Our Team

Senior Interns

Kyle Banker, Coral Gables, FL

Sr. Communications Intern

Intern of the Month April 2019, January 2020, March 2020

Kyle is a junior at University of Miami. He graduated in 2019 from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He has been an intern for us since 2018. His favorite subjects include Biology, English, and Entrepreneurship. Some of his hobbies are playing soccer and hockey, volunteering, and being with friends and family. Kyle is studying Biological Sciences, while also pursuing his passions for writing and business.

Articles by Kyle

Jennifer O’Sullivan, Boston, MA

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month July 2019 & June 2020

Jennifer O’Sullivan, a sophomore at Boston College, enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. She has been an intern for us since 2019. In high school, Jennifer led the community service club, ran on her school’s cross country and track teams, and loved to travel—especially to Ireland where she spent time with friends and family. Jennifer also runs and operates her own childcare company in the metro west of Massachusetts.

Articles by Jennifer

Isabelle Semas, Middleboro, MA

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month October 2020

Isabelle Semas, who just finished her senior year of high school and was homeschooled for most of her life, is the best-selling YA author of “The Crash.” She looks forward to pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. In her spare time, she sings in a christian band named NHB with her friends, is very involved in her church’s children’s ministry, and enjoys art. Isabelle has been an intern for us since 2020.

Articles by Isabelle

Jared Thorbahn, Los Angeles, CA

Scriptwriter, Intern of the Month December 2019

Jared Thorbahn is a graduate of Emerson College and Norwell High School. Stacy Padula first met Jared when he was a high school student, and she was immediately impressed by his creativity and writing skills. Jared is currently working closely with Stacy on adapting the Gripped book series for television. The pilot they wrote together was pitched to a producer in Hollywood in December of 2019. It was highly embraced and the project has since been taken on by BLE Pictures and Mark Blutman. More to come…

Mackenzie Wells, Athens, GA

Social Media Marketing & Graphic Design Intern
Intern of the Month February 2020 & July 2020

Mackenzie is a graduate of University of Georgia, having majored in both English and public relations. She is a leader at the Wesley Foundation at UGA, the community outreach coordinator for UGA’s Undergraduate English Association, and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Mackenzie has always had a passionate love for books and their ability to open doors to new worlds. She is excited to assist Stacy Padula in making a change in the young adult community.

Articles by Mackenzie

Sophia Coggeshall, South Bend, IN

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month November 2019

Sophia is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. She is a competitive Irish Step dancer who has competed several times at the Regional, National, and World Championships, and she also plays on the Varsity Field Hockey team for her high school. With a great passion for math and science in the classroom, she looks forward to studying engineering in college.

Articles by Sophia

Michael Farinacci, South Bend, IN

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month: August 2019 & October 2019

Michael is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. He has been an intern for us since early 2019. In high school, he was a part of St. Sebastian’s newspaper, The Walrus, and multiple athletic teams. He was also an editor for the St. Sebastian’s Journal. He has a passion for mathematics, which he is pursuing in college.

Articles by Michael

Jenna Finnerty, Durham, NH

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month September 2019

Jenna Finnerty graduated in 2019 from Norwell High School in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is majoring in science at the University of New Hampshire. Jenna has accrued years of experience as a cheerleader and gymnast. She also has a passion for traveling and looks forward to studying abroad in college.

Articles by Jenna

Emily Han, Williamsburg, VA

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month September 2020

Emily Han graduated in 2021 from Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts. She was the captain of her varsity field hockey team and a leader on her club team, Lead The Way. She was a member of National Honor Society and a founder of the PAWS Club and an active member of the Jimmy Fund Club. Her hobbies include scuba diving, exercising, and volunteering at local field hockey clinics and with Save The Bay. She is now attending William & Mary. 

Articles by Emily

High School Interns

Maya Daly, Duxbury, MA

Communications Intern

Maya is a junior at Duxbury High School, where she is a member of the Varsity Rowing Team. In school, she is a part of the yearbook club, Best Buddies club, and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys studying English and history, and plans to major in one of those subjects in college. 

Articles by Maya

Megan Farinacci, Medfield, MA

Communications Intern

Megan is a senior at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She is a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Lacrosse teams at NCDS. She also plays club lacrosse for Mass Elite. She is involved in her school’s health science, yearbook, and running clubs. She has a passion for art and is currently studying 2D design. Megan also enjoys traveling. Over the summer, she traveled to Guatemala with School the World where she helped build a school for a community in need. Her favorite subjects are science and English. She plans to study science or nursing in college. 

