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ECSF 2003

Paul Adler '04
Internship with Fundación Turcios Lima, GuatemalaPaul Adler
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
In 2004, Paul worked with Brandeis graduate Ben Brandzel with MoveOn's student wing, created to engage students and young people in the political process. Paul then landed a job in Washington D.C. with Global Trade Watch, an organization that works on a variety of globalization issues.

Ayham Bahnassi '05
Internship with Friends of the Parents Circle, Massachusetts
Hometown: Boylston, MA
After graduation, Ayham interned in the Estate Planning Department at Bowditch & Dewey LLP in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he made good use of the conflict resolution and mediation skills he learned in the Ethics Center, the Dialogue Group, and Parents Circle. "At B&D, there was an incident where a wealthy client passed away," wrote Ayham. "The client made a will and trust through our office, but there were a lot of valuable tangible items that were not addressed in the legal documents. So, his children basically fought over them. I saw how attorneys and paralegals functioned as peacemakers in order to resolve disputes within the family. I guess conflict resolution skills are a valuable commodity for lawyers." In the fall of 2005, Ayham signed on as a mediator with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in Worcester, where he researched and helped to resolve consumer complaints about merchants to keep the disputes out of small claims court. Though he loved the work there, he left in July 2006 to prepare for his first semester at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, planning to specialize in Dispute Resolution or Mediation Law.

Xiomara Gonzalez '05
Internship with Fundación Turcios Lima, GuatemalaXiomara
Hometown: Bronx, NY
After Brandeis, Xiomara decided to return to the Bronx to become a teacher at a public high school in her old neighborhood.  She joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and started teaching mathematics at the Bronx School of Law and Finance, founded in 2003 as part of the New Visions initiative in NYC.  As a small school, its mission is to create a greater sense of community and foster meaningful teacher-student relationships.  Xiomara completed her Master's of Education in Mathematics.  Outside of teaching, she remains connected to the Posse Foundation and volunteers regularly with "New York Cares," an organizaiton that meets pressing community needs by mobilizing New Yorkers in volunteer service,  and "A More Perfect Union," an organization that supports women at risk of getting into destructive relationships. She additionally volunteers with GirlsQuest, helping girls from low-income families to achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

Matthew Harris '04
Internship with University of Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: New City, NY
Matthew worked as an EMT in New York for a year, and began studies at NYU in the fall of 2005.

Deirdre Mooney '05
Internship with Ikamva Labantu, Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: East Northport, NY
Deirdre began medical school at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in the fall of 2005.

marinaMarina Pevzner '04
Internship with AHIMSA, Sri Lanka
Hometown: Rehovot, Israel
In March 2004, Marina presented the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience award to New Profile, an Israeli organization dedicated to ending militarism. A conscientious objector herself, Marina was instrumental in the nomination of the organization for the award. After graduating from Brandeis in 2004, Marina went on to obtain a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. She was the recipient of a Summer Fellowship from Harvard's Program on Negotiation. The fellowship allowed her to pursue an internship with Conflict Management Group (CMG) in Boston, and Mercy Corps (MC) in Georgia in the Caucasus. In 2006, Marina took over as the executive director of the Central Square Business Association, whose mission is to maintain and support a lively commercial and business area and to enhance the quality of life in the Central Square area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, she is living in London, working for Business in the Community, an organization that engages with large businesses in an attempt to improve deprived communities which surround them. Marina manages a significant part of the business located in the Southeast counties in the UK.