Curator 70 — KT — 5/19/13 – 5/26/13 — @melomys
KT was born and raised in the Bay Area (a rare thing!), and works as a Project Manager in San Francisco. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, politics, art, music, and cheering for the perennial underdog Oakland Athletics baseball team. Travel is a major passion, whether local or international, and she’s always thinking about the next place to go. Greenland anyone?
Curator 69 — Ian Schneider — 5/12/13 – 5/19/13 — @EN541
Ian Schneider is a 21 year-old Economics & German language student at the University of Oregon, currently abroad studying at Universität Heidelberg in Germany. Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Eugene, OR, he enjoys everything the West (read: best) Coast and Pacific Northwest have to offer. Ian is a fan of hiking, snowboarding, longboarding, frisbee golf, Quentin Tarantino films, Adult Swim, traveling to foreign places, and Track & Field. He also has fanatic addictions to University of Oregon football and micro/craft beer. You can find him online at @EN541 and in real life in a hammock with a Mai-Tai.
Curator 68 — Barb Merrin — 5/5/13 – 5/12/13 — @BarbtheBroad
(Almost) 40-year-old domestic engineer and spy (I’ve been informed that I am not a very good spy, since I keep telling everyone that I’m a spy.) I grew up in Paramus, New Jersey while my dad was a DJ in NYC. I then lived and worked in and around Pittsburgh, including a stint as a research assistant at the Carnegie Museum of Art. While getting my M.A. at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, I got to personally experience some of the inspiration for “The Wire” (who doesn’t love coming home to broken crack vials and cockroaches all over your doorstep?) I now live in Maryland farm and horsey country with my husband, Greg, an animator at a game development studio, and my precocious 10-year-old daughter, who plans on conquering the world with a Minecraft sword.
Curator 67 — Zach Wilkes — 4/28/13 – 5/5/13 — @zacharywilkes
I’m 36 years of age, I have 2 daughters (divorced). I was a Paramedic in my younger days and I was in the US NAVY 1999-2005. I’ve lived in Chicago,IL, Richmond and Virginia Beach, VA,and currently reside in the Huntington, WV area. I was born in Huntington (and I’m of Engish/Scottish descent, family is from Leeds, England, I’m 3rd
generation American). I’ve been a Musician for 24 years and I’m a Hydraulic Technician for a local equipment Manufacturer. I have a bachelors from Marshall University (the same one from the movie “We Are Marshall”) and I love Science Fiction Movies and books and listening/playing music. I’m very passionate about music.
Curator 66 — Kathleen Pedersen — 4/21/13 – 4/28/13 — @katjpedesen
Born in Texas, Kathleen caught the travel bug right after college. She recently moved to San Francisco after living in Europe for a number of years, and she’s still searching for the Bay Area’s best coffee.
Curator 65 — Susan Riley — 4/14/13 – 4/21/13 — @Susanwear
Susan is the happiest girl in all of the midwest!
Curator 64 — Niko DeMordaunt — 4/7/13 – 4/14/13 — @ndemordaunt
Ad man working and living in San Francisco. #CraftBeer lover and writer. UCSB alum. Bay Area sports fan (Sharks, Giants, 49ers, Warriors).
Curator 63 — Nick Pakradooni — 3/31/13 – 4/7/13 — @NickPak
Nick is a college student in Providence, Rhode Island, but he is originally from Pennsylvania. A lover of travel and languages, Nick is constantly planning trips around the world. Follow his travel vlog on YouTube (once it’s created) and tumblr- NickPak.tumblr.com. He has a personal twitter account too, @NickPak. Nick loves reading and all things food as well. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation about anything!
Curator 62 — Heather Johnson — 3/24/13 – 3/31/13 — @hnjohnson
USC alum, music pr person, lover of tacos, Los Angeles, public transit, nail polish fanatic, obsessed with bright lipstick
Curator 61 — Jeff Burleson — 3/17/13 – 3/24/13 — @melikegirls
Former Geography Bee and Math Counts wizard, Jeff gave up attempting to satiate his thirst for knowledge in an attempt to understand humanity better and became an actor. In the middle of the US. So, maybe he’s not as smart as he thinks he is, but don’t tell him that or his head might explode. He thinks of himself as a Renaissance Man, but he’s really a Jack-Of-All-Trades. Don’t start a conversation about dinosaurs or Ancient Rome, or he may never stop talking.
