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John D. Solomon Fellows
Meet this year's class of John D. Solomon Fellows:

Rose Bolella attended Manhattan College where she received her bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the New School for Social Research in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. Rose has a passion for community service and has experience volunteering around the world, as well as serving her local community. Rose will serve as the fellow at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she will work toward educating the public on their personal health risks as it relates to emergencies and NYC hazards.

Robert Bristol graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Emergency Management at Adelphi University. In addition to working full-time as an Athletic Trainer, he volunteers with the East Rockaway Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and with the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. This past summer, he interned with the Town of North Hempstead where he had the opportunity to revamp their emergency plan. As the fellow at the NYC Department of Education, Robert will be helping to build the agency’s Crisis Management Tool and implementing the Continuity of Operations Plan.

Tashonda Haugabrook is currently pursuing her master’s in Public Administration, Emergency and Disaster Management at the Metropolitan College of New York, and holds a bachelor’s of science in Criminology with a minor in Forensic Anthropology and Economics from North Carolina State University. A North Carolina native, she headed to the East Coast in 2012 to assist in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Tashonda assisted impacted communities by working as a liaison between affected communities, other service providers, government agencies, and policy makers. As a fellow at NYC Emergency Management with the Public/Private Initiatives unit, Tashonda will be supporting outreach efforts to increase small business emergency preparedness and resiliency.

Meghan Kiernan holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental geography and a minor in sociology from Colgate University and is currently pursuing a master public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, with a concentration in environmental health policy. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Meghan conducted market and energy efficiency evaluation research. Meghan is a fellow at NYC Emergency Management in the Training, Exercises, and Evaluation Division where she will be supporting improvement planning, the development of EOC resources, and implementation of the division's strategic plan.

Lindsey Lovel is currently a graduate student at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs where she is receiving her masters of Public Administration. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Lindsey has a deep passion for social justice issues and has worked with several anti-gender based violence organizations in NYC. She is excited for the opportunity to work with and learn from the NYC Digital office where she will engage in city-wide digital outreach and learn about social emergency engagement and response.

Shannon MacColl is a born and raised New Yorker. She is pursuing a master's of Public Administration at Baruch College and received her bachelors in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology from Hunter College. Her previous experience includes working as a science educator and activity creator at a science museum for several years and interning with NYC Emergency Management in the Human Services Unit. She has a passion for politics and history that she pursues in her spare time. Shannon will serve as the fellow at the NYC Police Department; with the Auxiliary Unit working on social media and recruitment efforts.

Dustin Ridener earned a bachelor’s of Political Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing a master’s in Public Administration at Baruch College. Dustin spent the past five years working in New Orleans for a national nonprofit organization that provides grants, loans, and technical assistance to small businesses affected by disaster such as Hurricane's Katrina, Gustav, and Issac as well as the BP Oil Spill. In this role, he had the opportunity to develop a loan product specifically for commercial fishermen to help the fishing community following the Oil Spill. As the NYC Emergency Management fellow in the Intergovernmental Unit, Dustin will support the agency in providing research and legislative support and outreach to elected officials.

Rose Sayre graduated from CUNY City College with a bachelor's in political science. She subsequently received a master's degree in sociology from Stony Brook University where she is currently a PhD candidate in the same department. Her doctoral thesis focuses on how economic policies affect community vulnerability at the cross-national level. In addition to research, she teaches classes, such as Environmental Sociology, at the college level. At the NYC Department for the Aging, Rose is looking to transition from the academic sphere of knowledge building to hands-on applied work with the aging population.

Steve Solecki is currently an urban planning master’s candidate at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service specializing in planning related to infrastructure, transportation, and the environment. He previously earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in Climate and Society and has a highly interdisciplinary background in the environmental sciences. His work has primarily been focused on research and scholarly writing related to urban climate change and the potential hazards climate change poses for cities. As the fellow at the American Red Cross in Greater New York, Steve will support “Gray Sky” disaster planning through the development of playbooks, exercises, and assessments.

Tamar Trocki earned her bachelor's in Psychology from NYU and is currently writing her MA thesis on terrorism and insurgency. Her interests in terrorism and public service were solidified by both her semester abroad in Prague, volunteering for an NGO, and her time spent living in the Middle East. As the fellow for the New York City Fire Department, Tamar is excited to delve into the world of emergency preparedness and response and is honored to serve the City of New York.

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