I've lived there my entire life, and one of the best things about living in HK is how accessible other cities are from home. If i'm not in HK, I'm most likely devouring food from some Asian city, most likely Bangkok, because let's be real pad thai is the bomb. As for my interests, I love singing and dancing, so going to concerts or checking out places with live music that has Jazz/R&B music is one of my favorite activities. I also love hiking and playing/watching football (soccer) - go BARCA!!. So that's just a little about me! I hope to meet you guys soon! 

Annie Wu – Silicon Valley Connector

Annie is in her third year at Northeastern University studying towards a combined major of Business Marketing and Interactive Design. She also hopes to declare a minor in Global Fashion Studies. Her first co-op was with TJX Companies working in the Ladies Sportswear department, which involved maintaining and managing relationships with a multitude of vendors, traveling to New York to meet vendors and discuss communication issues, fit issues, and upcoming clothing lines. Currently, she is co-oping at ServiceNow in Santa Clara and is part of the Global Campaigns Team, working to drive pipeline through the webinar program. Originally from Watertown, Connecticut Annie enjoys traveling, photography, graphic design, and is a huge advocate for fashion sustainability.

Spencer Brown – Silicon Valley Connector

Spencer is a second year student at Northeastern University studying Marketing and Management Information Systems. He grew up in the Midwest, attended high school in Singapore, and calls California home. Previously, he taught eighth grade math and improvisation at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, helping reduce the achievement gap for high performing undeserved students. When he isn’t listening to funk music, you can find Spencer eating ethnic food, playing soccer or basketball, and reading. 

Helen Wang – Silicon Valley Connector

Hey everyone! I’m a fourth year math and finance student from Seattle, WA, currently on co-op as an Investment Analyst at Hercules Capital in Palo Alto. I did prior co-ops at Goldman Sachs in Boston and Deloitte in New York. At Northeastern I’ve been involved with Peace Through Play, Thrive/the Center for Financial Independence, and the Collegiate Alternative Investment Summit. In my spare time I love photography, painting, going to concerts, traveling, and rock climbing, hiking/backpacking, and snowboarding to make up for the copious amounts of food I eat. Looking forward to some sweet adventures out here and planning fun events for you guys!

Christopher Conard – San Francisco Connector

My name is Christopher and I am rising 4th year Computer and Electrical Engineering major currently on co-op here at Apple in Cupertino (South Bay) until the end of the summer.  Travel is an important part of my life and I try to explore and adventure as much as possible – internationally, domestically, and locally.  I haven't spent much time in this area up until now but I'm excited to learn the land.  From what I've seen so far, it doesn’t get much better than the bay area – great weather, tons of hiking, two large international airports, white beaches, incredible food, …. and legal lane-splitting for motorcyclists!  

Jesse Morrow – San Francisco Connector

I am a 4th year Civil Engineering student, currently doing my final co-op with the project development team at Advanced Microgrid Solutions. This is my 2nd time doing a co-op in San Francisco, I worked at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 2 years ago and loved it so much that I had to come back for more! At Northeastern I am very involved with NUHOC, our hiking and outing club, and also give tours around campus. In my free time I like to bike around the city, go to concerts, hike, ski, and climb rocks! I'm looking forward to meeting some awesome Northeastern students while I am out here, and I'm excited to get everyone together for some great events.

Anna Sifferath – Los Angeles Connector

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Sifferath and I'm a third year mechanical engineering major with a minor in math. I'm currently on my second co-op at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, after completing my first in the Boston area. When I have free time, I love cooking, hiking, and exploring new places. I'm originally from southern Minnesota, and this is my first time on the west coast, so I'm excited to see as much of LA with you guys as I can over the next months!

Catherine Gong – Los Angeles Connector

Hey, I'm Cat. I'm a third-year business and psychology major, and I'm on my second co-op at Bluewolf, a consulting company. I'm from the Bay Area, so it's great to be back in California to defrost and indulge in fantastic food. I'm a big fan of traveling and spending time outside—looking forward to exploring what LA has to offer and meeting you guys in the next six months!

Ryan Pena – Hawaii Connector

Hey strangers! My name is Ryan and I am stoked to be your guys’ Co-op Connector out here in Hawaii until July. I am a fourth year physical therapy major and I am currently co-oping at Fukuji and Lum Physical Therapy in Honolulu and Kaneohe. I was born and raised in southern California and made the jump out to Boston to enjoy all that the Northeast has to offer, but was happy to accept a co-op here to dodge the frigid winter. In my free time I enjoy visiting new beaches, hiking, and binge watching shows on Netflix. I am excited to start planning some events with you guys and look forward to meeting up with you all soon!

