Meet the O&B Staff

Spring 2019 Staff


Jessica Giles

Jessica Giles is a journalism senior at the University of Florida from DeLand, Florida. She has a passion for long-form narrative nonfiction and beagle puppies. She currently writes the Higher Ed column for Dance Magazine and hopes to continue in the magazine industry after she graduates in May. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her out for a run or wrapped up in a “This American Life” podcast. She is so excited to serve as one of the editors-in-chief of the Orange and Blue Magazine this semester. You can find her at her Twitter @jessica_giles_

Isabella Sorresso

Isabella Sorresso is one of the Co-Editors-In-Chief of the Orange & Blue Magazine for Spring 2019! She’s a fourth year journalism major, and currently interning with Irving Publications here in Gainesville. She loves all things makeup and beauty, keeping up with her favorite celebrities, rewatching Parks & Rec., scrolling through Instagram, coming up with dumb things to write on her letterboard and sending her friends memes that they’ve probably already seen. She would love to do entertainment or lifestyle writing for a major magazine in the future, but right now she’s excited to be working with Orange & Blue! You can find her at Twitter @isorresso, Instagram @isabellasorresso and Facebook @Isabella Sorresso


Amanda Roland

Amanda Roland is a fourth year journalism student at the University of Florida. She was born and raised about 15 minutes outside of Gainesville in a small town called Newberry where she grew up on a cattle farm. While she loves her small town, southern roots, Amanda also loves to travel and experience as much of the world as she can. She has a passion for being creative on all platforms, whether it is through writing, illustration, design or music, and she enjoys the finer things in life – like sleep, food, memes and attending UF sporting events, especially basketball games. Amanda loves her position as an intern for Irving Publications and as a supervisor at Gainesville Health and Fitness Center because she gets to work with amazing people and make new friends daily. Amanda is excited to be working as Co-Art Director for the Orange and Blue Magazine, and she is looking forward to graduating this May.

Savannah Austin

Savannah Austin is a fourth year journalism student also enrolled in the graphic design certificate program at the University of Florida. Originally from Tampa, FL, her four years in Gainesville have been rewarding through her involvement in Cru, a campus ministry, and as a Resident Assistant for UF Housing and the community of people she has found. Savannah is also a photographer for the University Athletics Association and her passion is to communicate and connect with people through creative design, photos and writing. In her spare time, Savannah can be found rewatching Jane the Virgin, planning her upcoming wedding or playing board games with friends and family. She loves all things typography, design and hand-lettering and is excited to be serving as the co-art director for the spring 2019 issue of Orange and Blue Magazine. You can find her at Twitter @savannahkaustin, Instagram @savkayaus and Facebook @savannahkaustin 


Minerve Jean

Minerve Jean is a fourth year Advertising student at the University of Florida. She has a concentration in english and is from Miami, Although her roots lie in the Caribbean. She loves to write and has her own blog which she covers everything from lifestyle and beauty to politics. When not writing her latest post you can catch her shopping, watching the Office or trying new and exotic foods. She also loves to read and travel. Her dream is to move to either New York or Los Angeles and work in the magazine/publication industry. Minerve is excited to work as the co-blog editor for the Orange and Blue Magazine. You can find her at on instagram @Minerverii

Brittany Wallace

Brittany Wallace is a fourth year journalism major at the University of Florida. She was a born and raised in Brandon, Florida. Brittany enjoys writing, walking through nature parks, and reading fashion magazines like i-D and Dazed. She also loves shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops trying to create a stylish outfit on a college budget. Her favorite designers are Zimmermann, Pyer Moss, and Marc Jacobs and she hopes to write for a fashion magazine in the future. She currently writes for Zion and Sparks magazine for this school semester. Brittany is the blog editor for the Orange and Blue Magazine this semester. You can find her on Twitter @BtNwallace and Instagram @brittany_tnw


Eman Elshahawy

Eman Elshahawy is a senior journalism student at the University of Florida with an outside concentration in political science. She’s half Egyptian and Puerto Rican and was born in New Jersey before moving to Fort Myers, FL at the age of eight. Eman loves listening and dancing to hip-hop music and wearing high fashion– with her favorite music artist being rapper Kodak Black and her favorite fashion brand Versace. She hopes to move to Los Angeles or New York City to pursue a career in entertainment journalism. You can find her on Twitter @emanelsha and Facebook @ /eman.elsha


Jamie Shapiro

Jamie Shapiro is a fourth-year journalism student at the University of Florida. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Journalism in May, Jamie plans to attend law school at the University of Miami where she can pursue her passion in law. In her free time, Jamie can be found binge watching mid-2000s sitcoms like ‘How I Met Your Mother’ or ‘The Office,’ looking at pictures of dogs and cats on Instagram, or reading true crime novels. Jamie currently works for a law firm in Gainesville where enjoys working with interesting people and learning about local law. Jamie is excited to serve as a copyeditor for the Spring 2019 edition of the Orange and Blue Magazine. you can find her on Twitter @Jamie_A_Shapiro and Instagram @JamieShapirno

Karla Arboleda

Karla is a 22 year-old journalism major, Latin American studies minor and grad school hopeful. Born in Venezuela and raised in Chicago, Karla loves writing and talking about intersectional feminism, local goings-ons, media consumption, her opinions and your opinions. If you do not see her posting pictures of her cats, sharing memes, biking to class or biking to class with a double almond milk lavender latte, she is probably trying to befriend people with her evolving social skills. If you do not see her doing those things, check Krishna lunch on Thursday afternoons and the TOP restaurant Tuesday evenings. Since she has been on hiatus from publishing work to focus on her mental health and lifestyle, Karla is excited to be contributing some of her ideas to the “Mind” issue of O&B during her last semester with her talented classmates and inspiring teacher. You can find her on Instagram @impressivecontent and Twitter @karla_arboleda

Taylor Cavaliere

Taylor Cavaliere is a fourth-year journalism and psychology student at the University of Florida. She loves to read, listen to music, run, travel and do yoga. You can also find her playing with her cat, drinking a can of La Croix, watering her succulents, sitting in the Starbucks drive-thru or watching Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy. During her college career, she has found passion and purpose as a leader in Dance Marathon at UF. After she graduates, she will be continuing her education at the UF Levin College of Law. She doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do after that, but as long as she can help people and make a difference (and feed her cat), she will be happy. Taylor is so excited to serve as a copyeditor for the spring 2019 issue of the Orange and Blue Magazine. You can find her at Twitter @TaylorCavaliere and Instagram @taycav_


Juzanne Martin

Juzanne Martin is a senior journalism student with a minor in event management at the University of Florida. She’s obsessed with all things pop culture, and hopes to be an entertainment or fashion writer for a magazine after graduation. When she’s not in class or knee-deep in homework, catch Juzanne scrolling through Instagram and updating her trendy feed. She also enjoys traveling, and hopes to one day own an enormous world map filled with push pins of all the places she has visited. Her favorite travel destination thus far has been Paris, France where she witnessed the Eiffel Tower in all its glory. You can find her at her  Instagram and Twitter  @juzannem

Randi Ziegler

Randi is a fourth-year journalism major at the University of Florida. She was born and raised in New York and hopes to move back to the city that never sleeps after graduation in May. When she isn’t doing school work, she’s promoting Student Government Productions’ concerts, booking talent for Dance Marathon at UF 2019 as its Assistant Director of Talent Relations, listening to Fall Out Boy, working out at Orangetheory and watching Oscar-nominated films. She loves all things pop culture, and hopes to work in the public relations entertainment industry. Randi is so excited to be the Orange and Blue Magazine’s co-marketing director for spring 2019.


Nicole Irving

Adjunct Professor Nicole Irving is the owner and publisher of Giggle Magazine, the award-winning parenting and family magazine in Alachua County and Leon County, Florida. She also owns Wellness360 Magazine, a health and wellness magazine for Alachua County. Nicole, originally from New York, is a UF alumna with an honor’s degree in Sociology. She came to Gainesville in 1997 from Jupiter, Florida. Nicole is the mom to three boys and has been married to her husband and business partner Shane for 14 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Magazine Association, a Leadership Gainesville Class of 38 graduate, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists  and an active member of the Junior League of Gainesville. Nicole won 2012 Business of the Year for Leading Women’s Enterprise, and she is a member of both the Gainesville and Tallahassee Chambers of Commerce.

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