The GAAP Board of Directors is made up of 11 dedicated students who work year-round to plan GAAP events for prospective and admitted Georgetown students. You can learn about each Director below by clicking on their name!
For current Georgetown students, applications for the GAAP board are available in April of each year. Please know that serving on the GAAP Board is a significant extracurricular commitment. We welcome all applicants! For further questions on how to get involved, please look at @georgetowngaap on Facebook.
To contact the GAAP Board, you can either email the specific Director at their email address listed in their bio or you can email the whole Board at email@example.com.
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Hometown: Centennial, CO
High School: Arapahoe High School
Activities: GAAP, Photographer for The Hoya; Chair of the SFS Academic Council General Membership Committee; President of Hoya Snaps; Catholic Faith Community small group leader; Jack Crew walker; Orientation Advisor
Hi future Hoyas! My name’s Kirk, and I’m in the SFS majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with minors in Computer Science and Spanish. I’m originally from Centennial, Colorado, and I’m loving living on the Hilltop in D.C. My college decision wasn’t always an easy one, but there was just something about Georgetown that kept drawing me back. I knew I was interested in the SFS’ unique combination of a top-notch education and its equally strong commitment to service, and after I came to GAAP weekend, I was confident I could make Georgetown my new home. During those busy two days, I was introduced to enthusiastic potential classmates who brought with them an impressive range of diverse experiences and perspectives, and met professors who challenged me to succeed and whom I now admire greatly. After my first two years as a Hoya, I’ve continued to build close friendships and expand my intellectual horizons. I’ve enriched my college experience by joining clubs: you can find me photographing sporting events and speakers for The Hoya, walking Jack the Bulldog around campus, advocating for students as Chair of the SFS Academic Council General Membership Committee, or exploring D.C. and taking pictures with Hoya Snaps, to name a few. My first two years at Georgetown challenged me academically: I studied everything from National Geographic’s impact on environmental policy, to the deeper meaning of Hamlet, to the plethora of security and global health issues currently playing out in the Arctic. Every step of the way, my professors supported me, believed in me, and helped me find my true potential. I’ve developed close relationships with Georgetown faculty by having dinner at my dean’s house and even snorkeling with my Spanish professor, as we did on a study abroad program in Ecuador. Here on the Hilltop, I’m confident you’ll find new opportunities and be one step closer to achieving your goals. I love Georgetown for all these reasons, and also because we have Jack the Bulldog as a mascot. I’d love to talk to you or try to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to reach out! Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
High School: The Academy of the Holy Angels
Activities: GAAP, Writer for The Hoya, New Student Orientation, Hoya Blue, Georgetown GREEN
Hi, future Hoyas! My name is Kirsten Garino and I’m a junior in the College double majoring in English and Spanish. I’m a proud North Jersey native, but I always knew I wanted to go to college in a big city, and I fell in love with Georgetown the first time I walked across Healy Lawn. To me, going to Georgetown meant having the amazing culture of DC at my fingertips, from museums and art galleries to opportunities for political engagement, without ever having to sacrifice a beautiful campus and the tight-knit, spirited community that comes with it. But more than anything, the people that I have met at Georgetown have made my experience special. They’re of course smart and ambitious, but they are also incredibly warm and down-to-earth, and the deep friendships I’ve made on campus are what have truly made the Hilltop into a home for me. In addition to GAAP, I edit investigative stories for The Hoya and mentor first-year students with NSO. If I’m not in class or extracurriculars, though, you’ll probably find me exploring the neighborhood with friends, hanging out in the art studios, or watching some Hoya basketball at Capital One Arena. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, want to talk, or just want to listen to me go on and on about why I love Georgetown! Hope to see you on the Hilltop soon—Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Middle Village, NY
High School: Dominican Academy
Activities: GAAP, The Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society, Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU), Georgetown Stories, College Peer Advisor, Club Softball, Irish American Society
