David Lu - Tech Chair - [email protected] -
David was raised in Houston, Texas and therefore owns a single, lone pair of long pants. He can be found hiking and rafting in Big Bend National Park, or exploring restaurants all over Houston. He enjoys eating barbeque, eating Tex-mex, and eating sushi, so basically he just likes eating food in general. His other hobbies include running, playing squash, and meditating.
Will Li - Growing up in the small hamlet of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, the wildest thing Will encountered was the occasional wild turkey in his backyard, of which he befriended many. But his first real camping experience was in forests of Maine and involved, among other things, a skirmish with a seagull (winner unclear) and having his blood sucked by mosquitoes (blood type still unknown.) Over the years, he has gradually become accustomed to this wonderful thing called Nature and since then, has come to love hiking, trail running, and camping. His favorite smells include fresh baked baguette, campfire on flannel, and anything with a sugar content of 20% or higher. As a sophomore at Harvard, Will still has no idea on what he wants to study and spends his free time actively trying to avoid thinking about his “future.” When not rewearing underwear in the backcountry or walking back to the Quad, Will can be found at the Mission Hill After School Program, trying unsuccessfully to get small children to listen to his instructions.
Meaghan Townsend - Meaghan Townsend grew up in Chappaqua, NY, halfway between Times Square and the middle of nowhere. Hobbies include aggressive jaywalking, collecting national parks posters, and extolling the virtues of tie-dye. On campus, Meaghan studies English and gets paid to tell people to recycle. She has been bitten by swans, snorkeled with manta rays, and kayaked over bioluminescent algae, and she'd do it all again in a heartbeat (ok, maybe not the swans). She also once accidentally knocked her front tooth out with a flashlight and spent half an hour looking for the missing tooth in the grass. LNT or bust!!!
Ari Gross - President - [email protected] -
Ari Gross grew up in the (really beautiful, seriously have you heard that Alaska is beautiful???) temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska. She spent a lot of time on boats, watching her mom beat her up mountains, and pretending to be a fairy in the woods. If she's not napping on 15 Linden Street, you can spot Ari enjoying the
walk to the Quad, hiding in Widener, cooking with her roommates, or running off to the Whites whenever possible. She still spends a lot of time on boats.
Molly Leavens - Molly is studying environmental science and public policy with a focus in food systems. She enjoys ALL sports, cooking, playing guitar, making art, and making people uncomfortable. Additionally, she loves to make chocolate pudding in large camping pots for Will Li. She is currently in a long-distance relationship with her cat and dreams at night about a peanut butter/nutella/marshmallow fluff/cookie butter ice cream flavor. She resides from Utah, currently lives in the CoOp, and loves HOC more than a hawk likes mice.
Eric Chin - Eric hails from the small town of Lakeville, Connecticut, a New England postcard brought to life in the very northwestern corner of the state. He grew up in tune with nature, alongside the deer that ate his family’s garden each year, the small family of groundhogs that lived under his front porch (both to the delight and consternation of Princess Leia, the family dog), and the black bear that occasionally stopped by to root around the compost pile. Adjusting to the bustling metropolis that is Cambridge is a work in progress for Eric, who still can’t believe that city-folk don’t have to drive their own trash and recycling to the transfer station every two weeks. (Seriously, they just leave it outside and it disappears!) When not marveling at the conveniences of civilized society, Eric enjoys leading snowy hikes, playing frisbee with Harvard Red Line, and hiking the 30-mile Pemi Loop in his hole-ridden, four-year-old sneakers. (Not recommended.)
Ryan LaMonica - Ryan LaMonica was born and raised in the Great Midwest. Hailing from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, he understands what it’s like for nobody, ever, to have visited his hometown for fun. Yet, he still loves Cleveland with the intense fervor of a salmon-craving grizzly bear. He frequently adventures to Southern Ohio and neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia for hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. He is known for wearing plaid shirts and boots, jumping off small rocks, and waking up with such unbelievable bedhead that not even a hat can contain that barbarian jumble. He loves to build things, wastes all his money on new outdoor gear, and hangs maps on the wall. His bucket list includes climbing a mountain on every continent and consuming all 57 varieties of Heinz. Olive oil and Swedish fish are his main food groups.
