VA Staff

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

TIC Position: Site Director

Years at TIC: 7th year

School/Profession: JMU ’12, 3rd Grade Teacher at Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA

Life’s Ambition: to earn a PhD in Educational Policy and work onn education reform

Hobbies/Passions: Chipotle, Harry Potter, Ultimate Frisbee, Taylor Swift

Colin Sundwick

Colin Sundwick

TIC Position: Training and Development Director

Years at TIC: 5th year

School/Profession: University of Pittsburgh ’11 and ’12/6th Grade Science teacher at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, VA

Life’s Ambition: To visit every Major League Baseball stadium, learn guitar, win some teaching awards, throw a 90 mile per hour fastball.

Hobbies/Passions: I love watching and playing sports, listening to music, binge-watching shows on Netflix, trying new restaurants

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Kelsey Brennan

TIC Position: Athletics Director

Years at TIC: 3rd year

School/Profession: JMU ’11/3rd Grade Teacher at Armstrong Elementary School in Reston, VA

Life’s Ambition: Travel to every continent (maybe not Antarctica) at least once in my life

Hobbies/Passions: Cooking, reading, Netflix

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Seren Moon

TIC Position: Multimedia Director

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: Sheffield Hallam University (North of England), studying Graphic Design & Advertising.  I’ll graduate in 2017 with a Master’s in Graphic Design!

Life’s Ambition: to build a house overlooking my hometown in Wales, the sort of house that looks like it’s been there forever.

Hobbies/Passions: My daily routine involves looking at pretty things on the internet.  When I’m not scrolling through Graphic Design blogs, I spend a lot of time taking photographs, listening to rock music, in the gym and going on long walks 🙂 When I have time, I play netball – it’s a real sport, honestly.

Roshni Sandhlla

Roshni Sandhlla

TIC Position: Programming Director

Years at TIC: 12th year, 4th as an employee, 1st as a director

School/Profession: George Washington University, studying Psychology and Political Science

Life’s Ambition: To be Taylor Swift’s/Selena Gomez’s/Ariana Grande’s/Zac Brown Band’s/Thomas Rhett’s backup singer, and to be 5’5″

Hobbies/Passions: Reading, photography

Michael Andree

Michael Andree

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Currently at JMU studying Music Education

Life’s Ambition: I hope to teach music education to kids one day, with my dream job being to direct a High School orchestra!

Hobbies/Passions: Playing the violin, teaching violin, playing sports (especially soccer), cooking, playing videogames,, watching Marvel movies, playing with my Australian Shepherd puppy, and eating burritos 🙂

Arda Arslan

Arda Arslan

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: University of Maryland studying Aerospace Engineering

Life’s Ambition: Retire by the European beachfront while I’m young enough to enjoy it

Hobbies/Passions: Following Taylor Swift’s love life.

Jake Baker

Jake Baker

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 6th year, 2nd as a counselor

School/Profession: Just graduated from Langley High School, attending University of Pittsburgh in the fall to study Engineering.

Life’s Ambition: I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was. To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause.

Hobbies/Passions: I love being active by either playing sports (like soccer or basketball), or going on hikes with friends. Music is one of my favorite things in life, whether it is listening to it or playing it on the guitar or viola.

Emily Beagle

Emily Beagles

TIC Position: Digital Photography Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: R.I.T., studying Advertisement Photography/running a freelancing business

Life’s Ambition: Getting paid to travel for work & win Redbull BC1

Hobbies/Passions: Breakdancing/volleyball/Muay Thai

Christian Bean

Christian Bean

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: William & Mary studying Psychology and Philosophy

Life’s Ambition: To become a clinical psychologist and help people lead more fulfilling lives and to discover (or create, if I must) the perfect fast food restaurant

Hobbies/Passions: Fiction, fast food, rugby, heated philosophical arguments

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Nick Benedetto

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: JMU studying Integrated Science & Technology

Life’s Ambition: To meet Lebron James and [politely] tell him he [is overrated]

Hobbies/Passions:Play racquetball sometimes, ball hard

Maddy Boyle

Maddy Boyle

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

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Ashley Brook

Ashley Brook (a.k.a. Ash)

TIC Position: Filmmaking Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession:Graduate of Ohio State and Savannah College of Art and Design/most recently worked as a Communications Supervisor and Producer for a 10 minute documentary and professionally designed and written magazine.

