CAs

What do CAs do?


Community Associates (CAs) are graduate students who enjoy being involved with the Rains community. Their goal is to help build a sense of community among Rains residents. CAs:

  • Plan educational, cultural, social, and recreational programs at the neighborhood and Rains-wide levels.

  • Offer information and advice to anyone who needs help finding services or information on Stanford Campus.

  • Create opportunities for residents to take an active role in the organization of events.

Each building in Rains is part of a neighborhood served by at least two CAs. We have a lot of information about Stanford and the surrounding communities. We're available when you have specific questions and when you just want to talk.


Who are the CAs?


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Head CAs
Wes Michaels wpm216
Joan O'Bryan jeobryan
Neighborhood CAs
Playground
Buildings 201-206
Lara Spencer

Lizzy Kolar

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The Citadel
Buildings 207-209
Cristina Ceballos

Cris Woroch

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The Orchard
Buildings 212-214
Haroun Ahmed

Arec Jamgochian
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The Plains of Rains
Buildings 215, 216
Sai Koppaka

Tyler McDaniel
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The Beach House
Buildings 217, 218
Leila Telaghani

Roshan Nair
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Midtown
Buildings 220-226
Vivienne Hay

Sam Abernethy

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Hilgard
Buildings 227-229
Irene Li

Shreya Deshmukh

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Frontier
Buildings 229-238
Paul Rudnicki

Alex Toews
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More Rains CAs
Treasurer Tyler McDaniel tylermc
Webmaster Haroun Ahmed haroun

CA Bios


Lizzy Kolar


Hey fam! My name is Lizzy, and I’m the blonde on the right. I’m a second-year master’s student in the Sustainable Design and Construction program. I grew up in West Virginia, but I’ve lived in various places across the US, Europe, and Africa over the last decade. Before moving to Stanford, I lived in Charlotte, NC, where I threw axes competitively and worked as an axe throwing coach to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. In my free time, I work on my podcast (It All Adds Up - check it out!), walk around REI, and wear sunscreen. Excited for a great year at Rains!

Haroun Ahmed


Suh new friends! My name is Haroun, and I am the webmaster CA co-serving as an Orchard CA, hoo lives in Playground. I am currently a second year Master’s student in Symbolic Systems (ask me about it!) I’m from the DC area and did my undergrad in Cognitive Neuroscience and Finance/Economics at The University of Virginia. Fun fact: The Virginia Cavaliers actually won the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship, meaning, (and still) 2020. Before grad school I worked as a strategy consultant and Data Scientist at IBM and lived in New York City, where I spent my time generally trolling around and getting into trouble. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling (just hit my 30th country backpacking!,) playing/watching hoops (ball is life,) and generally exploring! Excited to get the chance to meet you!

Shreya Deshmukh


Hi friends! I’m Shreya, a longtime Hilgard resident and now CA. I’m a 5th year PhD student in Bioengineering, for which I levitate blood cells to look for malaria. My passion is designing diagnostics for field settings, so we can make healthcare more accessible to under-resourced and marginalised populations. Other than research, I am usually thinking about food -either eating or making it (followed immediately by eating). I also love being outside (it’s easy to do that here): I try to live on my bicycle as much as possible, enjoy climbing rocks and trees, and like to hike, camp, or snowboard in the incredible places around us. I grew up bouncing around between India and Tokyo and went to university in Boston. I embrace that cultural confusion by getting immersed in various cultures, both at Stanford and while travelling. Looking forward to connecting with you!

Tyler McDaniel


Hello Rainsfolk! My name is Tyler, I'm a second year PhD student in sociology, and a CA for Plains of Rains! I grew up in North Carolina, but I did my undergrad in Utah, and I love to chat about outdoor activities in the Beehive state. When I'm not hiking or skiing (so most of the time), I'm probably in a library somewhere. My other interests include vegetables, podcasts, and socks. If you have any ideas for events or ways that we can make Rains even better, feel free to send them my way!

