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Ramius Pruiss – Owner/Editor

Ramius graduated from New Paltz in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics. He received his Masters Degree in Recreation Management from SUNY Cortland, and currently works as a Recreation Specialist for the Army at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Bradley Schneider – Contributor

Bradley graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2019 with a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Minor in Economics. He currently works as a Senior Actuarial Analyst for WTW in Champaign, Illinois. Alongside his weekly Pond Talk takes, Bradley oversees the data collection and maintenance of the FrogJump Top 20, our weekly power ranking.

Lauren Lesser – Graphic Designer

An alumnus of Juniata College, Lauren graduated with a degree in Professional Writing while competing for the Eagles Softball team. Lauren currently works for Duquesne University as the Assistant Director for Academic and Student Services assigned to the Dukes Football team. Her varied skill set includes academic advising, academic coaching, community engagement, career navigation, instructional design, and graphic design.

Dr. Mark Carbonara – Contributor

 An alumnus of Dominican University (IL), Dr. Carbonara currently serves as Director of Academic Advising & First-Year Experience for his alma mater. Dr. Mark is one of the foremost emerging researchers in college student development; with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Natural Science – Environmental Studies from Dominican University, a Master of Science (MS) in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education from Northern Illinois University.

Harvey Pepperjack – Contributor

Harvey Pepperjack was born in West Baltimore where he attended Fort Worthington for middle school. After a run in with the Barksdale Organization, Pepperjack was sent across the country to live with his Aunt and Uncle in the Palisades just outside of Los Angeles, California. There, Harvey attended Bayside High School, being introduced to the game of volleyball through his then girlfriend Kelly Kapowski. 

Following high school, Pepperjack enrolled in Greendale Community College where he formed a tight bond with his eclectic and diverse study group. This group encouraged him to volunteer with Selina Meyer’s tumultuous campaign for president during the 2016 election. After the campaign’s utter disaster, Pepperjack was able to secure an internship with tech start-up Pied Piper, before the company’s ultimate demise.

Needing a fresh start, Pepperjack moved across the country to New York City where he was employed as a poolboy at an upscale fitness club in the city. At this club, Pepperjack befriended a famous comedian, but that relationship was short lived when he was told their group didn’t have room for a 5th person. 

Dejected from his experience in the big apple, Pepperjack moved to Texas reuniting with his love of volleyball hired as the Dillon High School Head Volleyball Coach. After 5 successful but drama-filled seasons, Pepperjack was hired at an unnamed Division III school on the east coast to coach collegiate men’s volleyball. 

Pepperjack resides alone on the Lake of the Ozarks, only to enjoy the company of his pet dog, a Blue Heeler named Dogmeat. 

Johnny Deepdish – Contributor

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