People

Doug Melton and Gail O'Keefe

Doug Melton and Gail O'Keefe

Faculty Deans

We are delighted to welcome you to Eliot House, and look forward to sharing the conversations and good times ahead! A bit about us- Doug holds the Saris University Professorship, and is co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, encompassing labs at the Harvard Medical School and here at the College. His research is in regeneration of pancreatic beta cells and diabetes. He loves to talk science of any type, and will happily talk about cloning a mastadon for our very own Eliot House mascot.

Gail migrated from an undergrad degree in biology to environmental policy, then to developmental and cognitive psychology. We have a love of family, friends, science and politics in common, but we differ in our sports preferences- Doug enjoys his time on courts (tennis, squash, basketball), while Gail prefers to be outdoors whenever possible (running, bicycling, skiing). We are always looking for someone to share our daily dog walks, if you’re so inclined.  Echo is our energetic brown pup who loves rabbits... chasing them.

We hope and expect for you to join us in the Dining Hall and fill us in on your life. Floreat Domus de Eliot!

dmelton@harvard.edu

gailokeefe@gmail.com

Craig Carey

Craig Carey

Assistant to the Resident Dean

Hello Eliot House! I am very pleased to be a part of the Eliot community and to work as the Assistant to Resident Dean, Katy Leonard. I grew up in nearby Franklin and I went on to earn a BA in History from Saint Michaels College in Vermont, where I also played on the varsity basketball team. Prior to coming to Harvard, I served as the Director of Constituent Services in the Office of Massachusetts State Representative James E. Vallee. I am always up for a conversation and enjoy discussing politics, history, and of course Boston sports!

I am here to help you with any academic or advising questions you may have, and I look forward to meeting you all and please stop by anytime!

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Katy Leonard

Allston Burr Resident Dean, Eliot House
and Assistant Dean of Harvard College

 

Hello and welcome to Eliot! I have the wonderful job of helping Eliotites figure out how to navigate life at Harvard. As the Resident Dean, also called the Allston Burr Assistant Dean or ABAD, I act as your liaison to academic departments, serve as a resource when you encounter personal or academic difficulty, and represent you on the Administrative Board of the College. Please feel welcome to stop by and speak with me about your triumphs and struggles. If you have specific questions or concerns you would like to discuss with me, please visit my calendar link to make an appointment.

I am originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, but spent most of my adult life in Birmingham, Alabama. After training for many years to be a classical flutist, I moved to Ireland to study Irish flute. I came home with a newfound love of bluegrass music, a degree in ethnomusicology, and approximately twelve pennywhistles. Though I have a southerner’s terror of cold weather, I prepared for the Cambridge winter by earning my Ph.D. in ethnomusicology just down the road at Brown University. My primary academic interests are in music, community, and political movements, with a regional focus on American vernacular and popular music. I am particularly interested in the ways the arts play a role in civic engagement.

I am joined in Eliot by my unusually mellow cat, Scooter P. Jennings. You will likely see him staring blissfully out the window or sleeping. In addition to my role in Eliot House, I will be teaching as a Lecturer in the music department.

Sorell Massenburg

Sorell Massenburg

Senior Resident Tutor
Applied Physics

I’m grateful to return to Eliot House this year with my high school sweetheart Nedra. We both hail from North Carolina, where we love our sweet tea, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and N.C. Bar-B-Que. My southern heritage also means that I’m never too busy for a chat, wherever or whenever our paths cross. As a college student, I spent four years criss-crossing the campuses of two fierce rivals, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University as Roberston scholar. I spent my summers teaching in rural Mississippi, volunteering at the Ministry of Public Health in Argentina, doing research here at Harvard and trying to learn flamenco guitar in Spain, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2007. After a youthful fling with astrophysics, I began researching the physical properties of mucus and human lung cilia to better understand Cystic Fibrosis. After these research experiences I was hooked on using science to make the world a better place. 

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Adrian Veres

Adrian Veres

Resident Tutor
Science, Medicine

Hi Eliot, I was originally born in Romania but grew up for most of my life in Montreal, speaking French. I hope this explains any occasional pronunciation quirks. I am currently an MD/PhD student in my third year (first year of PhD).  My research is focused on deciphering the genes govern cell fate decisions during differentiation. Having been fascinated by science throughout my childhood, it is really a pleasure to spend all my creative energy working on these questions. I have first-hand experience of how great Eliot can be: I won the housing lottery in 2009 and lived in Eliot during my time at Harvard College (class of 2012). 

Just like my degree straddles science and medicine, I get to be part of both the premedical and science tutor squads. You will see me at all Premedical Committee events, as well as various science events, particularly the Lab@Eliot, our informal gathering to share our research.

Sue Weltman

Sue Weltman

House Administrator

This will be my seventeenth  year at Eliot House. It is safe to say that I probably have one of the best jobs at Harvard. I meet the students as freshmen when they get their housing assignments on that famous Thursday in March and then I see them three years later walking across the terrace to receive their diplomas, and not to mention all the great things in between. While working at Eliot House I have met some great people, made lasting friendships, planned many functions and have done a lot of baking for the Faculty Deans, Open Houses. I split my time between our home in Dedham and New Hampshire, which I share with my husband, Carl. I am here to help you with any housing questions or concerns, reserving a room, or if you just want to chat. My office is located on the second floor of N entryway and is always open.

