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Students

Meet our current and past student-workers! They are a group of hard-working young people that are passionate about and committed to helping us further our mission of strengthening parent-teen relationships.

Current Students

Aisa Binhashim

Aisa Binhashim was born and raised in New Jersey. She is currently a student at Drexel University majoring in Animation and minoring in Fine Art. She loves learning about all different art forms whether traditional or digital. Her other interests include baking and collecting overwhelming amounts of stickers and washi tape.

Paul Cinicola is a Pittsburgh native, studying medical anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His plans for the future include continuing his education with graduate work in public health and medical school with the goal of uplifting queer youth and parents. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, writing and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Danielle Doolittle is originally from Northern California but has lived on the East Coast for the past four years and is now finishing up her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. In addition to her work at the CPTC, she was a social work intern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Oncology. When she’s not studying or working, you can most likely find her watching Netflix, baking cookies, or showing friends pictures of her adorable nieces and nephew.

Oludare Marcelle is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania from Trinidad and Tobago. He is studying Fine Arts and Cinema Studies and assists with digital content production at the CPTC. When he isn’t animating or editing, which is rare, he works with the University’s Netter Centre, where he assists with health and physical education and teaches music production at public schools in West Philadelphia. Oludare has always loved working with and guiding children.

Sean Welch was born and raised right outside of Philadelphia. He is a student at Temple University studying Political Science and English. He believes in giving back to his community and currently tutors ESL and foster youth throughout Philly. He loves learning new things — from history teach-ins to YouTube quantum-physics crash-courses — but also enjoys playing the piano and learning Spanish in his free time.

Amber Williams is originally from South Orange, New Jersey and currently is a Senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Communication and minoring in Hispanic Studies.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, long-distance running and watching movies. In the future, she hopes to lead digital marketing at a tech company.

Former Students

Sarah Hinstorff is originally from Palo Alto, CA. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a major in International Relations and minors in International Development and Hispanic Studies. She is currently continuing her Penn education with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership. She has previous experience with political campaigns and nonprofits of all sizes, and she hopes to devote her career to designing creative approaches to social change. In her free time, she loves to run, travel, and listen to way too many podcasts.

Nora Laberee is originally from Philadelphia but grew up in South Jersey, and graduated from Penn with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2018. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking. In the future she hopes to pursue a graduate degree, and ultimately hopes to use scientific research to enhance the health and well-being of young people. During her time at CPTC, Nora brought experience in scholarly article research and synthesis to the center. In her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking.

Aaron J. Sanden is currently a Junior in Drexel University’s Animation program. After college his goal is to open his own animation studio and produce anime for television, with an extended goal to procuring his own television station to broadcast their programs. His hobbies and interests include sarcastically over-analyzing television shows, sketching, and plotting out concepts for series he intends to expand on at a later date.

Wayne Schmitt is from eastern Kentucky and while working at the Center for Parent and Teen Communications was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying biology. Wayne worked as a Media Assistant, capturing b-roll footage, editing videos, planning media content, and taking photos for CPTC. In his free time, Wayne enjoys photography, music, and film. After graduating, he was an intern at the Morris Arboretum, a great place for parents and their children alike to spend some time relaxing in the gardens. He has just started a master’s program for Forest Information Technology in Eberswalde, Germany where he hopes to combine his interest in computers and nature.

Mike Tatlow is an undergraduate Film student at Drexel University focusing on film production and sound editing. During his time at CPTC, Mike supported podcast and film recording, editing and sound mixing.

Shannon Traurig is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated in 2018 from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual masters in education and counseling. She currently works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH as a mental health therapist. During her time at CPTC, Shannon brought extensive knowledge of child and adolescent development as well as a passion for promoting mental health in children and families.