Kelly Steeves - Social Chair - [email protected] -
Kelly was born and raised Whistler/ Vancouver Canada. She experienced her first taste of the outdoors life when she was two months old and her parents whisked her away for a hiking and camping trip complete with her sitting in the baby backpack. Since that moment she has continued to love and explore the outdoors. Each summer of her life was filled with more and more adventures as she explored and adventured through all the beautiful wilderness that the West Coast has to offer. Her winters were filled with ski racing and ski trips to mountains all over the province to compete. At Harvard, Kelly is studying mechanical engineering, racing for the Harvard Alpine Ski Team and continues to run off to the mountains at every possible opportunity!
Sophie Westbrook - During the grueling wagon ride out of the mountains of Kansas, Sophie ate 16 bags of granola and memorized every Disney song. Her preparations didn’t help much with Harvard, but they did give her the energy of a caffeinated lemur. She spends this energy in the great outdoors – on a good day, the part that isn’t between Currier and the Science Center. Sophie lives for hiking and every winter sport except curling. She never learned to whistle, snap, or touch her toes, but can read on a treadmill so figures that it all evens out.
Emily Markowitz - Emily hails from New York, indisputably home to the best bagels and the best pizza. Growing up with a father who was frequently mistaken for a park ranger, she was introduced at an early age to the great outdoors. Her first time camping included having her tent flooded by torrential downpours, rescuing someone twice her size from drowning, and sadly losing a stylish Croc. Yet, she still decided to go back and luckily future experiences have been less traumatic. Now, Emily enjoys hiking, running, and singing along to song lyrics a little too loudly.
Ellie Lasater-Guttmann - Ellie Lasater-Guttmann invented the seedless watermelon, cheated the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and committed every murder in “Clue”. She is the jukebox hero. She also pawned three of her toes for a painting studio in the Alaskan Wilderness. Hailing from the majestic land of Reston, Virginia, Ellie mastered the art of layering shortly after birth. She has scrabbled up mountains in Nepal, onto an ice field in Alaska and through the frigid Virgin River in Utah. Ellie starts to slur her words if she spends too much time indoors. Off the trail, Ellie sketches her classmates, erases and restarts her failed proofs, and slurps down massive bowls of soup.
Marcy Park - Marcy Park should have been wearing close-toed shoes.
Emma Seevak - As a young child, Emma never crawled and was quite late to walk, thus earning the nickname “the potted plant.” In the years since, she’s tried to compensate for these lost steps by hiking and running whenever possible, sometimes with a pack on her back, often with a scrape on her knee, and always with a smile and some sweat on her face. A spawn of an outdoor-loving family, Emma was raised on GORP and a healthy dose of mountain grime. She's looking forward to eating more GORP and traversing more trails as a HOC leader.
Emma Schwartz - Vice President - [email protected] -
Emma Schwartz is a Boulder, Colorado native who even after three years in Boston is still getting used to the concepts of “sea-level” and wearing jackets in the winter. She believes the ocean is a myth. Her hiking adventures through the Colorado wilderness have taught Emma to communicate with marmots and befriend mountain goats (she’s particularly fond of Fredrick, who lives atop the Collegiate Peaks). Emma only likes to sit on the left side of airplanes and draws all her lines with rulers. She is an avid fan of 1980s movies and a fountain of Broadway musical trivia knowledge. Some call her "egg."
Sarah Welsh - Gear Manager - [email protected] -
Srah is from Bellingham, Washington. While the area is known for constant rain and a high concentration of Sasquatches—neither stopped Srah from exploring the wilderness. She grew up backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and getting lost in the Pacific Northwest. On campus, Srah studies environmental engineering and enjoys her daily hikes to the Quad (yay Pfoho!) as well as ordering too much El Jefe’s, binge watching “Survivor”, and adventuring with the Outing Club.