 

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Seun Araromi

Resident Tutor
Engineering, Race Relations
I’m very excited to serve as a resident tutor. I’m a Nigerian born, London (England) raised, postdoctoral researcher working in the field of wearable sensors at the Harvard Wyss Institute since early 2016. Having left London at 16 to attend boarding school in the North of Scotland, I subsequently moved to the south England to study at the University of Bristol, where I obtained my Masters and Doctoral degrees. After a brief pause to do volunteer work in Bangladesh, I moved to Switzerland to complete my first postdoc at EPFL, where I stayed for 3 years. My passions include dancing, applied research, technology transfer, general life adventuring, and Christian spirituality. I look forward to discussing these and more with you!
Patrick Behrer

Patrick Behrer

Non-Resident Tutor
Fellowships

Hi Eliot! I’m thrilled to be joining Eliot again as a non-resident tutor. My girlfriend Katie and I graduated from Eliot in 2010 and 2009, respectively, and are so excited to be back in Cambridge. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I concentrated in economics as an undergrad and I’m back to do a PhD in public policy. Between then and now I’ve travelled throughout South America and the Caribbean, lived in New Zealand for a year as a Fulbright, worked as a research assistant, and spent two years in Colorado completing my master’s degree. My passion is the environment and my work focuses on how economics can shape better conservation policy. 

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Jimmy Biblarz

Jimmy Biblarz

Resident Tutor
Social Studies, LGBTQ

Greetings Domus! I’m Jimmy and I’ll be working to set new records this for year for “that guy who just graduated and you’re not quite sure why he’s still around.” I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and am still learning how to dress for a Boston winter (I think it is a lifelong struggle). I just graduated from Eliot in May and am thrilled to be working as a nonresident tutor here this year. At Harvard, I studied Social Studies and English and am happy to advise about course and concentration selection, thesis preparation, and navigating the various departments. I focused on education reform and policy particularly issues of racial and socioeconomic segregation in American urban school districts. As a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), I became well acquainted with the ins-and-outs of Harvard academic and social life, so please reach out if you have any questions about academic or extracurricular life on campus. 

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Ben Burns

Ben Burns

Resident Tutor
Careers, Business, Engineering, Fellowships

Hi Eliot House! I'm Ben and I'm excited to start my second year as a tutor alongside my blockmate (and wife!) Lianna. Originally from Pittsburgh, I graduated from Lowell House in 2010 with a Physics degree and a secondary field in Astrophysics. In college I directed THUD, led FOP, and gave lessons on how to use the Science Center telescope with STAHR. After graduation I worked as a product engineer at a start-up in New York called ThinkEco, fiddling with circuits, CAD models, and code. Then I came back to Harvard for business school from 2013-2015, focusing on tech strategy and product management. Now I'm a product manager at Bose, where I create new wireless speaker concepts and shepherd them through all the stages of product design, engineering, marketing, and launch.

When I was in college I was interested in the wider world of jobs outside consulting / finance / medicine / law / grad school, but I had no idea where to start -- so if that's you, come talk to me! Get in touch anytime to discuss career advice, start-ups, business school, the 2+2 program, travel tips, the Boston/Bay-Area/NYC tech scenes, music, cosmic perspective, the Awesome Foundation, or anything else at all.  To schedule an appointment, go to https://calendly.com/eliotjobs/ben/.

Hattie Chung

Hattie Chung

Resident Tutor
Engineering, Biology, Fellowships, Graduate School

In addition to being a fellowships and science tutor, I host weekly music hour, where we listen to vinyl records of classical music and eat cheese. My favorite composers are Rachmaniniov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Chopin, Ravel, though music hours are not limited to their works. I was raised in South Korea and North Carolina. I recently finished my PhD in Systems Biology and currently taking a few months off to work on independent writing projects. My research areas have included evolutionary biology, computational biology/genomics, synthetic biology, and drug delivery. I also enjoy working abroad and learning new languages. 

Garrett Faulkner

Garrett Faulkner

Resident Tutor
Writing, Literature
Eliot Boat Club

My wife Maggie and I couldn't be happier to live and learn alongside you this year from B entryway. I'm a writer by trade, having held down jobs as a magazine editor, teacher, and community news reporter. I moonlight as a writer of Appalachian fiction, and am often found tinkering with a clutch of short stories & a novel set in Bell County, Kentucky, where my family hails from.

More recently, I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah (also mountainous), and am happy to chat about all things West and most things South. Look for me this year at Eliot's Writing Table to discuss your academic and creative writing projects, and also in the dining hall, where I'm usually typing away - and competing with Maggie and Jimmy to exhaust the house's Diet Coke ration. Domus!

Heather Felix

Heather Felix

Resident Tutor
Public Health, Psychology
Sophomore Advising Coordinator

Hi Eliot! I’m thrilled to be joining the House this year alongside my husband, Steven, and our one year old son Riley. I grew up in Rhode Island, and have called Boston/Cambridge home for the past 4 years. I received a BA in Psychology before shifting gears and getting a masters of public health. My public health focus is on developing optimal defaults for healthy eating, physical activity, and environmentally sound practices. Currently, I’m home full-time with Riley and April, so you’ll likely see a lot of us (in the dining hall, in the courtyard, by the River, or out and about in Cambridge). Please feel free to come up and say hi to talk about psychology, public health, sophomore advising, house and college life in general, or Curious George (Riley is a big fan). I’m excited to get to know you all!

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