GTM PROFILES 2019-2020

The Global Ties Mentors for 2019-2020. To learn more about the GTMs and other leadership opportunities. Visit the Global Ties “Leadership Opportunities” page.


Lynnea Lombardi, Global Ties Graduate Intern
She, her, hers |National identity(ies): United States|Languages: English, Korean
I’m Lynnea and I’m very excited to be working with Global Ties! I am studying for my Master’s degree in Higher Education Management here at Pitt. As an undergraduate, I studied Communication and Korean also at Pitt, so I am a true Panther! I look forward to welcoming our international students to Pitt and providing them with a fantastic collegiate experience.
Angie Natalia Sandoval Casa, Lead Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| National Identity(ies): Colombia, United States| Languages: Spanish, English, Korean (intermediate), Italian (intermediate) |Major(s): Accounting |Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Economics, Korean, Business Analytics, Global Business Clubs: Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society, Spanish Club
Hi everyone and welcome to Pitt! My name is Angie and I cannot wait to be one of your lead Global Ties Mentor this academic year. I am a “super” senior at CBA, majoring in Accounting with two minors and two certificates. I am an adventurous traveler, language fanatic, proud Latina and passionate about cultural diversity. Before moving to Pittsburgh, I lived 5 years in Puerto Rico and I am originally from Colombia. Learning new languages allows me to explore and interact with so many cultures and prepares me for future travels in my career. My goal during college, besides completing my degree with honors, is to travel abroad to places that I have never been to before as much as possible. So far, I have been to Ecuador, Spain, Germany, China and Ireland and I am ready for my next adventure! Fun fact: I commute from home every day which means that I am an expert with Pittsburgh’s public transportation system, feel free to ask me for directions or about interesting places to visit outside of campus. Lastly, I enjoy meeting students from all over the world and learning about their different cultures, traditions and delicious typical cuisine. We in Global Ties are looking forward to meet you and be part of your incredible college career. Hail to Pitt!
Yumeng (Ruby) Dai, Lead Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers | National Identity(ies): China | Languages: Chinese, English, German| Major(s): Rehabilitation Science| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): German, Pathokinesiology| Clubs: Chinese Student & Scholar Association, Rehabilitation Science Student Association, Pitt Program Council, Pitt Child Development Association, Mighty Penguins
Hello Everyone! Welcome to Pitt! My name is Ruby and I’m senior studying Rehabilitation Science with a minor in German. A bit about myself, I’m originally from Tianjin, China and I came to the states about three years ago. Transitioning to Pitt from a different cultural background can be a little scary to imagine, but trust me it’s going to be a great journey! I’ve made so many great memories here at Pitt, and I’m sure you will too! I cannot wait to share some of the great experience I’ve had. This city is filled with great people and great food! I love trying out cool new restaurants around the area with my friends. There're also many fun things going on every week, so feel free to join me on more spontaneous adventures in Pittsburgh:)
Abena Ampofo, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| National identity(ies): United States, Ghana| Languages: English, French, Akan, Swahili| Major: Psychology| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry & Sociology minors; African Studies Certficate| Clubs/Student Organizations: Pitt to You, Pre-Medical Organization for Minority Students (POMS), Reaching Inside your Soul for Excellence (RISE)
Hello everyone! I am Abena and a senior here at Pitt. This is my second year as a Global Ties Mentor and I am extremely excited to meet you and share my Pitt experiences with you as well as help make Pitt your home. I am currently on the pre-medical track and looking forward to attending graduate school in the near future. I enjoy learning about new cultures and languages as well as eating, cooking, and having fun with friends and family. I especially enjoy traveling and can’t wait to exchange stories.
Nathan Andrud, Global Ties Mentor
He, him, his| National Identity(ies): United States| Languages: English, Swedish, Chinese| Majors: Linguistics and Chinese| Minors: Swedish| Clubs: Fikaklubb, Student Poetry Society, Rainbow Alliance, Chinese Club
Hello everyone! I’d like to welcome you to Pitt! My name is Nathan and I’m a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I love learning about other languages and cultures, as well as traveling around the city and trying out new things! There are a lot of fun things to do in the city, and being so close to downtown there’s always something fun to do! I’m currently studying Chinese and Swedish at the University of Pittsburgh, out of the more than 35 different languages at Pitt you can choose to study from. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and I can’t wait to show you more of my city and all of the different things that you can do here!
