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Category: The 2015 team

The profiles of the 2015 LIME team of Lafayette students who traveled to Madagascar

Stavros Kariofillis


Hey everyone!  My name is Stavros and I am from Easton, Pennsylvania, not very far from Lafayette’s campus at all.  I am pursuing a major in Biochemistry, and on campus I serve as a Resident Advisor, tour guide, and a Teaching Assistant for General Biology.  I also do research on an organometallic catalysis project in the chemistry department, in addition to being involved with some music ensembles.  LIME was an absolutely incredible experience, and I feel that the students at the Lycée Andohalo gave me much more than I could have ever given them.  The determination and joy that I witnessed every day while in Madagascar was unbelievable.  Madagascar is a stunningly beautiful country, but it is the passion that the students had that really will remain with me for the rest of my life.  I am happy to answer any questions or simply talk about the LIME program, and I can be contacted at kariofis@lafayette.edu.

Prisca Ratsimbazafy


Hello everyone! My name is Prisca . I am from Madagascar and a member of Lafayette class of 2017 thanks to LIME! My major is Environmental Science.

This year, I had the chance to go back to my high school and spent wonderful times working with the LIME students. It was so mesmerizing to see how the students’ English knowledge have evolved since I left. The students are working really hard on their English to be able to fulfill their dream of studying in US colleges.

On campus, I am a peer advisor for the International Student Association, an Eco-Rep and LEAP member.

Feel free contact me at ratsimbp@lafayette.edu

Aubrey Jones


Hi! I’m Aubrey Jones. I’m in the class of 2016. I’m from New Port Richey, FL and I came up north to study Africana Studies and Biology. I plan on attending medical school and specializing in infectious disease after graduating from Lafayette. Here on campus I’m the president and captain of our women’s rugby team, a team leader for multiple trips through Alternative School Break, and an employee for Lafayette’s catering department. Over the past couple years I have traveled to many places, and I have found that it’s tough to compare Madagascar’s beauty! The cities we traveled to and the students we worked with were all so amazing. I feel very privileged to have worked with such a dedicated, intelligent group of students who I can now call my friends. Feel free to contact me any time at jonesaa@lafayette.edu !

Ivan Evtimov

Hello! My name is Ivan Evtimov and I am a Computer Science major in the class of 2017 at Lafayette college. I hail from a small town called Sevlievo located in central Bulgaria. On campus, I am involved in the International Students’ Association and serve as a Resident Advisor in a first-year community. What I have enjoyed most about these activities is that I was able to meet and work with fellow students from very different backgrounds. Along these lines, I was excited to visit Madagascar and get to know the LIME members and to hear their stories. Most importantly, however, I was inspired by the dedication that all these students showed. I believe all of them will achieve great things and look forward to being with them along the way.

You can reach me via email (evtimovi@lafayette.edu) or on Facebook: facebook.com/ivan.evtimov5 Don’t be afraid to chat with me!

Dan Dymecki


Hi!  My name is Dan Dymecki and I am a member of the class of 2016.  I am from Wellesley, Massachusetts, which happens to be the halfway point for the Boston Marathon.  I am an Anthropology and Sociology major currently pursuing an Economics minor.  I am an executive member of the club Colleges Against Cancer, which hosts the Relay for Life every spring at Lafayette College.  I am also employed through the Recreation Services Department as a supervisor to entry- level employees.   None of these experiences have quite been like my experience of traveling to Madagascar however.  The memories I share with my fellow mentors and mentees are irreplaceable.  Working with the students from Lycee Andohalo surpassed all of my expectations and these students continue to impress me through their work, drive and compassion.  Please help us continue to strengthen and grow this program through support and donations!

Steven Shaw


Hey Everyone. My name is Shaw and I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2016. Currently, I am studying towards my mechanical engineering degree. If you cannot find me in Acopian, I am either sleeping or eating. I am involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities on campus; New Member Educator of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Vice President of Engineers Without Borders, a Senior Interviewer at Lafayette’s Admissions Office and a Student Orientation Leader. This past interim (winter break) I was lucky enough to travel to Madagascar to mentor the most amazing students of Lycee Andohalo high school. There I was mentoring the students on tips and tricks about the math portion of the SAT. It was a pleasure getting to know all the students during my time there in the beautiful country they call home. I have never seen a group of students who value education as much as they do so please help us expand the program and donate!

Yanel Garcia


My name is Yanel Garcia, and I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2016. I currently study Mathematics-Economics with a minor in Financial Policy and Analysis, and my greatest passions are entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and education. My hometown is Chicago, IL, so being at the other side of the world, it was a tremendous opportunity for me to travel to Madagascar during the LIME 5 Team’s winter break. Of course, the program is much more than simply being tourists; it was enriching to create an impact in the country’s capital, Antananarivo, by being tutors and mentors at Lycée Andohalo, but what is more encouraging is that the relationships with students didn’t stop there. LIME 5 and other generations are still heavily committed to communicating with the students virtually, whether it is feedback on assignments, insights into college life, or casual, intimate conversations to get to know each other. Being the first in my family to go to college, I can understand how daunting the college application process is but later learned to turn a disadvantage into strengths.


After the trip, I felt accomplished to guide Malagasy students with a similar background to mine. Nonetheless, it is my life-long goal to harbor this invaluable experience and contribute to the program both effectively and completely. I am thrilled to meet incoming students of the program in the near future and also the students who decide to study in the United States!


Please feel free to email me at Garciay@lafayette.edu.

Alexis Grandy


Tonga soa e!

I’m Alexis Grandy. I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2017 from Philadelphia and am studying Psychology. I love being apart of LIME because it is crucial to mentor students and equip them with the necessary skills for SAT and TOEFL. This results in some students coming to America to get an education, which is tremendous because they will be able to use the knowledge that they gain here to make a positive impact back home. Working with the students has been a delight and I am eager to see more students studying in the U.S.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Email: grandya@lafayette.edu

Flavia Umulisa

Hello everyone! My name is Flavia Umulisa and I am from Kigali, Rwanda. I am class of 2017, majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Economics. The opportunity of mentoring Malagasy students remains to be an incomparable one. It’s one of college’s most valuable experiences to be able to spend three weeks with students who are highly dedicated and committed to achieve the dream of pursuing their college education in the US. I am looking forward to proceeding this journey with them and I cant wait to celebrate their success.

Please feel free to email me at umulisaf@lafayette.edu. Thank you

Katim Woldemariam




Hi! I am Katim Woldemariam. I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2017 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am an Economics and Government & Law double major. I am a Resident Advisor and serve on the boards of the International Students Association and the Lafayette African and Caribbean Students Association. I loved every minute of being in Madagascar. Meeting the amazing students and getting to know them was a very rewarding experience. I can’t wait to welcome them when they come to the U.S.

Please feel free to email me at woldemak@lafayette.edu or connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katimtwm

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