Group Leaders work throughout the program to guide students and serve as a resource. They join students in the classroom as well as attend social events. Meet the 2017 Summer Intensive Group Leaders below. 

Washington D.C. 

Site Manager: Nicole Phillips

Hello & Welcome! I am so excited to work with each of you as a colleague and supporter as you transition into your life at Carey. I am also a current graduate student, studying International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University's School of International Service in NW Washington.  During the year, I work on my campus as the Alternative Breaks Graduate Assistant for the Center for Community Engagement and Service.  Prior to graduate school, I became passionate about the intercultural exchange and experiential education experiences through over 10 years of experience with various nonprofits and the US government, most notably Outward Bound and the US Peace Corps.  My goal for the summer is for each SI student to feel confident in navigating their US education experience by the end of this intensive opportunity!  DC Team Leaders Photo

Group Leaders:

Alexandra Magidson

Hi! I'm thrilled to be a teammate and a guide as you get acclimated here at Carey! Currently, I work as a full-time 1st Grade Special Education Para-Educator for Montgomery County Public Schools. Prior to teaching, I served in a humanitarian service mission in Salt Lake City, UT and found my enthusiasm for foreign cultures while giving tours to hundreds of international visitors there. My goal for SI students is to find success in their educational journey through JHU's program.

Melanie Ojwang

Hi! I am eager to meet you all and see what the summer has ahead for us. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in English and Sociology from McDaniel College in 2016. Throughout undergrad I worked as a writing tutor but also spent my free time with community organizations, notably Diversity Empowerment and Education Peers, working to improve campus life. After graduating, I was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and went on to spend nine months in India as an English Teaching Assistant. My goal by the end of this program is for all SI students to have built strong bonds and skills that will help with the rest of their educational experience abroad. 

Faith Uhom

Greetings & Welcome! It will be a pleasure to get to know each of you as a colleague and assist with your integration into life in Washington D.C, and at Carey.  I recently completed my graduate degree in Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health where I focused on Biostatistics and Global Health. During my graduate degree, I completed my practicum with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a President Malaria Initiative Intern through the Global Health Fellows Program. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I am very passionate about bridging the cultural-gap through cross-cultural programs and I have over 6 years of experience supporting, participating and leading programs, most notably US Peace Corps and UNICEF US Fund Campus Initiative. My goal for this summer is for every SI graduate student to cultivate a clear understanding of how to confidently excel in their program while enjoying life in the US. 

Michelle Bundy

I am a current graduate student, studying Applied Mathematics at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  During my first year as a graduate student, I worked on my campus as Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Math department and also as a tutor to all students.  While I was in undergrad, I was a peer tutor as well and I worked with international students.Being a Maryland native and a recent graduate from undergrad, I understand balancing fun and learning. My goal for the summer is for each student to learn to be open to new experiences and explore the educational opportunity while having fun! I would also like the students to become familiar with the DMV area as they prepare for their graduate experience.

Dimery Mowery

Hello! I am beyond thrilled to assist each of you as you adapt to our environment here in the United States and Carey Institute! Having such an interest in education, I am honored to serve as the music teacher at Tench Tilghman Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, MD. Aside from teaching, I travel internationally to perform in operas and various concerts. While traveling internationally, I often ponder upon the importance of foreign relations. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, watching current event news, all things fitness, and hanging out with friends. My goal for each of you this summer is to progressively implement quintessential ideals to ensure a successful academic year with Carey Institute!

Harbor East

Site Manager: Matt O’Connor

My name is Matt. I am originally from New York and have lived in the state of Maryland for the past 7 years. I am the Baltimore Campus Site Manager for the Summer Intensive program. I am a son of an immigrant and love meeting people from all parts of the world. I have lived on the Gold Coast of Australia for 7 months as an International Student and Studied Marine Biology. While there I got the chance to meet a variety of new people from the Eastern Hemisphere and grew to understand all types of cultures. I am currently in graduate school in the process of getting my MPA in Public Policy and Management. During the school year, I am an instructor in Environmental Science and Astronomy.  I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy the most being on or near the water. I enjoy activities like sailing, biking, kayaking, swimming, and hiking. Living near Baltimore is an amazing experience and it’s a great time to check out the diverse culture all around you.  Baltimore is a place where music is thriving from the homegrown music at the 8 x10 to global acts at Power Plant Live. I love living in the state of Maryland and hope you will take advantage all that is has to offer. Make the most of your experience by engaging faculty and staff, attending school activities and exploring your city. 

Baltimore Team Leaders

Group Leaders:

Marianne Williams

My name is Marianne and this is my third year as a Group Leader for the Summer Intensive program in Harbor East.  I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio but have been living in the Baltimore area for the past seven years.  I graduated from a small local university a few years ago and am currently working on my MBA part-time while also employed full-time.  I enjoy cooking, archery, and traveling - I love to learn about and experience different cultures.  Be sure to take time to explore Baltimore because there are a lot of cool things to see and do in your new city!

