Meet the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association team

The RJAA team is made up of volunteers, who are elected for two-year terms at our annual general meeting.

Vibhu Gairola, President

Attended Ryerson: 2010-2014
Occupation: Freelance journalist.
Fun fact: Vibz speaks Hindi and basic Mandarin.

Maurice Cacho, VP Administration & Finance

Attended Ryerson: 2004-2008
Occupation: Managing Editor, Digital Content at Great-West Life.
Fun fact: Maurice is a licensed private pilot.

Emanuela Orsini, VP Events

Attended Ryerson: 2013-2015 
Occupation: Reporter/Producer at MediaFace.
Fun fact: Emanuela is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Tanya Cruz, Secretary

Attended Ryerson: 2010-2014 
Occupation: Account coordinator at VOCAB Communications.
Fun fact: Tanya almost attended Ryerson's RTA program. She chose differently and hasn't regretted it since!

Amanda Cupido, Past President

Attended Ryerson: 2007-2011
Occupation: Social media coordinator and content officer at World Vision Canada.
Fun fact: Amanda's birthday is Valentine's Day. And yes, her last name is really Cupido.

Carys Mills, Website Coordinator

Attended Ryerson: 2007-2011
Occupation: Web developer at PubliVate.
Fun fact: Carys is citizen of Canada and the U.K.

Laura Stricker, Social Media Coordinator

Attended Ryerson: 2004-2008
Occupation: Senior writer and web editor at Humber College.
Fun fact: Laura is a voracious (and fast) reader. She read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in less than a day.

Ann Rauhala, Faculty Liaison

Attended Ryerson: 1977-79, B.A.A.
Occupation: Associate chair, professor, Rye School of Journalism.
Fun fact: Ann is the only woman who is both an RSJ alum and an RSJ prof.

Alexandra Bosanac, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 2008-2014
Occupation: Freelance journalist.
Fun fact: Alex’s foot was nearly run over by Rob Ford's Escalade. 

Amanda De Souza, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 2011-2013
Occupation: Producer/Reporter at MediaFace.
Fun fact: Amanda is playing her way through every escape room in Toronto.

Sissi Wang, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 2013-2015
Occupation: Online Editor at PrecedentJD.
Fun fact: Sissi loves making lists and exploring new places. 

Nicole Siena, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 2009-2013
Occupation: Public Affairs Specialist, Rogers Communications.
Fun fact: Nicole takes baking and culinary arts classes at George Brown College in her spare time. 

Aubrey Silverberg, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 1998-2002
Occupation: Executive Producer, CBC News Network.
Fun fact: Aubrey’s official first name is Shawn, making his initials SAS.

Louis Payette, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 1991-1993 
Occupation: Director of Corporate Communications at Argyle Public Relationships.
Fun fact: A former National Media Relations Manager at McDonald’s Canada, Louis is also a graduate of Hamburger University.

Ishani Nath, Member at Large

Attended Ryerson: 2011-2013 
Occupation: Associate editor of features working for both FLARE and Hello! Canada.
Fun fact: Ishani published her first big scoop as the result of an interview she originally did for a Ryerson class assignment.

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