Meet this year's class of John D. Solomon Fellows:
Kaher Ahmad holds a bachelor's degree in international criminal justice from CUNY John Jay College and is currently pursuing a master's degree in emergency management from CUNY John Jay College. After completing his bachelor's degree, Kaher worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Disaster Survivor Assistant where he assisted disaster survivors during the 2016 Louisiana Flood and Hurricane Matthew in Florida. Kaher spent the summer working with Visiting Nurse Service of New York to create an emergency preparedness cooperate curriculum and is a graduate research assistant to Dr. Nemeth at John Jay College. Kaher will serve as the fellow at the NYC Department of Education.
Ryan Boyd earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology from New York University while also captaining the university cross country and track and field teams. Currently, Ryan is pursuing a master's degree in public administration from CUNY Baruch College. Since graduating with his undergraduate degree, Ryan has held several leadership roles in nonprofit organizations serving New York City communities. As the fellow for NYC Emergency Management's Training, Exercises, & Evaluation Unit, Ryan is excited to examine how the office has historically responded to citywide emergencies and how it trains and prepares for future scenarios.
Sally Bucey is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in international policy and nonprofit management at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Over the summer, Sally interned with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Beirut, Lebanon, in the Programme Support Office. The office ensures interdepartmental cohesion, coordination, and strategy for Lebanon-wide programs across all sectors, such as health, education, and protection. As a fellow at NYC Emergency Management, Sally will be working in the Intergovernmental Affairs Unit to provide outreach and support to elected officials as well as continue to explore the intersection between government and emergency response.
Julian Carrera is currently pursuing a master's degree in global affairs with a concentration in transnational security at New York University. He holds a bachelor of science in homeland security from St. John's University. Julian became interested in Homeland Security after earning a certification of Emergency Management through FEMA and is a member of the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society for Homeland Security. As the fellow for the NYC Police Department, he will help coordinate and develop educational training manuals for the Auxiliary Police and will cultivate his creative side through social media outreach.
Alexis Konja is pursuing a master's degree at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in Population and Family Health. Originally from Detroit, Alexis completed her undergraduate degree with honors in biochemistry at the University of Detroit, Mercy. Between degrees she has spent time at various universities participating in different research studies. The push towards public service was her year spent as a Jesuit Volunteer in Cleveland, OH, working as a health coordinator at the field office for United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. Her hobbies include cooking, painting, and playing the viola in her spare time. Alexis will be serving as the fellow for the NYC Department for the Aging.
Claire Kozik is currently a student at Columbia University pursing her Master of Social Work and her Master in Public Administration. Claire's previous work in New York City includes the development of a homelessness aftercare program at Settlement Housing Fund and serving as the Outreach Intern with the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD at the Department of Investigations. Prior to her graduate education, Claire worked as a program associate with the Washington AIDS Partnership and as the Refugee Resettlement Manager with Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Region. At the NYC Department of Social Services, Claire will be engaging vulnerable populations in emergency preparedness programs.
Matthew McCaleb is pursuing a Master of Public Health in health policy and management at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to that, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Oneonta. He is currently a Communications Administrator for CUNY and looks forward to bringing his experience working in public information to the John D. Solomon Fellowship. As a fellow at FDNY, he is excited to begin working with the agency to promote terrorism awareness in New York City.
Jonatta Moore is currently pursuing a master's degree in Public Administration at Baruch College's Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to attending Baruch, Jonatta worked at NYU Langone Medical Center in the population health department. She worked closely with community based organizations to promote colorectal screening for men of African descent. Jonatta will be a fellow at NYC Emergency Management in the Public/Private Initiatives Unit. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn about emergency management and continue to work in the community and with businesses to raise awareness about emergency preparedness.
Elyse Morris is a graduate student at the NYU College of Global Public Health, where she concentrates in global health. After three years of touring internationally as a professional dancer, she turned her focus towards medicine and public health, becoming an emergency medical technician. Her fields of interest include post disaster and recovery research, emergency preparedness, and the intersectionality of sustainable housing and health. Elyse is currently a research assistant with the Program on Population Impact, Recovery & Resilience at NYU, where she analyzes the recovery of victims of Hurricane Sandy. As the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene fellow, Elyse is excited to work with the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response in serving the City of New York.
Yosef Travis is pursuing a master's degree in public health at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Brooklyn College. Yosef is an emergency medical technician (EMT) and EMT classroom instructor with years of experience in education and curriculum development. He enjoys reading, writing, and lots of coffee. He hopes to expand his knowledge of the disaster cycle and disaster education as a fellow at American Red Cross of Greater New York.