Meet Your Peer Leaders
New York City Seminars are characterized by the participation of a Peer Leader—an upper-level student who works in tandem with the course professor and helps students learn the ropes and navigate MMC and life in the city. Peer Leaders go through an intensive training in order to become trusted advisors who serve as resources for students both inside and outside the classroom.
Meet a few of our 2020-2021 Peer Leaders:
Major/Minor: Double Major in Theatre (Producing and Management concentration) and Public Relations, Minor in Arts Management
Hi friends, I’m Megan (she/her/hers)! I’m from Staten Island, but am calling East Harlem my home for now. I’m a double major in Theatre with a concentration in Producing and Management and Public Relations with a minor in Arts Management (I’m very happy to talk about double majors with you if you’d like!). On campus, I’m the Vice President of the Mickey Mouse Club, often volunteer with Marymount Muscle, and am one of Griffy’s tour guides. Fun fact about me: the beluga whale is my FAVORITE animal!!! Hope to see ya around on Zoom!
Major/Minor: Major in Psychology, Triple minor in Forensic Psychology, Social Work, and Law and Ethics
Hola! My name is Giselle Caraballo (she/her/hers), a third-year Psychology Major with a triple minor in Forensic Psychology, Social Work, and Law & Ethics here at Marymount Manhattan College and I’m from Yauco, Puerto Rico. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the city, cooking, and catching up with shows. Besides being a Peer Leader, I also work at the Griffin Gear Kiosk at school and I’m this year’s SGA Senator for Food and Health. I’m more than thrilled to meet all of you, so welcome to the MMC family and New York City! We are here for you, so if you have any questions or need help, feel free to reach out.
Major/Minor: Major in Interdisciplinary Studies, Minors in Theatre Arts and Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hi, my name is Jackie (she/her/hers)! I’m studying fandom culture through the interdisciplinary studies major (because I’m a huge nerd), and I’m completing minors in theatre arts and gender & sexuality studies. I’m from Southern California, so I love New York in the spring and summer but I suffer severely once the temperature drops below 70 degrees. My Hogwarts house is Hufflepuff and if I were in the Avatar universe, I’d probably be a water bender even though my zodiac is an earth sign.
Major/Minor: Major in Business (Social Entrepreneurship and Fashion Marketing concentrations), Minor in Theatre Arts
Hello, all! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there 💕. My name is Carli Christian (she/her/hers) and this upcoming school year I will be a junior. I’m originally from Columbia, South Carolina; however I moved to Dallas, Texas nine years ago prior to coming to NYC! My major is Business with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship & Fashion Marketing and my minor is Theatre Arts! I love being involved on campus: in addition to being a PL, I am also a business ambassador for the business division at MMC and the Vice President of Marymount Christian Fellowship. I love going shopping, creating content for my YouTube channel (Carli Christian TV) and working on my business in my free time! My business is called Walking Into Destiny and it is geared towards encouraging and inspiring youth and young adults to seek God and discover their purpose! Please feel free to contact me if you all have any questions about MMC! I am very excited about this school year and I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Major/Minor: Double major in Theatre Arts (Writing for the Stage concentration) and Communication Arts, Minor in Music
My name is Michael Dunlap (he/him/his) and I am from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a small city on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. I am a double major Theatre Arts with a concentration in Writing for the Stage and Communication Arts with a minor in Music. This is my second year as a Peer Leader and I’m super excited to get to know my group of students, even if mostly through a screen! I am also the vice president of On A Side Note, Marymount’s a cappella group, and an actor for short films in Cinemaniacs, the film club at MMC. An interesting fact about me is that I had cataract surgery at 10 days old, leaving me without a lens in my left eye.
Major/Minor: Double Major in Theatre Arts (Directing concentration) and History
Hi! I’m Julia Gaudioso (she/her/hers) and I am from Livingston, New Jersey. I’m a double major in Directing and History, am on the Throne Dance Team, and was involved in the Emerging Leaders program last year. I am learning to bake, and one of my quarantine activities was learning all of my Italian family recipes!
Major/Minor: Double major in Dance (Body, Science, and Motion concentration) and Biology, Double minor in Chemistry and Arts Management
My name is Gabriella Gavazzi (she/her/hers) I am originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, but now I live with my roommate on the Upper East Side! I am majoring in Dance, with a concentration in Body, Science, and Motion, and Biology. I am also double minoring in Chemistry and Arts Management. I am the Vice President of the Campus Activity Board (CAB), and am also involved with The Throne and the Dance Reps on campus. I also work at the Upper East Side location of Athleta. In my free time, I am working toward personal training and nutrition certifications.
