Suzie Byers, LTL Co-Chair (Communications)
Suzie is a Master’s Candidate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a senator for both the HGSE Student Council and the Harvard Graduate and Professional Student Government. Starting in 2003, Suzie taught Spanish at Lexington Montessori School. Before beginning her teaching career, she worked in Emerging Markets at J.P. Morgan in New York, London, and Tokyo. Her plans to leave Wall Street to begin a Ph.D. Program in Romance Language and Literatures at the University of Chicago changed when she realized how much she enjoyed teaching Spanish language and culture to young people. Her 17 years of experience as an educator include include teaching English in Chile for 18 months. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and three children.
Marie Mize, LTL Co-Chair (Logistics)
Marie is a fifth-year Resident Tutor and Sopfhomore Advising Coordinator at Pforzheimer House. She has worked in academic administration here at Harvard in various capacities in the College Dean’s Office, the Office of the Provost, and most recently in the Office of the President. She is currently completing her Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Human Development and Psychology, and also serves as a Research Assistant on a project intervention aimed at improving professor-student relationships at liberal arts institutions. Additionally she is a graduate intern at Connected Beginnings, a socio-emotional training institute for childcare professionals where she works on a project that supports the U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services programs.
Zakaria Sherbiny, LTL Co-Chair (Faculty Recruitment)
Zakaria Sherbiny is a Master of Education candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in the Human Development and Psychology program. Prior to coming to HGSE, he was an early childhood educator in Washington, D.C. teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Third Grade. Zakaria is a graduate assistant with the HGSE Admissions Office, coordinating their social media strategy and planning recruitment events, and serves the HGSE community by chairing the Programming Committee of the Sexual Assault Task Force. His favorite spot on campus is the Sunken Garden in Radcliffe Yard.
Peter Dyrud, Events Guy, Harvard Graduate and Professional Student Government
Peter Dyrud is a student in the Public Policy PhD program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Kennedy School. His primary academic field is international relations, with current research projects focused on the spread of ideologies and the deterrent effect of hostage rescue operations. He holds a MPP degree concentrating in International Security and Political Economy from HKS and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served overseas four times as a Captain and Combat Rescue Officer and is grateful to be sponsored in his studies by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. At Harvard, Peter has served as Vice President for Events Coordination for the Harvard Graduate & Professional Student Government, At-Large Representative for the Social Sciences for the GSAS Graduate Student Council, Stage Manager and a percussionist/keyboardist for the Dudley Orchestra, and earlier Co-Founder/Chair of the HKS Religion, Ethics, and Public Life Professional Interest Council. Hailing from Brooklyn Park, MN, his highlights of 2015 were the birth of his niece and really trying hard to learn kung fu, with occasional success, at the Dengfeng Shaolin Temple while studying abroad in China.
Sana Saeed, Volunteer Coordinator
Sana Saeed is a Mdiv Candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Academically, she holds two graduate degrees, a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and a M.A. in Peace Studies from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Professionally, she’s had six years of work experience working with youth development, religious discrimination and interfaith dialogue, youth leadership and conflict resolution with organizations including the Interfaith Alliance and International Organization for Migration (IOM). At Harvard, she’s a HDS representative for the Harvard Graduate & Professional Student Government, a member of the HDS Graduate Journal Editorial Board and a Board Member of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Students (HUUMS). For the last two years Sana has spent time living in Tokyo, Japan and Yangon, Myanmar as a Rotary Peace Fellow documenting ethno-religious tensions and discrimination between Burmese Muslims and Buddhists, which will be published as research this year.