Class of 2014

Morgan Benson

Morgan Benson

  • Areas of Study: Anthropology; Economics; Africana Studies
  • Hometown: Plantation, FL

During his undergrad years at Notre Dame, Morgan studied Anthropology, Economics, and Africana Studies. As a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, he spent his summers kayaking and mountaineering near Seattle, WA, working for a child health organization in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, researching neonatal mortality in Uttar Pradesh, India, and interning with the Lesotho team of Partners in Health in Boston, MA. Morgan also studied abroad in Kampala, Uganda, and worked as a research assistant as part of the Kellogg Institute's International Scholars Program.

After graduation, Morgan began working with the Results for Development Institute (R4D) as a Program Associate. In this role, Morgan contributes to research and analysis related to international development, including education, child protection, fisheries management, and family planning and reproductive health. Currently, Morgan is working for a project supporting learning in the area of monitoring and evaluation.

Samuel Biel

Samuel Biel

  • Areas of Study: Accounting
  • Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

During his time at Notre Dame, Sam pursued an interest in post-earthquake Haiti, with a focus on forging relationships between the U.S. and Haiti. Following his freshman year, Sam worked in operations at the domestic office of Hope for Haiti, writing grant and donation proposals to support endeavors in education, nutrition, and health care in Western Haiti.

His time at Hope for Haiti led Sam to explore the area of "twinning" parishes in the United States with those in Haiti. Following his sophomore and junior years, he continued to investigate a small group of parishes in Port-au Prince, Léogâne, and Gonaives, in order to develop a system of reporting and financial transparency between twinned parishes.

Following a Professional Venture summer as an assurance intern at Ernst and Young Tampa, Sam pursued a Master of Science in Accountancy at Notre Dame. A desire to focus on start-ups led him to Austin, Texas, where he spent a summer as a paddle board instructor. He now works as an assurance associate for Ernst & Young in Austin, where he works with start-up, technology, and semiconductor clients.

Adrianne Cline

Adrianne Cline

  • Areas of Study: Accounting; Poverty Studies
  • Hometown: Wiley, CO

When Adrianne decided to attend the University of Notre Dame, she dreamed of using her education to make the world a better place. She had the opportunity to spend time volunteering with the sisters in the New Life Community at Saint Mary’s and participate in dorm activities (McGlinn) while at Notre Dame, but she believes her most significant accomplishment was realizing how ambiguous the desire to “make the world a better place” actually is and also realizing what concrete actions might be taken toward this goal. She made this realization after spending her summers as a development intern at the Glide Foundation in San Francisco, an English teacher in Barcelona, and a development intern at One World Everybody Eats in Denver.

After graduation from Notre Dame, Adrianne received a master’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in public finance and economic development at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. She spent the summer of 2015 interning for the Government Accountability Office in Washintong, D.C. After graduating from SPEA, she returned to the Government Accountability Office as an analyst.

Michael Comuniello

Michael Comuniello

  • Areas of Study: Chemical Engineering
  • Hometown: Levittown, NY

During his time at the University of Notre Dame, Michael pursued his interest in STEM curricula development, implementation, and evaluation, which stemmed from a research project he completed during his senior year of high school. Recognized as an Intel STS Finalist, Michael completed an analysis of the socioeconomic and achievement factors that predicted success in nationally recognized high school science competitions, evaluating policies contributing to this inequality.

Michael applied his research during his Social Justice summer when he served as a program assistant through the San Antonio Pre-Freshman Engineering Program. In this role, Michael mentored a class of 33 middle/high school students, teaching courses including logic, problem solving, and sound engineering. During his experience in San Antonio, Michael studied curriculum implementation, developing tools for curriculum assessment and effectiveness.

Michael continued his work through his Global Inquiry summer, where he juxtaposed best practice in STEM education in both the United States and India. While in India, Michael worked in conjunction with the Loreto Day School in Sealdah and the "Barefoot Teacher Program," increasing access to quality science education to those most marginalized.

