Resident Assistants are the most important peer support for students in college. This podcast is dedicated to finding where the former RA's of New York University have gone since their days assisting students at NYU and what skills they still utilize from their training as an RA. Hosted by Tom Ellett, Sr. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at NYU.
Douglas Booth '12 was an RA in Coral Tower for one year. He is currently the manager of buying and business planning for the womenswear division at Brooks Brothers. Born and raised in Rhode Island, he enjoys running, podcasts, and napping in his spare time. Listen to his journey and learning on the fashion industry.
Bryan Pirolli '08 graduated with a degree in journalism and French before moving to Paris where he worked for NYU in Paris. He then began a freelance journalist career writing for magazines, websites, and travel guides. After earning his PhD from the Sorbonne and teaching in London, he has brought his research to the public with his most recent book on travel journalism, which address how the profession is changing in an era of TripAdvisor, Instagram, and Airbnb. Bryan will soon be embarking on his next step in Beijing, where he will be working as a digital travel editor for the Chinese media.
Book: Travel Journalism: Informing Tourists in the Digital Age: https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Journalism-Informing-Tourists-Digital-ebook/dp/B07FF8DYXG
Matthew Schulte '10 (SPS) has worked in the Kansas City Royals front office for eight years. While Matt started out in the Ticket Sales department, he has spent most of his time in various roles within the Marketing team. He now serves as the Senior Manager of Special Events and Promotions, responsible for the giveaway items, theme tickets, and special events. He was involved in executing MLB Jewel events that the Royals hosted, including the 2012 All-Star Game Festivities, 2014 Postseason, and the 2015 World Championship. Mr. Schulte also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Youth Symphony, Heartland Men’s Chorus, and the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association and was also a member of the Centurions Leadership Program through the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Schulte holds a B.S. Sports Management degree from NYU and grew up in Prairie Village, KS.
Teresa Lee is a standup comedian, writer, and former NYU RA at Palladium Hall. She has written for Good Mythical Morning, Brockmire, Cracked, and more. She was a semi-finalist in Standup NBC in 2017 and 2018, and has performed in festivals all over including Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and more. She's the host of the podcast You Can Tell Me Anything, a podcast where comedians tell her something they've never told anyone before. You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts and wherever you get your podcasts and also here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-can-tell-me-anything/id1372902988?mt=2
Anjum Unwala (NYU '08) served as an RA at Palladium Residence Hall from 2006 to 2008 under the leadership of Blake Redding and Kristen Sylvestor, supervisors for the Palladium Residence Hall. After graduating from NYU, Anjum volunteered with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and later worked with rural communities in India on business development and youth education projects as an Indicorps Fellow. After returning to the US, Anjum attended and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014. She currently works as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, baking and eating desserts, and running half marathons.
Episode 22: Justin Silver '12 (former RA in Weinstein) is the Co-Founder and President of aavrani, an Indian inspired luxury skincare company launched in June 2018. Justin is also pursuing an MBA at Wharton. At Wharton, Justin is a Fellow for Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, the William & Anandi Ebsworth Pratap Fellow, a Student Life Fellow, and received 1st Year Honors. Prior to Wharton, he worked in Private Equity at Beechwood Capital and TA Associates and Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. He is a proud graduate of NYU Stern where he was an RA for two years in Weinstein Hall. To learn more about aavrani, visit aavrani.com and follow on instagram @aavrani.
Colin Stayton, NYU CAS ‘06, was an RA at Palladium his senior year. Since then, he has put his RA experiences to work throughout his career in corporate marketing, then starting his own business, and now in pursuit of his current goal of becoming a pilot.
