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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.

    For the last five years, Cheryl was an editor at, overseeing partnerships and social media, and she is currently a contributing style editor at People. She was a blogger for's relationship blog, Smitten, and she has written for Time Out New York,, and Travel + Leisure, where she was an ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) intern.

    Cheryl lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.


    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 12th year at the Newhouse School, Shelly oversees the day-to-day operations of extended campus initiatives, including the Newhouse in NYC Semester, the SULA Semester, and graduate industry seminars and benchmark trips. 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.

    She enjoys building relationships with alumni and donors in support of student opportunities in the media and entertainment industries. She also supervises the Academic Department Chair Suite.

    Shelly has four children (two have SU degrees!) and lives in Cicero with her husband, David.


    Marisa Bardach Ramel

    Newhouse in NYC Program Advisor

    Marisa Bardach Ramel 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 later taught the magazine department’s first-ever digital course, Writing and Editing for Magazine Websites.

    Ramel started her career when websites were becoming an essential part of a magazine’s brand, writing for teens as an associate editor at and then as a senior associate editor at Seventeen magazine’s website. She left to become an editor at Prevention magazine’s website, focusing on nutrition and recipe content. During this time, she co-founded The Résumé Hero, creating custom résumés and cover letters that delivered a high job-finding success rate.

    Ramel has spent the last six years as the web content and strategy manager for bestselling personal finance author Beth Kobliner (Get a Financial Life, Simon & Schuster), directing digital efforts, including blogging, social media, PR, and marketing.

    As a freelance writer, Ramel's work has been featured online on Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and more. She is currently working on a memoir, Sally’s Circle, and had an excerpt published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is also a judge for the Mirror Awards and the Webby Awards.

    Ramel lives with her husband (also an SU alum!) and one-year-old son in Brooklyn, New York.


    Joy-Ann Reid

    Adjunct Professor for Race, Gender, and the Media

    Joy-Ann Reid is the host of “AM Joy,” heard weekends from 10 a.m. to noon on MSNBC; the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins), which was released in paperback in September 2016; and a columnist at The Daily Beast.

    She was previously the host of “The Reid Report,” a daily program that offered Reid’s distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news. Before that, she was the managing editor of, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African American audiences. Reid joined with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report.

    She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, Florida. Joy writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast and her columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, The South Florida Sun Sentinel, and The South Florida Times.

    During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 “America Coming Together” initiative, and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008.

    Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in documentary film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She and her husband, editor Jason Reid, own a documentary film company called Image Lab Media Group. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family.


    Maryanne Stanganelli

    Adjunct Professor, Communications Law for PR and Advertising

    Maryanne Stanganelli is a senior associate at Baker Hostetler LLP with significant experience counseling clients with respect to online content. Her practice focuses on media, social media, intellectual property, advertising, privacy, and entertainment, and she acts as part of the Copyright, Content, and Platform group within the firm.

    Alongside her practice at Baker Hostetler, Maryanne has taken time to pursue an advanced degree in law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her article, “Spreading the News Online: A Fine Balance of Copyright and Freedom of Expression,” was published in the European Intellectual Property Review. She has also taken time to pursue legal education and public interest law at the University of Miami, where she taught an honors course on law and society and a law school clinic on law, public policy, and ethics run jointly by the university at large and the school of law.

    Maryanne is a running and yoga enthusiast and a graduate of Villanova University and Fordham University School of Law. She lives in New York City.


    Ariana Finlayson

    Adjunct Professor, Social Platforms, Processes and Perspectives

    Ariana Finlayson is a Senior Digital Strategist at Marina Maher Communications, where she leads CoverGirl’s social media strategy. Under her leadership and development of the brand’s online voice that speaks to their target millennial audience, CoverGirl’s community has grown to 6 million fans and followers. Her experience includes real-time coverage at the Grammys, selling in strategic and engaging social tactics to clients, and overseeing a team of community managers.

    Previously, she held editor positions at and Hearst Digital Media, where she launched their first fitness and beauty website,

    Despite having parlayed her editorial background into social media marketing, Ariana stays in touch with her former publishing life as the vice president, social media and features, at, a volunteer networking organization dedicated to helping young “whippersnappers” find their dream editorial jobs. Mentoring is a passion of hers, and she has appeared on panels held by Find Spark and New York Women in Communications.

    Ariana graduated with a print journalism degree from Hofstra University. She lives in New York City and spends her free time checking out the local music scene, running in Central Park, and going to yoga classes at Equinox.