Maura sheedy. founder and executive director.
Makeup or no makeup, Maura always strives to be her real, authentic self. She spent a year without wearing makeup in high school and has since channeled her project into changing all societal standards- beauty, business, leadership, and more through platform Make Muse.
Currently studying Business Management at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business with a minor in Digital Tech and Emerging Media, she's an involved student, leader, writer, and entrepreneur. She heads outreach for #HalfTheStory and is committed to using media in a positive way. She proudly calls New York City her new home and loves spending her days exploring the city and meeting new people. All of her free time is devoted to advancing Make Muse, as it is her passion.
Her current faves: Turmeric Lattes, Clothing Swaps, and Poetry.
Luiza Sandru. Marketing and Design.
Luiza is a recent Masters’ graduate that works in digital marketing and is currently living in Essex, UK. She is someone that loves trying everything creative, so you will find her doing everything from writing copy, to managing social media accounts and taking pictures. But her biggest love is that of graphic design. Whenever she visits London you will definitely find her getting some food in China Town and a bubble tea to go for the train ride back. She hopes that soon she will make London her home. At least until the next adventure begins!
Her current faves: Matcha Lattes, Cat Videos (as she is renting so no cats allowed!), and Too Many Books to Fit on the Bookshelf.
IRENE ASHU. Goodluck girl producer.
Irene first found passion with civil and social justice in middle school. Being a black female in a predominantly white state was difficult and shaped Irene’s perception of the world. Majority of Irene’s work is in the artistic world. She is a dancer, choreographer, and director. Irene studied at the University Of California Irvine for her undergrad obtaining a B.S. in Economics and International studies. Irene then continued on the obtain her Masters Of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Irene is a former Arizona native that now lives in Los Angeles, California! She currently creates music videos, commercials, and live stage shows under three creative agencies: Go 2 Talent, Afrique Au Monde, and her own personal brand African Girl Doing Things ™ . Irene hopes to change the world through public policy reform and community led initiatives.
Her current favs: Dirty Jai Lattes (Dirty Chai with Almond milk, Cinnamon, and Spiced Espresso), Getting Her Make-up Done, and Traveling.
Beth Brandon. Editorial.
Beth is a freelance writer, blogger, and television producer living in Southern California. Originally from Satellite Beach, Florida, she spent much of her early feminist days living in Chicago working in sports, then back to Florida to earn a masters in fine arts at the Florida State University film school in screen and play writing. She's a mom to two hilariously witty boys who consistently inspire her and help her to question the roles of gender and identity politics. She smartly married a man who supports her need to speak out early and often, and who also makes the best ribs she's ever had in her life. A self-proclaimed mom-tivist, she is active in both local and national politics, particularly those that relate to women's rights, health care, and gun control.
Her current faves: Sleep, Spinning class, Trader Joe's Irish Whiskey, Fresh Flowers, and the Instant Pot.
Kathryn Hornyak. PRINT editor.
Kathryn is a junior at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City pursuing a degree in New Media and Digital Design with a double minor in English and Art History. She is passionate about the intersection of technology, art, and literature and how those things can be combined to make difficult or obscure topics relevant to people’s lives. She loved her all-girls high school education and is excited to contribute to a space where young women are encouraged to write and create about anything. Kathryn is a proud New York Women in Communications Scholar (2016).
Her current faves: Chef’s Table, Ballet, Video Essays, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA!
Sienna Brancato. Content and news editor.
Sienna is a proud Italian American who grew up on Long Island (she has been told she has a bit of an accent). She is a sophomore at Georgetown studying English, Italian, and Government. Her passions include feminism, reading, spoken word poetry, and awkward dancing. Her favorite TV shows include The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Last Week Tonight. In her free time, you can catch her listening to the Civil Wars while eating an entire pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream and wearing fuzzy pajamas.
Her current faves: Pita Bread with Nutella, Frank's Hot Sauce, Christmas Lights, and Ripped Jeans
Caitlin Panarella. Online Content + Newsletter editor.