Stephanie Sciandra is an award-winning Associate Creative Director at Situation – a digital marketing agency best known for helping brands build passionate communities. Over the past decade, she has worked with some of the biggest names in live entertainment (Broadway hits like Mean Girls and the 2017 Tony Award® and 2018 GRAMMY Award® winner, Dear Evan Hansen), arts and culture (New York City Center and One World Observatory), television (NBCU Cable Entertainment Group), and social good (Ad Council’s "Love Has No Labels”). Prior to Situation, Stephanie spent time at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Drama Desk Award®-winning TADA! Youth Theater, and the New Victory Theatre. Stephanie is a proud graduate of New York University where she received B.S. in Media, Culture and Communication from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
David Mitchell is a labor and employment attorney at Hogan Lovells in the New York office. While at NYU he was an RA in Alumni/7A. In his current role as a Senior Associate, David provides practical advice to corporate and management clients on labor and employment issues, including sexual harassment trainings, employment and consulting agreements, personnel policies, reductions in force, and wage and hour issues. He is the editor of the Hogan Lovells Employment Blog: All in a Day’s Work.
David currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for SCAN (Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network) NY, a non-profit organization based in East Harlem and the South Bronx. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including experience representing juvenile asylum applicants and a death row defendant seeking post-conviction review. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic '07 represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the Eastern portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston. Upon her election in 2012, Assemblywoman Rozic became the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District.
For more great info on all the great contributions Nily is making to our community, please visit: https://www.nilyrozic.org/
Lee Hwang was a three year RA in Palladium on the Science and Tech floor. She was born in Columbia, Missouri, grew up in a small rural town in South Korea, and went to school in Amarillo, Texas, before moving to New York City to pursue an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at NYU. In addition to providing incomparable academic opportunities, NYU allowed her to grow as a strong-willed and well-rounded leader through her role. As she prepares to start her career as a brain tumor neurosurgeon, she realizes that many of her skills in patient care developed during those years at NYU when she was responsible for the physical, mental, and emotional health of her residents. She is finishing her work at the Cleveland Clinic as a 6th year resident and performs brain tumor research at NIH in Bethesda, MD.
Muni Syed is a sought after business coach and strategist for personal development and spiritual businesses of all shapes and sizes. Over the past decade, he's been fortunate to work with renowned thought leaders including Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsch and more. He's the founder of themuniverse.com and hosts The Spiritual Business School Podcast.
Jessica White graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2007, earning a BFA after double majoring in Drama and Psychology. She spent several years performing on stages in NYC and LA. In 2013, she began a post-baccalaureate program through UCLA Extension, earning a Certificate in Pre-Medical and General Science Studies. She is currently in her third year of study at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she is enrolled in the MD/MPH dual degree program. She served as an RA at Alumni/7th Street.
Keith Haskel is a showrunner with a background in directing, shooting, writing and editing. Comedy, man-on-the-street and social experiment productions are his JAM! Also, pet shows... he loves making pet shows. Past credits include The Chris Gethard Show, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Improv Everywhere, Too Cute!, YouTube's "The Tom Ellett Interview" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUamOaQI62U and many many more.
...and he's frequently seen dressing up in a banana costume simply because it makes everything way more fun.
Tommy Craven was a two-time Carlyle Court RA on the Food For Thought exploration floor focused on food and diversity while attending Gallatin for a film and queer studies concentration. He is an LA-based writer/producer currently working in creative development for NBCUniversal’s integrated marketing departments. His creative has appeared across all platforms within The Grammys, The Academy Awards, and New York Fashion Week to support brands such as Absolut, Mastercard, and Uber amongst many others. His work has been awarded two ProMax Gold Awards in advertising and is consistently featured on Brandtale and other industry publications. Personally, he enjoys recreational sports, road trips around California, volunteering, and cooking for friends and family. You can watch his work and listen to his own original podcast called Shot! at www.tommycraven.com.
Episode 12: NYU - engaged alum RAs! Mustfa is a former healthcare management consultant with five years of experience and currently is a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of TJU in Philadelphia, PA. He is working on spine-focused clinical research projects at Hospital for Special Surgery, as well. Mustfa has also completed graduate degrees in healthcare management at Columbia University and medical microbiology at University of Florida.
Savetrie is a licensed speech language pathologist with seven years of experience working with all ages in the home, school, and private office settings. She currently works for the Department of Education in the state's early intervention program and has private practice clients, as well. Savetrie has also maintained her relationship with NYU through research experiences in the NYU CSD department, serving as an adjunct instructor for the course Neuroanatomy & Physiology of Communication.