Cameron Maltman - Gear Manager - [email protected] -
Cameron hails from rural Canada where he learned, among other things, the call of the moose, how to properly wear a flannel shirt, and the true meaning of the word "eh". He is known at Harvard as the kid who likes "canoes and stuff”. Cameron dislikes weekends not spent outside, sitting still, and getting less than 7 hours of sleep. He enjoys hiking, white-water canoeing, weekends spent in a tent and building stuff (some would call it engineering). His love for the outing club is only matched by his love for maple syrup and HUDS stuffed chicken.
Charlie Gibson - Charles Gibson was born and bred in the wilds of the Berkshires. The Berkshires are in Massachusetts, one of the oldest states in Our Great Nation. Descended from a Scottish lord, Charles enjoys pastimes like reading the dictionary, investment banking, and badminton. Though he is only a junior he knows he will be concentrating in economics, hopefully moving toward a future of venture capitalism or consulting. One day he hopes to cross west of the Mississippi, but for now he is thoroughly enjoying all that the Northeast has to offer; he loves the AMC huts but honestly believes they could use a few more amenities (like a Keurig or perhaps quarters for a personal chef). A self-described foodie, Charles likes to use his full name at restaurants so the staff think he is the famous ABC news anchor and treat him accordingly.
Antonia Washington - Antonia Washington grew up in Portland, Oregon, home of craft beer, at least five species of hipster, and the most popular airport carpet in the world (may it rest in peace). When she is not adventuring outdoors, she becomes very sedentary and can be found on any number of couches becoming overly emotionally attached to TV characters. She spends much of her time eating carbs, looking fly in white crocs, and pleading for her mom’s REI dividend. She loves hiking, backpacking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, Razor scootering, and low-pressure longboarding because she almost ran over a kid’s ankle once and now crowds make her nervous.
Micah Yannatos - Born in the Pacific Northwest, Micah could often be seen crying profusely as his father carried him up some Cascadian peak. After a relocation to Woodstock, NY, Micah learned to love the small things in life, like the Catskill Mountains. He enjoys confusedly staring at chalkboards, observing knowledge through osmosis, and loudly yelling, “ULTIMATE!” while throwing frisbees into the ground. Micah looks forward to asking you all awkwardly personal questions as you begin a 5 hour hike with nowhere to escape to.
Liz Roux -
Liz thrives on the dense humidity, tangy salt, and consistently high UV index of her home in southwest Florida. No, she is not “Flo-grown” because that’s a ridiculous word, but she did grow up in balmy Naples, FL for 17 years lucky enough to be surrounded by the Everglades, Gulf estuaries, mangrove forests, beach nature preserves, and her favorite - sunshine, the brighter the better. In Cambridge Liz often reminisces in her glory days of being tan and donning flip flops and tank tops 342 days of the year. The only workout she enjoys more than stadiums is climbing mountains - SWEET views, sweet views. When not outside or wishing to be outside, Liz revels in cooking fish tacos with Florida key limes, reading ‘the classics’, writing poetry for her social media posts, learning to play the ukulele, and genuine times with genuinely terrific peeps. Life is good, as Liz always says, and what better way to spend it than in great places with great company.
Lars Hornburg -
Lars was raised in the beauty of northern Michigan and grew up working in the vineyards of Traverse City. He was shaped by the the scenic landscape much like the fine Chardonnay wines he worked to create, and while some say his smile is equally sweet and intoxicating, his personality has a complexity more akin to a Cardboardeaux. In addition to his love of hiking, he enjoys racing as a member of Harvard’s Alpine Ski Team, and watercolor painting. He has few accomplishments in life but hopes to limit his negative impact on society by concentrating in environmental science and public policy. Despite his general lack of achievement, he is a very proud owner of possibly the largest collection of Patagonia fleeces in the contiguous US.
Jackson Whang - Jackson grew up in the not-so-exotic suburbs of New Jersey, but he's a half-Asian dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada...pretty exotic, right? He's into country music, loves any sport (as long as it involves a racquet), and is a firm believer that everything tastes better with Frank's Red Hot sauce. When outdoors, he enjoys hiking and biking, but the most important thing is that he's spending quality time with quality people.