Who We Are

The Longmont Observer is a group of Longmont residents who all volunteer their time and work to bring you daily news that’s focused on Longmont and all the various aspects of life in Longmont. Interested in joining us? Email us at volunteer@longmontobserver.org.

The Longmont Observer

356 1/2 Main Street #6 (upstairs)

Longmont CO 80501

Macie May

Editor-in-Chief

Email: maciemay@longmontobserver.org

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

Email: lisabarbertaylor@longmontobserver.org

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.

Shakeel Dalal 

Columnist & Contributor

Email: sdalal@longmontobserver.org

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.

Adam Steininger

Senior reporter

Email: asteininger@longmontobserver.org

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.


Rick Brennan

Contributor, Photographer, Investigative Reporting, Writer

Email: rick.brennan@longmontobserver.org

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.

Sheila Conroy

Contributor

Email: sheilaconroy@longmontobserver.org

Sheila was born and grew up in London and has been in the US for many, many years. She became a citizen many, many years ago. She has had a varied business career including being a techie for Hewlett Packard. Just after closing down her late husband’s Boulder politically incorrect publishing company (books and videos) in 2018 she moved from the Boulder foothills. As an active runner, she ran her first marathon when she was 50 and her last when she was 60. She loves living in Old Town Longmont and hopes that local news can be revived – it’s not dead yet.

Matt Steininger 

Contributor & Filmmaker

Email: mattsteininger@longmontobserver.org

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.

Anthony Maine

Contributor & Grant Writer

Email: anthonymaine@longmontobserver.org

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.

Christi Yoder

Columnist & Contributor

Email: christiyoder@longmontobserver.org

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.

 

Mariana Vasquez

Contributor & High School Intern

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.


Chris Yoder

Chief Technology Officer

Email: chris@longmontobserver.org

Chris Yoder is a seasoned IT professional with close to 20 years experience. His first exposure to practical uses of information technology was in the early 70’s while at an air route traffic control center tracking Santa on IBM 360 Systems. In primary school he taught the computer classes and has always had an infosec mindset.

Sergio R. Angeles

President & Co-Founder

Email: sergio@longmontobserver.org

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

Email: scott@longmontobserver.org

Phone: 303-875-1243

Bio: Scott has had a varied career ranging from high-tech product development at companies like Apple ComputerParamount 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.


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.

Bob Boyles, Contributor
Email: bobboyles@longmontobserver.org

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.


Jackson Reed, Intern
 
Jackson Reed is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Journalism and Philosophy. Originally from Pueblo, Colorado, Jackson’s interests include local and national politics, environmental journalism, and music. Jackson is set to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Journalism in May of 2019.
 
Shaela Kilmartin, Intern
 
Shaela is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is originally from Lowell, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Journalism and has a minor in both Business and Technology, Arts and Media (TAM). Shaela’s passion is videography and storytelling. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and hiking.
 
Jackson and Shaela are seniors at the CU College of Media, Communications and Information. They are both earning college credits and learning the real world day to day of operating in today’s news, communication and media world.