Ultimately, Michael pooled these experiences together during his Professional Venture summer when he served as an intern in the Center for STEM Education. As a research assistant, Michael developed the Notre Dame Computing & Robotics Experience (ND CoRE), a three-week robotics summer camp designed to increase computational thinking and engineering proficiency among middle/high school students, especially those underrepresented in the field. He also had the opportunity to work with Notre Dame ACE Academies, developing K-8 science curriculum.

In May 2014, Michael graduated from Notre Dame with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude. After graduation Michael received a M.Ed. at Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education ACE while serving as a member of the science faculty at Tampa Catholic High School. He now works for the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame as the recruitment coordinator for ACE Teaching Fellows.

Chelsea (Lehman) Duffy

Chelsea (Lehman) Duffy

  • Areas of Study: Anthropology; Pre-Professional Studies; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Carrolton, TX

Chelsea spent her Hesburgh-Yusko summers in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, and Uttar Pradesh, India, studying different facets of healthcare. To further understand the healthcare landscape, Chelsea spent her free time shadowing doctors in Indiana and then in Puebla, Mexico, where she studied abroad.

Chelsea, who graduated magna cum laude, was the recipient of the Dr. John E. Burke Award, an honor presented to an outstanding Arts and Letters Pre-Professional senior who “demonstrated, in addition to excellent academic achievement, outstanding leadership qualities through service within and/or beyond the Notre Dame community.”

Chelsea is currently pursuing a degree in Medicine from the University of Texas San Antonio. During her first two years of medical school, she has had the opportunity to collaborate on the production of a health insurance literacy application for the local San Antonio community and to facilitate a public health elective designed to introduce her fellow first and second year medical students to basic principles of the field.

Stephen Fox

Stephen Fox

  • Areas of Study: Economics; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)
  • Hometown: Leawood, KS

Stephen Fox graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in Economics with a minor in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.  His thesis was titled “The Role of Peer Networks in the Utilization of WIC: Evidence from Administrative Records.” Part of his studies included a one year exchange program with New College at Oxford University.  At Notre Dame, his favorite activities included service with the Center for Social Concerns, economic research, intermural rowing, and dancing for the Keenan Revue.

The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program facilitated a diverse and formative set of experiences for Stephen.  These included canyoneering and rafting in the Utah heat, coordinating legal clinics in San Francisco that helped community members reintegrate following contact with the criminal justice system, analyzing nonprofit data with Notre Dame and Catholic Charities’ Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, and studying consumer credit behavior with the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

After graduation in May 2014, Stephen joined Bain & Company as an associate consultant in the Chicago. His consulting engagements have spanned the retail, aerospace, and defense industries.

Nora Goebelbecker

Nora Goebelbecker

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Gender Studies; Hesburgh Program in Public Service; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Nora utilized her undergraduate experience and time with HYSP as a springboard to explore a host of issues and embark on diverse summer experiences. Her summers ranged from working with migrant workers in Costa Rica, to traveling throughout Ireland and Spain conducting preliminary research for her thesis on 20th century gender inequality. Following her junior year, she completed an internship with the Economic Policy Group at the Center for American Progress. She was also heavily involved in The Bridge Project, a movement promoting a stronger connection between Notre Dame and the surrounding local communities.

Nora received the George Brinkley Award in Political Science for her service to the department, to Notre Dame, and to the community. She received a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in urban informatics and real estate from Georgetown University in May 2016. She now works in business development for Open Data Nation in Washington, D.C.

Molly Hartwick

Molly Hartwick

  • Areas of Study: Information Technology Management
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Throughout her summers as a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar, Molly explored interests ranging from after school programing and mentoring in inner-city Chicago, to teaching mathematics in Tanzania. During her final summer experience, she interned with IBM Watson conducting market research and creating a sales and marketing prototype for an emerging business endeavor.

Since graduation, Molly has been working for IBM Watson in New York City and Austin, TX. After completing their Leadership Development Program, Molly sold Watson technology and now works as an offering manager. She influenced the go-to market strategy of Watson Technology in the digital space through her relationship with marketing, product management and sales. She served as a subject matter expert to seasoned sellers, client teams and potential customers. Now Molly works to facilitate the adoption of cognitive technology across all IBM business units. 

