Tom Couzens is the executive editor for Comstock’s magazine. Inspired by The Washington Post’s coverage of Watergate, he joined the newspaper staff at his high school, where one of his duties was writing editorials. A graduate of the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, he has worked for five newspapers, including The Sacramento Bee. Before joining Comstock’s, his first non-daily journalism job, his most recent position was News Editor for The Bee. On Twitter @tomcouzens.
Blair Anthony Robertson is a freelance writer who previously worked at The Sacramento Bee in multiple roles over 18 years, including feature writer, restaurant critic and craft beer columnist. He also worked at the Detroit Free Press and at the Charlotte Observer. These days, he is a dog lover, fitness enthusiast, avid cook and devoted vegan.
Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick is director of education at the Crocker Art Museum, a department that serves more than 60,000 people annually through programs like Art Ark, a museum on wheels; programs for babies and toddlers; studio art classes; and Block by Block. Stacey was named 2017 Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.
Shoka is a special sections editor for Comstock’s magazine. She has worked as a journalist, copy editor and photojournalist for more than 10 years. She specializes in writing about the arts, culture, animal rights and sustainability.
Rob Lapsley was named president of the California Business Roundtable in 2011, a nonpartisan organization consisting of the senior executives of the state’s major companies. Previously, he served as VP and state political director for CalChamber; president of RCL Consultants and VP for Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. Lapsley served in the U.S. State Department during the Iraq War and as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as undersecretary of state from 1995 to 2001. Lapsley served in the California Assembly from 1987-2002 and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Tracy Jackson is the executive vice president chief human resources officer for SAFE Credit Union. She’s been married since 1997, and is mother of three daughters — or four, counting her current exchange student from Brazil.
Ryan is a freelance photographer specializing in editorial and portraiture. With over 14 years experience in photography, his work has been published in Comstock’s, Sacramento Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Ryan also serves as an adjunct instructor for the photo department at Sacramento City College. He specializes in lifestyle, commercial, travel and documentary-style portraiture. Born in the Philippines, Ryan grew up in Texas and moved to Sacramento in 2004. For more, visit www.ryanangelstudio.com.
Dr. Jessica Kriegel works as an organizational development consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in organizational development, change management and talent development. In 2016, she authored Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes, published by Wiley. She completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership and management with a specialization in human resources development from Drexel University. Jessica also has an MBA in international business.
Sonya Doctorian is a video and photojournalist whose work focuses on documentary stories. She recently completed the Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Living in Boulder is a homecoming for Sonya, who was a video journalist for The Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009.
Jason Balangue is a designer for Comstock’s magazine. Jason grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Chico State. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and looking for his next favorite dish. On Twitter @j_balangue