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Meet our 2022 Summer Staff

We are thrilled to introduce you to our team for the 2022 summer!

Becki Baker

Director of Pre-College Programs

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Becki has worked in youth programming for over 20 years. She holds degrees in History and Political Science from University of Missouri-Columbia and Art History from University of Missouri-St. Louis as well as a certificate in Marketing from WashU. Becki recently completed the College Advising Program through Teachers College at Columbia University. Becki spent ten summers working for Camp Highlander in Mills River, North Carolina, five of which were as program director for summer and year-round educational programming before joining WashU in 2010. Becki serves on the Advisory Board for the Association for Pre-College Program Directors. She is the chair of the WashU Youth Protection Oversight Committee, and is an active member in the American Camp Association and Higher Education Protection Network. Becki is an advocate for college access. She is dedicated to providing personalized advising experiences to ensure students are prepared for college success.

Becki grew up in St. Charles, Missouri where she now lives with her husband and 3 year-old daughter. She is an avid baker and enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors. She loves documentaries and is a voracious reader of biographies, memoirs, and historical fiction, though most of her reading these days is spent on pre-school favorites like The Little Blue Truck, Grumpy Monkey, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Airest Wilson

Program Supervisor

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Airest is a graduate of WashU, where he majored in Psychological Brain Sciences with a minor in Mathematics. Airest spent two summers as a learning coach at the Upward Bound program, serving as a mentor for a group of middle school students to better ensure their academic and behavioral success as they transition into high school. He was a mentor for the Black Men's Coalition as well as an active member in the Association of Black Students at WashU. In his down time, Airest enjoys practicing mindfulness activities such as outdoor meditation. He also spends time working out, reading books relating to the human mind and behavior, and playing video games such as 2k and FIFA. Airest intends to pursue a higher degree in psychology, and work in a lab that studies human consciousness and behavior. 


Jakyla Willis

Program Supervsor

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Jakyla is a graduate of WashU, where she majored in African and African American Studies. She was a Trio scholar and served three years on Harambee Christian Ministries Executive Team. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading books, watching television shows or movies, and discussing that content. Jakyla plans to continue her education and eventually continue working with children. She hopes to use her degree and experience to help children in marginalized communities.


Angela Han

Program Assistant

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Angela is a rising junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business of Social Impact. She is from Seoul, South Korea and in 8th grade, she started attending a boarding school in Connecticutt. She is the co-president of Active Minds @ WashU, a chapter of a national organization dedicated to mental health advocacy. She plays the alto saxophone in the Jazz Band, and her special talent is always managing to burn microwave popcorn. She loves her bright blue crocs, crime shows, and of course her little brother Eric who has outgrown her many years ago. Angela’s big dream is to run a non-profit that aims to provide and educate the importance of mental health support for young students. 


Hanin Ghanam

Program Assistant

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Hanin is a rising sophomore studying pre-medicine with a major in Biology and a potential second major in Political Science or History (currently undecided). She was a student in a WashU pre-college program when she was in high school and is excited to now work as a Program Assistant! She currently works as a tutor for Teach for America and is a member of the club GlobeMed at WashU. In her free time, she loves baking, art, and everything Marvel.


Genesis McCree

Program Assistant

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Genesis is a rising senior at WashU, where she is majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Chemistry. Genesis is the Secretary of the WashU’s Alpha Psi Lambda chapter, a co-ed Latine fraternity, and an active member of the campus’ Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS) organization. In her free time, Genesis likes to listen to music, hang out with friends, cook, and read. This fall, Genesis plans to prepare her application to medical school.


Charlie Yeldham

Program Assistant

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Charlie is a rising senior at WashU, where he is pursuing majors in Secondary Education and Political Science in addition to a minor in History. Charlie is an ambassador for WashU’s Education department, an active member of the a cappella group After Dark, and a TA for several classes. In his free time, Charlie likes to listen to music, follow current events, watch and play basketball, and spend time with friends. After graduating from WashU, Charlie hopes to pursue a career as a high school social studies teacher and stay involved with local politics.


Eliza Rocks

Program Assistant

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Eliza is a rising junior at WashU double majoring in Drama and Physics with a minor in Computer Science. She serves as one of the publicity chairs for Thyrsus, the experimental theater group and oldest club on campus. She has acted and done the costume design for All Student Theater, is a current candidate for AOE, a professional and social sorority for women in engineering and technical sciences, and is an active member of a few other student groups. In her free time Eliza enjoys spending time outside hammocking with a good book, crocheting, painting and watching tv and movies. After WashU, Eliza hopes to study quantum computing at grad school and continue acting where she can!


Aria Sline

Program Assistant

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Aria is a rising sophomore at WashU. She plans to major in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. In her free time she likes to play piano, sing, and read. She also has a podcast and a live talk show, where she can be found discussing topic pertaining to intersectional feminism and social equity. She has one Pomeranian puppy and a twin brother and older sister. Feel free to reach out and chat anytime!


Ben Ell

Program Assistant

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Ben is a rising sophomore at WashU. He is a student in the interdisciplinary Beyond Boundaries Program but will be majoring in Economics and Strategy with a second major in Financial Engineering in the Olin Business School. Ben was Eco-Rep for his Residential College, a Danforth University Center Student Associate, and will serve as a WashU Student Associate with the First Year Center this coming fall. In his free time, Ben enjoys reading, playing tennis, listening to alternative music, and exploring Forest Park. 


Petra Caldwell

Program Assistant

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Petra is a rising sophomore at WashU, where she is planning to major in Psychology and Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. She is a part of the club soccer team and looking forward to getting more involved campus activities in the coming year. In her free time, Petra enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, or going for long walks.