Scott Alvord

Scott Alvord is a Roseville resident, CEO of Advanced Development Concepts and the author of the new book, “Locking the Cookie Jar – How to Protect Against Embezzlement, Identity Theft, and Hackers.” Scott teaches employees a password technique that is uncrackable, unique for every account and can be safely written down He holds an MBA-MCA from Sacramento State and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pacific Union College. For more information, visit LockingTheCookieJar.com.

Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes is a freelance writer, film critic, beer enthusiast and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.  His work has appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, East Bay Express, Philadelphia Weekly, Sacramento Magazine, San Antonio Current and many other fine print and online publications across the country.

Jessica Dumont

Jessica Dumont is a freelance writer, editor and content specialist with a background in corporate public relations. A born-and-raised Placer County resident, she currently lives in Roseville with her husband and two young daughters following stints in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.JessicaDumont.Strikingly.com.

Jeremy Maron

Jeremy Maron is an Independent Wine Consultant, beer/wine/spirits enthusiast and long-time Sacramento resident. Contact him through www.jeremymaron.com.

Rachel Valley

Rachel is self-taught in all aspects of the photography business, and became a food photographer about eight years ago, right when Sacramento’s food scene was starting to catch fire. She specializes in editorial food and event photography, and portraiture. Her first book was recently released, called Inside Sacramento, which she co-contributed photos for along with one other local photographer. Rachel was raised in the Roseville/Rocklin area, and now lives in Citrus Heights. For more, visit www.rachelvalley.com.

Maya Wallace

Maya Wallace serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, most recently as co-chair of the commission’s Race and Cultural Equity task force. By day, she ensures program integrity and works to improve organizational performance at the California Department of Justice.

Anne Da Vigo

Anne Da Vigo is an award-winning public relations professional and former print journalist who wrote features and covered the police beat for the Sacramento Union. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines. She is winner of the Jameson Award from the Writing at Pacific conference for an unpublished second novel.

Marcus L. Turner

Partner, Parker Turner Albright PC

Marcus L. Turner is a founding partner of Parker Turner Albright PC in Sacramento..  Turner has more than two decades of experience assisting clients with construction disputes and related employment claims. He has been a practicing attorney for more than a decade in complex civil litigation and related fields of law, including public works construction law, employment and labor law, business law and also provides outside general counsel services to contractors, business owners and C-level executives. He has successfully litigated multi-million dollar cases on behalf of his clients, including cases brought by and against both state and federal governments. Turner can be reached at Marcus@PTALawCorp.com.

Michelle McDaid

Michelle McDaid documents the joy and connection of families in everyday moments through her business, Memories by Michelle. Her photography work has been published in Folsom Style and Sacramento Parent magazine, where she also pens human interest articles. Originally from London, Michelle is a currently-frustrated traveler. You’ll often find her daydreaming of traveling the world with her 8-year-old daughter, funding their adventures through photography and writing. For more, visit www.mbymphotos.com.

Mary Beth Barber

Mary Beth Barber of Sacramento is and independent freelancer writer and former political journalist for publications like Capitol WeeklyCalifornia Journal and others. She got her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, is an active volunteer for creative and education-related nonprofits and boards, and is fascinated by California’s influence on the national and worldwide economy.

Allen Young

Allen Young formerly worked as an associate editor for Comstock’s magazine, and as a staff writer at the Sacramento Business Journal. He is now a freelance writer, reporting at the California intersection of business and politics. On Twitter @allenmyoung​.

Russell Nichols

Russell Nichols is a freelance writer who focuses on technology, culture and mental health. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Governing Magazine and Government Technology

Photo by Brian B. Fox

Joan Cusick

Joan Cusick is an experienced journalist who started her career as a reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. From the newsroom, she moved into the corporate world, serving as a communications director for Maybelline, FedEx and Charles Schwab.

Ken James

Ken James is a 24-year veteran photojournalist who started his career with the Fairfax Newspaper Group in Sydney Australia. Since relocating to California in 2002, Ken has contributed to many newspapers and wire services such as Bloomberg News, United Press International (UPI), The New York Times and San Francisco Examiner. In 2005, Ken spent six months covering the Iraq war and later documented the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Ken has actively covered state politics and gubernatorial elections, including the 2003 Recall. Besides covering national and local news events, Ken contributes monthly photo essays to Comstock’s and Sacramento Magazine. For more, visit www.kjamesimages.com.

Andru Defeye

Videographer

Andru Defeye is an established poet, writer, film editor, emcee, journalist and is currently the videographer for Comstock’s’ Buzzwords series. Defeye is founder of the Zero Forbidden Goals performance art crew (ZFG) and has performed everywhere from art museums to festival stages while also designing and developing a Hip Hop based curriculum that meets common core standards in classrooms. Defeye has worked since 2006 documenting local arts and culture as a writer and editor with publications including Sacramento News and Review and Submerge Magazine. 

Faith Lewis

Faith Lewis is a Sacramento based freelance writer and editor. After studying in Oxford, she graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her love of writing is rivaled only by her love of travel. Find her blog at anothersidetrackedlife.wordpress.com.

Dave Kempa

Dave Kempa is a freelance reporter and adjunct journalism professor at American River College. A resident of Southside Park, he serves on the boards of local nonprofits 916 Ink and Alchemist CDC.

Cherise Henry

Cherise Henry is a freelance writer, editor and journalist, and provides communications consulting services for companies and organizations. She’s passionate about telling meaningful stories and creating authentic content, connecting with people through the written word. She earned degrees in journalism and marketing from Sacramento State, and is a certified meeting and event planner. Read more at www.cherisehenry.com. On Twitter @cherisehenry