Who We Are


Francy Rios is a Graduate student in the MCVA program at Pace University. She will be graduating in May 2018 as a first generation college graduate in her family, with a Master in Media & Communication Arts. Francy is currently an Assignment Editor at News 12 The Bronx & Brooklyn. She is looking forward to returning back to her birth place and sharing the story of how Puerto Rican’s are #SurvivingMaria.

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Christian Arriaga-Flores is a Graduate student from Newburgh, New York who goal is to be a video journalist. Throughout his academic studies, he has worked on numerous of projects that include screen writing, news writing and video producing. Now he’s ready to produce a groundbreaking documentary about the past, present and future of Puerto Rico and its people. Be sure follow to follow him on this exciting journey @WassupChristian.


Rachel Skopp-Cardillo is an undergraduate student from Washington D.C, studying Digital Cinema and Film-making. Her overall dream is to one day make children educational television programming and revolutionize educational TV. Until then, Rachel is excited to work on such an amazing documentary project and give a voice to those in the dark in Puerto Rico.


Kelly Whritenour is a senior digital cinema and filmmaking major and returning for her second Pace Docs production. She was co-lead editor for Ridge to Ranch to River to Reef: Florida’s Conservation Connections. In the future she wants to work in prime-time or Netflix television production. She is beyond excited to take on Puerto Rico and share what is sure to be an incredible story of the Puerto Rican people and their rise from the ruins left by Hurricane Maria.


Felicia Robcke is a senior communications major, she is our social media manager. Her hobbies include photography, and scuba diving. This is her second documentary trip with pace and she says she’s excited for the new challenge of the Puerto Rico documentary!


Joseph Gonzalez is a senior  Digital Cinema and Film major from Toms River, New Jersey. He is currently interning at NBC sports as an assistant editor in the marking department.  He is ready to take on this course and get everything he can from it. He hopes this course will help him develop on location skills for his future in the industry.


Adiba Sikder is a Journalism and Film major student at Pace University with a love for love, storytelling, and oatmeal. She believe in bringing people together and understanding humanity in a deeper sense through visual storytelling. Happiness comes to those who work hard!


Max Vuolle is a sophomore from Roosevelt, New Jersey. He enjoys playing soccer, hockey, and making films. His major is Digital Cinema and Filmmaking. He loves being active and hopes to have a career in film editing.

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Carmen Ballon is a junior Digital Cinema & Filmmaking major from Long Island. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to travel and share the stories of the Puerto Rican people. Her ultimate goal is to work in film or television production. She is excited to start this crazy adventure!


Nick Aquilino is a Senior, a digital cinema and filmmaking major with a deep rooted passion for film. He is currently working as faculty at the Jacob Burns Film Center teaching children and adults alike how to make their own films. Nick is also the co-founder and President of the film club on campus. Nick hopes that the documentary will give him experience and memories that will last him lifetime.


Adina McCray is a Senior Digital Cinema & Filmmaking major from Connecticut who loves fancy beverages and finding new movies. She discovered the power of authentic storytelling in high school and learned how to use her voice to amplify the truths of others. Adina hopes to influence action and inspire change with this documentary so that Puerto Rico is not forgotten.


Gabriela Corey is a junior Public Relations major from Brooklyn, NY where she lives with her dog Zack. She is very excited to take part in the documentary and wants to end up working as a Public Relations Director for a company.

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Gabriel Rivera is a graduate student in the Masters Program and is majoring in Media and Communication Arts. He is looking forward to going to Puerto Rico as member of the Producing the Documentary class to help tell the story of courage of strength of the Puerto Rican people. As a Puerto Rican himself, this story is close to home for Gabriel and he can’t wait to get out to the Island that holds great importance in his life. La Isla del Encanto. Boricua para siempre!


John Watson is a sophomore Digital Cinema and Film major, minoring in history and psychology. He hopes to one day be a casting agent or an associate producer. He is very glad and especially humbled to have been able to be a part of this documentary.


Blake Rozelle is a Sophomore Digital Cinema and Film major from Connecticut. He currently works in the media department as a lab assistant. He hopes to be a Director of Photography, or film editor in the future. He has always had a passion for making films, and can’t wait for this adventure.


Dev St Jean is a sophomore Digital Cinema & Filmmaking major from Andover, Connecticut. He enjoys watching, making, & reviewing movies while also cheering on the New England Patriots. He is hoping to learn a lot from working on this documentary & contribute as much as he can to the making of it.


Matthiew Martinez is a sophomore, Digital cinema and film-making major from Stony Point, NY. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in filmmaking and direct movies. He is very excited to take part in this opportunity to share the story of the many Puerto Ricans and their struggles through such hard times.


Seoyoung Hong is an undergraduate student from South Korea majoring in Digital Cinema & Filmmaking. He enjoys National Geographic documentaries and dreams of working there one day. He is going to participate in this project about Hurricane María with empathy for the victims.