The Editorial Team
Marichi Aria is a first-year student majoring in social impact and entrepreneurship with the Watson Institute at Lynn University. Outside of class, Marichi works for a data science company and enjoys volunteering with young children.
Spencer A. Backman is a political science student at Lynn University. He currently serves as global news editor for iPulse. His articles and division cover political events, international relations, global conflicts, industry, economics, local events and domestic politics.
Noah Barclay was born and raised in Medford, New Jersey, and serves as copy editor for iPulse. He takes his academic pursuits and grades very seriously and cares deeply about his family. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, studying his hobby in meteorology and, when home, spending time with friends and family.
Monika Goldbach Bridgers is a dedicated film production major with a minor in communications, showcasing her passion for both visual storytelling and effective communication. As an avid reader and lover of narratives, she brings a unique perspective to her film endeavors. Goldbach-Bridgers has actively contributed to local film festivals, such as WIFF, where she played a pivotal role in establishing their streaming service, WIFFTV. Her commitment to the film industry was further highlighted when she had the opportunity to attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival through programs at Lynn University, allowing her to connect with and learn from emerging filmmakers.
Sydney Burke is a multimedia journalism major, originally from Natick, Massachusetts. She served as her high school’s news anchor for two years, which is where her passion for journalism began. She has enjoyed taking several different communications classes throughout her time at Lynn University along with being involved in iPulse for the three semesters. She is currently interning with a beauty company and assists them with content creation for social media. In her free time, Sydney loves spending time with friends, visiting new restaurants and watching Boston sports.
Jonah Cole is a junior at Lynn University majoring in multimedia journalism. He was born and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut, and currently serves as the captain of Lynn Debate.
Jack Dana is a senior at Lynn University. Originally from Tampa FL, he has one brother and three dogs. He’s an expert in weight training and nutrition. He often likes to spend time with loved ones or on the golf course.
Gabi Drobot is a senior at Lynn University studying advertising and public relations with a minor in multimedia journalism. Drobot has worked for iPulse in previous semesters and looks forward to getting back to work with the team. Drobot also works for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as a strategic engagement intern and enjoys spending time with her friends in her free time.
Briana Durbin is a senior and soon to be first generation college graduate. Originally from Staten Island New York, the 22-year old has been living in New jersey for the past three years. She has an older brother and an older sister, and six cats and a dog back home. She loves dancing, listening to music and hanging with my friends and family.
Porsha Ellefson was born and raised in northern Minnesota in a small town called Hibbing. Porsha is currently pursuing a degree in communications. She enjoys going to nature reserves and plants!
Swanson Gibson Jr. is a multimedia journalism major. The 22-year-old was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He serves as an anchor for the iPulse Live Show and staff writer for iPulse Print. He has an immense passion for sports and aims to work at the highest level of the sports entertainment industry. Some of his favorite sports figures include the late Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter.
Lisset Guillen is a freshman born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. A multimedia journalism major, she is a news anchor for iPulse Live and serves as the assistant editor for iPulse Print. She is an avid writer who has a passion for analyzing films and sharing people’s stories. She was also iPulse’s “Rookie of the Year.”
Mitchell Kayal is a junior at Lynn University majoring in communications. Kayal looks to focus on improving his communication, written and public speaking skills, essential for his major and minor fields, the latter being advertising and public relations. He serves as managing editor for iPulse and has interned with his family business in his hometown of Miami, FL.
Connor Markey is a senior at Lynn University majoring in multimedia journalism, as well as an avid writer. After graduation, he plans to pursue a full-time career in journalism.
Nelson Mallick was born in Sydney Australian-born but raised in Boston, Massachusetts. With a major in health care management and a minor in education, Mallick loves running, yoga and any other physical activity.
Dec Miller is a junior in the field of writing. He has a fondness for everything related to video gaming and gaming news, and sought to study journalism to seek a job where he can write passionately about video games. His exceptional writing skills have led him to taking college level writing classes while still in high school.
Tobechi Nwokedi is originally from Lagos Nigeria in West Africa and a communications and multimedia major. He is also beloved by his peers and professors on campus. One of his best qualities is his authentic personality and good sense of character. He strives to be genuine and honest in the way he carries himself and respects everyone around him. He also loves being outdoors doing soccer with friends or just exploring the world.
Alex Stroh studies event planning and public relations at Lynn University. He grew up just North of Boca Raton in a small town known as Jupiter, Florida. As a staff writer in iPulse, he plans on showcasing local events throughout Palm Beach County.
Born in Brazil, Felipe Sigaud is a communications major student at Lynn University. During his freetime, he enjoys doing high energy sports such as surfing, tennis, and soccer. He also enjoys leisure activities including going out with friends and family as well as going to the beach and parties. Sigaud plans to return to his home country after graduation to pursue a career in communications.
Lily Waters was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will be graduating from Lynn in December 2024. She is a communications major with a minor in psychology. Waters is very interested in journalism and has a passion for writing.
Katie Zivley, a senior majoring in multimedia journalism, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Last spring, she contributed to the role of managing editor of iPulse. She currently holds the title of Co-Editor-in-Chief of iPulse for the 2023-2024 academic year. Aside from writing, she enjoys Zumba, lifestyle, fashion, and tennis.
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