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Veronica Tovey

Publisher & President

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 102
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
Pottery.  I worked on a kick wheel and "threw" bowls, soup tureens, pitchers and my favorite was an 18" tall tureen with a mix of blue and gray glazes that the cleaning lady broke!
What was your first car growing up? 
When I left New Hampshire for College in Charlotte, NC I bought a used Opal.  It was a small 4 door sedan and lasted until my Senior year.  It was then a 22 hour drive from Charlotte NC to Concord NH stopping off at Duke to pick up one of the riders who also lived in NH.  Yes we did it all in one trip!

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Ashley Raymond

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 115
Instagram: ash_ray8
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Carrot Top on the cartoon network is a favorite I remember waking up too.  (Yes, I had a TV in my bedroom) and I also loved Full House.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I can blow bubbles with my spit, can’t you?
What was your first car growing up?
Used Acura Integra, I paid $1,000 for it -- two jeeps and a kid later...I drive a Honda Pilot and love it!
Year Started at What's Up?: 2002 


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James Houck

Editorial Director

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 104
Twitter: 
@HouckJames
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
The Simpsons was and still is my favorite television show, although I think the writing has waned since Conan O'Brien left the team.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
Take your pick: I play guitar pretty darn well, and ice hockey.
What was your first car growing up?
'85 Volvo 760 turbo diesel we called "Smokestack Lightning" b/c when I pressed the accelerator and hit turbo, I literally smoked (with exhaust) whoever was behind me.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2001 

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August Schwartz

Director of New Media

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 119
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
He-man and the Masters of the Universe!
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
Bodybuilding and juggling.
What was your first car growing up?
1998 Nissan Sentra
Year Started at What's Up?: 2010


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Deneen Mercer (Dennie)

Accounts Receivable

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 105
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Scooby Doo
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I can still do a cartwheel
What was your first car growing up?
Chrysler Horizon
Year Started at What's Up?: 2014

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Frances Ayres

Bookkeeper

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 109
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
No fav. Show---read books
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I've had an interest in WW2 history since 7th grade.  It continues to this day having visited battle sites such as Bastogne, Omaha Beach, and Pearl Harbor.  This past year my acquired knowledge was put to use. I lectured a  homeschool group  twice. The first time about the Bataan death march and  then about the Boys From Bedford.
What was your first car growing up?
’71 Lemans Sports Coupe  8 cylinder 350 engine and it was FAST!
Year Started at What's Up?: 2006

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 Kathleen Sauve (Previously Stanton)

Senior Account Executive: Annapolis

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 107
Facebook: 
Kathy Stanton
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Bewitched, Three Stooges, Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
If I told you it would not be hidden anymore now would it? ;-)
What was your first car growing up?
1977 Metallic Brown Camaro-That was an awesome car.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2006

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Lisa Peri

Account Executive: Annapolis

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 106
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
I loved the show “In Search Of” It scared me and intrigued me all at the same time!
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I’m actually a pretty decent singer but I do it privately and have never been part of a choir or anything. I just really enjoy singing.
What was your first car growing up?
I had a Nissan Sentra and it was stick shift! My husband can’t drive stick but don’t tell anybody 
Year Started at What's Up?: 2014


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Matt D'Adamo

Graphic Designer

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 117
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
My favorite childhood TV show was “He-Man and The Masters of The Universe”. My Dad used to record it on VHS for me and I would watch it when I got home from school. He even took the time to edit the commercials out! Everything that He-Man represented spoke to me. The fact that he was simply a humble prince named Adam who had the supernatural ability to change into a barbarian spoke to the quiet and shy boy that I was at that time. The forces of evil that he battled represented all of my childhood fears and watching He-Man defeat them gave me hope. When I used to be afraid at night sometimes, my Mom would just throw on the He-Man blanket over top of me and all was fine. Looking back now I can see the many positive messages that were hidden beneath the episodes. At the end of each episode, He-Man would re-cap the good morals of the story to the viewers and offer advice on how to be a good person. That is definitely something we do not see in today’s programming. There was such a colorful cast of characters in the show, both heroes and villains alike. Truly a timeless classic that impacted me in many ways.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
To those that know me I suppose it wouldn't exactly be a “hidden” talent or hobby but I have always been a Fine Artist in addition to being a Graphic Designer. As a young child I discovered that I had the God-given ability to draw when I used to sit on the floor and draw heavy metal album covers with my older brother. This blossomed in elementary school and in the 2nd grade my portraits of Universal Monsters hung on the school walls. I attended Carver Center for the Arts for High School, a prestigious magnet art school where I continuously refined my skills in painting and other mediums. I even had an exhibit of my paintings in 2010 at a small gallery in downtown Baltimore and used to lead a painting class to dementia patients at an Assisted Living Community.
What was your first car growing up?
My first car was a blue 1990 Ford Probe.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2014

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 Melanie Quinn

Special Events Director

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 132
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Three's Company
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I love to crochet 
What was your first car growing up?
Red Mustang GT
Year Started at What's Up?: 2012
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Rick Marsalek

Account Executive: Annapolis and West County

Email: rmarsalek@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 124
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
The adventures of Johnny Quest cartoon
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
FI was a Portrait Photographer
What was your first car growing up?
Pontiac Lemans
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015 
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Lauren VanSickle


Graphic Designer

Email: lvansickle@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 130
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
The Powerpuff Girls and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I love to paint! 
What was your first car growing up?
My first car is my current car, which is a 2011 Ford Fiesta