Hey, future Hoyas!! My name is Lea Frawley, and I’m a junior in the College studying Psychology. I’m originally from Middle Village, NY, and I went to an all girls school in Manhattan. I first fell in love with Georgetown as a six year old, when my brother was a student here. Now that I am here, I continue to fall in love more and more with Georgetown every single day, and this love has driven me to invest my time and energy in activities on campus that promote Georgetown in this light. More specifically, after I attended GAAP weekend in Spring 2019, I knew GAAP was an organization I would be very passionate about. In addition to GAAP, I am a tour guide with the Blue and Gray Society, a Marketing intern at our Credit Union GUASFCU (check out those rewards!!), a storyteller for Georgetown Stories (check out the videos on our Youtube page! they’re made for people just like you), a Peer Advisor for students in the College, a player on the Club Softball team, and Secretary of the Irish American Society. I see GAAP as the perfect culmination of everything I love on campus, and I could not be happier to be a member of the Board this year. Overall, Georgetown has become my home away from home and I have grown so much just in my very first year. I have met some of the greatest, most intelligent, accomplished, and driven people here that I know will go on to do amazing and beneficial things with their lives. From the best friends I’ve made and classes I’ve taken, to the unparalleled pre-professional experience I have gained, I will be ready for anything I set my mind to. There is a place for everyone at Georgetown truly, so I hope you decide to make Georgetown your home. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about anything ranging from the first year, being undeclared, or fun things to do in DC! I would love to help in any way possible. Good luck with everything! Hoya Saxa 🙂
Co-Directors of Admitted Student Outreach
School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS)
Major: Global Health
Hometown: Denver, CO
High School: George Washington High School
Activities: GAAP, Blue and Gray Tour Guide, College Next Door, Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership and Development, Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Escadar, and I am a junior in the school of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Global Health with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies and Spanish! I’m from the beautiful Denver, Colorado and made the move over to the east coast! I always knew I wanted to go to school in a city, but I was also looking for a college town and a campus. Georgetown was the perfect combination of the two. From the class discussions with my fellow students, the relationships I’ve built with my professors, and the forever friends I’ve made, Georgetown has truly become my second home. Moving across the country can be difficult, but it’s all of the support I’ve found here that has made Georgetown not just my school, but a community I’m proud to be a part of. During my time here, I participated in the Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership Development pre-orientation program where I made some of my best friends, and I am now a student coordinator for first-year students! I also tutor local high school students in DC through the Center for Social Justice and give tours of our gorgeous campus to prospective students and their families! I’ve loved being involved with GAAP because of the opportunity to share my Georgetown experience and help others start their own! In the two years I’ve been here, I have learned from and been mentored by amazing and accomplished professors, explored the nation’s capital, and grown so much as a student and a person. I think that Georgetown’s Jesuit value of Women and Men for Others is something so unique about our school. All of the professors, students, and members of our community are passionate about using their knowledge and skills for the good of others. Whatever your passion may be, you can surely find a way to pursue it here at Georgetown and use the opportunities you will have to make the world a better place! I’m so grateful for my Georgetown experience, from the days spent on the waterfront, to cheering on our basketball team at Capital One Arena, and the late nights laughing and studying with friends. I could gush about being a Hoya forever, so if you have any questions or just want to talk, please reach out! Hoya Saxa!
McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: Management & Finance
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
High School: Freehold Township High School
Activities: GAAP, Hilltop Consultants, MSB Writing Fellow, MSB Peer Ambassador, The Corp, Hall Council
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Lindsey Golotko! I’m a junior in the McDonough School of Business and am double majoring in finance and management! I’m from Freehold, New Jersey, home of Bruce Springsteen. If I were to pick one thing I miss the most from home it would be the bagels, but that’s a small price to pay for the amazing community here at Georgetown. When I started applying to colleges, I never could have imagined how lucky I would be to end up on the Hilltop. I was one of those students who applied to 15+ schools and had never visited any of them. When I got into Georgetown and attended GAAP weekend, I knew right away it was the school for me. Every person I talked to was super excited about the school and willing to bring me into the Hoya family. In addition to GAAP, I’m a member of Hilltop Consultants, which is an organization that consults for nonprofits. I am also an MSB Writing Fellow, where I tutor and assist fellow business students with their papers. I am an MSB Peer Ambassador as well and mentor freshmen to help them adjust to life on the Hilltop. I also am on the marketing strategy team for The Corp, which manages coffee shops and convenience stores all across campus. With that being said, there are so many different clubs and organizations on campus to get involved in! Whether taking a trip to the monuments, eating lunch at Leo’s, or sitting on the front lawn while studying, every minute at Georgetown is amazing! There is no other school like it in the world! I can’t wait to see you all on the Hilltop! Hoya Saxa!
