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Robin Levi
Author, Human Rights Consultant
Class of
1982
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Robin Levi

Author, Human Rights Consultant
Class of
1982
Robin Levi is a consultant working in the field of human rights. For eight years, she was the human rights director at Justice Now, an organization that supports women in prison. Prior to that, Robin served as advocacy director for the Women’s Institute for Leadership for Human Rights, as well as staff attorney at the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She was a co-founder and organizer of the Women’s Caucus at the First Preparatory Committee of the World Conference Against Racism. In 2011, she co-edited Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons.
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Cari Lewis-Osborne
Social Worker
Class of
1984
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Cari Lewis-Osborne

Social Worker
Class of
1984
Cari Lewis-Osborne is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City. For more than 10 years, she has provided individual and group psychotherapy to clients in a variety of areas including residential substance abuse treatment, outpatient mental health, adult day health care (HIV/AIDS) and the criminal justice system.
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Hellura Lyle
Founder/Curator of Doc Watchers
Class of
1981
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Hellura Lyle

Founder/Curator of Doc Watchers
Class of
1981
Hellura Lyle founded Doc Watchers in 2008 at Maysles Cinema in Harlem. The program serves to bring Hellura’s love for community and film together under one roof while serving three purposes: to promote audience development for documentary films, to offer a diverse selection of films beyond the typical subjects presented in Harlem and to create an audience-friendly, engaging environment. Hellura has used her creative talents and entrepreneurial spirit to raise awareness and inspire activism around important social and political issues. She has also worked as a consultant for the NY African Film Festival since 2008 and co-founded The Unmentionables Film Festival.
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Meghan McDermott
Director, Hive City Strategy at Mozilla Foundation
Class of
1984
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Meghan McDermott

Director, Hive City Strategy at Mozilla Foundation
Class of
1984
For nearly two decades, Meghan has been a key supporter of young people’s positive development through media, technology and the arts. She is currently the director of hive city strategy at Mozilla Foundation. Before her work at the Mozilla Foundation, Meghan was the executive director of Global Action Project, an organization that gives young people in underserved communities from around the world the skills and equipment to create thought-provoking, socially conscious media works. Meghan received her masters in education from Harvard and has continued to develop her leadership through participation in NAMAC’s Media Arts Leadership Institute, Columbia University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management, the Rockwood Leadership Institute and most recently as a Coro Fellow.
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Janella Meeks-Wesby
Director of Government & Public Relations, NBA Nets Basketball
Class of
1976
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Janella Meeks-Wesby

Director of Government & Public Relations, NBA Nets Basketball
Class of
1976
Janella Meeks-Wesby is the director of government and public relations for NBA Nets Basketball, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Forest City Ratner Co. She is a member of the first graduating class to attend MCS from kindergarten to seventh grade.
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Gabe Miller
Copy Chief
Class of
1971
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Gabe Miller

Copy Chief
Class of
1971
Gabe Miller has been the copy chief at Sports Illustrated for nearly two decades. He oversees trafficking and copy editing of the magazine and helps ensure that the magazine meets its deadlines.
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Matthew Penn
Actor, Director
Class of
1972
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Matthew Penn

Actor, Director
Class of
1972
After Manhattan Country School, Matthew Penn went to Walden High School (with his MCS buddy, Nick Goldberg) and attended Wesleyan University. Matthew has worked extensively in the entertainment industry. He is best known for having directing and/or producting more than 150 primetime television dramas, including “Law and Order,” “Damages,” “NYPD Blue,” “House,” “The Sopranos,” “Royal Pains” and “Orange is the New Black.”  On stage, Penn has directed at Shakespeare and Company, Ensemble Studio Theater and many others.
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Mary Purdy
Arivale Coach, Adjunct Professor at Bastyr University
Class of
1984
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Mary Purdy

Arivale Coach, Adjunct Professor at Bastyr University
Class of
1984
Mary is working as a registered dietitian providing nutritional and lifestyle counseling with, Arivale, a startup scientific wellness company in Seattle. The company looks at hundreds of data markers of its clients, including genetic variants, to help determine the most appropriate strategies and approaches to wellness. Mary is also a mentor to a woman in prison, helping her to find ways to land on her feet when she is released. Mary is also an adjunct professor in the nutrition department at Bastyr University.
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Ammon Shea
Writer, Dictionary Editor
Class of
1984
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Ammon Shea

Writer, Dictionary Editor
Class of
1984
Ammon Shea is a writer, known for his nonfiction books about the English language. In 2008, he read the entire Oxford English Dictionary and wrote about his observations in Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages. He works for Oxford University Press as a consulting editor of American dictionaries and has contributed to the “On Language” column in the Sunday edition of The New York Times. Ammon is also the author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads (2010) and Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation (2014). He is also a current Manhattan Country School parent.

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