The Do Good Institute team includes passionate, driven, and exceptional student leaders at the undergraduate and graduate level. These students are integral in the development and growth of our hands-on and student-support focused programs; they support key administrative and business-focused functions; they lead and publish communications and marketing efforts; and so much more.
We couldn't do all we do without their dedication and commitment.
Meet Our Team's Student Leaders
In her role, she provides administrative support to the Institute’s faculty and staff and contributes to research, program coordination, and event planning.
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Maya Assaker is an office assistant that supports the Institute's staff. In her role, she provides administrative support to the Institute’s faculty and staff.
She is a junior majoring in biology with a focus on ecology and evolution from Silver Spring, Maryland. She does not know exactly what her career plans are yet, but she hopes to contribute to conservation efforts in the future.
Maya currently helps out in a research lab on campus and in the past has worked at a garden center. One of her favorite things to do is participate in intramural sports with her friends. During her time at UMD, she is hoping to make more connections and get more involved on campus. She noted, "the Do Good Institute is a great organization in that it can connect to so many people and paths while supporting a wide range of efforts." Maya is excited to be part of a team such as this one.
Josephine Crucillo Assistant Program Coordinator, joined the Do Good Institute in September 2019. In her role, she provides administrative support to the Institute’s faculty and staff. Josephine helps manage the operations and logistics of the Impact Interns program, contributing to research, program coordination, and event planning. She is a junior majoring in computer engineering and participating in the university’s Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors program.
Inspired by her mother who worked in IT and through her capstone investigating the effects on how communication technologies and devices affect human behavior and interaction, she hopes to design and implement sustainable technologies that allow for increased access to technology for low-income demographics and decrease the digital divide in such a digitalized world. Josephine spends her free time dancing with numerous dance teams, cooking and creating jewelry with her friend.
Catherine Curtis is a program coordinator responsible for supporting efforts to bring in new resources and partnerships, looking for ways to strengthen new and existing programming, and generally advancing the Do Good mission of fostering innovative solutions to today’s problems.
Catherine is in her final year of study pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy with a concentration in social policy and a focus on criminal justice reform. As an undergraduate student, Catherine served as an assistant instructor for both graduate and undergraduate-level statistics and quantitative analysis classes. She was also a teaching assistant for the Public Leadership Scholars program, during which teams of students had the opportunity to give $1,000 ‘mini-grants’ to local nonprofit organizations. Through previous nonprofit internships at organizations, including United 4 Social Change’s Academy 4 Social Change, she has experience with social media advertising, engagement trend analytics, and dynamic content creation.
Catherine graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Policy with a minor in law and society in May of 2020 from the University of Maryland.
Student Coordinator, Do Good Ambassadors
Hope co-leads our Do Good Ambassador program, coordinating the new cohort of student ambassadors and is charged with advancing the program and growing UMD's Do Good Campus.
Hope Kahn is a student coordinator, charged with recruiting, hiring, and onboarding the second cohort of Do Good Ambassadors, as well as executing strategic program plans that equip Ambassadors to act as peer to peer ambassadors and leaders across campus. She is a junior multiplatform journalism major and nonprofit leadership and social innovation minor.
While taking the course "Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now" her freshman year in Fall 2019, Hope co-founded Get Ovary It, a group focused on increasing menstrual product accessibility on campus (read more about why the group was founded in a Student Voices piece here). So far, Get Ovary It has brought free menstrual products to 25 UMD bathrooms for the next three years. Taking that Do Good course launched her into working closely with the Do Good Institute. She was a part of the inaugural Do Good Ambassador cohort and is excited about leading this year's Ambassadors as a Student Coordinator.
Hope is particularly passionate about gun violence awareness and women's rights and has published pieces regarding these topics in “Since Parkland” and Ms. Magazine. Aside from her work with the Do Good Institute, Hope is currently general assignments editor for Her Campus and a Merrill correspondent for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Hope interned for the Capital Gazette in Summer 2021 and is looking to pursue a career where she can use her writing to make an impact. In her free time, Hope enjoys cooking and eating, going to concerts, and watching game shows.
