Team

Meet the Team!

Board of Directors

Alyda Huerta


Alyda Huerta

Director of Achiever Relations



I really love reading, exercising, and hanging out with friends and trying out new food. I am excited about Amphibz because I get to hang out with all the awesome mentors and Achievers!
Amelia Bryan


Amelia Bryan

Director of Academics



Hi! My name is Amelia and I am a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. I have been a part of Amphibious Achievement since my sophomore year. I love getting the Achievers excited about the academic material :)
Catherine Williamson


Catherine Williamson

Managing Director of Campus Relations, Crew Coach



I am a crew coach who adores rowing and teaching others the sport I love. I really like working one on one with Achievers to get to know them and help them improve what's most specific to their needs. I love Amphibz and excitedly anticipate every Sunday!
Cathy Sun


Cathy Sun

Director of Curriculum Development



I'm in the class of 2018 studying mechanical engineering and in my free time, I like to pretend to rap, nibble on trail mix, and do anything that involves nice weather.
Chris Jaicks


Chris Jaicks

Director of Rowing, Crew Coach



Hey guys! I'm a sophomore at MIT studying biological engineering. Things I love include rowing, The Office, every DC sports team, and of course Amphibious Achievement!
Chris Xue


Chris Xue

Director of Web Development



I am a sophomore majoring in computer science and minoring in business management. I want to utilize technology to positively impact the world, and I also love Amphibz! I enjoy watching the NBA and NFL and binge watching Scrubs in my free time.
Dane Erickson


Dane Erickson

Managing Director of Community Outreach, Swim Coach



2 Truths and a Lie: 1. I've eaten the leftovers of the King of Norway. 2. I almost died swimming off the coast of Italy. 3. I was almost named Thor.
Evelyn Florentine


Evelyn Florentine

Director of College Counseling



I am a junior from the amazing city of Los Angeles. I love chocolate, clothes, and Amphibious Achievement!
Jameson Kief


Jameson Kief

Director of Mentor Relations



Hello world. I am a tutor from the class of 2020. I am an avid spectator of underwater basket weaving and am an aspiring player of the game Lacrosse. I am studying mechanical engineering in biomedical devices and enjoy sharing my passion for athletics and academics with Achievers.
Josh Tomazin


Josh Tomazin

Director of Swimming



I'm responsible for the swimming portion of Amphibious Achievement. I swim sprint freestyle on the MIT varsity swim team and I study computer science. I like indie music, coffee, cooking, cartoons, dinosaurs, playing guitar, and The Lord of the Rings.
Julia Ginder


Julia Ginder

Executive Director, Swim Coach



At MIT, I'm majoring in biological engineering, and I'm on the field hockey team. Peanut butter and banana is my new favorite combination. I also love to waterski and sail.
Kathy Pan


Kathy Pan

Director of Marketing, Swim Coach



I'm a member of the MIT swim team and can't wait to teach the Achievers a love for the water! I like exploring, reading, journaling, power napping, and eating brunch for dinner.
Luke Eure


Luke Eure

Executive Director, Swim Coach



I'm a swimmer! I coach Achievers who are just beginning to swim. I love music, spaghetti, the Oxford comma and physics.
Marla Odell


Marla Odell

Director of Academics, Crew Coach



A rower on the Women's Openweight team and a freshman computer science major, I'm eager to share my passion for athletic and academics with all the Achievers. When I'm not studying or rowing, I love to listen to country music, explore coffee shops and eat frozen yogurt.
Nick Martin


Nick Martin

Managing Director of Development



I'm a tutor on Sundays and am on the Board of Directors. My job is to coordinate with sponsors and MIT administration to make sure program development runs smoothly. I also organize the Erg-A-Thon (our biggest fundraiser of the year) and help organize our annual gala in the spring.
Yazmin Guzman


Yazmin Guzman

Director of External Relations



Hi! I am a mentor in Amphibz! I love getting to know the Achievers and really pushing them to do their best. I really like watching TV and listening to music.

Our Mentor Corps

Anita Liu


Anita Liu

Mentor



Amphibious Achievement has been one of the most valuable and defining experiences I've had in my time at MIT! I'm so grateful to everyone who has made the program such an amazing experience, and I can't imagine my Sundays without it. Outside of Amphibious Achievement, I love to dance, eat good food, and correct grammar in emails.
Anjali Krishnamachar


Anjali Krishnamachar

Mentor



I'm a mentor in the classroom!Outside of Amphibz, I love to spend time in the mountains (skiing or hiking), travel to exotic countries, read regency romances, dabble in dance, build robots, and write in my journal.
Caroline Liu


Caroline Liu

Swim Coach



I'm a sophomore from North Carolina studying Materials Science and Engineering. Outside of Amphibious Achievement, I enjoy listening to bands no else has ever heard of, drinking Arnold Palmers, and singing in the shower.
Charlotte Keeley