Iona Hughan

Iona Hughan

  • Areas of Study: Program of Liberal Studies
  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Born and raised in San Francisco, Iona left home at the age of 13 to attend a boarding high school in Southern California. At Notre Dame, she majored in the Program of Liberal Studies, which is focused on the study of ideas that have shaped the history of the Western World and lie hidden in the Great Books. Iona spent her junior year studying English Literature and rowing at the University of Oxford, New College, in the United Kingdom.

When she wasn’t buried in books, Iona was learning about the world in more immediate ways—mostly through service. She spent the summer after her freshman year at a children’s home and hospice in rural South Africa, and returned the next summer to intern with Educo Africa, an NGO whose mission involves leading backpacking trips for at-risk youth in the mountains north of Cape Town. During the school year in South Bend, Iona volunteered with Triple C, a rock climbing and outdoor program for youth, Reins of Life, a therapeutic horseback riding program for mentally and physically disabled youth, Imani Unidad, an HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Advocacy Center, and Take Ten, an anti-violence program for youth at the Center for the Homeless.

Iona received a Master of Eduation through Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, while teaching English and AP Art History as well as coaching the women’s varsity lacrosse team at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL. After graduation, she relocated to Phoenix to teach a humane letters course at Scottsdale Prep, a charter school in the Great Hearts Academies network. She now works as an English teacher and vollyball coach at The Thacher School, her alma mater, in Ojai, California.

Elizabeth Huschke

Elizabeth Huschke

  • Areas of Study: Electrical Engineering
  • Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Elizabeth spent much of her time at Notre Dame exploring the interactions between science, technology, and society.

After a first-year experience shaped in large part by her summer Wilderness Leadership experience in Colorado, the freshman engineering program, and seminars in science, technology, society, and values, she emerged as an aspiring electrical engineer. A Social Justice summer experience working with refugees at the International Rescue Committee in Boise, Idaho, helped her realize what it takes to rebuild a life and a community and shape her ideas of what is essential in life, which she carried to later design progjects.

Elizabeth spent much of her time in the Electrical Engineering program exploring electrical engineering for biomedical applications. She helped develop a low-cost DNA identification device and investigated a new technology for optical diagnostics during summers at Notre Dame. During a semester abroad at the University of Western Australia, she worked in the university's Optical and Biomedical Engineering Lab. For her senior design project, she worked with a team to design and create an assistive art therapy device.

At Notre Dame, Elizabeth also pursued interests in collaborative design and technology education, participated in a collaborative product development seminar which brought together students from engineering, business, and design to take a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems, and helped plan a workshop for fifth graders integrating technology and music education.

Elizabeth now works as a software developer at Epic Systems in Madison, WI, where she works on electronic medical records software for long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. In her free time, she coached a local middle school's Destination Imagination team to the state tournament.

Chas Jhin

Chas Jhin

  • Areas of Study: Computer Science
  • Hometown: Houston, TX

In addition to studying computer science at Notre Dame, Chas was involved in the Notre Dame Computer Club, the Engineering Projects In Community Service program, and student government as the director of campus technology. He also enjoyed hanging out at the Center for Social Concerns, where he conducted research on the role of technology in international development and participated in a variety of service learning trips. 

Chas spent two Hesburgh-Yusko summers in Northern Uganda, working with an NGO that installs solar-powered computers and brings internet access to remote villages and former refugee camps. He spent another summer in Madison, Wisconsin, interning for an electronic medical records company and working on a tool that allows physicians to discover geographically relevant medical trends.

Chas now works on a data science platform in Chicago as a senior software engineer at a startup called Civis Analytics. 

Sarah McGough

Sarah McGough

  • Areas of Study: Anthropology; Portuguese; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

Sarah graduated in the Glynn Family Honors Program with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, which, alongside her extensive coursework in natural sciences and international peace studies, she describes as a “self-designed applied public health track with a focus on Brazil.” While at Notre Dame, she enjoyed the opportunity to pursue classes across various disciplines such as medical anthropology, organic chemistry, and international development, and coupled classroom learning with global experience.

