MD Staff

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Jared Senator

TIC Position: Site Director

Years at TIC: 10 years and counting!

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

College: University of Maryland, College Park class of 2012

Life’s ambition: Wake up surrounded by puppies and kittens and develop the ability to communicate with all of the animals

Hobbies/Passions: Video games, baseball, sports, coaching youth teams, anything to do with the great outdoors!

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Anna Duke

TIC Position: Training and Development Director

Years at TIC: 11 years!

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

College: St. Mary’s College of MD, Majoring in History with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Life’s Ambition: To find Dory

Hobbies/Passions: Dance, Doing Me, Living Life, Ultimate Frisbee

 

 

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Moriah Browning

TIC Position: Multimedia Director

Years at TIC: 3 years!

Hometown: Beltsville, MD

College: Bennington College class of 2015

Life’s Ambition: To go to Antarctica and play with Penguins!

Hobbies/Passions: Watching Hockey and Ruby Programming!

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Christian Vaughan

TIC Position: Programming and Robotics Director

Years at TIC: 6 years!

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

College: RIT Class of 2020

Life’s Ambition: My only goal is to end up working for TIC….Mission accomplished!

Hobbies/Passions: Guitar, programming, Magic the Gathering (endorsement opportunities please!), Soccer, anything awesome!

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 Ian Blackwood

TIC Position: Athletic Director

Years at TIC: 11 years

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

College: Graduated with a major in Communication

Life’s Ambition: Happiness, just like Beyonce

Hobbies/Passions: Sports, games, juggling, spelunking, travel and fun.

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Zachary Crimmel

Nickname: Zach

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 12

Hometown: Salisburgy University, Majoring in Communications

Life’s Ambition: Find out what sea Spongebob lives in.

Hobbies/Passions: Hunting for Spongebob, writing, video games and Ultimate Frisbee

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Kelly Waychoff

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: First year!

Hometown: Bethesda, MD, more precisely the Kensington/Parkwood area. We’ve never moved; my parents have had this house since my older sister was born.

College: Haverford College, Majoring in mathematics, with a minor in Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: After graduating from Haverford, I hope to go to grad school, either for math or computer science. After that, I don’t have a clear picture of what I want to do. One possibility is teaching, possibly for K-12, but more likely at the college level. At this point I’m really open to anything, I’ve always enjoyed almost every academic subject, and maybe this summer at TIC will help me learn about myself and my goals!

Hobbies/Passions: When I am at school, I sing in an acappella  group and write and act for a new sketch comedy group. I love theater and singin, and I also love to paint and draw. One of the reasons I love math and computer science is that it has really cool applications in art. I am very excited to be home for the summer because I love to cook and bake, which I can’t do while I’m away at school. I love to watch and read science fiction, and I have a thriving rock collection. This summer, when not at camp, I’ll be reading, arranging music, writing sketchers, and teaching myself to sew.

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Matthew Hanson

Nickname: Matt

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 2 years

Hometown: I am from MCLean, VA. Grown up there my whole life but went to Bullis in Potomac, MD since 6th grade.

College: Miami University (OH), in the Farmer Business school, Majoring in Finance

Life’s Ambition: ??

Hobbies/Passions: I love golfing and playing baseball whenever I can. I also really enjoy going to concerts.

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Joel Maiman

Nicknames: Jojo, Billy, J-Money

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 2 many 2 count

Hometown: West Philadelphia, born & raised

College: Wash U in St. Louis, Majoring in Ultimate Frisbee

Life’s Ambition: To get my vertical up to 12 inches, get a Callahan during DIII Natties, high-five every camper

Hobbies/Passions: Breakfast for Dinner (Brinner) (eating, not making)

 

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Miles Hamilton

TIC Position: Tennis Counselor

Years at TIC: One!

