Meet this year's class of John D. Solomon Fellows:
Sam Brodersen is pursuing a master's degree in city and regional planning at the Pratt Institute with a focus on community resiliency in the face of climate change. Previously, Sam earned a bachelor's degree in community and regional planning with a minor in anthropology and environmental studies from Iowa State University. Sam became interested in emergency management issues after conducting research with the Texas A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. As the fellow with the Department of Education, Sam is looking forward to learning about the processes which help the largest public school system in the country run smoothly.
Alexandra Ellis is an MPH candidate at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, with a concentration in public health and humanitarian action. Prior to returning to school, she worked with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts in a variety of roles, including staffing and logistics, to support regional and national emergencies. Most recently, she worked with the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, managing emergency planning and exercise projects for a variety of regional and state-level entities. She is excited to serve as the fellow for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.
Betty Fletcher is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and spent two years working as a pediatric nurse before coming to New York City. Her interest in emergency management developed during her undergraduate studies, when she began volunteering with the American Red Cross. Currently, Betty works with the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health on projects that provide environmental health information to the Washington Heights community. She is excited to continue to grow her communication skills as a fellow with the New York City Fire Department.
Khalid Islam has been working as a New York City 911 paramedic for over 13 years, and is currently the Senior CLT and Simulation Coordinator for the CUNY Kingsborough Community College Paramedic Program. He earned his bachelor's degree in public affairs with a concentration in public health from SUNY Empire State College. Khalid is pursuing a Master of Science in emergency management at CUNY John Jay College. He is looking forward to learning and participating while using the skills and knowledge he has earned over the years as the fellow for NYC Emergency Management’s Training, Exercises, and EOC unit.
Arielle Martel is a graduate student at New York University pursuing a Master of Public Health and an advanced certificate in disaster science. She also works full time as an Associate Research Scientist in the Biology department at NYU. She completed her undergraduate studies in marine science at the University of Maine. As a fellow with the New York Police Department’s auxiliary police program, Arielle is looking forward to learning about emergency preparedness and response in NYC and working with the auxiliary police program.
Patrick Maury is pursuing a Master in Public Administration at NYU Wagner's Graduate School of Public Service. He recently moved to NYC from Burlington, VT where he worked for the City of Burlington's Code Enforcement Department for three and a half years. Patrick attended the University of Vermont where he dual majored in history and political science. This past summer he interned at FEMA Region 2 in New York within the National Preparedness Division. Patrick is excited to serve as the fellow at the Department of Social Services.
Hannah Myers is a graduate student at New York University, pursuing a Master in Public Health concentrated in global health, as well as an advanced certificate in public health disaster science, policy and practice. Prior to NYU, she graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor's degree in public health. Her interest in emergency management came through her experiences in New Orleans and learning about how the city reacted and recovered from Hurricane Katrina. She is so excited to serve as the fellow for the American Red Cross.
Anastacia Pal is pursuing a Master of International Affairs at Baruch College's Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Her studies in international affairs sparked an interest in the importance of emergency management in responding to the public's needs. As an assistant coordinator for a peer program at LaGuardia Community College, she has taken on a leadership role that has helped her understand the needs of the diverse population of students. As a native New Yorker, she is excited to serve her community and learn more about the cooperation and coordination that impacts her city. Anastacia is thrilled to serve as a fellow for the NYC Department of Emergency Management's Intergovernmental Affairs unit.
Miguel A. Ramirez is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. He graduated from Wesleyan University as an East Asian Studies major. Miguel has dedicated himself to development and fundraising for non-profit organizations in the human and social services sector. His overall goal is to create a more empathetic and equitable society through his efforts. Miguel is excited to serve as the fellow for NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
Alex Wilson is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College's Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Preceding Baruch, Alex earned a bachelor’' degree in public policy and administration at The University of Green Bay Wisconsin. She has a diverse array of experiences within the nonprofit sector, political campaigning, and higher education research with an emphasis in serving underrepresented students. As a fellow at NYC Emergency Management in the Public/Private Initiatives unit, she is enthusiastic to participate in the agency’s innovative projects that serve businesses of all sizes.