Tessa is 22 years old and originally from Framingham, MA. She recently graduated from Drexel University in the Spring of 2017 with a BA in Political Science. She was introduced to UPenn through the Drexel CO-OP Internship Program in March of 2015, when she completed a CO-OP at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. She immediately fell in love with the mission and the goals of the WDC, finding her niche among the more difficult and temperamental dogs. After completing two CO-OP programs at the WDC, Tessa discovered her passion for the law enforcement world after dedicating a lot of time working with police K9s in training and learning alongside law enforcement officers. With a Masters in Criminology, Tessa hopes to focus on the correlation between national security and the reliability and importance of working dogs. In her free time, Tessa participates in research studies at the WDC, runs marathons and enjoys cooking.