Curator 60 — Stacey Salant — 3/10/13 – 3/17/13 — @mydogcrystal
Stacey is a clinical health psychologist in North Haven, CT. A Jersey girl and former DJ who loves her family, books, and travel, Stacey is curious about everything!
Curator 59 — Ben Marcus — 3/3/13 – 3/10/13 — @benmarcus
Ben is a 29 year old development and alumni professional living in Evanston, IL with his wife and 23 month old son with another member due to join the group in May. He’s a two-term AmeriCorps alum who’s also worked on national, state and local political campaigns. Ben enjoys spending time with his family and friends, homebrewing delicious beer and generally agitating elected officials.
Curator 58 — Laura Schmitt — 2/24/13 – 3/3/13 — @laura193laura
Welcome back one of our favorite past curators! Laura Schmitt loves Rotation Curation, travel, international bridge-building, and living life to its fullest! She is a Special Education teacher from Sonoma County, California. Laura has four grown kids, and lives in an apartment in downtown Santa Rosa that she pretends is in New York City. During the last 3 summers, Laura has driven almost 30,000 miles exploring the United States on a budget, staying with friends and at KOAs, listening to This American Life, and keeping connected with the world through Twitter.
Curator 57 — Mariah Webb — 2/17/13 – 2/24/13 — @MariahWebb
She loves the twitters from other countries (Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland) and would love to bring a unique perspective and understanding to the heartland.
Curator 56 — Anne Marie Cribbin — 2/10/13 – 2/17/13 — @cribbs
Anne Marie is Catholic Youth Minister, Itinerant Speaker, and nanny in the Washington DC area. In her spare time she sings, writes, cooks, bakes, and dabbles in photography. Her favorite color is anything with glitter.
Curator 55 — Peggy Allen — 2/3/13 – 2/10/13 — @CarddFan
My name is Peggy Allen and I grew up in Oklahoma but have lived in Kansas for many years. I have two children. I love reading & listening to recorded books, Yoga, walking, baking and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.
Curator 54 — Coleen Schofield — 1/27/13 – 2/3/13 — @ColeenSchofield
Coleen lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and two cats. She enjoys her work in market research because it gives her an opportunity to investigate the motivations behind certain human behaviors.
Coleen also loves running, reading, music, politics, writing, cooking, and learning new things.
Curator 53 — Ann Martin — 1/20/13 – 1/27/13 — @ShamroxAnn
Ann grew up just outside of Philadelphia and now lives inside the city. She doesn’t really think of herself as “crafty” but she loves to knit and sew (though she’s still learning). She also loves to bake but doesn’t get the chance to often, as there’s only her and her mr. in the house. If only one could eat an entire cake and not gain weight!!
She is also very into Irish step dancing and spends quite a lot if time doing it, despite the fact that its normally a sport for a much much younger person.
She is a lifelong huge baseball fan and loves her Philadelphia Phillies!!!!
OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Curator 52 — Randall Bridges — 1/13/13 – 1/20/13 — @FightingIrish89
This week’s curator is Randall, a sport’s nut from the Houston, Texas area.
Curator 51 — Mark Riva — 1/6/13 – 1/13/13 — @MarkRiva
Mark Riva is a LA based social entrepreneur working at the intersection of social media, social science and social good to develop comprehensive engagement campaigns for socially-orientated organizations and leading authors, artists and scientists. Active online since the mid-’90′s, Riva operates over five different Twitter accounts with a growing following of 5000+.
Curator 50 — Shane Brown — 12/30/12 – 1/6/13 — @shane_brown7
I sometimes work as a ranch hand. I grew up right here in Texas. I used to do western shoot out reenactments. I’m an all around country boy!
Curator 49 — Jacob Newton — 12/23/12 – 12/30/12 — @jacobnewtunz
Jacob Newton (@JaycubNewtunz) is a 23 year old college graduate from a small private Christian college, Barclay College. Jacob was born and raised in Friendswood, TX (a suburb of Houston) but now lives with his wife in Meridian, ID (a suburb of Boise). He works part time as a high school youth pastor and part time as a PSR worker with kids after school. He is a pop culture junkie and loves watching movies. Jacob sang in an acapella group in college and loves all types of music (seriously, ALL types). Jacob likes: skiing, Coke, Seinfeld & playing pranks. Dislikes: frogs.
