Resident Tutors

Axel Oaks Takacs

Axel Oaks Takacs

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor in: Senior Common Room, Faculty Engagement, Conversations with Kirkland, Interfaith Relations

Hey Kirklanders! I am very excited to join the Kirkland House community with my wife, Kim, and our amazing poodle, Donovan. Raised in St. Louis, MO, I am a first-generation American born in Waterloo, Iowa, of a Hungarian father (a refugee) and an Italian mother (herself born and raised in Bordeaux, France). I moved to Cambridge when I started my Masters degree at Harvard Divinity School in 2008, and have lived here ever since, save for a one-year stint in Paris. I am currently in the doctoral program in the Study of Religion, writing my dissertation on a 9th-century…ask me about it! :) Before Harvard, I was a high school teacher and a martial arts and fitness instructor. My official responsibility at Kirkland is organizing gatherings for the Senior Common Room, but I’ll be assisting in other areas, too. I am happy to converse with you about nearly any topic, with particular interests in the study of religion, Islamic studies, learning Arabic, Persian poetry, Italian, French, classical languages, comparative mysticism, philosophy, theology, and much more! In my spare time, I run along the Charles, battle the Harvard Stadium stairs, and play Words w/ Friends compulsively. If you ever want to play with our adorable poodle, let us know—he can play fetch for hours on end.

Kim Oaks Takacs

Kim Oaks Takacs

Resident Tutor
H-31
Tutor in: HoCo Adviser, Public Service, KDS, Interfaith Relations

I’m so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful Kirkland community for our first year as house tutors. I’m here with my husband, Axel, a doctoral student at Harvard Divinity School, and our dog, Donovan. I’m originally from Connecticut and went to Stonehill College to study Spanish and speech and language as an undergraduate. I got my Masters in communication sciences and disorders at Emerson College and have been living in Cambridge ever since. I now work as a speech-language pathologist for Riverside Cambridge-Somerville Early Intervention. I do home visits to provide communication and feeding therapy for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. I absolutely love my job so feel free to ask me about it. I also really love crafting, Pinterest-ing, Netflix-ing, cooking, drinking tea, feeling cozy, chatting, playing with our dog, hanging out with my little family, and traveling. At Kirkland, I’m involved with KDS, HoCo, and Public Service. I’m looking forward to learning more about you, please come by to chat!

Erin Walczewski

Erin Walczewski

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor In: Pre-Law, SASH

I'm a graduate of HLS and a corporate lawyer, mostly working with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. I also train new attorneys at my firm, and I teach at HLS. Outside work, I love writing and am really into movies. My husband Luke and I live here with our son Jack (4) and our daughter Kate (2), and we are excited to be back at Kirkland for our 9th year here!

Luke Walczewski

Luke Walczewski

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor In: Pre-Law, IMs, Brew Club

I'm happy to be at Kirkland for my 9th year as a resident tutor.  My wife Erin and I live in B-entryway along with our son Jack (born Feb. 2012) and daughter Kate (born April 2014).  I am a 2006 law school graduate and a 2016 graduate of HGSE, and I recently left my job as an Assistant Director of Athletics here at Harvard to start my own company.  Keeping with the sports theme, I also coordinate the Kirkland intramural sports program, and I expect to see each and every one of you at at least one IM event this year. It doesn't matter if you've never done a single athletically-related thing in your life—now is a great time to start! My other responsibilities around this place include helping out with the House pre-law program, running the Kirkland beer brewing club, and teaching the annual beer seminar. I want to get to know every single person in the House, so please don't hesitate to sit down and have a meal with us —Jack and Kate love company at their meals!

Dina Wang

Dina Wang

Resident Affiliate
I-41
Tutor In: Pre-Career, Art

Hi, Kirkland! My husband Rory Lindsay and I are excited to be returning as I-entryway tutors with our golden retriever, Arista. I'm also one of your pre-career coordinators (with Lumumba Seegars) and excited to help many of you successfully nail summer internships and transition into your first full-time jobs post-college. I am also an art tutor—if you need more painting or drawing in your life come find me! In my life outside Kirkland, I am a Principal at ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm that works with leaders of public and privately owned organizations on issues at the intersection of strategy and human capital. Prior to ghSMART, I was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where my focus was in healthcare. I graduated from Harvard in 2006 (Chemistry) and got my MBA at Harvard Business School in 2012, followed by a fellowship at HBS in disruptive innovation. I'm always up to talk dogs, books, and current events. I'm looking forward to meeting you all this year!

Kori Zorina

Kori Zorina

Resident Tutor
A-26
Tutor in: Wellness, Community Kitchen, Boat Club

Hi Kirkland! I am excited to join Kirkland house this year as a tutor in A entryway along with my boyfriend, Eric. I grew up in Chicago, but am originally from Russia, so I'm looking forward to chatting with any fellow Russian speakers or anyone interested in learning words beyond "da","nyet", and "vodka". I completed my undergraduate years at UIUC where I studied speech and hearing science with a minor in Spanish. After that, I received my MS in speech-language pathology from Boston University and currently work with children facing various communication challenges and disorders in the Watertown public schools. When I'm not geeking out over the intricacies of language development or writing IEP's, I enjoy watching trashy TV shows, drawing, wandering around Boston, and baking delicious treats that may or may not contain kale. I'm excited to meet you all and would love to talk with you about education, health sciences, languages, art, cookies, or the relative merits of Chicago vs New York pizza.