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Grismaldy Laboy-Wilson
Grismaldy, ’97, is the principal of the Gautier Institute for Law & Public Policy, a New York City public high school. She has also worked as a teacher and youth group leader. She has a BA from Brown University in education and Hispanic studies, and a master’s in teaching from Brown University. She also has an MS in school administration and supervision from Mercy College.
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Rhonda Lackow
Rhonda, ’91, is an employment specialist working with people with disabilities in Hawaii. She has a BA from the College of Staten Island in counseling and psychology and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Chaminade University of Honolulu.
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Ferentz LaFargue
Ferentz, ’94, has worked as a professor at the New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City and as a high school teacher in the Washington, DC area. He earned a BA in English literature from Queens College and a PhD in African-American studies from Yale. He received a Mellon Fellowship and a Leadership Alliance Fellowship. He published a memoir, Songs in the Key of My Life, in 2007.
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Lena W. Lam
Lena,’99, is an ESL and writing teacher at Mini Ivy Learning Center, an educational program in New York City’s Chinatown. She has also worked as an urban park ranger at the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, and as an Americorps member where she was an assistant gardener at the New York Restoration Project. She also worked as an editor at Hunter College.
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Luis Lamboy
Luis, ’84, studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has long been associated with graffiti-style art and design. In 1988, he was included in the Fashion Moda exhibition in New York City. He designed clothing for Janet Jackson, Anita Baker, Jazzy Jeff, the Fresh Prince, and others. Luis has exhibited in group shows at Bottom Feeders, Gallery 1199, and others. He designed a limited edition sneaker for Air Jordan.
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JD LaRock
JD, ’91, is an elected member of the School Committee in Melrose, Massachusetts. He has also worked professionally in education and journalism for many years. He has served as senior counsel for education to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, worked as the education reporter for NY1 News, and was a speechwriter and press officer for the head of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. JD has a BA in government from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown.
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Angela LaSpisa
Angela, ’84, owns a yoga clinic in New York. She has BA in psychology from Hunter College and a master’s degree in humanistic psychology from Sonoma State College in California.
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Victoria Law
Victoria, ’95, is a writer and photographer. She is a co-founder of Books Through Bars, New York City, an organization that sends free radical literature and books to prisoners nationwide, and editor of the zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison. She is also the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press, 2009). Victoria received an Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. She has a degree in English from Brooklyn College.
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Charise Lawrence
Charise, ’85, has degree in journalism from New York University. She has been an editorial assistant at Manhattan Lawyer and the National Law Journal, and a freelance writer. She has worked as community coordinator in the Office of Community Planning and Development at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and is currently director of Brooklyn Community Outreach at the New York City Department for the Aging.
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Saadia Lawton
Saadia, ’89, has a BA in history and education from Clark University, an MA in Africana diasporic studies from Cornell University, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in art history. She was coordinator of Africana studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth and was assistant director of admissions and minority recruitment at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. She is an assistant professor at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
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Claire Leavitt
Claire, ’01, works on higher education issues for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. She has worked as a journalist and as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. House of Representatives. She has BA in history and philosophy from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international relations and public policy from the American University of Paris.
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Davina Lennard-Alladice
Davina, ’96, is the design director for Respect magazine at HBO in New York City. Prior to that, she was the creative director at Harris Publications and an associate art director at Forbes. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in graphic design and photography.
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Donna Lennon
Donna, ’85, is a legal consultant at the New York City Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development Program. Previously she worked as Deputy Director in Advocacy and Enforcement at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment. She has a BA in government from Cornell, an MPA from New York University, and a law degree from Boston College Law School.
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Tonya Leslie
Tonya, ’90, is a research assistant at New York University while pursuing her PhD in English education. She has worked for Scholastic, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Reading is Fundamental, and other educational organizations as a writer, editor, and account manager. Tonya has a BA in secondary education from New York University.
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Felecia Ligon
Felecia, ’84, has a BA in journalism from Cal State at Northridge. She was a researcher for the Los Angeles Business Journal and staff writer for Creative Age Publications. She was an anchor and reporter for Valley View TV and then a reporter, producer, and anchor for KSCN-FM. She also worked as an editor at Bobit Publishing and news editor at KFI-FM.
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Cathy Madison
Cathy,’84, received her BA in English from Bates College and an MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Columbia University. She is currently a fundraiser for the Smithsonian Institution. Cathy served as literary manager of Washington, DC’s Arena Stage for seven seasons.
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Aimee Majoros
Aimee, ’90, is the owner of Aimee Majoros PR, a public relations firm in New York City. She received her BA from Bard College.
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Sheila Maldonado
Sheila, ’91, grew up in Coney Island between Surf and Mermaid Avenues, and received a BA in English from Brown University. She was awarded the Jack Zucker and Raymond Patterson Poetry Prizes at The City College of New York, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her poems have been published in Callaloo, Meridians, and other places. She is a recipient of a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and was granted a residency at Fundación Valparaíso in Andalucía, Spain. Her articles and reviews have been published in The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, Paper, and Urban Latino. She worked as an editor for Latina and Blaze magazines, and as a researcher for Vanity Fair and O at Home, an Oprah Magazine. She teaches creative writing in NYC public schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
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Bönz Malone
Bönz, ’86, has been a columnist for Spin and Vibe magazines. He co-wrote and appeared in Slam, which won a Sundance Film Festival award for best film in 1998, and in the Danny Hoch film Whiteboys (1999). Bonz is also the author of the quintessential photo documentary history of rap, Hip Hop Immortals.
