Coz Teplitz & Laura Ostapenko


Coz: HoCo Liaison (spring term)

Laura: Pre-Med / HoCo Liaison (spring term)

Coz currently works for the Freshman Dean’s Office as the director of the First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP).  He first came to Harvard as a member of the Class of 2003, although ended up graduating in 2009. For much of his professional life he worked for Outward Bound in North Carolina:  leading wilderness trips, managing the rock climbing program, and generally enjoying an adventurous lifestyle.  He does his best to continue that lifestyle here and looks forward to sharing adventures with folks in Currier.

Laura also worked at Outward Bound – ask her how we met! (She loves to tell that story.)  She graduated from Amherst College in 2002, double majoring in English and Philosophy.  After working as a high school English teacher, as an Outward Bound instructor, and as a research assistant in Psychology, she went to medical school.  She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2013 and just completed her third year of general surgery residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.  She also has an interest in health care policy, so she is currently in the first year of a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Since becoming tutors at Currier House, we’ve added three members to our family.  Our dog, Millie, joined us in the spring of 2013.  She’s a rescue from Arkansas who we adopted when she was 3 months old.  Because she’s a rescue, she still super shy.  You will see her walking through the hall of Currier, running away from anyone who tries to pet her!  Last summer, Gus joined our family!  His real name is Silas Richard Teplitz, but we call him Gus.  He’s an adventurer.  You’ll see him walking around the dining hall, trying to go through every open doorway and peek around every corner.  Laura’s mother, Ruth, has also joined us, moving from Pittsburgh to Cambridge to help take care of Gus.  She now lives 5 blocks away.  If you see Ruth around Currier, say hello.  Ruth loves to talk!

Together, we love eating, sleeping, and going on walks.  When Gus gets a little older, we hope to get back into the woods – backpacking, hiking, skiing, and paddling.  If you see us around the house, come say hello.  You can take on the challenge of trying to pet Millie (hard!) and trying to get Gus to smile (easy!).