Our Team

Marketing Director

Sarde Laurente

Sarde Laurente

Bio:
Sarde graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Nutrition and went on to teach cooking, urban gardening, and environmental education classes throughout NY and NJ. She has extensive experience providing nutrition and sustainability workshops within juvenile detention centers and affordable housing units with the goal of serving others and promoting a healthy relationship with food and the environment for all. When Sarde was diagnosed with Lupus 5 years ago, it became her passion to help others reach their full potential no matter what their circumstances, abilities, or obstacles. She is thrilled to bring hope to DIPG patients and families and to help them overcome the impossible through her work with the Cristian Rivera Foundation.

Creative Director

Bryan Vallejo

Bryan Vallejo

Bio:
Bryan Vallejo is an instrumental member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Bryan attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he received his Associate’s in multimedia programming. He continued his education at the Institute of Pittsburgh for animation. Bryan has always had a passion for drawing and creating images so that they can come to life. One of his biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to illustrate “Cristian’s Journey” written by CRF Founder, John “Gungie” Rivera. Bryan is grateful for the potential that John saw in him, as well as his role in CRF.

 

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Emily Alexander

Emily Alexander

Bio:
Emily Alexander is a third year at the University of Virginia studying Foreign Affairs and Philosophy. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Emily focused her studies on Leadership, Government, and Global Economics. She has a passion for marketing, graphic design, law, and community service. When she isn’t completing schoolwork during her college career, Emily volunteers at homeless shelters and with underprivileged kids in the Charlottesville community.

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Jack Fairfield

Jack Fairfield

Bio:
Jack Fairfield is currently a senior Communication major at the University of New Hampshire. He is originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, where he graduated from Trumbull High School studying marketing, sports marketing, and business development. At UNH, Jack has developed strong professional writing skills and interpersonal skills through intense coursework and student organizations in the hopes of one day turning it into an impactful career. He is very passionate about sports and is a member of both the Men’s Lacrosse team and the Sports Careers Club at UNH. His dream is to one day become a successful sports writer.

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Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Bio:
Leslie Williams is a student of Political Science and Geography, as well as a lifelong writer.  She lives in California with her sister, two cats, and a dog.  She is deeply passionate about political issues, especially in regards to human rights and civil liberties.  When she isn’t working on school, writing articles, or working on essays, Leslie enjoys reading and writing fiction.

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Madison Clark

Madison Clark

Bio:
Madison Clark is from Southern California. She is originally from Connecticut but is currently a college student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her major is business, but she hopes to move into a concentration of marketing, fashion design, and advertising. Madison has always enjoyed being a writer and learning all about the fashion industry. She also has a passion for writing book reviews, bringing awareness to various political issues, and being an advocate for the body positivity movement. She is excited to not only develop as a person but as a writer and student!

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Rodrigo Diaz

Rodrigo Diaz

Bio:
Rodrigo Diaz is a Social Media Intern at NYCTastemakers. He joined the team with a desire to help others and educate his community on the importance of voting through one of the NYCTM channels, Salsa the Vote. Carlos graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies back in the Spring of 2018 at Hunter College. His education gave him the ability to tackle the various challenges that are omnipresent in today’s media landscape.

As a media creator, he is no stranger to branding and social media. In his free time, he is a freelance photographer where he specializes in editorial and portraiture work. In addition, with his previous experiences working with at-risk MSM (men who sleep with men) of color in the nonprofit sector and healthcare communication, Carlos stays up-to-date and finds new ways to get our message out there. He loves taking pictures, working out, and creating new memories.