D-Staff Bios

Below are the bios for the current members of the D-Staff of LCS! Please feel free to contact us with any questions (to contact Justin or Gemma: lcsexecutives@gmail.com)

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Justin Rheingold ~ Co-President

Justin is a junior from Potomac, MD double-majoring in international relations and environmental studies. He first became involved with LCS in the fall of his freshman year as a volunteer driver for Food Rescue and joined D-Staff last sprint as Transportation Coordinator. Justin is also a member of the Tufts Daily editorial board and will be serving as Executive News Editor this semester. In his free time, he’s an avid runner and trains with the Tufts Marathon Team. In the upcoming year, Justin hopes to increase unity within LCS while also improving the organization’s communication and outreach in the local community.

Gemma Stern ~ Co-President

Gemma is a sophomore from Westchester, NY majoring in psychology. She has been involved with LCS as Treasurer on D-Staff since her freshman fall. In addition to LCS, she is a member of Chi Omega and also serves as the liaison between Ears 4 Peers, Tufts’ confidential peer support hotline, and the University. As an LCS Executive, Gemma hopes to increase LCS’s presence and accessibility on campus and create a strong network of volunteers.

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Skyler Bast ~ Treasurer

Brandon Chan ~ Treasurer

Joey Cheung ~ Publicity

I am one of the Publicity Directors of LCS, and in my spare time, I’m also a Tufts Tutor, a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister program, and I volunteer for the Blood Drive and Halloween on the Hill. Originally, I’m from Hong Kong but I grew up in Beijing. Apart from LCS, I’m also a Tufts admissions blogger and a Tufts Tour Guide, double majoring in International Relations and Psychology.

Zachary Flicker ~ Treasurer

Zachary Flicker is a Freshman from Ridgewood, NJ. He is undecided and is exploring the humanities and STEM fields to discover what interests him. Besides LCS, Zach is an active member of the Tufts’ Wind Ensemble, Ultimate Frisbee team, and Ethics Bowl.

Keri Golembeski ~ President Emeritus

Rebecca Herzberg ~ Campus Groups Liaison

Alli Jorgensen ~ President Emeritus

Tara Mount ~ Faculty/Staff Liaison

I am a junior Child Development major interested in early intervention, primarily with at-risk mothers and families who are either pregnant or have very young children. I am also a coordinator for Kids’ Day. I’m not really involved in too many other things on campus since I work two jobs and do so much with LCS, but I do try to do extra volunteer work (face painting at Community Day, helping out at events like the foster children’s Christmas thing, giving blood/volunteering at the blood drives, etc.) whenever I can. I also did one year at the University of Georgia and then took a year off to volunteer with the AmeriCorps program in Washington state as a paraprofessional in an elementary school before transferring to Tufts last fall.

Sharon Lam ~ Campus Groups Liaison

Naika Pierre ~ Secretary

Naika C. Pierre is a member of the class of 2014 from Brockton, MA and is double majoring in International Relations and Chinese. She has been involved with LCS since freshman year through LCS Kids’ Day and currently serves as a Co-Coordinator for the event. LCS and community service have become a major part of Naika’s daily life at Tufts and she looks forward to continuing to contribute to such an amazing organization. In addition to LCS, on campus Naika works at the International Center and also interns in Chinatown at the Chinese Progressive Association.

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Qiu Ruan ~ Alumni Relations

Qiu Ruan is a member of the class of 2014 from Boston majoring in Biochemistry. She has been active with community service since high school and wants to continue to give back to the community through LCS. Outside of LCS, she does research at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.


Barbara Storch ~ Webmaster

Barbara is a Sophomore, currently double majoring in Cognitive and Brain Sciences & Child Development. Outside of LCS (which she is so excited and happy to be a part of!) she does research in a Psycholinguistics Lab, works in the Psych Department office, tutors a 5th grader in English, and was on staff for FOCUS (a freshman pre-orientation program)!


Jenn Straitz ~ Office Assistant

Jenn is a junior double majoring in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies.  During her time at Tufts, she has been involved in the FOCUS community service pre-Orientation program, the University Wind Ensemble, the Protestant Students Association, the Institute for Global Leadership as a student in the EPIIC 12-13 Colloquium, Tufts Admissions as a tour guide, and the Compass Fellowship as a freshman fellow.  She is looking forward to a great semester with LCS!

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Sara Taxman ~ Publicity

Hi! My name is Sara Taxman and I am currently a sophomore. I am one of the LCS publicity directors. I am a History and Psych double major. Outside of LCS, I am involved with Vitality, Chabad, Psych Research, judicial advocates, Chi Omega and I tutor a 6th grader!


Grace Whittom ~ Greek Life/Athletics Liaison 

Grace Whittom is a member of the Class of 2016 planning on majoring in Economics and minoring in Child Development. As DStaff’s Greek Life/Athletics Liaison, Grace maintains contact with all Greek organizations and sports teams on campus. She assists groups and teams with philanthropy events, offers collaboration between LCS and Greek life, and encourages the Greek community and the athletics community to participate in LCS events around campus. Outside of LCS, Grace serves as the new Treasurer of her sorority, Chi Omega, volunteers weekly as a mentor with the Boys and Girls Club of Middlesex County, and is an active member of the Tufts theatre community. Grace loves being on LCS D-Staff and is so excited for all of the work and great events to come!

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Justina Wong ~ Treasurer

Adam Zukerman ~ Greek Life/Athletics Liaison