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The CoH Team

Our team is currently composed of students at Roger Williams University. We are working to hire community members and high school students to join our staff or work as freelancers. We are specifically interested in working with members of the communities we aim to serve, those who have little access to jobs within the mainstream media.

 

If you are interested, please contact us at communitydrivennews@gmail.com.

Our Current Team

Luke joined Communities of Hope because he agreed that marginalized communities need to have their voices heard. He is from Easton, Massachusetts and in his free time, he enjoys reading and playing music.

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Madelyn LaScala

Community News and Civic Information

Freshman, Journalism Major, Economics Minor 

Luke joined Communities of Hope because he agreed that marginalized communities need to have their voices heard. He is from Easton, Massachusetts and in his free time, he enjoys reading and playing music.

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Maeva Thompson

Junior, Public Relations Major

Public Relations 

Emily fell in love with writing and photography at a young age. She plans to pursue both in her studies at Roger Williams University, working with Communities of Hope, and post-graduation.

 

Dr. Motta encouraged Emily to join Communities of Hope when she was a student in his introductory journalism course. She wants to work with and help others as well as to become an active part of the community.

 

She enjoys creative writing, photography, and spending time with friends in her free time.

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David Peters

Senior, Journalism Major

Editor for Community News & Civid Information

Jordan has worked with Communities of Hope since the fall of 2021, where she's enjoyed different sides of the organization: producing original designs, working with new people, and uplifting the voices of underrepresented communities.

 

Outside of her work, she is a dancer and a member of RWU's dance club and dance team.

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Madison Berman

Community News & Civic Engagement

Senior, Public Relations major

Madison Berman is a part of the journalism team and is a Public Relations major. Her role in Communities of Hope is community news and civic engagement, meaning she will be interacting with students and other people in the community to gather information in order to create stories for the Communities of Hope webpage.

Madison babysits in her free time and also works at an ice cream shop back in her hometown.

 

Madison believes that hope means finding a little bit of faith in everyday life and that everything has its good in it and you just have to find it.

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Sydney Lussier

Graphic Designer

Senior, Graphic Design major, Visual Arts minor

Jocelyn is very passionate about social justice and plans on advocating for awareness through her reporting. She was drawn to Communities of Hope by the opportunity to support individuals who are impacted by societal issues.

Her goal is to make positive changes for local communities and after graduating from college, she plans to become a photojournalist and to document the stories that shine a light on the problems people consistently choose to ignore.

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Editor/Manager of Community News & Civic Information

Sophomore, Journalism major

Alex Tavaglione

Jeannette is a part of Solutions Journalism for Communities of Hope. She is from Fall River, Massachusetts and she is majoring in Journalism.

She joined Communities of Hope to be a part of the community and gain experience in the field of journalism.

Her current favorite memory with Communities of Hope is getting on the front page of the Hawks Herald with her article about Native American Mascots.

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Ben Mosher

Senior, Graphic Design Major

AudioVisual Team

Ben is a senior at Roger Williams where he is majoring in graphic design. At Communities of Hope, Ben is a part of the audio/ visual team where his primary focus is audio technology but he is excited about both aspects that his team focuses on.

Graphic design is a big passion of Ben’s but it isn’t his only one; he is also very interested in public transit and how people get around and move places on a daily basis.

 

Ben says that Hope is on our Rhode Island flag and that it’s the people that are the hope. Hope is what we provide to the people of the community through civic media. He says that we are the hope that we bring to the people in the community. 

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Emmit Pelonzi

Graphic Designer

Junior, Graphic Design Major

Emmit is a junior here at Roger Williams where he studies graphic design and also uses his graphic design skills at Communities of Hope as a member of the graphic design team.

He is passionate about drawing and artwork and enjoys going to museums. He also enjoys snowboarding as well as playing video games with his friends in his free time.

 

He believes that hope is something to look forward to and put your faith in. 

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JT Lawrence

Audiovisual Team

Sophomore, Communications and Media Studies Major

JT Lawrence is a sophomore here at Roger Williams. He’s a communication and media studies major - and he has a passion for films and filmmaking.

According to JT “I just love everything about film, watching films, making films”. In Communities of Hope, JT is working on the audio-visual team.
 
To JT - hope means “perseverance through tough times and keeping your head up when things get tough”.

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Anna Pellegrini

Freshman, Graphic Design Major

Creative Department

Is a new member to Communities of Hope and is ready to make a big impact!

