Community Voices

“When I look back at my Brandeis experience, the numerous moments that I had volunteering will be among the richest and most impactful memories that I had here. I am certain that these experiences have helped tremendously to make me the person I am today, and they have contributed greatly to my future plans and life ambitions.” ~Benji Bernstein '15

“Even in Honduras, I had never felt more Brandeisian.  I spent each day with a clear goal to relay justice while expecting nothing in return.  Paying forward the fortune of healthcare access and education ascertained to me that I don’t believe in charity—rather that I stand with Brandeis to create justice.” ~Lauren Phillips '15

“For many, when they hear the words community service, it is met with groans and complaints. To them, community service is a mandated activity, rarely enjoyable because it is forced. At Brandeis University, though, community service is not met with groans or sighs nor is it a great inconvenience, for it is a way of life. The students at Brandeis partake in community service as naturally as breathing.” ~Tiffany Cao '15

“Most of the students at Brandeis would not even consider themselves volunteers. It's just in their natural disposition to help out. A deep sense of community service and volunteerism has been instilled in all of us from the continual, constant sense of social justice.” ~Tiffany Cao '15

“Community service has and always will be a part of my life. It is something that has taught me some of the values I hold of utmost importance and has affected me in unimaginable ways. More so, I know that my ‘service’ has affected others, some more, some less, but nonetheless I was able to, in some small simple way, touch people’s lives. It is the relationships, the connections that I have established with those I have worked with that will remind me, every day, how much I value community service and what it has done for me.” ~Svetlana Duvidovich '15

Contact Us

The Waltham Group
Shapiro Campus Center 311
(781) 736-3235

waltham group coordinators

Meet the Waltham Group Coordinators

Welcome to the Waltham Group Coordinators page. As coordinators, we play an important role in overseeing the 21 different Waltham Group programs. Although we each have our own academic interests and come from different backgrounds, we all came to Brandeis with a strong desire to take an active role in the university's community service club.

After a semester or two as Waltham Group volunteers, we each took the next step and applied to the coordinator position. Unlike other club leaders, a Waltham Group coordinator is a permanent position one holds until graduating. Because the Waltham Group is a student-run organization, coordinators have an important job to ensure that the needs of the community — as well as the needs and interest of all Brandeis students — are being met. If you would like to get involved with any of the Waltham Group programs, please contact us.

Waltham Group Co-Presidents

Krishna Narayanan
Waltham Group Co-President

Krishna Narayanan is a senior from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, currently majoring in Chemical Biology. He has been an active volunteer of Brandeis Big Siblings since freshman year, eventually becoming a co-coordinator of the program. Now he is very excited to also take on the role of Althea Group Co-President. When not studying in the Waltham Group office, he can be found either researching in the Rodal Lab or practicing with the Brandeis Archery Club. He enjoys meeting new people and having fun, joke-filled conversations (puns and sass are a must). As co-president, he looks forward to working close with the Brandeis and Waltham communities and encouraging further involvement in community service. He believes that volunteering betters not only the community but also the individual.

Mitchell Beersshaina dorow
Waltham Group Co-President

Mitchell Beers is a senior from Schroon Lake, NY. He is majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and Anthropology. In his future, he looks forward to ensuring everyone gets the quality healthcare they deserve. This pursuit is what spurred his interest in Blood Drive, which he has been a coordinator for since his sophomore year. Mitchell also brings experience as a senator in the Student Union for the past three years and an orientation leader. He is very excited to be a Waltham Group co-president and work to strengthen the already fantastic organization! He looks forward to fostering a community of togetherness within the Waltham Group and expanding the WG committees. 

Waltham Group Program Coordinators

Afternoon Enrichment: 
Julia Wolinsky
Daniel Hakakian
Dariana Resendez
Steven Chen

Big Siblings:
Krishna Narayanan
Lauren Cohen

Mitchell Beers
Heather Gitler
Khushee Nanavati
Krithika Chagari
Sumana Shashidhar
Brandon Stanaway

Brandeis Buddies: 
Malika Briggs
Sophie Gordon
Jesse Feldstein

Community Connections:
Momo Trang
Erica Schutzman
Ceara Genovesi
Sarah Ernst
Yini Liang

Companions to Elders: 
Megan (Maggie) Ziegel
Thomas Rossetti
Abigail Gardener
Hannah Malin
Yujie (Lydia) He 
Sophia Einis

Event Planning Committee:
Lee Wilson
Sara Horton

General Tutoring:     
Ledia Erkou 
Sooyoung Jeong
Felicia Lee
Aninditaa Agarwal
Lauren Chin

Habitat for Humanity:
Sofia Lavrentyeva
Jacqueline Smith
Lily Wageman
Ben Benson

Hospital Helpers:
Idelle Vaynberg 
Shifra Ben-Jacob 
Noa Iimura

Hunger and Homelessness:
Lily Elderkin
Mira McMahon
Joshua Lepson
Laura Garcia
Tamar Lieberman

Junior Brandeis Achievers:
Eliana Bernstein
Sarah Stein
Amy-Claire Dauphin
Emily Glovin

Kids Connection:
Emilie Kahn-Boesel
Djack San Andres
Michaela Gawley
Abby Bergman
Julia Brown

Language and Cultural Enrichment (LaCE):
Noa Cardin
Sara Horton
Luis Zuniga
Edwin Morales

Language Empowering Action Project (LEAP):
Sojin Chon

Prospect Hill Kids' Club:
Lee Wilson
Alek Kopulsky
Lily Eligator
Maya London
Rachel Slayton
Alexandra Bordona

Service Without Borders:
Mei Cornue-Hollander
Lauren Puglisi

Jackson Tuck
Sejal Kotecha

Kaila Hood
Marissa Lazaroff

Aninditaa Agarwal
Ledia Erkou 

Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S):
Anna Grandis
Megan Boateng
Herlyne Das
Emily Kessler