Meet The Team

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[vc_custom_heading text=”Nikolya Sereda” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Nikolya Sereda, FEEL Magazine’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Editor in Chief! From Natick, Massachusetts, Nikolya is a third year student majoring in English and Theatre Arts. Her father is an architect and her mother teaches dance while her older sister studies opera. Growing up in such an artistic family has influenced Nikolya to pursue the arts after she graduates. She is the only deaf person of her family. Nikolya enjoys cosmetics, writing, and all forms of comedy.

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[vc_custom_heading text=”Lydia Kopp” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Lydia Kopp, Co-Editor, she was raised in a family of signers, both deaf and hearing. She was born in Ohio and moved to Austin, Texas to attend the Texas School for the Deaf from second grade to high school graduation before being accepted into Gallaudet. She is absolutely loving it here as a freshman in her second semester. She is hoping to declare a major in Art and Media Design as well as a minor in Writing. She enjoys creating art and trying out new techniques. Her favorite animal used to be the horse, but now it is the snake. She also has eaten alligator meat. FYI—tastes just like chicken!

[vc_custom_heading text=”Miranda Petronella” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Miranda Petronella, Co-Editor, she is a senior from New York and majoring in English with hopes of working in the editorial or publishing field after graduation. Besides studying, she enjoys writing poetry, reading, and traveling America. Southern California with its warm weather is one of her favorite places. Being from an Italian-American family, She is an avid fan of the Italian national football team.

[vc_custom_heading text=”Nayasia Thomas” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Nayasia Thomas, Graphic Designer, she was born and raised in Michigan. She has one son (dog) named Scooter, who is 4 years old. He is her first love ever since She adopted him. She is a senior studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Web at The Art Institute of Washington. She hopes to find a good job or career in Graphic Design. After graduation, she is thinking about pursuing a MFA in art, or joining the Peace Corps before she goes back to school. She hasn’t decided. Let’s see how it goes with her future. She loves to cook virtually everything, especially seafood. She loves seafood so much. Her hobbies are painting, listening to music, knitting, and more. Also, she wants to start her own blog about traveling with her dog but she hopes she can make it happen this year!

[vc_custom_heading text=”Alexa Paulay-Simmons” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Alexa Paulay-Simmons, Artistic Director, she grew up integrated in the deaf culture in Frederick, Maryland. She decided to move to Hawaii for college just to explore what lies outside the deaf community. She found that her Deaf identity is deeply rooted into her heart. She decided to start attending Gallaudet this semester after two and half years in Hawaii. She is still exploring majors. Her interests include fashion and creative writing. She loves to dance like no one is watching with a cup of coffee in her hands, first thing in the morning [almost] every day. It’s a great way to kickstart your day! She also absolutely loves to explore trendy coffee shops and sitting down there to read, write, or just to people watch.

[vc_custom_heading text=”Ivy Sahneyah” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Ivy Sahneyah, Web Designer, she is a senior and her major is Graphic Design. She is from the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. She is Native American, so she has two tribes: Hopi and Tewa. She is the only Deaf-Blind in her hearing family. Her favorite food is Mexican, Hopi Taco, and Hopi Stew, and she cannot live without them. On her own time, she likes running long distances, doing weight lifts, traveling to different places, and taking pictures with her digital camera. Her dream is to help Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults from other countries to change their lives, because they missed their best opportunities. Fun Fact: After 28 years, she finally ate cow’s balls and they tasted like beef!

[vc_custom_heading text=”Leila Colmenero” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Meet Leila Colmenero, Photographer, from Chicago, Illinois, she is a fifth-year student majoring in Photography and Graphic Design. She has a younger hard-of-hearing sibling and she is proud to be an aunt of 14 nephews and nieces. She enjoys traveling, socializing with friends, and taking pictures. Her fun fact is that She can’t say no to pizza. Her goals after graduation are either one of these: to set up her own photography business, to travel all over the world before she gets a serious job, or to pursue a MFA in something related to her fields.