Roshan Nair


Hey y'all! I'm Roshan, a second year Aero/Astro MS/PhD, and one of the Beach House CAs this year. I'm from San Antonio, TX (Go Spurs Go!) and went to Texas (Hook 'em!) for aerospace engineering as well. These days my main source of entertainment is driving all over Northern California for random day trips, but when I decide not to get out of bed early enough, I fill my days with movie marathons (LOTR and the Star Wars prequels), playing and watching sports, and deciding which fruit is the best fruit (hint its mango). Looking forward to meeting y’all, both virtually and eventually in person!

Sam Abernethy


Hey Rains! My name’s Sam (pronounced “Sa-mm”) and I’m a second year PhD student studying atmospheric methane removal. I hail from the magical land of Nova Scotia, and now I CA for the almost-as-magical land of Midtown. I’m happiest when my elevation is changing — whether that’s climbing a mountain, cycling up to Skyline, or scuba diving. I also love cooking and eating and talking about what to cook and eat. Looking forward to meeting you!

Cristina Ceballos


Hi Rains!! I’m Cristina Ceballos, and I’m a new CA for Citadel! You may have seen me sitting outside by Willis (my favorite reading nook!), orchestrating our international movie nights (on Zoom at the moment, but hopefully in person soon!), or ordering massive amounts of ice cream so we can all tune in to the absolutely RIVETING debates of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. (Yay local government! Everyone should get involved with their local government!) In addition to CA-ing, I’m also a JD-PhD student with philosophy, so that means that I’ll be at Stanford for ever and ever (and preferably in Rains!). I am SUPER excited to CA this year, so please feel free to reach out if you have event ideas, suggestions for snacks to order, or just want to chat about anything at all!!

Lara Spencer


What’s up Rains! I’m Lara, a third year Philosophy PhD student who has just moved from CAing the bustling business of Midtown to the heady heights of the Citadel. In previous lives I’ve dabbled in physics, neuroscience, working for a charity that researched pregnancy complications, and actuarial consulting. I grew up in London (England, not Ontario) so naturally enjoy drinking tea and/or Pimm’s, scoffing marmite, hanging out in pubs (the Rose and Crown does NOT count), moaning about the weather, playing croquet, and being friends with the Queen. Oh, and watching the UK set fire to itself, it’s now our national spectator sport. Can’t wait to meet you all and please reach out if you have any questions/fancy a cuppa!

Cris Woroch


Hey hey! I'm Cris! I'm a second year PhD student in chemistry from Oakland, California. In the lab, I'm interested in CO2 utilization chemistry. Outside the lab, I'm interested in basketball, hiking, volleyball, and gardening. I am very excited to be starting this year as a CA! During my first year, the Rains community was very welcoming and helped me find my place at Stanford. I hope that as a CA this year, I will be able to pay it forward to hope everyone feels supported academically and socially!

Vivienne Hay


Hi, I’m Vivienne! I use she/her pronouns and hail from the UK. I did my undergrad at Yale and completed US Marine Corps OCS, before selling my soul in New York finance. Now, I’m redeeming myself as a biotech engineer at Blue Ocean Barns and getting my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. I love all things outdoors – especially hiking, surfing, SCUBA, triathlon. Catch me on a run or on the quad, once the smokepocalypse is over.

Wes Michaels


Hey y’all, welcome to Rains! I’m Wes. I grew up north of Philadelphia, playing soccer and winning the hearts of local townspeople through valiant acts of heroism and chivalry (directions to Wawa, rescuing chickens, resetting the router to get the WiFi to work, and so on). After disputes with the local innkeepers jeopardized my days of profligate errantry, I embarked on a desperate quest to redeem my honor and find the legendary land of Liliore Green; where bucolic plains meet windswept beaches, orchards yield bountiful harvests, and barbecues fit for kings are held in the revered Castle Willis. My peregrination concluded in the autumn of 2016 (Google Maps was a huge help); I found occupation as an apprentice in suppositious field of “chemical engineering.” To my astonishment, I found even the most mellifluous tales didn’t capture the dearest beauty of Rains – it’s knightly denizens! Magnanimous, alacritous, and beholden to Stanford’s honorable Code of Honor, their strengths of intellect and character inspired me to accept one final quest and become a CA. In my endeavors, whether grandiose or minute, I hope to champion values of fellowship, inclusivity, and merriment to ensure the true legend of Rains – the spirit of its residents – lives on.

