People

Daniel Kapec

Daniel Kapec

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: STEM table, Outings, Conversations with Kirkland
Hi there Kirkland House! My name is Dan, and I'm stoked to be joining the tutor staff along with my partner Katia! I'm excited to be back at Harvard as a postdoc at the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA) after receiving my PhD in theoretical physics here in 2018. As an undergrad at Yale I majored in Physics and Mathematics, and I just finished a postdoc in Princeton at the Institute for Advanced Study. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, going to Red Sox games and exploring Boston. I'm also always down to play some video games after grabbing dinner in the dining hall. Looking forward to chatting with you at the STEM table and planning some fun outings. Be sure to also give us your recommendations for Conversations with Kirkland. I can't wait to get to know you all!
Jack Kieffaber Non-Resident Tutor

Jack Kieffaber

Non-Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Law
Hey Kirkland! I’m a 2L at Harvard Law School and am stoked to be helping out this year as a nonresident pre-law tutor.  I’m from Dallas, Texas and received my BA in Political Science from Notre Dame; I went straight from undergrad to law school, so I’m proof that actual life experience is in no way a prerequisite to admission. I’ve been working as an LSAT tutor and a law school admissions coach for two years now, so come chat with me about all things pre-law. If you want to toss the football/baseball/frisbie around while we’re at it, that can be arranged. Can’t wait to get to know y’all!
Jeannette Lane

Jeannette Lane (she/her/hers)

Academic Coordinator

Hello! I am Kirkland's Academic Coordinator.

I am very excited to be joining the Kirkland House office and community as the Academic Coordinator. It is an opportunity to combine my passion for helping others with the joy of supporting education. Previously, I worked in the admissions office at Boston College Law School for over eleven years. I really loved being involved in education and getting to see groups of students through their time in school from admission to graduation. I started working at Harvard University in September 2021 as a temporary employee at Harvard Law School. I came to Kirkland House in January 2022.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, working on word search puzzles, reading crime fiction books, getting outside and exploring Boston's historic walking trails, and spending time with my amazing family and friends. I am an avid New England Sports fan. I am also an active volunteer with a number of Boston organizations, food pantries, kitchens, and shelters. 

As an academic coordinator, I am here to offer support, advise students, assist students with academic questions, compose official letters, handle confidential student files, and try to create a supportive environment for Kirkland students. I can assist with preparing documents for: Administrative Board petitions, the premed application process, letters of recommendation, and your student record. Finally, I can also answer questions related to tracking student progress toward graduation requirements, as well as important dates and deadlines.

Students can email me with questions, or you can stop by my office in H - entryway during my daily office hours 3-4 pm, Monday - Friday. I look forward to meeting you!

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Kevin Mastro

Kevin Mastro

Resident Tutor
G-23
Tutor In: BGLTQ, STEM Table

Hi Kirkland House!!!!! My name is Kevin (he/him/his) and I am so excited to shift from my first year as a tutor (virtually) to being with the Kirkland community in-person! Grew up in Worcester (Central Mass, Woo!) before heading out to undergrad and graduate school in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, respectively. As the old saying goes, all roads lead back to Boston, and now I am a postdoc in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School where I am interested in how our brain and behavior changes through adolescence and why we are willing to take so many risk during that time. 

Within the Kirkland community, I will specialize on building, with all of you, a safe space for the BLGTQIA+ community and to lend my support to STEM, race relations, pre-med and IM, too! Outside of the lab, I enjoy staying active, tending to my millions of plants and finding the best new food spots in town. Beyond academia, I am passionate about affordable housing, healthcare equity and finding new ways to get involved within community advocacy. Can't wait to meet you all and to see what makes Kirkland community so special, you!! 

Katilau Mbindyo

Katilau Mbindyo

Resident Tutor
M-12
Tutor in: Writing, Drama Society

Hi Kirkland!
My name is Katilau (kah-tee-lah-oo).  I am a third year PhD student in the department of African and African American studies researching African indigenous wisdom and environmental humanities. Prior to living in Cambridge, I lived in New York City,  Poughkeepsie, NY, Houston, TX, Huntington Beach, CA, and Nairobi, Kenya. My pandemic hobbies include: long early morning walks, astrology, pop culture (currently in BTS rabbit hole), crocheting, in-home karaoke, and finding and taking care of houseplant friends. 
Super excited to spend this year in community with you all! 