Curator 48 — Kimber Cereno — 12/16/12 – 12/23/12 — @kiretoce
Here’s a little something about me: I was born in Manila, Philippines, and lived my early childhood around Southeast Asia (mainly based in Singapore and Bangkok). Moved to the United States for high school and have stayed here ever since, eventually becoming an American citizen. I am 39 years old and I live in Orlando, FL. The stuff I love to do (aside from tweeting of course) is to travel, read, host “dinner and a movie” parties, cook and eat (yes, I am a foodie and wannabe chef!). I have a graphic design degree yet I work in the behavioral health field for 14 years now (and counting…), yeah, I still can’t figure out how that happened. I am a proud and doting uncle to a niece (Maddy, 3 years old) and nephew (Finn, 4 years old).
Curator 47 — Krizia Melegrito — 12/9/12 – 12/16/12 — @krizizia
Krizia Melegrito (@krizizia) is a 22 year old, ’12 UC Berkeley Grad and Bay Area native. Surrounded by tech and software her whole life, her dream is to work in the industry and help clients find new and innovative solutions to their needs. Yes, this means she’s in sales – most currently as an account manager in the legal industry. Besides that, Krizia loves music and travel. She sang in an acapella group in college which is as awesome or as lame as you think it is. And she loves game of thrones and himym.
Curator 46 — Stacey Ferreria — 12/2/12 – 12/9/12 — @staceyferreria
Stacey Ferreira (@staceyferreira), is a 20 year old New York University stop-out, who stopped college to work full time on her business, MySocialCloud.com (a startup that allows people to store their usernames and passwords for all their online websites for auto-login ), that she co-founded after high school. At just 18 years old, she and her brother raised just under $1 million from Jerry Murdock and Sir Richard Branson for MySocialCloud after seeing a tweet. She loves music, extreme weather and dreams of going cage diving at some point in her life.
Curator 45 — Charlotte Zoda — 11/25/12 – 12/2/12 — @breadchastick03
Charlotte is 25 years old with a slightly unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs ( velociraptor is the favorite, hands down). She moved from Buffalo, NY to Miami, FL in the summer of 2011 just because. She now works in social media/ a personal assistant for a venture capitalist slash real estate mogul. Likes: Dinos, tacos, happy hours, and ice cream. Dislikes: Spiders, slow drivers, white condiments, and winter.
Curator 44 — Molly Sloan– 11/18/12 – 11/23/12 — @thatmollygirl
I’m Molly and I’m a stay-at-home mother of an awesome little girl and have a little boy due in February. My interests include, sewing, organizing, and playing at the park. I’m a Christ-follower and this is who I am and dictates how I live my life.
Curator 43 — Justin LoFranco– 11/11/12 – 11/18/12 — @jaylow
Justin LoFranco (@JayLow) is the Digital Director for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Justin manages the Congressman’s online communications — things like Twitter, Facebook, designing, making videos and overall digital strategy.
A native of California, Justin has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. since December of 2008. He’s a crossfitter, runner and he wears a backpack. He drinks too much coffee. He loves photography and fall.
Curator 42 — Brian Johnson– 11/4/12 – 11/11/12 — @bjj50
Brian is a 19 year old college student who currently resides in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is currently pursuing a degree in Marketing.
Brian’s numerical age does not accurately reflect his “brain age” which he estimates to be around 32. His faith in God through Jesus Christ is the thing he holds most dear. Politically, Brian leans with democratic views, both socially and fiscally. Brian’s creativity is his most prized possession and has been expressed in the past through theater and writing. He hopes that this experience will allow him to connect with others in a multitude of countries in an attempt to shrink the global citizen gap. To keep in touch with him after his “tweet week”, please follow Brian on his personal account, @bjj50
Curator 41 — Jeff Wymore– 10/28/12 – 11/4/12 — @jedabbles
My name is Jeff. I’m a Sergeant in the US Army. I’m from Madison, WI. I’m in a relationship with Twitter.
Curator 40 — Amanda Cook– 10/21/12 – 10/28/12 — @amanda_cook627
Amanda is a 35-year-old SAHM (Stay-At-Home-Mom) who currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana. She spends her days caring for her two young sons, ages 6 and 2 years old. She’s been married for over 11 years to a practicing OB/Gyne (obstetrician/gynecologist). When she’s not busy chasing after her boys or being the domestic goddess that she is, she likes to spend her “free” time writing, sewing, playing board games, organizing her local mom’s group, reading, and watching TV/movies. She’s currently editing the second draft of her first fantasy novel and gearing up for her first Steampunk convention at the end of November.
