The Editorial Team
Editor-in-Chief – Marisa McGrady
Marisa McGrady is a junior majoring in Multimedia Journalism. She began writing creatively in fourth grade and has been dedicated to improving her craft creatively and professionally ever since. She enjoys reading fantasy fiction, poetry, and all the wonderful pieces submitted to the iPulse editorial team. Aside from writing and reading, Marisa spends her time painting, competing for and captaining the Lynn University Speech and Debate Team, and hanging out with her cat, Obsidian.
Managing Editor – Jayla Hall
Jayla Hall, member of the 3.0 accelerated degree program, is a senior majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in public relations. Hall’s passion for writing and helping others has lead her to numerous leadership positions across campus. After college, Hall plans to move to her dream city of Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in public relations. Beat: Man on the Street
Assistant Editor – Kathryn Hubbard
Kathryn Hubbard is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a Criminal Justice minor and is on the editorial team as a managing editor for the iPulse print editions. Kathryn is a member of the Tri Sigma sorority and is the Panhellenic Secretary for women’s Greek life on campus. Beat: Around Boca
Assistant Editor – Maria Acosta Bello
María Paula Acosta is studying Political Science with a Minor in Multimedia Journalism. Acosta was born in the Dominican Republic but has lived in France, United States, and Spain. Therefore, she speaks English, Spanish, and French. Beat: Events on Campus & Career Connections
Assistant Editor – Francesca De Nes
Francesca De Nes is studying political science with a minor in multimedia journalism. De Nes was born in England but has lived in Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She enjoys giving back to the community through social impact work such as travelling to Costa Rica through the Ambassador Corps program and becoming a Millenium Fellow. Beat: Social Impact Beat
Head Web Coordinator – Louis Eisenberg
Louis Eisenberg is a sophomore majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Photography. He is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) a Greek Organization located on campus. Louis was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Louis currently lives in sunny San Diego, California, where he loves to be outdoors, enjoying nature and documenting the world through a camera lens. Beat: Man on the Street.
Head Graphic Designer/Graduate Assistant – Alexandra Zapata
Alexandra Zapata is a multimedia artist raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Media Design, she serves as the Graduate Assistant for the College of Communication and Design. Alexandra has worked as a flute teacher, a video game design instructor for children, and a resident assistant for first-year students living on campus. She has dedicated her academic career to studying Film Theory, Scriptwriting, Music Publishing, Video Production, Drawing and Painting, 3D Modeling and Animation, and more.
Advertising Manager – Claire McCabe
Claire McCabe is a junior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor of Journalism. In addition to academics, McCabe has had leadership opportunities such as being apart of the student government her sophomore year and being a peer leader this year. Claire looks forward to joining the iPulse team to grow her journalism skills. Beat: Student & Faculty Profiles
Copy Editor – Kelly Marmo
Kelly Marmo is a senior at Lynn majoring in Communication and Emerging Media. Marmo has been a member of iPulse for 3 years and enjoys writing on her personal blog in her free time. This past summer, Marmo was a social media and marketing intern in Lavallette, NJ. Beat: Student Profiles & Alumni
Photographer – Lucia Dorley
Lucia Dorley is a sophomore studying Digital Art and Design. She is originally from Liberia West Africa but went to boarding school in New York and now attend Lynn University in Florida. This year, she had the honor of becoming a peer leader for the incoming freshman class at the university, and she looks forward to getting more involved on campus. Beat: Fashion & International Students
Photographer – Allison Young
Allison Young is a digital art major. If she is not drawing she is either at G.A.M.E. Club or learning sign language. In high school she was apart of ROTC. Her biggest accomplishment is graduating high school early. She is also a big Harry Potter fan. Beat: GAME Club.
Staff Writer – Emma Shapiro
Emma Shapiro is a senior studying communications from Philadelphia PA. Shapiro has an abundance of interests in the realm of the arts. She is very creative and excited to improve her writing skills as well as learning new ways to improve herself. Beat: Entertainment & Editorials.
Staff Writer – Shari Wigrizer
Shari Wigrizer is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a senior at Lynn University majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Elementary Education. Wigrizer can’t wait to write for IPulse this semester. Wigrizer also hopes to get a job as a journalist after she graduates college. Beat: Entertainment.
