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The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the financial and administrative operations of the college. This includes overseeing the colleges’ finances, events, and facilities.
Suzanne McDermott is the Operations Manager for Benjamin Franklin College. Prior to assuming her role at Benjamin Franklin College, Suzanne spent ten years working for Yale Facilities.
A graduate of Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), Suzanne spent her career prior to coming to Yale in IT in the financial services industry. Suzanne resides with her husband, Michael, a high school teacher, and her two children, Daniel, a high school student, and Caroline, a middle school student, on the shoreline, where she is a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for her town. She is an avid hockey/baseball/gymnastics/ softball mom.
In her free time, Suzanne can be found at Fenway Park or Cape Cod.
Freshman Counselors (known as FroCos) are seniors in Benjamin Franklin who have been chosen by the Dean and the Head of College to serve as residential counselors and advisers to first year students. FroCos live in residence with the first-years, sprinkled among their entryways, and are an integral part of Yale College’s advising structure. In addition to serving as an advising resource, they assist with assuring the safety and well-being of the incoming class and are closely supervised by the Dean. FroCos are assigned a “FroCo group” of between 12-16 students, but first-years are welcome and encouraged to get to know the whole team and to go to any FroCo with questions or concerns.
|Michael Johnson (Head FroCo) is a senior from Fayetteville, Georgia. He is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Mechanical Engineering Sciences. Michael loves to spend his time eating in the dining hall, working out in the gym, playing basketball, and frequenting the Afro-American Culture Center. Some of his favorite things to do are watch movies with his friends and dance to hip hop music.|
|Edgar Avina hails from the best city in the world, Houston, Texas, and is a Political Science major and Education Studies student. He has gained 60 pounds since he got to college, so feel free to come up to him with any Freshman 15 questions. He enjoys pizza, basketball, Adobo, soccer, Mexican music, the New York Times opinion page, photography, and wandering through city streets. An avid city explorer, he would love if you hit him up if you ever need a fun, non-touristy itinerary for a trip to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington DC.|
|Christina Bartzokis grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Global Affairs major and focuses on irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. She spent the summer at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, and you may see her around campus in and out of uniform, training with the rest of the Yale NROTC unit. You can also find her ascending new routes with the Climbing Team, writing for The Yale Globalist, or running on the Canal Trail. In her free time, she enjoys watching period dramas, listening to classic rock, and napping. She looks forward to welcoming the class of 2021 to Franklin and to Yale!|
|José Yobani López is a proud Angelino, born and raised in Westlake (a small neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles) prior to coming to the East Coast for the first time. Although he is majoring in chemistry, he confesses his real academic passions lie in education studies. Recognizing the value of mentorship in his own life, he has served as a mentor through New Haven REACH, Conexiones, and as a Peer Liaison at La Casa Cultural. He is an Hermano of La Unidad Latina, a member of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated (he is Line Brothers with Edgar!), Co-Artistic Director of Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale, and a Public School Intern at John S. Martinez School in Fair Haven. José comes from an underrepresented background (son of Mexican immigrants, first-generation college student, low-income), which he believes has made an inadmissible impact on who he has become and what he is most passionate about, namely mentorship, community building, music, and providing people with a home and a friend.|
Nicole Pereira is a senior from San Francisco, California, double majoring in physics and economics. Fun fact: she has 4 citizenships (in the USA, Canada, Portugal, and Kenya)! Officially, her extracurriculars on campus are working as the business manager for the Yale Banner (it’s the Yale yearbook; yes - we have one, no - it is not a secret society), doing particle physics research, and manning BRED (Bringing Relief EveryDay) shifts. Unofficially, her true extracurriculars include eating, baking, watching Netflix, eating while watching Netflix, doodling, singing along (albeit terribly) to country music in the shower, hanging out with friends, and eating again. Most importantly, she is absolutely psyched to be a Franklin Froco this year and can’t wait to meet you!!
