Staff

Editors in Chief

Mary Kurbanov 

Mary Kurbanov (she/her) is a writer, editor, designer, and Media Studies major at the University of Virginia. As of now, Mary serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the V Magazine at U.Va., the Newsletter Editor and Arts and Entertainment Senior Writer for the esteemed campus news outlet The Cavalier Daily, and graphic designer for film magazine Page 2 Frame. When she is not dedicating herself to her craft, Mary likes listening to music, enjoying a good meal with friends, and traveling whenever she can. 

Domenick Fini 

Domenick Fini (he/they) is a photographer, videographer, and graphic designer at the University of Virginia majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Studio Art. Currently, Domenick serves as an Editor-in-Chief of V Magazine at U.Va., Head Photographer of IfYou'reReadingThis.org, and the owner of his own freelance photography business, Fini Photos (@finiphotos). During his free time, Domenick enjoys sketching, dancing, and bothering his co-editor, Mary Kurbanov.

Finance

Kendall Lehmann - Treasurer

Kendall Lehman (she/her) is a second-year member of the production team. She also serves as treasurer on the junior board of V Magazine. In her free time, Kendall enjoys reading, engaging with the community as a volunteer tutor, and trying out every coffee shop in Charlottesville. 

Marketing and Outreach

Reese Polk - M&O Co-Director 

Reese Polk (she/her) is a politics undergrad student at the University of Virginia. She started at V Mag during the 2023 fall semester but Reese is now an M&O Co- director. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and going to concerts.

Features 

Merrill Hart - Features Director

Merrill (she/her) is a third-year student from Marietta, Georgia. Majoring in Cognitive Science and English, Merrill also serves as News Editor for The Cavalier Daily and social chair for Tri Sigma Sorority, along with working in a translational research lab and at Fig on the Corner. In her free time, Merrill can be found running around Charlottesville, exploring new hikes, or playing Bananagrams. 

Scout Woronko - Features Writer

Scout Woronko (she/her) is a current first year from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania studying cognitive science. In her writing, she enjoys combining her curiosity of modern culture and her love for various music genres to provide insightful analyses for V Magazine. In the future, she hopes to continue writing and providing commentary on a wider range of topics.  

Creative Writing 

Maddie Stokes - CW Director

Maddie (she/her) is a rising fourth year majoring in poetry writing and modern and global literatures. She was published in two editions of V Mag before joining the magazine as a creative writing editor last fall. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she loves Derby pie, the Great British Baking Show, and Oxford commas (in no particular order). 

Jules Williams - CW Editor

Jules Williams (she/her) is a 2nd year who is likely going to pursue a major in English. She is passionate about art and writing and has participated in challenges like National Novel Writing Month. 

Alice Cormier - CW Editor

Alice Cormier (she/her) is a 4th year psychology & English (APPW) major. She is excited for another semester of poetry & creativity with V Mag!

Copy

Grace Theriot - Copy Director

Grace Theriot (she/her) is a rising second year at UVA, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. At V Mag, Grace serves as the Copy Director, and formally served as a member of the Creative Writing Team. She also was featured as a model in the Spring 2023 issue, and had artwork published in the fall 2022 issue. Outside of V Mag, Grace is a Counselor for the University Judiciary Committee, an intern with UVA Hillel, and a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. 

Cindy Zhang - Copy Editor

Cindy Zhang (she/her) is a first-year student from Hangzhou, China. She serves as copy editor for V Mag. She looks forward to collaborating with fellow artists and writers to promote artistic passion at the University. 

Sabrina Levy - Copy Editor

Sabrina Levy (she/her) is a second-year UVA student from Philadelphia majoring in Chemistry and planning to minor in English and Computer Science. She joined VMag's team in Fall of 2023, and is also a member University Dance Club, a first year mentor with UVA Hillel, and the Vice President of UVA's branch of the Thirst Project. 

Design

Liv Quintero - Design Director

Liv Quintero (she/her) is a second year photographer, videographer, and layout designer for V Magazine at U.Va. With a background in independent zine production in high school, she has spent the last three years learning the in’s and out’s of print production and editorial photography. Quintero’s work can be found at oliviaquintero.com. Majoring in Architecture, she spends a lot of time working on design related projects outside of V Mag, such as Creative Content for WXTJ Student Radio and personal film projects.