Major/Minor: Major in Business (Arts and Media Management and Social Entrepreneurship concentrations)
Hi everyone! My name is Mairead Hurley (she/her/hers) and I am originally from right over the GW in Jersey. I am a junior Business Major with a double concentration in Arts and Media Management and Social Entrepreneurship. During my time at Marymount, I have been involved in the Emerging Leaders program, Peer Leaders, Treasurer of the Marymount Business Association, and a member of the Psych Club. A fun fact about me is my go to karaoke song is “Don’t Rain on my Parade” from Funny Girl! I can’t wait to meet you all!
Major/Minor: Double major in Biomedical Science and English and World Literatures, Minor in Chemistry
Hi! My name is Jade Johnsamson (she/her/hers) and I am a junior at MMC. I am a Biomedical Science and English and World Literatures major, with a minor in Chemistry. I am originally from South Ozone Park, Queens, but now I live in Dallas, Texas. I am involved in several clubs on campus, including Pre-Med Club, Science Society, and more. I am a nerd that will find any excuse to talk about Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel and DC.
Major/Minor: Double major in Digital Journalism and Theatre Arts
Hi all, my name is Meg (she/her/hers)! I am from Baltimore, Maryland, and I am a Digital Journalism and Theatre Arts double major. I’m the Features Editor for our school newspaper, The Monitor, and a fun fact about me is that despite always having very crazy and weird stories about my life, whenever I’m asked this question I go blank and can’t think of anything.
Major/Minor: Major in Digital Media Video Production, Minor in Creative Writing
Hi everyone, my name is Julia (she/her/hers) and I live in central New Jersey with my parents and brother when I am not living on campus! I’ve always loved movies, TV and filmmaking, thus leading me into the Digital Media Video Production major with a Creative Writing minor. I am currently a junior and this will be my second year as a PL. Peer leadership has allowed me to break out of my shell and become a more extroverted version of myself while helping new students adjust to MMC life. Finally, the last fun thing I was lucky enough to do in the city (before switching to virtual class due to COVID) was winning tickets to see Harry Styles on the Today Show!
Major/Minor: Major in Musical Theatre, Minor in Drama Therapy
My name is Olivia (she/her/hers) and I am from Portland, Oregon. I am majoring in Musical Theatre with a minor in Drama Therapy. On campus, I’m involved with the a cappella group, On a Side Note, and Marymount Muscle, the community service club. In my free time, you can catch me watching Oregon Duck football games, running in the park, or baking something I found on Pinterest. I also love jamming to Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift, among many other things. If you love cake as much as I do, I know the best bakeries in the city! :)
Major/Minor: Double major in New Media and Digital Media Video Production
Aubreyne Brizette (she/her/hers) is a rising junior stemming from New Milford, NJ. A double major in Theatre and New Media and Digital Media Video Production (with hopes to add Digital Journalism), she is also the Senator of Commuting for Student Government Association, president of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Association, liaison for Cinemaniacs, an editor for the Yearbook, and a student worker in the Office of Admissions. In her free time she is Director of Events of the social platform @genzgirlgang and Events Coordinator for a FIND Inc. (Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue) Approved Club.
Major/Minor: Double major in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media and Studio Art
Hi! I’m Emma (she/her/hers)! I am a double major in Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media and Studio Art and I am on the Executive Board for Cinemaniacs, our film-loving and production organization! I grew up in Lafayette, Colorado so I love to go out for walks and explore!
Major/Minor: Double major in Biology and Urban and Environmental Sustainability, Minor in Law and Ethics
Howdy! My name is Victoria (often go by Tori or Vic) (she/her/hers) and I am originally a Georgia Peach. I am double majoring in Biology and Urban and Environmental Sustainability with a Law and Ethics Minor. Around the school I am involved as the Editor-in-Chief of Yearbook as well as various science-related clubs. I love reading, musicals, and watching anime/k-dramas.
Major/Minor: Major in Digital Media and Video Production
Hi, I’m Liz (she/her/hers) and I’m from Lexington, MA. I’m currently a Digital Media and Video Production major but exploring the possibility of double majoring in something with theater. I’m in Cinemaniacs and the TV studio club. One fun fact about me is that I live less than a mile away from the mall where Paul Blart: Mall Cop was filmed.
Major/Minor: Major in Psychology, Double Minor in Dance and Forensic Psychology
My name’s Willa (she/her/hers)! I am a Psychology major with minors in Dance and Forensic Psychology and I’m from Chicago! This will be my second year as a PL and I can’t wait to meet you all!