|Hopewell Rogers is studying English and pre-med and is especially interested in psychological trauma, as well as the role of storytelling in helping survivors of violence. Outside of school, she splits time between her mom in central Baltimore and her dad in rural Florida, but New Haven feels like a real home to her. During her time at Yale, she’s enjoyed working at a great off-campus job, babysitting for kids in the local foster system, workshopping essays with fellow students as a Writing Partner, eating eggplant parmesan with the interfaith community at the Chaplain’s Office, and biking to see friends out in Westville or Beaver Hills. She loves walking in the woods, patting dogs, and showing you pictures she has taken of manatees.|
|Jonathan Roig is a Linguistics major from Vineland, New Jersey. He loves playing music on campus with the Yale Precision Marching Band, Yale Concert Band, and Tertulia: Yale’s first and only Latin Salsa band. You can find him studying in the band room at Hendrie Hall, or at La Casa Cultural. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games and video games, especially Settlers of Catan, Mario Kart, and Mario Party.|
|Gabrielle Scarpa, born in Arizona and raised in rural Iowa, is an Art major with a concentration in Photography. Outside of classes, she is involved with groups that support Yale’s first-generation, low-income community, such as Freshman Scholars at Yale, UFLIP, and 1vyG. Some of Gabi’s favorite things include cheap plane tickets, tacos al pastor, and the idea of working out consistently.|
|Kathryn Ward is an Applied Math and History double major from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a writer for the Yale Scientific Magazine and the Globalist, the VP of the Undergraduate Energy Club, and a VP of Yale Kappa Kappa Gamma. Katie enjoys running (or meandering, depending on the day) in East Rock, eating too much Junzi Kitchen, and discussing with anyone who will stay still long enough the nexus of energy politics, technology, and history.|
|Anne Zlatow is Pre-Med, majoring in East Asian Languages & Literatures. She has served as a Peer Liaison of the Asian American Cultural Center and as a Research Assistant at the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. At home in Arizona, her Chihuahua has a similar love for music and provides generous accompaniment to her piano playing. Anne enjoys calligraphy and can always find happiness in Philippine mangoes. Her favorite activities include traveling, amateur badminton playing, and movie and milk tea nights with friends. At Yale, Anne has been involved in a variety of organizations, ranging from cultural to Pre-Med to the Yale-China Association. Over breaks, she has gone abroad through Yale-affiliated programs to places such as China, Israel, the Philippines, and, most recently, Taiwan. Anne is excited to be part of the pioneer Franklin community as a FroCo and College Aide!|
|Jessica Gao is a senior hailing from Chapel Hill, NC. She is a Statistics & Data Science major with a focus on sociology, and she is dedicated to understanding how big data can combat global inequity. She has been highly involved with volunteering around New Haven, as well as organizing multiple Women’s Leadership Initiative events on campus. When she’s not reveling in her semi-furnished Franklin common room, you’ll probably find her brainstorming events with fellow Franklinites that’ll leave the thirteen other colleges in the dust.|
|Anne Zlatow is Pre-Med, majoring in East Asian Languages & Literatures. She has served as a PeerLiaison of the Asian American Cultural Center and as a Research Assistant at the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. At home in Arizona, her Chihuahua has a similar love for music and provides generous accompaniment to her piano playing. Anne enjoys calligraphy and can always find happiness in Philippine mangoes. Her favorite activities include traveling, amateur badminton playing, and movie and milk tea nights with friends. At Yale, Anne has been involved in a variety of organizations, ranging from cultural to Pre-Med to the Yale-China Association. Over breaks, she has gone abroad through Yale-affiliated programs to places such as China, Israel, the Philippines, and, most recently, Taiwan. Anne is excited to be part of the pioneer Franklin community as a FroCo and College Aide!|
|Khyber Shepperd is from Van Nuys, CA. By day, Khyber can be found taking a nap or studying down in the basement. But by night, Khyber works the buttery, trying to perfect his fried rice. Only time will tell how far his cooking can go as Buttery Manager, but he has the utmost faith in his abilities.||
|Kendrick Umstattd is a junior who is very excited to help kickoff Benjamin Franklin College’s founding year! She is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an interest in artificial intelligence. In addition to writing for Yale Scientific, she is a research assistant at Yale’s Social Robotics Lab and a member of Yale’s Society of Women Engineers. When she isn’t on campus, kayaking, or traveling to San Francisco, Paris, or Seattle, Kendrick enjoys encouraging young girls to pursue an education in STEM. Feel free to ask her about her summer interning at Google Kirkland and exploring Seattle’s best coffee shops and creameries.|