2007-2008 Team

Konstantina Georgaki - Program Supervisor
Sarah Moniz - PR Manager 
Mary Ann Cicala - Audio/Video Producer and PR coordinator
Leigh Larkin - Program Coordinator (originally pitched the idea for the film festival and baseball tournament)
Mary Malito - Program Coordinator
Joe DeNisco -   Fact Check
Jerome Lewis - Videographer
Michael Paydos - Photographer
Rob Rykowski - Webmaster

2008-2009 TEAM

Dr. Nada Farhat is a Boston based artist originally from Saudi Arabia. A self-taught artist, Dr. Farhat held her first solo exhibition at age twenty-one in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has held several sold out shows since.  Themes of her work include hybrids of Middle Eastern architecture and Islamic patterns painted in a contemporary style. Her love of art and medicine has led her to seek opportunities to support these fields through donations of her work to organizations operating in the two fields.  As a native of Saudi Arabia, her position as a Middle Eastern woman has also led her to use her art to communicate global peace through organizations including Saudi Global Exchange, a grassroots peace effort praised by former President Bill Clinton and as well as educational, government and non-government leaders and businesses worldwide. 
Daniel Seet - Fact Check Program Coordinator

Allison Teixeira - Ambassador Program Coordinator

Allison Teixeira is a native of Somerset, Massachusetts and a graduate student in the Communication Management program at Emerson College in Boston, where she also works in the Office of Public Affairs. Her interest in grassroots movements, social media, and intercultural public diplomacy led her to work on the Rediscover Rosarito project, helping to build an online community of Rosarito “ambassadors” to foster grassroots communication about the city. She is also assisting with media relations for Rediscover Rosarito.  Before coming to Emerson, Allison worked in the media offices of both the Governor of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Additionally, she previously interned in at a political advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. as part of American University’s Washington Semester Program and served as an AmeriCorps fellow for the Center for Law and Education in Boston. She earned a B.A. in English Communication from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Jeffrey Werner - Fact Check Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Werner is a MA candidate in Communication Management at Emerson College in Boston after having earned a BA in History from Boston University in 2003.  Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he has been exposed to and interacted with Mexican culture and language from a very early age.  He has also been heavily drawn to current events and public affairs his entire life.  Jeffrey is intensely interested in exploring other cultures and ways of life on a direct, person-to-person level.  He hopes to help eliminate the kinds of misconceptions that cloud peoples’ judgements and fuel conflict through simple dialogue.  Currently, he is involved in active public diplomacy efforts as a participant in the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program.  In addition, he is a board member of the Vilna Shul, Boston’s only remaining immigrant-era synagogue and PRISM, the young adult branch of the New Center for Arts and Culture.

Charmiant Corado is a Venezuelan communication and public relations expert, with an M.A. in  Journalistic, Institutional and Corporate Communication from the Complutense of Madrid, Spain.  While in Europe, Charmiant worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) office of the multinational banking company Santander Group, heading up the CSR team's “Social Corner."  Back in Venezuela, she was a TV journalist for more than six years, investigating, writing, producing, and hosting prime-time TV programs.  Charmiant is now earning a second M.A. at Emerson College in Communication Management, and is fluent in Spanish, French, and English.  As a member of the Emerson Baja Coalition, Charmiant is creating the group's first bilingual grassroots program: “Rosarito en Positivo.” This initiative intends to positively influence Rosarito’s image, and to encourage Rosarito’s residents to gain confidence in telling their own stories to a global audience.

Scott Hanning has called Boston home for 16 years, but he grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.  Scott earned a BFA in Art History from the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas, and is now a MA candidate in Communication Management at Emerson College.  He writes and communicates for a living at a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. In his spare time, he loves to travel, and has enjoyed visiting several Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  He frequently contributes to travel-related social media websites; in 2009 he was appointed a tripadvisor.com "destination expert" for Big Sur, California.  Scott hopes that others can discover, along with Mark Twain, that "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

2009-2010 TEAM


Gillian Suslow grew up in Northern California and earned her BA in Communication at the University of California Davis. She moved to Boston, MA in September of 2009 to pursue a Master of Arts in Communication Management at Emerson College. Her areas of interest include corporate communication, public relations, and employee relations. She has been involved in the Emerson Baja Coalition since January 2010, with her most notable work including traveling to Rosarito in August 2010 to do communication coordination for the Rosarito Film Festival 2010 and developing and managing a fundraiser event for Cha Cha’s Angels in Rosarito, Mexico. Currently, she is interning at an investor relations firm in Boston, MA while completing her degree.

