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 learning about what skills they still utilize from their training as an RA. Hosted by Tom Ellett, Sr. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at NYU and a current RA who aspires to be in the career field of our guest.
Born and raised in Great Neck, New York, Mark majored in Sports Management and graduated from New York University in 2009 where he competed as a member of the NCAA Division III Wrestling team. Mark then obtained his law degree from New York Law School in 2012.
Mark is an attorney and in August 2016, he founded his own law firm, Mark David Shirian P.C., a boutique litigation firm in Midtown Manhattan specializing in employment discrimination, personal injury and entertainment matters. Mark has has been featured in the New York Post, New York Daily News and Fox News.
During his free time, Mark mentors teenagers as the head wrestling coach at Davis Renov Stahler High School in Woodmere, New York.
Jonathan Wu was an RA for Hayden Hall during the 2003-2004 school year. He studied at Stern majoring in business. Jonathan worked in different capacities within the insurance and investment industries. He is currently a risk advisory consultant. Jonathan credits his time as an RA for instilling leadership skills. He continues to use these skills in the work place and local church. Jonathan resides in New York. When he is not advising clients on risks Jonathan enjoys exploring the city. His hobbies include dancing!
Kathleen was an RA in Alumni Hall while she studied in the Gallatin School. She graduated in December 2001. Kathleen was born in Washington, DC. She is an artist, writer, and geographer based in Marfa, Texas. Her visual and academic work explores landscape, space, and place, home and memory, and aviation and aerial geography. Her first book, Marfa: The Transformation of a West Texas Town, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2017. She is working on two books about airports.
Dr. Bryan Brazeau is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Liberal Arts at the University of Warwick (UK). He began at NYU as a graduate student in Italian Studies working with residential life (first on the Graduate Programming Initiative, and then as an RA in Stuy Town from 2009-2012). He obtained his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from NYU in 2015 and his MA in the same field from NYU in 2010. Prior to his arrival at NYU, Bryan obtained a BA in Western Society and Culture from Concordia University’s Liberal Arts College in Montréal in 2008. Bryan is currently editing a volume of essays on new perspectives in the study of early modern poetics, Beyond Aristotle's Poetics: New Directions in Early Modern Italian Literary Criticism—which emerges from a conference and graduate workshop that he organized at the Newberry Library in March 2017.
As Senior Teaching Fellow in Liberal Arts at Warwick, Bryan teaches interdisciplinary courses such as Science, Society, and the Media; Underworlds; Paradises; and Sustaining the Serenissima: Venice and Sustainability (which includes a week at Warwick’s campus in Venice). As Study Abroad co-ordinator for the department, he also maintains and oversees exchange partnerships with international institutions in the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada. At Warwick, he has co-created programs such as the Early Career Convivium, and maintains the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance Podcast. Prior to his current role, Bryan served as Research Fellow at Warwick on a project funded by the European Research Council titled “Aristotle in the Vernacular,” with project teams at Warwick and at Ca’ Foscari in Venice. As part of his work on the project, he worked on the reception of Aristotle’s Poetics in early modern Italy, carried out the legacy migration of the Aristotle in the Vernacular Database and collaborated on an exhibition of early modern Aristotelian texts Aristotele e Venezia at the Museo Correr and Marciana Library in Venice. During this time, he also taught graduate-level seminar courses: Latin for Researchers; Early Modern Palaeography; and lectured on undergraduate courses such as Defining France; and The Epic Tradition. As part of this teaching, he helped organise field trips to the Bodleian Library (Oxford), and the British Library (London).
Bryan has published several articles and book reviews in journals including MLN, Renaissance and Reformation, The Italianist, California Italian Studies, and History of European Ideas. His essays have appeared in collections such as Dante and Heterodoxy, ed. Maria Luisa Ardizzone (2014), and MLA Approaches to Teaching the Italian Renaissance Romance Epic (2018). He is also working on his first book, Hero of the Day: The Development of Christian Epic in Sixteenth-Century Italy.
