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.
Jamia A. Wilson M.A. '09 GSAS served as the ACDE (Asst Community Development Educator) at University Hall while attending the graduate program at GSAS. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press at City University of New York. Having formerly served as Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media, as a TED Prize Storyteller, and as Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Wilson has been a powerful force at the intersection of social justice movements and media for nearly a decade.
As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, Wilson has had her work featured in such outlets as The New York Times, New York magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post. She is also a staff writer for Rookie and has contributed to several books, including Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (2012) and I Still Believe Anita Hill (2013).
Wilson is the author of the children’s book Young, Gifted, and Black (2018), and she wrote the oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World (2018). She co-authored Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All (2018). Her next children’s title, Step into Your Power, will be released in spring 2019.
Wilson has spoken alongside prominent feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. She has traveled globally to speak on race, feminism, and leadership, from the stages of TED Women and Netroots Nation to the Facing Race conference and numerous college campuses. Wilson serves as a board member for Hollaback!, Groundswell Fund, Omega Institute, and Feminist.com, and she is also affiliated with #FemFuture, SPARK Movement, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jamia is an NYU ‘legacy’ as her grandfather graduated from NYU as well. And she is most proud of her recent selection as the recipient of the 2018 NYU GSAS Alumni Achievement Award Recipient.
Nick Jensen '11 is Community & Experience Strategist at New York University's Office of Student UX, Technology, & Engagement, where he drives strategic innovation in improving the student experience. He received his degree in Sociology from the NYU College of Arts and Science in 2011. As an undergrad at NYU, he served as an RA in Founders Hall and worked as an Admissions Ambassador. Nick is also on the teaching staff of NYU's popular course The Science of Happiness and is an active leader in the NYU Alumni Association, College Alumni Association, and the NYU LGBTQ Alumni Network.
Guido Ditto '11 is Senior Director of Creative Strategy at New York University, where he leads marketing, brand, and communications strategy and serves as a creative advisor to senior leadership. He is a graduate of the NYU College of Arts and Science (BA '11) and Stern School of Business (MBA '18). As an undergrad at NYU, he served as an RA in Founders Hall and worked on the staff of the Washington Square News.
Both share their insights into how to engage students on college campuses and navigating the transition after college... back to their alma mater.
John Fugelsang worked as an RA in Hayden, (now Lipton), and later as a professional staff member in Weinstein during the late 1980s-early 1990s while he completed his degree from the Tisch School of the Arts. John has a diverse and eclectic career in the entertainment world. From his early roots in stand-up to actor (CSI- where he was murdered, to Providence and Coyote Ugly). In 2007, he premiered the acclaimed solo show All The Wrong Reasons Off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. The show received a Drama League nomination for "Distinguished Performance".
He has also served as a TV host and is very proud of having hosted George Harrison’s last interview on VH1. Additionally, he was the co-host of America’s Funniest Videos for two seasons, CNBC, GSN’s World Series of Blackjack and a series on YouTube. He has also been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Politically Incorrect, and was the host of Current TV political talk show Viewpoint.
John has been hosting a talk show on SiriusXM for the past three years. He married a fellow NYU RA and is a bi-coastal hard working industry professional.
Ramya Kamath DDS is a board-certified pediatric dentist, currently living in St. Louis and practicing in Southern Illinois. She graduated from NYU with a degree in Anthropology, and earned her dental degree from Columbia University in New York. She went on to specialize in Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, where she was trained in a wide array of behavior management techniques to help ease every child into the dental office. Ramya is also fluent in Spanish and has volunteered her services on outreach trips to Honduras and Guatemala. Aside from fighting mouth monsters and sugar bugs, she enjoys traveling, fitness, running, and experimenting with healthy treats in the kitchen.
Ramya Kamath DDS (formerly Kanukollu) graduated from NYU CAS in 2009 and served as an RA for 2.5 years in Palladium on the Science & Technology Explorations floor. She is grateful for the mentorship and guidance of the ResEd staff during her formative years at NYU - special thanks to Chris Stipeck, Kristen Sylvester, and Blake Redding!
Nadia Kist graduated from NYU with a BA and a MA and served as an RA in University Hall for 3 years! She is a public health practitioner with a 15 year career leading global health and development initiatives. Her expertise is integrated HIV/AIDS interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a specialized focus on community and health system strengthening. Currently serving as the Director of Africa Programs with Blood:Water, Nadia has managed complex programmatic implementation and health policy reform through host governments, private sector and civil society partnerships. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Nadia’s work extends across 7 countries the eastern and southern Africa regions. Nadia has a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from New York University in International Public and Non-profit Management (Wagner ’04) and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Politics and African Studies (CAS ’02). She completed a post-graduate certificate in Clinical Research Methods from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Nadia has also made published contributions to numerous conferences, peer-review journals and the World Bank.
Christina Di Bartolo, LCSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Manager for Clinical and Education Research at NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After graduating NYU with a major in Psychology and minors in Social Work and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies, she obtained her Master of Social Work from NYU. Christina loves working in education, research, and her clinical practice to help kids and families. While she treasured her time as an RA at Brittany Hall, she does not love that even 10 years later, hearing the duty phone ringtone can still make her heart skip a beat.
James Di Bartolo is an investment banker at Lazard, where he focuses on mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory in the Financial Institutions Group. Previously, James was a member of the investment team at Varadero Capital L.P., an alternative asset manager, where he focused on structured credit investing. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in both the Investment Management and Investment Banking Divisions. James received a B.S. in Finance and History from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and an MBA from Yale University. James is a member of the Brookings Society and a Young Patron of the New York City Ballet.
Find out how they met and their career work, plus shout outs to former alums!
Tariq Ahmad MD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine where he focuses the care of patients with advanced heart failure, left ventricular assist devices, and cardiac transplantation. He completed his clinical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and at the Duke University Medical Center. His research focuses on biomarkers of heart failure and the use of advanced analytics and innovative technologies to bring the promise of precision medicine to the bedside of patients with heart failure.
Tariq was an RA in Third North and graduated from NYU in 2001.
Josh graduated from Tisch is 2008 (Stella Adler and Stonestreet). He was an RA at Third North for two years. Josh is an actor who has the following television credits: police officer Billy Cepeda on Sirens (2014–2015), Hector Ruiz on The Electric Company (2009–2011), Justin Voight on Chicago P.D. (2014–2016) and Adrian Chase on Arrow (2016–2017). He has also appeared on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as CO D. Stefanovic. His Broadway credits include: the original musical casts of Lysistrata Jones as Mick, Pasek and Paul's 2012 musical Dogfight based on the 1991 film of the same name, and the Gloria Estefan life story On Your Feet! in which he originated the role of Emilio Estefan.
His favorite dining halls were the Third North dining hall and Palladium. His favorite movie is Heavyweights. His favorite ice cream is the “Birthday Cake Remix” from Coldstone.
Juan Espinal '12 born in NYC and served on the Third North staff. Juan is a true NYer but decided on joining Teach for America to see other parts of the US. He landed in Hawaii at Konawaena Elementary School and has never left! Juan's spirit and compassion for students from low socio-economic backgrounds has been a blessing for those whom he teaches. While he misses NYC, he has found a new home in Hawaii. Ary Reich is this episodes cohost (Rubin Hall).
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.