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Our staff represents many years of commitment to education and student service! To help you get to know us a little better…

Caitlin Cuccia is a Student Financial Services Coordinator. She is responsible for the financial clearance process and general administrative support of various Student Financial Services functions. Previously, she worked in admissions and financial aid at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Caitlin earned a B.S. in journalism from Emerson College. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, and travel.

Tony Curcio is the Associate Director of Student Financial Services. Tony returned to our office in 2000 after working for two years in the financial aid office at Harvard Medical School. He has had an ongoing affiliation with the HLS Student Financial Services office since 1990 when he began working here as a student intern. As Associate Director, Tony oversees the day to day operation of the JD Financial Aid Program, maintaining the quality and fairness of both the application and awarding processes and overseeing the technological needs of the office. He earned a BA in Economics from Harvard College and an MA in Education from Tufts, and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, cross-country skiing and bicycling.

Katy Harger is a Low Income Protection Plan and Public Interest Funding Officer. She joined Harvard Law School in 2018. She has previously worked in the Student Financial Services Office at Northeastern University as well as the Enrollment Management Office as a Budget Analyst. She earned her B.A. in journalism and her M.B.A from Northeastern University. In her free time she enjoys live music, attending any live sporting event, traveling and cooking.

Kara Martin is a Low Income Protection Plan and Public Interest Funding Officer. She has previously worked in the Office of Financial Aid at Tufts University School of Medicine and in financial aid at Rosemont College. She earned her B.A. in history from Allegheny College and her M.B.A. from Rosemont College, and is currently working towards a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and traveling around the world.

Jimmy McCarron is the Financial Aid Officer and counsels students with last names “C” through “M”. Before joining HLS, he worked in undergraduate financial aid and enrollment management at Boston College. Jimmy earned his BA in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Boston College. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys reading, staying active, traveling, and attending sporting events.

Natasha Onken is the Assistant Dean for Student Financial Services. She joined the Student Financial Services office in 2003 after working in financial aid and student employment at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for several years. In her free time, Natasha plays soccer, travels, and tries to attend as many local shows as possible. Natasha earned her B.A. from Grinnell College.

Denise Ryan is our Assistant Director of Student Financial Services for Program Development and External Relations. Denise oversees all processes related to loans and cash disbursements, manages the Entrance and Exit Loan Interview Sessions, and coordinates our personal finance programs. She also counsels students with last names “A” and “B”. She has been working with us since 1989 after logging five years in financial aid at Boston University as a work-study student. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Boston University in 1989 and completed her Masters degree in Theology at the Harvard Divinity School in 2000. Denise is also a professional vocalist.

Alex Simon is a Student Financial Services Coordinator, responsible for the financial clearance process and general administrative support of various Student Financial Services functions. Alex previously worked in the Financial Aid Office at SUNY Oneonta. She earned her B.S. in Business Economics at SUNY Oneonta and currently working towards a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at SUNY Brockport. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and volunteers with a nonprofit organization, Yuntos, to help the local community through various projects.

Christina Skopinich is a Student Financial Services Coordinator, providing support for the Low Income Protection Plan (LIPP) and Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF). Christina earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Oregon, and most recently earned her MEd in Higher Education from Penn State University, where she was a graduate assistant in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and college football.

Michelle Schultz Woods is the Assistant Director for Financial Aid Operations and Systems and counsels students with last names “N” through “Z”. Michelle joined HLS after previously working in Student Financial Services at the Harvard Extension School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Hartford and her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011. She is an active volunteer on the Samaritans Suicide Helpline in Boston, where she answers phone calls, online chat, and text messages and helps train new volunteers.