Sarah's Hesburgh-Yusko summers sent her to Northern Uganda to work with youth and post-conflict reconstruction, the rainforest of Southeastern Brazil to study medical pluralism, and Washington, D.C., as an international health intern at the Department of Health and Human Services. Her semester as an exchange student in Salvador, Brazil, allowed her to gain mastery of the Portuguese language as well as spend six months conducting honors thesis research on HIV/AIDS in an afro-Brazilian spiritual community.

On campus, Sarah was active as president of Human Rights-ND, vice president of the International Development Research Council, reaching assistant for organic chemistry laboratories, and volunteer at the Take Ten Center for Nonviolence at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. She values the close faculty relationships she developed through her coursework and extracurriculars.

Driven by her desire to quantify disease dynamics in global settings, Sarah has completed a master’s degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Harvard University, and is now working toward her doctorate in the same field at Harvard. Her current research focuses on spatiotemporal models of malaria in the Brazilian Amazon. Since matriculating to Harvard, she has returned to Brazil twice to collaborate on projects related to mosquito-borne diseases, and once to present her malaria research.

Paul Mickan

Paul Mickan

  • Areas of Study: International Economics; Peace Studies; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: New Orleans, LA

During his time at Notre Dame as a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, Paul engaged in a variety of projects and initiatives that aimed to broaden his understanding of the global community and the underlying economic trends that shape it. For his Social Justice summer experience, he worked with HELP International in San Salvador, El Salvador, and focused primarily on non-profit administration for a local after-school mentoring and community outreach organization.
 
Paul wrote a thesis on the Spanish unemployment crisis and analyzed the intersection between government policy and national economic trends in the context of past prosperity, current recession, and future uncertainty in Spain. In investigating his research position, Paul spent his Global Inquiry summer in Barcelona, Spain. His research led him to interview and shadow key business people, leaders in Catalonian Parliament, active members of Spanish Parliament, and former members of the Cabinet. Paul also was awarded a Spring Break Research Grant from the Nanovic Institute of European Studies to explore his topic from a broader Eurozone perspective in London, UK, and Zurich, Switzerland.
 
On campus, Paul served as captain of the Notre Dame Squash Team for two years. Among his accomplishments were driving the renewal of the women's competitive squash team and leading the men's team to its first division title in 8 years.
 
Continuing his desire to understand the global economic climate, Paul is employed by Ernst & Young LLP in the Risk Advisory practice. He works internationally and performs operational and financial risk-based reviews for global Fortune 500 companies.

Brendan Moran

Brendan Moran

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Theology
  • Hometown: Chelmsford, MA

Brendan Moran graduated from Notre Dame in 2014 after earning a dual degree in Finance and Theology. During his time at Notre Dame, Brendan was very involved in residence life, serving as the president of Duncan Hall and later as co-chair of Hall Presidents Council. Additionally, he was involved in undergraduate research, which allowed him to spend a summer in China researching the private equity industry.

Brendan now works at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York City, where he is focused on investment strategy and multi-asset class portfolio management. He is a member of the firm's Global Analyst Council, whose overarching goal is to attract, develop and promote analysts globally. 

Michael Nettesheim

Michael Nettesheim

  • Areas of Study: Finance
  • Hometown: Fox Point, WI

At the University of Notre Dame, Michael studied in the Mendoza College of Business and received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in Finance. While at Notre Dame, he participated in the Student International Business Council, leading several projects that involved pitching potential leveraged buyout transactions to GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm. His senior year, he was a member of the 28-person Applied Investment Management course in the Mendoza College of Business, where he helped manage a $9 million equity portfolio and analyzed current and potential investments. Upon completion of the course, he was awarded the Frank K. Reilly Family Outstanding Analyst/Portfolio Manager Award for outstanding performance. He was also awarded the Hamilton Award for high academic credentials in finance. In addition to his studies and club participation, he tutored at the Robinson Community Learning Center.

As a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar, Michael completed a sailing-based Outward Bound Leadership course in Maine. After his freshman year, he participated in a a Summer Service Learning Program in Denver, Colorado, where he worked at the Bridge Project, mentoring and tutoring young children who were under-performing academically for their grade levels. Following his sophomore year, he traveled to Freiburg, Germany, for several weeks where he took a German language course and conducted research on solar energy, seeking to answer the question of why the Freiburg community had a high concentration of solar panel use. Finally, following his junior year at Notre Dame, he completed his professional experience by interning at Greenhill & Co., an investment bank in Chicago, Illinois.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Michael began working full-time at Greenhill & Co. in its Chicago office as an investment baking analyst. At Greenhill, he has advised on an announced acquisition in the industrial distribution industry and several potential acquisitions in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, aerospace and defense industries. 

