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Meet Your Woolies


Woolie Leads help train and support the Woolies (Welcome Week Leaders), and play a key role in preparing to welcome students to UMBC!

Ash Chatterjee

Ash Chatterjee

Hi! My name is Ash Chatterjee and I am a biology and psychology double major. On campus, I’m a part of AF Theatre Company and Alpha Sigma Kappa. I love to draw, bake, and dance, and I love animals! (especially birds)

Jade Phan

Jade Phan

I’m Jade and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. I work in Dr. Paul Smith’s lab and am a biology tutor and TA. During my free time, I like to watch cooking and baking videos to discover new recipes I’d like to try myself.

Faith Wobbeking

Faith Wobbeking

I am a biology and psychology double major on the pre-physician assistant track. On campus, I am a Woolie Lead, Grit Guide, an SI PASS leader, and I am involved in the Biology Council of Majors, Cru, Global Brigades, and the Pre-PA society. Fun fact: my uncle was the one who named us the Retrievers by winning the “Pick the Mascot” competition in 1966!

Zane Poffenberger

Zane Poffenberger

My name is Zane Poffenberger and I am a Senior Political Science and History double major. I have been an active member of Model UN and College Democrats over the past semesters at UMBC. I have also served as an elected officer with the UMBC Student Government Association over the past two years. I enjoy being outdoors, especially kayaking when the weather’s nice! Welcome to UMBC!

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Aashee Singh

My name is Aashee and I am a Financial Econ major with a Psych minor. I am from Frostburg, MD. I am a member of Phi Sigma Sigma and I enjoy spending time with my sisters.

Aliyah Adegun

Hello, my name is Aliyah I’m a sophomore majoring HAPP and a member of SGA(Finance Board). I have a passion for film and music and I enjoy cloud watching.

Amal Hussain

I am a rising sophomore chemical engineering major on the environmental track and am very passionate about ecological issues and wildlife conservation. At UMBC, I am involved with the Center for Women and Information in Tech (CWIT) in addition to SWE, MSA, Red Cross, Astronomy Club, and Greenpeace.

Aris Stovall

Hi everyone! My name is Aris Stovall. I am a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in French and Sociology. On campus, I am the Public Relations manager for UMBC’s gospel choir, a TA for the Biology Department, and an undergraduate researcher. In my free time I enjoy dancing, reading, and working out. I ‘m looking forward to “meeting” you all!

Ben Clark

My name is Ben Clark and I am a Media and Communications major with minors in Economics and Psychology. On campus I am involved with the Student Events Board, the Student Government Association, the Athletic Communications department, and I am an associate member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Most of my free time this summer has been spent golfing and working out.

Brandon Simonetta

I am a senior majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. I am an executive board member of (seb) during the year and love to be involved on campus. I live nearby in Baltimore County and love UMBC and the area!

C. Lai

Hi y’all, my name is C. Lai and I’m an Honors Sophomore here on campus! This year I’m a Summer 2020 OPA, RSA’s Director of Events, a Peer Facilitator, and I’m also a member of ΑΣΑ and the Musical Theater Club. In my spare time I like writing, drawing, hanging out with my friends, and doing volunteer work!

Caleb Ziv

I am an Emergency Health Services Paramedicine major here at UMBC. On campus I can be found TAing for the EMT class, throwing a frisbee around with my friends on Erickson field, and walking about taking photographs of nature! I am very involved with my local volunteer fire department as an EMT and love serving the community!

Catherine Wraback

My name is Catherine Wraback, I am a chemical engineering major from Germantown, Maryland. I am involved in UMBC Women’s Ultimate frisbee, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, the Society for Women Engineers, the Center for Women in Technology, and work as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Madan’s Lab!

Courtney Arrington

I’m majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology and health administration and policy. I’m a tour guide on campus and sometimes work at the front dest of admissions. I’m also a general body member of the student events board, which plans a lot of the fun activities on campus, including concerts and game nights.

Courtney Cavin

I am a Chemical Engineering Major with a focus on biotechnologies, and a Biology Minor. At UMBC, I am a Center for Women in Technology Scholar, a member of the Dance Team and a lead for AIChE’s ChemE Car! I am from Pasadena Maryland so I grew up pretty close to UMBC, but I love traveling and seeing new places!

Dominique Henriques Melo

I am a junior Biology major with minors in Dance and Psychology on the pre-med track. My hometown is Germantown in Montgomery County, Maryland. On campus, I am involved in Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, SI PASS, Catholic Retrievers, and I am an intern for the Center for Democracy and Civic Life.

Duyen Bui

My name is Duyen Bui and I am a junior pursuing a dual degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology as well as Biological Sciences. I am currently involved in microbiology research on campus and am the External Vice President of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA). In my free time I like to read and do any type of art (fine arts, performing arts, digital arts)!

Emma Sonnier

I am a Mathematics major with an education minor. I am currently working as an Orientation Peer Advisor and will be serving as a peer facilitator for an FYE course next semester 🙂

Francheska Pineda

My name is Francheska Pineda and I am a psychology major. I am a member of Psi Chi and Sigma Alpha Lambda. I love to travel and paint during my free time.

Hannah Rossbach

Hi My name is Hannah Rossbach and I am currently a Sophomore at UMBC Majoring in Biology with Music and Chemistry Minors on the Pre-Med Track. I am the secretary for UMBC’s Musical Theater Club, the advertising manager for We Believe You, and a SI PASS instructor. I can’t wait to meet all of you new retrievers!

