Heidi Pyle

Heidi Pyle is a public relations consultant at KP Public Affairs and incoming board president for Junior League of Sacramento. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned her MBA from Drexel University. Heidi is a proud Sacramento native and recently became a mother to a beautiful son, Nathan.

Charles Vincent McDonald

Charles Vincent McDonald was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his family to Arlington, Virginia. Like many others, Charles first began photographing with an 35mm film camera for his high school newspaper and yearbook publications. After high school, Charles enlisted in the U.S.

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

Kelly Azevedo

Kelly Azevedo is the founder of She’s Got Systems. She has worked in start-up, growing, six-figure and million-dollar online businesses with a variety of entrepreneurs. She’s managed programs varying from private client coaching and small groups, all the way to larger programs serving hundreds of clients simultaneously. Familiar with the systems and behind-the-scenes support of these successful entrepreneurs, she’s created easy-to-implement and powerful systems to help you reach the next level. Her work has appeared in print or online in the New York Times, Forbes, Inc., US News, Mashable and The Huffington Post. On Twitter @krazevedo.

Andru Defeye


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. 

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.

Rich Ehisen

Rich Ehisen writes Comstock’s monthly Discourse column, featuring insightful interviews with the Capital Region’s most influential leaders. He is also the managing editor of the State Net Capitol Journal. His work has appeared in print, online and on video in Government Technology, Sunset, San Francisco Magazine, California Journal, Sacramento Magazine and the Lexis Legal Network. On Twitter @WordsmithRich.

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​.

Karen Wilkinson

Karen Wilkinson writes about business, emerging technologies and, most importantly, the people behind the scenes. She also practices and teaches yoga at a variety of studios in the greater Sacramento area. Karen says of her feature this month on Shiloh London: “She’s the kind of business woman, and human, we can all learn from. She shows up the same in all aspects of her life, making space to pursue her passions while balancing work.” Read more of Wilkinson’s work at www.thatbendybabe.com.

Blake Gillespie

Blake Gillespie is a freelance journalist. His work can be found in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, Submerge Magazine and Vice.com.

Jennifer Berry

Jennifer Berry writes about science, nature and the environment for all ages and audiences. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and on the air, from Highlights for Children to Public Radio International. She earned her B.S. in biological sciences and completed UC Davis Extension’s two-year creative writing program.

Jennifer Newman

Creating Your Own Path

Jennifer Newman is a brand director by day and the founder of Creating Your Own Path, a podcast and media company focused on celebrating adventure and creativity in equal measure. The podcast features interviews with inspiring individuals and change-makers from various creative industries and can be found wherever podcasts are available. For more information, visit www.creatingyourownpath.com. Find Jennifer on Twitter @jenniferenewman.

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.

Terence Duffy

Terence grew up everywhere and liked to make things. He discovered photography as a medium with endless creative possibilities and studied the craft at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. “Now I try to figure out how to balance shooting ads and magazine work in between storytimes with my children and matching piles of socks that are endless,” says Terence, who photographed this month’s feature on young professionals, which involved a day-long studio shoot. “I wouldn’t choose any other man’s life over the one I live or any other career — each experience is part of the process.” For more, visit www.terenceduffy.com.

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.

Jeff Wilser

Jeff Wilser is the author of The Maxims of Manhood. His work has appeared in print or online in GQ, New York Magazine, Esquire, Glamour, Cosmo, mental_floss and The Huffington Post.

Zack Quaintance

Zack Quaintance has more than a decade of experience working in the media. His writing has appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman. He lives in Northern California. Follow him on Twitter @zackquaintance.

Amber Stott

Amber K. Stott is founder and chief food genius of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center. She’s creator of the California-wide Food Literacy Month and a freelance food writer. She’s been named “Food Revolution Hero” by Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Food Tank’s 20 Innovators Protecting the Planet and a TEDx Sacramento Changemaker Fellow.