Charlotte Keeley

Swim Coach



I'm a biological engineering major from Charlottesville, Virginia and I like to read, bake, and play soccer. Amphibious Achievement is one of my favorite parts of MIT---I've been both a swimmer and rower in the past and I enjoy passing along my love of sports!
Emily Keeley


Emily Keeley

Crew Coach



I swam competitively for many years before college and rowed at MIT, so I enjoy coaching and participating in both sports! In my free time, I like to bake, travel, and watch football.
Eric Dahlseng


Eric Dahlseng

Swim Coach



I work with intermediate to advanced Achievers in the pool and love teaching math lessons! My favorite pastimes include napping and reading.
Franie Parker-Hale


Franie Parker-Hale

Crew Coach



Hi, I'm Franie and I'm a freshman majoring in computational biology! I row for the women's lightweight team at MIT and I love sharing my passion for the sport! When I'm not rowing, I really enjoy cooking, listening to music, and going on spontaneous adventures around Boston.
Ian Reynolds


Ian Reynolds

Mentor



My job at Amphibious Achievement is to design academics lessons that are engaging and useful for Achievers of different ages and backgrounds! In the flaming wreckage of my free time, I love running, exploring Boston and building fun things for the web.
Isabella Gomez


Isabella Gomez

Mentor



Hello I'm Isabella! I come from deep down in Texas right on the border of Mexico. I love my Mexican food from home, swimming, and spending time with Amphibz people. I'm interested in studying Civil Engineering and Political Science here at MIT. Fun Fact: my spirit animal is a narwhal.
Jake Liguori


Jake Liguori

Crew Coach



Hey guys! I'm an avid rower who love nothing more than going out on the water. I joined Amphibz in Fall of 2015 so I could help make an impact on the Achievers the same way my coaches have positively impacted my life, both on and off the water. Outside of rowing, I enjoy playing basketball and study aeronautics.
Jesus Mathus


Jesus Mathus

Crew Coach



Born in Mexico, I moved to the US at the age of seven. My family and I started in Phoenix, AZ, then moved to Dallas, TX, and were there until I came to MIT and they moved to Los Angeles, CA. I've always loved giving back to my immediate community and was hooked with Amphibz from the moment I heard about it. I've been in the program happily for the past three years and have met and connected with a lot of amazing people during that time. I can't wait to see how this year will play out in Amphibz and how far the Achievers and the program will go in the future.
Justin Chiu


Justin Chiu

Swim Coach



I've been a competitive swimmer for most of my life. I love exploring the city and going to amusement parks.
Kara Holinski


Kara Holinski

Mentor



I play basketball, so I am a mentor in the classroom and a mentee in the pool and boat house. Also, I get really excited about energy, education, dance, and all things involving Allen Iverson.
Kyle Archer


Kyle Archer

Swim Coach



Hi I am Kyle, and I love making people smile, Taylor Swift, and Amphibious Achievement. When I am not sporting the blue and green, you can see me over at Sloan or practicing with the Men’s Water Polo team.
Matt Nicolai


Matt Nicolai

Mentor



I'm a junior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management. I play linebacker on the football team at MIT and I love pizza.
Matt Wu


Matt Wu

Crew Coach



Hi there! I am a sophomore studying Computational Biology and love mentoring the Achievers in both the boathouse and the classroom. Outside of Amphibz, I enjoy playing basketball and piano and going on adventures in Boston.
Nadya Balabanska


Nadya Balabanska

Mentor



Hi I'm Nadya from Virginia and I like playing lacrosse, reading, building robots, and being outside!
Patrick McClure


Patrick McClure

Mentor



I'm a member of the MIT Lightweight Men's Rowing Team, a physics/astronomy major, and an even bigger fan of Taylor Swift than Kyle is. You can find me on the weekends eating too much, sleeping in late, or sitting in front of my computer for way too long.
Riker Bixby


Riker Bixby

Crew Coach



I am a sophomore from New Jersey studying Computational Biology. I am a crew coach and mentor. Outside of Amphibz, I enjoy spending time in lab, skiing, and playing crosswords!
Sam Ihns


Sam Ihns

Mentor



Freshman on the men's heavyweight crew team. Undecided major. Eats a LOT of instant oatmeal.
Teresa de Figueiredo


Teresa de Figueiredo

Swim Coach



I'm a senior from Texas studying Materials Science and Engineering. I love the beach, hammocking, music, and traveling!

Our Alumni

Alice Huang Aliya Dincer Ambika Krishnamachar
Brian Bell Camila Cabellero Carlos Garay
Cheng Dai Corinne Carland Dhruv Parthasarathy
Elina Hu Erica Du Jane He
John Tebes Joyce Hong Lila Fridley
Michael Lu Nicole Ozminkowski Noam Angrist
Page Uriarte Ron Rosenberg Sara Huang
Shilpa Agrawal Sixing Zhao States Lee
Teri Oehmke Thomas Norris Vivek Dasari
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