Dylan Nugent

Dylan Nugent

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Peace Studies
  • Hometown: Finksburg, MD

During his time at Notre Dame, Dylan served as president of the Student International Business Council, the largest student-led organization on campus. He also spent four years as a site leader for the Take Ten program at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, where (along with several other Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars) he taught conflict resolution classes to children ages 5-13. As a 3-year resident of Stanford Hall, Dylan also participated in interhall lacrosse and volleyball.

Following his Wilderness Leadership experience mountaineering and rafting in Central Oregon, Dylan spent his next two HYSP summers working in education-related roles in Uganda and South Africa. During his Global Inquiry summer, Dylan worked with the Tomorrow Trust in Johannesburg, where he helped to develop a fundraising strategy to support the organization's rapid growth. He also led an evaluation of the organization's Holiday School Program to improve student achievement during the following year.

After his Professional Venture summer on Wall Street and graduating from Notre Dame, Dylan joined McKinsey & Company's Chicago team. He spent his first two years working with a diverse set of clients, ranging from global agriculture and vaccine companies to leading philanthropic organizations. Dylan now works in McKinsey's Africa Delivery Hub, where he advises public and social sector clients, including governments, donors, and NGOs, on challenges related to economic development across the African continent.

Ann O'Brien

Ann O'Brien

  • Areas of Study: Information Technology Management; Poverty Studies
  • Hometown: Vienna, VA

During her first Hesburgh-Yusko summer experience, Annie went on an Outward Bound expedition canyoneering, mountaineering, and white water rafting through Utah. The following summer, she worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA, through the Summer Service Learning Program offered by the Center for Social Concerns. After her sophomore year, she traveled to Krobo, Ghana, where she worked for a nonprofit organization called Global Mamas after receiving a grant from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Finally, during her fourth summer, she worked as an Advisory Intern for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, in Chicago, IL.

At Notre Dame, Annie studied Information Technology Management in the Mendoza College of Business, with a minor in Poverty Studies. She was involved in Best Buddies, Take Ten at the Center for the Homeless, tutoring and mentoring, and co-recreational sports. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, during the spring semester of her junior year.

She currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she works for Solstice Mobile as a mobile product analyst.

Kathryn Squiers

Kathryn Squiers

  • Areas of Study: History; Pre-Health; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX

The deep sense of mission among students at the University of Notre Dame and The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program brought Kate from Dallas to South Bend in 2010. While at Notre Dame, Kate majored in History and Arts & Letters Pre-Health, studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico, worked as an International Scholar with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and served as a Resident Assistant in Lewis Hall. Through HYSP, Kate kayaked and mountaineered in Washington state, investigated child health in rural Maharashtra, India, engaged in a pediatric oncology internship in Barcelona, Spain, and conducted research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Some of her greatest accomplishments at ND include getting involved at the Center for Social Concerns, earning History Department and Glynn Family Honors Program awards for her thesis on the history of visitation policies in pediatric hospitals, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and learning Spanish. She believes her most important accomplishment, however, was building a community of inspiring friends, professors, mentors, and mentees who enrich her life to this day.

Today, she is a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She is involved in her school's curriculum committee, managed a student-run free clinic for underserved people in the Dallas area, and finds as many excuses as possible to return to Notre Dame. She aspires to a career in child abuse and neglect pediatrics or psychiatry.

Kathryn Suarez

Kathryn Suarez

  • Areas of Study: Economics; Political Science
  • Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

During Katie’s time at the University of Notre Dame as a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, she was actively involved in activities and studies that reinforced her interest in global public health and her commitment to assisting those in need. Her first Hesburgh-Yusko experience was open-water sailing off the coast of Maine. Following her freshman year, Katie was in Florida for the summer, where she first volunteered at Brother's Keeper, a social service outreach center, and then serving as a camp counselor for children with chronic and terminal illnesses at Camp Boggy Creek, a “Hole in the Wall” Camp. Prior to her junior year, Katie traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where she served as a programs and business development intern with Grassroots Soccer. She returned to Grassroots Soccer the following summer; this experience led to an independent research project and senior thesis on the implications of misconceptions of the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Katie also interned with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global consulting firm, for three summers. While with the firm, she worked both with the Information Services and Business Development teams.  

At Notre Dame, Katie studied Economics and Political Science. She was actively involved with Take Ten at the Center for the Homeless, volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital, tutored youth at the South Bend Juvenile Correction Facility, served as treasurer for Pasquerilla East Hall, and was a member of the Notre Dame Sailing Club. Katie studied in London during the fall semester of her junior year.

Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Katie joined Stax, a mid-sized global strategy and consulting firm where she works with private equity firms as well as corporate clients. She is a consultant and resides in Chicago, IL. Katie is actively involved with the Chicago community, serving as a tutor and mentor for individuals working to receive their GED at Community Colleges in South Chicago, conducting pro-bono consulting work through the Taproot Foundation, and serving as a volunteer for the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. In addition, Katie is still actively involved with Grassroot Soccer, supporting their efforts to raise awareness about both GRS' work and the broader issue of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Connor Toohill

Connor Toohill

  • Areas of Study: Economics; Political Science
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA

Connor graduated from Notre Dame in 2014 with a degree in Economics and Political Science. Connor spent a major portion of his first two and a half years at Notre Dame working on NextGen Journal, an online collegiate news platform that Connor co-founded and operated along with fellow scholars Chas Jhin and Brendan Moran and friends from across the country. During his final year and a half at Notre Dame, Connor developed an interest in social entrepreneurship and worked closely with two mentors, Prof. Matt Bloom and Fr. Dan Groody, to launch a new elective course, "The Heart's Desire and Social Change." Connor also served as a Resident Assistant in Dillon Hall and worked with Notre Dame Campus Ministry.

During his HY summers, Connor backpacked for three weeks in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, volunteered with HELP International in San Salvador alongside fellow scholar Paul Mickan, worked on an independent project with NextGen Journal in Washington, D.C., during the 2012 election campaign, and researched the ecosystem of 'social entrepreneurs' and investors in cities across the United States. Connor now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works in the Entrepreneurial Leadership department at The African Leadership Academy.

Thomas White

Thomas White

  • Areas of Study: Program of Liberal Studies; Italian
  • Hometown: Garden City, NY

Tom graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in the Program of Liberal Studies and Italian. While at Notre Dame, Tom delivered a TEDxUND Talk about his life with Tourette syndrome, played right wing for Notre Dame’s Club Hockey Team, penned a thesis on Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, and received Summer Language Abroad & Albert Ravarino Italian Studies Travel Grants to study Italian in Rome.

Since graduation, Tom has worked as the Director of the Internship Program at Grand Central Tech (GCT). GCT is a community of startups and strategic partners that breaks from the traditional accelerator model by providing free office space and no equity stake. His responsibilities included vetting, supporting, and training thirty-five high school and college-aged interns.

Additionally, Tom has participated in Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe, which helped him establish a working vernacular with business concepts and practices and better understand his specific place in the world of commerce.


Tom now works as an account strategist for Google in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Working with myriad small businesses spread throughout the United States, Tom helps manage their online presence with Google. 

Peter Woo

Peter Woo

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Philosophy; Chinese
  • Hometown: Tenafly, NJ

Peter spent most of his time at Notre Dame creating and managing JIFFI, a student-led nonprofit fighting for the financial independence of under-resourced families in South Bend. He was inspired to explore financial injustice in South Bend by a freshman year course titled "Social Problems" as well as his summer research experience in India on rural money lending practices.  He spent four years living in Carroll Hall, where he served as a Resident Assistant.

Currently, Peter lives in Chicago and is working as an analyst at William Blair. One day, he hopes to return to Southeast Asia, where he grew up, to advise and partner with companies and entrepreneurs with strong potential for positive social impact.