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Profession: Graphic Designer

Life’s Ambition: Inspire, Create, Find Success, Be Fulfilled

Hobbies/Passions: Hockey & Snowboarding

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Heather Langley

Nickname: Hev

TIC Position: Programming & Robotic Counselor

Years at TIC: 3

Hometown: The Little Town on Rugby (namesake of Rugby: The Sport) in the exact middle of England. I now live in Aberdeen in the north of Scotland (not MD)

College: University of Aberdeen, Majoring in Chemistry

Life’s Ambition: To become American, fingers crossed working at TIC will help.

Hobbies/Passions: Ultimate Frisbee, reading X-Men comics (my favourite character is night crawler), playing videogames on my 3DS, drinking tea, going to museums (I’ve been to all the Smithsonians, so maybe it’s a passion), reading non-comic books, like with words and no pictures!

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Christian Bowman

TIC Position: Programming Guru

Years at TIC: Newbie!

Hometown: I was born in NC but have lived in CA, VA PA, WV, and MD. I now live in Olney.

College: Albright College, Majoring in Math and Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: Work at a clandestine government agency with a 3 letter acronym

Hobbies/Passions: Running (way too much), Reading Science Fiction (just enough), Resting (not enough)

Role Models: Abraham Lincoln, Jack Skellington, and Uncle Sam. Tall dudes with quirky ideas.

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Thomas Corrigan

Nickname: Tommy

TIC Position: Extended Day Supervisor

Years at TIC: First year!

Hometown: Salisbury, MD

Profession: 5th Grade Teacher at a Catholic school in Washington, DC.

Life’s Ambition: I am a songwriter and painter. I would love to make a living educating and creating.

Hobbies/Passions: Songwriting, painting/drawing, cooking, and playing soccer.

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Andrew Cecil

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: SECRET CLASSIFIED INFO

College: Confirmed.

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Basketball!!

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Mehrzad van Gieson

Nickname: Mez

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: I moved to Rockville/Potomac in second grade.

College: UMD, Majoring in Computer Engineering

Life’s Ambition: I would love to be able to make awesome games when I get older!

Hobbies/Passions: I do a lot of writing in my spare time, as well as making YouTube videos with friends.

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Clifton Harris

TIC Position: Animation Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

College: I Forget

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Basketball!

 

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David Klinger

TIC Position: Programming/Robotics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2

Hometown: Potomac, MD

College: University of Chicago, Majoring in Math, Computer Science and Geography

Life’s Ambition: Academia! I love teaching and research

Hobbies/Passions: Reading long books about history, looking at old maps, programming (duh), exploring Chicago, the NYTimes crossword

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Marisa Lu

TIC Position: Programming

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: Potomac, MD (Alma Mater: Churchill HS)

College: Majoring in Human Computer Interaction & Design

Life’s Ambition: Become an accomplished designer/artistic director/illustrator/innovator/concept artist and humanitarian. (Possibly earn enough money to indulge in philanthropy?)

Hobbies/Passions: Digital painting, visiting art galleries/museums, freelance illustration, rapid prototyping in Framer, computational art in Javascript, figure skating, teaching, reading, ballroom dancing, memorizing fun facts, Billy Goat Trail hiking, rock climbing

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Kelsey Starks

TIC Position: Graphic Design Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: Born in Washington, DC but moved to MD at 5. Grew up in Waldorf, MD.

College: Majoring in Graphic Design and Human Computer Interactions

Life’s Ambition: Work as a UX Designer for a company like Microsoft or Google.

Hobbies/Passions: Art, eating and binge-watching television shows.

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Conor Barr

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years: Three Years!

Hometown: I DON’T KNOW

College: College of University

Life’s Ambition: To be the next Bobby D (Bob Dylan). Failing that, the next Steph Curry/Basketball

Hobbies/Passions: Clay Thomson Fan Club

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Rob Wilke

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: UNLIMITED

College: Yes.

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Dwayne Wade

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Jay Savindu

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 5!

Hometown: Rockville, MD

College: The University of Miami, Ohio

Life’s Ambition: Perpetual 52 Card Pickup

Hobbies/Passions: Bucket Hats

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Charlie Vines

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Nicknames: Lou/Cindy Lou Who

Years at TIC: This is the first of many!