Curator 39 — Jacob Sicinski– 10/14/12 – 10/21/12 — @jsicinski
Jake is a 23 year old pharmacy student living out his days in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Chemistry and is currently seeking his PharmD. He has many interests, including sports, with soccer and tennis being his favorite. While not in class, he is usually busy being the Pledge Father for his professional fraternity, Phi Delta Chi. He is in love with music, and his current favorite bands include Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and Sigur Ros. He has also been to Europe many times, visiting France, England, Switzerland, and Sweden where he hopes to live one day.
Curator 38 — Stephanie Thomas– 10/7/12 – 10/14/12 — @chefystephie
Photo coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Curator 37 — Amanda Arthur– 9/30/12 – 10/7/12 — @sportygirl04
Amanda Arthur is a 32 year old single girl living in Nashville, Tennessee. No, she isn’t an inspiring country music singer; instead she is an accounts payable coordinator for an auto insurance company. Amanda has a vast array of hobbies including cupcake baking, genealogy, dancing, and proving that women do know sports. She loves to visit new places and is hoping to finally make her way to Europe next year. In preparation of her trip, Amanda is attempting to teach herself German. Her goal for this week is to show the world that there is more to Nashville than just country music. You can find her normally tweeting at @sportygirl04
Curator 36 — Allison Dellion– 9/23/12 – 9/30/12 — @AllisonDellion
Allison enjoys learning something new every day. Growing up in a small town before moving away to university, she has learned to listen to many opinions before taking her own stance. She has spent the better part of the last five years raising two children and helping organize a Meetup group for moms. She spends her days parenting, reading, writing, listening to music, and playing video games. Her interests are varied but include: computer hardware, security, secular humanism, and liberal politics. Allison lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Curator 35 – John Barnett– 9/16/12 – 9/23/12 — @Montagsonfire
John Barnett (@MontagsOnFire) is a librarian and haphazard writer currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania., AKA “the Paris of Appalachia.” Professionally, he deals with open access and scholarly communication issues, that is to say, how research is communicated and shared with an aim to make scholarship available freely to a global audience. Personally, he’s a lot more lightweight and freeform, hooked on pop culture, travel, cuisine, music, TV and film, languages, hiking, and reading the occasional novel or history. John further describes himself as a lapsed Southerner with lefty tendencies and as a 50-year-old gay man in the midst of a midlife crisis—so come on and enjoy the fun!
Curator 34 — Abby Robles — 9/9/12 – 9/16/12 — @abbyrobles13
Abby Robles (@AbbyRobles13) is an elementary school teacher from San Diego, California. Although teaching her second and third grade combo class takes the lion’s share of her week, she is also an active member of the San Diego Area Writing Project, a professional development community of teachers teaching teachers how to motivate and enrich education at the school-site and county level. Abby currently lives with her husband, Dylan, and her pets, Lucy and Louisiana. She enjoys cooking gluten-free meals, hiking through the beautiful southern California hills, rooting for SDSU athletics, and indulging in reality TV. She is thankful to be a part of the TweetWeek project.
Curator 33 — Mary Beth — 9/2/12 – 9/9/12 — @mbvisor
Mary Beth is a native North Carolinian who has lived in Charlotte for over 10 years. Her career as a licensed counselor is currently on hiatus while parenting a 3.5 year old daughter and 10-month-old son. Hobbies she misses doing the most are tie dyeing fabrics, SCUBA diving and reading articles and books longer than 140. Her interests include women’s issues, especially child & maternal health, breastfeeding, and sexual well-being. She and her husband have undying love for the band Phish.
Curator 32 — Eric Linehan — 8/26/12 – 9/2/12 — @KnowEric
Eric Linehan has a sweet collection of vintage sneakers, swiss watches, vinyl records, and snapback hats. He is materialistic and shyly admits it. Working in the Washington, DC area affords him lots of reading time due to staggering train delays. Former careers include DJ, Bouncer and Fight Promoter. Forgoing ‘real-world’ strength for aesthetics, he is an avid weight lifter and avoids cardio at all costs. Suffering a near death Bi-Pulmonary Embolism in 2009, Eric now does what he can to promote Blood Clot and thrombosis awareness.
