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Meet the Current TMC Assistants


Kerstin Hjelm
Name: Kerstin Hjelm
From:  America
Class Year: '14
Major: Psychology, Mass Communications minor
Favorite Foods: Chocolate and french bread
Favorite Movies: Grease
Hobbies: Being outside, reading, being with friends
Why work for the TMC?: The people and department are great. 
Favorite quotes: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau
Marc Wonders

Name: Marc Wonders
From: Akron, Ohio
Class Year: '15
Major: Physics and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: Chinese food
Favorite Movies: 21 Jump Street
Hobbies: Sports, reading
Why work for the TMC?: Positive atmosphere to work in
Favorite quotes: "Never give up."

Deirdre Tobin

Name: Deirdre Tobin
Fairmont, West Virginia
Class Year:
Computer Science, Math and Philosophy minors
Favorite Foods:
Chicken noodle soup and barbecue chicken 
Favorite Movies: A Walk To Remember
Hobbies: Baking and hiking
Why work for the TMC?:
It's a great opportunity to work on my French and help others use technology to work on their own languages.
Favorite Quotes:
"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."

Name: Cole Malizia
From: Tampa, FL
Class Year: '16
Major: Business and Accounting
Favorite Foods: Fried Grouper Sandwiches
Favorite Movies: Gladiator and Talladega Nights
Hobbies: Swimming, reading the news, exploring wikipedia, watching sports, hanging out
Why work for the TMC?: Just when you think you know enough about computers, there's something new to learn.
Favorite Quotes: "Going in one more round when you don't think you can, that's what makes all the difference in your life." Rocky Balboa

Abbie Pannell

Name: Abigail Pannell
Ft. Hood, Texas
Class Year:
Major: German and Studio Art
Favorite Foods: Macaroni & cheese, pizza and apples
Favorite Movies: Men in Tights and Lord of the Rings
Drawing, hiking, biking and reading
Why work for the TMC?:
The experience to gain working for the TMC is wonderful, and I think it is an amazing opportunity to better one's skills in technology and academics.
Favorite Quotes:
"When the world is running down, you must make the best of what's still around." - The Police

Name: Yiwen Wang
From: Shanghai, China
Class Year: '16
Major: Accounting and Math, French minor
Favorite Foods: Sushi, chicken wings, shrimp, fish
Favorite Movies: Inception, Anna Karenina, Life is Beautiful, Les Miserables
Hobbies: Traveling, origami and paper quilling
Why work for the TMC?:
It's a great opportunity for me to learn new things, help others, and have fun!
Favorite Quotes: "The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

Name: Timothy Holder
Barbados (born and lived for 11 years) and Columbus, Ohio
Class Year:
Chemistry & Engineering with pre-health focus
Favorite Foods: Bajan spice chicken, macaroni pie, Reese's Puffs cereal
Favorite Movies:
The Dark Knight, The Fugitive, MegaMind
Playing ping pong and the drums, reading dystopian novels, researching diseases
Why work for the TMC?:
I think it will be an interesting experience to learn and assist others in learning about various aspects of technology and their uses.
Favorite Quotes:
"You can't stop the waves of life but you can learn to surf" -- author unknown

Name: David Thomas
From: Austinburg, Ohio
Class Year:
Politics and Education Policy
Favorite Foods:
Anything my mom makes!
Favorite Movies:
Lincoln, Gran Torino, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Hobbies: D
iscussing Politics and Current Events, Hiking, Star Gazing, Reading
Why work for the TMC?:
I really enjoyed having a friendly face help me while I took my foreign language tests in the TMC and now I wanted to be a help to other students!
Favorite Quotes:
"As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln

Name: Sofia Sequeira
From: Heredia, Costa Rica
Class Year: '15
Major: Psychology and Philosophy
Favorite Foods: My mom's food
Favorite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption
Hobbies: Playing tennis and watching soccer games
Why work for the TMC?: Through my language classes I have grown to appreciate the TMC. I am very interested in how technology can benefit the learning process and entirely support the TMC mission. I also love to help people out.
Favorite Quotes:"You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it" - Yann Martel, Life of Pi