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    Faculty and Staff

    Cheryl Brody

    Cheryl Brody Franklin

    Director, Newhouse in NYC

    Cheryl graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in magazine journalism and Spanish. She started her career as an editorial assistant at JANE magazine where she launched

    She left to work at CosmoGirl as the first “hybrid” staffer to work on the magazine and the website. Cheryl’s last full-time editorial job was at, where she oversaw partnerships and social media. She left in 2013 to start Newhouse NYC.  She was a blogger for's relationship blog, Smitten, and she has written for PEOPLE, Time Out New York,, and Travel + Leisure, where she was an ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) intern.

    She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Drew, and two sons, Jacob and Will.


    Shelly Griffin

    Associate Director, Off-Campus Programs

    Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Shelly received a travel and tourism management degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute. She began her career in media with radio, performing qualitative and quantitative research, comparative analysis reports, and diary reviews, and formulating sales packages for 10 radio frequencies within the Syracuse and Utica markets.

    She left the radio research field to become a media buyer in a small advertising firm that serviced two major Northeast clients—Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Nationwide Insurance. She then returned to research within the television market, working directly with the national sales manager and the NYC national rep firm for the Syracuse local ABC affiliate, NewsChannel 9 WSYR.

    Now in her 17th year at the Newhouse School, Shelly oversees the main campus day-to-day operations of the Newhouse NYC Semester and the SULA Semester. She serves as the campus point person for students, parents, and visitors associated with these programs, and recruits, vets, and advises students who have applied for participation. Shelly enjoys building relationships with alumni and donors in support of student opportunities in the media and entertainment industries. 

    Shelly and her husband have four children and currently reside in Cicero, NY.


    Marisa Bardach Ramel

    Program Advisor, Newhouse NYC

    Marisa graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in magazine journalism and minored in music industry. She began her career as a digital editor at Seventeen and Prevention magazines, and taught the magazine department’s first-ever digital course, “Writing and Editing for Magazine Websites.” 

    Marisa spent six years as the digital content & strategy manager for bestselling author Beth Kobliner (Get a Financial Life), directing blogging, social media, PR, and marketing strategy. She is also co-founder of The Résumé Hero, a custom résumé and cover letter service.

    Marisa is author of The Goodbye Diaries: A Mother-Daughter Memoir (Wyatt-MacKenzie, May 2019). As a freelance writer, her work has been featured in Glamour, Woman’s Day, Ladies’ Home Journal, HuffPost, xoJane, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and more.

    Marisa lives with her husband (also an SU alum!) and two children in Brooklyn, NY.


    Rachel Cooper

    Office Coordinator

    Rachel Cooper joined Newhouse in the summer of 2018.  She manages the day-to-day operations of the Academic Chairs Suite and is the coordinator for the SULA and Newhouse NYC semester programs.

    Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from SUNY Delhi and previously worked as an event coordinator and wedding planner at a local golf course.

    She resides in Fayetteville, NY with her husband and two furbabies, Dixie and Porter.


    Patrik Bass

    Adjunct Professor: Race, Gender & the Media

    Patrik Henry Bass joined Amistad as a Senior Editor in spring 2018. His interest is commercial and literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, mystery, current affairs, self-help, wellness, and history. For nearly two decades, he was books editor at Essence Magazine, where he worked with a wide range of writers including Pulitzer Prize winners Isabel Wilkerson, Robin Givhan, Rita Dove, and Leonard Pitts, Jr., as well as Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, Terry McMillan, Edwidge Danticat, Pearl Cleage, Farah Jasmine Griffin, and Sonia Sanchez. He is the author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963 (Running Press, 2002), The Zero Degree Zombie Zone (Scholastic, 2014), and co-author of In Our Own Image (Running Press, 2001). Bass has written and edited for numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Paris Review. Bass has lectured widely on African-American culture and as an adjunct professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.


    Simone Oliver

    Adjunct Professor: Social Platforms, Processes & Perspectives

    Simone Oliver is a digital strategist who manages Facebook’s magazine and lifestyle publisher partnerships. Before then, she was the Digital Director at Allure magazine, a Condé Nast publication, where she shepherded the brand's website redesign and led its digital reinvention. She was responsible for all content and brand extensions, and helped push its digital properties to the next level. Prior to her time at Allure, Simone spent almost 13 years at The New York Times in various roles, including Digital Fashion Editor and Growth Strategy Editor for the Lifestyle and Features sections of the paper, as well as T magazine.


    Bruce Perlmutter

    Adjunct Professor: Digital Nation

    Head of production for Conde Nast Next Gen studios which produces and distributes more than 5,000 pieces of original digital video content a year, delivering more than 6.7 billion video views year to date. Oversee internal and third party co-productions on a full range of programming based on the IP across Condé Nast’s iconic publishing brands, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, and WIRED. Oversight from pre through post production, including budgets, finance, legal, business affairs, and cost tracking.

    Help to plan and execute all live tentpole events including Vogue's Met Gala, and Glamour's Women of the Year Awards. Formerly, Senior Vice President at Revolt & E! Networks, Senior Executive Producer at MSNBC & CNN, Executive Producer at Buzzfeed & Fox News, and General Manager for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.


    Maryanne Stanganelli

    Adjunct Professor: Communications Law in NYC

    Maryanne Stanganelli is an associate at BakerHostetler, one of the largest law firms in the nation. She is a currently a member of the Intellectual Property, Technology, and Media Group and also serves as a member of the firm’s legal team that serves as Counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, working on the global investigation and litigations of the largest financial fraud in history. 

    In 2011, Maryanne received her LL.M. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a focus on Information Technology and Communications Law. Her article, "Spreading the News Online: A Fine Balance of Copyright and Freedom of Expression in News Aggregation," is forthcoming in the European Intellectual Property Review