Staff Writer – Helen Kreuzer
Helen Kreuzer is a senior studying sports management with a minor in multimedia journalism. Originally from Germany, Kreuzer came all the way to the United States to pursue her dream of playing college golf. After three successful seasons and being named an All-American, she is now entering her final season as a Fighting Knight. This year, Kreuzer is looking forward to finishing her degree and wants to keep working on her children’s book “Holiday Fun.” Beat: International News & Athletics.
Staff Writer – Nicole Sheaks
Nicole Sheaks is a senior studying Environmental Sciences. Her passions for the well-being of the planet were put in action when she joined the Ambassador Corps at Lynn to learn about the sustainable development goals and travel to Belize to intern at the National Climate Change Office, REDD+ project. Last semester, she conducted research on recycling on campus and hopes to make an impact through the Sustainability Committee to increase recycling rates. Beat: Around Boca.
Staff Writer – Hayley Westbrook
Hayley Westbrook is a digital art & design major. She was born in England but grew up moving around routinely and lived in countries such as China, India and Nigeria. Westbrook’s unique experiences and appreciation for the vast cultures of the world shines through in her work at Lynn. Beat: Arts & Culture.
Staff Writer – Colby Coppola
Colby Coppola is a sophomore at Lynn University from Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Coppola is currently studying in the Communications program. She was involved with her high school writing programs and plans in being involved with the iPulse program during her time at Lynn. Beat: Student Profiles & Athletics.
Xavia Williams is a media studies and practice student at Lynn University. When she isn’t working hard whether it’s in class or at the Center of Student Involvement she’s entertaining her many fans from the library’s radio room where she resides every Saturday afternoon as the executive producer and host of “Zay’s Variety Show!”
Rebecca Krijt is a Drama major. When she’s not in class or getting voice lessons at Lynn’s Preparatory School of Music, she’s trying to make a name for herself in the South Florida theatre scene. She has studied musical theatre since the age of 13 and has played leads in Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, and Les Miserables. While working for iPulse, Krijt hopes to enhance her writing abilities and take on the marketing aspect of her and her boyfriend’s entertainment business.
Adam Ketyer is a senior, majoring in multimedia journalism. When home in the Pittsburgh area, Ketyer volunteers as a firefighter-EMT. Particularly, he is interested in the intersection of the media and public safety.
Sara McManus, is currently in her second year of being a member in the 3.0 program. She is majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Multimedia Journalism. From Upstate New York, Sara chose to attend Lynn for the easy accessibility to the beach and to experience everything that Florida has to offer. She aspires to be a TV host for QVC. This past summer she spent 15 weeks as a Digital Media Intern for the Williams Auto Group. When Sara isn’t working you can find her running in the morning, at the beach or hanging out with friends.
Christopher Hightower is a sophomore studying in the field of film and television from South Florida. While attending school he became interested in the film and television major by participating in school film clubs and his high school news station. He graduated with a GPA above a 4.0, earning him a presidential scholarship to Lynn University.
Victoria DiSorbo is a junior studying multimedia journalism. Born and raised in Sunny South Florida, Victoria loves everything water related, which definetly helped when she swam in the junior olympics as an early teen. DiSorbo traded in her fins for heels and won the title of Miss Florida Teen USA 2017. Since then, DiSorbo has been working as a sideline broadcaster for Lynn Athletics and is the director of marketing and public relations for a hemp corporation.
Chip Farmer is a transfer student from Broward College studying media studies and practices. Chip has an interest in writing songs, several of which he has had copyrighted with the help of Grammy nominated music producer, David Ruttenburg. Before transferring to Lynn, Chip had a short story published in BC’s literary magazine, “Blue Monday,”.
Kyle Ash is a junior and has done several internships including marketing at a sports management firm and at a wealth management firm. His major is advertising and PR but is open and looks to continue to explore different areas at Lynn. Ash is also a member on the club hockey team at the University and originally from Boston, MA.
Amelia Robinson is a sophomore, majoring in marketing and communications, while minoring in fashion and social media. Robinson was a DECA national finalist during the years of 2017, 2018 and 2019. An entrepreneur, She opened her own Açaí shop in Dover, DE in her junior year of high school and is currently in the process of creating her own swim line that she plans to finish developing by 2020.