Arec Jamgochian


Hi Rains! I'm Arec, a Beach House CA living nearby in the Orchard. Though I'm a 2nd year Aero/Astro MS/PhD, I focus my time on robotics applications for a flat earth, namely autonomous cars. I'm from the DC area, went to undergrad at Maryland, and have spent time living in Spain and Armenia. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing violin, and travelling. My largest remaining bucket list items are doing a backflip and getting a flying license. I look forward to meeting you!

Sai Koppaka


Hey Rains! I’m Sai, a third year PhD student in ME from Chicago (and, no, not from downstate Illinois claiming Chicago, but actually from the heart of the city). I did my undergrad at Yale (boola boola!!!) and flew across the country to the Plains of Rains. I love cooking, running, coffee, and watching Kate McKinnon effortless nail every SNL sketch. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all! Please feel free to reach out at anytime— even if it is to ask: “is it socially acceptable to add milk before cereal?” Actually tho, is it?

Alex Toews


Hi there, I’m Alex a.k.a. Beets, Beats, or Toews (“Taves”). I am one half of the dynamic duo presiding over Frontier this year and you better believe we’re gonna have some fun! This is my 2nd year as a Rains CA and 3rd year as a PhD student in EE. I’m a big nature person, games person, and people person so don’t be shy when you see me around Rains :slightly_smiling_face: I also love cooking, travelling, and all things music so lets trade playlists, recipes, and travel blunders galore. This year will be a blast - see you around!

Joan O'Bryan


Hello friends! I’m Joan, a second-year political science PhD student studying political theory. I grew up in a bunch of places, but I like to tell people I hail from the great state of Virginia (703!). I went to college at Swarthmore and spent a few years thereafter boppin’ around, only to find my home in the wild Frontier of Rains. Given my degree, it won’t surprise you to find that I love having deep conversations about politics and the meaning of life, interspersed with a little dancing (okay a lot) and the occasional sport. You’ll find me at events doing all three (sometimes at once!). Excited for a great year!

Paul Rudnicki


Hey everyone! I’m Paul, a fourth year PhD candidate in ChemE, working on occasionally on battery modeling but more often on formatting Latex. I come from Maine, a state many are calling the greatest in the history of the world, and I’ll be CAing Frontier this year as we join with Hilgard in the best team-up since Zuko and Katara. I did my undergrad at Notre Dame (go Irish!) and watch entirely too much sports. You’ll often find me out and about on a road bike, running the Dish, hiking the open space preserves, or just wandering campus with a book. I can’t wait to meet you all! Feel free to reach out through the interwebs or just shout at me if you see me in the courtyard.

Irene Li


Hi Rains! I'm a longtime CA in Hilgard, and a PhD student in Cancer Biology. I hail from the frozen tundra of Michigan and spent my undergrad years at Michigan State University. My hobbies include triathlons, baking aesthetically pleasing bread, painting, hiking in all climates, and playing the piano/ukulele/guitar. I also love frogs n birds (we happen to have both! Hurray!) I'm Rains' current resident graphic designer as well, so let me know if you have ideas for cool swag. Hope to see you around the green pastures and courtyards!

Leila Taleghani


Hi! I’m Leila, and I’m a new Beach House CA! I’m a second-year Master’s student in Aero/Astro. Actually I’m a co-term, which means I did my undergrad here (aka I’ve been here way too long). It also means I know a lot of fun hidden spots around campus. I’m from LA, so I tend to engage in far too detailed conversations about the relative merits of various freeways. I’m usually skiing, climbing, or mountain biking (read: falling on my ass a lot). The monkey in the photo might be cute but I have a vendetta against it. Say hi if you see me, I’m excited to meet you all!