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 Ojalvo Holly’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. She also teachers writers how to embrace productivity on Skillshare. Follow: @ktpeaches.

Brianna Snyder

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working media-ly since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. She’s an editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She has more than 500 Twitter followers, which is nice, and cares very much about news, pop culture, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder.


Lily Altavena

Lily is a production assistant at MSNBC and 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, Calif. and former banana slug, or UC Santa Cruz alum. On the weekends she moonlights at Garlic Jo’s (Thai, Japanese, Italian, Tex-Mex fusion) and likes cooking with friends. During the week she volunteers and attempts to learn French. She recently helped start The Orange Bubbly, a satirical news site. Her last pet was a 30-pound cat named Jaws and she loves anything with avocado on it. Follow: @jennymcain.

Jessica Fee

Jessica Fee Jess is wrapping up a stint as a features department intern at Mashable. Her latest project is New Logical, a media site she is helping to launch. While studying Media, Culture, and Communications at NYU, Jessica started “Beyond the Square,” a video production company that interviews professionals in the media industry about their careers and their unique paths to success. Jessica’s passion for social media is rivaled by her obsessions with chocolate and fiction/tech-related narratives. Follow: @jessfee.

Susannah Griffee

griffee-2 Susannah is an NYU student from Memphis who has interned at USA Today College,, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC, and Vogue, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives. Follow: @susannahgriffee.

Kris Holt

Kris Holt Kris is a freelance writer and editor whose writing has appeared in The Daily Dot, Salon, and many other outlets. He lives in Montreal and is passionate about technology, film, and good food. A native Scot, he’d like to eradicate the word “soccer” and just have everyone call it “football.” Follow: @krisholt.

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 studied journalism, media studies, and English at Rutgers, where she was managing editor of the independent daily newspaper and the editor-in-chief of She was also on the rowing and triathlon teams. While she struggles with picking favorites, dogs, summer, and DIY projects are up there on her list of her much-loved things in life. Follow: @OlivePretzel.

Jenny Simeone


Jenny is a freelance writer. A recent UC-Santa Cruz grad, she has written for Ms. Magazine and is currently with KQED public radio in San Francisco. She’s based in the Bay Area and is always looking for new adventures, 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 has a B.S. in print journalism and an M.A. in communication and media. 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 NYU graduate. At NYU, Katie was deputy managing editor for the Washington Square News, NYU’s daily student newspaper. 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 a Tulane University student, an editorial intern at, and director of the Tulane/Loyola Relay for Life. She has also interned for VolunTEEN Nation and Free the Slaves. She enjoys writing, social media, and eating her way through New Orleans. 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.

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 producer 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.

Street Team Coordinator

Katie Riley

Katie Riley

Katie is the Campus Program Coordinator at She’s the First, which basically means that she refuses to leave her college years behind. She’s a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in global politics and economics and occasionally overuses the word “y’all.” Katie is the proud mother of a pet rabbit, and has just recently come to terms with her addictions to sweet tea, office supplies and Twitter. Follow: @heykatieriley.


Amanda Day McCullough

Amanda McCullough Amanda is a senior at Hunter College High School and a mentee and Youth Board member at Girls Write Now. She is co-president of her school’s Women’s Issues club and captain of Hunter’s varsity swimming and basketball teams. Outside the gym, 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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