Team Kicker

Meet Team Kicker!

Executive Leadership

Founder/CEO/Editor-in-Chief: Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly Epstein OjalvoHolly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. Holly earned a BA at Lafayette College and MA's at University of Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

President/COO/CFO/CMO: Lisa Vehrenkamp

Lisa Vehrenkamp

Lisa has over 20 years of business experience in sales, operations, marketing, finance, and strategy. Most recently, she was General Manager for American Express in Australia. Lisa also consults for charities on branding, marketing, and strategy. She got her BA at Michigan State and her MBA at NYU. Lisa lives in Brooklyn and is active in volleyball, tennis, and Pilates. Follow: @LisaVehrenkamp.

Associate Editors

Laura Buchwald

Buchwald Laura writes about lifestyle and media for print and the web. She is a former reporter for the New York Post’s Page Six and her work has appeared in LA Confidential, Gotham Magazine and XOJane. She is a memoir editor and ghostwriter. Follow: @LauraBuchwald.

Rachel Reynolds

Rachel Reynolds

Rachel is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Philadelphia with her partner, her kid, and two terrible cats. She has a degree in rhetoric from UC Berkeley, and her work has appeared in HipMama, Liminalities, VICE, and more. When she's not geeking out about news and words, chances are decent she's eating pie while watching "King of the Hill" -- or she'd like to be, anyway. Follow: @mamacidal.

Brianna Snyder

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. More at Follow: @BriannaLSnyder.


Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry's team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She's the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

Patrick deHahn

Patrick deHahn

Patrick is a freelance international news reporter, having contributed to The Atlantic online and Mic. He's worked at CNNMoney, the New York Daily News, and Voice of America. Patrick loves tweeting, reading, and grabbing coffee in either New York or Washington D.C. Tweet anything on politics or world conflict to him! Follow: @patrickdehahn.

Hillary Goldsmith

Hillary Goldsmith

Hillary was born in some big important city in New England and is a graduate of the great Rutgers University (RU RAH RAH!) with a double major in journalism and history and a double minor in sociology and women's gender studies (say that five times fast.). In her spare time, Hillary eats, sleeps, writes (a lot), and bothers her fiancé for sport. She currently resides in New Jersey with her fiancé. She’d like to thank her family and friends for pretending she’s as funny as she thinks she is, and, of course, her readers who may not fall under any of these categories. I do it all for you. Follow: @hillGURLL.

Alison Maney

Alison Maney

Alison is a nomadic freelance writer originally from Northern Virginia. A 2013 NYU graduate, she has been writing for everyone from PR agencies to startup companies to actual real life publications. She wastes her time watching old movies with her dog, Louie. Follow: @sheepandcake.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan Sarah has been a nonprofit fundraiser, a door-to-door canvasser, and a personal finance reporter for She is now a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor. She loves to travel, but mostly lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Jenkins, and her ever-deepening Joss Whedon obsession. Follow: @mssarahmorgan.

Olivia Prentzel


Olivia is an editorial assistant at The Record, New Jersey's second largest daily newspaper. She's a former BBC Travel intern and a proud Rutgers alum. She studied journalism, media studies, and English at Rutgers, where she was managing editor of the daily student newspaper and editor-in-chief of She was also on the rowing and triathlon teams. Dogs, summer, and DIY projects are up there on the list of her much-loved things in life. Follow: @OlivePretzel.

Monica Thunder

Monica Thunder

Monica is a freelance journalist based in San Diego, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz, where she worked as an editor at City on a Hill Press, with degrees in anthropology and creative writing. You can usually bribe her to write for you with tea, an almond croissant, or blueberries. Follow: @mgthunder.

Jon Vorpe

Jon Vorpe

Jon is a lover of words, a master at getting lost, a stranger to the concept of fashion, and a movie-going fiend. He wrote and edited for several publications at UC Santa Cruz, and longs for the rolling hills of campus now that he's ventured southward to Los Angeles. There, he has trouble reading parking signs, reads too many screenplays, and works on growing up. Follow: @HopscotchWillie.

