DC West Staff Get to know our awesome counselors! Richard, better known as "Tyler" is a first year Programming and Robotics counselor at TIC. Tyler is originally from Bethesda, Maryland and studies software engineering at Case Western Reserve University. When he's not being an super counselor, Tyler loves sailing, suba diving, and ultimate frisbee. Life's ambition for Tyler is to learn as much as he can about the world and try his best to help humankind achieve equilibrium with the planet. Tellis or "Telly D" is a first year Athletic Counselor here at TIC. Hailing from Alpena, Michigan, Telly is a rising junior at Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in psychology and minoring in communications. In his free time, Telly enjoys running cross country and track at his university. He enjoys pushing his body to new limits, both physically and mentally. Some of his favorite sports include ping pong, beac volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. Telly D hopes to some day work as a sports psychologist and provide guidance and support for those who need it most. Sophia Hoenig is a 2nd year Robotics counselor at TIC. Sophia is from Washington D.C. and is a recent graduate of the Maret School. She plans to attend Mount Holoyoke College in the fal where she will study Computer Science and Chinese. Sophia is passionate about her friends, cute socks, dogs, smiling, hugs and knitting. In her spare time she likes to wish on stars and apples and watch Star Trek. Sophia's life ambition is to make as many good friends as possible, including but not limited to family friends, dogs, cats, most unicorns, bees, robots, and goats. Sam also known as Drev is a newbie Athletics counselor at TIC this year. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Sam moved to Richmond, VA for High school and currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA. Sam is a student at James Madison University and studies Sports and Recreation Management. When Sam isn't keep his campers pumped, he has a passion for football, basketball and baseball. His hobbies include watching Dallas Cowboys football and Philadelphia 76ers basketball. Sam's ambition in life is to become a high school athletic director and football coach. Paul is a first year filmmaking counselor from Huntingtown, Maryland. Recently, Paul received a Graduate certificate for Documentary Filmmaking from George Washington University. When Paul isn't shaping te next generation of filmmakers here at TIC, he is fond of board games, walking in nature, serving in his church and watching at least one new film a day. Paul's ambition in life is...you guessed it..to make documentary films. Quanette, also know as 'Q', is a 1st year Digital Photography counselor at TIC. Hailing from the Gorgeous Prince Georges County, Maryland, Q recently graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Applied Design and a concentration in Photography. Q loves cooking, dancing, photography (obviously, right?) and just generally enjoying life. Her ultimate goal in life is to become an extraordinary photographer and own a studio and bed&breakfast. Roshni Sandhlla is the leadership&training director here at TIC. A true veteran, Roshni, has been here for 13 years; her first 8 years as a camper. Roshni is from Mclean, Virginia and currently attends The George Washington University. In her spare time she likes to play the violin, read books and engage in photography. Roshni is obsessed with the La La Land film and soundtrack. She is also fond of cat videos and country music. Life's Ambition for Roshni? To eat at the finest eating establishment ever established for eating, The Krusty Krab. Home of the Krabby Patty. Saewon is a first year Programming and Robotics counselor at TIC. She's originally from South Korea where she lived for 9 years before immigrating to the states. Saewon currently majors in Computer Science and hopes to work for Pixar or Walt Disney as a software engineer. Saewon has big dreams of buying her mother a home as well as rescuing and raising dogs and cats. In her spare time, Saewon enjoys playing the piano and violin, kayaking, and going to the movies with her sister and friends. Katey is a 2nd year Athletics Director. She recently graduated from Bucknell Universty with a degree in political science and biology and attends American University for Law and Business. In her spare time, Katey loves black&white photography, cooking, skiing, and sports in general. Katey's life's ambition is to be a United State Supreme Court Justice Leslie or 'Les', is the Site Director for the DC West location and has been with TIC for 6 years. She is from Arlington, Virginia and works with TIC year round in addition to coaching a girls ultimate frisbee team. Les loves everything about camp. She also loves reading about Ruth Bader Ginsberg and journaling about her feelings in colorful pens. Someday, when Les isn't dedicating her life to TIC, she would like to become friends with the manatee in the basement. She thinks they could enjoy pizza together, but no anchovies! Malik is a first year athletics counselor from Upper Marlboro, MD. He currently attends Garret Community College and plans to transfer to Frostburg State University in August. He enjoys many simple pleasures like playing sports, particularly basketball and listening to music. Life's ambition for Malik is to open a gym where people of all ages may attend. Mandisa, or "Mandi" is a 1st year Health Advisor with TIC. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Mandi recently graduated form Trinity University with a degree in Human Relations. When Mandi isn't keeping our campers healthy, she indulges in concerts, summer festivals, and books about history. Life's ambition for Mandi is to go back to school for a second Bachelor's degree in Nursing or a Master's in Health Management so that she can one day open her own clinic. Michelle is the Graphic Design counselor here at TIC. Originally from Bedford, New Hampshire, Michelle is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. With the aid of her Illustration degree, Michelle is currently working as a freelance illustrator and designer. When Michelle isn't making TIC a better place, she caters to her interests in health, animals, traveling, and cooking. Michelle has a life's ambition that we should admire-- to win Survivor. Karon or 'KP' is a 1st year Digital Music counselor at here at TIC. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Karon works as an Audio Producer and engineer/musician and studies Audio Production at Full Sail University. When KP isn't keeping his campers musically inclined, he enjoys playing in a go-go band and making music. Life's ambition for Karon is to travel the world, give back to the city, and help those in need. Josh is a 2nd year tennis counselor from a town called Oxted just outside of London, England. Currently Josh is studying sports science at the University of Birmingham. When he's not keeping campers active, Josh enjoys sports, TV, sports, time with friends, rowing, and a little bit of sports. Oh, and camp of course! His ambition in life is to get older by one year every year on his birthday. John is a 1st year Drama Specialist from Myrtle Beach, SC. He currently works as an actor. In his downtime, John enjoys watching movies, Netflix and other simple pleasures like going for walks, doing crosswords, and cooking. In life, John aspires to continuously pursue his acting and pass down as much wisdom and knowledge as possible to the next generation. Jeffrey, or "Jeff", is a 1st year Athletics Counselor born in D.C. and raised in Fort Washington and Waldorf, Maryland. Jeff currently attends Shenandoah University for sports management. When Jeff isn't being an awesome counselor, he enjoys working out, writing stories, watching and discussing sports. Jeff aspires to work for the Philadelphia Eagles or one of the elite sports broadcasting stations, like ESPN, CBS, FOX, or NFL Network. Jeff also aspires to bring his writing to life. Charles is a 2nd year Programming Counselor from Houston, TX. He is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. When Charles isn't making his campers smile, he enjoys gaming, NBA and College basketball and E-sports. Life's Ambition for Charles is to assist in developing new medical technology. Chrissy, or Chris is a 2nd year Athletics Counselor. Originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Chris grew up in a small suburb outside of Philly called Glen Mills. Chrissy is currently attending Bucknell University where she studies Elementary Education and French. When Chrissy isn't keeping our campers in shape, she enjoys traveling, baking, spending time with family and friends and working with children. Life's ambition for Chrissy is to be an elementary school teacher and someday become a principal at a small private school. Elyon is a 1st year Programming and Robotics teacher originally from Lagos, Nigeria, but has also lived in Chicago and now calls D.C. home. He is currently a rising senior at Howard University studying Computer Science. When he's not devoting his time to TIC, Elyon enjoys video games, skateboarding, biking, Tae Kwon Do, Still-life sketching and reading. Gerald or "G" is a 2nd year Animation Counselor at TIC. Born in DC and raised in Maryland, G is a fan of the arts-- he enjoys drawing, painting, cooking, comedy, film, and music. Gerald currently works as an elementary school art teacher. Life's ambition for G is to become a comic illustrator and later transition to movies. Harrison, better known as Harry, is an Athletics and Programming counselor. He is currently studying Game Design at Champlain College. Harry enjoys basketball, game development, skateboarding, and hiking. Life's ambition for Harry is to develop a hit game at his very own indie company. Charles is a 2nd year Athletics Counselor here at TIC. Known by his many nicknames, Chad, Chadley, and our personal favorite "The Secret Weapon", Charles hails from the "757" also known as the Virginia Beach area. Chad is currently does Community Marketing for the Washington Nationals. When