Dr. Ken Schneck is a tenured Professor and Director of the Leadership in Higher Education Program at Baldwin Wallace University where he teaches courses on race in society, ethical leadership, student development theory, and a slew of courses on how individuals can work with communities to create a more just world. He tours the country speaking on the topic of LGBTQ culture, community change, racial justice, and how you can use your voice to create actual change (instead of creating more meetings about actual change). Previously, he served as the Dean of Students for Marlboro College and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Sarah Lawrence College.
For 10 years, Ken was the producer and host of This Show is So Gay, a multi-award-winning, long-running, nationally syndicated radio show/podcast focused on people using their voices in a unique way to create dialogue around LGBTQ topics. For 430 episodes, he interviewed over 500 of the most notable names in LGBTQ culture from civil rights champions to champions of drag, presidential candidates to singer/songwriters, prolific authors to one former member of Menudo (not as famous as Ricky Martin…but just as gay).
Ken is an author and freelance writer whose first book Seriously...What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew (1984 Publishing) was released in 2017, second book LGBTQ Cleveland: Images of Modern America (Arcadia Publishing/The History Press) hit the shelves in 2018, and third book LGBTQ Columbus: Images of Modern America (Arcadia Publishing/The History Press) is due out in June of 2019. His freelance writing has been seen in a ton of national media including The Advocate, PRIZM Magazine, The Windy City Times, 201 Magazine, Bravo TV, NBC News, FreshWater Cleveland, and monthly pie
John Kazlauskas: While an MA student at Gallatin studying documentary filmmaking and social justice, John worked as a Graduate Housing Assistant at 80 Lafayette. During that time he was also a Production Assistant on the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, while his own documentary SPEAK UP! premiered at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival before being acquired for national distribution through the Media Education Foundation. While a Community Developement Educator (CDE) at Hayden Hall, John started the MFA program in Dramatic Writing at Tisch. Since leaving NYU, John has worked as a Writer’s Assistant, Script Cooridnator and Writer on TV shows including Brothers & Sisters, SMASH, Happily Divorced, Mulaney and currently NBC’s Superstore. In addition, he has written freelance jokes for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.
Dr. Sara Klein currently serves as the AVP for Student Affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Prior to her role at Stevens, she served as Dean of Campus Life and Engagement and Title IX Coordinator at Wagner College. Dr. Klein also held the positions of Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Res Ed at Wagner College. Before coming to Wagner, she worked as a CDE in the Department of Res Ed at NYU, and as a Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Klein is an adjunct professor at NYU in the HESA program. She has also taught in Wagner College’s Executive MBA program and has instructed webinars for the American College Personnel Association and ResLife.net, as well as presented throughout the country at professional conferences, seminars, and workshops. Dr. Klein has published articles in the Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, the Journal of College and University Housing, and authored a chapter in Linking Theories to Practice: Case Studies for Working with College Students (3rd Edition). Dr. Klein earned her Ph.D. at NYU in Higher Education, where she also received a Master’s degree in the same subject. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Music. She lives with her husband, Ben, and two young children in Maplewood, NJ.
Ryan Sylvester is a Judge Advocate (lawyer) in the U.S. Navy. He is a native of Little Falls, Minnesota. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications (1998) as well as a Master of Science in Educational Leadership (2002) at Minnesota State University Moorhead; a Master of Science in Global Affairs (2007) at NYU; a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College (2018); and a Juris Doctorate (2011) at Fordham University School of Law. He is currently working toward a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence at the National Intelligence University. Ryan is currently assigned to a legal office at Fort George G. Meade. His prior assignments include: U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet; Office of the Judge Advocate General Code 18 (Intelligence, Cyber, and Information Operations Law); Command Judge Advocate, USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39); Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (Oceans Policy); Defense Counsel, Defense Service Office North in DC; and Trial Counsel, Legal Assistance Attorney, and Command Services Attorney at Region Legal Services Attorney at Region Legal Service Office Naval District Washington in Washington, DC. During law school Ryan interned with the Sierra Leone Mission to the UN in NY. Prior to law school, Ryan had a career as a university administrator for eight years. From 2003-2007 he was the CDE for Weinstein Hall at NYU. From 1999-2003 he was he was an Area Director.
