Staff

Jane Montalto

Jane Montalto

Executive Editor

Jane is a senior journalism student at Stony Brook. She has been a news intern at WSHU Public Radio. Joining The Press was one of the best decisions she's ever made. She is interested in reporting and design. She can be contacted at jane.montalto@stonybrook.edu.

Rafael Cruvinel

Rafael Cruvinel

Managing Editor

Rafael is a senior journalism major and creative writing and literature minor at Stony Brook. He is interested in longform writing and wants to pursue a career as a narrative journalist. He can be contacted at rafael.fonsecacruvinel@stonybrook.edu.

Sammie Aguirre

Sammie Aguirre

Associate Editor

Sammie is a sociology student at Stony Brook with a passion for social work. Sammie was immediately drawn to The Press when she met everyone and saw previous publications, and she is excited to continue to work with such a great team.

Antonio Mochmann

Antonio Mochmann

Business Manager, Multimedia Editor

Antonio is majoring in environmental studies with a journalism minor. Apart from writing for The Press, he also has a passion for photography and music. Currently, he is in charge of content creation on The Press' TikTok, where they document our best moments.

Sydney Corwin

Sydney Corwin

News Editor

Sydney is a senior majoring in journalism with a creative writing minor. She has been a student writer for the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as a news intern for WSHU Public Radio. She spends her time listening to music and podcasts, reading, taking care of her plants, going to the movies and doing the New York Times crossword.

Anjali Vishwanath

Anjali Vishwanath

News Editor

Anjali is an international relations and journalism major. Outside of writing and editing for The Press, she loves to read and knit. She can be reached (for book recommendations, knitting patterns and otherwise) at anjali.vishwanath@stonybrook.edu.

Elene Mokhevishvili

Elene Mokhevishvili

Opinions Editor

Elene is a political science major with a minor in journalism. Her passions include writing, watching movies with her suitemates and complaining about things. The Press lets her combine two out of her three passions, what more could a person ask for.

Ivan Vuong

Ivan Vuong

Opinions Editor, Graphics Editor

Ivan is a journalism minor and a creative writing major with a concentration in fiction. He writes short stories, does digital art on Photoshop, and plays piano. He spends a good bulk of his time memorizing Minecraft trivia.

Leanne Pastore

Leanne Pastore

Features Editor

Leanne is a journalism major in her senior year at Stony Brook. She enjoys creative writing and photography and is excited to be a part of The Press because it is a fantastic outlet to do both! In her free time, she works as a children’s swimming instructor and enjoys binge-watching reality TV with her mom and spending time with her puggle, Sadie.

Kaitlyn Schwanemann

Kaitlyn Schwanemann

Features Editor

Kaitlyn is a journalism and sociology major with an English minor. When she’s not writing or editing for The Press, you can find her playing her guitar, reading and painting. Kait’s other work can be viewed at NBCMiami.com, telemundo51.com and WUSB.fm.

Liam Hinck

Liam Hinck

Culture Editor

Liam is a sophomore journalism student at Stony Brook. He enjoys writing about his interests such as music and anime, and The Press is a great outlet for him to do so. He is eager to proceed further into the journalism field and to keep improving in the numerous aspects of it.

Ali Jacksi

Ali Jacksi

Culture Editor

Ali is a political science major with a minor in journalism. He has a passion for writing, from drafting tweets for his 30 fans to writing culture articles for The Press. In his free time, he enjoys reading and watching movies with a big cup of tea.

Marie Lolis

Marie Lolis

Music Editor

Marie is a senior journalism major with a History and Hellenic Studies minor. She is excited to collaborate with such a fantastic group of people. In her free time, Marie enjoys all things fandom, listening to music and the school mascot Wolfie.

Aman Rahman

Aman Rahman

Music Editor

Aman is studying Health Sciences and English with an interest in the medical humanities and public health. He currently works at Stony Brook's Writing Center and has previously interned at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Narrative, Consequence and the anthology, "Dear Human at the Edge of Time."

Jessica Castagna

Jessica Castagna

Science Editor

Jessica is a senior journalism major and creative writing minor at Stony Brook University. She is passionate about print journalism with interests in science writing and culture. She can be reached at castagnajess@gmail.com.

Kaan Ozcan

Kaan Ozcan

Science Editor

Kaan is a junior and a double major in biology and journalism at Stony Brook University. Kaan joined The Press in the spring of 2023 and has been loving it ever since. He is interested in a career in science communication and loves all thing science. Fun fact: Kaan works at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press as a Marketing Intern and loves to witness scientific publishing close up.

Sophie Beckman

Sophie Beckman

Satire Editor

Sophie is a journalism major with a minor in creative writing. She attended meetings for The Press starting her freshman year and fell in love with all of the creativity that goes into the magazine. In her free time she likes to write poetry, read and hang out with her three cats.

Layne Groom

Layne Groom

Lead Copy Editor

Layne is a journalism major at Stony Brook who enjoys writing about the music industry. In his free time he enjoys going to concerts, discovering new music, reading essays and has been a competitive fencer for over 10 years.

Naomi Idehen

Naomi Idehen

Graphics Editor, Multimedia Editor

Naomi is a Business Management major with a specialization in Marketing. As a first-generation American of both Nigerian and Czech Republican descent, Naomi has spent her life living in both countries before returning to the U.S. She loves design in all forms and will often make random posters in Photoshop. As for her future, she's on her way to being a corporate baddie.

Allison Luna

Allison Luna

Multimedia Editor

Allison is a journalism major with a digital arts minor at Stony Brook. She serves as the entertainment anchor for the Stony Brook Media Group and is an intern for WSHU Public Radio. She’s passionate about photography and has a fondness for all things nerdy. She’s thrilled to have joined the Press team and cannot wait to make memories with them.

Melanie Formosa

Melanie Formosa

Ombudsman

Melanie Formosa is the program director and president of Stony Brook University's radio station, WUSB 90.1 & 107.3 FM. She also hosts a weekly, two-hour radio show and is founder of the station's news department. Melanie works at Stony Brook's campus television studio. She has interned at WSHU Public Radio, Suffolk County Water Authority and the Express News Group. Melanie will graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor's in journalism and a minor in environmental humanities.

Komal Grewal

Komal Grewal

Ombudsman

Komal is an Applied Math and Statistics major with a Digital Art minor. She has a passion for design and does graphics/layout for several magazines both on and off campus. She dreams of making a career out of her passion.

Matt Hono

Matt Hono

Ombudsman

Matt is a senior political science and psychology major, minoring in writing and rhetoric. He is currently a tutor at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center and the Writing Center. At The Press, his main focus is writing about music and politics. He also has an unhealthy attachment to a camera from 1998.

Michael Kearney

Michael Kearney

Ombudsman

Michael Kearney is a senior studio art and biology double major. Other than writing articles for The Press, he spends his free time curating playlists, record shopping, thrifting, concert-hopping and photography. Mikey also has a passion for design and art direction, and he hopes to pursue a creative role in the future.

Julio Taku

Julio Taku

Ombudsman

Julio Taku has been a member of The Press since 2019. He is a journalism major with a minor in Africana Studies. Born and raised in Cameroon, Julio’s family emigrated to the U.S. when he was nine years old. His interests include political activism, R&B, fitness, cars and podcasting. He’s also the host and producer of his podcast “Across The Mic with Julio Taku.”

Keating Zelenke

Keating Zelenke

Ombudsman

Keating is a journalism student with a concentration in multimedia production. She is interested in feature writing and graphic design. She can be contacted at keating.zelenke@stonybrook.edu