Curator 31 — Radhika — 8/19/12 – 8/26/12 — @rads
Rads (Radhika) is originally from India and moved to US 15 years ago and has since called Virginia her home. Trained to be an optometrist and then a data analyst, she is currently a stay at home mom managing her three kids (two teenagers and an 8 year old), husband and a dog. Between dabbling in photography, blogging, dancing and volunteering wherever she can lend a hand, she manages to squeeze in time for the social web and thoroughly enjoys the diversity and learning that comes from meeting folks from various backgrounds. Still riding a high from a week long cruise in Alaska, and all you have to do is tap her, and she would flood you with pictures of the place. Loves her iPhone and uses its camera to always share her view of her day.
Personal twitter a/c is @rads
Curator 30 — Tesla Ruser — 8/12/12 – 8/19/12 — @teslaruser
Tesla Ruser has called Louisville, Kentucky home for the past 9 years. She was born in Finland, grew up in Sweden and lived in Japan before immigrating to the U.S. 13 years ago. Tesla loves to travel and experience new places, and has covered some of Europe and parts of Asia. She has also seen much of the U.S.A from the back of her husbands motorcycle. Tesla is passionate about food and likes to eat well. She also likes to spend time reading books and watching movies, but the favorite activity is exercise mainly in the form of running, but also as kickboxing, boot camp, yoga and pilates. She regularly signs up for footraces to challenge herself and to keep training interesting.
Curator 29 — Erik Peterson — 8/5/12 – 8/12/12 — @emcp_
Erik Peterson is a Computer Scientist developing software at a Fortune 100 company in Santa Clara, CA. Working on a startup on the side called @Whichdegree, which deals with getting kids to learn about degree outcomes in the job market. Erik also studied many languages at University and informally, roughly 12 languages in all, but primarily speaks English, Spanish, and Cantonese. Born and raised Bay Area Californian, but with Mexican-Spanish-Swedish heritage, He enjoys many types of food and music.
Curator 28 — Jennifer Rektorik — 7/29/12 – 8/5/12 — @texastoasther
Jenna Rektorik is an incredibly nerdy 28-year-old Texan who lives in a smallish town with a funny name on the Texas-Mexico border in a sort-of-but-not-really farmhouse with her strange, wonderful family and a significant number of cats (and 3 dogs). She’s fond of entirely too many things to list (because the world is just full of COOL STUFF!), among them history, baking, travel, languages, comics, birding, gardening, cheeseburgers, and conversations of both the serious and ridiculous sort. In her spare time she’s starting up her own baking business, working part-time at a photography studio, volunteering like mad, devouring geopolitical news (and cupcakes), and looking for her next great adventure. She apologizes in advance for her Dr Pepper addiction, love of prolific tweeting (for great justice!), and parentheses abuse.
Curator 27 — Ryan Koch — 7/22/12 – 7/29/12 — @ryanjohnkoch
Currently residing in Fairfax, VA, Ryan Koch considers himself a native of nowhere, as he has had more addresses than he is years old,spanning nine States in the United States (thanks to a @usairforce pilot father) and four foreign countries (thanks to a high school exchange year with @afs, an @ldschurch mission and three overseas assignments with the United States @statedept). When he’s not traveling or planning his next move, Ryan’s absolute favorite thing to do is to play with his wife and three splendid children.
Curator 26 — Michelle Wysocki — 7/15/12 – 7/22/12 — @cataclysmicha
Michelle Wysocki is a lifelong Michigander, currently living on the shores of Lake Michigan with her boyfriend and gang of pets – (2 parrots, 2 cats, a tortoise and loads of fish…she likes animals. A lot. Especially sharks!). She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. An enthusiastic video gamer, she clings to her Xbox 360 as though it was a precious jewel. Her other interests include photography, pinball, language learning, snow, astronomy (Go Carl Sagan!) and horror movies.
Curator 25 — Peter Leih — 7/8/12 – 7/15/12 — @peterleih
Peter Leih is an office monkey in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota trying to escape the drudgery of corporate existence. Studying education, he hopes to one day be a high school teacher of science or industrial arts. Until then, he whiles the time away playing roller derby with Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby and trying to reject disposable consumer culture by focusing on handmade goods and foods, which will inevitably lead to leaving the city for farm life to raise alpaca and novelty chickens. Knitting, homebrewing, sewing, gardening, canning, woodworking and all manner of DIY ethos takes up whatever time is left. Too smart for his own good, Pete would like to live in the United Kingdom within the next few years and always wears a bike helmet when cycling.