Life’s Ambition: To be on Jeopardy, visit every continent, finish a few more documentaries, and to help the youth of today be the superstars of tomorrow!

Hobbies/Passions: Collecting obscure vinyl records, seeing dinosaurs in museums, all things animals, installation art, terrarium making, watching movies, baking, and drinking coffee.  I also really want a dog, but please, don’t tell my cat yet!

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Fletcher Buckley

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

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Tim Busekrus

Tim Busekrus

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: George Mason University, studying Sports Journalism

Life’s Ambition: To surf a 100 foot wave

Hobbies/Passions: volleyball, soccer, surfing, skiing

Jon Casey

Jon Casey

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year, 1st at VA

School/Profession: Northern Virginia Community College studying business.

Life’s Ambition:  I want to complete my Bachelor’s Degree and establish a good career for myself.  I would also love to skydive and travel abroad.

Hobbies/Passions: Playing basketball, mountain biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Arcelia Cohen

Arcelia Cohen

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 6th year, 1st as a counselor

School/Profession: I just graduated from James Madison HS and will be attending Liberty University to study Forensic Science and Criminal Justice: Homeland Security.

Life’s Ambition: To help out the less fortunate and work for the CIA, so I can protect our country.  If possible, I would also like to serve in the Marine Corps.

Hobbies/Passions: playing softball, doing puzzles, cooking, wiring robots for my robotics team, playing with my dog, and hanging out with friends.  My passion is to work with children and be a great influence on them. I also want to help impoverished children have a better life.

Sarah Coughlin

Sarah Coughlin

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 10th year! (1st as a counselor)

School/Profession: Pikesville High School

Life’s Ambition: Move to Fiji and live until 100, and travel to 10 places on each continent

Hobbies/Passions: I love playing golf and tennis and listening to music.

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Phil Dinunzio (a.k.a. Philly D!)

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: JMU studying Sports and Recreation Management

Life’s Ambition:  See the Atlanta Falcons win one Super Bowl PLEASE. I would also enjoy visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Hobbies/Passions: sports, the Atlanta Falcons, playing with my two cute kittens!

Mike Evanko

Mike Evanko

TIC Position: Athletics/Tennis Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

School/Profession: University of South Carolina, studying Finance and Global Supply Chain & Operations Management

Life’s Ambition: Work for an international charity and have a song I wrote get on the radio

Hobbies/Passions: guitar, sports, music

Hemad Fakoor

Hemad Fakoor

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: In college I studied Biology, Human Nutrition, Food, & Exercise, and Chemistry as an undergraduate, and Biophysics and Physiology as a graduate student

Life’s Ambition: Build a diagnostic medical devices and develop cancer gene therapies

Hobbies/Passions: I like electronics, computers, martial arts, cars, coding, science, comic books, and math…oh, and I also like sports and health.

Neil Fitzgerald

Neil Fitzgerald (a.k.a. Fitzer)

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 3rd year

School/Profession: National College of Ireland, studying Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: To be the Joker

Hobbies/Passions: computer science, music, training to be a ninja.

Pat Graziosi

Pat Graziosi

TIC Position: Digital Photography Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Currently run an online education series on Youtube called Life Noggin.  Graduated from college in 2016 with a degree in Film.

Life’s Ambition: to help as many people as possible, whether through art, education, positive and logical thinking. I also want to eat as many noodles as humanly possible.

Hobbies/Passions: I love making positivity videos and taking photos. Also long walks but not on beaches because sand gets everywhere!

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Matt Gregory

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 8th year, 1st as a counselor

School/Profession: Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: Program as a job

Hobbies/Passions: Playing tennis, videogames, programming

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Gabi Gresenz

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 5th year, 2nd as a counselor

School/Profession: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, hoping to study Computer Science in College.