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Samantha Martinez
Samantha, ’90, is the Assistant Director of Programs at Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey. She previous worked as a paralegal at the HIV Law Project, and as the volunteer facilities coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany.
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Helen Matatov
Helen, ’99, is an assistant editor at Time Inc. She has a degree in creative writing from SUNY Binghamton.
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Laala Matias
Laala, ’94, has a BFA in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received the Warner Bros. Post Production Award for her thesis film, “Low-Life Tendencies.” She has worked with the Saturday Night Live film unit and HBO’s documentary division. She moved to Los Angeles after winning a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellowship. She worked on the CBS show “Big Brother” as an associate story editor. She was featured on the Style Network show “Dress My Nest.” Laala pubishes a weekly blog of cultural events under in LA called LAaLAland List @ www.laalaland.com.
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Sabine Maura
Sabine, ’03, is outreach coordinator for The Electric Company at Sesame Workshop. She has a BA from Tulane University.
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Marc Mazurkiewicz
Marc, ’96, is a graffiti artist, designer, and entrepreneur. He studied graphic art at Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan. He designs logos and imagery for Enyce clothing company in New York City, and has enjoyed success doing live body painting performances in nightclubs.
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Audrey McFarlane
Audrey, ’82, is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has a BA from Harvard and a law degree from Stanford. She was a law clerk for Federal Judge A. Leon Higginbotham.
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Fabayo McIntosh
Fabayo, ’95, grew up in the Bedford Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn. She earned her undergraduate degree from Lincoln University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Bank Street College. She worked for the New York City Department of Education in various positions for eight years before founding and becoming the principal of Brighter Choice Community School. Fabayo is also a member of New Leaders for New Schools.
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Anthea McLaughlin
Anthea, ’82, spent 17 years co-leading Agenda for Children Tomorrow (ACT), a public-private partnership that seeks to improve the delivery of family and children services in New York City. She was previously at Good Shepherd Services, Harlem Dowling Children Services, Community Resource Exchange, Edward Hazen Foundation, and Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work where she lectured for two years. She has a BA from the City University of New York and an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She recently relocated to Trinidad with her husband and children.
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Pamala McCormick-Steward
Pamala, ’87, has a BA in creative writing from Hunter College and a graduate degree in marketing from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. She has been a media coordinator at Kallir, Philips, Ross, Inc., assistant account executive at JWT Specialized Communications, assistant product manager at Block Drug Company, and operations administrator at Discovery Communications Inc.
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Wolf Meinhardt
Wolf, ’89, worked as a carpenter after high school for eight years before enrolling in the School of Architecture and Environmental Studies at The City College of New York, where he received a degree in architecture, winning the CCNY Matthew Del Gaudio Award for Best Thesis Project for his design of a community-sensitive arts building for New York University. Wolf is at Alspector Architecture, where he has worked on school design, among other projects.
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Jarel Melendez
Jarel, ’02, is a youth advocate for Lawyers for Children in New York City. He is a student at Baruch College.
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Serge Mezhburd
Serge, ’99, is a tax attorney for Debevoise and Plimpton in New York City. He has a BA from the College of New Jersey in communications and a law degree from New York University.
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Danni Michaeli
Danni, ’83, is a psychiatrist in private practice. He is a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University in Israel and completed his residency in psychiatry in 1995 at New York University. He is a faculty member at New York University School of Medicine where he supervises medical students and residents in evaluation, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology, and is a former faculty member and supervisor at the NYU Behavioral Health Program. Danni also specializes in working with transgender patients. He previously worked as inpatient psychiatrist and unit chief at Bellevue Hospital Center and for several years worked at three agencies serving city teenagers. Most of his practice time is spent on individual and family psychotherapy.
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David Miranda
David, ’93, is an attorney at Troutman Sanders in New York City. He studied at Antioch and Sarah Lawrence, where he got a BA in international relations. He has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Gretchen Mockler
Gretchen, ’90, is a family practitioner in the Bronx. She has a BA in anthropology from Reed College and received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical School.
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Darrell Moore
Darrell, ’82, is a philosophy professor at Depaul University in Chicago. He received his BA from Swarthmore and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of aesthetics, political philosophy, and critical race theory. Darrell was a Fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester in 1998-1999.
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Max Moran
Max, ’95, received a BA in social work from the College of Staten Island and an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, where he won the first Amy Watkins Memorial Scholarship. He has worked for several agencies, including United Cerebral Palsy, and as a social worker in private practice.
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Kat Morris
Kat, ’03, is a storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network in Burbank, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in animation from the School of Visual Arts.
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Kery Murakami
Kery, ’84, has been a journalist for more than 20 years, most of them with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. When the paper ceased print operations in 2009, he founded the Seattle PostGlobe, a nonprofit Web startup that provides reported news for the Seattle area. Kery has a BA from the University of Michigan.
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Ronald Mwanga
Ronald, ’89, is a prolific blogger for AOL, Air America, and other outlets.
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