Staff Profiles

Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Maria Vesperi

General Editor

Giulia Heyward

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Publication Studies (Specialized AOC)

Home town: Miami

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: 7

Giulia L. Heyward is a thesis student at the New College of Florida. She is also one of the editors of the school’s undergraduate research journal, Aeolus. She is the founder/photographer behind the As We Are New College Project, the Publication Relations Officer for the school’s Black Student Union and one of the members of the Black History Month Planning Committee. Her work has been previously published in publications such as Unravel, Nimbus, Columbus Monthly, and Columbus Alive!


Managing Editor

Magdalene Taylor

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Media & Cultural Studies (Specialized AOC)

Favorite bands: Korn, The Dixie Chicks

Magdalene is a third-year pursuing Media & Cultural Studies, an AOC that does not really exist here. Her main academic interests are Insane Clown Posse and Lacan. In addition to being Online Editor of the Catalyst, she is also a contributing writer for BrooklynVegan. She has a bad habit of taking naps after 7pm.


Copy Editor/Writing Coach

Ryan Paice

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Thesis

AOC: English

Interests: Sports, the Boston Celtics, writing, being happy

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: 8

Ryan is originally from NH, but has spent the last seven years of his life in Florida. His favorite movie is The Dark Knight, and his favorite TV show is Breaking Bad. He is tall but ironically dislikes heights. Almost always wearing kelly green.


Layout Editors

Anya María Contreras-García

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Second

Home town: Miami

AOC: Anthropology / Spanish Language and Culture

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: 2

An aspiring journalist, Anya most often writes articles about social justice including her weekly Activist Newsletter column. When she isn’t writing articles or working on layout for the Catalyst, Anya enjoys doing her friends’ natal charts and taking care of her guinea pigs. Her favorite thing in the world is going home to Miami to be with her family.


Jordi F. Gonzalez

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Second-year transfer

Home town: Miami

AOC: Philosophy / Psychology

Favorite Bands: The Beatles and Pink Floyd

Jordi is an ENFP personality type and a lover of life, radical ideas, poetry, life changing quotes, creating his own chill acoustic music (singer/songwriter style), making people laugh, and anything involving getting to swim in water. Meditation and appreciation for nature have speedingly consumed his life and journalism has always been an interest for him.


Online Editor

Jacob Wentz

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Second

Home town: Ocala

AOC: International Studies / French / Music

Interests: Saxophone, jazz, casual running, graphic design

Jacob is a second-year student interested in international relations, communications and business, and aspires to find a career that permits travel. He enjoys Goldfish crackers, electronic music production and animals of all sizes. Jacob secretly can’t wait until he’s 32 and has a husband, a labradoodle and kids. He just wants to settle down and be a rad sax dad and make his nana and gran-gran proud.


Social Media Editor

Jason D’Amours

Pronouns: They/Them

Year: Third

AOC: Sociology / Gender Studies




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