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Daniel Radosh
Daniel, ’87, is a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a freelance journalist, and the author of the book Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. He studied with Frank McCourt at Stuyvesant High School and in 1991 graduated from Oberlin College, where he founded and edited a satirical alternative newspaper. After college, Radosh became a staff writer and editor at Spy magazine and a columnist for the New York Press, where his Eight Days column was voted readers' favorite three years running. As a freelance journalist over the next fifteen years he contributed to The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, GQ and The New York Times. See more at
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Esther Rajavelu
Esther, ’96, is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch.
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Sabrina R. Rencher
Sabrina, ’03, is a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a research and development scientist at Johnson & Johnson.
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Efrain Reyes, Jr.
Efrain, ’83, earned a degree in illustration at Pratt Institute. Since 1988, he has been assistant director at Youth Communication, responsible for desktop publishing, managing our computer systems, and designing our magazines, books, and website.
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Xavier Reyes
Xavier, ’96, is a project manager at Reuters. He has a BA in public affairs from Baruch and is pursuing an MS in business management and leadership at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies.
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Lisa Rhodes
Lisa, ’82, has a degree in English literature from Baruch College and an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has worked as a reporter for Emerge, as a news editor for Children’s Business, and as an associate editor at Scholastic News. She was also an editor at the Children’s Defense Fund and many other organizations.
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Miari Roberts
Miari, ’90, is a teacher at Brooklyn Academy High School, a transfer high school in New York City. Prior to becoming a teacher, Miari worked for several social service agencies. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a degree in urban and public policy, and has a graduate degree in management and urban policy from the New School.
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Agustin Rodriguez
Agustin, ’85, is an actor with a degree in media arts/illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has worked as a theater, television, and film actor. Agustin appeared in the feature films Final Analysis and Falling Down, and in the independent film Forgiven. He had a principal role in the ABC-TV series Moon Over Miami and guest-starred on New York Undercover. He was a lead in the TV movie Generation X. He is a full-time Christian minister and is a volunteer acting teacher at the H.O.P.E. School of the Arts.
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Lourdes Rosado
Lourdes, ’81, helped start Youth Communication in 1980 and was its teen editor for a year. After graduating from Swarthmore College, she was an editor at Newsweek before attending Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. She later earned a law degree from New York University where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Fellow. She was a Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law School, with a focus on juvenile justice. She currently is associate director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. She has also been a board member of Youth Communication.
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Osiris Rosario
Osiris, ’84, is senior director of information technology at Palladia, Inc., a social service agency in New York City. Prior to that he worked for 13 years at the New York City Department for the Aging. Osiris earned a BS in computer systems and management applications from Fordham University.
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Jude Rosenstock
Jude, ’90, is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in political science. He is an online traffic and inventory analyst at Conde Nast.
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Dara Ross
Dara, ’91, is a high school teacher in New York City. Prior to teaching she served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, which she wrote about for Essence magazine. She has a BA in English from Queens College and a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University with a specialty in teaching English as a second language.
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Raymond Ruybe
Raymond, ’90, is a writer at Raymond J.S. Ruybe. Previously, he was senior communications specialist at Altria Client Services, and assistant editor at Marvel Comics. He is a graduate of Antioch College. See
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Chriz Sanchez
Chriz, ’02, has a degree in criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has been a peer educator, elder helper, community organizer, and activist at various organizations in New York City, including the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center and the Audre Lorde Project.
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Genevieve Santos
Genevieve, ’03, works in marketing. She has been a showroom assistant at Levi Strauss, an organizer and event planner, a freelance production coordinator, and a development assistant. She has a BA in media/communications from the City University of New York.
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Jean-Andre Sassine
Jean-Andre, ’85, graduated from New York City Technical College at the City University of New York with a degree in art and advertising. He also attended the Director’s Guild Training Program. He has been a production assistant on several television shows and has worked as a location manager for many of Spike Lee’s movies. He is also an activist in the movement to prevent mortgage and foreclosure abuse.
