President, Founder and CEO, Paul Costello is an educator, writer and recognized world expert and leader in the area of narrative practice. In addition to his role as founding director of The Centre for Narrative Studies, he has also designed a number of training and leadership programs that use the power of stories for transformative change, most notably as the architect behind the innovative narrative design of the 2000-2007, Washington Ireland Program.
Matthew Gianitsos is a graduate of Drew University, with a BA in Political Science and French Language. After spending time abroad in Nantes, France and finishing his degree in the United States, he decided to return to NSL as the Program Manager, working in the stead of his predecessor, Andrew Doll. Matthew was formerly the Work Placement Coordinator for the 2015 NSL summer program, and is eager to welcome this year’s team. In the capacity of Program Manager, he will focus on strengthening NSL’s efforts concerning administration, student engagement, curriculum development and network engagement. Matthew is also a photographer, musician, and fitness enthusiast.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Tabitha Richmond plans to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a degree in Political Science and minor in Nonprofit Leadership from Youngstown State University. She has always had an interest in international affairs and being an active member of her community. Prior to joining New Story Leadership, Tabitha worked for one year at Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, a nonprofit organization that delivers educational programs to K-12 schools. An active member on her campus, Tabitha has been awarded a certificate in the Emerging Leaders Program and was selected as one of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award recipients. She hopes to work in the future with international nonprofits or NGOs that give aid to underdeveloped or war-torn countries. As the Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Tabitha will be responsible for updating New Story Leadership’s network of stakeholders and followers to key events and activities taking place throughout the summer.
Kat Rudman is going into her senior year at the University of Minnesota where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Acting. She spent the fall semester in London where she studied the EU while traveling through Europe. In years prior she taught English and Math to young children in Tanzania and supervised at their orphanage. Her love for travel has brought her to various countries in Europe, South America, and Africa over the years and she hopes to see more of the world in the future. As director and producer of the Annual Cancer Benefit Concert, she led marketing, video production, merchandise, and performance teams. In the final year, they raised $7600 for cancer research. Previous summers were spent interning at Vocus (now Cision) in the marketing department and performing internationally. Her responsibilities as New Story Leadership’s Events Coordinator include the organization and oversight of the participants speaking events in several venues in the Washington, DC area. In her free time she enjoys boxing and cooking.
Caroline Meade, Administrative Coordinator for New Story Leadership, is a senior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she is majoring in global studies and concentrating in human rights and social justice. Through her studies at school, she has become increasingly interested in political affairs in the Middle East and in international human rights. Prior to joining New Story Leadership, Caroline has been involved with volunteering and working in her community, including volunteering as a mentor to local elementary students and working at the Colby College Museum of Art. Her position’s responsibilities see that a variety of New Story Leadership’s administrative tasks are completed, including managing the organization’s finances, logistical materials, and event-related procedures. She is from the seacoast in New Hampshire, and in her free time she loves to ski and travel.
Host Family & Work Placement Coordinator
Christian Baylocq was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, but was raised in Menlo Park, California for most of his life. He currently attends the University of Arizona in Tucson, studying International Relations and History. Christian has helped run a local swim camp in his home town of Menlo Park for the past six summers. He also swam competitively for the local team, Menlo Park Mavericks, and helped run summer league meets. However, at The University of Arizona, Christian has joined the UA Cycling team and competes on both road and mountain bikes. He also volunteers extensively with the non-profit, Pan Asian Community Alliance in Tucson, to help tutor low-income children of various ages and ethnicities. With his love for biking and giving back to the community, Christian has also taken a path in pursuing a career in Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution. As the Host Family and Work Placement Coordinator, Christian is the first point of contact between New Story Leadership’s participants, their work placement supervisors, and the individuals offering their homes to our fellows for the summer.