Maya Best, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| Country of national identity: United States | Languages: English, Bengali, Japanese| Major(s): English Nonfiction Writing, Anthropology, International and Area Studies BPhil| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Japanese | Clubs: FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment
My mother immigrated to the US from India for graduate school and she told me how scary it was at first, living in an unfamiliar place and having to figure out everything by herself. Having studied abroad for a semester in Japan and worked with refugee communities in Pittsburgh and Tokyo, I have come to understand the struggles of coming to a new country and the challenges that come with this big transition. I believe that creating a support system for international students is so important, in bridging the gap between international and local college students, and I'm very excited to be a part of Global Ties this year.
Catherine (Cat) Buchanan, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| Country of national identity: United States| Languages: English| Major(s): Environmental Engineering| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Engineering for Humanity | Clubs: Secretary for Fresh Entertainment by Student Artists (FRESA), American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers
Hey guys, I'm Catherine and I'm so excited to be one of your GTMs this year !! I can't wait to share all the stuff I love about Pittsburgh and the Pitt community with you guys. One reason I love Pittsburgh is the fun neighborhoods it has, and all the interesting stuff you can find while exploring them. Some random stuff about me: I work for the Dietrich School IT team, I play tennis, and I love the arts. I'm an active member of FRESA, a dance club on campus, and often go to dance workshops and live performances around the city. I also love coffee and like to visit the unique cafes in Pittsburgh. A fun fact about myself is that I'm an aunt, and have an adorable little one-year-old nephew.
Jeong Eun Kim, Global Ties Mentor
National Identity: Republic of Korea| Languages: Korean, English, Spanish| Major: Nursing| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Spanish| Clubs/Student organizations: Pathfinders, Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program
Welcome to Pitt! My name is Jeong Eun and I am a senior nursing student. I'm from Korea but I moved around a bit as a child so I lived in Argentina before coming to Pitt. Transitioning to Pitt from a foreign country was definitely one of the most remarkable experiences in my life so far and I am excited to share my experiences with you and hopefully make it easier for your adjustment to Pitt. One of the great things about the city is that you can enjoy the huge cultural scene downtown including broadway shows and different festivals while also enjoying hiking and biking through acres and acres of nature. As an urban campus with lots of green space, you can really enjoy both ends of the spectrum. Pittsburgh really grew on me and I can't wait to show you what this city and school has to offer. H2P!
Michelle Lao, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| Country/Countries of your national identity: United States | Languages: English, Cantonese Chinese| Major(s): Business Management (double major of BIS and Supply Chain Management) | Clubs: CHAARG, Active Minds, Asian Students Alliance
Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m glad to be here and help you, whenever and wherever you need me! A little about me: family and friends are everything to me, I love workout classes (especially cycle and yoga classes!), drinking iced coffee is an addiction of mine, and I LOVE memes, vines, The Office, and just anything funny. Hang out with me for bad jokes and unnecessary sarcasm! Also I LOVE food so I can tell you all the best Pittsburgh restaurants. Can’t wait to meet everyone!
Madhura Leninkannan, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| National identity(ies): United States, India| Languages: English, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, 5% of Korean| Major(s): Biology| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry| Clubs/: Dhirana, Active Minds, Future Health Professionals (HOSA)
Hello! My name is Madhura Leninkannan and I am really looking forward to being a Global Ties Mentor this year! A little bit about myself is that I have a lot different hobbies that I would love to share about, such as photography, music, and dance. If you need any music recommendations, a dance break, or just a friend to talk to, I'm your girl!
Andrew Leung, Global Ties Mentor
He, him, his | National identity: Taiwan| Languages: English, Chinese| Major(s): Economics-Statistics| Clubs: C Flat Run, Taiwanese Student Association
Hello everyone and welcome to Pitt. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and making your transition here as smooth as possible. Hopefully you’re excited to take on this upcoming school year! A bit about myself: I consider myself to be more of an introvert, but I’m always down to spend time with friends wherever and whenever. Otherwise, you’ll probably find me studying, playing video games, watching TV shows, binge eating anything, or spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at memes. I hope to share many of my experiences that I’ve had so far in college with you, so feel free to contact me if you’re unsure/concerned about anything. Last but certainly not least, make sure that you make the most out of your time here at Pitt!