Year Started at What's Up?
2017


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Christine LaClair

Administrative Assistant

Email: assistant@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 126
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
I Love Lucy!
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I am a vocalist and an actor. I have been performing and professionally training for almost 20 years now.
What was your first car growing up?
Dodge Neon
Year Started at What's Up?
2017

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Nicholas Spadaro

 

Accounts Executive: Annapolis

Email: nspadaro@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 110
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Rocket Power
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I am a giant Star Wars Fan
What was your first car growing up?
1989 Nissan Truck
Year Started at What's Up?
2017
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Caley Breese

Editorial Assistant

Email: cbreese@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 111
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Full House; Lizzie McGuire
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I played lacrosse in college and still love playing
What was your first car growing up?
A Mazda 3…that I totaled
Year Started at What's Up?
2016

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Robyne Feehley

Account Executive: Eastern Shore

Email: rfeehley@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 113
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
I Dream of Jeannie (wish I had her powers; Blink and voila!)
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I style clothing layouts and shoot photos of them for my online boutique. 
What was your first car growing up? 
1974 Ford Mustang
Year Started at What's Up?
2017
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Nicholas Gullotti

Production Manager

Email: productionmanager@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 101
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite because I liked a lot of different shows, but if I had to pick one above the rest I would say Hey Arnold.  I was pretty into that one growing up and It watched it consistently.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I can play guitar, bass, and a little bit of piano, although I don’t consider myself good at the piano.  I know how to record/engineer music, too!
What was your first car growing up?
1999 Dodge Intrepid

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Kelsey Casselbury

 

Contributing Editor - The Look

Email: kcasselbury@whatsupmag.com
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
All the classic '90s Nickelodeon shows— Rugrats, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, GUTS
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I've played piano since age 8 and can sight-read sheet music (though maybe not as well as I once could!) 
What was your first car growing up?
I drove a 1998 Saturn Sports Coupe in high school that was passed down from my older sister.
Year Started at What's Up?
2010-2012 (Food & Weddings Editor), 2017 (LOOK editor) 



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Tina Byland

 Weddings Editor

Email: tbyland@whatsupmag.com

What was your favorite childhood tv show?
When I would come home from preschool and kindergarten, I would sit at the kitchen counter watching I Love Lucy while I ate lunch. I still chuckle whenever I remember a joke from an episode.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I make a killer chocolate chip cookie.
What was your first car growing up?
The first car I owned was a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015 


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Olga Stine

Weddings Magazine Art Director

Email: Olga_stine@yahoo.com
Phone: 443-852-9272
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Any show that was based on classic fairy tales and of course I loved everything Disney.
 What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I speak four languages.
What was your first car growing up?
Toyota Corolla
Year Started at What's Up?
2011
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Christine Bervid


Email: cbervid@whatsupmag.com
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Where to begin? Can I pick an afterschool show and a Saturday morning show? We would rush home each day to watch Captain Chesapeake on Channel 45. Three bells meant it was time for Marine Boy, a Japanese anime-type cartoon before we knew what anime was. Marine Boy could stay underwater forever my chewing aqua gum. His best friend was Neptina, a mermaid. The boy next door and I would act out the episodes in his pool. Best Saturday show was the Children's International Film Festival, which showed movie from different countries around the world; it sparked my love of travel.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
From childhood my hobby has been reading, but that wouldn't surprise anyone who knows me. Maybe they don't know that I sometimes wish I had been an interior decorator. Sad but true-I would rather paint a room than clean it. When the show Trading Spaces (which in my opinion started the whole home decorating juggernaut) first came on, I would always jump up and start on some home project after watching it...at 10 pm at night.  I heard Trading Spaces is coming back on and I can't wait!
What was your first car growing up?
My dad's old Plymouth Horizon. It came with a handmade sign taped to the dash saying, "Turn off lights" because he was always forgetting to turn them off and this was before things pinged at you. Soon after I took it to D.C., it was broken into through the front passenger window. A helpful housemate duct taped it up for me and he included a photo of Mean Joe Green to scare future thieves away. It was pretty glamorous (insert eye role).
Year Started at What's Up?
2018
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Cate Reynolds

Editorial Assistant

Email: creynolds@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 127
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I refused to miss an episode.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I love to bake. I’m also a huge stress baker, which made me very popular during finals week in college. I would always be walking around campus with an absurd amount of baked goods. My friends really appreciated it.
What was your first car growing up?
My first car is still my current car. A very reliable (and maybe immortal) 1997 Toyota Camry. 
Year Started at What's Up?
2018
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Brian Saucedo

Web Specialist

Email: bsaucedo@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 116
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
I’m a late 90’s and early 2000’s kid so my favorite show growing up was Rocket Power. The show entails a group of friends who spend their free time playing extreme sports. Everyday after-school or in the summer, I’d go outside with my friends and we would skateboard or race our bikes and try to do things like the show. Drake and Josh is in close second though!
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
This one’s tough, I have so many! I’d say semi-professional FIFA gamer is one no one would expect from me. In college I would win a lot of cash prizes for FIFA tournaments. I was intrigued by soccer in my teen years so when my parents bought me an Xbox 360 I would play FIFA everyday. I challenged my friends and would lose often but eventually I got better. Today I play my friends online across the states.
What was your first car growing up?
My first car growing up was a 1999 Honda Civic. Now I have my dream car, a stick-shift, blue Mitsubishi Lancer. 
Year Started at What's Up? 2018

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*photos by Tony J. Lewis 


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