Young Alumni Council

The Young Alumni Council (YAC) is a group of alumni from NYU and local universities who are committed to supporting the continued growth of the Catholic Center. In order to foster relationships between students and recent graduates, the YAC sponsors monthly events for the social, spiritual, and professional interests of students who are a part of the Catholic Center community.

Eisa Angevin is originally from Fort Worth, TX and currently a Master's student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. As part of her degree, she currently functions as a pediatric social worker at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore. She is interested in mental health care for children and families who have experienced mental illness, substance abuse, or trauma. She received her Bachelor's at NYU's Steinhardt School for Applied Psychology in May of 2014. While at NYU, she spent a lot of time at the Catholic Center, studying, hanging with friends by the fire place, leading bible studies, and coordinating and speaking at events. The Catholic Center become a home away from home for Elisa, who has gained life long friends from this very welcoming, fun, and unique place.

Weronika Janczuk graduated from NYU Gallatin in December 2013, with a B.A. in the Philosophy of the Human Person and a minor in Religious Studies. Her involvement at the Catholic Center included leading Bible studies and serving as a FOCUS student leader. She now works as the Director of Education for the World Youth Alliance (WYA), a non-profit organization founded in 1999 at the United Nations to defend the dignity of the human person. She loves philosophy, theology, Earl Grey tea, and adrenaline rushes.

Alison Kress graduated from NYU in 2015 and is a Sales Assistant at the Waldorf Astoria New York. During her time at NYU, she majored in Hotel & Tourism Management and spent a semester abroad in Berlin. She was involved at the Catholic Center for the entirety of her college career and looks forward to remaining involved through the Young Alumni Council.

Joshua Vargas is a Venezuelan-American living in Brooklyn who began working in 2012 for Blackfriars Media, the media division of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. For them, he does direction, art direction, editing, sound design, storyboarding, color correction, and graphic design. He is an avid cook and theology enthusiast, an altar server at the Church of Saint Agnes, a member of The Catholic Artists Society, a freelance artist, and a 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film & Television.

Jacqueline Silano graduated from NYU in May 2015 with a B.A. in Latino Studies and Spanish. She was a Catholic Center Student Leader and a Global Ambassador for her beloved Buenos Aires Study Abroad site. She is currently working as an Alumni Relations Assistant at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. When she’s not working crazy hours, she’s practicing yoga, brushing up on her salsa dancing, or getting ice cream at Cones for the billionth time. Fun fact: she has a tiny obsession with Papa Francis. Jacqueline is looking forward to coordinating future events for the Catholic Center to promote spiritual and professional growth.

Jonathan Mangar is a 2013 graduate of NYU's Steinhardt School of Education and is a teacher of Spanish at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn. Born in the Bronx to Indo-Caribbean Hindu parents, Jonathan converted to Catholicism in 2011. At NYU, he was a Student Leader with FOCUS and served on the executive board of the Newman Catholic Fellowship. Jonathan remains active in his Queens parish as a catechist and lay liturgical minister.

In 2013 Stephanie Villeda received her Bachelor's degree in Education and Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing. She then received her Master's in Special Education from Vanderbilt University and is now a Special Education teacher in her Queens hometown. She sang with the New York University All University Gospel Choir and continues to have music in her life daily. She loves to write songs, kick box, hike, cook, and participate in faith-promoting events.
Bridget Greaney graduated in 2015 from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received her B.F.A. in Film & Television with a cross school minor in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology.  She now works in the film/TV industry in both production and post.  During her time at NYU, she had the opportunity to study abroad with BBC London via Tisch Special Programs.  She also co-founded the club Backstage Theatre Company, performed on the NYU improv team Pasadena Golf Club, and attended four years of bible study with some of the coolest Catholics around.