Tenisha McDonald '07 (Council Chair)
Tenisha McDonald is an English PhD candidate at Princeton University studying nineteenth-century transatlantic slave narratives by women of color and pursuing a certificate in African American Studies. Her research interests include literature of the African diaspora, Black women writers, post-colonial literature, and twentieth-century Caribbean literature. Tenisha was born and raised in Queens, NY and is a 2007 alumna of Molloy. She received a Bachelor’s in English from Cornell University and a Master’s in English from Queens College CUNY. She also worked in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program at Queens College for seven years, first as an English TA and then as an Adjunct Lecturer, before pursuing her doctorate.
In 2014, Tenisha founded Writer’s Ink NYC, LLC, a content writing and editing company based in New York City. She created her business after observing a growing need for writing and editorial support by her peers studying in graduate programs, working for large corporations, and starting businesses. Tenisha’s passion and commitment to equipping students of color with equal opportunities in their educational pursuits are what motivated her to take the lead in creating Molloy’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion.
Erwin Bernal '00
Edwin Casimir ‘13
My name is Dorothy DeNoto. I am the Director of Library Services at Archbishop Molloy HS. I have been at Molloy for 25 years. I moderate numerous clubs for students, am the First Ladies Step Team Coach, and am very involved in the spiritual world at Molloy as a retreat/senior encounter leader. I am responsible for running the digital textbook program at Molloy. This includes training every student and teacher. I also teach so that I can reach the students on an academic level. Through the years I have designed/taught Health, Advanced Internet Research, E-Commerce and Total Fitness and Wellness (my current course). I am in the beginning stages of designing a proposal for a course for the 21-22 school year titled “Social Issues in a Diverse Society”.
I attended SUNY Stony Brook where I received my B.A. in Psychology with specializations in Physiological and Sociological Psychology. I received my M.L.S. in Library and Information Science at SUNY Albany.
In addition to my vast experience working at Molloy, I am also a parent of two graduates: one from ‘06 and one from ‘08. My extended family is a true melting pot of America with Cuban, Costa Rican, Filipino and Chinese integrated with the German and Italian heritage that my brothers and I were born with.
Embracing and living the Marist Charism is very important to me personally. I have participated in every level Marist workshop offered at Molloy and literally walked in St. Marcellin Champagnat’s footsteps in France where his vision became a reality. It is this Marist voice that I bring with the goal that the Marist pillars are woven into all that we accomplish together on this Council for the students at AMHS!
Simon R. Doubleday
Monica Gavilanes ‘07
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude '05
(On-WOO-day) is a Norcal Emmy Award winning sports broadcaster.
Ros covers NBA basketball on ESPN's TV, digital, and radio platforms and is a host of “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman each week! Since 2012 Ros has covered March Madness, the NCAA tournament and Pac-12 Men's and Women's college hoops in both the analyst and reporter role for Pac-12 Networks. Most recently Gold-Onwude has joined forces with Kevin Durant's and Rich Kleiman's 35 Ventures as one of the faces of “The Boardroom”! Ros is also the host of a sports debate show called “Don’t At Me” presented by The Players Tribune and streaming live Twitter.
From 2017-2019 Ros worked for Turner Sports in her first national role, covering the NBA regular season, playoffs, All Star Weekend and NBA Summer League games for NBA on TNT and NBATV. Before joining the Turner Sports, Gold-Onwude served as the sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors on NBC Sports Bay Area, covering the Warriors' run to three straight NBA Finals & two championships from 2014 to 2017. Ros was the color commentator for the WNBA's NY Liberty from 2011- 2017 for MSG Networks. Additionally, Ros joined NBC's coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics as a sideline reporter for Men's Basketball, alongside broadcasting legends Marv Albert and Doug Collins- an experience she considers one of the highlights of her career.
As a member of the Stanford women’s basketball team from 2005-2010, Gold-Onwude played in three Final Fours and two national championship games helping the Cardinal win four conference titles, as starting guard. In her final season she was named the 2010 Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, ending her Stanford career as the school’s all-time leader in games played. Following her days at Stanford, Gold-Onwude was selected as a member of the Nigerian national basketball team, which advanced to the semi-finals of the Fiba-Africa Olympic Qualifier tournament in 2011.
A native of Queens, NY, Gold-Onwude earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, followed by a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Organizations, Business, and the Economy, both from Stanford.
Ros’ passions include mentoring young girls, working with women in business, raising awareness for mental health issues and developing opportunities for the youth in Africa. She has spearheaded several panels around the country, focusing on women and minorities in business as well as women working in male-dominated fields. Some of her favorite moments have included working with college students, including students from the Atlanta area HBCUs, and student athletes nationwide, on developing careers in sports and sports media. Over the past 3 years, Ros has visited Africa to work with youth on developing both basketball and life skills as an active participant of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Program and NBA Africa Game, in South Africa. In December 2018 she returned to Nigeria to work with the Hope 4 Girls Camp, a girls only basketball camp, in which she spoke about the value of hard work, self-love, women supporting women, and the pride in being an African women.
Elizabeth Hampton '07
Vicky Higuera is an Information Technology Technician at Archbishop Molloy High School who works closely with students, faculty, and staff members to deliver optimal solutions for difficult to solve software and hardware problems. Before joining the Molloy community, Vicky worked at Apple Inc. as a Genius offering different levels of technical support to a large diverse population. As a Latina woman in technology, Vicky understands the importance of being heard and standing up for what you believe in. Vicky holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies and a minor in Art History from CUNY Hunter College.
My name is John Kramer, I am a parent of four Molloy alum (‘07,’10,’10,’15), and have been a coach and teacher at Molloy for 16 years. Currently I am a member of the religion department teaching Freshman, Sophomores and Seniors. I received my BBA in Accounting from Iona College and spent 16 years as the CFO of a large real estate development company. From there I owned and operated a small business eventually deciding to retire and sell the business. Throughout my career I have been involved teaching religion at my parish at various levels. I received my MA in Theology from Catholic University, specializing in Catholic Culture. I am currently a candidate for the permanent diaconate, for the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese, hoping to be ordained in May of next year. My studies over the five-year program have concentrated on pastoral ministry. I have been involved in coaching track and field at various levels for over 35 years, including my current position as jump coach for Molloy. I have also facilitated and developed a number of youth programs both academic and sports related for my parish for age groups from 6 to 18.
My Catholic/Marist identity is an important part of who I am. I am a retreat/encounter leader and a member of the Liturgy Committee at Molloy. I have also participated in the Marist “Sharing Our Call” workshops and am a member of the Lay Marist Leadership Ministry.
Ted McGuinness '81
Lais Santos '09
Edwidge Turenne '98
Denise Urrutia is a first generation Cuban American, born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Education Degree from Cambridge College. She has been a teacher in New York City for the last 26 years, predominantly working with minority, low income children in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Denise’s daughter is a sophomore at Molloy. She is a bi-racial child who identifies as half black and half Cuban. Denise has taken great pride in raising her daughter as a single parent, and her desire has been for her daughter to obtain the best education possible. Along with many other reasons, Denise’s daughter chose Molloy because her uncle graduated from there in 1988, and she wanted to follow in his footsteps.
Yvette Villanueva '07
Angelina J. Waterman '07
Angelina J. Waterman was born and raised in Queens, NY and is a 2007 alumna of Archbishop Molloy. Angelina is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst currently practicing in the state of California. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Southern California after retiring from her career as a professional volleyball player.
Angelina has 8 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and has been employed since January 2017 as a Program Supervisor by Coyne & Associates Education Corporation. In this role she supervises in-home behavioral services delivered by a team of instructors to children ages one to 12-years-old with developmental delays. Angelina is responsible for creating individualized treatment plans, conducts behavioral assessments, analyzing and interpreting data and regularly supervising instructors. Staff are supervised directly during sessions in the field to ensure fidelity of treatment planning and provide experience hours for instructors pursuing certification in the field of ABA. She has experience working with dual-diagnosed patients and adults diagnosed with alcohol and substance use disorder. She specializes in caregiver training and education, behavioral assessment, and intervention. She has an extensive background in clinical and cognitive psychology and child development. To serve the community as a mental health and physical wellness advocate, Angelina created the lifestyle brand Alush Organics to help individuals adopt a balanced lifestyle through nutrition, mental health, and physical movement.
Shaina Wiel '04
Shaina (pronounced SHY-na) is a sports marketing professional with 12+ years of experience in the sports industry. In addition to her corporate work, Shaina is also Founder and CEO of Minorities in Sports Business Network (MiS), a national invite-only digital hub of 1000+ sports professionals of color. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer at West Virginia University and Georgetown University. Having worked in the sports industry since 2008, Shaina has worked with companies and brands such as ESPN, the NBA Family, Samsung, and Coca Cola. Shaina has also worked with athletes, companies, and brands on strategizing and cultivating their personal and public brand visibility. Shaina received her bachelor's from The Pennsylvania State University, received her Masters in Sports Management from Columbia University and is a 2004 graduate of Archbishop Molloy HS. She always represents Queens but can be found these days in Harlem, NY with her dog, Tropicana.