Life’s Ambition: To Be The Best Counselor Ever

Hobbies/Passions: Smiling. That’s it.

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Whitney Huang

Nickname: Whit

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Hometown: Quito, Ecuador. I’ve lived there my whole life and moved to Washington D.C.

College: American University, Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health Promotion

Life’s Ambition: Getting a PhD, getting married and having children, working at my own office, travelling around the world

Hobbies/Passions: Basketball is my biggest passion. I Love watching movies, cooking and travelling

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Niels Verhoeren

Years at TIC: 3!

Hometown: Born in DC, raised in Bethesda

College: UMBC, majoring in Information Systems

Life’s Ambition: Invent my own line of computers (to compete with Microsoft/Macintosh, it can’t be that hard, right?)

Hobbies/Passions: I love playing video games and I’m a huge movie lover. I also enjoy taking old computers and restoring them so they can be used again. One person’s trash is another’s treasure!

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William Fausnaugh

Nicknames: Will or Willy are fine by me!

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: This’ll be my first!

Hometown: I was born in Gaithersburg, but have lived in Bethesda going on 11 years

College Major: Sophomore at U-MD, Majoring in Special Education, but I’m going to withdraw temporarily to go volunteer in Thailand teaching English in schools in Koh Samui, Chiang Mia, and Surat Thani, building and renovation schools in Koh Samui, helping at a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Kanchanaburi province, teaching English to monks at a currently unknown monastery, and assisting with women’s empowerment initiatives in Bangkok.

Life’s Ambition: My main goal in life is to make this world a better place. So many people are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that they don’t take the time to stop and appreciate the things in life that have really made them who they are. I am studying to become a teacher because I believe I can help instill a passion for learning and a desire to have an open mind and be compassionate in children during their critical, formative years. I want to be able to leave this world better than I found it.

Hobbies/Passions: I love music, playing and watching football, being outdoors, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and gardening. I also enjoy volunteering and serving the community. The only jobs I’ve ever had that I’ve enjoyed have been ones where I work with kids. I’ve been a camp counselor at Washington Episcopal School for two summers, and have also taught math for the last two years at centers in Bethesda and Darnestown.

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Alex Alavi

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: Too many to count!

Hometown: Kokomo, HI

College: The School Of Life Is All I Need

Life’s Ambition: Figure out the secret sauce that makes TIC so amazing, bottle it, use it on my famous buffalo wings.

Hobbies/Passions: THE GREAT WIDE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE

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Revekah Espina

Nickname: Vek

TIC Position: Digital Photo Counselor

Years at TIC: First year!

Hometown: Owings Mills, MD

College: Just graduated with a bachelor in Philosophy and Fine Arts!

Life’s Ambition: To become a photographer and retoucher for a great company and eventually have my own creative marketing business.

Hobbies/Passions: MUSIC! I love to sing and dance. I also play the piano. I also love ART! I love to do drawings in my sketchbook as well as digital drawings on my tablet and banner designs, and graphic designs on Illustrator. I visit museums and galleries when I Can and I also love to cook and go fishing with my Dad.

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Emma Eary

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: England, UK

College: Hard to Define

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Nacho Cheese Doritos

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Rebecca McFarlane

TIC Position: Film Counselor

Nicknames: Rebecca, Bekki, Bek 🙂

Hometown: I live in a small town in England called St. Helens which is in-between two big cites: Manchester and Liverpool.

College: Edge Hill University, Majoring in Film and Television Production

Life’s Ambition: My main goal for when I complete university is to become a creative media or film-making teacher, helping students to explore and love this subjects as much as I do, and I’ll enjoy helping them achieve their chosen career in the media industry.

Hobbies/Passions: Going to the cinema and watching the latest film releases (especially Marvel), quiz nights, karaoke nights, drawing (mostly cartoons), creating my own productions, working at Dominoes and making amazing pizza, listening to music, heading to comedy clubs, theater and travelling!