Director of Operations
School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Hockinson, WA
High School: Hockinson High School
Activities: GAAP, Campus Outreach, Protestant Student Association, Hoyas Inspire Language Learners (HILL), Student Centers Operations Coordinator
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Cole VanderMaas and I am a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with minors in Spanish and Russian. I grew up in the amazing Pacific Northwest in south-west Washington state, about 30 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon! While I definitely love the Northwest and think it’s one of a kind (you all should definitely visit!), the other Washington (DC!) has truly become my second home. If I could sum up all of the amazing things about Georgetown, it would be opportunity. Whether it be on campus or off, going to school on the Hilltop has provided many unique experiences and interactions you just wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else! Throughout all of the programs at Georgetown there are many amazing and distinguished faculty that truly care about their students and desire to see them learn. There are also many ways to expand your interests and/or ambitions through many of the volunteer and internship opportunities at Georgetown and in DC! Georgetown’s location is also the perfect combination of a traditional college-campus feel within an urban setting. D.C. is an awesome city to explore with so many different sights and unique neighborhoods. Not to mention going to restaurants and coffeeshops (like a true Pacific Northwestern native). Going on these adventures (visiting 50+ coffeeshops) has taken me all over the city and showed me all of the places you have access to just by being at Georgetown! Finally, I can’t express enough the endless opportunities on the Hilltop alone, there is truly a club or organization for everyone! You will never run out of things to do between all of the interesting speakers and exciting club events that happen every week! In addition to being on the GAAP Board, I’m also active in campus ministry, specifically Campus Outreach and the board of the Protestant Student Association. I’m also a part of Hoyas Inspire Language Learners that helps teach foreign languages to elementary school students and I work for Student Centers on campus! Don’t get me wrong, moving across the country to Georgetown was a very difficult transition, but looking back on my first two years, it’s hard to stop myself from continuing to talk about Georgetown! The opportunities from caring and intelligent faculty, endless activities on campus, a great city to call home, and the relationships with driven and compassionate people have all helped me to love Georgetown! If you have any questions or simply want to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Director of Communications
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: Economics and Spanish
Hometown: Ocean City, MD
High School: Stephen Decatur High School
Activities: GAAP, New Student Orientation (NSO), Georgetown Stories, International Relations Club (IRC) Georgetown Running Club (GRC)
Hi future Hoyas!!! My name is Zehra Mirza (pronounced like “Sarah” but with a Z) and I am currently in the College planning on studying Economics and Spanish. I’m from Ocean City, MD, which is just a few hours outside DC. While I love living by the beach, I absolutely love living and attending school here in DC! From diverse cuisine options to being able to walk from one part of the city to the next, being in DC is an immersive and exciting experience. Now onto my Georgetown specific experience, there are a multitude of reasons why I am so grateful to be going to school here, but I have to say the community is my favorite aspect. Georgetown is a unique school because it gives the small college town experience while simultaneously providing numerous opportunities that a city offers. I have gotten to know my professors personally through the small class sizes and make close friends through classes and clubs. Through my time here at Georgetown so far, I have been able to be a part of such a strong and supportive community. As I continue my Georgetown experience, I cannot wait for all the more memories and opportunities to come. From walking to see the sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial, biking around DC in search of the best bakeries, spending the whole day at the library with friends to study/socialize, and meeting a US Senator on campus, Georgetown is a university like no other! I am a huge Georgetown enthusiast, and would love to share more about my Georgetown experience and/or any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out, and as always, HOYA SAXA!!!
Director of Digital Media
McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: Marketing and Management, Leadership, and Innovation
Hometown: Naples, Florida
High School: The Community School of Naples
Activities: GAAP, MSB Technology Center, Smart Women Securities, Georgetown University TV, The Georgetown Voice Newspaper, MSB Peer Ambassador Program, Georgetown Individuals Vocal and Energetic for Service, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Hi, Future Hoyas!! My name is Adora Terezi, and I am a junior in the McDonough School of Business double majoring in Marketing and Management, Leadership and Innovation with a Performing Arts Minor, concentrating in theatre. I’m from a tourist beach town called Naples, Florida, but at heart I’m a big city girl, so the move to DC has been a truly amazing and eye-opening experience!! There are a plethora of reasons why I love Georgetown, but I would say one of the most salient ones is because of the people I have met. The students at Georgetown are like no other; everyone is highly dedicated, intelligent, passionate, worldly, kind, and so open to getting to know everyone they cross paths with. I have learned a great deal about life, myself, and the world through the special friendships I have cultivated at Georgetown. I have met most of these amazing people through the clubs I participate in, like the MSB Technology Center where I help MSB students, faculty, and MBAs with any and all software and hardware issues. I serve as the COO for Smart Women Securities, an all-female investing club that equips undergraduate women in business with the tools to succeed and Acting Outreach Director for Georgetown University TV, a club where we create/discuss/watch films. Additionally, I am an MSB Peer Ambassador who helps first-year MSB Students adjust to life on the Hilltop, a TV/Film think piece writer for The Georgetown Voice Newspaper, and participate in a random acts of kindness club called GIVES! There is such a wide variety of clubs that students can participate in on campus, and they are such a phenomenal way to find your home here at Georgetown!! Georgetown students are so lucky because we get the classic college experience everyone dreams about, a big city filled with lots of delicious food and fun activities, and an unmatched alumni network and vast arena of pre-professional opportunities all at our fingertips. I hope you join us in all our Georgetown glory!! Hoya Saxa!! 🙂
Co-Directors of Prospective Student Outreach
Georgetown McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: International Business
Hometown: Vienna, Austria
High School: Danube International School – Vienna, Green Bay West High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown European Union, Georgetown German Club, Georgetown Ski Club, Hoya Blue
Hello, future Hoyas! My name is Louis Kaldas and I am in the McDonough School of Business class of 2023. I am majoring in International Business and hope to work in the airline industry after college. My choice of study reflects my upbringing as I spent most of my childhood between Europe and North America. I attended school in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin before coming to the hilltop. Hence, I understand what it must be like to come to Georgetown from both an international and a domestic background. When I was applying to college I researched and visited a variety of different schools. While in high school I had the pleasure of touring the Georgetown campus. A couple months before I started freshman year, I also attended GAAP weekend. Both visits helped me realize the distinctiveness of the university in comparison to others. It became clear to me that instead of merely receiving an academic education as a Hoya, one is immersed in a singular and holistic four-year adventure. On the hilltop one experiences being part of a diverse and genuinely inviting community, being taught by pioneers in their respective fields, living in a city that yields opportunities in countless different sectors, joining unique student organizations and clubs, and so much more. Getting to know your peers especially, will be the epitome of your Georgetown experience. Whether it be to collaborate on projects, study together, explore DC, make late night runs to Insomnia Cookies (a great cookie shop in Georgetown, open until 3am), or have breakfast together before class, you will find pleasure in being with the people around you. Likely you will uphold these valuable relationships for the rest of your life. Your initial time at the university will thus lead to formative, impactful, and special four years. I look forward to welcoming you to the hilltop soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Best of Luck and Hoya Saxa!
