STRIVE Executive

Celeste Hook

Celeste Hook

Chief Strategy Officer

Celeste is responsible for developing and ensuring the successful implementation of STRIVE’s strategy, as well as overseeing our marketing and communications. She studies philosophy and business in college, and works in her spare time as a self-employed video editor and graphic designer. Her hobbies include reading and songwriting.

Thomas Duke

Thomas Duke

Editor-in-Chief

Thomas manages STRIVE’s publication, The Undercurrent, working with writers to prepare their pieces for publication while also writing pieces of his own. Thomas is a PhD student in communication where he also teaches several public speaking courses.

Sam Weaver

Sam Weaver

Director of Q&As

Celeste is responsible for developing and ensuring the successful implementation of STRIVE’s strategy, as well as overseeing our marketing and communications. She studies philosophy and business in college, and works in her spare time as a self-employed video editor and graphic designer. Her hobbies include reading and songwriting.

Lauren Fraser

Lauren Fraser

Video Editor

Lauren creates video content for STRIVE that is shared on social media. She is responsible for our informative and promotional video clips taken from recordings of our live Q&As. Lauren is a student at Northern Virginia Community College, working towards a Cinema A.F.A. She aims to write films that have complex stories relating to ethics and heroic characters. In her free time she enjoys baking and watching Lord of the Rings, Studio Ghibli films, and everything made by Ridley Scott.

Tom Nowak

Tom Nowak

Programs Coordinator

Tom helps coordinate and lead STRIVE's student programs, including in-person conference events and online book clubs. He is focused on his career in civil engineering, and studies Objectivism in order to enable him to achieve his career goals. He also is keen to assist others in advancing their long-term goals through the use of Objectivist philosophy.

Aleksandra Skica

Aleksandra Skica

Programs Coordinator

Aleksandra helps coordinate and lead STRIVE’s student programs, including in-person conference events and online book clubs. She also assists with developing and maintaining the STRIVE website. Aleksandra studies computer science at Brooklyn College. She is interested in logic and the connection between humans and machines. In her free time, she enjoys running and studying Aristotelian philosophy.

Mohamed Ali

Mohamed Ali

Programs Coordinator

Mohamed helps coordinate and lead STRIVE's student programs, including in-person conference events and online book clubs. Mohamed studies physics at The University of Rochester, enjoys reading classics of western literature, and is involved in several organizations to promote secularism, liberty and a culture of reason.

STRIVE Board

Dr. Gregory Salmieri

Dr. Gregory Salmieri

Board Member

Greg is a part-time lecturer in philosophy at Rutgers University, and an Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy.

Dr. Eugena Gorlin

Dr. Eugena Gorlin

Board Member

Gena is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Andrew Layman

Andrew Layman

Board Member

Andrew is the Senior Director of Project Management at Salesforce IoT.

Ryan Puzycki

Ryan Puzycki

Board Member

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Sydney Hoff

Sydney Hoff

Board Member

Sydney is a former student executive of STRIVE, and is currently a freelance writer and editor.

Joshua Windham

Joshua Windham

Board Member

Josh is an attorney at the Institute for Justice.

Jennifer Minjarez

Jennifer Minjarez

Board Member

Jennifer is a former student executive of STRIVE, and is currently a policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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