Life’s Ambition: to do something that will make history textbooks

Hobbies/Passions: ukulele, programming

Matt Halvorson

Matt Halvorson

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, studying Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: Found a startup in San Francisco and get acquired by Google and make millions.

Hobbies/Passions: Building my own website from scratch, playing frisbee, golf, and football, learning how to slackline.

Ariana Herbst

Ariana Herbst

TIC Position: Programming/Robotics Counselor

Years at TIC: 3rd Year

School/Profession: Virginia Tech, studying Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: Get the computer to do the thing I tell it

Hobbies/Passions: music, rowing, puzzles

Fiona Hilton

Fiona Hilton (a.k.a Fi)

TIC Position: Filmmaking Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession:Leeds Trinity University (England), studying Film and TV Studies

Life’s Ambition:  To own a penguin…or a more realistic option to work as an editor or vision mixer for a big American TV broadcasting company such as ABC/NBC or film companies such as Disney.

Hobbies/Passions: going to the theatre in London (saw Les Miserables and Billy Elliott), dance, art and design,  illustrating

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Corey Hodge

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 7th year, 2nd as a counselor

School/Profession: Graduated from Langley High School, attending Clemson in the fall to study Mechanical Engineering

Life’s Ambition: To graduate college and be successful while enjoying my time outside of my career with coaching.

Hobbies/Passions: I play High School lacrosse, frisbee in my free time. I  coach lacrosse and basketball and love to hike and just be outside.

Katie Hummel

Kate Hummel

TIC Position: Digital Music Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: JMU, studying Music Composition/freelance violinist and Celtic fiddler, teach violin and Celtic fiddlingto students as young as 4 years old, artist

Life’s Ambition:  I would love to write soundtracks for movies, TV, commercials, and games.  My dream would be writing the next soundtrack for a Pixar or Dreamworks movie!

Hobbies/Passions: playing and writing music, cooking, baking, reading, playing with my puppy named Pickle, volunteering at the local thrift shop, eating ice cream, watching Marvel movies, hiking, gardening, putting on makeup, pinteristing, driving, and making colored pencil and acrylic art.

Nick Jackson

Nick Jackson (a.k.a. Dr. J)

TIC Position: Digital Music Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Shenandoah University, studying Music Education

Life’s Ambition: to be a great educator and inspirer

Hobbies/Passions: Film scoring, throwing frisbees, playing saxophone, listening to music, mrispelling words

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Jasia Johnson

TIC Position: Graphic Design Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, studying English Education

Life’s Ambition: To own and manage multiple learning institutions

Hobbies/Passions: Art (2D design, graphic design, photography, sketching), music (singing, composition), cosmetics, writing, instructing/teaching

Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

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Peter Kim

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

Life’s Ambition:  To make a difference in the world and have fun along the way

Hobbies/Passions: Lacrosse, chess, programming, watching movies, hiking, traveling

Emma Kornegay

Emma Kornegay

TIC Position: Animation Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA

Life’s Ambition: To spend my life happy, doing what I love (which is art) and living with a person I love as a friend or partner with lots of animals.

Hobbies/Passions: I do artwork as my passion as well as hobby. I knit, crochet, weave, spin, yarn, draw constantly, write and play videogames way too much.

Danny Kostelancik

Daniel Kostelancik (a.k.a. Danny)

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Northwestern University, studying Civil Engineering

Life’s Ambition: Do my Arnold Schwarzenegger impression to Arnold

Hobbies/Passions: Playing instruments, singing, running, climbing roofs, setting records on Guitar Hero, breakdancing

Jake Lewis

Jake Lewis

TIC Position: Animation Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd year

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Angesom Mezgebo

Angesom Mezgebo

TIC Position: Robotics Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: to be a Software Engineer and have a good family

Hobbies/Passions: reading, playing soccer, and swimming

Jackie Muir

Jackie Muir

TIC Position: Graphic Design Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Longwood University, studying Graphic and Animation Design where I’ve learned to make my own posters, comics, and movies!

Life’s Ambition: I want to create cartoons for Nickelodeon one day!