Kadeem Noray and Savannah Noray

Kadeem Noray

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Economics, Pre-Career, Public Service

Hello Kirkland House! My name is Kadeem and I am excited to get to be a part of the Kirkland community. I’m a PhD Candidate in Public Policy (Economics Track) at the Harvard Kennedy School, where my research focuses on labor economics and economics of education. I grew up primarily in New Jersey, but have lived in Michigan and Montana as well. When I am not behind a computer analyzing data, I am usually playing basketball, reading philosophy, writing stand-up jokes, or watching TV shows / movies with my wife Savannah (who is also a resident tutor at Kirkland). Please feel free to contact me if you need anything or if you just want to get to chat!... Read more about Kadeem Noray

Kadeem Noray and Savannah Noray

Savannah Noray

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Econ, Public Service, CARE

Hi Kirkland! My name is Savannah, and I'm excited to be a new tutor in Kirkland this year. I am a third year Public Policy PhD student with fields in labor economics and international trade. My research focuses on labor market issues related to immigration and how women navigate having a career and a family. I grew up in a military family, so I have lived in California, Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Japan. Outside of my research, I most enjoy watching good TV/movies, googling pictures of beautiful fashion/interior design, and having deep conversations over a cup of coffee. Looking forward to a wonderful year!

Julia Pian

Julia Pian

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Julia and I'm from sunny San Diego, but now call Kirkland home. I graduated from Kirkland in 2015, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology, with a secondary field in English. In 2020, I completed the combined Harvard MD/MBA program and am now a physician resident in the Combined Boston Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. I'm happy to chat about science, medicine, business, and joint degree programs. In my spare time, I am a theater aficionado (always game for a musical sing-along or a discussion of Shakespeare), martial artist and pasta/udon lover.... Read more about Julia Pian

Wilson Qin

Wilson Qin

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Kirkland Drama Society, Fellowships, Outings, STEM Table, website, community kitchen

Hi K-House! I'm excited to serve as your resident tutor of I-entryway along with my friend Stefan. I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate in the Data Systems Lab (DASlab) @ Harvard SEAS (on leave). This year I am spending my time working on a new venture. I first came through Kirkland House with Class of 2015, concentrating in Computer Science. Before the PhD, I was incredibly lucky to have had a broad set of opportunities, including working as a data analytics staffer for a presidential campaign, growing quantitative hedge funds, and engaging with the venture & startup community. I'm happy to chat about STEM research & academia, quantitative finance, tech startups and venture capital, political campaigns, and your creative pursuits in general. I hope to meet all of you throughout this year!... Read more about Wilson Qin

Stefan Rajkovic

Stefan Rajkovic

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Career, IMs, Brew Club, Beer Seminar

Hi Kirkland! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year for my third year as a resident tutor, living in I Entryway with Wilson. I'm currently a software engineer at a local startup , where I arrived after spending two and half years at Microsoft post graduation in 2017. As an undergraduate, I was involved in house committee, intramurals, teaching (CS51 and CS61), and advising (as a PAF for 3 years), and now as a tutor I focus on the Pre-Career team, IMs, and brew club/beer seminar. Outside of that, I like to bike, hammock, and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Can't wait to meet all of you and welcome you into the Kirkland community!

Amber Rock

Amber Rock

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: STEM Table, CARE, Arts, Music
Howdy! My name is Amber and I'm delighted to be joining Kirkland as a resident tutor! I am a third year PhD student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. I grew up in Long Beach, CA and completed my undergraduate at Bowdoin College before coming to Harvard. Outside of the lab, I enjoy printmaking, camping, and am a proud member of Bachelor Nation™. At Kirkland, I am a STEM, CARE, and arts and music tutor. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!!!
Deming and Santimauro

Janine Santimauro

Faculty Dean of Kirkland House

I was born and raised in NYC, and after studying business administration and finance at Villanova I moved back to the Big Apple to work in health care investment banking. On September 11th, 2001 I reset my career and have since dedicated myself to improving health care access for all, especially children. In my day job, I am the vice president of network development and strategic partnerships at Boston Children’s Hospital. I have masters’ degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from UC-Berkeley, where David and I met in math camp. I enjoy running on the Charles river most mornings and training for marathons - whether or not they actually happen. I am always looking for running partners to burn off the tasty treats that our two daughters will be baking for all the members of the Kirkland House.... Read more about Janine Santimauro

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