Curator 24 — Angela Andrews — 7/1/12 – 7/8/12 — @about_angela
Angela Andrews is a university student living and studying in Dallas, Texas. Next fall, she’ll be travelling abroad and living in Rome, Italy. A daughter of a mathematics professor and a Vietnamese immigrant, Angela is studying History and Spanish and hopes to go to graduate school for journalism. As well as being a student, Angela is an office intern by day, pop-culture junkie, film reviewer, and die-hard baseball fan by night (Go Rangers!).
Curator 23 — Nathan Westmoreland — 6/24/12 – 7/1/12 — @wwestmor
Nathan Westmoreland is a campaign manager for a state legislative race in North Carolina. A recent Economics and Philosophy graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nathan has been active in state and local progressive politics since middle school. When he’s not working, Nathan is always looking for good music (though he tends to over-listen to his favorite songs until he doesn’t like them anymore), good food (though he can’t cook), and good reading (though he never makes enough time to sit down and actually read). All Nathan wants from his location curation experience is to learn and help others do the same. If we all come out just a little bit smarter, he’ll be happy.
Curator 22 — Sarah Katelyn Aimee Matthews — 6/17/12 – 6/24/12 — @EskayMatthews
Sarah Katelyn Aimee Matthews is a 21 year-old student at the University of Vermont in Burlington, double majoring in pure mathematics and philosophy. She writes avidly about music for the webzine Scene Point Blank, tweets about music from @EskayMatthews, and works the graveyard shift at a grocery store to fund her addiction to, you guessed it, buying music. She is transsexual, and is currently in the midst of transitioning from male to female, a process which she describes as “pretty damn weird”. She is a card-carrying geek, loves cats, and has what is likely a medical addiction to espresso. She can often be found sitting smugly in a coffee shop, peering over her glasses at passers by, reading pretentious works of literature and listening to obscure death metal. She is in denial about being hipster.
Curator 21 — Shanda Emra — 6/10/12 – 6/17/12 — @shanda1701
Shanda Emra is mother to 3 boys and is a full-time student. She’s a stay-at-home mom and a stress baker. She loves to bake all sorts of cakes and pies and cookies. She is studying to be an accountant, buts she says it is slow going and the kids keep her pretty busy. She loves to walk and loves her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Curator 20 — Trevor Werttemberger — 6/3/12 – 6/10/12 — @trevor280
Trevor Werttemberger is a longtime Spokane, WA resident who works in marketing and social media for a west coast hotel brand. A two-time graduate, of Gonzaga University, he’s spent his entire career in marketing. He loves to travel and has seen much of the US and Europe. Australia and Greece top his bucket list of must-visits. His goal with this project is to share Spokane and everyday life experiences with the broader world in an attempt to show what we all share in common. He and his partner are currently planning their 2013 summer wedding. He has bungee jumped and loves roller coasters, but is deathly afraid of skydiving.
Curator 19 — Jillian York — 5/27/12 – 6/3/12 — @jilliancyork
Jillian York is an activist and writer who gets to do what she loves for a living and has the coolest job title ever: Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org). She travels a lot for work (during her TweetWeek she’ll be partly in Brazil) but in her copious spare time, she enjoys yoga, bicycling, and political activism.
Curator 18 — Sue Palmer — 5/20/12 – 5/27/12 — @suepalmer21
Sue Palmer is a sales account manager and social media geek. An extrovert to the max. Third generation sales person, it’s in the genes. She likes genealogy, gardening, cooking & baking, talking, reading, loves her dogs and cats, did we already say she likes to talk, time with family and friends, writing & reading poetry. Born in the USA but has Canadian accent, eh?
Curator 17 — Chiara Basso — 5/13/12 – 5/20/12 — @Basso_Chiara
Chiara Basso moved to the US from Italy in 2010 and since then has been working as freelance journalist for different Italian news outlets. She is interested in “All the News That’s Fit to Print” from the US, from politics to lifestyle (not only print, of course). She can speak Italian, English, French and a little bit of German and Spanish. She studied Chinese too, but, please, don’t ask her to have a long conversation. She has traveled all over Europe, Jordan and China. She has lived in London, on a cruise ship on the Nile river in Egypt, in Kalamata, Greece, on the Spanish island of Formentera, in Holland and in France. She is currently traveling in a yellow Fiat 500 from Detroit to New Orleans and back to Detroit, trying to understand whether the United States is really back on track or if it is still struggling.
