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. 

Kameron Winters

Kameron Winters

Site Manager

Hi, everyone! I am Kameron, or Kam for short. I will be the Site Manager for Washington, DC. I started working at Carey in March as the new Assistant Director of Student Services, but have worked in higher education since 2012. I started my career in my home state of Florida, at the University of South Florida, then continued my career at UC Berkeley and American University. I graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of West Florida and a MEd from the University of South Florida. I love rock climbing, working out, cooking, hanging out with my two cats, and traveling. I have lived in the DC area for over four years so I am excited to show you around! Welcome to Carey!

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 recent Florida State University graduate; I majored 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.

Dinah Holmquist

Dinah Holmquist

Hello and welcome! This is my first year as a summer group leader and I look forward to getting to know you all as you adjust to life in a new city! I am currently in a graduate program in Washington, DC, studying Intercultural Communications and International Education. My undergraduate study abroad in Jordan sparked my love for international education and appreciating and building relationships with people of other cultures and countries. I hope to go back to the Middle East one day, as I fell in love with the people, food, and culture there! Some of my hobbies include playing board games and card games, active outside adventure, and eating great food. This summer, I hope to connect with all of you, learn about your individual goals and dreams, and help you transition to life in a new city and culture.

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.

Maddy Mirra

Maddy Mirra

Hi, I am so excited to be a part of this program with all of you this summer! I graduated from the University of Delaware last May with a degree in Elementary Education and concentration in English as a Second Language. I currently live and teach in New Jersey. I am an ESL teacher for 3rd-5th grade students. My goal for you is to absorb all you can during this program, not only in regards to academics but through new experiences within the community. Washington D.C. is full of fun experiences and I look forward to helping you explore all it has to offer.

Yaritza Rodriguez

Yaritza Rodriguez

Hello everybody! This is my first summer as a Group Leader and I’m so excited to meet you all! I received my undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University after which, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Paraguay. My favorite part of living and working in a new country was the opportunity to build life-long connections with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I hope that all Summer Intensive students are able to create these connections as well, right in the heart of the international hub that is Washington, D.C. In my spare time, I like to practice yoga, go hiking, and travel. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs

Hey everyone! I recently graduated from Towson University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. At Towson, I worked as a teaching assistant and as the building manager for my residence hall. I hope to one day become a Child Psychologist and teach psychology at a university. All my life I have lived in Maryland and I am very familiar with Washington D.C. and the city of Baltimore. I have spent many summers working as a camp counselor and interning for a therapy center. In my free time, I enjoy playing my guitar and ukulele, walking my dogs, and swimming! My goal this summer is for every Johns Hopkins student to gain the confidence try new experiences and meet new people. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing your journey in the Washington, D.C. Summer Intensive program!

Renee Scavone

Renee Scavone

Hello and welcome! I am a Hopkins 2018 grad, and in August I will be a student at Harold Ramis Film School in Chicago. While in undergrad I was involved in many performing arts and media organizations, including theater, a cappella, and, of course, film production. Outside of movies, I have a passion for cooking, the outdoors, and baseball—Go O’s! I loved living in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area for four wonderful years, and am excited to help you explore it as you prepare to start what will be a wonderful experience at the Carey Business School!

Harbor East 

Loren Kupferschmid

Loren Kupferschmid

Site Manager

Welcome to Charm City! I am the Summer Intensive Site Manager at Harbor East and I am excited to introduce you to the city I love to call home, Baltimore. I’m honored to be part of the team that will help you acclimate to your new community and prepare you to have a successful and rewarding experience at Carey. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures and have spent my educational and professional career working in positions that allow me to do just that—managing a study abroad program with locations that included China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan, teaching English to children and adults in Thailand, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, and studying in the Czech Republic. I earned my BA in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle and my MA in International Education from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I love yoga, urban gardening, and exploring new spots in and around Baltimore. I’m looking forward to learning more about all of you during our two weeks together.

Alejandra Paull

Alejandra Paull

Hi, everyone! This is my first summer working for the Summer Intensive Program at Johns Hopkins. I am currently an English Teacher at an NGO in Guatemala City. I graduated from Elon University last May with a degree in Human Services with minors in Spanish and Psychology. In the fall I am entering University of Maryland School of Social Work where I hope to have a focus in Medical Social Work. I am an avid Harry Potter fan, I love the Baltimore Orioles and I play the violin. I grew up in Baltimore and I am very excited to welcome you to our beautiful city!

Kayleigh Hasson

Kayleigh Hasson

Hi everyone! This is my first year with Summer Intensive. I'm from Ellicott City, Maryland, not too far from Baltimore. I'm a rising sophomore at University of Maryland, College Park, double majoring in Criminology/Criminal Justice and Economics, with a minor in Spanish. At the University of Maryland, I'm on the Mock Trial team, and I'm part of Vintage Voices, which is a club that sings oldies songs at retirement homes. Earlier this summer, I spent two weeks in Italy on a study abroad trip, and two more in Ocean City with my family. I'm excited to get to know everyone soon!

Maggie Lewis

Maggie Lewis

Hello! I am a Maryland native, living just outside of Baltimore. This is my second 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 final 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!

Lesli DeGross

Lesli DeGross

Hi! This is my fourth 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 and 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.

Justin Homassel

Justin Homassel

Hello! I am very excited to return for my second 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!

Melissa Madden

Melissa Madden

Hi, everyone! I have been teaching math and travel & hospitality in the Netherlands through the Fulbright program for the past two years and am so excited to be back in my home state of Maryland this summer to welcome you to Baltimore! Before moving to the Netherlands, I spent three years teaching math in New Jersey and one year earning a master's degree in education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies at Stanford University. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, running, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends. I'm looking forward to meeting you and having a great summer together in Baltimore!

Miranda Swinnen

Miranda Swinnen

Hi! This is my second year working with Summer Intensive and I can’t wait to be back. I was born in Chicago but grew up primarily here in Maryland. I then went to Boston University for my undergraduate degree, during which time I spent a year abroad at SciencesPo in Paris. I was lucky enough to move back to Paris after completing my master’s degree at UCL in London, and have been a high school teacher here in Paris for the past year and a half. I am so excited to meet you and learn more about your interests and your goals. I encourage you to challenge yourself this summer, both academically and socially, and especially to enjoy all that Carey and Baltimore have to offer!

Alison Greer

Alison Greer

Welcome! I am so excited to welcome you and help you assimilate to life in the US. Although I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts (go Red Sox) ,I have lived in Baltimore for 13 years and love it here. The city is full of fun things to do and the surrounding area is beautiful and has something for everyone. I graduated from Wellesley College and have a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins. I have spent the past few years living and working at a boarding school and loved spending time with our international students learning about their cultures and showing them ours. I have a husband who is a college professor, two boys and two dogs. I love to bake, run and meet new people. I can’t wait to meet you!

Taylor Simpson

Taylor Simpson

Hello! This is my third year working as a group leader for Summer Intensive! I’m a Virginia Tech grad, with majors in International Studies and Spanish. When I was in high school and college, I spent two years living abroad in Spain and Costa Rica, and learning about different cultures is very exciting for me. During the school year I work will immigrant youth, helping them adjust and preparing them for their next steps in their career and life. I also enjoy teaching yoga! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, and I hope you take advantage of all the fun things there are to do and see in and around Baltimore!

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.