Born and raised in Staten Island, NY. Jonathan Graf is a life-long New Yorker and graduate of the New York City public school system. He attended NYU undergrad where he obtained a computer science degree and graduated in class of 2004. As a technology professional he worked for brands such as Citigroup, HBO and Macmillan. He was on the technical team that built and launched HBO GO, serving as the Technical Lead for the login module. In his spare time he has joined community theater groups and has taken language classes in French, Spanish, German and Yiddish. An avid traveler, he just completed a year long trip around the world where he visited 17 countries. On this trip, he accepted his 15 year story of documenting his family history is perhaps his purpose in life.
Isha Dandavate has been a user experience researcher at Google for five years. She seeks to elevate the voices of underserved audiences in technology, which she has done by incorporating the needs of teens, women, and people in developing markets into the product development process at YouTube.
While at NYU, Isha was an RA for two years at Alumni Hall/7th St. She also served as an RA at University Hall one summer. Isha graduated from NYU in 2010, majoring in international relations and journalism. She worked for 2 years as a freelance journalist before transitioning to a career in user research.
Isha worked at a design research consultancy, SonicRim Ltd, in San Francisco for a year before beginning graduate studies at the UC Berkeley School of Information. She graduated with a master's in information management and systems in 2014.
Darryl Jordan, a singer/songwriter/musician/conductor, graduated from New York University and Boston University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, respectively in 2003. This year, he will complete his Ed. Doctorate in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has spent the better part of his career training multi-faceted young singers for a new generation in Harlem as the Chair of Performing Arts and Vocal Music at the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts. Armed with the desire to “develop singers for every stage,” he has spent the past twenty years training singers in Maryland, D.C., and New York for everything from classical to jazz. His students have performed in many great halls including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Black Theater, the Apollo Theater, Aaron Davis Hall, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and a host of churches, community centers, and public events!
Thanking God for his own musical gift, he continues to perform as a baritone/tenor soloist in and outside of the Tri-State area. Performing with everything from Gregory Sheppard Artists Management, Opera Ebony, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, St. Frances De Sales R.C. Church, Mott Haven Reformed Church, Randolph Noel and the Brooklyn Arts Ensemble, Dion Parsons and the 21st Century Band, as chorus member and soloist in The Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey with famed soprano Kathleen Battle at the Metropolitan Opera House, and most recently with the pit ensemble of Born for This, a new musical by BeBe Wigans. A sought after conductor and clinician, he most recently conducted Nyack’s Off-Broadway Production of The Wiz in his third conducting assignment with the school having conducted In the Heights and Westside Story in previous years. He is a regular conductor with Nyack's Chorale in their Celebration of God’s
Faithfulness performances at Lincoln Center. He is proud to be the choral director at the historic Calvary Fellowship A.M.E. and former choir director at the historic Mt Lebanon Baptist Church in Brooklyn. A solo artist with his music group FreeMind, he brings a unique brand of neo-gospel-soul music to the world! An Apollo Amateur Night winner, he is set to released his second project TIME this year! Creative and Dynamic, he seeks to empower the community through the gift of song.
Kenton Muscato was initially a Peer Educator and two-year Resident Assistant in University Hall from 2006 to 2009. He graduated from Leonard N. Stern's School of Business in 2009. Thereafter, he began a career at Ralph Lauren Corporation always in a buying, merchandising function. Kenton has been with Ralph Lauren for ten years, working with multiple product categories and brands with a current focus on the Greater China Southeast Asia market needs. Kenton is currently based in Hong Kong where he has lived for nearly the past five years.
Dr. Marcella Runell Hall serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Lecturer in Religion at Mount Holyoke College. Her roots at NYU began as a graduate student working with residential leadership. Marcella is the co-editor of a new book entitled UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Friendship with Kersha Smith; more resources can be foundL www.uncommonbondsbook.com.
In the Division of Student Life, Marcella oversees Athletics, Residential Life, Health, Counseling, Religious & Spiritual Life, Community & Inclusion and Student Programs. She has co-created programs and initiatives such as the MoZone Diversity Peer Education program, Be Well Mount Holyoke, worked with her team to revamp New Student Orientation. Recently she developed and taught a first year seminar course on The Meaning of Friendship.
