FOCUS is run by three student coordinators who meet throughout the academic year and work full time in the summer to plan a memorable experience for first-year students. They work with our community partners to plan service projects, choose and train the rest of our student staff, and communicate with all interested incoming first years about the program. Contact Us if you have any questions.

Each FOCUS group is led by two student leaders. Leaders are volunteers selected for their passion for welcoming the first year class and community service. Your FOCUS leaders work with you at each site, stay in each of the churches, prepare meals, and navigate their groups through the greater Boston area. All of our leaders participate in training that includes leadership development, campus resources, facilitation, group dynamics, and community service issues.

FOCUS support staff make sure the program runs smoothly. They manage the behind-the-scenes tasks like delivering supplies, luggage, and groceries to each church and working with the coordinators each day to make sure every detail is taken care of.

FOCUS Leaders

2019 Student Coordinators


AddyAddy Ball


Originally from Mill Valley, California, Addy Ball is a rising junior and double-major in Community Health and Science, Technology & Society. She is currently the co-president of Leonard Carmichael Society's DREAM, a community organizer for Tufts Dining Action Coalition, secretary of Tufts EMS-AID, and a member of Tufts Dance Collective and Tufts Burlesque Troupe. An avid traveler and cook, Addy loves adventuring and baking her famous sea-salt chocolate chip cookies for friends and family. When she's not cheering for her beloved San Francisco Giants, you can find her with her friends listening to the latest from her favorite artist, Kehlani. After participating in FOCUS as a first-year and last year as a support staffer, she can't wait to follow in the footsteps of past coordinators in welcoming the next first-year class to Tufts!


Julia Grier


Julia Grier is a rising Junior, majoring in International Relations. Though she has embraced Boston as her second home, she has yet to become accustomed to the shortness of New England winter days and will always be a Virginian at heart. In addition to FOCUS, she is involved in Generation Citizen, Tufts Model UN, and TFL, a comedy group for gender-minorities. When not doing homework in the depths of Tisch Library, she can be found watching her beloved University of Virginia Cavaliers play basketball or The West Wing and drinking tea. Having participated in FOCUS both as a first-year and a Support Staffer, Julia is delighted to welcome the class of 2023 and can't wait for FOCUS to start!

ZachZachary Hertz


Originally from Davis, California, Zach is attempting to bring some California warmth to the hill during his time coordinating FOCUS. Zach graduated from Tufts in 2019, with a BA in Political Science and a minor in philosophy. During his time at Tufts, he was a Managing Editor for the Tufts Daily and on the executive board of Theta Chi Fraternity, in addition to being involved in the Association of Multiracial People of Tufts, Tufts Quiz Bowl, and the Asian American Center. Outside of the Campus Center you can find him trying to listen to a new album every day or raving about The Good Place. He’s FO-excited to see the Class of 2023 at Tufts for pre-orientation!

Program Advisor

Brianda Hernandez Cavalcanti

Student Programs Administrator- Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

Brianda works in Student Programs at Tisch College. In her role, she provides support to Tisch College student affiliate organizations and other student groups on campus. Her background also includes working with grassroots organizations in predominantly Latinx communities in the areas of youth leadership, food, and mental health advocacy. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University-Northridge and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Brianda was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a lover of good food, the sun, and considers herself a Mother Nature warrior.


John Wescott

John Wescott

Assistant Director, Programming, Office for Campus Life

John has a passion for social action and leadership development, and has ten years of experience volunteers with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) New Hampshire, a youth leadership organization that inspires and develops our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Originally from New Hampshire, when John isn’t working, you can usually find him exploring Boston and the outdoors with friends and family, or soaking up the sun on the beach. John’s role advising FOCUS includes assisting with operations and logistics, program management, staff hiring, and budget management.

2019 Student Leaders

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2019 Support Staff

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