Student Leaders and Members

Manal Cheema (’17)


Manal Cheema is a senior majoring in Political Science in addition to pursuing a certificate in Ethics, Law, and Society and a minor in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. She has been involved with ALLIES since her freshman year as Freshman Rep/JRP Coordinator and served as Treasurer her sophomore year. She is excited to serve as Co-Director and work on expanding ALLIES this year. Outside of ALLIES, Manal runs a debating society at Tufts, the Union, and is a Writing Fellow. She is also writing a thesis on the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, undoubtedly inspired by her participation in ALLIES. For fun, she draws, pretends to be fit, and relishes in the fact that she can still beat her 10 year-old sister in Mario Kart after a shocking loss in Super Smash Bros Brawl.

Matt Felsenfeld (’17)

FieldEx Director

Alexandria Hayman (’19)


Alexandria Hayman is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. In joining ALLIES, she hopes to explore international relations from a perspective different than the one she is familiar with (namely, reading articles late at night), and is excited to have the opportunity to manage ALLIES’s budget as treasurer. In her free time, Alexandria also acts as treasurer for the Tufts Debate Society, serves as an elected member of the Tufts Judiciary, plays viola with the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, interns with USAID, and drinks coffee.

Eva Kahan (’19)

Programming Director / Communications Director

Eva is a freshman from Mountain View, California, hoping to major in International Relations or Middle Eastern Studies. Having joined ALLIES this year, she is honored to serve as freshman representative and to have worked on the SIMULEX team, and is excited to participate in more conferences throughout this year and to encourage more freshmen to do the same.  On campus, she is also involved in the Ballroom Dance team, Concert Choir, and Hillel, and she works as a shelver in Tisch Library. In her free time, Eva also enjoys high quality hot chocolate and social swing dancing.

Sarah Lubiner (’17)


Sarah Lubiner is a junior from Florida studying International Relations and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sarah was the co-director of the 2015 Civil Military Relations Conference: Peacekeeping and Post Conflict Resolution in the 21st Century. Other than ALLIES, Sarah coaches a middle-school debate team and volunteers to walk an adorable black Labrador dog. 

Vance Matthews (’18)

FieldEx Deputy Director

Vance Matthews is a sophomore from Monterey, California majoring in either International Relations or Economics. Coming from a family with deep roots in the military, he thought joining this club would be a great way to honor many those who have served, or who currently are serving, in his family. His main goal as Curriculum Director is to foster a greater community in ALLIES. Vance is currently involved in the Institute for Global Leadership's EPIIC class and symposium. When he is not studying or doing homework, he enjoys playing guitar and running.

Sammy Salkin (’18)

Civil Military Relations Conference Director

Emily Spak (’17)

FieldEx Deputy Director

Emily is a senior from Connecticut studying International Relations, Computer Science, and Russian. She has been a member of ALLIES since her first year at Tufts, and is very excited to join the Executive Board this year. Outside of ALLIES, Emily is a member of the Tufts Model UN team, where she is helping organize Tufts's first high school MUN conference. She also enjoys reading, writing, and drinking large quantities of tea.

Jun Hyuk “Kevin” Sung (’19)

Logistics Director

Jun Hyuk “Kevin” Sung is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California interested in dogs and majoring in International Relations or Community Health and minoring in German. His freshman year, he worked on the Civil-Military Relations Conference and FieldEx planning boards. He is very eager to continue working on CMRC and to serve on the ALLIES Executive Board as Logistics Director. In his free time, Kevin Sung likes to dream of one day being a moderately successful father and proud parent of three beautiful dogs.

Samuel Weitzman (’18)

Curriculum Director / Civil Military Relations Conference

Sam is a junior from Cleveland double majoring in International Relations and Philosophy. In addition to his responsibilities as curriculum director, he serves as the co-director of the 2016 Civil-Military Relations Conference: Changing War in a Changing World. Last year, he served on the planning teams for the 2015 CMRC and FieldEx 2016. Sam joined ALLIES after hearing Sherman speak at Jumbo Days, although a misdiagnosis of whooping cough delayed his attending a meeting until the very end of the first semester of his freshman year. On campus, he is also involved with Tufts CIVIC, Philosophy Club, the Tufts Daily, and intramural soccer. In his free time, Sam enjoys (among other things) reading, writing, sports, spending time with friends, and making semi-obscure pop culture references.