Lauren Wethers

Lauren Wethers

Lauren is originally from outside Saint Louis, but traveled down the Mississippi River to be a student at Tulane University, where she is the editor-in-chief of The Tulane Review and director of the New Orleans Universities Relay for Life. She has also written for and Winnovating. One day she'll figure out how to make the Time Turner real, but until then, she'd like to thank coffee for her success. Follow: @laurenwethers.


Dana Brown

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Dana is a freshman at NYU and a writer, copy-editor and photographer for the Washington Square News. She currently plans to major in history, but who knows where the next four years will take her? Her other interests include cats, fantasy and marveling at weather under 60 degrees -- she's from Florida. Follow: @DanaBrownd.

Domenica Casey

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Domenica, who also goes by the nickname Demi, is an undergrad at Rutgers University New Brunswick where she resides and is studying Communications and Sociology. In her free time she's dancing on the Rutgers Performing Arts Dance Company and on the side she is also a photographer. She's a huge animal lover, art enthusiast, and child at heart!

Christina Chung

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Christina lives in New York City, New York, and equally dodges commuters and the homeless everyday on her way to school. Currently a junior at NYU, she is double majoring in English and Journalism. If not found in a cafe with her nose a book, Christina enjoys researching and writing about the incredibly diverse food scene that her city has to offer. She loves learning new languages and exploring the cultural fluctuations that occur in the melting pot of NYC.

Amanda Dusheck

Amanda Dusheck

Amanda lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, amid the succulent corn fields! She is in her final semester at University of Northern Iowa while working part-time and volunteering for Meals on Wheels through NEI3A. Music and art are her passion. Amanda also enjoys writing poems and happening upon inspirational ones too! Follow Amanda and her insights on Instagram: @manda_dc (Better yet, follow her work on Instagram at gokicker!)

Sarah Ellice-Flint

Sarah Ellice-Flint

Sarah lives in Sydney, Australia, and is currently studying for her high school International Baccalaureate Diploma, as well as working towards her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She is interested in philosophy, politics, and positive psychology, and in her free time can be found practicing meditative yoga, running, or passionately sharing a new holistic approach to health with friends. Sarah lives by the Steve Jobs quote, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Aysha Qamar

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Aysha lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she is attends Rutgers University-New Brunswick as a second semester senior. She is currently studying Political Science and Journalism with minors in both Religion and Middle Eastern Studies. Aysha is involved in various campus organizations from cultural and non-profit organizations to campus Greek life. In her free time she likes to write, sing, bake desserts, and most of all eat! Being a complete ‘foodie’ Aysha not only loves cooking and baking, but also trying and eating different worldly foods and deserts. Need a place to eat in Central Jersey? Aysha is the person to contact!

Jillian Sands

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Jillian lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and is in her final semester at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She is currently studying Information Technology and Digital media, as well as working part time teaching life skills AKA swim lessons for the neighboring kids. Aside from the pool, she enjoys playing club basketball for Rutgers in her free time. Above all, music is what really excites her. Trolling music blog sites for new music to listen to is what she thrives on day by day. Where words fail, music speaks.


Elisa Lewis

Elisa LewisElisa is the brains and talent behind Burning Ear Media. She's the designer and developer of Kicker.

David Reid

David, the UX mastermind at radiantUX, developed Kicker's logo and color scheme and consults on UX.

Legal Counsel

The BLIP Clinic at Brooklyn Law School


Dora Chomiak

Dora is a digital leader with experience in online marketing and sales, business development, product development, and strategy. Her expertise is in deploying emerging technologies for integrated, targeted media products, from vision to sustainable operations. She has experience with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and non-profits and is fluent in Ukrainian.

Allison Floam

Allison is a successful entrepreneur who founded three companies over the past decade, including, where she was president. Allison has also advised several other startups.

Anthony Napolitano

Anthony has been a senior advertising sales executive at several digital properties, including Google, StumbleUpon, and SimpleReach. His expertise includes online and mobile advertising, online discovery, and digital strategy.

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