Karen Ortman speaking with a guest in the You Matter! studio.

Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations NYU-NY, Karen Ortman speaks with a guest from the You Matter! podcast studio.

Hosted by Karen Ortman, Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations NYU-NY

The You Matter! podcast was developed in 2019 by the Department of Public Safety to inform the NYU community about resources that are available to victims of violence, assault or other criminal behaviors, both on and off campus, and to give first-hand experiences of victims and those in the community who assist them. To contact the You Matter! team, email us at youmatter@nyu.edu. You can also call Public Safety's Victims Services Unit at 212.998.2222.

Season 3

10.16.20 - Epsiode 41: Tim Hesler, Financial Health and Wellness

In this episode of You Matter!, Tim Hesler, a certified treasury professional and assistant treasurer, global banking, cash management and treasury operations for New York University, speaks with Karen about financial health and safety.

10.9.20 - Epsiode 40: Sergeant Joe Paglione, Special Victims Unit

Sergeant Joe Paglione, supervisor of the Special Victims Unit in the Mercer County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office, speaks about his unit and how it serves both adults and children in Mercer County.


10.2.20 - Epsiode 39: Jane Reynolds, Forensic Nurse Examiner

Jane Reynolds, a forensic nurse examiner and Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Response Team in Mercer County, New Jersey, speaks about the treatment and care of sexual assault victims.

9.25.20 - Episode 38: Jim and Evelyn Piazza, Hazing on College Campuses

In this episode, Jim and Evelyn Piazza tell the story of their son, Tim, and speak about their mission to stop hazing on college campuses.


9.18.20 - Episode 37: Gabrielle, Dating Violence and Sexual Assault Survivor

In this episode, Gabrielle, a dating violence and sexual assault survivor, shares her story with Karen.

9.11.20 - Episode 36: Quentin Vennie, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Wellness Expert

Karen speaks with author, motivational speaker and wellness expert Quentin Vennie about his bestselling memoir, Strong In The Broken Places and his work  featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MindBodyGreen, and others. 


9.4.20 - Episode 35: Jodee Blanco, Author and Survivor Turned Activist

Karen speaks with Jodee Blanco, author, bullying survivor turned activist and NYU graduate, about her New York Times' Bestseller, Please Stop Laughing at Me, and her in-school program, It's Not Just Joking Around.

8.28.20 - Episode 34: Eric LeGrand

Karen opens Season 3 of You Matter! with former Rutgers football player, Eric LeGrand. After suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2010, Eric became a motivational speaker and source of inspiration and hope for many. Eric speaks about his love of football, his injury and perseverance, and his foundation, Team LeGrand.

Season 2

5.15.20 - Episode 33: Heba Nassef Gore, Esq.: The Clery Act, Timely Warnings, and Accreditation

NYU Assistant Vice President, Professional Standards Heba Nassef Gore, Esq. visits with Karen to speak about the Clery Act, Timely Warnings, and Accreditation, and how they enhance the safety of the NYU community. Please note, this episode was recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5.8.20 - Episode 32: The Polygraph, with Retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Thomas Paret

Retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Thomas Paret, formerly of the state police's polygraph unit, explains to Karen what a polygraph is, its purpose, and what it measures. Please note, this episode was recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


5.1.20 - Episode 31: NYU Community Response and Investigations Units

Sergeant First Class Brian Doss from the Community Response Unit and Sergeants Gizelle Sanchez and Dan Gitter from the Investigations Unit visit with Karen and Sabah to explain the services they provide and how their teams enhance the safety of the NYU community.

4.24.20 - Episode 30: 'Katie', on Parenting a Transgender Child

'Katie' stops by to speak with Karen and Sabah about parenting her transgender daughter Sarah, who was designated a male at birth.


4.17.20 - Episode 29: Gaslighting with Maisie Breit, NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and Karen Wang, NYU Presidential Scholar

Maisie Breit from the NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence returns to the You Matter! podcast to meet with Karen and NYU Presidential Scholar Karen Wang to discuss gaslighting: how to understand the signs, and the resources available in New York City that can help those affected.

4.10.20 - Episode 28: Cherie Aimée, near death survivor and heart transplant recipient

Near-death survivor, heart transplant recipient, and Ambassador to Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital Cherie Aimée shares her story about crossing into another realm after going into cardiac arrest.


4.3.20 - Episode 27: Author and Thought Leader Leslie Morgan Steiner on Domestic Violence and Why Women Stay

Author, consultant, and thought leader Leslie Morgan Steiner discusses Women's Leadership, Overcoming Adversity and Surviving Violence Against Women speaks with Karen and Sabah about domestic violence and why women stay in those relationships.

3.27.20 - Episode 26: Dr. Denise Paone and Angela Jeffers, The Relay Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. Denise Paone and Angela Jeffers from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene speak about The Relay Program, a non-fatal opioid overdose response service for the New York City community.


3.20.20 - Episode 25: Sergeant Martindale and Police Officer Ayala, NYPD LGBTQ Outreach Unit

Sergeant Michelle Martindale and Police Officer Aaron Ayala speak about the New York City Police Department's LGBTQ Outreach Unit and how they work to foster community throughout New York City's five boroughs.

3.13.20 - Episode 24: Talia Markowitz, MPH - Human Rights Clinic at HealthRight International

Talia Markowitz, MPH, from the Human Rights Clinic at HealthRight International speaks about her organization's mission to empower marginalized communities to live healthy lives and the services it provides.


3.6.20 - Episode 23: Dr. Gregory McDonald, Forensic Pathologist

Dr. Gregory McDonald, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and the chair of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and chief deputy coroner for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, speaks about his experience, career trajectory, and passion for forensic pathology.

2.28.20 - Episode 22: Pat Schissel and Dena Gassner, The Asperger/Autism Network

Pat Schissel, New York Director at The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), and Dena Gassner, PhD candidate at Adelphi University, Adjunct Faculty at Towson University and advisory board member for AANE speak about the services the Network provides to help build meaningful, connected lives.


2.21.20 - Episode 21: The Motherhood Center of New York

Catherine Birndorf, MD, and Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW, detail the services provided by their organization, The Motherhood Center of New York, a treatment center for pregnant and new mothers experiencing mood and anxiety disorders.

2.14.20 - Episode 20: Ashton Colby

Transgender Male Advocate Ashton Colby speaks about challenging transgender stereotypes and his passion for changing the manner in which the media tells transgender stories.


2.7.20 - Episode 19: Special Agent Susan A. Gibson, DEA

Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson from the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration speaks with Karen and Oatile about her role in narcotics investigations, upholding the federal Controlled Substances Act, and controlling the distribution of pharmaceuticals.

1.31.20 - Episode 18: Netizens - Cynthia Lowen and Nicole Fidler

Cynthia Lowen, Director and Producer of the 2018 documentary film Netizens, and Nicole Fidler, Esq. from Sanctuary for Families, speak about the documentary and the laws that govern online harassment and cyber sexual exploitation.


1.24.20 - Episode 17: Marlon Lynch, NYU Senior Vice President Campus Services and Safety

NYU Senior Vice President, Campus Services and Safety Marlon Lynch visits with Karen and Sabah to detail the story of his career trajectory, offer advice to students, and answer questions relating to public safety practices at NYU.

Season 1

12.6.19 - Episode 16: Alan Ross, The Samaritans of New York

Executive Director Alan Ross speaks with Karen and Mary about The Samaritans of New York and the services the organization provides as the only community-based organization in the NYC-Metropolitan area solely devoted to preventing suicide and helping people in crisis.

11.29.19 - Episode 15: Travel Safety at NYU

The NYU Department of Public Safety's Sean Hackett and Irene Cedano stop by to speak with Karen and Sabah about safety while traveling, including the university's enterprise travel system NYU Traveler, and what additional resources NYU community members abroad can access for assistance.


11.22.19 - Episode 14: NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Tracey Downing and Maisie Breit from the NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence visit with Karen and Sabah to explain the programs, training and education that the office provides to the New York City community.

11.15.19 - Episode 13: Bethany Godsoe, NYU Wasserman Center

Bethany Godsoe from the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development stops by the You Matter! studio to speak with Karen and Sabah about the Wasserman Center's services and how it can help in cases of job fraud and other career services challenges.


11.8.19 - Episode 12: Christopher Bromson, Crime Victims Treatment Center

This week on You Matter!, Christopher Bromson from the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) speaks with Karen and Sabah about CVTC's programs and how community members can access their services.

11.1.19 - Episode 11: Safe Horizon

This week on the You Matter! podcast, Wanda Lucibello and Saheli Kothari visit with Karen and Sabah to speak about Safe Horizon, its Crime Victim Assistance Program, and the resources it provides to the community.


10.25.19 - Episode 10: Bre Lasley, Fight Like Girls

Bre Lasley, founder of Fight Like Girls, visits the studio to speak about her survival of attempted murder, and how her experience led her to start an organization to empower women.

10.17.19 - Episode 09: Retired FBI Special Agent Barbara Daly

Retired FBI Special Agent Barbara Daly visits with Karen and Sabah to detail the elements of a stalking crime, advice on how to get help, and to tell the story of one of her more notable cases.


10.11.19 - Episode 08: Jennifer DeCarli and NYC Family Justice Centers

Jennifer DeCarli, Assistant Commissioner for NYC Family Justice Centers and Outreach at the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and colleagues Tracey Downing and Maisie Breit meet with Karen and Sabah to detail the NYC Family Justice Centers' free and confidential assistance for victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, which can include sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

10.4.19 - Episode 07: Nathaly and Jessica Morak, Sanctuary for Families

Nathaly, Cyber Sexual Exploitation Abuse Survivor, and Jessica Morak, attorney and advocate at Sanctuary for Families stop by the You Matter! studio to tell Nathaly's story and provide insight on the resources available at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence.


9.27.19 - Episode 06: NYU Behavioral Intervention Team

Fountain L. Walker, Associate Vice President, Public Safety NYU - New York, and Thomas Ellett, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Associate Vice Provost for University Programs, visit with Karen and Sabah to discuss NYU's Behavioral Intervention Team and the safety resources it provides to the University community.

9.20.19 - Episode 05: The NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative

Frances Davila, Staff Attorney at NYU's Immigrant Defense Initiative meets with Karen and Sabah to explain the program and how it can help NYU community members.


9.13.19 - Episode 04: LGBTQ+ Resources at NYU

Monroe France, NYU's Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership, and Chris Woods, Director of NYU's LGBTQ+ Center, share LGBTQ+ resources and information available to the NYU community with Karen and Sabah.

9.6.19 - Episode 03: The Safe NYU App

Sean Hackett and William Karnadi from NYU Public Safety join Karen and Sabah for an in-depth discussion on the Safe NYU app and the resources it provides to the NYU community.


8.30.19 - Episode 02: Kate Baier

Kate Baier, NYU's Executive Director in NYU's Office of Residential Life and Student Housing drops by to detail the resources available to residential and commuter students.

8.23.19 - Episode 01: Carla

In the inaugural You Matter! podcast, Karen and Sabah speak with Carla, a NYU alumna and domestic violence survivor, as she shares her journey and the resources that assisted her, both on and off campus.

Resources

You Matter! Team

Karen Ortman, Creator and Host, Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations NYU-NY, NYU Public Safety
Matt Shelosky, Communications and Project Manager, NYU Public Safety, Steinhardt MA '13

Special Thanks

Sabah Fatima, Co-host, Seasons 1 and 2, School of Global Public Health MPH '20
Oatile Ramsey,
Co-host, Season 2, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Masters Student
Kyle Feehan,
Producer and Recording Engineer, Seasons 1 and 2, Steinhardt MA '20
Sophie Ewh,
Recording Engineer, Seasons 1 and 2 Tisch School of the Arts BA '20
Podcast Introduction Voices: Journey Brown-Saintel, Camryn Pillay, Elliott Diner, Olivia Roberts, Emilia Michalowska, Roberto Pineda Sanchez, Rachel Johns, Daniel Kreizberg, Leona Stewart, Sabah Fatima
Bruce Shackelford, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Shonna Keogan and Jason Hollander, NYU Public Affairs
Anjali Chavan
, Graphic Designer, Tisch School of the Arts BA '21