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Matt Koenig

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: At least two!

Hometown: Juno, Alaska

School: High School, headed for the Ivies

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Blow-drying my hair

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Gabrielle Muir

Nicknames: Gabi

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: First Year!

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

College: Mount Holyoke College, Probable Major in Biology and Comp Sci

Life’s Ambition: Work on the human genome project.

Hobbies/Passions: I love baking and cake decorating, and playing the Nancy Drew series of video games.

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Betsie Blanco

TIC Position: Health Advisor

Years at TIC: First year!

Hometown: I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. Earlier this year, I became a homeowner and live in Kensington, MD.

College: UMUC, Majoring in Healthcare Administration

 Life’s Ambition: Career wise, my goal would be to be an administrator of a private medical practice. More importantly, I hope to be able to travel and explore different countries, with Spain, Iceland, and Thailand on the top of the list!

Hobbies/Passions: I am a major foodie. I love trying new cuisines and going to new restaurants. Also, as a new homeowner, I like to spend my free time adding personal touches to our home with shopping trips for home decor or Pinteerest inspired DIY projects.

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Ben Gersh

TIC Position: Technology Counselor

Years at TIC: 1 year! Ish!

School: Connelley School of the Holy Child

 Life’s Ambition: ~~Life Goes Around~~

Hobbies/Passions: Still figuring it out

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Lisa Bodley-Bjorklund

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor, Drama Specialist

Years at TIC: 2!

Hometown: What is a hometown, really?

College: College of University

Life’s Ambition: Life Goes Around

Hobbies/Passions: Running!!!!

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Moses Hetfield

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 8th Year! (Third as counselor!)

Hometown: Cabin John, MD

College: Stanford University, Majoring in history

Life’s Ambition: I would like to teach high school, but if that doesn’t work out, my backup plan is to become a Disney princess.

Hobbies/Passions: Baking bread, smiling, flashlight sing.

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Camille Santiago

Nickname: Everyone has always called me Camel

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 2

Hometown: I was born in DC and grew up in Arlington, VA

College: I have just finished my first year of college at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I intend to major in Anthropology and Human Bio and minor in Spanish.

Life’s Ambition: Become a pediatrician and hike the Appalachian trail

Hobbies/Passions: I love baking, rock climbing, reading, taking naps in hammocks, climbing trees, doing any form of art or crafting and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Amanda Asofsky

TIC Position: Graphic Design Counselor

Years at TIC: This is my second year!

Hometown: I am from Gaithersburg, MD, a place filled with interesting people and fascinating things that helped foster me into the amazing yet humble individual I am today.

College: Oberlin College, where I am getting an art degree

Life’s Ambition: I would like to be a concept artist or game designer. Really any creative field where I get to work with other creative people.

Hobbies/Passions: Besides drawing, I like creating D&D worlds and plotlines and then torturing players through them. I also like cooking without measuring the ingredients and then eating without measuring my consumption, teach myself Italian, playing video games, binge watching cartoons, and swimming.

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Rachel Griffith

Years at TIC: The First of Many!

Hometown: Stratford Upon Avon, England

College: University of the Brits, UK

Life’s Ambition: To perfect my Ricky Gervais impression.

Hobbies/Passions: Ryan doesn’t know.

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Rachel Arbacher

TIC Position: Athletic Counselor

Years at TIC: 1

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

College: NYU

Life’s Ambition: To win the Annual TIC Costume Contest

Hobbies/Passions: SONG AND DANCE AND ACTING MOSTLY DANCE. ALSO FRISBEE

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Bradley Soll

TIC Position: Athletic/Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1

Hometown: The Woods

College: TBD

Life’s Ambition: Catch 100 Eevees in Pokemon-Go

Hobbies/Passions: Boccee, Shuffleball, Curling

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Matthew Kupferschmid

TIC Position: Athletic/Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1

Hometown: Westwards

College: TBD

Life’s Ambition: Successfully bottle flip

Hobbies/Passions: Human pyramids, bottle flipping, traffic cones.