Articles by Megan

Nasin Groshek, Plymouth, MA

Communications & Marketing Intern

Nasin is a junior at Rising Tide Charter Public School, a college preparatory regional high school located in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He enjoys travel, boating, photography, nature, volunteer work, and spending time with family and friends.  Nasin is a member of both the Community Action and Eco Clubs at Rising Tide.  He is also the founder of the Business Club at Rising Tide and looks forward to studying business in college.

Articles by Nasin

Charlie Hallal, Hingham, MA

Communications Intern

Charlie is a senior at Hingham High School. Some of his hobbies include wrestling, exercise, spending time with his friends and family, writing, and watching sports. He is looking forward to his senior year as he continues to prepare for college.

Articles by Charlie

Sophia Karnolt, Kingston, MA

Communications Intern, Intern of the Month December 2020

Sophia Karnolt graduated in 2021 from Thayer Academy. She loves traveling and spending time with friends and family. Last year, she went to the Galápagos Islands to help teach English to kids and clear out endangered species from planting fields. In school, her favorite subjects include English and science. She also runs for her school’s track and field team, and she loves the beach. She currently attends the University of Alabama as a communications major.

Articles by Sophia

Katie Lehane, Marshfield, MA

Marketing Intern

Katie Lehane is a senior at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA. She is a current member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She is a teammate on both the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams. She is an active participant in a variety of clubs including one of her own, Women in Business. For months she has been working on putting together and starting an animal shelter drive at her school for the Scituate Animal Shelter. In addition, Katie is the owner of two businesses: KT’s Childcare & Tutoring and 02050 Dog Walking. With a heart for entrepreneurship, she also operates her own online clothing resale store, Refurbished by SK. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating, skiing, photography, and cooking.

Kate Peterson, Hingham, MA

Communications Intern

Kate Peterson is a senior at Notre Dame Academy. She is the captain of her schools varsity ski team and a member of the tennis team. She is in NDA’s National Honor Society and is involved in her school’s Growing Greener, Spanish, and Model UN clubs. Kate traveled to the Dominican republic this past summer to build houses for a community in need. With a great passion for psychology and science, she plans to major in neuroscience or health science in college.

Articles by Kate

Jack Stanton, Medfield, MA

Communications & Marketing Intern

Jack is a senior at Medfield High School where he is the founder and president of the school’s Investment Club. He has a passion for business and finance, engaging his interests in other business-related clubs such as DECA. Jack is a member of the Varsity Lacrosse and Hockey teams and works as a vendor at Fenway Park throughout the summer. Additionally, he works with the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention to help raise awareness for mental health in both his school and town. Jack’s favorite subjects include English, mathematics, and Mandarin, and he is also the president of MHS’s Mandarin Club. 

Articles by Jack

2019-2020 Interns

Gianna Arcabascio, Pembroke, MA

Communications Intern, Intern of the Month November 2020

Gianna Arcabascio is a senior at Archbishop Williams High school. She plays lacrosse and is the manger for the football and boys hockey teams. In school, she’s a part of student council and admissions ambassadors, and she is also involved in a lot of leadership opportunities. She looks to pursue a future career as an athletic trainer.

Articles by Gianna

Max Alva, Dedham, MA

Communications Intern

Max graduated from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2016. After high school, he spent two years at Drexel University, but returned to Massachusetts to study at Boston College. Max has a passion for understanding how things work and optimizing systems. He hopes to have a successful career in the field of engineering. He also enjoys philosophy, architecture, and design, as well as attending Patriots and Bruins games, skiing, archery, and traveling.

Articles by Max

Nicholas Alva, Tempe, AZ

Communications Intern

Nicholas is senior at Arizona State University, where he studies Communications. Nicholas is originally from Needham, Massachusetts. He is an avid sports fan and world traveler. His main interests lie in journalism, sports statistics, playing hockey, and attending athletic events. Nick hopes to have a career in the field of sports journalism. He has been chosen to work on the Gripped book series before its release.

Articles by Nick

Bradford Campbell, Duxbury, MA

Communications Intern

Bradford Campbell is a freshman at Boston College. In high school, he was captain of Thayer Academy’s Varsity Soccer and Track and Field teams. He was a 2020 Student Government Representative and Peer Advisor for freshman students. He enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. Bradford participated in Thayer’s theatre program and his favorite subjects include science and history in addition to English.

