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Author: Tom Ellett

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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.
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Listen to the following alums speak about their RA experience: Here are some of those alums interviewed by investigative reporter Nia Harris and Carlyle alums:  Liz Bossov Glen Feinstein John Gonsalves Michelle Jasmine Arlene Lormestoire Stephanie Plachy and ThirdNorth alums: Priyanka Chugh  @HannahCrane Michel Dominguez Beddome Abigail Garcia Adewunmi Ogunfowora Ife Onatunde Alexa Sachs AJ Smith  A really wonderful series of events.  Hope you enjoyed the first season.  Back at you in August 2019!  
Major Carman A. Leone is an Assistant Professor of Law, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He teaches and serves as the course director for the Academy’s only negotiation course, Principles of Negotiation. He also serves as the Director of the Leadership & Appropriate Dispute Resolution (LADR) Program, a Department of Law initiative that focuses on remaining on the cutting edge of negotiation pedagogy and application.Before joining the law faculty at the Academy, Maj Leone served as the Area Defense Counsel (ADC) at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. In that role, Maj Leone tried seventeen courts-martial and served hundreds of Airmen who faced a variety of disciplinary issues. Maj Leone has also served as the Chief of Military Justice, Deputy Chief of Military Justice, Chief of Adverse Actions, Chief of Legal Assistance, and Special Assistant United States Attorney. Maj Leone is currently admitted to practice law before the highest courts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Minnesota as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 
Bridget Malit (now Godwin) was an RA in Weinstein for two years and graduated from CAS in 2005 with a degree in English and American Literature.  After graduation Bridget worked for a year as a research assistant at NYU School of Medicine before enrolling in the Bryn Mawr College post baccalaureate premedical program. From there she moved to Providence, RI to attend medical school at Brown University, deciding to pursue a career in Pediatrics. She received her General Pediatrics training at NY Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan before returning to her hometown of Philadelphia for further training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she works today as a pediatric GI doctor with a focus on GI conditions related to food allergies. 
 Zontee Hou is a passionate advisor and teacher of communications. She’s the founder of Brooklyn-based agency Media Volery and co-lead of consulting for Convince & Convert, founded by industry leader Jay Baer.She brings more than a decade of experience in the marketing industry to her work, and her work has garnered multiple awards including several PR News Platinum Awards and a Forrester Groundswell Award. In 2018, she was named one of TopRank’s 50 most influential content marketers, and she’s been a judge for the Content Marketing Awards for three years running.Zontee was formerly a faculty lecturer at Columbia University and adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York, bringing her unique ability to draw connections between marketing methodology and business goals to students as well as clients.In a previous life, Zontee was also a podcaster, a crafts & hobbies personality, and has been seen on PBS and the Martha Stewart Show.  
 Antonio Duran (he/him) recently completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. He will be starting a role as an Assistant Professor in Administration of Higher Education at Auburn University in the fall. Informed by his time at NYU as a Goddard RA, Antonio has continuously been passionate about helping college students with marginalized identities to succeed in higher education. 
Hilary Brandenburg spent two years as an RA in Brittany Hall and graduated from Gallatin in 2012, with a concentration in Public Policy and Service. Since leaving NYU, Hilary has worked for an education non-profit in Haiti, at the White House and U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration, and at BlackRock, focused on inclusion and diversity. She has also been an advisor and board member for Emma's Torch, a social enterprise restaurant and workforce development program in Brooklyn. Hilary currently works as an independent consultant, focused on non-profit development and social impact strategy.  
Dr. Anna D’Souza is an Associate Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College (City University of New York). She is a development economist who studies issues related to food security and nutrition, food price shocks, violence, governance, and trade. She teaches class on economics and public policy and on international development. Before joining Baruch, she worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also worked as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a consultant for the World Bank, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Dakar, Senegal. Dr. D’Souza received a BS in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at NYU and an MS and PhD in Economics from UCLA.
Sarah Misch is a Las Vegas native turned New York City based performer and educator. She graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 2012 with a B.S. in Educational Theatre and a minor in Dramatic Literature and was a loud and proud Third North RA from 2010-2012 (shout out to floor 5N!). Since leaving NYU, Sarah has pursued a career in acting with a special focus on devised theatre, new play development, and indie filmmaking. Favorite theatre credits include The Cat in the Hat (Two Bean Productions 1st National Tour), Girls Night: the Musical (Entertainment Events, Inc.),  That Which Remains (Improbable Stage), full city+: a site-specific serial comedy (dir. Joe Salvatore & Keith Huff), The Curse of the Babywoman (BiG Theatre Co., NYC Fringe), and Naked Holidays (Endtimes Productions). Sarah has also appeared in several short films and new media projects including the award-winning horror short, Corpse Pose, which she both produced and starred in and is now available to stream on Roku and Amazon Prime. Sarah serves as the Social Media Coordinator for Film Repertory Group, a collective of a emerging indie film artists, and she is a company member with Improbable Stage, a movement-based theatre company. In between gigs, she freelances as a dance/theatre instructor and a life model at various institutions around the city. Sarah is grateful for the collaborative tools and crisis management skills she picked up as a freshman RA, many of which she employs daily with her students and fellow artists. Learn more about Sarah's work at www.sarahmisch.com. 
Bart Rosenthal spent 2 years as an RA in Weinstein Hall and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Finance and International Business. After school, he spent 5 years in the trading sector working on Natural Gas. He then returned to Stern for his MBA to transition into the Tech industry. He currently works as a Product Marketing Manager at Facebook. He met his now husband at an ugly sweater Christmas party in 2011. In July 2017 they welcomed their daughter, Sloane into the world.  AlsoBart and his husband have a youtube series called Two men and a baby:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCprMisf6qnlUk6B59ihHoWw A great series!
Terri Burns is a Principal at GV (Google Ventures), working on the investing team with sourcing and deal flow. Terri’s also on the fundraising team of the nonprofit All Raise, which aims to increase the diversity of funders and founders in the technology industry. She’s a board member of the nonprofit Brave Initiatives, which teaches coding skills to girls from underserved geographic and economic communities. Prior to joining GV, Terri was a product manager at Twitter where she helped improve the home timeline, and prior to that, a developer evangelist at Venmo. Terri is also an international speaker, covering topics related to how technology impacts various communities. In addition, Terri is a freelance writer, and regularly writes about technology, diversity, and inclusion, having been featured in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, Scientific American, and Teen Vogue. Terri graduated from the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (computer science).  
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