Meet the Tutors

Anna Do ’18

Psychology and Creative Writing

On campus, Anna dances on the HEAT hip-hop team and plays guitar for Catholic mass on Sundays. In her spare time, Anna likes to write poetry and daydream about Copenhagen, where she studied abroad last semester. Anna hopes to continue traveling the world, and to one day adopt a puppy. Fluent in Vietnamese, and working proficiency in French and Danish.

Claire Anastasia Kitz ’19

Classics and Art History

Claire lives on the “Dark Side” and finds it very hard to venture anywhere else. She participates on the volleyball team, Newman Council (co-representative), Christopher Dawson Society, SAAC, and Gamma Xi. Claire likes to spend her days at Café Opus drinking hot chocolate and having a laugh with friends.

Daniel Horgan ’18


As much as Dan enjoys his studies, you will likely find him occupied with extracurricular pursuits. On campus, he works at the Levitt Center, Wellin Museum, and of course here at the OCC. As a lover of music, Dan is co-founder of the Vinyl Appreciation Club and sings in the College Choir and in the a capella group, The Buffers.

Deborah “Deb” Gakpo ’19

Deb is pursuing degrees in Biology and Dance and Movement Studies. She is involved in Pre-Health Club, Sustah Girls, and Operation SMILE. Her favorite thing about being an OCC tutor is when her peers tell her how much she has helped them get their ideas more organized. She dreamed of being a hairdresser when she was younger.

Elisa Taylor ’20

As a sophomore pursuing a degree in Neuroscience, Elisa’s on-campus activities include HAAND organization, rock climbing, neuroscience research, AXB, and HOC. She loves learning from her peers while helping them best communicate their presentations and interests in an engaging manner. If she could go back in time she would go back to sitting at the top of a waterfall in Puerto Rico with her best friend.

Emma Belanger ’20

Hailing from Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark, Emma is a RA, and involved in Club Soccer, the Debate Society, WHCL, and Project SHINE. Her favorite book is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. If she could go back in time she would go to the 1980’s and meet Bono in hopes to marry him. Emma is fluent in Danish, Spanish, and Chinese.

Fred Pollevick ’20

Fred, from Dobbs Ferry, New York, is a Government major who enjoys being an OCC tutor because of the ability to hear all of the interesting projects that people are working on at Hamilton. His favorite book is American Psycho, and you may find him reading it in Commons. If he could go back in time he would live during the age of the Roman Empire. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Hannah Young ’20

Hannah comes from New York City as a Sociology major. She serves as Editor in Chief for The Monitor, as well as the Vice President of Finance for the Debate Society. When she was younger she wanted to be a teacher, and as an OCC tutor she loves the opportunity to not only teach but also learn from her peers.

Helena La Porte-Burns ’18


As a Continental, Helena is a RA, a campus tour guide for the Admissions Office, a layout editor for The Continental and a member of the Hamilton College Orchestra. In her (limited) free time, Helena enjoys spending time in the company of dear friends or a good book.

Jonathan Stanhope ’18

Public Policy

Hailing from the great Maine woods, Jon is a public policy major, interested in politics, the economy, and the effects of government policies. Jon works on campus as a RA and competes on Hamilton’s Mock Trial team. After graduation, Jon plans on attending law school and pursuing a career in law and politics.

Kaygon Finakin ’19

World Politics

Kaygon serves on the leadership boards of various student organizations, including the Feminists of Color Collective (FCC) and the Caribbean Students Association and is also a member of the Black and Latino Student Union. On a less serious note, Kaygon is an avid music lover who considers herself a moderate foodie.

Melissa Paragamian ’18

World Politics and Economics

On campus, Missy is a tour guide, a member of the Alternative Spring Break e-board, a diver on Hamilton's swimming and diving team, and a member of Hamilton's equestrian team. Missy just returned from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal where she spent time learning the local dialect, Wolof; therefore looking forward to tutoring at Wolof-related conferences. As a French minor, Missy is also fluent in French.

Noam Z. Barnhard '18

Behavioral Economics

Noam is the captain of the Hamilton rugby team and is an avid poker player. He looks forward to the weekends where he mostly sits by a fire reading books about old wooden ships and different types of rocks. You can often find Noam eating alone, shopping with his mom or twiddling his thumbs.

Rachel Sutor '20

Living on the “Light Side” of campus, Rachel is on the Women's Rowing team, and is involved with the Student Assembly. Her favorite part about being a tutor is getting to see and feel proud of the well-rounded intelligence in the campus community. When she was young she wanted to be lawyer and is pursuing a degree in Public Policy at Hamilton.

Reinaldo “Rey” Camacho '18


Passionate about tutoring and helping students, Rey has been tutoring since middle school. Born and raised in Miami, FL, he is a native Spanish speaker and specializes in debate. Rey has volunteered in Utica as a worker at Hope House, as well as in Miami at Academica and is a Community Service Officer.

Taomi Kenny '20

Taomi is an Economics major with a passion for theatre. She can often be found in the OCC, around campus guiding tours, and coordinating touring schedules for Admissions. When she was young she dreamed of being a Broadway star. Her favorite thing about being an OCC tutor is getting the opportunity to work really close with people when developing their projects. Taomi is fluent in French.

Wynston Pennybacker '19

Wynston’s hometown is Rowlett, Texas and is pursuing degrees in History and Russian studies. When she is not in the OCC she can be found participating in the Debate Society, Red Weather, and at the Writing Center. Her favorite book is The Tsar of Love and Techno and she really loves Lifesavers.

Contact Information

Amy Gaffney

Oral Communication Center Director
Kirner-Johnson 222
315-859-4401 oralcomm@hamilton.edu
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