Kim Pham NYU ’14, RA in Carlyle Court, is a longtime human-in-technology, having worked in VC and startups in New York and Boston since she was 16. She graduated from NYU Stern, where she was the first female president of Tech@NYU and founding partner of Dorm Room Fund NYC. After graduating, Kim moved to Dublin and London to join Frontline Ventures as Head of Platform. Her work there led to her being named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017. Kim now runs her own venture capital consultancy and is a co-founder at Oxtale.
Dilim Dieke NYU ' 15 MSW is currently the Mentoring Services Program Manager / Social Worker at The Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers. She also is an Adjunct Lecturer for Field Learning at Columbia's School of Social Work. Dilim was a Grad RA in Washington Square Village (WSV) from 2014-2015 and was also an RA as an undergraduate student at Arizona State University. Dilim graduated from NYU with an MSW from the Silver School of Social Work in May 2015. Additionally, Dilim recently co-founded the LIT Network, described as the first ever women of color (multicultural) young professional network of emerging leaders nationally.
Michael George is a photographer, writer, and people-lover based out of Brooklyn. Through his work he strives to tell stories of our common humanity through travel, culture, and the underrepresented. Michael’s stories have been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and dozens of other publications. His new children’s book, ‘Life at the Zoo,’ explores the behind-the-scenes world of the beloved institution. It will be released by Barnes & Noble’s Sterling Publishing on November 20th, 2018. Check out his website: www.michaelgeorgephoto.com and for his upcoming published book Pre-Order Link: https://amzn.to/2znKngN
Jackie a two-year RA at Rubin in 2013-15 helped create the Fashion/Business floor while an undergraduate. She interned at Barney's NY her senior year and was hired full-time upon graduation. Great advice on being an RA, working in the fashion industry, and how she applies those lessons every day.
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine is a comedian, storyteller, essayist, director, and actor. You can see her on Ep. 16 of the Netflix series, Explained. She's been an HQ Trivia host many times over and performed standup with Comedy Central at Caroline's, but she's most proud of being an original cast member of Reality Show: NYU and, later, the very first NYU Abu Dhabi production. Follow her so you can be in touch about your RA and life adventures: @EmmaTattenbaum on Twitter // @emmatbomb on Instagram
Mitch Bloom, two-time alum of NYU ('08 and '12) left NYU and served in the Peace Corp and is now a chef, and health educator. He focuses on food systems and account management. His travels have taken him to Togo, and throughout US. He ran his own restaurant WOEZO West African Cuisine in Brooklyn and now works with world class chefs delivering food at 'pop-up' locations in NYC.
Ryan Miller served as an RA in Brittany Hall for two years working on an explorations floor, Big Apple, Big Screen. He is a writer, director and creative director living in LA. He currently serves as the Associate Creative Director at REP Interactive working on commercial and corporate shorts with such top companies as: Century 21, Coldwell Banker and Mattel. Ryan discusses the transition to more corporate work from his days at Tisch,
Natalie Engdahl '10 was a standout RA at Lafayette Hall. An international student who hails from Sweden, Natalie is an international success in the non-profit world. She is currently the Founder ad Consultant for Challenge Forward AB, working in Tanzania, Africa. Her non-profit work has spanned many cities in Africa and impacting the world. Her current work runs incubator programs for social entrepreneurs in Africa and Europe.
Shauna Hamlin 2002-04 who served as an RA both in the old “uptown area” – 25th/26th street and Goddard Hall. Shauna, a west coaster, came to NYU to help continue to follow her aspirations in the film world. After graduation she ventured back ‘home’ to Seattle, LA and Vancouver, BC to take up her dream. She worked on production for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and some other film projects. Shauna is a mother of two and discusses the transition from NYU graduation, to a film career, being a parent/spouse, and changing to a new career.
George Constantinou, a 1998 graduate and former RA at Weinstein Hall. George is an entrepreneur and owner of two of the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn, Bogata Latin Bistro and Miti Miti. George shares how being an RA impacted his ability to be a leading restaurateur. He delivers the 'special seasoning' in this episode.