Our Team

Carmella Boykin

Carmella Boykin

Project Manager

Carmella Boykin is the project manager of 44 New Voices. She is a Broadcast & Digital Journalism senior in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. During the project’s inaugural year in 2020, she worked on “Identify” team as a researcher. From Macomb, Michigan, Carmella is passionate about storytelling and is excited to present the range of new voices on the 2021 list.

Julia Fontana

Julia Fontana

Identify Team

Julia is a researcher, designer, and optimist with a passion for innovative technologies and entrepreneurship for social good. She has recently earned her master’s in information management from the iSchool at Syracuse University, and has had a hand in leading and contributing to different research projects across the university over the past three years. As a member of the New Voices Identify team, Julia loves using her research skills for such an impactful mission at the intersection of media, technology, and diversity.

Jessica Garfield

Jessica Garfield

Identify Team

Jessica is hungry for diverse perspectives that work to to dismantle the polarized media landscape. As a student of the Newhouse School, she studied advertising and with an emphasis in data analysis and popular culture. She believes that the concept of innovation should extend beyond technology. To build we must broaden the landscape of voices we choose to amplify. Her work on the Identify Team’ highlights marginalized media pioneers who are changing the way we understand media. Her podcast for 44 New Voices is in development, and will bring vital viewpoints to the forefront of our dialogues.

Iris Li

Iris Li

Amplify Team

Iris leads the amplify team of 44 New Voices. She graduated from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management with a B.S. in Marketing Management and Finance. She chose to continue her education at Syracuse University and is currently pursuing an M.A in Advertising at the Newhouse School. Being an international student from Hong Kong, diverse representation and amplifying the voices of people that are making a change across the world are important to her.

Julian D. Neely

Julian D. Neely

Identify Team

Julian D. Neely is a second-year graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications at Iowa State University. Julian began his graduate degree at Syracuse University and then found his way back to ISU, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Julian is intrigued by the power of research and fascinated by the multitude of unheard voices that are identified by the “Identify” team. While he is away from work, Julian enjoys fine-tuning his storytelling capabilities through photography, videography, and screenwriting.

JD Scribner

JD Scribner

Identify Team

JD Scribner is a graduate student studying Arts Journalism in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Originally from Tempe, Arizona, JD attended Arizona State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Global Politics. He has experience working in both the entertainment and restaurant industry. He is a part of the research and Identify team for 44 New Voices.

Erin Gavle

Erin Gavle

Alumni Advisor

Erin Gavle graduated with a degree in Newspaper & Online Journalism in 2020. She was on the “Identify” team of the NEW VOICES project, and now serves as Alumni Advisor. She considers Wiesbaden, Germany home, but has lived in communities around the world. As a result, she’s passionate about supporting powerful voices from a range of experiences who are capable of positively affecting and innovating media spaces.

Our Faculty Guides

Aileen Gallagher

Aileen Gallagher

Associate Professor, Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

Aileen Gallagher is a former senior editor for New York Magazine online. During her tenure there, she shared several National Magazine Awards with her colleagues, including General Excellence Online. She led the Grub Street food blog network from 2007-2010; the flagship site, Grub Street New York, was a James Beard Award finalist in 2010.

Prior to joining New York, Gallagher was a founding editor of the independent online magazine, The Black Table. Her writing has appeared in various print and online outlets, including Vulture, Bust, the New York Post, the New York Law Journal, Mediabistro, TheStreet.com and many others. She is also the author of several children’s nonfiction books about topics ranging from hepatitis to the Japanese Red Army.

She is a graduate of the Newhouse School.

Anne Osborne

Anne Osborne

Professor, Communications

Anne Osborne teaches a range of classes on media and culture. Osborne’s teaching is informed by her research on gender, sports and fandom. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. She is lead author of “Female Fans of the NFL: Taking their Place in the Stands” (Routledge, 2016), and is working on a new book titled “Transgender and Intersex Athletes Against Gender Binaries in Sports: Discourses of Difference” (Peter Lang, 2019).

In addition to teaching and research, she has served as acting communications department chair (2016) and the director of program review and assessment (2017-18). Before joining Newhouse, she spent 14 years teaching in Louisiana State University’s communication school where she also held administrative posts including advertising department head and associate dean.

