Meagan Carr, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Meagan recently graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Philosophy and double minors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Anthropology. She has a passion for challenging racial biases and cultivating societies focused on social justice and reconciliation. While at Elon, she helped organize and coordinate several community talks drawing attention to issues of white privilege on campus, culminating in a student-lead demonstration. She has spent several summers interning with Wellspring Advisors, and she is excited to further her work here at The LAMP.
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 relations, 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.
Zenzele Johnson, EDUCATION ASSOCIATE
Zenzele identifies as a connector, curator, and advocate for education equity and inclusive media representation. She has a passion for empowering the youth by using media literacy to help them disrupt the narrative and understand the intersections of real-world context. Prior to working at The LAMP, Zenzele worked at Harlem Children’s Zone where she provided advisement, designed and facilitated academic and media literacy workshops. She recently became a 2016 Innovative Cultural Fellow for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), and co-hosts Critics in Coatcheck, a podcast series on African diasporic art. She holds a B.A. in Sociology, Pan-African Studies and English from Drew University.
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.
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.
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.
KEITH BEVACQUA is a creator and student of education media. He is the Director of Media Production for TestRocker Inc. and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Media Studies at Queens College.
CHANDLER CARTER is a recent graduate of Brown University where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Modern Culture & Media. After graduating, she worked with a market research firm as an analyst, conducting quantitative studies for media companies. She is interested in pursuing studies in media effects, understanding media’s influence on people’s perceptions, behaviors and beliefs, and how media literacy education might reduce and eliminate negative effects.
SEAN HACKETT is a Media Educator with a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York. He specializes in media literacy, new media, and has spent the past 13 years working in news production.
JENNIFER LIU is a graduate of Hunter College specializing in documentary and narrative filmmaking with 8 years of experience in media education. She has held fellowships with Radio Rootz and the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and was an educator and media producer with the Global Action Project for 5 years.
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.
NATHAN SHEARD is the co-founder of the Black Movement-Law Project and a founding member of Just Info, a 24-hour hotline providing no-cost legal information in New York City. He has organized trainings in Ferguson and cities across the country to help communities exercise legal rights and to mitigate harmful interactions between law enforcement and communities of color. He also has a background in Music Marketing and Promotion for Sony Music (Epic Records, Sony Distribution, and Sony Urban) and EMI (Virgin Records).
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.
JESUS VILLALBA is The LAMP’s former Programs Manager and has facilitated workshops with The LAMP for over two years. He previously worked as a youth educator with Global Action Project, and is an active documentary filmmaker who has covered protests against police brutality in both Ferguson, MO and New York City.