Dionne Richardson

Hello there! My name is Dionne, and I am a returning Group Leader for Summer Intensive. I was born and raised near Baltimore. I graduated with a degree in International Relations and then went on to teach English in China for several years. Now that I’ve returned, I teach English to immigrants and refugees around the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. In my spare time, I love to write, cook and practice Taijiquan. I also enjoy traveling to different countries and speaking French and Chinese. Baltimore is a great place to live. Keep in mind that while you are here for school, you should also take time to have fun and explore the city!

Chris Metz

Hello! I’m Chris and this is my second year working as a Group Leader at Carey School of Business! I was born and raised in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. and have lived in Baltimore for the past 3 years. I recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Mental Health Counseling and plan to start work in the field after this Summer Intensive program when I gain my license to practice. Additionally, I attended University of Maryland - College Park, where I studied Psychology. I’ve traveled and experienced different cultures throughout the United States as well as throughout South America. I’m excited to assist in your experiencing of our culture here in Baltimore! A few fun facts: I play guitar/sing/manage my indie-rock band, The Milestones (, I have a 3-year-old boxer (dog) named Max, enjoy outdoor activities (i.e. rock climbing, kayaking, biking, etc.), I plan to marry this September, and I live in one of Baltimore’s beautiful historic neighborhoods - Mt. Vernon.

I look forward to meeting you!

Soo Jeon

Hello! My name is Soo Jeon and I am the group leader for the Iron team. Before coming to Hopkins, I graduated this past May with a degree in International Relations from American University. I was originally born in South Korea and immigrated here with my family when I was 5 years old. I love learning and experiencing new cultures and have long term study abroad experiences both in Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan. This fall, I will be heading off to Beijing to pursue my Masters in public policy at Peking University. Aside from school, I was a competitive figure skater for more than 10 years and it’s still one of my greatest hobbies. I also love staying active, trying new restaurants, and drinking coffee! I am so excited to meet all of you and hope we can make great memories together this summer!  

Lesli DeGross

Hello! My name is Lesli and I am a native of this great city of Baltimore, MD. This is my second year as a group leader for Summer Intensive and I’m excited to get to know all of you and show you some of what Baltimore has to offer.   I’m currently working towards a Master’s degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management. In my spare time, I like to read, watch movies, and spend time with my family and friends. 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.

De’Ja Alston

My name is De'Ja Alston (pronounced Day-jah). I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I am a Group Leader for the Summer Intensive program. I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Coppin State University, with my Bachelor of Arts in English. Coppin State University is also located in Baltimore City. While attending Coppin State, I also worked there, with the students. I graduated a year early and I am currently in the process of applying to graduate schools. I am a poet and a spoken word artist. I have participated in many poetry events and competitions in the Baltimore area. I love to travel and meet new people. In the past year, I have been to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. I played basketball throughout high school until I injured my knee. Now I use my experience to coach year-round amateur boys basketball. I coach two teams; one of which is 15 and under and the other is 9 and under. I love Baltimore and I love to give back to the kids here. I hope that you will grow to love this city, and the people in it, as much as I do. 

Tanesha Waid

Hi, I'm Tanesha! This is my fourth year working for the Summer Intensive Program. I'm from Pennsylvania and I moved to Baltimore from Philly- one of my favorite places. I'm a graduate of Hopkins School of Education, and during the academic year, I teach for Baltimore City Public Schools. I love traveling. Vietnam was my furthest trip, but I'm always looking for new adventures. My advice to you for this summer and beyond is to try new things. Go to festivals, go to movies, go to restaurants, talk to your neighbors, take day trips, make new friends. Give yourself the chance to explore. You won't regret it! 

Kandice Bagwell 

Kandice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Africana Studies with a minor in Sociology and History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County graduating in 2004. Attended Morgan State University majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences with such honors as being an inductee of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Prior to entering teaching, Bagwell worked in progressive Human Resources roles in the non-profit as well as the public sector providing critical support in organizational development, program development, grant writing, contract management and administration. A native of Baltimore, MD, Bagwell’s commitment to public service extends into her numerous community and outreach involvements, including serving as a tutor for high school-aged children attending Title 1 schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, leading a mentoring group for elementary and middle-school girls, serving with such programs as the Home Buyer's Initiative program, and as a member of various social reform projects. In addition to active involvements in youth outreach and mentorship, Bagwell volunteers with start-up nonprofits and community-based programs, conducting and teaching skills in grant writing, development of organizational and programmatic structures, and strategies for marketing, stakeholder outreach, and sustainability.

Jenni Dunn

My name is Jenni. I am a music teacher, singer, and Maryland lover. This is my first year as a Group Leader. I was born and raised near Annapolis and lived for a few years in Knoxville, TN but Maryland called me back and I have been living near Baltimore since 2014. I love to travel and explore new places. My husband and I have a goal of visiting all of the U.S. presidential homes. I love swimming, performing, seeing shows at the Hippodrome, and cheering on the Orioles at Camden Yards.