Charisse L'Pree

Charisse L'Pree

Associate Professor, Communications

Charisse L’Pree Corsbie-Massay’s work focuses on how media affects the way we think about ourselves and our perceptions of others. Trained in social psychology and critical media studies, L’Pree’s work examines the intersection of communication and psychology to assess how media images and narratives affect viewer identity, attitudes and behaviors, and how individuals use traditional, new and interactive media to express themselves and connect with others. Her current research investigates the psychological effects of intersectional identities and the media’s role in personal and social identity conflict.

As an actively interdisciplinary scholar, L’Pree has collaborated with researchers across a wide variety of disciplines including psychology, communications, anthropology, sociology, political science, medicine and engineering.

Prior to joining the faculty at Newhouse, she held teaching and research positions at the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University. Her research has been funded through the National Institutes of Health, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Special thanks for support to…

Sean Branagan, Director, Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Sarah Beth Lardie, Principal, Stratfund Services 

Ken Harper, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University

Hub Brown, Associate Dean, Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Kate Hanson, Director, The SOURCE (Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Engagement), Syracuse University

Laura Beachy, Co-Founder, BeachyMedia

Mike Pauldine, inspiration, guidance, patience, and good humor.

2020 Team

Jelani Sparrow

Jelani Sparrow

Project Manager

Jelani is the Project Manager for the NEW VOICES Project. He is currently pursuing a joint degree M.S. from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Jelani is from Norfolk, Virginia and received his B.A. in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications from Howard University’s Cathy Huges School of Communications. In his free time he enjoys long runs on the beach and short walks to the fridge. Jelani hopes to work in Creative Project Management or Content Management after graduating!

Julian D. Neely

Julian D. Neely

Identify Team

Julian Neely is a graduate student in Media Studies at Syracuse University. He is originally from De Moines, Iowa and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the lead researcher for the Identify Team. 

Carmella Boykin

Carmella Boykin

Identify Team

Carmella Boykin is a junior Broadcast and Digital Journalism major from Macomb, Michigan. She loves research and is part of the Identify Team on NEW VOICES. At Syracuse University, se works as a news anchor, reporter, and entertainment news host for CitrusTV. Her dream job is to be a talk show host, so after college she plans to work towards becoming one. 

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart

Amplify Team

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jessica Stewart relocated to New York to work toward her master’s in the Multimedia, Photography, and Design program at Syracuse University. She is discovering how to accurately communicate her vision through her work while staying true to her authentic voice, by telling stories that illustrate the effects of education on community and media literacy. She is utilizing her talents on the NEW VOICES team to provide visual elements, creative designs, and facilitate media amplification. When she’s not holding a camera, she enjoys jazz technique dancing, going out for brunch, or reading thought-provoking books by Malcom Gladwell. 

Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson

Identify Team

Brandon Jackson is a 2019 Public Relations Masters Student at Syracuse University. He is using his talents to help conduct research on the Identify Team. After graduation, Brandon plans to work in a publicist agency focused around the music industry. 

Erin Gavle

Erin Gavle

Identify Team

Erin Gavle is a Newspaper & Online Journalism student on the Identify Team of the NEW VOICES project. She considers Wiesbaden, Germany home, but has lived in communities around the world. As a result, she’s passionate about supporting powerful voices from a range of experiences who are capable of positively affecting and innovating media spaces. 

Camryn Simon

Camryn Simon

Amplify Team

Camryn Simon is a junior Advertising major with a minor in Public Health. She hails from Richmond, VA and considers herself a good ol’ Southern gal. She enjoys sprinkling the finishing touches on projects whether that’s design, copy, or graphics. On the Amplify Team, Camryn’s job was to curate and design the website! After graduation, Camryn hopes to serve in the Peace Corps for a couple years before heading to law school. She’s really proud of the work this team created and is so excited to uplift and showcase diverse voices in media. 

Margot Lee

Margot Lee

Amplify Team

Margot is an Advertising major at the S.I. Newhouse School and an Information Management and Technology minor in the iSchool. She has found individual success on YouTube and is now marrying her advertising studies with her love of social media to assist content strategy and management at startups. She is thrilled to be on the Amplify Team to share the list of 44 NEW VOICES with the rest of the world.