Sruthi Vijayan comes from the land of diverse cultures and spicy food– India. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Communication Management from Emerson College, Boston. She possesses a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mass Media and Advertising respectively, from Mumbai University and has worked for over 2 years in the business communications field for a knowledge-solutions and consultancy firm located in Mumbai.

Sruthi loves experiencing new cultures, traveling, and learning from her own and people’s experiences. She strongly believes that culture is one of the strongest influences in the world of marketing and communication. With a strong background in marketing communication she is working towards setting up a global marketing and communication consultancy firm headquartered in Mumbai, India. 

Deirdre Hargrave grew up in Niskayuna, New York and came to Boston in September 2009 to pursue her master’s degree in Communication Management at Emerson College. She has received her bachelor’s degree in Public Communications from Buffalo State College in 2007. Before coming to Boston, Deirdre worked at a New York state agency where she developed public outreach materials to promote accessible facilities to people with disabilities across the state.  Currently, Deirdre is interning in community relations at a non-profit organization in southwest Boston while completing her master's degree.  Deirdre began working with the RediscoveRosarito project in January 2010.  She has a growing interest in the field of communication, specifically social media, branding and public relations.

Heather Linz is a Michigan transplant who moved to Boston soon after graduating from undergrad from Albion College in 2002 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Neuroscience Concentration. She is now currently enrolled as a graduate student in the Communication Management program at Emerson College and is working full time as a HR/Training Manager for a local life sciences consulting company.  After taking Professor Payne's Public Affairs class in 2009, she became aware of the Rediscover Rosarito effort and has joined in to improve Rosarito's image.  She hopes to contribute to the fundraising and event planning effort this year as well as to keep the website content fresh and interesting in order to drive people to the website and clear up any misconceptions around violence and safety in the area.

Evan McCarley came to Emerson all the way from Mississippi and is happy to be working on the Rosarito Project. With a background in public speaking, Evan enjoys creating discourse about nation branding issues and using social media to promote awareness of domestic and international diplomacy affairs. Over the past year, Evan has used various social media outlets to enhance public awareness of Rosarito and change perceptions about tourism in the area.

With a B.A. from Emerson College in Visual Media Arts with a focus in Television Production, Pete’s main experiences lie in various TV, Film, and Video productions. He initially wanted to work in Reality TV or Sports Television, But after working in Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA on various productions, he realized that returning to Graduate School and studying Communication Management would benefit him not only for a future in the Film and TV Industry but also in various public affairs and social advocacy campaigns.

His specific interests lie in how media can be used to deliver a message; whether it be for politics, public affairs, narrative story telling, or documentary coverage of an event, Pete enjoys seeing how various visual mediums can tell stories and how messages can be controlled to achieve an effective means to an end goal.

Michael Anthony Adams was born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan. He is currently a senior print journalism major with a minor in political science at Emerson College. Former contributor to The Berkeley Beacon, he is now editor-in-chief of The Emerson Exile, an alternative online weekly tabloid that he founded in 2009. He has been a finalist for Rolling Stone’s “I’m From Rolling Stone” writing competition and worked as a feature-writing intern for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. Adams lives in a fortified brick and mortar near Boston, Massachusetts.

2010-2011 TEAM


Andrés Leon was born in Bogota, Colombia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Andrés is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in Communication Management at Emerson College. Andrés’s research interests include place-branding, public diplomacy, economic development, and peace rhetoric. Andrés enjoys traveling and takes pleasure in staying connected with friends and family across the world through Web 2.0 applications. 
Abbey Niezgoda is a multimedia journalist with a passion for working both behind and in front of the camera. She shoots, edits, reports, and enterprises her own stories in Boston, MA. A social media enthusiast with a passion for politics, she plans to put her journalism skills to work for the Rediscover Rosarito campaign. Whether it be through tweeting, blogging or video storytelling, Abbey is eager to produce interactive content that will help shed new light on Rosarito. Originally from Houston, Texas, she is currently a senior at Emerson College, graduating in May 2011.