Montgomery Service Leaders invest many hours making connections between campus and community partners. In Level 1, students work as dedicated volunteers learning the ins and outs of their community partner. Level 2 students integrate their academics and community placement, writing a brief paper and sharing in a public presentation. Level 3 students create a project to advance the mission of their organization and apply for a grant to complete this project. Montgomery Students are highly motivated leaders amongst their peers, committed to community service and dedicated to personal growth. Meet the current Montgomery Service Leaders below!

Student Leaders

Ben DiNardo '18
Ben DiNardo MSL
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: Economic
Position: Student Leader
Favorite part of working with my placement: There are so many things I love about working at my placement, first off it is so much fun that most of the time it doesn't feel like work. But also, I love the fact that I can be connected to the greater community around Carlisle. It is great to know that I can make a difference not only at Dickinson but also in the surrounding elementary schools. Through this community connection one can learn so much about the area in which they go to school in.

Julia Huddy '19
Julia Huddy MSL
Hometown: Newtown, PA
Major: Math and Physics
Position: Student Leader
Favorite part of working with my placement: I love getting to meet so many new, talented people. Everyone who walks in the door is always enthusiastic about art whether they are a local artist who teaches classes or a local student hoping to learn something new.

Level 3

Sophie Haas-Goldberg '19
Sophie Haas-Goldberg MSL
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Major: International Studies and History
Placement: YMCA
Favorite part of working with my placement: Working with elementary students is a good change of pace. It is a nice contrast to the stressful college life. I love having fun with the kids and seeing the world through their perspective.

Yasmin Cooper '18
Yasmin Cooper MSL
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies 
Placement: REACH!
Favorite part of working with my placement: I love getting to connect with the children of Carlisle and helping them develop all the skills that they are genuinely passionate about. It is also rewarding to see the relationships that I develop with the children over time.

 

Level 2

Sarah Benmen '20
Sarah Benmen MSL
Hometown: Hollis Hills, NY
Major: Educational Studies
Placement: YWCA
Favorite part of working with my placement: Part about working at my placement: What I like about MSL is that I have the opportunity work with and make a connection with the kids. I get to help them with their homework, but we also have time to play and have fun. 

 

Rogelio Cuevas '20
Roeglio Cuevas MSL
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Undecided
Placement: YWCA
Favorite part of working with my placement: Working with kids and helping them learn and grow.

Elizabeth Dada '20
Elizabeth Dada MSL
Hometown: Reading, VT
Major: Biology
Placement: Hope Station
Favorite part of working with my placement: The welcoming environment and the strong, supportive community we are creating.

Abby Kaija '20
Abby Kaija MSL
Hometown: Reading, VT
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Placement: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)
Favorite part of working with my placement: Working with citizen scientists and having a connection to the Dickinson community that I am accountable for.

Kristen Kozar '20
Kristen Kozar MSL
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Political Science and Spanish
Placement: Project SHARE
Favorite part of working with my placement: Helping the Carlisle community gain greater access to healthy food.

Dana Marecheau '20
Dana Marecheau MSL
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Policy Management with minor in Africana Studies
Placement: Salvation Army
Favorite part of working with my placement: My favorite part about working with MSL is the ability to work closely with a non-profit organization and establishing a lastly relationship over the next 3 years. 

Elisa Martinez '20
Elisa Martinez MSL
Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Major: Undecided
Placement: Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC)
Favorite part of working with my placement: I love that I can bring together my passion for art with my passion of working with kids in my community.

Nicholas Seck '20
Nick Seck MSL
Hometown: Stanhope, NJ
Major: Undecided
Placement: Hope Station
Favorite part of working with my placement: Telling the kids corny jokes

Becca Stout '20

Hometown: Dallas, PA
Major: English and History
Placement: REACH!
Favorite part of working with my placement: I love that I will be making a positive impact on my new community.

Level 1

Ken Bamba ’20 

Hometown: New York City
Major: Computer Science and International Business and Management 
Placement: The United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County
Favorite part of working with my placement:  The extensive scope of the United Way’s work gives me a deeper understanding of the community’s needs and how that relates Carlisle’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and risks. They have also made me more knowledgeable about the many different non-profit programs that support the families and residents of Carlisle, opening my eyes to help me accurately understand the local environment and assist those in the community that surrounds Dickinson. 

 

Aidan Birth ’21 

Hometown: Queens, NY
Placement: Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.
Favorite part of working with my placement: Connecting with the greater Carlisle community through outreach and learning about Carlisle's social and economic diversity.

 

Keshawn Bostic ’21 

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Undeclared
Placement: Hope Station
Favorite part of working with my placement:  I love seeing the kids every day and building connections with them, as well as the town of Carlisle as well. Hope Station gives me the opportunity to explore and learn about Carlisle in a way I could not before.

 

Jack Broderick ’20 

Hometown: Moon, PA
Major: International Business and Management, and Music
Placement: REACH!
Favorite part of working with my placement:  My favorite part of working at REACH! is being able to see the kids grow as performers and as students and being able to help them reach their fullest potential!

 

Amelia Hadar ’21 

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Major: Undeclared
Placement: Carlisle YMCA
Favorite part of working with my placement:  I love my placement because it lets me connect with so many kids! I enjoy playing with them and helping with their homework. I’ve learned so much about working with a new age group. My placement has really helped me to connect with the Carlisle community!

 

Jalee Lopez ’21 

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Neuroscience
Placement: Project SHARE
Favorite part of working with my placement: Working at Project S.H.A.R.E. this year has been an amazing and rewarding experience. It has opened my eyes to the greater need of Carlisle and helped me recognize that there is so much we can do as students to be more involved with the community that welcomes us each year. My favorite part has been working in the Baby Room during distribution week because it's always exciting to talk to families and kids and learning their story.

 

Alejandro Rodriguez ’21 

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Political Science and Economics
Placement: The Salvation Army
Favorite part of working with my placement: While I don't work with the senior citizens, they're always extremely friendly and say hello whenever they see me. It also makes me feel closer to Carlisle because I see some of them in downtown Carlisle.

 

Clara Roth ’21 

Hometown: Bryn Athyn, PA
Major: Undeclared
Placement: Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC)
Favorite part of working with my placement:  There's always something new and exciting going on! And there's always lots of beautiful art around as well.

 

Ben Sobel ’21 

Hometown: Hanover, NH
Major: Educational Studies
Placement: Employment Skills Center
Favorite part of working with my placement: The extremely friendly staff and the impact I get to make on people’s lives!

 

Lilly Zeitlin ’21 

Hometown: Wynnewood, PA
Major: Economics and Sociology Double Major
Placement: Central Pennsylvania Conservancy
Favorite part of working with my placement:  The best part of working at my placement is that due to the small number of staff members, the work I do feels truly significant and I know I am actually making a difference.