Executive Team

The  Executive team/Directorate of the Peer Academic Link program is made up of a group of 5 undergraduates who are highly motivated and committed to helping other members of the Dartmouth student community navigate the multitude of academic paths and opportunities available at the College. This group of individuals strive to establish and advance the goals of the Peer Academic Link program by overseeing all the administrative, financial and operational aspects of the PAL program. Concurrently, they oversee over 100 other undergraduates who have volunteered to serve as peer academic advisors representing all of Dartmouth’s academic majors and programs. The team for 2010-2011 are:

Ashley Gadsden’ 11                                                                                                                 26431_1242293577953_1247730155_30547398_4157522_n

Ashley is a Dartmouth 2011 majoring in Studio Art with a minor in Chinese. Ashley is from New York, New York. On campus, Ashley is involved with the First Year Scholarship Enrichment Program(FYSEP) and the Peer Academic Link program. Gadsden also works with the Biostatistics and Epidemiology section  of the Dartmouth Medical School as a student assistant. She has also worked with the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects Office, Dana Biomedical Library and Novack Cafe. During her off-terms she has interned at the Department of Finance of NYC, RSCG Worldwide Advertisement Agency and the  House of Hope. Ashley loves  reading Ayn Rand novels, Chinese literatures and watching  Korean dramas. This academic year Ashley is serving as Peer Academic Link’s Director for the Humanities. Ashley can be reached via email at ashley.gadsden@dartmouth.edu.


Nana K. Amoah’ 11    nana_amoah

Nana is a Dartmouth 2011 majoring in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering.  Nana is originally from Ghana but currently resides in Worcester,Massachusetts. On campus, Amoah is the President and Chief Executive of the National Society of Black Engineers; a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow; a member of the senior society Palaeopitus and a Thayer Engineering Council member. He has interned with Intel Corporation learning about engineering systems to improve wafer fabrication processes; with M2S Inc as a Software Quality Engineer and for Senator John Kerry as an energy and environmental policy intern. He sits on the Massachusetts Governor’s African Council; is an academic mentor to 2 Liberian refugee high school students and a former academic mentor to a Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) student. This academic year, Nana is serving as Peer Academic Link’s Director for Operations and Finance. He can be reached via email at nana.amoah@dartmouth.edu.


Bishnu Panigrahi’ 12                                                                                              Photo 35

Bishnu is a Dartmouth 2012 majoring in Chemistry with a career interest in medicine. Bishnu is from Sayville, New York. On campus, he is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research assistant at DHMC; a Dartmouth Free Press writer; a Sexpert advisor; a Green Key Society member and an active member of Milan. During the summer of 2009, Panigrahi worked at the National Synchrotoron Light Source at Brookhaven National Lab where he studied the chemical compositions of various Indian spice seeds. This academic year, Bishnu is serving as Peer Academic Link’s Director in charge of all the major departments and programs under the Physical and Life Sciences. Bishnu can be reached via email at bishnu.panigrahi@dartmouth.edu.


Rachel Groh’ 12                                                                                                                                        Rachel pix

Rachel is a Dartmouth 2012 majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Education. She is also enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at Dartmouth. On campus, she works in Professor Temple’s Educational Neuroscience lab studying children’s intuitive sense of numbers. During her freshmen year, she modeled human behavior using Artificial Intelligence methods as a Women In Science Project (WISP) intern in the Thayer School of Engineering. As part of the Teacher Education Program, Rachel teaches a pre-K and a fifth grade class twice a week. Groh is an Undergraduate advisor for first year students; an OLE mentor; a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Hillel. Last summer, she interned at Do Something.org in New York, taught SAT and college prep courses for high school seniors, and spen two life-changing weeks working at an orphanage in Ngon, Kenya. This academic year, Rachel is serving as Peer Academic Link’s Director in charge of all the departments and programs in the Social Sciences. She can be reached via email at rachel.groh@dartmouth.edu.


Sarah Kler’12                                                                                                                                         IMG00007-20100501-1919_2

Sarah is a Dartmouth 2012 majoring in Geography with a minor in French and a career interest in Medicine. She is from Eugene, Oregon. On campus she does research with Professor Coleen Fox in the Geography Department. Kler is a member of the Dartmouth Women’s Rowing team; an Undergraduate Advisor; a Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisor and a Mentor Against Violence. This academic year, Sarah is serving as Peer Academic Link’s Director in charge of the Freshmen and Sophomore Initiatives. Sarah can be reached via email at sarah.kler@dartmouth.edu.