Our Team

Joanna Dakoyannis, Dover, MA

Senior Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: June 2019

Joanna Dakoyannis is a senior at Dover-Sherborn High School. She enjoys creative writing, traveling, going to the gym, running track for her high school team and loves cheering on the team at school sporting events. She plans to be a science major in college and hopes to eventually attend dental school.

Articles by Joanna:

New Young Adult Book Takes a Startling Look at Mounting Social Pressures Amongst Teens

New Fiction Book Series Takes a Compelling Look at Teenage Substance Abuse in Massachusetts

An Exceptional Book I Recommend to Teens & Preteens

Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula

May’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis of Dover Sherborn High School

Joanna Dakoyannis Reviews “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula

July’s Q&A with Joanna Dakoyannis on The Aftermath by Stacy Padula

“The Aftermath” is an Encouraging Book for Teens

Joanna Dakoyannis on The Battle for Innocence

The Battle for Innocence is An Eye-opening Book for Teens

The Forces Within by Stacy Padula: an Excellent Teen Read

Joanna Dakoyannis’s Interview on The Forces Within

New Teen Fiction Book Teaches the Importance of Healthy Relationships


Elizabeth Harvey, Boston, MA

Editor of “Gripped 3: The Fallout
Senior Communications & Marketing Intern
Intern of the Month: March 2019, July 2019, & November 2019

Elizabeth first interned for Stacy Padula during the 2016-2017 school year. We are delighted to have her back as part of our team. 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!

Latest Articles by Elizabeth:

An Editorial Review of Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy A. Padula

Why Teens & Parents Should Read “Gripped” by Stacy Padula

“Gripped” by Stacy Padula is a Book All Middle School & High School Students Will Enjoy Reading

The Spiritual Battle in The Aftermath

A Teen’s Take on the MLH Characters

Spiritual Warfare in The Forces Within

A Teen’s Review of The Forces Within by Stacy Padula

A Teenager’s Review of The Aftermath

A Close Look at the Characters in Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A Controversial but Worthwhile Read for All Young Adults

(Scroll down to the 2016-2017 posts to watch videos created by Elizabeth)


Jennifer O’Sullivan, Dover, MA

Senior Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: July 2019

Jennifer O’Sullivan, a senior at Dover Sherborn High School, enjoys reading, playing the piano, spending time with friends and doing volunteer work. Jennifer leads her school’s community service club, runs on her school’s cross country and track teams, and loves to travel—especially to Ireland where she spends time with friends and family. Jennifer also runs and operates her own childcare company in the metro west of Massachusetts.

Articles by Jennifer:

Why “The Right Person” is a Perfect Book for Teens

“The Right Person” by Stacy Padula Shows How Faith Can Benefit Teenagers

Jennifer O’Sullivan of Dover-Sherborn High School on “When Darkness Tries to Hide” by Stacy Padula

Jennifer O’Sullivan: There’s an Important Message for Teens in “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

A YA Book for Teens in Need of Inspiration

“The Battle for Innocence” is a Must-read for Christian Teens

Jennifer O’Sullivan on Jason Davids, Protagonist of The Aftermath

The Most Surprising Thing About The Battle for Innocence

Breaking Down the Spiritual Battle in The Forces Within

A Book Series All Teens Should Start Reading

A Look at Cathy, Jon, and Chantal in Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

The Good & The Bad: Gripped’s Protagonist Taylor Dunkin

New Young Adult Novel Accurately Represents the Hardships Commonly Faced by Teenagers

In Spite of Their Flaws I Can’t Help but Love The Gripped Characters


Rebecca Ronning, New York, NY

Senior Communications & Marketing Intern
Intern of the Month: May 2019

Rebecca is a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. As a city kid, 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. She would like to study business in college.

Articles by Rebecca:

Montgomery Lake High #1 by Stacy Padula Truly Captures the High School Experience!

Q & A on “The Right Person” by Stacy Padula with Rebecca Ronning

Q&A with Rebecca Ronning on Young Adult Lit!

Rebecca Ronning on When Darkness Tries to Hide by Stacy Padula – YA Lit for 2018!

Q&A on When Darkness Tries to Hide with Rebecca Ronning

A Teen’s Opinion of The Aftermath by Stacy Padula

Q&A with Rebecca Ronning – November 2018 (NYC)

Q&A with Rebecca Ronning on Young Adult Thriller “The Forces Within”

The Battle for Innocence Depicts Important Lessons for Teens and Tweens

Rebecca Ronning of Brooklyn Tech Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

Q&A with Rebecca Ronning on “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told” by Stacy Padula

Rebecca Ronning Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

Rebecca Ronning on the Controversial Content in “Gripped Part 2” by Stacy Padula

Rebecca Ronning on the Compelling Characters in “Gripped Part 2: Blindsided”

Rebecca Ronning Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

Gripped is A Must-Read for Teens Who Want to Know The Truth About Street Drugs


Jared Thorbahn, Boston, MA

Scriptwriter

Jared Thorbahn is a graduate of Norwell High School. He is currently a student at the highly ranked Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is studying screenplay writing and other forms of communication. 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.


