Margaret Irving, Education Programs Associate

Margaret is currently responsible for planning and implementing hands-on media literacy workshops for youth across New York City. Before joining The LAMP in March 2018, Margaret was a program manager for a private camp where she developed creative curriculum, managed staff and instructed student groups in year-round educational programs. In addition, Margaret is certified in HTML/CSS and has experience in photography, videography, content management, and web development. She is passionate about social justice issues, STEAM outreach and the healing power of a few hours hard work outside. Margaret grew up on Long Island but spent quite a few years working in central Florida. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, reading, art and learning about regional foods.

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Lizzie Shipley, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Lizzie is responsible for both internal and partner-facing operations, increasing performance, and consistently delivering service excellence to program partners and their constituents. Before joining The LAMP in October 2017, Lizzie worked for the NPR member station WNYC, driving the implementation of CRM and other sales planning processes that sharpened advertising clients’ focus while boosting in-house efficiency. Previously, she spent several years at New York Cares, working in several capacities, including financial operations, corporate social responsibility, and development. Lizzie is from Indianapolis and couldn’t wait to move to New York City in 2011 after she graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Communication & Culture. In her free time, she enjoys mixing a long run with a good podcast, cooking exotic cuisine, and local history.

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D.C. Vito  

DC Vito, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

D.C. Vito co-founded The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) in 2007. Since that time, The LAMP has brought media literacy training to over 3,000 youth, parents and educators, transporting equipment and facilitators directly to communities in need of its services. Under Mr. Vito’s leadership as Executive Director, The LAMP’s programming capacity has grown tremendously from serving roughly 75 students in the 2010-2011 school year, to serving over 850 students by the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Vito worked as a community organizer for many years prior to The LAMP, having served in the Peace Corps in Mali, managing campaigns for City Council, State Senate and Presidential candidates, and spent eight years acting as Chairman of the Youth Services and Education Committee on Brooklyn’s Community Board Six. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Educators (NAMLE), is a member of the NationSwell Council and was in the 25th cohort at the Coro New York Leadership Center. He was a keynote speaker at the first Wikipedia USA conference in 2014, co-taught “Media Literacy and Activism” at Queens College in 2015, and has spoken at a number of other conferences and events. Mr. Vito holds a B.S. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, German Shepherd puppy and lap-loving cat.

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Amy Wickstein, Director of Development

Amy Wickstein is an accomplished and passionate fundraiser with fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector at New York Cares and Careers through Culinary Arts Program. With a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, Amy’s vast experience includes individual and institutional giving, strategic planning, volunteer management, and project/event management. She is deeply committed to building authentic, mission-based relationships with funders to create a meaningful impact. When not fundraising, Amy can be found cheering on the Maryland Terrapins during basketball season, designing jewelry, listening to podcasts on the subway, and reading in Central Park.

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The LAMP was co-founded by D.C. Vito, current Executive Director, and Katherine Fry, Ph.D., current professor of media studies in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Program Facilitators

MARIANA ANUGLO-PIZARRO holds a Bachelors in Film and Television Production from Boston University and is a bilingual multimedia content creation, musician, and facilitator of programs for high school scholars such as digital media/journalism, national security, and business. She has worked extensively in human rights, as well as in youth, immigrant, and/or oppressed communities and hopes to keep traveling on a whim and capturing art along the way.

JAKE GERVICH is a post-production freelancer in film and television. They have edited a variety of short documentary films and worked as an assistant editor on feature documentaries such as Cartel Land, Hitchcock/Truffaut, and Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda.

ALEX HO is a museum educator and youth media educator. Outside of LAMP, he currently works at the Museum of Chinese in America and the Museum of the Moving Image, where teaches visual analysis of media objects. He is committed to facilitating opportunities for youth to produce media art and practice critical thinking about their mediated worlds.

KEVIN JOSEPHS is a photographer, videographer, writer and media educator with a degree in Visual and Cultural Studies. His focus is to empower storytellers of all ages and backgrounds to share their voice in our changing media landscape.

SARA MONTIJO is a poet, media educator, and Reiki healer exploring modes of resistance to dismantle hegemonic formulations. She holds a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has previously worked in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Iraqi-Kurdistan.

JEREMY C. NORRIS is a television industry professional with 15+ years of experience in the marketing and event side of the business. Over the course of his career, he has worked with a variety of channels including MTV, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, mtvU, and MTV2. Jeremy has also invested a lot of his time working with youth-focused non-profit organizations. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Television Production at CUNY Brooklyn College.

LINDSAY SKEDGELL is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and media activist with a degree in anthropology. Her work seeks to question and challenge the stereotypes placed on various individuals, subcultures, and groups through emphasis of individual experience and perspective. Learn more at her website, lindsayskedgell.com.

VESNA STOICOVICI is a digital media educator who has taught kids and teens of all ages. She holds a B.A in Social Justice from the University of British Columbia and has facilitated youth workshops for organizations across New York City and Vancouver. She aims to equip youth to challenge and disrupt the existing the media landscape.

Executive Board

Samantha Brody; Senior Manager, NY Market Lead, Peadpod.
Anderson J. Duff 
(Interim Chair); Associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, L.L.P.
Anne
Hamby; Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business, Hofstra University
Mark
HansenDirector, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation & Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School.
Chris Lawrence
; Vice President, Leadership Network, Mozilla.
Steven J. Melzer
; Director of Strategic Initiatives, The New School.
Joshua Teeple
 (Treasurer); Partner, Grobstein Teeple Financial Advisory Services, LLP.
D.C. Vito
; Co-founder and Executive Director,  The LAMP.

Associate Board

Casey Berkovitz; Digital Media and Press Associate, The Century Foundation.
Matrika Bailey-Turner
; Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager, NBCUniversal.
Lisa Feierman; Weekend Editor, Apple News.
Hamza Choudery; Client Solutions Manager, Facebook.
Hazel Gurland-Pooler; Producer/Director, Ark Media.
Sarah Hasan; eLearning Project Manager Thomson Reuters.
Benjamin Max (Secretary); Executive Editor, Gotham Gazette.
Safeena L. Mecklai (Chair); Associate Vice President, Capalino+Company.
Naomi Movshovich; Business Development Associate, MediQuire.
Rome Neal (Vice Chair); Co-founder, Secret Formula Media.
Ken Shimokawa; Market Development Manager, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters.
Fatima Sy (Co-Chair); Account Manager, NationSwell.

Advisory Board

Shay Brog; Vice President of Publisher Development, GumGum.
Ingrid Hu Dahl; Managing Director, Education, KQED.
Manas Mohapatra
; Senior Vice President, Privacy, Viacom.
Jennifer Proulx
; Director of Professional Development Programs, Educational Video Center.
Jorge L. Ramos; Senior Anchor, Telemundo New York.
Douglas Rushkoff; Teacher, Author, Filmmaker, Documentarian, Rushkoff.com.
Larry Smith; Founder, SMITH Magazine.
Johnson Tang; Senior Product Manager, SYPartners.