he's not keeping his campers pumped for summer, he enjoys star gazing, long romantic walks on the beach, hopscotch, and fitting as many marshmallows into his mouth as possible. Life's ambition for this 'Secret Weapon' is to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Andrew is a first year Programming instructor. Although he was born in Bethesda, Maryland, Andrew refers to San Antonio, Texas as his hometown since it's where he's spent the most time. Andrew attends the College of William and Mary and majors in Computer Science. In his free time, Andrew enjoys drawing and playing board games with friends. What's his life's ambition, you ask? To create a video game company that specializes in local cooperative video games for consoles. Justin is a first year programming and animation counselor from Fairfax County, Virginia. Justin is currently a rising senior at the Clemson University in South Carolina studying Computer Science with a minor in Digital Photography. Justin is passionate about art. Drawing is his favorite form of expression, but he also appreciates regular and digital sculpting. When Justin isn't making TIC a better place, he enjoys swimming and waterpolo. Life's ambition for Justin is to score a career in animation, preferably in the movie industry. / Deirbhile, better known as Derv is a 3rd year Programming Director at TIC. Derv is from a small town called Newry in Northern Ireland. She just wrapped up her third year at Dundalk Institute of Technology studying Computing. Derv is an avid lover of Rugby and loves to program android applications. Her life's ambition is firstly, to complete her degree and secondly to surround herself with things that she loves and happy, positive people. Olivia, better known as Liv here at TIC is a 3rd year Multimedia Director. She's from Wolverhampton, England and currently works at McDonalds, but has big plans to start PACE in September. Her hobbies include Gaelic football and Grey's Anatomy. Life's ambition for Liv is to travel the world and finally win a pub quiz..or at least do better than her last. Phil, also known as "FIL" is a 3rd year Athletic Director from Arlington, Virginia. He is a recent grad of James Madison University and currently teaches P.E. at Nativity in Burke, VA. His hobbies include ALL sports, eating candy, and going to the beach, in no particular order. Phil aspires to own the Atlanta Falcons and be the reason that they win a Superbowl. Like most people, Phil would also like to win the lottery. Sophie is a 1st year filmmaking counselor from Arlington, Virginia. She currently attends Colorado College studying her own independently designed major; film studies and foreign language. When Sophie isn't shaping the next generation of creative directors, she enjoys arts and crafts and traveling. Life's ambition for Sophie is to make great films in unusual places. Chanel is our Extended Day Supervisor and it's her first year with TIC. Originally from Washington D.C., Chanel attends Salisbury University majoring in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolutions. When she's not providing for our extended day campers, Chanel enjoys researching and studying mental health. Her ambition in life is to be a Psychiatric counselor and a juvenile probation counselor. Janelle is our Social Media Coordinator joining us for her first year with TIC. She was born in Hampton, VA, raised in Camp Springs, Maryland and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Janelle is a recent graduate of Morgan State University where she studied Broadcasting and Integrated Media Production and currently studying for her MBA at Towson University. She is also working as a professional photographer and freelance videographer. When Janelle isn't capturing memories at TIC, she enjoys cooking, being creative thru several media platforms, and being with family&friends. Life's ambition for Janelle is to leave a legacy that generations to come can be proud of. Khem is a 2ND year programming and robotics counselor. Khem was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but grew up in Fresno, LA. He is currently attending University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Robotics Engineering. Khem loves to play volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. In his spare time, he likes to draw and occasionally play video games. Khem also enjoys hockey and soccer. In the future, Khem wants to have a job that can benefit others in addition to himself. Aakash, also known as Adi is a 1st year Programming counselor here at TIC. Adi hails from Gujarat, India which is known for being the “Hometown of Prime Minister Modi”. He is currently a graduate student at George Washington University majoring in Computer Science in Natural Language Processing. Adi’s hobbies include tennis and ping pong and he considers himself a citizen of the Internet more than a citizen of the country. Adi is an advocate for programming and his life’s ambition is to bring revolutionary changes in the development of applications using Natural Language.