Katrina Veloso

I’m a Psychology/Spanish double major, and I commute 30 minutes to campus every day. I’m not in many clubs on campus, but I’m a leader in Young Life College at UMBC.

Kian Azizi

I am a Political Science major with a double minor in Philosophy and Law & Justice. I’m part of the Moot Court team. I am also a member of Greek Life and the VP of Recruitment for the National Panhellenic Conference here at UMBC.

Ly Truong

My name is Ly Truong, and I’m a senior majoring in History, seeking certification in Education. I’m a member of NRHH. My favorite hobbies are currently playing video games and making anime edits.

Karla Monroy

My name is Karla Monroy and I am a Biology and Linguistics double major. On campus, I am a member of the Hispanic Latino Student Union and Biology Council of Majors and I work as a Grit Guide in the Undergraduate Admissions Office. In my free time, I am involved with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and I love crafting and learning new languages.

Liliane Ventrone

Hi everyone! My name is Liliane and I am a senior biology major here at UMBC! I’m originally from St. Mary’s County and on campus I’ve been involved with Student Government and formerly president of the Model United Nations team.

Maithily Diaz

I am a Biology BS and Modern Languages BA major with a minor in music and psychology. I am an event programmer with the Student Events Board (seb), and the VP of Programming for PhiDE Medical Fraternity. I also play violin in the orchestra and conduct research in Dr. Leips Lab!

Manny Eguakun

I’m from Ghana, West Africa. I’m a transfer Chemical engineering major. On campus, I’m part of Agape, VITA and CWIT.

Mariel Martir

Hello, I am a major in Mathematics and minor in Writing. This is my second year of being a Woolie, I started in 2019 but am expected to graduate by Fall 2020. I was a notetaker for the Student Disability Services here at UMBC but I am a lector in Saint Bernadette Parish.

Melanie Crasta

Hello!! My name is Melanie and I am a Computer Science senior. I am new to Maryland and transferred to UMBC just last spring 🙂 I was very lost the first few weeks myself and my awesome Woolies made all the difference to make UMBC feel like home. I am so very excited to help bridge the gap for all you incoming students.

Michelle Bonny-Ogba

Hi! My name is Michelle, but everyone calls me Michi! I’m a psych major on the pre-med track. I love dancing (if you’re interested lookup Major Definition on Insta) and watching KDramas.

Nate Mamo

I’m Nate Mamo and am a junior studying Philosophy (loving wisdom, though having little). I have a life long passion for receiving presents, and would be obliged to anyone who’d be so kind.

Nkechi Okoye

I’m a political science and MLLI double major and I’m from Harford County, MD. On campus, I’m involved in Black Student Union, Pre-Law Society, Caribbean Student Council, and African Student Association. I love reading, volleyball, and talking on FaceTime with my friends.

Pooja Patel

Hello, My name is Pooja Patel and I am a senior majoring in Mathematics with a minor in finance. On-campus I am currently serving as an elected SGA (Student Government Association) Finance board officer, mentor of REACH initiative, and a member of the Investing and Trading club. I love reading books and when I am absolutely free I like taking long walks. 🙂

Sarah Bowers

My name is Sarah Bowers and I’m majoring in Physics with minors in Astrophysics and Dance. On campus, I am an officer of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), play on the Women’s Club Volleyball team, and participate in Dance Department performances. I love spending time outdoors and hiking!

Sazhelle Gutierrez-Moulton

Hello, my name is Sazhelle GM (Sa-zhell), I’m a Computer Science major. I am also am a TF (teachers fellow) for COMP101Y for Fall 2020, and getting involved in some projects. I lived in Baltimore for about 6-7 years but I used to live in Singapore for about 8 years.

Simeon Nelson

I’m from Frederick, MD. I am a Biochemistry and Chemical Education Double Major. I am a member of the Honors College, Men’s Ultimate, Cru, and the Math Coaching Program at Lakeland Elementary.

Sonia Jarral

I’m a junior pursuing a dual degree with a BA in Biology and a BA in Psychology! I’m involved with AF Theatre Co. and Alpha Sigma Kappa. In addition to being a Woolie, I’m also a Peer Facilitator. Some of my hobbies include painting and doing special effects makeup.

Tahsina Tarannum Mustafa

I am majoring in Psychology. I am not involved too much on campus yet. Some of my favorite activities are hiking and swimming. I also love playing basketball!

Tamar Goldwasser

I am a junior biology major looking to go into research. I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and on campus I am part of Hillel, RSA, and have been on the Crew team.

Tia Murphy

I am a senior HAPP (public health) major and psychology minor. On campus, I am involved with Phi Mu Fraternity and Pre-PA Society. I have also had the opportunity to study abroad!

Toni Martin

My name is Toni and I am a biology major. I am apart of the STEM BUILD Program and was on the cheerleading team! I love working out and writing short stories.

Tripat Gill

I am a senior here at UMBC, and I’m majoring in HAPP with a minor in ECON.

Viola Lis

I am a psych major, minoring in sociology as well. I am from Harford and Montgomery County. As a transfer student, I have recently begun to get more involved on campus and look forward to working with you!

Zachary Rogers

I’m an IS major, I’m a member of the fraternity phi kappa sigma, I’m from Columbia, Maryland and I went to Atholton High School.

Zainab Yekini

Hello! My name is Zainab Yekini and I am a sophomore double majoring in Information Systems and Economics. I am from Baltimore, Maryland by way of Nigeria and I am so excited to meet you all!