In her role, she provides administrative support to the Institute’s faculty and staff and supports with projects
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Elise Mack is an Office Assistant charged with providing administrative support to the Institute’s faculty and staff. She is a fourth-year kinesiology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland, working toward the goal of becoming a physician assistant in the near future. As a senior, hoping to graduate in the spring 2022, Elise is looking to be as active as possible on campus by joining more extracurriculars and gaining as much experience as possible to complete her undergraduate journey.
She has previous work experience, varying from food service to medical assisting for a private surgery practice to golf course maintenance. A lot of the volunteer experience Elise has comes from tutoring and mentoring local youth, something she has loved doing since high school. She enjoys a lot of hobbies, ranging from photography to researching medical social concerns. As Elise joins the Institute team, she is beyond eager to be a part of an organization that pushes and provides tools for students to get involved and make a difference about the things they are passionate about - something she herself feels is vital to have in life in order to make the world a better place.
Sarah plays a critical role in supporting the Do Good Institute’s Communication team in executing strategic communications and digital marketing tasks, managing an editorial calendar, and researching trends in social media, digital engagement, and social impact education.
Sarah Natchipolsky is a communications intern at the Do Good Institute. Sarah was hired as an intern in the spring of 2021 and took on a social media strategizing and management role. She frequently writes articles for the Institute’s website, her favorite being a feature of a student-run nonprofit, Pen to Paper Foundation, and its founder. Additionally, Sarah develops several of the Institute’s email newsletters on a monthly basis and helps execute outreach campaigns to promote program offerings and events such as the annual Do Good Challenge.
Sarah is a senior communications major on the public relations track and a history minor.
Sarah is currently the news editor for Stories Beneath the Shell, an online student-run publication at UMD. Her favorite articles that she wrote for SBS include a feature on a sober tailgate offered by the university and a story on CARE to Stop Violence’s Clothesline Project. Previously, she was a communication intern with the National Juvenile Justice Network, where she managed NJJN’s social media and assembled press kits for major campaigns and updates.
Peyton is charged with project management and advancement efforts for the Do Good Institute, its communication and marketing priorities, and its nonprofit management and social impact education programs and offerings.
Peyton Siegel is a program associate where she plays a critical role in supporting the Do Good Institute’s communications, marketing, and thought leadership work. She first joined the Institute as a Do Good Ambassador in 2020 and expanded her role later that year.
She supports the marketing and recruitment efforts of the nationally ranked Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program. In addition, she supports in executing strategic communications and marketing strategies, including leading research, content development and management, project management and support, marketing campaigns and activities.
Peyton is a junior public policy student with a double minor in nonprofit leadership & social innovation, and law & society. On campus, she is involved as a member of the CIVICUS living and learning community, as well as the Vice President of Programming for College Mentors for Kids. She reflected on why she mentors and what drives her in a Student Voices article last year, which you can read here. She loves working with people and getting to know peers that have a passion for doing good!
Student Coordinator, Do Good Ambassadors
Isha co-leads our Do Good Ambassador program, coordinating the new cohort of student ambassadors and is charged with advancing the program and growing UMD's Do Good Campus.
Isha Yardi is a student coordinator, charged with recruiting, hiring, and onboarding the second cohort of Do Good Ambassadors, as well as executing strategic program plans that equip Ambassadors to act as peer to peer ambassadors and leaders across campus. She is a junior public health science major and is in the Gemstone Honors program.
Isha is passionate about social epidemiology and the application of research to improving health policy outcomes. She currently assists with clinical research at the University of Maryland Medical Center and is a member of Big Data 4 Health Equity, a national research collaborative that leverages big data sources such as Twitter in exploring the social determinants of health.
Outside of being a student coordinator for the Do Good Institute, Isha is the Chief Communications Officer of an international undergraduate research journal, a volunteer at a women's clinic in College Park, and the volunteer coordinator for Pigtown Climbs, a community initiative focused on building an accessible outdoor climbing facility in Southwest Baltimore. Isha has also pursued internship opportunities with elected officials and nonprofit organizations to better understand the practical applications of her interests at the intersection of policy and medicine. Isha hopes to pursue a career as physician-public servant, using her background in research to improve health outcomes in underserved communities. In her free time, Isha enjoys rock climbing, reading, and traveling with her family.