Daniel Varon is a freshman at Lynn University from Port Saint Lucie, Florida, majoring in film and television production. After placing third two times at his state championships during his high school swimming career, he joined the men’s swim team at Lynn. Varon aspires to be a music video director, using the knowledge he will gain from his time at Lynn. When he’s not swimming he’ll be utilizing his free time to study and learn more about film and cinematography.
Ryan Dell’Orfano is a senior this academic year at Lynn, originally from Laguna Niguel, California but has lived in Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida. He’s looking forward to meeting and getting to know his classmates in the iPulse class.
Jennifer Rodriguez is a freshman studying Film and Television Production. Originally from Texas, she has worked hard which, in the end, has earned her both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Being given a home in (reword this) Lynn University, she was able to transfer most of her credits and has found a major that fits her the best.
Jack LaBarbera is a Long Island, New York native who is a member of the Lynn University Men’s Lacrosse team. Jack is an Advertising and Public Relations major who currently holds a 3.92 GPA and is apart of the Dean’s List. When Jack is not on the lacrosse field or in the classroom, he is a landscape photographer who loves to adventure and see the world.
Chris Sangiorgio is an award-winning designer, advertiser, and website developer. Chris owns Google Partners advertising agency Media Zoom Design and acts as the Interactive Creative Director for The Mullings Group family of companies. Chris holds four awards from the American Advertising Federation, and a three-time world championship title in competitive martial arts.
Sofiya Sokolova is a sophomore studying multimedia journalism. Originally from Russia, all her life she travelled around the world and visited many interesting places. She’s lived in five different countries, at the age of fifteen she moved to Barcelona, Spain where she found her passion in writing articles and designing magazines covers. In the future, her dream is to work at Vogue magazine.
Daniel Berg is a junior majoring in social media advertising. Berg hails from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, his Journey in the United States began two years ago when he was offered a scholarship to play baseball at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida. Fortunately, Lynn has given him the opportunity to continue his baseball and academic career, he intends to gain additional knowledge and create more memories with new teammates and peers over his next two years.
Phillipe Sotomayor is a film major. He is a Veteran and served in the Marine Corps for 10 years. He is a hard-working person that is dedicated and focused. When Sotomayor is not working on class assignments, he finds any type of art project to express his creative mind.
Jackie Birch is from a small town in Long Island, New York, studying Multimedia Journalism. With the aspiration to be a successful television personality, Birch works for a local radio station and has recently recieved her own radio show. She keeps an optimistic attitude and an open mind, within her time remaining at Lynn University.
Evelyn Sosa is a psychology major with a minor in multimedia journalism. When Sosa is not at classes, she is working with the Lynn University office of admissions communicating to admitted students the different activities that Lynn has throughout the year. This year Sosa has been involved with the Center of Student Involvement being a Peer Leader with the purpose of giving the best advice to her mentees.
Tendekai Mugabe is a multimedia journalism major at Lynn University. Born in Harare Zimbabwe, she attended Harare International School since she was 4 where she graduated in 2017 after successfully completing the International Baccalaureate program. After graduating, she moved to Beijing China where she studied the language, Mandarin and tradition of the people. Tendekai also has a love for photography.
Cal Gallagher is from Long Island, New York and he is a member of the Lacrosse team at Lynn University. Cal is a Digital Arts and Design major and achieved a 3.45 last semester. When Cal is not in class or on the lacrosse field practicing and studying, he is working on his graphic design and trying to be the most creative and original artist he can be.
Emma Zdrahal is an exciting up and coming artist who writes upbeat and unique sounding pop songs with an edge, connected by metaphors based on a split personality she created from heightened emotions from her life experiences. While being an upcoming music artist known for her red and white split personalities, Emma is also pursuing a degree in marketing at Lynn University, to educate herself in how to further the development of her brand and how to reach her ideal target audience based on personality and brand similarity. Zdrahal has been made a verified artist on Spotify, with over 25 thousand streams, and has also been featured on iheartradio through their shuffle station, live radio plays, and a podcast interview with David Serero.
Alyssa Piazza is a Senior at Lynn University, majoring in International Business and Marketing. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Alyssa has been able to work and study in many different countries; learning the different importance of life in b other regions. She enjoys spending time with her family, going snowboarding and enjoying a relaxing drink on the beach!