Articles by Brad

Abby Fusco, Marshfield, MA

Communications Intern, Intern of the Month August 2020

Abby Fusco is a senior at Marshfield High School. She has always enjoyed painting her dog, Teddy—a King Charles Cavalier. Her paintings made perfect gifts for her mother, and this inspired her to begin painting pet portraits for her friends and family. She founded A.R.F. Pet Portraits in 2020, where people can order paintings of their beloved animals by uploading a photo through her website. Abby’s love for animals inspired to donate 100% of the proceeds from her paintings to the Marshfield Animal Shelter.

Articles written by Abby

Caroline Markley, Marshfield, MA

Communications Intern

Caroline is a freshman at Villanova University. In high school, she was the goalie of the Varsity lacrosse team and in National Honor Society. She is an avid horseback rider who competes nationally and also an impressive artist. Caroline has a passion for the environment and hopes to study environmental science in college.

Articles by Caroline

Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY

Sr. Communications & Marketing Intern, Intern of the Month May 2019

Rebecca is a freshman at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, some of her hobbies include riding the subway and exploring the city with friends, making all kinds of art, traveling with her family, and experiencing new and exciting things along the way. Rebecca has been an intern for us since 2019.

Articles by Rebecca

Joanna Dakoyannis, Providence, RI

Sr. Communications Intern, Intern of the Month June 2019 & May 2020

Joanna Dakoyannis is a sophomore at Providence College and has been an intern for us since 2019. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running, and cheering on her team at sporting events. She plans to be a science major and hopes to eventually attend dental school.

Articles by Joanna

Elizabeth Harvey, Boston, MA

Editor & Sr. Communications Intern

Intern of the Month: March 2019, July 2019, November 2019, & April 2020

Elizabeth first interned for Stacy Padula during the 2016-2017 school year. We were delighted to welcome her back as part of our team in 2019. Elizabeth attended Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications for one year before moving back to Boston and taking courses at Northeastern University. In the fall, she plans to attend Emerson College, as a communications major with a focus on public relations. She is originally from Needham, Massachusetts. Elizabeth enjoys creative writing and has a passion for traveling which she has pursued since high school. She looks forward to continuing her work on the Gripped book series!

Articles by Elizabeth

Kate Nally, Scituate, MA

Communications Intern

Kate is a freshman at Boston College. She is actively involved in a variety of extracurriculars, with a clear passion for serving others. She has ventured twice to West Virginia with the Appalachia Service Project and looks forward to doing more service trips in college. She is also an active member of Best Buddies and Student Government. In college, Kate is looking forward to exploring a broad array of coursework from English to science and beyond.

Articles by Kate

John Savage, Weymouth, MA

Communications Intern

John is a senior at Weymouth High School. He plays Unified Basketball, Basketball, and Volleyball, and he is a leader on all teams. His favorite subjects are World History, English Literature, and Sports Management. His hobbies include playing basketball at local parks with his friends, being around his Unified Basketball teammates, and volunteering. He would like to major in Sports Management in college. 

Articles by John

Joseph Siracusa, Braintree, MA

Communications Intern

Joseph Siracusa is currently the president of the senior class at Xaverian Brother’s High School. In his free time, Joseph enjoys graphic designing, playing soccer, watching sports, and learning about many different topics. Joseph plans on studying finance in college, in hopes of pursuing a career in it.

Articles by Joe

Olivia Syat, Sharon, MA

Communications Intern

Olivia Syat is a freshman at the University of Illinois. She has a passion for learning, volunteering, and special education. She is a leader in her community through programs such as friendship circle, E.D.A.F, teen speak out, and pathways. She hopes to go into a field pertaining to special education and to always encourage others to keep an open mind.

Articles by Olivia

2018-2019 Interns

Jack Gallagher, Norwell, MA

Communications Intern

Jack Gallagher is a senior at Norwell High School. At school, some of his favorite subjects include History, English, and Biology. Outside of the classroom, he competes in sports such as football, swimming, and lacrosse. He looks forward to the challenges that this school year will hold and the ways he will figure out how to overcome them!

