After the Mount
Spotlight on Lily Posner
Lily Posner ’12 just returned from a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, paid for by two research grants. She worked in the Central State Archive of Literature and Art. Lily read Soviet radio broadcasts and letters by poet and propagandist Olga Berggolts, who survived the Blockade of Leningrad. Notably, Olga fought to keep the memory of World War II alive when Stalin wanted to concentrate on building communism. Lily is pictured looking up at the statue of Olga Berggolts and standing outside her home bombed by the Nazis.
Lily is also a Fulbright Program semi finalist. She is waiting to hear back about an English Teaching Assistantship in Russia.
Spotlight on Sarah Sant’Ambrogio ’08
Sarah Sant’Ambrogio and her boyfriend John Cram helped save the lives of children and their mom in October 2016. The beachgoers were caught in a rip current in Toms River, NJ.
Sarah Sant’Ambrogio and her boyfriend, John Cram, were spending one of the last days of the season at the beach. As the potential tragedy was unfolding, Sarah looked into the water and saw two girls out pretty far – farther than normal for October.
After Sant’Ambrogio spotted the youngsters out in the water, Cram sprang into action. “He shot up and started running for the water,” said Sant’Ambrogio. “I knew he was going to try and get the girl that was farther out. I ran behind him and got the girl who was closer to the beach.”
Read more about the alum’s heroics in the “Shorebeat” article.
Spotlight on Emma Bigelow ’16
Emma is a freshman at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU for social justice and photography. In September 2016, she performed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as a tap dancer, actress, and singer. The original youth performance was with world-renowned tap dancer Savion Glover’s (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Shuffle Along.) The musical, Club BRiNG TiME BaCK, was about a night at Club Demin. The club/restaurant was a place to share a meal, have drinks, hang with friends, and see performances by singers and dancers. The production stressed acceptance and love among all people, and featured a mid 1900s jazz aesthetic.
Since then, she has performed with master tap dancer Maurice Chestnut’s (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Happy Feet 2) company Dance Therapy. This group performs at venues such as the Faison Firehouse Theater in Harlem and NJPAC. The group also performs in inner city schools to promote gun violence education. She recently recorded a stilettos hip-hop piece in Queens with famed dancer and choreographer Shirlene Quigley (dancer for Rihanna, Beyoncé, etc.). Emma will be performing alongside Chestnut and others at the Apollo in April as a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest.
She is a regular choreographer at the competitive dance school Unique Performance Arts Center. Emma also routinely works on solo dance videos and photography projects.
Spotlight on Teresa Priolo ’01
New York Fox-owned station WNYW named its early morning anchor team and among the new members is a Mount alumna. Teresa Priolo ’01 will co-anchor Good Day New York Wakeup from 4:30-7 a.m.
In fall 2015, Teresa was the emcee at MSDA Hall of Fame Gala.
Teresa joined Fox 5 News in March of 2012. As a general assignment reporter, Priolo has covered Superstorm Sandy, the tragedy in Newtown, and Super Bowl XLVIII.
Priolo previously spent four years as a reporter and morning anchor at WRGB-TV, the CBS affiliate station in Schenectady, NY. During her time at WRGB, she covered a number of high profile stories such as the Governor Eliot Spitzer scandal and Binghamton’s American Civic Association mass shooting.
Priolo began her on-air career at KIDK-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her first exposure to TV news came as an intern and assignment desk assistant at WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT. Prior to working in TV news, she worked for the British production company, RDF Media, on the network reality series Wife Swap.
A graduate of Fairfield University, Priolo resides in New Jersey with her husband, her goldendoodle, Duke, and her rescue cat from Idaho named…Ida.
Spotlight on Christina Pane Deyo ’83
Christina is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer. She worked for Rosie O’Donnell, Martha Stewart, Sally Jessy Raphael and was the producer behind legends like Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, and Mickey Rooney as well as musicians Rod Stewart, Reba McEntire, and Barry Manilow. Deyo is also currently producing countless present day celebs.
Christina recalls, “Growing up prior to high school, no one could ever guess I would ever be as outspoken as I am now. I was extremely shy and quiet…until I came out of my shell at the Mount. Mary Pat Evans, who taught me English and Creative Writing, was one of my favorite teachers. She taught me and inspired me to be creative, outgoing, and authentic. I think of her often and how grateful I am for what she taught me.”
The busy mother raised six children while working full time in TV. She has been married to Bob Deyo, a recently retired sheriff’s detective, for 19 years.