Get to know a little about the Outreach Tulane 2017 Executive Board. We are all so excited to see you out and about serving the great city of New Orleans!

Karissa Chao

Chair of Outreach


Biomedical Engineering


Hi everyone! I’m Karissa and I’m a senior from Needham, MA. The top three things that define and dictate my life would probably be Harry Potter, avocados, and hedgehogs (or one hedgehog…my hedgehog). Outside of class, I am involved in CACTUS as the Chair, Tulane Alternative Breaks as a Trip Leader, and interning at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. New Orleans is an amazing city that I want to get to know through service and community relationships, and I can’t wait to continue this with Outreach!

Jake Hurwitz

Sites Coordinator


Public Health & Homeland Security


Having grown up in the coastal town of Sarasota, Florida, my life has been centered around the outdoors. When I’m not hiking, rock climbing, or on the water, you can find me on the soccer field, where I am a referee for professional, collegiate, and amateur matches. In the past, I have acted as the director of several large summer camps run through a nationwide non-profit organization and I currently work in the Touro Infirmary Emergency Department in New Orleans. I am a part of several volunteer health and emergency organizations in Louisiana including the American Red Cross and New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps. I am honored and proud to be a part of the Outreach Tulane’s 2017 Executive Board, continuing Tulane’s traditions of altruism and community service – elements that are a core part of every students’ Tulane experience!

Samantha Whittaker

Sites Coordinator


Political Economy

I am from Slidell, LA and I am part of Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law fraternity and I play intramural soccer. I love to get out and about campus and uptown New Orleans to get the know the area! I believe service is important for a community because it help build an appreciation and a deeper understanding for where you live.

Griffin Daly

Chair of Marketing and PR




Hi y’all! My name is Griffin. I’m a second year Architecture student from Cincinnati, Ohio. On campus, I am involved with Food Justice Advocates, I’m Vice President of the Architecture Student Government and a USG Senator, I’m a Student Leader for CACTUS Academy, and I’ll be an RA next year. In my free time, I’m an avid brunch eater and latte drinker and love to explore New Orleans ⚜️  I’m so excited to be working with Outreach Tulane this year—the event is a phenomenal opportunity for us as Tulane students to give back to the incredible city that so graciously welcomes us. Hope to see y’all there!

Amelia Ecker

Chair of Marketing and PR


Public Health and Spanish


Hi everyone! My name is Amelia and I am from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. One of the things that drew me to Tulane was the fact that it is located in the middle of arguable one of the best cities in the world. Saying that, I think its important that as students we get to know the city we live in. The best way to do that is through service. Outreach Tulane is where I met some of my closest friends and was also the first time I got to explore the city. Hope to see you all there!

Ivy Adams

Logistics Chair




Hey, Y’all! My name is Ivanna Adams or Ivy for short. I’m a sophomore from Jackson, Mississippi. When I am not talking about how great Mississippi is, I can be found managing POCapella, Tulane’s newest acapella group. When I’m not discussing social justice issues with my friends, I’m looking for new and fun places to eat in New Orleans. In addition to being in POCapella and participating in CACTUS Academy last year, I am a new member of TEMS (Tulane Emergency Medical Services), a member of the Black Student Union, a Community Service Scholar, a Service Learning Assistant and a tutor. Most of all I’m excited to be a part of the 2017 Outreach Tulane Executive Board!!!

I think that Outreach Tulane is important because for many people it is a first taste of the New Orleans community. Not only do students get a sense of the people, but also they get to be in contact with community partners that they might choose to go and service with later in the year. For returning students, like myself, it is good to step out of our comfort zone and experience new service opportunities.

Robbie Sipos

Logistics Chair


Architecture and Finance


Hi everyone! My name is Robbie Sipos and I’m from Montgomery, New Jersey. I’m currently in Alpha Kappa Psi and am the Treasurer for Architecture Student Government. I really enjoy giving back in all ways that I can and being on the board allows me to encourage others to engage and get excited for community service. Outreach Tulane is important as it is the first school wide community service event and sets the precedent for student engagement in New Orleans for the rest of the academic year. I can’t wait to see all of you on the morning of Outreach Tulane!

Maggie O’Donnell

Project Coordinator


Public Health and Spanish


Hey guys! My name is Maggie O’Donnell and I’m a sophomore from Chicago. When I’m not being studious, I’m either napping, petting dogs, or out exploring New Orleans. On campus I’m the treasurer for Students United for Reproductive Justice, and involved in Public Healtg Society, Pre-Med Society, and Alpha Delta Pi. I think community service is incredibly important and that everyone should get out of there comfort zone to interact with the communities around them. I’m so excited to help plan this year’s Outreach Tulane!

Maddie Blair

Project Coordinator


Finance and Economics


I’m from Baltimore, Maryland, and am involved in a number of activities on campus. I am on the club lacrosse team, participate in Student Alumni Ambassadors club, and work as a DSC on campus, as well as intern at a local economic development firm off campus. At home, I participate in weekly community service with my church, doing everything from making lasagna for the elderly in our church to building houses in Alabama. This June 2017, I am traveling to Kenya with the same group to serve at a primary school teaching math and technology, working with the leaders in the community, and promoting a new program that distributes sanitary pads to local girls. I love improving the lives of others and can’t wait to help do the same at Tulane!

Nicole Radston

Program Manager


Nicole serves as Program Manager for Community Service Programs where she works with service based student organizations, scholarships and fellowships. Prior to this role she worked at CPS as the AmeriCorps VISTA program’s coordinator. Nicole previously worked at The University of New Orleans with first-year students. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History & American Studies at Florida State University and earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University where she worked in New Student Orientation and the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service. In her free time Nicole enjoys exploring New Orleans and sharing her culinary experiences on her tumblr blog, Off the Eaten Path.