Cornerstone Mentor Bios

Below you can find a photo and a brief description of the Spring 2020 Cornerstone Mentors!

Julia Gigante
I’m a sophomore in the SFS studying Culture and Politics with a minor in Studio Art. I’m from sunny Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, but have loved getting to experience the Georgetown neighborhood and DC life! Cornerstone is amazing – you can’t go wrong with great people & free (and delicious) food once a week. I always look forward to seeing everyone and dishing about what we missed in their lives that past week, and just getting close with the group. I can’t wait for this upcoming semester and to meet everyone soon! 
Scotia Hillie
I’m a sophomore in the SFS, doing a STIA Energy & Environment major, with minors in French and Biology. I’m from the lovely town of Natick, Massachusetts so I’m your girl if you want to talk Boston sports. A fun fact about me is that I hold a world record– join Cornerstone to ask me which one! I love Cornerstone because there’s nothing better than having a good conversation over really yummy food, and it’s so fun to try out the different cuisines that DC has to offer (see photo!).
Noelle Whitman
I’m a sophomore in the College, double majoring in Justice & Peace Studies and Spanish. I was born and raised in Seattle – west coast best coast! Fun fact is that I’ve met Macklemore not once, but twice! I’m so happy to be a part of Cornerstone because of the community – I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friendships with my co-mentor and freshmen mentees.
Darby Bubp
I’m a Sophomore in the College majoring in government and minoring in creative writing. I’m from Piqua, Ohio and I love crocs, the color yellow, and dill pickles 🙂 I am SO excited to be a Cornerstone mentor and to help develop a group of strong friendships over some tasty dinner and great conversation. 
Bri Finley
I am from Jackson, New Jersey (same town as Six Flags, that’s always my marker). I am a junior in the College, majoring in English and minoring in Business Administration and Italian. I spent the last semester in Florence and I’m super excited to be back because I’ve definitely missed my mom’s food 🙁
I am also really excited to be doing Cornerstone again because these weekly dinners are always the highlight of my week. During my freshman year, I had a tough time transitioning into school and definitely wished that I had a space like Cornerstone to speak with other students about things that were going on. I hope that I can exist as someone that you can talk to about whatever; can’t wait to meet everybody!
Luka Pauwelyn
SFS, Sophomore, STIA Major, Minor in Statistics
Hometown: Divonne-les-Bains, France (near the Geneva border)- but originally from Belgium 
Fun facts: I love to play water polo, surf, snowboard and ski! I also have three chickens at my house
Riley Amalfitano
I’m a junior in the College majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Cognitive Science and Spanish from Florham Park, New Jersey. A fun fact about me is that I used to be very into opera singing before coming to Georgetown. Here on the Hilltop, I’m very involved with Hoya Blue (so catch me at all the basketball games), SAC, and NSO. I got involved with Cornerstone my first year because it seemed like a great opportunity to get to know other new students past NSO. Since then, I’ve continued to be involved with the program, getting to co-mentor with one of my best friends, and get to know some of the most incredible mentees along the way. I hope I get to meet some of you soon! Hoya Saxa
Nico Ferretti
I’m a junior in the SFS studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs and Arabic. I’m pursuing a career in international science policy focusing on the policies surrounding energy and environmental issues. I’m from New York City, the city where Home Alone 2 and Enchanted takes place. I‘m a movie buff and an active Hoyas fan. I’ve done DC schools, rangila, and reventon and an an active Hoya Blue member. I once translated for Kristen Gillibrand and gave my sock to a stranger. 
Sara Villanueva
I am a sophomore in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Healthcare Management and minoring in Spanish.  I am from the suburbs of Chicago, and one of my favorite things to do is to visit my family in Puerto Rico.  I love Cornerstone because it has allowed me to join a supportive community on campus and to connect with amazing members of the student body.  Without a question, Cornerstone has been one of my favorite parts of my time at Georgetown!
Victoria Becker
COL ’21
Linguistics Major, French and Psychology minors
New York City 
I once made an appearance on The Price is Right
My southern Italian grandmother is the light of my life
I love Cornerstone because I think it’s a great opportunity to build community amidst the daunting college transition. I find this especially relevant for those who are looking to be engaged and make valuable connections but are not immediately drawn to specific interest focused organizations that require applications. 
Gina Grillo
I’m a Sophomore in the MSB, and as of this last semester I am officially a double major in Management and Marketing and a double minor in Psychology and Public Health. I’m from Long Island, NY and a fun fact about me is that I love to read and write! I love Cornerstone because I think it’s a great opportunity for students of every background to easily connect on campus while enjoying free food and de-stressing.
Liana Wang
COL 22  
Economics, Business Administration (Finance) 
Los Gatos, California 
I love the outdoors! I climbed Half Dome and Mt. Fuji so far. 
I’m a Consultant for the McDonough Global Case Team and Analyst for Zeeba Investment Group. 
I love Cornerstone because it is a great opportunity to give back to the community and make new friends.