Hobbies/Passions: I love drawing and all things art related! I also love superheroes, so I read and collect comic books on a daily basis! I am also a horse back riding instructor, where I get to ride a horse whose name is Batman!

Sean Muth

Sean Muth

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: Athletics Counselor

School/Profession: Graduated from Yorktown HS and will attend William & Mary in the fall

Life’s Ambition: To increase my free-throw shooting percentage

Hobbies/Passions: I have played basketball my whole life and love watching college basketball and the NBA playoffs. I also love watching movies with friends and have occasionally made amateur films with them.

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Erin Poplin

TIC Position: Filmmaking Counselor

Years at TIC: 9th year, 1st as a counselor

School/Profession: Falls Church HS

Life’s Ambition: To be a famous actress

Hobbies/Passions: Anything artistic, painting & drawing etc. And most definitely watching, movies & especially documentaries.

Maddy Poplin

Maddy Poplin

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 2nd as a counselor

School/Profession: Graduated from Falls Church High School, attending University of South Carolina in the fall to study nursing

Life’s Ambition: To be happy and inspire others

Hobbies/Passions: Field Hockey, soccer, & love fashion/clothes

Evan Scholl

Evan Scholl

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Rochester Institute of Technology, studying Computer Science

Life’s Ambition: I’m studying computer science to become a programmer.  Specifically, I would love to end up in videogame development, but I’ll go wherever the road takes me.

Hobbies/Passions: I am infatuated with music, and love playing both videogames and tabletop games.

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Lucas Sellem

TIC Position: Athletics Counselor

Years at TIC: 5th year, 1st as a counselor

School/Profession: Yorktown High School

Life’s Ambition: I want to find good people who treat me well.

Hobbies/Passions: Basketball, music, soccer, friends, movies, dog (Corky)

Sam Simpson

Samantha Simpson (a.k.a. Sam)

TIC Position: Health Advisor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Virginia Tech ’11, VCU ’16/Worked in Higher Education at VT and VCU for 5 years

Life’s Ambition: Helping others learn, grow and find their passions

Hobbies/Passions: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading (for fun, not for school!)

Michelle Song

Michelle Song

TIC Position: Athletics/Tennis Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Tufts University, studying Economics

Life’s Ambition: Raise a lion cub

Hobbies/Passions: hobbies, meeting dogs in parks

Alexandra Stough

Alexandra Stough (a.k.a. Alex)

TIC Position: Extended Day Supervisor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: Bloomsburg University with a Secondary Education English degree/currently a substitute teacher

Life’s Ambition: To be a teacher that makes a difference

Hobbies/Passions: Reading, singing, spending time with family and friends

Kody Stremick

Kody Stremick

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 9th year, 1st as a counselor

School/Profession: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, hoping to major in Physics in college

Life’s Ambition: To be a quantum physicist

Hobbies/Passions: Music (singing/drumming/formerly clarinet), theatre, marching band/drumline…basically, I like being loud.

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Myles Stremick

TIC Position: Athletics/Drama Counselor

Years at TIC: 10th year, 3rd as a counselor

School/Profession: University of Virginia, studying computer engineering

Life’s Ambition: Be Timone on Broadway’s production of the Lion King

Hobbies/Passions: Singing, acting, sportsing, living

Alyssa Willis

Alyssa Willis

TIC Position: Filmmaking Counselor

Years at TIC: 1st year

School/Profession: William & Mary, studying Kinesiology

Life’s Ambition: Film editor or fitness instructor

Hobbies/Passions: Playing guitar and ukulele, working out, making Youtube videos

Zack Yaro

Zachary Yaro

TIC Position: Programming Counselor

Years at TIC: 6th year, 3rd as a counselor

School/Profession: Rochester Institute of Technology ’16, degree in Game Design and Development and Software Engineering

Life’s Ambition: To design and develop the best digital experiences

Hobbies/Passions: Programming, user interface/user experience design, level design, videogames, science fiction, science that is no longer fiction, acting, singing, and poi (the performance art, not the food).