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Veronica Tovey

Publisher & President

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 102
What is your favorite film(s)?
Pulp Fiction
Must watch TV show
Netflix:The Crown and their many other historical biographies.
Amazon: Billions
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
All our national parks.  They sound so regular but they are amazing!
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I’ve been to many wonderful places but never to the Galapagos
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Pink Floyd
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
One of them was in Paris with Ken and Doran Upton.  It was absolutely spontaneous and so much fun.  I think we might have had at least a bottle of Champagne and 4-5 courses each at Kens favorite restaurant.  Then we walked down the street to a piano bar for Armeniac, + songs.  Did I say fun!

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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 to.  (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 is your favorite film(s)?
Jaws, Glory, Big Lebowski, It's a Wonderful Life
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Love
Other: The Simpsons, of course
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Florence, Italy and Aspen, Colorado
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Tokyo, Japan
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Grateful Dead
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Picking crabs on the back deck at my Grandfather Roy Houck’s beach house

Year Started at What's Up?: 2001 

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August Schwartz

Director of New Media

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 119
What is your favorite film(s)?
The Crow
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Stranger Things
Hulu: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Amazon: Mr. Robot
Other: HBO's Westworld
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Internationally: Spain
Domestically: Anywhere in California
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would like to visit Italy, Greece, Japan, and Thailand.
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Nine Inch Nails
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Current favorite meal is the chicken/gyro combo at Baltimore’s favorite Halal food cart.
What is your favorite The Office quote?
"Now, you may look around and see two groups here. White collar, blue collar. But I don't see it that way. And you know why not? Because I am collar-blind." - Michael Scott

Year Started at What's Up?: 2010


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Deneen Mercer (Dennie)

Accounts Receivable

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 105
What is your favorite film(s)?
Never Been kissed
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Stranger Things
Hulu: WKRP in Cincinnati
Other: HBO's Westworld and Game of Thrones
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Any beach
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Hawaii.
What’s your favorite band or artist?
80's Hair Bands!
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Best meal I ever had was my grandma’s homemade butter scrutchies! (noodles)
What is your favorite The Office quote? 
“Sometimes I'll start a sentence, and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way.”  -Michael Scott

Year Started at What's Up?: 2014

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Frances Ayres

Bookkeeper

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 109
What is your favorite film(s)?
Casablanca, Die Hard, Back to Bataan, and Apollo 13
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Badlands (SD), Yellowstone, Sicily, Alaska (fly over Denali in a small plane), Rome, Scotland, New England (in the autumn)
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go? 
Israel and Philippines
What’s your favorite band or artist?
My tastes trend towards Rock n Roll, Classic Country music, and WW2 big band standards.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
The last one! Not sure but I know it involved chicken.

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 is your favorite film(s)?
City of Angels-Nicholas Cage was great until he turned dark and everyone loves Meg Ryan.  After that How to Lose a Guy in ten days.  You get the picture. They don’t make drama like they used to.
Must watch TV show
Two and a half men-Charlie Sheen-I am hoping for a reboot of the show.
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Grand Canyon was my favorite domestic trip and Costa Rico was my international fave. Everyone should hike the canyon down and back in one day. 
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Bora Bora and stay in one of those huts over the water.
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Journey-Steve Perry-am I dating myself?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
If I knew I would eat it every day.
What is your favorite The Office quote?
What is the office-hahahhaha

Year Started at What's Up?:
2006

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Lisa Peri

Account Executive: Annapolis

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 106
What is your favorite film(s)?
Fifth Element, Harry Potter (the first one), Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, The Greatest Showman, The Big Lebowski, Labyrinth
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Stranger Things
Hulu: The Handmaids Tale
Amazon: Mr. Robot
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Soooo many! I’m going to date myself here… The Cure, Hall and Oates, Lenka, Eminem, David Bowie, Prince, Annie Lennox… too many to list!
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
A place in LA called California Roll Factory serves the best sushi EVER!!!! It’s ugly and utilitarian inside and is a best kept secret to locals.

