Special Episode 50: Three former Res Life professionals & NYU grad school alums John Kazlauskas, Sara Klein and Ryan Sylvester
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.