Cherise Henry

Cherise Henry is a freelance writer, editor and journalist, and provides communications consulting services for companies and organizations. She’s passionate about telling meaningful stories and creating authentic content, connecting with people through the written word. She earned degrees in journalism and marketing from Sacramento State, and is a certified meeting and event planner. Read more at www.cherisehenry.com. On Twitter @cherisehenry

Scott Alvord

CEO, Advanced Development Concepts

Scott Alvord is a Roseville resident, CEO of Advanced Development Concepts and the author of the new book, “Locking the Cookie Jar – How to Protect Against Embezzlement, Identity Theft, and Hackers.” Scott teaches employees a password technique that is uncrackable, unique for every account and can be safely written down He holds an MBA-MCA from Sacramento State and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Pacific Union College. For more information, visit LockingTheCookieJar.com.

Rachel Valley

Rachel is self-taught in all aspects of the photography business, and became a food photographer about eight years ago, right when Sacramento’s food scene was starting to catch fire. She specializes in editorial food and event photography, and portraiture. Her first book was recently released, called Inside Sacramento, which she co-contributed photos for along with one other local photographer. Rachel was raised in the Roseville/Rocklin area, and now lives in Citrus Heights. For more, visit www.rachelvalley.com.

Maya Wallace

Maya Wallace serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, most recently as co-chair of the commission’s Race and Cultural Equity task force. By day, she ensures program integrity and works to improve organizational performance at the California Department of Justice.

Andru Defeye

Writer & Videographer

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. 

Anne Da Vigo

Anne Da Vigo is an award-winning public relations professional and former print journalist who wrote features and covered the police beat for the Sacramento Union. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines. She is winner of the Jameson Award from the Writing at Pacific conference for an unpublished second novel.

Jessica Dumont

Jessica Dumont is a freelance writer, editor and content specialist with a background in corporate public relations. A born-and-raised Placer County resident, she currently lives in Roseville with her husband and two young daughters following stints in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.jessicadumont.com.

Michelle McDaid

Michelle McDaid documents the joy and connection of families in everyday moments through her business, Memories by Michelle. Her photography work has been published in Folsom Style and Sacramento Parent magazine, where she also pens human interest articles. Originally from London, Michelle is a currently-frustrated traveler. You’ll often find her daydreaming of traveling the world with her 8-year-old daughter, funding their adventures through photography and writing. For more, visit www.mbymphotos.com.

Mary Beth Barber

Mary Beth Barber of Sacramento is and independent freelancer writer and former political journalist for publications like Capitol WeeklyCalifornia Journal and others. She got her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, is an active volunteer for creative and education-related nonprofits and boards, and is fascinated by California’s influence on the national and worldwide economy.