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.

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. 

Violet Cavendish
Associate Producer

Violet serves as the communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), where she has gained coverage for the organization in major media outlets including CNN, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Fox News, Politico, and the Washington Post. Violet received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and Psychology from James Madison University.

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.