Zachary Weinberg – Denver Connector

My name is Zachary Weinberg and I am a third year business student with concentrations in management information systems and entrepreneurship. I'm currently in the middle of my second and final coop at an information technology consulting company called Bluewolf. Since I've been in Denver I've enjoyed the local skiing, diverse food scene, and the cities very runnable neighborhoods. I'm excited to meet everyone, and can't wait to organize some fun events as a way to bring the Denver Northeastern community together. If anyone has an suggestions on activities they'd like to do please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Leandro Taveras- Seattle Connector

Hey everyone! My name's Leandro, I'm a fouth-year Computer Science major, and I'm currently co-oping at Lyft in downtown Seattle. When I'm not at work, you can likely find me at an EDM show or on a mountain snowboarding. Other than that my free time's filled with finding new places to eat, juggling and volunteering. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Jade Mimms – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Jade Mimms and I am a fourth year Biology major. I'm currently on my second co-op at the Northeastern Office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biosafety co-op. In my freetime, you'd probably catch me at Marino, blowing a paycheck on Newbury Street, or exploring the South End!

Ashley Shi – Boston Connector Committee

HI! My name is Ashley and I am a second year student currently working at Wayfair as a Claims Management Analyst. I am pursuing a combined Economics and Business Administration major. I enjoy blogging, taking photos, and making videos.

Mansi Lakhyani – Boston Connector Committee

Hello, my name is Mansi. I was born in India, brought up in Panama, and am doing a major in Psychology and Communications here at Northeastern! I am currently working at TJX in the HR department and in my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, jogging, and listening to music!

Cyril Medabalimi – Boston Connector Committee

Hi everyone! My name is Cyril Medabalimi, and I am a second-year Bioengineering major and Computer Science minor. I'm originally from central New Jersey. Currently, I am on my first co-op as a bioanalyst at XTuit Pharmaceuticals in Waltham, MA. I'm looking forward to planning cool events for everyone!

Megan Hoffman – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Megan Hoffman. I am a 3rd year Behavioral Neuroscience major with a minor in Criminal Justice. I am currently on my second co-op at New England Baptist Hospital conducting infectious disease research. On campus, I am a member of the NEURONs club, the Students to Seniors club, and a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, reading, and binge watching Netflix!

Saif Billah – Boston Connector Committee

Hey! I'm Saif, a 3rd Year Computer Engineering student on my second co-op in Boston (at Flex). I'm passionate about entrepreneurship, traveling, photography, and good food. 🙂

Maia Li – Boston Connector Committee

Hey! My name’s Maia and I’m a second year bioengineering major & math minor. I’m currently on my first co-op at the American Red Cross, working in the HLA lab. I’m California born and raised but loving the east coast. My passions include volleyball (I’m on the women’s club team here), food, and dogs.

Sarah Yaffe – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Sarah and I am a fourth year Communications student. I am currently working as an event planner at Quick Base in Cambridge for my second co-op. During my free weekends, I enjoy scouting out restaurants, fun things to do, and sights to see in and around the Boston area.

Maggie Dolan – Boston Connector Committee

I am a second-year environmental studies & international affairs major at Northeastern. This semester, I am on co-op at the Boston Water & Sewer Commission, where I work in the GIS department, mapping the city's underground with Geographic Information Systems. A passionate hiker, reader and ice cream eater, I love to explore the world, both regionally and internationally.

Lily Harris – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Lily and I am a second year nursing student from Brookline, Massachusetts. I am currently on my first co-op at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I love to travel, ski/snowboard, go camping and do pretty much anything outdoors. Can't wait to help plan some fun events around Boston!

Michelle Heyang – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a third year Behavioral Neuroscience major. I am currently on my second co-op at Harvard Medical School as a research assistant. I enjoy traveling, trying new things, and meeting new people.

Nwabisi Chikwendu – Boston Connector Committee

My name is Bisi Chikwendu and I am a third year health science student. I am currently on my first co-op at BMC HealthNet Plan in Charlestown, MA. Within Northeastern, I am a secretary for NASO (African Student Organization). I like to spend time traveling, watching movies, and volunteering.

Junru Liu – Boston Connector Committee

Hi, my name is Junru. I'm an Accounting major. This is my third year at Northeastern and second time taking part in the Co-op Connection. I really enjoy participating every activity and I'm excited to plan some cool events for everyone!. I like cooking and walking around the city.

Alexandra Mackenzie – Boston Connector Committee

Hello! I am a fourth year communications and media/screen studies combined major, and I am also completing an art minor. I am currently on co-op at The Briar Group, assisting the marketing team. My interests include art & film, backpacking, hospitality, and my job as a dog walker.

Kristin Ropiak – Boston Connector Committee

I am a second year Mechanical Engineering student. This semester is my first co-op and I work at Hologic Inc in Marlborough. when I'm on campus, I play basketball on the Women's Club Basketball team.

Talia Feldman – Boston Connector Committee

Hi! I'm Talia, a second year student majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am currently on my first co-op at Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, studying the pathology of Alzheimer's Disease. I love dancing, meeting new people, and exploring Boston!

Aline Ho – Boston Connector Committee

Hi my name is Aline Ho. I am from Brazil, but with Chinese background. I am majoring in Business and Psychology. Currently, I am a coop student at State Street Corporation. I love meeting new people and I am excited to be in this committee to connect us all.

Kasia Kumor – Boston Connector Committee

I am Kasia and I am a second year marketing concentration currently working in the Public Relations department for TJX Companies. At Northeastern, I am a part of NUMA and Fashion and Retail Society. My guilty pleasure is reality T.V. and I absolutely love all baked goods, especially cookies!