Mary Nayrouz, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| National identity: United States| Languages: English, Arabic| Major(s): Pharmacy| Clubs: Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Freshman Programs
Hi everyone! My name is Mary, and I’m a junior at Pitt. I’m also beginning my first year at Pitt’s Pharmacy School. Pitt has become a home to me where I have made some of my best friends and enjoyed many classes here! As a Global Ties Mentor last year, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had at Pitt and with all the fun events and opportunities to meet new people, I hope Global Ties will be the same for you. Pittsburgh satisfies my love for food (ask me for recommendations) and adventure. I am able to do so many of the things I love at Pitt and more. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me. I would love to answer any questions or do any of the wonderful things at Pitt with you. I can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome you to the Pitt family!
David Schabdach, Global Ties Mentor
He, him, his| National identity: United States| Languages: English, Spanish| Major(s): Nursing Clubs: School of Nursing Integrity Council, University Research Mentorship Program (URMP), School Wide Curriculum Committee for the School of Nursing, Special Olympics
Hello, my name is David Schabdach and I am excited to join Pitt’s Global Ties Program as a mentor! I grew up Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved to the Pittsburgh area about 8 years ago. Ever since I joined the University of Pittsburgh community in 2017, I have truly enjoyed my time and experiences on campus. From previous experiences playing on a club sports team, to volunteering with Special Olympics and other organizations, to sharing my love and enthusiasm for Pitt as a Pathfinder, I have found my niche in this rather large home to 18,000+ students. I have met some of my closest friends through Global Ties, and look forward to making new friends and memories this year!
Aamil Shah, Global Ties Mentor
He, him, his| National identity: India| Languages: English, Gujarati, a little Spanish| Major(s): Bioengineering| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Sustainability| Clubs/Student Organizations: Pitt ARTificial, Theta Tau, Student Government Board
Hello everyone! My name is Aamil Shah and I am a rising junior! In my free time, I love going hiking and swimming, cooking, and hanging around! Global Ties has been such a great tool in helping me expand my horizons and meet people from other cultures/nations. I am excited to meet you all!
Weiyi Tu, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| National identity: China| Languages: Mandarin Chinese, English, and some Spanish| Major(s): Communication and Spanish| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Education| Clubs: Spanish Club, Eat@Pitt, Global Ties
Hello everyone and welcome to Pitt! My name is Weiyi and I’m a sophomore majoring in Communication and Spanish. I originally came from Wuhan, China. I spent two years of elementary school and four years of high school in the United States prior to college. Therefore, I understand the challenges international students may face in a foreign country and will try my best to help to make your transitions easier. I had an amazing first year at Pitt learning about different cultures, tasting delicious food, exploring the city and local neighborhoods, and petting cats and dogs, with some of the best people I’ve met in my life. I hope your first year is as wonderful as mine! I’m beyond excited to meet and connect with all of you. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, need someone to talk to, or want to go on adventures with me (especially to cat cafes)!
Tianyi (Alkaid) Zeng, Global Ties Mentor
National identity(ies): New Zealand| Gender identity: Male| Languages: English, Chinese, Latin| Major(s): Philosophy, Economics| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Sociology| Clubs: Quo Vadis, Diversity & Inclusion Association for Leaders
Welcome to Pitt yinz! My name's Alkaid. I'm a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and Economics. I am an adventurer, be it exploring different academic disciplines, sports, arts, or cultures. During my first year, I have already set foot in Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, Ohio, Washington DC, and almost every corner of Pittsburgh with all the new friends I met. So I can guarantee you from my amazing first year that there are a plethora of fun activities for every one of you to enjoy in the city and campus! My favourite place on campus is without a doubt Cathy but I'm more than happy to help you discover yours. If there's any concerns or questions you have about college, feel free to add me on social media or, better, meet me in person. Hail to Pitt!