Nicholas Alva, Tempe, AZ

Communications Intern
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Nicholas is junior 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:

Q&A with ASU’s Nick Alva on “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy Padula

ASU’s Nick Alva on the “Gripped” Book Series Characters & More


Kyle Banker, Coral Gables, FL

Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: April 2019

Kyle graduated this spring from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. 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 at the University of Miami.

Articles by Kyle:

Teen Book Series Educates Readers about Drug Abuse in a New Way

Why You Should Read the #1 New Release “Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told”

Kyle Banker on The “Gripped” Characters

A Teen’s Review of Gripped Part 1

Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Kyle Banker

What Should Readers Expect from Gripped Part 2 (To Be Released Later This Year)

May’s Q&A with Kyle Banker of Beaver Country Day School

Kyle Banker Reviews “The Right Person” by Stacy A. Padula – A Young Adult Novel


Sophia Coggeshall, Marshfield, MA

Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: November 2019

Sophia is a senior at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. 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:

Sophia Coggeshall Reviews “Gripped Part 1” By Stacy A. Padula

Gripped on Gripped: Why Teens Will Love This New Book Series

Sophia Coggeshall Breaks Down the Gripped Characters

Marshfield Senior Recommends Teens Read New Novel About Addiction

New Teen Book Series’ Dynamic Characters Will Leave You Gripped


Michael Farinacci, Medfield, MA

Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: August 2019 & October 2019

Michael is a senior at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Massachusetts. He is a part of his high school’s newspaper, The Walrus, and multiple athletic teams. He is also an editor for the St. Sebastian’s Journal. He has a passion for mathematics, which he plans to pursue in college.

Articles by Michael:

A Junior from St. Sebastian’s School Shares His Opinion of “Gripped Part 1” by Stacy A. Padula

Michael Farinacci Reviews Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

May’s Q&A with Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian’s School

Looking Ahead to Gripped Part 2 with Michael Farinacci

Michael Farinacci of St. Sebastian School Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A Rising Senior’s Take on Stacy Padula New Release Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

An Editorial Review of Stacy Padula’s Soon to be Released Gripped Part 3: The Fallout

New YA Book Educates Teens about Prescription Drug Abuse—Is It Controversial?

Jordan Dunkin, the Black Sheep of Gripped or Not?

New Teen Series Educates Readers About The Root Causes of Substance Abuse


Jenna Finnerty, Durham, NH

Communications Intern
Intern of the Month: September 2019

Jenna Finnerty graduated in June 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:

Q&A on MLH #1 with Jenna Finnerty

The Right Person by Stacy Padula Accurately Depicts High School Social Challenges

Hope Found in Darkness: A Young Adult Book Review by Jenna Finnerty

Q&A with Jenna Finnerty on Young Adult Novel “When Darkness Tries to Hide”

Jenna Finnerty’s Take on New Y.A. Novel “Gripped” by Stacy Padula

May’s Q&A with Jenna Finnerty of Norwell High School

Jenna Finnerty Reviews Gripped Part 2: Blindsided

A College Freshman’s Take on Gripped Part 2: Blindsided by Stacy Padula


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


Caroline Markley, Marshfield, MA

Communications Intern

Caroline is a senior at Marshfield High School, where she is 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.


Kate Nally, Scituate, MA

Communications Intern

Kate is a senior at Scituate High School. 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:

New Teen Fiction Book Helps Kids Realize Their Choices Today Matter

Relatable Characters Make “Gripped” a Must Read for High School Students

New Young Adult Book Addresses the Stigma Surrounding Drugs, Alcohol, & Teenagers


Olivia Syat, Sharon, MA

Communications Intern

Olivia Syat is a senior at Sharon High School. 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:

Sharon High School’s Olivia Syat on Stacy Padula’s Novel Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

A New Kind of Teen Book Series Hits the Shelves!


2018-2019 Interns

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

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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


2018

Montana Aldridge, Plymouth, MA
Communications Intern

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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

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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!


2017-2018

Kelly Mitchell & Charlotte Moynihan of Needham, MA

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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:
The Right Person Review by Kelly Mitchell
Q&A on MLH #1 by Kelly Mitchell
Q&A on MLH #2 by Kelly Mitchell
The Right Person Review by Charlotte Moynihan
Synopsis of When Darkness Tries to Hide by Charlotte Moynihan
The Battle for Innocence Review by Charlotte Moynihan
The Aftermath Review by Kelly Mitchell
Q&A on The Aftermath by Kelly Mitchell

2016-2017

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: