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Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations NYU-NY, Karen Ortman hosts the You Matter! podcast with her team of Nichole (left) and Matt (right).

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

The You Matter! podcast was developed in 2019 by the Department of Campus 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 Campus Safety's Victims Services Unit at 212.998.2222.

Season 7

9.21.22 - Episode 111: Jay Rosenblatt, Bullying Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with Jay Rosenblatt, a San Francisco filmmaker who hails from Brooklyn, New York. Jay is a filmmaker responsible for the Oscar-nominated documentary “When We Were Bullies,” wherein Jay tracks down his fifth-grade class, and teacher, to examine their memories of a bullying incident that occurred over 50 years ago. Jay is here to share the story behind his film.

9.14.22 - Episode 110: Kate Brookes, Transgender Awareness

On this episode, Karen welcomes Kate Brookes. Kate is writer, producer, political junkie, LGBTQ ally and proud mom of twins- one of whom is transgender. Kate is here to share her daughter’s story, as well as her own as the mother of a transgender child.

9.7.22 - Episode 109: Bethann Mercanti, Stroke Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with Bethann Mercanti, the Director of Clinical Operations for the Neurological Institute at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, New Jersey. She has practiced in neurology as a PA for 10 years, specializing in stroke and cerebrovascular disease. She developed the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Cooper University Healthcare, achieving Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification status, the first in South Jersey. She also began the Cooper Telestroke program with local healthcare systems to provide critical access to acute stroke services. Bethann completed her Doctor of Science in 2021, focusing on health care research and organizational leadership. She is dedicated to improving access to care for all patients through the use of innovative technology to advance health care delivery in today’s world. And she is also an advocate for the advancement of PA practice both locally and nationally.

8.31.22 - Episode 108: NYU Alums Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Jackie Danziger, Lemonada Media

In this episode, NYU alums Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Jackie Danziger speak about their podcast network Lemonada Media. Stephanie is a voice actress, activist, and author, and the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the podcast network Lemonada Media. Jackie Danziger is the Vice President of Content and Production at Lemonada Media, a writer and voice over artist. Stephanie and Jackie are here to talk about Lemonada Media, “an award winning, women-run podcast network that shares the unfiltered version of the human experience” that is normalizing difficult conversations, including the conversation that was the catalyst for Lemonada’s creation: addiction.

8.24.22 - Episode 107: Patti McSteen, Senior Associate Vice President and Deputy, Global Campus Safety

In the Season 7 opening episode, Karen speaks with Patti McSteen, Senior Associate VP and Deputy, Global Campus Safety, a new member of Campus Safety leadership. A main objective of this podcast is to highlight resources available to the NYU community; Patti is exactly that. At the end of this conversation, you will have an understanding of the value that Patti brings to Campus Safety based upon on her education and professional experience, and the resource that her role provides the members of our community.

Season 6

5.18.22 - Episode 106: Clara Kim, RAINN

In this episode, Karen speaks with Clara Kim, Vice President of Consulting Services at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

5.11.22 - Episode 105: Ashley Smith, Mental Health Advocate

In this episode, Karen speaks with Ashley Smith. Ashley is a mental health advocate living with the diagnosis of schizophrenia, a parent, and the creator of the blog Overcoming Schizophrenia. Ashley is the author of two books related to Schizophrenia: What’s On My Mind, A Collection of Blog Entries Related to Schizophrenia, and What’s On My Mind, Coping Takes Work.

5.4.22 - Episode 104: Lt. Col. (Retired) Ann Murdoch, Transgender Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ann Murdoch, a recipient of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star who served in Afghanistan. During Lt. Murdoch’s entire military career, in fact her entire life, she harbored a secret that could have cost her career, family and even her life. Although she had a male body, and by all appearances she was a married father of two children, she had known her entire life that deep inside, she was really a woman. She was, and is, transgender. As things got to a crisis point, she had no choice but to deal with her gender dysphoria, so she began a three-year journey to transition from living as a man to living as her true, authentic self.

4.27.22 - Episode 103: Ken Daniels, Substance Abuse Support

In this episode, Karen speaks with Ken Daniels, play-by-play announcer for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and father of Jamie Daniels who, on December 7, 2016, at the age of 23, lost his battle with Substance Use Disorder. Ken is here to share the story of his son’s life and the legacy created in his memory, the Jamie Daniels Foundation.

4.20.22 - Episode 102: Emma Benoit, Attempted Suicide Survivor and Motivational Speaker

On this episode, Karen speaks with Emma Benoit from Prairieville, Louisiana, who was just 16 years old when she survived a suicide attempt. Today, she is a powerful motivational speaker who’s miraculous story and message of hope inspires audiences of all ages.

4.13.22 - Episode 101: Brandon Farbstein, Framework for Self-Acceptance

In this episode, Karen speaks with Brandon Farbstein, a motivational speaker and author who inspires millions of people across the globe with his universal message of living life on your own terms and building the framework for self-acceptance. Diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism at the age of 2 (metatropic dysplasia), Brandon has turned his life experience of suffering, isolation, and victimhood into empowerment, impact and influence.

4.6.22 - Episode 100: Rafael Rodriguez, NYU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

On the 100th episode of You Matter!, Karen speaks with NYU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Rafael Rodriguez, the first person to hold the position.

3.30.22 - Episode 99: Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent in Charge, DEA

In this episode, Karen visits with Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent In Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division. SAC Gibson is here to talk about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event that aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs.

3.23.22 - Episode 98: Keisha Greaves, Disability Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with Keisha Greaves. At 24 years of age, Keisha was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; she later started the Girls Chronically Rock clothing line to inspire others with chronic illnesses to have confidence and not let their disability define who they are.

3.16.22 - Episode 97: Shea and Sidney Gomez, The Real Sisters of Sobriety

Karen speaks with Shea and Sidney Gomez, sisters and hosts of The Real Sisters of Sobriety podcast, a podcast about being sober in a booze obsessed world. Shea and Sidney are going to share their personal stories that led to their journey to sobriety, and how being boozeless today brings them much joy and happiness.

3.9.22 - Episode 96: Randy Grimes, Addiction Assistance

Randy was an NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for ten years; while playing for the Buccaneers and to treat his football-related injuries, Randy considered painkillers to be a "necessary evil". Upon Randy’s retirement from the NFL, he spent the next 20 years in the depths of addiction - losing friends, homes and almost his wife Lydia. Lydia stood by him throughout and finally got him into a treatment program that worked for Randy. Now they are giving back through their non-profit, Pro Athletes in Recovery.

3.2.22 - Episode 95: Marie Sander, Colorectal Cancer Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with Marie Sander. Marie was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer in September 2013, and today, is in remission. Marie has become an advocate for colon cancer awareness and is here to share her story from discovery, to diagnosis and to recovery, and how cancer has impacted her life.

2.23.22 - Episode 94: Hayley Hasselhoff, Body Image Confidence

Hayley is an actress, curve model and body confidence activist who appeared on such shows as Baywatch, Huge, Pair of Kings and Why Women Kill. Hayley also graced our screens to give us fashion tips as the resident style host for Good Morning America’s Strahan, Sara and Keke. At the age of 14, Hayley made her fashion debut by signing with the world-renowned modeling agency Ford Models; today, Hayley is one of the world's leading Curve models and is on a mission to help women look their best and to accept their curvy bodies.

2.16.22 - Episode 93: Jody Plauche, Child Abuse and Kidnapping Survivor

Karen speaks to Jody Plauche, a child sexual abuse and kidnapping survivor, and the author of The Jody Plauche Story - Why Gary Why? The question that law enforcement asked Jody’s father, Gary Plauché, seconds after television cameras recorded Gary shooting and killing Jody’s kidnapper and rapist, Jeff Doucet. Jody shares his story and how he now educates parents regarding the sly tactics that predators use on children.

2.9.22 - Episode 92: Professor Dalton Conley, The Pecking Order

Karen speaks with Professor Dalton Conley, the Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and affiliate of the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Professor Conley talks with Karen about his bestselling book, The Pecking Order, Which Siblings Succeed and Why, which asserts that birth order does not determine success but instead, success is influenced by socioeconomic factors.

2.2.22 - Episode 91: Eric and Maura Schwartz, Mary's Fund

In this episode, Karen speaks with Eric and Maura Schwartz about Maura's mother, Mary Joy Scherlach, who was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and organization they founded in her honor, Mary's Fund.

1.26.22 - Episode 90: Monroe France and Chris Woods, NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation

In this episode, Karen speaks with Monroe France, NYU Senior Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership and Chris Woods, Director, LGBTQ+ Center at NYU. Monroe and Chris talk about the ways in which the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation is dedicated to developing strategies to enhance the lives of all members of the NYU community.

Season 5

12.15.21 - Episode 89: Ali Stroker, NYU Alum and Tony-Award-Winning Broadway Performer

In this episode, Karen speaks with NYU graduate Ali Stroker who made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway. Ali won a Tony for her performance in the revival of Oklahoma! and earned a Barrymore Award nomination for starring in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, she has soloed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York's Town Hall, and Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall.

12.8.21 - Episode 88: Claire and Charlie Tietgen, Bullying, Depression, and Suicide

In this episode, Karen speaks with Claire Tietgen and her father Charles. Claire is 18 and the survivor of bullying as well as several suicide attempts. Claire is on a mission to share her story to normalize the conversation about bullying, depression and suicide.

12.1.21 - Episode 87: Dr. Robert Ackerman, Adult Children of Alcoholics

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an author, and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction and the previous Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, and currently the Chair of the Advisory Board. Dr. Ackerman discusses his bestselling book, Silent Sons, the counterpart to his pivotal book in the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement, Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics.

11.24.21 - Episode 86: Claire Bidwell Smith, Grief Expert

Claire Bidwell Smith is a renowned grief expert and author. After losing both of her parents at a young age, Claire was drawn to helping others navigate the grief process. A former therapist in private practice for over a decade, she has counseled thousands of people and written three books about grief and loss. Claire speaks and lectures widely; she is passionate about advocating for advancement in end-of-life care and bringing awareness to our culture’s understanding of grief. Claire has written for The New York Times, Scientific American, The Washington Post, Goop, The Huffington Post to name a few, and she has been featured on MSNBC, Good Day LA, Today.com, the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, and dozens of radio shows and podcasts.

11.17.21 - Episode 85: Angela Kennecke, Addiction Assistance

Angela Kennecke is a seasoned investigative journalist and news anchor at the South Dakota CBS affiliate KELO in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Angela was working on a story on drug overdoses the day she got the news that her 21-year-old daughter Emily died of an overdose. It was later revealed that Emily died of fentanyl poisoning after having obtained what she thought was heroin. Angela is on a mission to address the stigma associated with addiction and the problems associated with addiction.

11.10.21 - Episode 84: Cheryl Thomas, Ted Bundy Survivor

Cheryl Thomas was a student at Florida State University in 1978 and a member of the FSU dance team. Cheryl was alone in her apartment when serial killer Ted Bundy broke in, viciously attacked her and left her for dead. Unbeknownst to Cheryl, Bundy had just murdered two FSU classmates who were members of the Chi Omega Sorority and brutally attacked two other sorority sisters. Cheryl is here to share her story of survival.

11.3.21 - Episode 83: Stephanie Arnold: 37 Seconds, Dying Revealed Heaven's Help

Stephanie is the author of 37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven’s Help. In 2013, when Stephanie was pregnant with her second child, she began receiving mysterious but strong premonitions that she would die during delivery. Stephanie did everything that she could to inform physicians and her family about what she knew was coming; no one believed her. When Stephanie gave birth to her son, she flatlined and died on the operating table for 37 seconds.

10.27.21 - Episode 82: Brandy Ledford

Brandy is an actress, dancer and former model. Clean & sober since 2012, Brandy speaks candidly and regularly about her addiction to drugs & alcohol and her recovery from trauma. A prominent member of the community, Brandy is on several Boards including the Red Songbird Foundation and is involved in numerous fundraising events for various causes.

10.20.21 - Episode 81: Demi Leigh Tebow

Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe Demi Leigh Tebow is now on a mission to help women feel mentally and physically prepared for anything through her Unbreakable campaign, a self-defense program inspired by her own experience as an attempted carjacking and kidnapping survivor in June 2017. Demi shares her story of healing and recovery and how she shares her story to help others.

10.13.21 - Episode 80: AJ Lambert

The granddaughter of Frank Sinatra and recovering alcohol addicted person, AJ Lambert speaks with Karen about her journey.

10.6.21 - Episode 79: Noel Capuano and John 'Jack' O'Donnell, Forensic Accounting

In this episode, Noel Capuano, CPA and Principal in the accounting firm of Friedman LLP, and John O’Donnell, Partner in Forensic Litigation Valuation Services at Friedman LLP speak with Karen about forensic accounting as it pertains to divorce. The purpose of this conversation is to be constructive and educational; to help listeners going through a divorce or headed in that direction understand the role that forensic accountants could play in the process.

9.29.21 - Episode 78: Eric Hipple, Depression Awareness

In this episode, Karen speaks with former NFL player Eric Hipple about his battle with depression and raising awareness around seeking assistance.

9.22.21 - Episode 77: Karen Chandler Pryor

In this episode, Karen speaks with Karen Chandler Pryor who was a student at Florida State University and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was living in the sorority house in 1978 when serial killer Ted Bundy broke into the house, murdered two of Kathy’s sorority sisters and attempted to kill Karen and her roommate Kathy. Karen and Kathy survived Bundy’s brutal attack, and Karen is here to share her story.

9.15.21 - Episode 76: Victoria Arlen

In this episode, Karen visits with ESPN's Victoria Arlen, who fought back from two rare medical conditions to become a Paralympic swimming champion and sports personality, about her journey and accomplishments, and Victoria's Victory Foundation.

9.8.21 - Episode 75: Carla Tardif, Patrick Kelly III, and Kari Kelly

In this episode, Karen speaks to friends and family of former NFL Player Pat Kelly, whom they lost after his battle with brain cancer.

9.1.21 - Episode 74: Chris Herren, Substance Abuse

In this episode, Karen speaks with former NBA basketball player Chris Herren about substance abuse addiction and recovery, as well as the Herren Project, his 30 for 30 feature, and The First Day, a film about overcoming addiction.


8.25.21 - Episode 73: Seymour Josephson, Rideshare Safety

In this episode, Karen speaks with Seymour Josephson, the father of Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina who, on March 29, 2019, was kidnapped and murdered when she was targeted by a person posing as a rideshare driver. Immediately following this unspeakable tragedy, Seymour and Samantha’s mom, Marci Josephson, set out to educate others on the importance of rideshare safety so that no other family would have to suffer this kind of loss.

8.18.21 - Episode 72: Melissa DiAngelo DiStefano, ALS

In this episode, Karen speaks with Melissa DeAngelo DiStefano about Melissa's father, a lieutenant in the Ewing Township, NJ, Police Department. Ed DeAngelo, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS; Lieutenant DeAngelo died from ALS four years after his diagnosis. Melissa, now a nurse, shares her father’s story of life with this unforgiving disease.


8.11.21 - Episode 71: Kelly

In this episode, Kelly, a college student, shares her story of struggling with depression and being the survivor of a traumatic event that led to an unsettling and abusive experience in a psychiatric hospital.

8.4.21 - Episode 70: Catherine and India Oxenberg

Catherine is an author and actress, best known for her role as Amanda Carrington in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty, in addition to other movie and television roles, who has always been a strong advocate on women’s issues. India, Catherine's daughter, is also an author, actress, producer and writer. Catherine and India are here to talk about India’s 7-year experience in a cult called NXIVM, and Catherine’s attempts to rescue India that spanned several years.

Season 4

6.11.21 - Episode 69: Kathy Kleiner Rubin, Ted Bundy Survivor

In our season finale, Karen speaks with Kathy Kleiner Rubin who was a student at Florida State University and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was living in the sorority house in 1978 when serial killer Ted Bundy broke into the house, murdered two of Kathy’s sorority sisters and attempted to kill Kathy and her roommate Karen. Kathy and Karen survived Bundy’s brutal attack, and Kathy is here to share her story.


6.4.21 - Episode 68: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Author of The Body Keeps the Score- Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma

In this episode, Karen speaks with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, a clinician, researcher, and teacher best known for his work with post-traumatic stress; he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score. Dr. van der Kolk has been active in the field of mental health since the 1970s and currently serves as medical director at the Trauma Center in Boston.

5.28.21 - Episode 67: Transgender Female, Sara, and her Mom Katie

Katie is a returning guest from Season 2 who shared her story as the mother of transgender daughter Sara. Katie returns with Sara so that Sara can share her story in the hopes that it could help another young transgender person going through similar difficulties.


5.21.21 - Episode 66: Cancer Survivor Michelle and her husband, Brian

Both attorneys, guests Michelle and Brian speak with Karen about Michelle's cancer diagnosis in 2015. They recount their journey from cancer discovery to diagnosis and recovery, and how cancer has impacted their lives, both professionally and personally.

5.14.21 - Episode 65: Lauri Loewenberg, Dream Expert

In this episode, Karen explores the science and meaning behind dreams with certified dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg. A dream expert to the stars, Lauri is also an author, syndicated columnist, popular radio personality, and member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.


5.7.21 - Episode 64: Dr. Robert Ackerman, Co-Founder of Adult Children of Alcoholics, Author of Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics

In this episode, Karen speaks with Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an author, and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction and the previous Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, and currently the Chair of the Advisory Board. Dr. Ackerman talks about his bestselling book, Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics, a pivotal book in the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement.

4.23.21 - Episode 62: Detective Alicia Bergondo, Human Trafficking Investigations

Alicia Bergondo is a detective with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office located in Trenton, NJ, assigned to the Human Trafficking Unit. In this episode, Detective Bergondo discusses human trafficking investigations and how her Unit serves the citizens of Mercer County, NJ.


4.16.21 - Episode 61:Theresa Flores, Human Trafficking Survivor and Advocate, Founder of the SOAP Project

In this episode, Karen speaks with Theresa Flores, a survivor and author who travels the United States to share her story of being trafficked and used as a sex slave as a teenager, all while living under her parents roof in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

4.9.21 - Episode 60: Kristen and Shawn Connor, Rett Syndrome Awareness

Kristen and Shawn are the parents of Brynn who is now 9-years-old; as a toddler, Brynn was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that disrupts a child’s communication, coordination, muscle control, and growth over time. The condition most often affects young girls, although it can affect boys as well. Kristen and Shawn share their daughter's story to bring awareness to Rett Syndrome, for which there is currently no known cure.


4.2.21 - Episode 59: Erin Runnion, Mother of 5-year-old Murder Victim Samantha

In this episode, Karen speaks with Erin Runnion, mother of 5-year-old murder victim Samantha. After the arrest of the offender, the subsequent trial and conviction, Erin and her partner founded The Joyful Child Foundation, a national organization that works to help prevent the sexual abuse and abduction of children by educating children, their parents and the community.

3.26.21 - Episode 58: Kit Gruelle, Domestic Violence Survivor and Advocate

Kit Gruelle is a domestic violence survivor and a 30-year advocate for battered women and their children. Kit is the subject of the HBO movie Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence.


3.19.21 - Episode 57: Grace Strobel, Down Syndrome Advocate, Speaker and Model

In this episode, Grace Strobel, a passionate Down Syndrome advocate and model whose mission is to change society's view and perception of people with disabilities, speaks with Karen about her program, the Grace Effect, and her drive to help others. Grace's parents, Linda and Jeff join the conversation.

3.12.21 - Episode 56: Paula Stone Williams, Prominent Evangelical Pastor and Transgender Woman

Paula Stone Williams was Paul Williams for 60 years, the married father of three and a prominent evangelical pastor. Paul came out to his family as transgender and soon after, became Paula. Paula talks about her transition and personal experience as a woman.


3.5.21 - Episode 55: Sean Escobar, Sexual Abuse Survivor

Sean Escobar was sexually abused as a child by someone who was the pillar of his community; the offender was a respected figure in the Mormon Church and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Sean was silent about the abuse from 1993 until 2019, when he came forward after confronting his abuser.

2.26.21 - Episode 54: Maeve DuVally, Managing Director of Communications, Goldman Sachs

In this episode, Maeve DuVally, Managing Director of Communications at Goldman Sachs, shares her story as a transgender female, the evolution of which occurred while working at the financial services giant, Goldman Sachs.


2.12.21 - Episode 52: Billy Bean, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball

Billy Bean played Major League Baseball from 1987 to 1995 as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. During this time, Billy was living life as a closeted gay man. In this episode, Billy shares his story that is well documented in his memoir, Going the Other Way, and discusses his role as Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion. Bean is now the Vice President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the Commissioner.

2.5.21 - Episode 51: Tyler and Laura Perino, Hazing Survivor

Tyler Perino, the survivor of college hazing rituals while a student at Miami University in Ohio, and his mother Laura, talk with Karen about Tyler's experience in an effort to educate others regarding the dangers of hazing and to stop hazing on college campuses.


1.29.21 - Episode 50: Fountain Walker, Vice President Global Campus Safety, NYU

Fountain Walker, Vice President of Global Campus Safety at New York University's Department of Campus Safety discusses his role in the Department with Karen and shares his vision and insight regarding safety here in New York City and on campus.

Season 3

12.11.20 - Episode 49: Cindy Liccardo and Lew Korngut, Megan's Law

On this episode of You Matter!, Cindy Liccardo, former senior Mercer County assistant prosecutor and chief of the Megan's Law unit, and Lew Korngut, former Mercer County assistant prosecutor and chief of the homicide task force, speak with Karen about the origins of Megan's Law.

12.4.20 - Episode 48: Dr. Greg McDonald, Pathology of Drug Abuse

In this episode, Dr. Greg McDonald returns to the You Matter! podcast to speak about the pathology of drug abuse. Dr. McDonald is the Chief Deputy coroner from Montgomery County, Pa., and the 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.


11.27.20 - Episode 47: Juan Acosta, LGBTQ+ and Mental Health Activist

In this episode, Karen speaks with Juan Acosta, a young activist who has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly as it pertains to the LGBTQ+ rights and its intersection with mental health, shares his story and speaks about his book, published together with Lady Gaga.

11.20.20 - Episode 46: Monique Riley, CEO of Freedom Youth and Human Trafficking Survivor

On this episode of You Matter!, Monique Riley, a sex trafficking survivor and the founder and CEO of Freedom Youth, New York City in the Bronx, shares information about her organization that helps victims and survivors of trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.


11.13.20 - Episode 45: Shelby, Recovering Pill and Alcohol Addict

In this episode, Shelby, a recovering pill and alcohol addicted person, who after seven years of addiction is now sober, will share her journey through addiction, sobriety, and professional success as a social worker for special needs kids.

11.6.20 - Episode 44: Katie Hood, One Love Foundation

Katie Hood, CEO, speaks about her organization, One Love Foundation, the nation’s leading educator of young people on the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as both a primary prevention strategy for relationship abuse and as an investment in the relationship health of the next generation.


10.30.20 - Episode 43: Ava Liv and Mark Mabry

In this episode of You Matter!, father-daughter singing duo Mark and Ava Mabry perform their original song Eating Alone, and discuss sexual exploitation, harassment, and victimization.

10.23.20 - Episode 42: Mandy Bass, Home Invasion Survivor

Mandy Bass, survivor of a home invasion that almost killed her, shares her journey of recovery that resulted in Mandy forgiving her attacker.


10.16.20 - Episode 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 - Episode 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 - Episode 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

5.8.20 - 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 campus 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 Campus 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, Campus 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 Campus 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 Campus Safety
Matt Shelosky, Communications and Project Manager, NYU Campus Safety, Steinhardt MA '13
Nichole Dingee Allinson, Administrative Project Coordinator, NYU Campus Safety

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
Karen De la cruz
, Presidential Intern, College of Arts and Science Junior.
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