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

Dieter Holger

Dieter Holger

Dieter loves talking about dolphins, politics, and technology. On top of Kicker he's a HuffPost campus editor. He has a bachelor of philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and is studying for a masters of computational journalism at Cardiff University. Follow him on Twitter @dieterholger.

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.

Associate Editor: Jayden Norris

Jayden Norris After growing up in San Luis Obispo, California, Jayden moved north to attend UC Santa Cruz. While he graduated in three years with a degree in legal studies, he spent most of his time as editor-in-chief at City on a Hill Press, the student-run campus newspaper. Back in San Luis Obispo post-graduation, Jayden continues to consume news voraciously, and travel up and down the coast of The Golden State. Follow: @jaydennorris.


Clementine Amidon

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Clementine is a graduate of Mount Holyoke, where she studied English and French. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, USA Today, BUST, and Odyssey. Clementine is an undercover short story writer, and in her spare time she’s on a quest to craft the perfect tweet.

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.

Lily Altavena

Lily is a TV news producer currently pursuing a master's degree in journalism. 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.

Christina Buff

Christina Buff Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow: @tinabuff where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya Chitransh Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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.

Allison Hollender

Allison Hollender

Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter: @alleyrenee16.

Sydney Moorhead

Sydney Moorhead

Sydney is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English-language literature. She served as a City on a Hill Press editor and an editorial intern at Good Times Weekly. She currently resides in Orange County, where she does her best not to spend all her money at the ridiculous number of malls. She loves watching Bravo reality shows and eating vegan food that isn’t too expensive (so, never). Follow: @sydmoorhead.

Samantha Rhodes

Samantha Rhodes Samantha is a senior at Georgetown studying English and studio art. She has written for USA TODAY College, The Hoya, DC Life Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and is the co-editor-in-chief of Georgetown campus publication Venture Capitol, which covers entrepreneurship and startups in DC. When not reporting or shooting with her Nikon, she's surrounded by books on Greek mythology and neuroscience or listening to tech podcasts on her way to Bikram yoga. Follow: @samanthakrhodes.


Elisa Lewis

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

David Reid

David, a UX mastermind, 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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