Lacarnly Creech is a senior majoring in Child Development with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Originally from New York City, Lacarnly has spent the past 7 years in Massachusetts during boarding school and college. He had an early taste of entrepreneurship, helping to start and run a coffee shop in high school. Lacarnly’s passions include social entrepreneurship, education, and technology. He plans to one day merge his interests of education and entrepreneurship through the creation of a nonprofit. He experience working with several non-profit organizations. First working at Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), which combines corporate, government, and philanthropic resources to help community organizations revitalize under-served neighborhoods. He has also interned at Boston Public Schools as well as with the Moody’s Corporation where he served as the Corporate Social Responsibility intern and collaborated with microfinance institutions such as KIVA. At Tufts, he has held several leadership positions including Jumpstart Team Leader, Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, as well as the Inter-Greek Council.
Kate Hitchner is a junior at Tufts majoring in International Relations
and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Despite being American, her first summer ever spent in America was just last year because of growing up in France and England on her father’s Roman archaeological dig sites during every summer of her life. In addition to being a Compass Mentor, she is a leader in the Tufts Entrepreneurs Society and a crew on the Tufts Sailing Team. Over the past year she helped organize the Global Investment Symposium for the International Economic Alliance and aided in planning a workshop in Washington D.C. that evaluated resolutions to the conflict in northern Kosovo and developed recommendations for the negotiation process. Kate absolutely loves getting outdoors whether it is to sail, hike, run, play lacrosse, or shoot hoops. Most importantly, she cannot wait to get to know the class of 2015 fellows and help them make their biggest, craziest ideas a reality!
David Wolf Noam is a senior passionate about soccer, writing, and traveling. Last spring he studied abroad in Germany, where he studied at Tufts in Tubingen, interned for a social fundraising firm called Altruja, an a web design startup in Berlin. Additionally he has worked for the Boston Red Sox in their Community Relations department and is currently working to launch an online magazine. David is pursuing a major in International Relations with a concentration in International Finance. A Mentor of the 2010-2011 Compass Fellowship, David looks forward to resuming his role as a Compass Mentor and is excited to meet the 2011-2012 class of Fellows!
Jackie Ochoa, originally from South Texas, is a sophomore at Tufts University where she studies International Relations, Community Health, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. Jackie loves to travel and to immerse herself in different cultures through cuisine. This past summer, Jackie participated in the Tufts in Talloires Program, where she studied environmental economics and community health initiatives to combat obesity in the United States. As a past Compass fellow, Jackie is excited to help and interact with the incoming freshmen on their social entrepreneurial ideas.
Taarika Sridhar is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Leadership Studies at Tufts University. An Indian who has grown up in the Gulf state of Oman, Taarika’s interests lie in exploring themes of corruption, innovative social ventures, and the various uses of human capital. She put these interests into action with a research trip to the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, where she investigated the social and political relations between river-island dwellers and the mainland citizens. This past summer she interned with a global think tank in Bombay, conducting research on the Indian Diaspora and their effects on the development of South Asia. Apart from such academic interests, Taarika loves to travel, read, engage in her childhood passion of Indian Classical Dance, and play word games of all kinds. She is incredibly excited to be a mentor this year, and hopes to enhance her own interest in social entrepreneurship by working with this year’s class of Compass fellows.