Cassius Vuong - Designer

Cassius Vuong (she/her) is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and all around art-enthusiast at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science. Currently, Cassius is a layout designer for V Magazine and the co-founder of the UI/UX Club at UVA. In her free time, she enjoys making video essays, listening to audiobooks, and thinking about making art (but not actually doing it). 

Jalia Dillard - Designer

Jalia Dillard (she/her) is a fourth year Interdisciplinary Major with concentrations in Arts Administration, Marketing, and New Media at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Miller Arts Scholars and she serves on the Layout committee of VMag. She spends her free time with her friends and also working at The Bridge PAI.

Clare Gibb - Designer

Clare Gibb (she/her) is an artist and graphic designer at the University of Virginia in her second year. While currently undecided on her major, she hopes to eventually pursue a career in the creative field. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and painting.

Julie Readnour - Designer

Julie Readnour (she/her) is a first year currently looking to major in economics and computer science with a minor in Japanese. She loves zines and modern art, and hopes to become a designer in the future. In her free time, she practices on UVA's lion dance troupe, and loves to take pictures. 

Meg Kosefeski - Designer

Meg Kosefeski (they/them) is a pursuing degrees in studio art, new media concentration, and environmental science. They are proficient using most video and image editing softwares, among other digital and tactile techniques. Informed by their studies, their work can span from precise, data-focussed, and literal, to fluid, metaphorical, and abstract; combining these two realms is their strong suit.

Production

Rachel Mulvaney - Production Director

Rachel Mulvaney (she/her) is production director and a videographer for V Mag. When trying to decide where to go to college, Rachel stumbled upon V Mag online and it was the perfect creative outlet she was searching for. Rachel hopes to double major in Public Policy and Leadership and Foreign Affairs. When not working on V Mag, Rachel is probably volunteering at the International Rescue Committee, working out at the gym, or listening to Brockhampton. 

Mack Blaylock - Styling and Makeup

Mack Blaylock (they/them) is a makeup artist and stylist studying Environmental Science and Anthropology with a concentration in Conservation. Mack is affiliated with Sustainability at UVA, the Virginia Women’s Chorus, WXTJ, and the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union.

Coco Clement - Modeling

Coco Clement (she/her) is a rising second year double majoring in psychology and economics. Coco is super grateful to be part of V-Mag and can't wait to make more mems!

Arola Oluwehinmi - Styling and Modeling

Arola Oluwehinmi (she/her) is third-year at the University of Virginia double-majoring in Studio Art (with a concentration in New Media) and Foreign Affairs. She is heavily interested in fashion and finds great joy in putting new looks together. She loves to run, crochet, and sew, in addition to creating with her friends!

Kenneth Nguyen - Videographer

Kenneth Nguyen (he/him) is a videographer for VMagazine at UVA, originating from Herndon, VA. With a passion for filmmaking, he spends his free time creating short films. Beyond his creative endeavors, Kenneth enjoys playing soccer and listening to his favorite artist Baby Keem.

Website

Lilly Bay - Website Director

Lilly Bay (she/her) is a 4th year Psychology and Russian Language & Literature double major. Lilly is passionate about knitting, crocheting, and sewing, and her personal mission is to look cute for class every day. She looks forward to having a great semester with the website team working for V Mag!

Ashley Donohoe - Website Staff

Ashley Donohoe (she/her) is a fourth year majoring in Media Studies with a concentration in Policy and Ethics. Outside of VMag, she is involved in The Washington Society, Women's Rugby, and Kesem.

Social Media

Jennifer Tran - Social Media Director

Jennifer Tran (she/her) is a third-year student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam majoring in Media Studies with minors in Sociology and Korean. As the Social Media Director, she looks forward to getting to know the V Mag family and creating some awesome content with the social team this term. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, listening to Taylor Swift, and exploring the city of Charlottesville.

Nicole Cheban - Social Media 

Nicole Cheban (she/her) is a Computer Science and Music double-major, but in her free time she enjoys embracing her creative side by creating social media posts for the V Mag Instagram page, including grid posts, story highlights, and reels. She is also a part of the V Mag modeling pool and participates in filming behind-the-scenes footage of photoshoots.