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.

Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano was a reporter at the Sacramento Union for 10 years during the 1980s and worked as a sportswriter, on the daytime crime beat, and reviewing concerts. He retired earlier this year after working in government public affairs for almost 30 years for several state and federal agencies, most recently for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Bay-Delta office.

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.

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 Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden, from Three Rivers Press. He has written five previous books, including Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life. His writing has appeared in print or online in New York magazine, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, TIME, Glamour, Cosmo, Esquire, mental_floss, Men’s Fitness, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Comstock’s, The Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, and The Huffington Post. For more, visit www.jeffwilser.com.