Articles by Jack:

An Honest Review of The Right Person by Stacy Padula

Q&A on Montgomery Lake High #1

Caitlin Shields, New York, NY

Communications Intern

Caitlin attended Fordham University where she studied Communications before transferring to Boston College. Her interests include reading about psychology, photography, fitness, community service, and traveling. Caitlin has been heavily involved with volunteering and raising funds for The Boys & Girls Club of Brockton since age fourteen. She has a passion for connecting with others and hopes to have a career focused on helping others.

Articles by Caitlin:

Q&A with Caitlin Shields on Young Adult Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

Q&A Part 2 with Caitlin Shields on When Darkness Tries to Hide

Why Teens Should Read “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula

Gripped by Stacy A. Padula is a Must Read for All Ages!

Why Young Adults Should Read Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

Sophia Tufankjian, Duxbury, MA

Communications Intern


Sophia graduated from Duxbury High School in the spring of 2019. She plans to attend Bentley in the fall. Some of her hobbies include volunteering, being involved in her church, and writing.

Articles by Sophia:

A Young Adult Fiction Review by Sophia Tufankjian

A Positive Message for Teen Readers

Q&A with Sophia Tufankjian on Teen Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

MLH #2 is a Page Turner for Teens

Q&A with Sophia Tufankjian on “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula


Montana Aldridge, Plymouth, MA

Communications Intern


Montana graduated from Plymouth North High School. She loves the beach, psychology, writing, reading, and working. Montana plans to study business or communications as an undergraduate.

Articles by Montana:

Q&A on Stacy Padula’s 1st book!

Plymouth North High School’s Montana Aldridge on The Right Person by Stacy Padula

Caroline Forbes, Needham, MA

Communications Intern

Caroline is a senior at Needham High School. She is an avid cheerleader, who coaches an All-star team. Caroline plans to study communications or marketing in college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

Articles by Caroline:

Caroline Forbes Reviews The 1st Book in the Montgomery Lake High Young Adult Book Series

Q&A with Caroline Forbes on Montgomery Lake High #1: The Right Person

Charlotte Silverman, Needham, MA

Communications Intern

Charlotte Silverman is a senior at Needham High School. At school, her favorite subjects include English, Biology, and Computer Science. Outside of school, she runs indoor and outdoor track, and loves spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to overcoming challenges and exploring new experiences during her senior year. Charlotte has committed to attend the University of Georgia for communications!

Good for parents & teens: Montgomery Lake High #1!

A Fantastic Book for Teens Experiencing Tragedy

Samantha Waxman, Easton, MA

Sr. Communications Intern


Samantha is a senior at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA. Some of her hobbies include cheering for her high school’s team, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her dog Rosie. Samantha’s favorite subject in school is history, and she is excited to start her senior year.

Articles by Samantha:

Reviewing MLH #1: Good for Teens!

Q & A on MLH book #1 with Sam Waxman of Easton, MA

Honest Thoughts on MLH #2: When Darkness Tries to Hide

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Stacy Padula’s Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Young Adult Novel “The Aftermath” by Stacy Padula

The Aftermath by Stacy Padula is an Encouraging Book for Teens

Samantha Waxman on “The Battle for Innocence” by Stacy Padula

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on “The Battle for Innocence” by Stacy Padula

Q&A with Samantha Waxman on Young Adult Thriller “The Forces Within”

New Young Adult Thriller is a Must Read for Teens!


Kelly Mitchell & Charlotte Moynihan of Needham, MA


Kelly Mitchell and Charlotte Moynihan are seniors at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts. They both demonstrate an uncanny ability to understand complex texts and perceive underlying themes within stories. Kelly and Charlotte actively read and analyze each Montgomery Lake High book. They provide constructive feedback from a teenager’s perspective on characters and plot points, as well as write book reviews and complete Q&A’s that are published online. This winter, Kelly and Charlotte will be creating thematic video trailers to advertise the series to a teenage audience. As top students in their graduating class, their feedback is highly valued. Kelly will be attending Notre Dame in the fall of 2018 and Charlotte will be attending the University of Richmond. We are extremely proud of all of their accomplishments!


Articles by Kelly & Charlotte:


Elizabeth Harvey, Needham, MA

Elizabeth graduated from Dana Hall School in 2017 (Wellesley, Massachusetts). She currently attends The SI Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University with a focus on Public Relations. We are so proud of her acceptance into such a renowned program!

Articles by Elizabeth:
The Right Person Q&A
The MLH Characters
The Aftermath Review 
The Aftermath – The Spiritual Battle 
The Forces Within Review
The Forces Within – The Spiritual Warfare
Videos by Elizabeth: