Meet our group leaders! These leaders are an integral part of your Summer Intensive experience here at Carey Business School. They work throughout the program to guide you and serve as a resource as you navigate living in the United States for the first time. Group Leaders join you in the classroom and at numerous social events throughout the Summer Intensive program and are always available to provide tips about navigating life in your new city, answer any questions you may have, and encourage you to try new things. With new staff joining us each summer, they bring an array of knowledge and strengths as each comes from a unique background.

Please read below to find out more about the 2019 Summer Intensive Group Leaders.  

Washington D.C. 

Amelia Gil-Figueroa

Amelia Gil-Figueroa

Site Manager

Greetings! I am your Washington, D.C., site manager! I am really looking forward to meeting you all and working with you this summer. I have lived in the D.C. area my whole life, having grown up in Vienna, Virginia just a few miles outside the city. I received my Bachelor of Music from George Mason University and just recently graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University with my Masters’ degree in Voice. During both of my degree programs, I was able to interact with and learn from people of many different nationalities and diverse groups. At Peabody, I especially noticed the need for a support and resource group for Latin/Hispanic students and worked with my peers to form a student group on our campus. Through my time at George Mason and Peabody and growing up in a Hispanic household, I have come to appreciate diversity and the importance of interacting with others from all different cultures, countries, faiths, and backgrounds. My goal for this summer is for each Summer Intensive student to feel more welcomed and a part of life here in the U.S. and for them to truly make the most of all the things this program has to offer.

Lola Adegbokun

Lola Adegbokun

Hi! I’m excited to meet you all and I can’t wait to see what adventures await us. I graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. During my undergraduate years I tutored refugees, participated in model United Nations and sang in my school’s choir while working as a desk staffer in one of the dorms. My goal for you all this summer is for each of you to feel integrated in the community and feel that you have found a home here, while building lasting memories and relationships with each other. 

Tatiana Djodevic

Tatiana Djordjevic

Hi, and welcome! I am excited to meet you all and to help you acclimate to life in Washington this summer. I am a senior at Florida State University majoring in Human Resource Management. I was raised in Maryland just outside of Annapolis. I love to travel and I just finished a summer study abroad program in Florence, Italy. In my spare time, I always have enjoyed dance. I danced for many years with classical ballet companies and also with a competition dance company. I am Zumba-certified and really enjoy teaching Zumba dance classes to my sorority sisters. This summer I look forward to helping you learn about Washington so that you will be able to take advantage of all of the great things it has to offer.

chantel pineiro

Chantel Pineiro

Hi, everyone! I’m currently a rising senior at the University of Connecticut studying Human Development and Family Studies. During the school year I work as a resident assistant helping my residents with any issue at hand and providing them with the support they need. I’m very excited to meet everyone at Johns Hopkins and expand my experiences with you all! This summer I hope to aid in the success, knowledge, and confidence of every Carey student participating in the Summer Intensive program.

Dez Hinkson

DeZ hinkson

Welcome! I am looking forward to meeting each of you and supporting you through Summer Intensive. During the year, I am an elementary/middle school science teacher. I have traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad and appreciate global connections and cultural exchange. My goal is to share with you the vibrant city of Washington, D.C., which I now call home, and to encourage you to connect with your peers and all that this city has to offer as you continue your education here.

rachel orr

Rachel Orr

Greetings! Originally from Elyria, Ohio, I’m a proud graduate of Morgan State University, in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. I earned my Master of Arts from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduation, I began my career in education in Columbus, Ohio. I have a passion for literacy in adults and youth. , While  teaching elementary and middle school reading, I was an adjunct professor at Ashford University. Living in Maryland for the past five years, I enjoy spending time with family and traveling. Most recently I’ve been to Amsterdam, Bahrain, and Dubai. This fall, I will be in Jamaica. This is my second summer working with Johns Hopkins, and I look forward to helping scholars get acclimated to D.C. in the next chapter of their lives. 

emma buchman

Emma Buchman

Welcome! I recently graduated from Washington College with a BA in French and International Studies and spent the past year teaching English to French primary school students in Corsica. I have travelled to 27 countries and studied/worked abroad on four separate occasions. I hope to one day move to London and be a professor of history. But right now, I’m back near D.C. and I’m really looking forward to working with the students and staff of the D.C. Summer Intensive! My goal this summer is to make sure everyone feels welcomed and comfortable here, and has a fantastic start to what will be an unforgettable time at The Carey Business School.

marianna williams

Marianne Williams

Program Coordinator

Greetings! This is my fourth year with the Summer Intensive program.  I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have been living in the Baltimore area for the past eight years.  I graduated with a BA in English Literature and Communications a few years ago and just received  my MBA this past May.  I enjoy cooking, archery, and traveling – I love to learn about and experience different cultures.  Be sure to take time to explore Washington D.C., and Baltimore because there are a lot of cool things to see and do in both cities!

Harbor East 

katie marshall

Katie Marshall

Site Manager

Hi, everyone, I am excited to embark on this journey with you!  I’ll be your 2018 site manager for the Harbor East Campus. I am very excited to be a part of this team and to help create a successful summer. I hope everyone is ready to explore Maryland and D.C., to make long-lasting friendships, and to create new experiences. During the year, I am a High School Special Education English Teacher in Baltimore County, and am in the process of earning my Masters of Special Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University. I graduated from Salisbury University, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and have lived in the Baltimore area since 2013. Some fun facts: I currently play women’s rugby in Annapolis, and have played for 10 years; I bicycled from Baltimore to Seattle, Washington, raising money for young adults with cancer; I love live music, and I have a cat named Simba. I love meeting new people and being outside. Baltimore has a lot to offer to those who are willing to explore. I am really looking forward to meeting all the new faces, making memories, and making sure this summer is an awesome adventure!

adrika lazarus

Adrika Lazarus

Welcome to Baltimore! I am thrilled to meet you and help you adjust to life in the U.S. I graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2017 with a BA in Communication Studies and International Affairs. I moved to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area to get involved in national and global development work. For the past year, I have served with an organization called AmeriCorps as a conflict mediator in prisons. After this, I will be in graduate school in Washington, D.C. I grew up in Kenya, India, and Indonesia before coming back to the U.S. so I hope my experiences with moving and acclimating to different cultures will benefit you in your transition. I am an avid reader, self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd (go Gryffindor!), and chocolate enthusiast. If you love to travel, eat, and explore, join me on my adventures! I am always excited to meet new people! My hope for you is that you adjust spectacularly to American life so that you can pursue your goals while being in a diverse hub like Baltimore. I hope you are able to create communities here and be truly happy while achieving your education.  

ben davidson

Ben Davidson

Hi, everyone! I recently completed a Fulbright grant teaching English in Spain and I am so excited to be back in Baltimore where I will be teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at a middle school this upcoming school year. Prior to being abroad, I was a Spanish teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools and, prior to that, I was a college student at Johns Hopkins. Overall, I have been in Baltimore since I was 18 years old and can't wait to share what I love about this great city with all of you. In my free time, I love traveling, learning about languages, running, hiking, watching too much Netflix, and drinking too much coffee. A fun fact about me is that while I easily pass for a city boy now, I used to work at a farm when I was in high school! 

justin homassel

Justin Homassel

Hello! I am very excited to get started on my first year being a group leader! I have lived in Maryland my entire life and love all things Maryland-related. I am currently attend the University of Delaware studying Political Science. I love traveling and learning about different cultures. Lastly, I’m a big sports fan and I speak French!

kayla summers

Kaylah Summers

Hello! This is my first summer working for the Summer Intensive Program at Johns Hopkins. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Education and minors in Creative Writing and Psychology at West Virginia University. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with belonging to several other organizations on campus. I grew up in Waldorf, Maryland, and plan on working in Maryland when I finish my degree. Some of the things I enjoy doing are shopping, cooking, and trying new recipes, as well as traveling and learning about different cultures. That’s one reason why I really like Baltimore, there are so many places to try new foods and emerge yourself in different cultures. I can’t wait to learn more about you this summer! 

lesli degross

Lesli DeGross

Hi!  This is my third year with Summer Intensive.  I was born and raised in Baltimore.  I recently obtained my MS in Negotiations and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore.  I am the founder of a nonprofit that supports pediatric cancer patients.  In my spare time I enjoy journaling, calligraphy, movies, and reading.  This summer I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity.  Be bold enough to step out of your comfort zone and brave enough to meet new friends, explore new places, and try new experiences every day.

jack lewis

Jack Lewis

Hello! I was born in Baltimore and grew up in nearby Columbia, Maryland. I recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Creative Writing. I’ve spent time working on political campaigns, working at a nonprofit, and writing for my school newspaper. For fun I like camping, doing improvisation and sketch comedy, and watching baseball. I love Baltimore and the state of Maryland, and I am so excited to explore them with you! 

maggie lewis

Maggie Lewis

Hello!  I am a Maryland native, living just outside of Baltimore. This is my first year with the Summer Intensive Program and I am so excited to get to know everyone and share my love of Baltimore! I am entering my third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland with a major in Public Policy. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, spending time outdoors, and knitting. Baltimore has so much to offer, from Camden Yards to the George Peabody Library to Sherwood Gardens! There is so much to explore and gain from stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, and embracing the complexities of new cultures. I encourage you all to embrace this opportunity and make the most of it!

tenesha waid

Tanesha Waid

Greetings! This is my fifth year working for the Summer Intensive Program. I'm originally from Pennsylvania, and have a ton of Philly Pride, but now it's Baltimore that I call home. During the academic year I teach for Baltimore City Public Schools as a high school English teacher and Special Educator. I love photography, music, volunteering with my church, and traveling. I'm hoping that my next international travels will take me to Cuba! My advice to you for your time in Baltimore is to explore the city as much as you can.  The harbor is great, but Baltimore's charm is also to be found in the local hang outs and the people who live here. 

taylor simpson

Taylor simpson

Hello! This is my second year working as a group leader for Summer Intensive. I graduated from Virginia Tech last year, with majors in International Studies and Spanish. I've spent two years living abroad, one in Spain and one in Costa Rica, and learning about different cultures is hugely exciting for me. This past year, I taught Spanish at a boarding school in rural Maryland, and I'm also a freshly certified yoga teacher. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, and I hope you take advantage of all the fun things there are to do in Baltimore this summer!