Team Kicker

What does Kicker have in common with The New York Times, MSNBC, Huff Post Live, Mashable, Forbes, The New York Daily News,, and other media outlets? Talent. We have the best team of young journalists on the web, HANDS DOWN. Meet Team Kicker.

Founder & 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 B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

Associate Editors

Katherine Peach


Katherine is a freelance journalist and digital media editor based in Santa Monica, Calif. She can be found tasting microdistillery gin crafted in Washington State, balancing eagle pose at sustainable yoga retreats, or researching women’s entrepreneurship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her work has appeared with, Revere Magazine, Whole Life Times,, and The Santa Monica Mirror. More about her work and how to embrace productivity at Follow: @ktpeaches.

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.

Jenny Cain

Jenny Cain

Jenny is a freelance writer from Orange County, California, and former banana slug, or UC Santa Cruz alum. She teaches classical and jazz piano to high school students and audits classes at UC Irvine. Inspired by Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and the Supreme Court's 3 badass lady justices, she'd like to see the U.S. elect their first woman president. Like, yesterday. Follow: @jennymcain.

Jessica Fee

Jessica Fee Jess is a freelance video producer in San Francisco, California. She studied media, culture, and communications at NYU, where she started “Beyond the Square,” a video production company that interviews professionals in the media industry about their careers and their unique paths to success. She previously wrote for Mashable, and is a really, really big fan of chocolate. Follow: @jessfee.

Kris Holt

Kris Holt Kris is a freelance writer and editor who has written for The Daily Dot, The Daily Beast, PolicyMic, and many other outlets. He lives in Montreal and is passionate about technology and film. A native Scot, he'd like to eradicate the word "soccer" and just have everyone call it "football." Follow: @krisholt.

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.

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.

Jenny Simeone

Jenny Simeone

Jenny is a freelance journalist based in Berkeley, California. A recent UC Santa Cruz grad, she has written for a number of small Santa Cruz papers and for Ms. Magazine, and has produced work for KQED public radio in San Francisco. She's always looking for new adventures, bike rides, Scrabble games, and books to befriend. Follow: @jennymsimeone.

Hilary Sutton

Hilary Sutton

Hilary is passionate about stories that are begging to be told. She is principal at HSL Creative, a content and social media management firm, as well as an actor and journalist. She is also a communications instructor at Southern New Hampshire University where she teaches social media classes. She loves red velvet cake, Broadway and her husband Juan Carlos Lagares -- but not necessarily in that order. Follow: @hilarysutton.

Catherine Thompson

Katie Thompson Katie is a news writer at Talking Points Memo, a former research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, and a proud graduate of NYU, where she was deputy managing editor for the daily student newspaper, Washington Square News. In her free time, Katie hones her cooking skills and is fairly certain that she would beat Giada de Laurentiis in a cook-off. Follow: @KT_thomps.

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.

Eli Wolfe

Eli Wolfe Eli is a freelance writer and researcher in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. He previously worked for the San Francisco Magazine as an intern and fellow. At UC Santa Cruz, Eli was the managing editor for City on a Hill Press, the student-run weekly newspaper. He’s an early riser who completes more crossword puzzles before 6 a.m. than most people attempt all day. Follow: @eliwolfe4.

Kicker Alumni

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.

Noah Caldwell

Noah Caldwell Noah is the editorial assistant at Twine Magazine and a contributor for the Spectator Tribune. Follow: @noahgcr.

Ryan Chavis

Chavis Ryan is a social media enthusiast and cupcake connoisseur living in Brooklyn. Follow: @JamesRyanChavis.

Anne Garrett

Anne Garrett Anne is a Brooklyn-based documentary film editor and freelance writer. She is an editor at Longform, a site for non-fiction from around the web. She was previously a literary agent. She likes reading, watching and telling stories. Follow: @annediego.

Lauren Gensler

Lauren Gensler Lauren is an assistant producer at She was formerly an editorial assistant at Money magazine, and has also assisted on special projects at, interned at Dow Jones, and written on the staff of her college newspaper. She graduated from Wake Forest University, where she studied journalism and political science. Follow: @laurengensler.

