College Aides

Katie Skoff ‘23

Hi BFC, I’m Katie and I’m a ~super~ senior studying cognitive science.  I’m from Northern VA and also enjoying playing on the club women’s lacrosse team here at Yale.  I’m also interested in effective altruism and Eastern European history; feel free to hit me up if you want to chat about any of the above!  I have worked in the office for the past year and I am so excited to be working as your head aide again this year.


Trisha Victor ‘23

Trisha is a senior from Pittsfield, MA, majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Society who is also pursuing a joint master’s degree in Health Policy with the Yale School of Public Health. Her interests include reproductive justice, drug policy, and the health of incarcerated populations. On campus, she is involved with the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project’s Volunteer Income Tax Association, as well as the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association. Outside of class, she enjoys baking at absurd times of the day, crocheting gifts for her friends, and binge watching true crime documentaries when she should definitely be studying. 

Mark Ayiah ‘25

Mark is a sophomore from Allen, TX majoring in Statistics & Data Science. Some of his other scholastic interests are sports analytics, behavioral psychology, and cognitive science. At Yale, he is involved with the tutoring/mentoring organization named the Urban Improvement Corps, intramural basketball, and he also represents Yale on the executive board for the Black Ivy Coalition. Outside of school, he is an NBA super fan and enjoys partaking in hip-hop discourse along with relaxing and listening to podcasts.

Steven Dykstra ‘23

Steven is a senior political science major from the Central Coast of California. In addition to working in the HoC Office, he enjoys showing prospective students around campus as a tour guide. When he has a bit of free time, Steven loves to watch movies, visit New Haven’s awesome restaurants, and travel around the Northeast with friends.

Maria Leskovec ‘24


Raymond Lucarelli ‘23

Hi Franklinites, my name is Ray Lucarelli and I am super excited to be a Franklin College Aide this year! I am majoring in political science, and I hail from the great and very far-away state of Connecticut. This year, I have the honor of also serving as Vice President of the BFCC, and I’m looking forward to organizing some ~super fun~ Franklin events and trips this upcoming year (did someone say a Franklin Ski Trip….?) Outside of the BFCC and College Office I work as a Yale Tour Guide and as an Outreach and Engagement Chair for the program, I go horse riding once a week off-campus as a member of the Yale Equestrian Team, and I serve as the Yale Votes treasurer. I look forward to seeing many of you during my office shifts!

James Lu ‘24


Sydney McCord ‘24

Sydney is a junior at Yale from Orange County, California. She is studying English, with a concentration in creative writing, and is especially interested in 18th and 19th century English literature, and literature of the Black and African diaspora. Outside of the classroom, Sydney is a member of the varsity Track and Field team, where she competes as a long sprinter. Additionally, Sydney writes for a variety of campus publications as a staff writer and a columnist, including the Yale Herald, Yale Her Campus, and the Yale Daily News.

Himani Pattisam ‘25

Himani (she/her) is a sophomore from Dublin, OH majoring in History of Medicine, Science, and Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. Her interests include mosquito-borne diseases, public health policy, and the intersection between medicine and law. On campus, she is involved with Yale Scientific Magazine, HAVEN Free Clinic, and The Women’s Network at Yale. She also assists with mosquito research in the Carlson Lab. Outside of class, she enjoys writing short stories and watching movies with friends.

Violette Perry ‘25

Grace Rangel ‘25

Grace (she/her) is a sophmore from Los Angeles, California. She is a prospect Political Science major, (possible double majoring with Economics). Her interests include the study of civic engagement throughout history, advocacy for immigrant rights, the effects of economic development, and the multidisciplinary study of poverty. On campus, she is involved with the Yale Votes team, the Yale Questbridge Scholars Network, The Women’s Network, and the BFCC as a sophmore representative. In her spare time, Grace enjoys listening to podcasts, taking pictures of the birds around Franklin, and taking many trips to Ashley’s (mint chip for the win!!).

Kayla Samo ‘25

Kayla is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in biomedical engineering with an interest in public health. As a part of her passion for the medical field, she is the secretary for Black Pre-Health Students of Yale. She also enjoys a range of fine arts activities such as singing in an A Capella group, being involved in theater performances, and is currently taking her first dance class! In her free time she loves reading books and eating desserts.

Sydney Scott ‘24

Sydney is a junior from Long Island, New York. She is studying biomedical engineering on the biomechanics and mechanobiology track. On campus, she is involved with Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad and the Yale Biomedical Engineering Society.  Outside of her STEM interests, Sydney also enjoys learning new digital art skills and works as a layout designer for the Yale Banner and the Yale Scientific Magazine. In her free time, she loves painting, going on sunset walks, and eating ice cream with friends.

Erin Sommers ‘25

Erin (she/her) is a History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health major from Brooklyn, New York. Her interests include public health, reproductive justice, biology, and art history. Outside of class, she is a community liaison and classroom facilitator through Community Health Educators, as well as the Communications Chair for the Yale Student Environmental Coalition. She is also a Housing Representative for Franklin’s class of 2025. In her spare time, she loves photographing her cats, hosting movie nights with friends, and exploring green spaces around Yale’s campus.

Linda Youn ‘25

Linda is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA. She is studying economics and considering a certificate in Statistics and Data Science. On campus, she is involved in Yale Democrats and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. In her free time, she enjoys watching sit-coms, reading, and spending time with her friends. She is super excited to be working as a college aide this year!