Prior to coming to Mount Holyoke Marcella was the founding Co-director for the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at New York University with Yael Shy. She was also the recipient of the NYU 2013–2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award. The prestigious award recognizes faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their excellent teaching, leadership, social justice work, and community building. Marcella served as the program advisor/founder for the minor in multifaith and spiritual leadership.
Marcella has edited three books which focus on social justice curriculum, The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook: Volume 1 (2007) with Martha Diaz,
Mark Levy is a musician living in New York City. As the Licensing Manager of MPL Music Publishing, an independent music publisher (www.mplcommunications.com), he specializes in the licensing of music for use in film, television, commercials, and a wide array of other applications. Mark is the co-founder/co-owner of a private event company, Magic Cube Entertainment, in which he functions predominantly as a game show host working with school groups, camp groups, and corporate clients such as IBM. He is also the bandleader of The Academy Blues Project (abp.nyc). Together, he and his band have played in venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, where they recorded a live album in 2017. They also serve as the house band of the NYC tech variety show, Live From Tomorrow! (livefromtomorrow.tv) and still regularly play shows in the NYU area at venues like Rockwood Music Hall. Upcoming show dates can be found on their website, and their music is available across all major platorms (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, etc.).
Mark graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a major in History and minors in Business (through Stern) and Social Studies Education (through Steinhardt). He served as an RA from 2010-2012 at Brittany Hall on the F.A.M.E. Explorations Floor.
Maliha Salim graduated from New York University in 2007 with a B.A. in Politics, Spanish & Public Policy. Following graduation, she joined the Financial Sales & Analytics Training Program at Bloomberg L.P. During her 11 years at the company, she has held positions across a variety of departments including Analytics, Sales & Product. During her time in Analytics, she managed a team of specialists focusing on the FX & Commodity sector before moving onto Sales to cover the sell-side. In Sales, she was promoted to a manager position in 2016, overseeing a team of relationship managers who looked after some of Bloomberg's key accounts. In 2017, Maliha moved to Product Management, where she oversees development of Bloomberg's instant chat platform.
Joseph Azam is Senior Vice President and Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Infor, a privately held major provider of business-specific software across the manufacturing, distribution and service industries worldwide. In his role, Joe oversees business conduct, internal investigations, corporate criminal matters and compliance in a wide range of areas, including anti-corruption, sanctions and export controls. Prior to his position at Infor, he served as SVP & Group Chief Compliance Officer at News Corp and SVP & Associate General Counsel, Global Anti-Bribery at London-based HSBC where he was also a member of the bank’s Global Internal Investigations Group investigating bribery, money laundering, sanctions violations, and other financial crimes. He has held similar in-house positions at Accenture and Oracle. He began his legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. His work has taken him throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was co-Editor-In-Chief of the Hastings International & Comparative Law Review and now serves on the law school's Board of Governors. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from NYU where his graduate research focused on Political Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. His has written for Ethisphere Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Lucky Peach Magazine, the LA Times, and MTVNews. In 2018, he contributed to The Displaced, an acclaimed book of essays published by AbramsPress and edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Proceeds from the book go directly to the International Rescue Committee.
Joe was an RA at Goddard (02-03) and GA at Coral Towers (03-05).
Rogelio Plasencia joined The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018 as the manger of The Apollo Circle young patrons program. Before joining The Met, Rogelio was the Director of Membership for The Phillips Collection and oversaw the growth of their young patron program, the Contemporaries. He began his career in fundraising at the American Museum of Natural History, and has worked at various cultural institutions between New York and D.C., including El Museo del Barrio and The Smithsonian Institution.
Rogelio earned his BS from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU with a major in Marketing, and minors in Art History and Latin American Studies. While at NYU he was and RA at Carlyle Court, and President of the Cuban American Student Association.