Susannah Griffee

griffee-2 Susannah is a journalist and NYU graduate who is starting law school in fall '14. Follow: @susannahgriffee.

Ben Hancock

Ben is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and interns at SAP. He's from West Virginia. Follow: @benjarad.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah is an associate producer for "Hardball With Chris Matthews" at MSNBC and was a community screener for HuffPost Live. she has a journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada. Follow: @journoholic.

Rachel Kleinman

Rachel Kleinman

Rachel is a homepage editor at MSNBC. She was previously an associate editor at YourTango and PolicyMic in addition to Kicker. Follow: @rak0319.

Eric Larson

Eric is a features writer at Mashable, and previously interned at NPR. Follow: @elarson0429.

Chelsia Marcius

Chelsia is a staff reporter for The New York Daily News. She was previously a reporter at DNAinfo New York, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, SchoolBook, and The Chicago Sun-Times. She has an M.A. in journalism from NYU. Follow: @chelsiamarcius.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Allure,, Fast Company, The Millions and The Daily Beast. Follow: @propjen.

Michael Mott

Mott Mike was editor in chief of the weekly student newspaper at UC Santa Cruz and is pursuing his M.A. in journalism at Columbia. Follow: @mikewmott.

Ryan Papaserge

Ryan is a copy editor at The Post-Journal in Jamestown, N.Y. Follow: @RyanPapaserge.

Marc Weinreich

Marc Weinreich Marc is the editor of a weekly newspaper in Putnam County, N.Y., writes breaking news for and has written for The New York Times. He has an M.S. in journalism from Columbia. Marc is a photographer who has also worked in publishing for Sesame Street and in recruiting on Wall Street. Follow: @questionmarcs.

Campus Ambassador Program Coordinator

Katie Riley

Katie Riley

Between coordinating Kicker's Campus Ambassador program and her day job as Campus Program Coordinator over at She's the First, Katie simply refuses to leave her college years behind. She earned her degree in global politics and economics from the University of Tennessee, but left her Southern roots to become a real New Yorker (though she still says "y'all"... a lot). When she's not hanging out with students, Katie can be found watching SNL clips, exploring Queens, or rationalizing how bacon goes with any and everything. Follow: @heykatieriley.


Caitin Connell

Caitlin Connell Caitlin is a senior studying communications at Pace University. She is a Pennsylvanian at heart, a major Philadelphia sports fan, and has a female guinea pig named after her favorite baseball player, Hunter Pence. She is also a bartender, a babysitter, and an animal rescuer. Her favorite color is orange, and she loves volunteering for different organizations such as AHRC, tutoring high school students on the autism spectrum, and environmental groups working on student farms throughout NYC. She is also a Dave Matthews Band fanatic. Follow: @caitliniicole.

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris
Rebecca is a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a 2015 fellow in the Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Program. Her passion is finding creative and innovative ways to present the news to her generation. In 2012, after spending some time on Capitol Hill, she started the blog Purple Politics, which aims to educate college students on what's happening in the world. A UCONN alum, she is a die-hard Husky basketball fan and obsessed with the New York Rangers and Beyonce. Her motto is "Be a fountain, not a drain." Follow: @rebeccajharris.

Amanda Day McCullough

Amanda McCullough Amanda is a rising freshman at Pomona College and a graduate of Hunter College High School, where she was co-president of her school’s Women’s Issues club and captain of Hunter’s varsity swimming and basketball teams. She is a former mentee and Youth Board member at Girls Write Now. Amanda is a die-hard Knicks fan and a reluctant Mets fan. Her favorite holiday is Festivus and she writes creative nonfiction in her free time. Follow @AmandaDMcc.


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

Fairy Godmothers

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.

Kathryn Kercher
Kathryn is a marketing, branding, and revenue strategist and business leader with experience working in media, entertainment, technology and social enterprises with a passion for the consumer and user experience. She has held multifunctional positions in business development and brand strategy with major media companies as well as with tech-based startups, and her expertise is uncovering new opportunities for properties and advertisers that drive engagement, acquisition, partnerships and sales.

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