Georgetown College (COL)
Hometown: Shanghai, China/Gothenburg, Sweden
High School: Shanghai American School
Activities: Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, Hilltop Consultants, Asian American Student Association, Georgetown International Relations Association/Club
Hello future Hoyas!! My name is Renee Liu and I’m a junior in the College majoring in Economics and minoring in Business Administration. I’m originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but have lived in Shanghai, China for 12 years. The college applications may seem daunting but we are all here to help you ease into the process and Georgetown! As for myself, I knew Georgetown was the right place for me after stepping onto our gorgeous campus and meeting students who were extremely passionate and excited about the school and all it has to offer. Upon joining the Georgetown community, it proved all of these students correct in being so incredibly welcoming and awe-inspiring. Since coming to campus, my conversations with classmates have spurred my motivation to take on classes in new disciplines as well as experiment with new club activities and events. Additionally, with its Jesuit roots and values such as “cura personalis” and “educating the whole person”, Georgetown continuously encourages us to contribute to our surrounding community. Whether this be through programs at the Center of Social Justice or through student organizations, we always keep our Georgetown or larger DC community in mind. While I had many initial concerns about moving away to college, I can now confidently say that I have found a home on the Hilltop. On campus, you can find me reaching out to future Hoyas like you in the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP), working for non-profit clients at Hilltop Consultants, connecting with fellow AAPI classmates at our Asian American Student Association (AASA) , or taking up new challenges such as staffing conferences with the Georgetown International Relations Association (GIRA). To say that Georgetown has taught me a lot would be a great understatement, but hopefully I can share more of my experiences with you on campus! Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions about Georgetown or college in general! Good luck, and of course, Hoya Saxa!!
Director of State and Regional Chairs
Georgetown College (COL)
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: Wallingford, PA
High School: Strath Haven High School
Activities: GAAP, Student Activities Commission, GU Space Initiative, H*yas for Choice, and STEMME
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Abby Malarkey, and I’m from “outside Philly” in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. I’m a junior in the College, studying Math and minoring in Spanish. Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I knew that I wanted a liberal arts education so that I could explore all different fields before deciding which one(s) was right for me. Georgetown was the perfect decision, as I can pursue being a math nerd while also studying Spanish, and at the same time, be able to participate and learn in Georgetown’s enthusiastic political environment in the heart of DC. My feelings were cemented after GAAP weekend, where I could feel that my future Georgetown peers were as excited to welcome me to campus as I was to be there. During my time at Georgetown, some of my favorite moments have included listening to Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker speak at MSNBC’s Climate Forum and attending Nancy Pelosi’s take on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, both held in our very own Gaston Hall! Outside of my classes and GAAP, I serve as a Commissioner on the Student Activities Commission (SAC), I co-lead the Space Health team for Georgetown University Space Initiative (GUSI), I table for H*yas for Choice, I am on the board of STEMME (Georgetown Women in STEM), and I’m a TA for the Math Department. During my free time, I absolutely love exploring everything DC has to offer. Whether it be studying in the Library of Congress, visiting museums, walking the monuments, trying new restaurants, or giving up the Phillies’ longtime feud with the Nats to attend the World Series parade, there is never a boring moment. On campus, my best days include enjoying a fresh honeycrisp apple on Copley Lawn with my friends at the Wednesday Farmers Markets. I’d love to get to know you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out! HOYA SAXA!