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Kenneth Schlapp
Kenneth, ’87, is the only Youth Communication graduate with a degree in statistics (Hunter College). He was supervisor of group benefits for the Segal Company and is currently a manager there. Ken is also an aficionado of Old Tyme Base Ball.
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Peri Sharpe
Peri, ’87, works as a therapist in New York City. She has a degree in communications and photography from Antioch, and a graduate degree in psychology from the New College in California.
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Kymberly Sheckleford
Kymberly, ’04, has a degree in communications and journalism from the College of Staten Island. She has worked as a writer for Count Me In and as a public relations intern for Housing Works in New York City.
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Geeta Sheogobind
Geeta, ’89, is a dentist with District Dental Associates in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Baruch College with a degree in psychology, and has an MPA from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service, in addition to her dentistry degree.
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Shaun Shishido
Shaun, ’05 is a freelance illustrator and product designer with a specialty in toys. She has worked as a designer at Fisher Price and Sprig Toys, and as a textile designer at Odegard. She has a BA in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. See her portfolio here.
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Greg Sidberry
Greg, ’00, runs his own computer consultation business. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Amanda Slamin
Amanda, ’88, works in the animation industry as a producer. She has a degree in communications from the University of Hartford.
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Taiia Smart-Young
Taiia, ’91, graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a degree in telecommunications. She has worked as online editor at Essence magazine, assistant director of communications at Girls Inc., managing editor at XXL magazine, and as senior managing editor at Juicy magazine. She has been a freelance writer and assistant editor at Essence, and is currently director of content at
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Celeste Smith
Celeste, ’84, has a degree in journalism from Long Island University. She is a reporter for the Charlotte Observer and was previously on the staff of the Bucks County Courier Times and the Asbury Park Press.
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Dwayne Shaw
Dwayne, ’86, has worked as an art director at Universal Motown Records, People magazine, and as art director and creative director at VIBE magazine. Dwayne has a BA in communication and film from Howard University.
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Ola Solanke
Ola, ’85, is a real estate developer in Philadelphia and the owner of A World So Special, Inc. He has a degree in risk management from Temple University.
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Dorene Soo-Hoo
Dorene, ’88, is a podiatrist at New York Podiatric Medicine and Foot Specialists. She is a graduate of Queens College and the New York School of Podiatric Medicine.
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Martin Starkey
Martin. ’84, is production manager/government programming director at NYC TV, in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. He has a BA from Baruch College in television.
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Dana Steinberg
Dana, ’91, is a writer and editor for a monthly newsletter at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a public-private research institute. She also writes news stories for the website, press releases, event summaries, profiles and features, as well as writing and editing copy for the annual report. She also writes about music for On Tap magazine and organizes a summer concert series in Reston, Virginia. She has an MA in Russian and East European Studies from George Washington University and a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she played flute in the marching band.
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Patrick Stoltz
Patrick, ’93, is an attorney at Kaufman Borgeest and Ryan LLP in New York City. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. O’Shaughnessy, J.S.C., Civil Division. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and has a BA in political science from SUNY Purchase.
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Dina Strachan
Dina, ’84, earned a BA in biology from Harvard and an MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. She has been a professor in the internal medicine department at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University, and has lectured and published widely. She has a private dermatology practice in New York City, and blogs at
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Mark Stumer
Mark, ’00, is a lawyer in private practice at Mark B. Stumer & Associates, P.C. in Albany, New York. He has a BA and a law degree from SUNY Albany.
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Rachel Swarns
Rachel, ’85, is a reporter for The New York Times. She has a BA in Spanish from Howard University and a master’s degree from the University of Kent, in England. She has been a staff reporter for the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald. She became the South Africa Bureau Chief for The Times in 1999. She is currently a Washington correspondent with The New York Times, covering domestic policy and national politics, with a focus on the First Lady Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House. Her series on the emergence of a professional black elite in South Africa was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Rachel was awarded a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, at The Catholic University of America. She has also served as a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar.
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