Curator 16 — Jake Francis — 5/6/12 – 5/13/12 — @thegreatdays
Jake Francis, a beyond average high school student from Pennsylvania, lives with the craziest family ever. He has traveled throughout the North Eastern United States and Northern Italy. He makes videos on this site called YouTube. He loves to go camping and his family has the funniest jokes. A “vlogger” for over 3 and a half years, he loves photography and anything that has to do with the beach and mountains. He is intrigued by international relations and loves language (he speaks Spanish).
Curator 15 — Renee Godinez — 4/29/12 – 5/6/12 — @mamaneego
Renee Godinez lives in a tiny town in the San Joaquin Valley, California where cows outnumber Gucci bags, potholes could swallow SUVs, and the scenic view out her window is of the Sierra Nevadas. Renee has been married for nearly 11 years, has two wonderful boys, holds a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology. She’s an amateur shutterbug, a bibliophile, and dreams of living on a small farm.
Curator 14 — Felix Victor Banda — 4/22/12 – 4/29/12 — @fvicvinegar
Felix Victor Banda lives in Chicago, Illinois and is currently a History major at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an Army veteran who served in OIF and as Secretary of the Model UN team at UIC. He would consider himself to be an average soccer player, hater of clowns, pop culture enthusiasts (if such a thing) and a happy-ass kid when riding his bike around the city. He’s also been called many different titles, nicknames, and aliases — the current combined and favorite is Flex Vic Vinegar. (It is probably going to end up on a shirt somewhere.)
Curator 13 — Benjamin Wright — 4/15/12 – 4/22/12 — @brickstarter
Benjamin N. Wright lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with three cats and a mummy. He works in an undisclosed retail location that would get him fired for revealing its name on Twitter. Ben’s biggest passion at this point in his life are his various brewing projects and at any given time he can have up to 20 gallons of various beverages in different phases of completion. He is also way too old to still be playing with Lego.
Curator 12 — Laura Schmitt — 4/8/12 – 4/15/12 — @laura193laura
Laura Schmitt is a high school Special Education teacher from Santa Rosa, California. She retired as a Lieutenant Commander from the Coast Guard after 24 years, with a specialty in Training and Education. Laura was born nomadic and social, driving her motto “Live Life to Its Fullest.” Laura loves her “Part II” life with four kids, a condo and a Prius which enable her to travel (teaching means decent time off) and to keep in touch with friends (Coast Guard friends are worldwide). Laura’s four kids (a high school student, a college student, an Air Force Air Traffic Controller, and an Air Force Intel Specialist-in-training), her friends and family, and fitness, reading, and social media support her prime pleasure in life: budget traveling. She whole-heartedly believes in location curation as – per the TweetweekUSA initiative – “a place where the 99% can iron out our wrinkles.”
Curator 11 — Katie Haverluk — 4/1/12 – 4/8/12 — @khaverluk22
Katie Haverluk has just begun navigating life as an American expatriate living in Linköping, Sweden. Following her husband in his recent career move, Katie spends her newly unemployed days learning Swedish, focusing on completing a Master’s degree in New Media Journalism, reading too many blogs, and attempting to restrain their two unruly hound dogs in a small European city. Extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity to live and travel abroad (in her favorite country, no less), Katie is also thrilled to have more time to develop her skills as a writer, photographer, and overall creator (and curator!) of new media. A proud native Coloradoan, Katie has also lived in California, New Mexico, Virginia and D.C. Never settled and always curious, she is thrilled to share new experiences with a worldwide Twitter audience. (Katie’s two blogs are The Red Lens and Linköping With Love. Katie also produced the video @Sweden: Why Twitter Is Great For This Campaign.)
Curator 10 — Sarah Argles — 3/25/12 – 4/1/12 — @seargles
Sarah Argles is an international educator originally from Cleveland. After studying abroad in London she discovered her love of travel and experiencing different cultures. After a 2 year stint in rural Japan she now resides in Melbourne, Australia and helps change the lives of young people through study abroad.
Noor is an engineer from Vienna, Virginia.