Dan Barker joined Social Impact at BlackRock in 2018 and leads corporate grant making. Before joining BlackRock, Dan was a management consultant at Deloitte where he advised corporate, multilateral, and nonprofit clients on social impact strategy. Prior to Deloitte, Dan managed a number of public-private partnerships and policy initiatives focused on advancing economic development at Earth Institute. He began his career as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dan has published research with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Halcyon Incubator on outcomes based funding models and social enterprise. He holds a Masters in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from NYU. While at NYU he was an RA at Gramercy Green and Greenwich Hotel and founded the International Relations Society.
Dan and Rogelio have been married for six years.
Geoffrey Kwan was an RA at 3rd North Residence Hall between 2014 - 2015. After graduating with a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at NYU, he began transitioning is career within the Human Resources field through several roles in the hotel and tech industry. He currently works as a University Recruiter for Facebook helping students get internships and full-time opportunities and being an advocate for them throughout the process. Geoffrey truly believes that his experience as an RA has really shaped his career path and has inspired him to do a unique line of youth mentorship work.
Opal Bennett has been a curator since 2014 when she joined the Programming team at Montclair Film Festival as Shorts Programmer. Beginning as a volunteer for the first Sundance London Film Festival, she now curates year round. Opal is on the programming teams for Aspen ShortsFest, Athena, Nantucket and Tribeca Film Festivals, and is a Program Consultant for The March on Washington Film Festival. She is also on the selection committee for shorts at Cinema Eye Honors. Opal has served on juries for SxSW, IndieMemphis, NewFest, Leuven ShortsFest, IndieStreet Filmfest, Cleveland and Seattle International Film Festivals among others. She has also participated on selection committees for documentary programming and grants. A Columbia Law grad, Opal holds a Masters in Media Studies from the LSE, and received her B.A. from New York University. Opal served as an RA in Weinstein Hall with NYU Director of Student Conduct, Craig Jolley as her supervisor.
Vanessa Herman is a commerce & content professional. With 10+ years of experience in E-Commerce, Product, and Content, she has worked in start-up, on contract at Google Express, as well as for companies such as Restoration Hardware, ABC, CBS, Spirit Airlines, and on projects such as Yahoo's "WHO KNEW" and NBC's "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE". She was an R.A. at NYU Hayden from 2003-2005 and received her Bachelor's Degree from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. While at NYU, Vanessa focused on language, literature, performance and culture with a curiosity about identity and duality, given her own identity, as a biracial woman of Puerto Rican and Jewish descent. Vanessa grew up with the L.A. vibe, loving theatre and television, thus her studies in New York were a natural fit. Currently based in San Francisco, when she’s not working, she enjoys shopping local to find wonderful artists & artisans, getting her yoga on in her athleisure wear and practicing Reiki, as a Level 2 practitioner, working with women recovering from breast cancer for The Shanti Project and various community members at SF Reiki Center.
Jonathan Fieweger '12 Gallatin, worked as an RA in Gramercy Green from 2010 through 2012. While at NYU, he studied entertainment business in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and interned with DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures and Showtime Networks. On campus, he was involved with Admissions Ambassadors, where he served as Head Tour Supervisor during his senior year; with the club Two Birds, One Stone; and started his freshman year at NYU as a member of Project OutReach.
Jonathan is currently based in Los Angeles, and works in PR for Universal Cable Productions, part of NBCUniversal. Before moving to LA in February 2018, he was based in NYC where he held positions at CNN and Showtime Networks.
Jamie Chlebowski '11 Steinhardt worked as an RA in Hayden Hall (now Lipton) from 2009 through 2011. While at NYU, she studied Media, Culture, and Communication at Steinhardt and minored in Producing at Tisch. On campus, Jamie was involved in a variety of organizations including Steinhardt Undergraduate Student Government, where she served as President, and was an Admissions Ambassadors, where she first met Jonathan.
Jamie is an entertainment marketing professional who has had the unique opportunity to work across franchise planning, marketing, and merchandising for some of the most beloved entertainment brands around the globe including Game of Thrones and Jurassic World. Jamie currently lives in Los Angeles and works in Franchise Management and Marketing at Warner Brothers on the Wizarding World business.
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.