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Kayla Nolan

How Communities of Hope Releases Themselves to the Public

Junior Public Relations major

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Claire Kelley

Executive Director

Sophomore Public Relations major

Jeannette is a part of Solutions Journalism for Communities of Hope. She is from Fall River, Massachusetts and she is majoring in Journalism.

She joined Communities of Hope to be a part of the community and gain experience in the field of journalism.

Her current favorite memory with Communities of Hope is getting on the front page of the Hawks Herald with her article about Native American Mascots.

Kayle does public relations for Communities of Hope. She is from Albany, New York, and is majoring in public relations. She also is minoring in cultural studies and communications

She joined Communities of Hope to gain more experience in her major. Her favorite memory with Communities of Hope has been planning fundraisers and social media campaigns.

Kayle ​
has traveled to 5 countries and is looking forward to traveling more in the future.

Claire is a part of the solutions journalism in Communities of Hope. She is from Willimantic, CT and is majoring in Journalism.

She joined Communities of Hope to get more experience in the field of journalism. Currently, her favorite memory with Communities of Hope is doing interviews for documentaries.

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Mat Clarke

Senior, Journalism Major

Writing & Editing in Civic Media & Engagement

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Apostolos Karnavas

multimedia

Senior, Journalism major

Is a new member to Communities of Hope and is ready to make a big impact!

Kyle is one of the Spanish translators for Communities of Hope. He is from Barrington, Rhode Island. He is majoring in secondary education and Spanish.

He joined Communities of Hope to help communicate the needs of various communities in Rhode Island. His current favorite memory with Communities of Hope is getting to work with the team.

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Brenna Medeiros

Community News and Civic Info

Sophomore, Journalism major


Lexi is a part of the creative team in Communities of Hope. She is from Massachusetts and is majoring in Communications and Media Studies.

She joined Communities of hope because she believed that the values that Communities of Hope stands for are something that more people need to know about. She also wanted to have the opportunity to help minority groups which she believed could be impactful.


 

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Reilly Murphy

Community News & Civic Info

Legal Research Team

Leena is a part of the legal research team for Communities of Hope. She is from Westwood, Massachusetts and is majoring in criminal justice and minoring in psychology.

She joined to serve and shed light on issues that impact marginalized communities and develop her skills and knowledge. She has a strong desire to make a difference and find solutions for communities in Rhode Island.

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Kali Blackerby

Multimedia

Freshman, Public Relations major

Sam is a part of the legal research team for Communities of Hope. He is from Batavia, Illinois and is a first year law student. His interests involve environmental justice, land use, and public interest law.
He joined Communities of Hope to help tackle the many issues facing Rhode Islanders.  He believed in Communities of Hope’s mission to uplift untold stories in the media.
His current favorite memory with Communities of Hope is  meeting the team and seeing how everyone works together to create something transformative.

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Kelly Dorherty

Public Relations & Marketing 

Senior, Communications & Media Studies Major

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Joshua Geaughan

Freshman, Journalism Major

Community News & Civic Information

Leena is a part of the legal research team for Communities of Hope. She is from Westwood, Massachusetts and is majoring in criminal justice and minoring in psychology.

She joined to serve and shed light on issues that impact marginalized communities and develop her skills and knowledge. She has a strong desire to make a difference and find solutions for communities in Rhode Island.

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Stathi Savvidis

Community News & Civic Information

Senior, Journalism Major

Sam is a part of the legal research team for Communities of Hope. He is from Batavia, Illinois and is a first year law student. His interests involve environmental justice, land use, and public interest law.
He joined Communities of Hope to help tackle the many issues facing Rhode Islanders.  He believed in Communities of Hope’s mission to uplift untold stories in the media.
His current favorite memory with Communities of Hope is  meeting the team and seeing how everyone works together to create something transformative.

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Emily Rosen

Public Relations & Marketing 

Senior, Journalism Major

Professionals

Kaylee Pugliese

Director of Audiovisual Production

EcoTalk Podcast Editor

Dr. Bernardo H. Motta

Roger Williams University - Communities of Hope Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)

Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

Founder

Colleen Cronin

Program Coordinator - Hope Squad

EcoRI News, Report for America

Contributors

Jack Aviles

Multimedia Journalist

Junior Journalism major and Graphic Design minor

Jimmy Sadowski

Multimedia Journalist

Journalism major

Elena Trevithick

Multimedia Journalist

Journalism major

Kristen Dansereau

Multimedia Journalist

Journalism Major and Sustainability Studies Minor

Will Nichols

Documentary Producer

Junior Film Intermedia major and Sustainability Studies minor

Matthew Mercado

Spanish Interpreter/Translator

Senior Psychology Major

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