Muse Alumni

Here are some of the Muse alumni who have continued their careers and graduate study in the arts.


Isabelle Fernandez (2020) Education Assistant at The Frick Collection. Isabelle graduated from Hunter College as a Muse with a BFA in Studio Art. As an Education Assistant at The Frick Collection, Isabelle works with the museum’s collection to create engaging art lessons for patrons and school programs.

Colleen Cash (2015) Vice President of artnet. Colleen graduated from Hunter with a Special Honors BA via the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. She is now Vice President of Artnet, selling photographs, prints, and other contemporary art to clients around the world.

Gillian Ochoa (2021) is a Client Service Specialist at artnet. While at Hunter, Gillian completed many impressive internships including The Brant Fountation, Sperone Westwater, and the Appraisers Association of America, among others. Gillian graduated from Hunter with a BFA in Studio Art.

Ezra Benus and brother, Noah Benus, members of art collective “Brothers Sick”

Ezra Benus 2016) Program Manager for Disability Artists Fellowship at United States Artists. Ezra graduated Hunter with a major in Studio Art & Jewish Studies BA. He is an artist, educator, and curator, who addresses a range of themes in his art such as time, care, pain, and illness/health by tapping into his background and experience in Jewish studies, art history, and the embodiment of disability.


Livia Horn-Scarpulla (2019) Educator. Livia graduated from Hunter with a degree in Media Studies and Art History. Since then, she started working as a Development Assistant at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a not-for-profit with the mission to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups. Currently, Livia works as the Development Coordinator at LearningSpringSchool, a K-8 space for students on the autism spectrum.

Samantha Elkaim (2015) Educator. Samantha graduated as a Muse Scholar with a BA in English Literature. She teaches 11th- and 12th-grade English at a public high school in lower Manhattan and was recently highlighted in an article in The Cut called “She Just Wants Her Students to Keep Talking.” Samantha was interviewed about the challenges and triumphs of online learning during the pandemic.


Gregory Rocco (2016) Co-founder of Spruce Systems. Gregory graduated from Hunter with a Special Honors BA and a minor in Environmental Studies. He then completed a Master’s in Digital Humanities from City College.  He is currently working as an enterprise consultant for a technology company working on digital identity so clients can move toward “self-sovereign” identity and owning their own data (privacy, protection, etc). Greg has mentored a startup accelerator or two and currently mentors for she256 and is volunteering for a hackathon in Denver.


Amanda Saw (2016) Senior Associate at EY. Amanda graduated from Hunter, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Accounting. Amanda is now a Senior Associate at Ernest. & Young, one of the largest global accounting firms in the world.


Robert Bronchard (2016) Doctor of Musical Arts. Robert completed both his B.Mus. and M.A. in piano performance at Hunter. He performed with the Hunter College Symphony twice as a concerto competition winner. He has performed at Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, The Kościuszko Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Robert is also a certified Suzuki teacher and is passionate about music education.

Emily Hopkins (2015) Professional Harpist. Emily has been playing the harp for over 20 years, and has performed in a wide variety of venues, including the Parrish Art Museum, Hudson Yards, NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Neiman Marcus, Resorts World Casino, LongHouse Reserve, Oheka Castle, Carnegie Hall, Oceanbleu, Martha Clara Vineyards, East Wind, and more. She is a professional harpist who plays weddings and events.


Cierra Martin (2019) Poet. Cierra graduated from Hunter as a Muse Scholar with a dual bachelors degrees in Media Criticism and English Literature. Martin is a Brooklyn based poet and performer. Her work explores the difficulties of dismantling and growing from generational sadness, ferry boats, and ghosts. She also has been involved with The Poetry Brothel and The Poetry Society of New York projects for over three years.

Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg (2015) Writer. Ruby graduated from CUNY at Hunter College in 2016 with a B.A. in English. Since graduating, her original play “Eve and Her Neighbors” won Hunter College’s 2015 Andrew and Eleanor McGlinchee second place prize for a play. It was later produced at The Kraine Theater on the Lower East side during The 2016 NY International Fringe Festival. She has also worked as a production intern at the Mint Theater on 42d Street in Manhattan. Ruby is currently getting at MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen at Northwestern University.


Krisha Mehta (2017) Medical Student at Stony Brook. Krisha graduated from Hunter and the Muse Scholar Program with a double major in Studio Art and Biological Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. While she attended Hunter she completed research work at NYU, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and also served as an art curator and volunteer art therapist. She currently attends Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Last year Krisha and her colleagues worked on developing an arts enrichment program at Stony Brook Hospital to use art as source of healing and companionship for patients. She also hosted painting nights for her classmates, and is currently working on designing a mural for the shared spaces in her school.


Sofia Chelpon (2016) PhD Student. Sofia graduated from Hunter with a BA in Environmental Studies. She is currently a PhD Student at CUNY Graduate Center, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science. During her studies, she received a grant from NASA and worked with NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Colorado.  She went to Okinawa, Japan to work on a joint mission between NCAR and NASA measuring convection in the Asia summer monsoon season.


Nate McCarthy (2018) Social Media Associate. Nate graduated from Hunter with a BA in English Language and Literature. Nate continued professionally at Hunter after graduation and now works as a Social Media Associate at Hunter College.


Aissatou Bah (2020) Departmental Assistant at Viacom CBS VDS Team Aissatou graduated from Hunter with a BA in Communication and Media Studies. She landed many impressive internships while in school at institutions such as New York City Center, Walt Disney Television, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently doing creative brand work for Viacom CBS VDS Team.

Ilana Krugolets (2017) Associate Producer at ABC News. Ilana earned a BA in Media Production from Hunter College and graduated with honors as the Salutatorian of the 2017 class. Immediately following her graduation, she was hired as a Production Associate at ABC. Now Ilana is an Associate Producer at ABC News where she produces and edits promotional on air content for ABC’s shows such as Good Morning AmericaThe View2020NightlineWorld News Tonight as well as The OscarsAMA’s and CMA’s

Hera Andre-Bergmann (2016) 2-Time Emmy Award Winning Segment Producer at MLB Network. Hera received a BA in Media Studies from Hunter and interned as a Sports Intern for NY1 News. She went on to become a segment producer for both the NHL Network and MLB Network, winning two emmys for her work.


Ashton Santo (2015) Policy Research Intern at Drug Policy Alliance. Ashton completed his BA in Multi/ interdisciplinary studies at Hunter and went on to complete his MSW at the Silberman School of Social Work. He has worked for the Ali Forney Center focusing on social justice education and is currently researching progressive drug policies at Drug Policy Alliance.


Sapna Punj (2018) Dental Student. Sapna graduated from Hunter with a BA in Chemistry and a Dance Minor. She is currently in Dental School.

Danielle Rays (2019) Dental Student. Danielle graduated from Hunter with a BA in Human Biology. She is currently studying to be a Dentist.


Nelly Gordpour (2016) Legal Intern at New York International Arbitration Center. Nelly graduated from Hunter with a degree in Sociology and a Legal Studies Minor and is now a graduate of Cardozo School of Law. There, she was part of the Human Rights Clinic at Cardozo and had the opportunity to advise the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brazil on advocacy strategy and issues related to illegal deforestation. She is currently a legal intern at the New York International Arbitration Center.

Samantha Fowler (2017) Juris Doctor Candidate. Samantha graduated from Hunter with a BA in communication and media studies. Post graduation, Samantha gained professional experience as a legal intern before embarking on her law degree. She is now a Juris Doctor Candidate at Suffolk University, class of 2022.


Leah Drayton is a Publicist for the New York Public Library. She graduated from Hunter with a BA in Media Studies and English. Leah was also a Hunter Mellon Arts Fellow and completed an impressive internship at Lincoln Center Theater.