Caitlin Panarella is a writer, reader and grammar enthusiast, and is currently studying English and Women and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. After watching Miss Representation in high school, she developed a passion for analyzing media and literature portrayals of gender. When she’s not planning out trips around the world, you can find her running her favorite routes all over D.C., sipping tea while reading a book, or (re)watching Stranger Things. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Make Muse team and support women telling their own stories!
Her current faves: Fairy Tale Retellings, Earl Grey Tea, Semicolons, and All Things Jane Austen
Olivia Jimenez. Online design editor.
Olivia Jimenez is twenty years old from Miami, Florida. She is a student at Georgetown University where she is studying English and Psychology with a minor in Film and Media Studies. In her free time, you can find her watching The Office, thinking about house plants, or searching for a chocolate chip cookie. She is excited to join the Make Muse team to develop her feminism and artistic expression while contributing to a necessary and beautiful space.
Her current faves: Moonrise Kingdom, Chocolate in All Forms, Croquetas, and Billie Eilish
Melanie Rodriguez. Entertainment Content.
Melanie Rodriguez from Miami, Florida is a college freshman at Florida International University studying Communication Arts. In addition to her love for the written word, Melanie is also an avid performer and producer. She combines her passions with her dedication to activism to approach these topics in a creative manner; she hopes to create a non-profit organization in the near future to address these issues through youth interaction. Melanie is eager to keep working with Make Muse to enact social change through creative means.
Her current faves: Musicals, Poetry, Tea, Piano, and Pixar Movies
Morgan Gjoen. Body + Beauty Content.
Morgan is a Writing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Originally from a tiny, conservative town in Illinois, Morgan strives to create media that has strong, complex, female and non-binary characters that viewers can relate to. In her spare time, Morgan is the statewide and local president of the New York Film and Television Student Alliance and the producer of her college's television show, The Director's Chair.
Her current faves: Grey's Anatomy, Cherry Coke, Beyoncé, and Obsessively Reading Books on Kindle Unlimited
Olivia Land. Fashion Content.
Olivia Land is a rising sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Art History, English, and French. Originally from New Jersey, Olivia started writing at a young age, leaving unfinished chapters strewn across her room for her mom to find. She eventually migrated to her own blog, A Style Study, where she mused about fashion, books, art, and other topics as a way to escape the daily routine of high school in suburbia. Now living in Manhattan, Olivia (when not studying) can often be found in a museum, running down the Hudson River, curled up with a book, or else plotting her next big move.
Her current faves: Travel (or dreaming about it!), Ancient Myth Retellings, Matcha Lattes
Maddie Rizzo. Education Content.
Maddie is an undergraduate student at Fordham University pursuing a major in Visual Arts, with a particular interest in graphic design and illustration. On campus she is the Publicity Committee Co-Chair for Campus Activities Board and makes advertising materials for various events and activities at Fordham. Powered by coffee and peanut M&Ms, she loves creating art and using social media to reach new people and create something positive.
Her current faves: The music of ABBA, Scented Candles, and Peanut Butter.
Kendall Rotar. Career Content.
Kendall Rotar is a Senior at Florida State University studying Sociology and English.
Her current faves:
Heidi Perez-Moreno. Government Content.
Heidi, an eighteen year old student from Miami, FL, is a political nerd in disguise and lover of all things tea-related. Currently a Journalism major at Miami Dade College Honors Program, she strives to use writing as a way to inform the public about female inequality and help inspire other females to do the same. Proudly raised as a Nicaraguan-American, she is well-versed in the language of diversity and inclusion. Fluency in both of these dialects have helped her navigate through the unjust cracks of society and react to them in creative ways. She is excited to work with Make Muse in order to develop this spark and enact social change through her writing.
Her current faves: SZA, Tea, Parks and Recreation, and Roses
Rachael Davies. Community + Relationships Content.
Rachael is a recent graduate from the University of Warwick, UK where she studied English Literature and German. She loves to travel and is going on to study Convergent Journalism at HMKW in Berlin. She is passionate about social change, particularly conservation and animal rights, and seeks to represent that love through a variety of creative pursuits, like photography and creative writing. Rachael is looking to pursue a career in journalism and has also recently launched a joint project called Third Wavelength, a creative pursuit around the theme of femininity.
