Macie May, Editor-in-Chief & Contributor
Macie attended the University of Oklahoma where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Letters with a minor in Latin. In addition to her degree, she has taken several courses in copyediting and developmental editing. She has lived in Longmont since 2014 and in her free time enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing with her children.
Lisa Barber Taylor, Managing Editor
Bio: Lisa is a small business owner and has been a Longmont resident since 2007. She has a degree in Art, officiates women’s roller derby, owns a proofreading company and has been a volunteer editor for the Longmont Observer since June 2018.
Christi Yoder, Columnist and contributor
Bio: Christi Yoder worked as a research wildlife biologist investigating wildlife contraceptives for 20 years before changing careers. During that time, she worked with many species of birds, squirrels, and prairie dogs. She grew up in rural Minnesota on a farm, where she could watch wildlife every day. In 1988, Christi moved to Colorado to go to Colorado State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Currently, Christi is running her own nonprofit for genocide research called the Center for Genocide Research and Education. She enjoys going on bike rides on Longmont’s many paths with her family and watching wildlife in Longmont’s parks.
Shakeel Dalal, Columnist & Contributor
Shakeel is a scientist, entrepreneur and Longmont resident since 2017. After spending too many years in school, culminating in a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he has immersed himself in the commercialization of new technologies for the semiconductor industry. His interests include politics at the national and local level, American history, persuasion with the spoken word and classic to modern science fiction and fantasy.
John Ensworth, Contributor & Weatherman
Bio: John Ensworth works from Longmont as the Principle Investigator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth and space science education product review through the IGES (The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – www.strategies.org). He has been with IGES since 2004, and brings forth a solid a background in science and education. His work focuses on coordinating the NASA Earth & Space Science Education Product Review and conducting online training workshops for NASA educators. Mr. Ensworth is certified in secondary science education and has been teaching science in both the formal and informal education settings since the 1980s. His experiences have included teaching Earth science, meteorology, astronomy and biology from the high school to college level. He has also developed and delivered informal science education programs at planetaria in Arizona and Oklahoma. Mr. Ensworth participated in the doctorate program and holds a Master of Science in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. He has earned undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy, geography and meteorology with minors in math and computer science. His professional affiliations include the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is an astronomer (from the 2nd grade onward) and became a meteorologist (in the 5th grade) when a thunderstorm in Arizona rained on his telescope after the weather service had only forecasted a 10% chance of rain. He lectures at the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, the Estes Park Memorial Observatory in Estes Park, and for a number of online universities. He built and runs a backyard observatory near Pace and 17th in northeast Longmont, where he has lived for 8 years with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats. Invitations to open house nights at this observatory, LTO, and EPMO will be posted with future discussions when they are scheduled.
Rick Brennan, Contributor, Photographer, Investigative Reporting, Writer
Rick Brennan has taken pictures all of his adult life, from the cockpit of Navy fighter jets in his 20’s, and recently specializing in candid shots capturing people in interesting situations. He’s a long-time entrepreneur and investor spending the past 20 years starting, running, and supporting Colorado technology companies.
Matt Steininger, Contributor & Filmmaker
Bio: Matt Steininger is a Local Realtor with Keller Williams 1st Realty, a movie reviewer and a YouTuber known as Koricon Nala. Along with his movie reviews, he also does interviews and other filmography for the Longmont Observer.
Plus about half a dozen other revolving volunteers who periodically contribute to the Longmont Observer in different ways.
Adam Steininger, Contributor
Adam received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from the University of Colorado Denver. He’s written for such publications as the Westword, his own weight loss blog, Big Pig’s Feet, and the former CU Denver student-ran weekly, The Advocate. Adam moved to Longmont in 1994 as a bumbling daydreaming teenager and has now made it to adulthood in the upright position. He rendezvoused abroad in Denver for several years only to return to good ol’ Longtown to make waves as a volunteer writer for the Longmont Observer. He’s also a filthy penny-rich fiction writer, general information hound, barely related to Ed McMahon, and loves to name drop.
Anthony Maine, Contributor
Bio: When he’s not making his living as a principal medical writer, Anthony is an activist in electoral reform as a board member of Ranked Choice Voting for Colorado and a founding member of the Centrist Party. Before re-settling to Colorado, Anthony taught English as a second language in Asia and Africa, and lived in multiple regions of the US, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Albany, NY, and Chicago, IL. In his free time, Anthony enjoys outdoor photography. He is married with 2 children and lives in Longmont.
Mariana Vasquez, Contributor
Bio: Mariana is currently a student at Niwot High School, where she is a part of the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program. She joined the Longmont Observer in the summer of 2017. She has a passion for journalism and loves having the opportunity to volunteer. She’s a fan of fashion and cats. In her free time enjoys painting and shopping.
Ben Mills, Contributor
Ben is a second-generation Longmont native. He studied Film & Television at the University of Southern California and worked in various capacities for The Jim Henson Company, Nickelodeon and Disney before returning to Colorado in 2014.
Anne Quinn Corr, Columnist
Anne has been a food writer for over 30 years. She enjoys seeking out local foods, providing some information about the ingredient, and creating a recipe that is easy to make in your own kitchen.
Sergio R. Angeles, President & Co-Founder
Bio: Prior to working at the Longmont Observer, Sergio was an IT Consultant in Richmond, VA and Washington, D.C. working for Fortune 500 companies, such as Bank of America and Marriott. He left the east coast and returned back home, to Longmont, to work on startups. Soon thereafter, Sergio and Scott Converse became disappointed by the lack of local news coverage in Longmont and decided to do something about it. Thus, Longmont Observer was born! In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, and brewing beer. Sergio is originally from Santa Barbara, CA, grew up in Boulder, CO, and now lives in Longmont.
Scott Converse, Co-Founder, Publisher, Videographer, Audio & Podcasting, Contributor
Bio: Scott has had a varied career ranging from high-tech product development at companies like Apple Computer, Paramount Pictures and Motorola to creating startup companies like ClickCaster and Medioh. He’s also involved in creating and operating nonprofits and was the original founder & president of TinkerMill, the Longmont Makerspace, Startup Longmont and Longmont Startup Week, as well as the OneNet Member Network, an early global distributed social network. Scott was raised in Longmont, graduated from Longmont High School and moved back several years ago to be closer to family. His blog post “We need a local non-profit media entity that replaces the tired old newspaper model and the ‘one size fits anyone’ algorithm driven future offered by social media” was the impetus for starting the Longmont Observer.
Bob Boyles, Contributor
Bio: For nearly three decades Bob has been involved in many facets of Information Technology; from early multi-platform system administration, network architecture, and service delivery to middle and executive management at small shops and Fortune 250 companies, as well as several entrepreneurial ventures. Bob specializes in carrier-class communications, media services, hybrid cloud environments, over-the-top media, interactive social applications, online gaming, and entertainment spaces.
Tim Porter, Contributor, Columnist Writer of Discovering Longmont Breweries
Bio: I went to school in New York state for political science and am a life long lover of craft beer and anything outdoors. I’ve been a homebrewer for 6 years and have had a lifelong pursuit of perfecting my namesake, the Porter.
More at his LinkedIn profile.