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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.


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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.


Luke Brennan

News Manager - Hope Pod

Senior Journalism major and Film core concentration

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.


Emily Rosen

Junior Journalism major and Political Science minor

News Manager - EcoTalk

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.


Jordan Baylis

Senior Graphic Design major and Marketing minor

Lead Graphic Designer and Creative Manager

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.


Sam Elwell

Copyeditor and Ecotalk Host 

Senior Journalism major and Sustainability Studies minor

Sam is one of the co-hosts of the EcoTalk in addition to being the host of his own radio show on WQRI and an editor for the Hawks' Herald. 


He joined the Communities of Hope team to get experience in environmental reporting. He hoped to become an environmental and sustainability reporter, to get involved with the community, and to help others.

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Briana Verissimo

Senior Secondary Education and Spanish major 

General Manager

The opportunity to promote equality and help the people around her brought Briana to Communities of Hope, and she has been channeling that passion into her work since joining the team in fall 2021.

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Jocelyn Jackson

Multimedia Journalist

Junior Journalism major and Film 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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Multimedia Journalist

Junior Journalism major and Graphic Design minor

Jack Aviles

Jack has a passion for helping communities that are being negatively affected by environmental issues. He joined Communities of Hope after taking several of Dr. Motta's journalism classes to gain knowledge and experience with reporting, especially environmental reporting.

He thoroughly enjoys writing and even more so when there is an important story to tell. After graduation, he plans to work in environmental and investigative journalism.

In his free time, he enjoys board sports, spending time with friends, and thinking of ways to help the environment.


Will Nichols

Junior Film Intermedia major and Sustainability Studies minor

Documentary Producer

Will works as a reporter and assistant director for the EcoTalk podcast collecting video and audio as well as editing and writing scripts.

He became interested in the topic of sustainability through hiking and exploring nature in rural New Hampshire. His career goal is to work as a photographer or camera operator for environmental documentary projects such as Blue Planet, Night on Earth, or Blackfish.


He hopes that his work in journalism will help other people to understand the importance of preservation and respecting the environment. 

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Elena Trevithick

Multimedia Journalist

Journalism major 

Rose Flower

Solutions Journalism Researcher and Reporter

Junior Journalism major and French minor

Jeannette White


Annika Irene

Senior Graphic Design and Spanish double major

Graphic Designer

Annika is a member of our Creative Team where she has produced original designs, logos, and promotional materials. She joined Communities of Hope to collaborate with other designers and use her passion to help people's voices be heard.

When she has free time, she enjoys walking around the local parks and sailing in the Mount Hope Bay.


Grace McCarthy

Graphic Designer

Sophomore Public Relations major and Graphic Design minor

Grace joined Communities of Hope because it was a space that allowed her to do what she loved alongside likeminded people who want to change the world just like her.

She hopes to design websites for fashion companies once she graduates.

When she's not working, she enjoys walking on the bike path in downtown Bristol.

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Social Media Marketing Manager

Communication and Media Studies major

Mary Drasheff

Dandelion Parachute Seed

Alyson Lowney

Junior Marketing major

Marketing Associate

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Kayle Messier

Public Relations Associate

Senior Public Relations major

White Frangipani Flowers

Claire Kelley

Public Relations Associate

Freshman Journalism major


Kyle Villella

Senior Secondary Education and Spanish major

Spanish Translator/Interpreter

Tropical Leaves

Matthew Mercado

Spanish Translator/Interpreter

Psychology major


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)


Colleen Cronin

Program Coordinator - Hope Squad

EcoRI News, Report for America


Kristin Dansereau

Multimedia Journalist

Graduate - Journalism major and Sustainability Studies minor 

Jimmy Sadowski

Lead Editor - Transforming Roger, Journalist

Journalism major

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