Her current faves: Almond Hot Chocolates, Tove Styrke, and Liquid Lipsticks.
Michela Sottura. Wellness Content.
Michela is an Italian girl in her twenties, currently living in Portland, Oregon. When she's not yelling about reproductive justice or crying over cats, you can find her writing feminist stories and poetry while drinking cold Prosecco. She's currently pursuing her B.A. in English literature and hopes to one day work as an editor. She's a passionate feminist advocate, and is constantly fighting for a world free from all systems of oppression.
Her current faves: Magic Realism, Hazelnut Gelato, and Faith Ringgold
Alexandria DeVlaeminck. ART Content.
Alexandria is a current student at Kent State University where she studies Visual Communication Design. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has always gravitated towards the art communities found across her home city and social media. She is passionate about intersectional feminism, visual arts, design, and activism. Alexandria is ecstatic to work with the Make Muse team and grow with a great group of women.
Her current faves: Healing Crystals, Iced Coffee, 80's music, Fashion Photography
MElina triffon. Photography.
Melina is a recent graduate from the Scripps School of Visual Communication at Ohio University where she studied commercial photography and marketing. Melina loves to help women feel beautiful through her photography. She is happiest behind the camera with Drake playing on set. As a lover of all art forms, she also enjoys print making clothing with feminist quotes and graphics. Melina comes from a large family which has influenced her loud and outgoing personality. You can find her porch chillin' with her sisters and wiener dog posse.
Current Faves: Glossier lip gloss, Flaming Hot Cheetos, Sweetener, Having Pedicured Feet, and Broad City.
Vivian Yang. Contributor.
Vivian is probably the most extra person you will ever meet. She loves everything fashion, beauty, and feminism. She is a major Potterhead and loves everything Harry Potter related. She is a proud Hufflepuff meaning she values hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. If you can't find her, she is probably wandering in Manhattan.
Her current faves: Harry Potter, Mint Tea, and Daisies
Caroline Geithner. Contributor.
Caroline is a current English major at Georgetown University with a passion for writing, psychology, travelling, and photography. Growing up just outside of New York City, she spent many of her weekends in high school exploring the city, and now does the same in Washington D.C. She tutors underprivileged children in Washington D.C. and has become passionate about children’s equal access to education, including gender barriers that disadvantage young girls.
Her current faves: Acai bowls, Gilmore girls, Iced lattes, and Polaroid cameras
Kelly Friday. CONtributor
Kelly is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Health Information Management and a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is dedicated to the University’s Handbell Ensemble, of which she is the Vice President and currently holds a student position in the Infectious Diseases Division at Pitt. When she isn’t trolling for new music for the Ensemble, she spends her free time wandering bookstores, always on the hunt for the next gripping page-turner. As part of the Make Muse Team, she uses her experience in the male-dominated professional sphere to empower more women to join the competitive workforce, particularly in underrepresented fields.
Current faves: Star Trek (the OG), bamboo plants, Fall Out Boy’s latest album-length masterpiece, and her mom
Lidija Jurovich. SUMMER Contributor.
Lidija is a rising junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership. Growing up on the West Coast, Lidija has learned that traveling and meeting new people is one of her favorite things to do. She hopes to create her own non-profit clothing company with proceeds benefiting victims of child abuse or pursue a career in marketing for empowering and inclusive clothing or beauty companies. Currently, she is a brand ambassador for Aerie, where she works to promote body positivity and empowerment on UMD’s campus.
Her current faves: 80s pop hits, ShakeShack, This Is Us, Driving through DC
Mary Sutton. Summer Contributor.
A 17 year old coffee addict, Mary can be found in bed with a cup of coffee, watching a cheesy romantic comedy. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, she self-identifies as a city girl and plans to join the University of Pittsburgh class of 2022 in the fall. In addition to rom-coms, she enjoys drawing, her Prius, and early 2000's pop music. Growing up in a male dominated environment, Mary is passionate about the gender issues that permeate all aspects of society and hopes to contribute to the conversation, especially through art.
Her current faves: Almond torte, Black coffee, and Crew-neck sweatshirts