Our Team

Our team consists of people from different backgrounds and different lived experiences. We hold wide-ranging political views, and we all value respectful and engaging debate.  Divided We Fall’s team believes it is our duty to our readers to promote spirited debate and non-partisan news. Our organization needs reporters and editors, visual and graphics artists, and audience experts. Please contact us if you believe in our mission and you would like to become involved.


Joe Schuman
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Joe Schuman works to set the mission of Divided We Fall and to build the team to meet that vision. Joe works as a civilian for the Department of Defense creating new pathways to national security service for STEM students. Joe is an Officer in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Laurence Tissot
Managing Editor and Chief Operating Officer

Laurence Tissot oversees all editorial activities, including article development and publication. As the former Managing Editor for Metro United Nations, Laurence is passionate about ensuring open discourse and opposing views. After an education in France, Belgium, and Spain, she has developed her varied career in English, French, and Spanish.

Eli Hernandez
Chief Human Capital Officer

Eli Hernandez helps Divided We Fall accomplish its goals by placing the right people in the right roles. Eli is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and oversees organizational development at an international automotive group. He holds a master’s degree in human resources management. 

Katie Berlin
Executive Producer

Katie Berlin spearheads all aspects of story production and development at Divided We Fall. She has worked on the producing team with shows on ABC/Disney and National Geographic, and as a multimedia journalist for FOX56 News. Katie studied broadcast media and international studies at The University of North Texas. She is deeply passionate about authentic conversation and finding common ground.

Marion Fischer
Associate Managing Editor

Marion helps with publishing or curating articles, engaging in monthly published political discussions and promoting Divided We Fall. Marion holds an LLM from Boston University as well as a Master's degree in International project management and is passionate about working towards a more fair society.

Parisa Syed
Associate Editor

Parisa M. Syed works hard to ensure Divided We Fall publishes timely, informative, and accurate articles. Parisa works as a copy editor for LRP Media Group, an education business publisher, and has previously worked as an editor at Brill Publishing. She has a masters degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

Nathaniel Rees
Social Media Manager

Nathaniel Rees manages Divided We Fall’s social media accounts. He has worked as a political field organizer in North Carolina as well as Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Studio Art from Colby College, where he was the Chief Editorial & Graphic Design Editor of the college newspaper. 

Robert Wilkes
Senior Correspondent

Robert Wilkes is a regular contributor to Divided We Fall's Political Pen Pals debates. His eclectic career has included military and civilian aviation, engineering, marketing, and communications.