Year Started at What's Up?: 2014

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 Matt D'Adamo

Graphic Designer

Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 117
What is your favorite film(s)?
Rocky series, Jaws 1, Nosferatu (1922 & 1979), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Carnival of Souls (1962), Equinox, Big Trouble in Little China, Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Evil Dead series, Creepshow, Salem’s Lot (1979), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), El Santo y Blue Demon contra Los Monstruous, Tango & Cash, The Goonies, The Golden Child, Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2, Cobra, The Golden Bat (1966), The Alien Factor (1977), The Breakfast Club, License to Drive, Hausu
Must watch TV show
Kolchak: The Night Stalker, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Ash vs. Evil Dead, He-Man and The Masters of The Universe
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Harper’s Ferry, WV
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Jerusalem, Rome, Japan
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Metallica, Converge, High on Fire, Hanoi Rocks, Killswitch Engage, Buckethead, Crowbar, Manimals, Grade, Megadeth, Dr. Living Dead
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Mama’s Pasta Fagioli
What is your favorite The Office quote?
“Computers are about trying to murder you in a lake.” -Michael Scott

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 is your favorite film(s)?
Tombstone
Must watch TV show
Netflix: The Last Kingdom
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
The Smokey Mountains
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Stibrne Hory, West Bohemia – My great grandparents hometown
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Lomi Salmon in Hawaii

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 is your favorite film(s)?
Love & Other Disasters
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Friends
Amazon: The Last Tycoon
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Manhattan!
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Paris!
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Frank Sinatra
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
I’m allergic to gluten and dairy so finding meals can be a bit difficult! La Tour Café in Honolulu has the most amazing macaroons, and Café EZ in Ellicott City has the best crepes I’ve ever had.

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 is your favorite film(s)?
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Must watch TV show
Netflix: House of Cards
Hulu: The Walking Dead
Amazon: Justified
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Yellowstone National Park
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
The British Virgin Islands
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Seafood pizza homemade with white sauce
What is your favorite The Office quote?
"You are a thief of joy" - Michael Scott

Year Started at What's Up?
2017
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Caley Breese

Community Editor

Email: cbreese@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 111
What is your favorite film(s)?
The Princess Diaries; The Parent Trap: 10 Things I Hate About You; Date Night
Must watch TV show
Netflix: The Office (obvi); Stranger Things; Parks and Recreation
Hulu: Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Atlanta; The Mindy Project
Other: The Bachelor/Bachelorette; Bull
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Internationally: the Italian Alps (Dolomites)
Domestically: Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Literally anywhere. But Croatia, Austria, and the Amalfi Coast are high on my list.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
A really basic turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. It was after a long flight and I hadn’t eaten that day, and it was just simply amazing. Also, any sandwich ever because I love sandwiches.
What is your favorite The Office quote?
There are too many hilarious ones to choose from; however, according to my colleague, Cate, I say this quote approximately twice a week, so I guess you could say it’s in my top 100:

"I hate disappointing just one person. And I really hate disappointing everyone. But I love Burlington Coat Factory. You go in there with $645, you are literally a king.”

Year Started at What's Up?
2016
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Nicholas Gullotti

Production Manager

Email: productionmanager@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 101
What is your favorite film(s)?
My favorite film of all time is Rocky.  I saw it for the first time when I was around six or seven years old and have loved it ever since. 
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Stranger Things is my top pick.  I think out of all the Netflix exclusive shows this is far and away the best.  I may be a bit biased, though, because growing up I loved all the movies that influenced Stranger Things.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would love to someday visit Japan.  My wife and I have a strong interest in the culture (no, not just because we like anime).  I would be perfectly content to visit either the cities or rural locations because I find both appealing.
What’s your favorite band or artist?
It is a toss up between Radiohead or The Smiths, but lately I would have to say Radiohead.  Their early material (all the big alternative radio hits like ‘Creep’ and ‘High and Dry’) I enjoy overall, but everything they did afterward to the present is just amazing, innovative stuff.  The fact that they have been able to produce such high quality music all these years is even more impressive to me.
What is your favorite The Office quote?
For me this is near impossible to decide…but I will go with “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.”  That hit hard with a lot of people and I feel it gets overshadowed by the funny quotes (which are amazing, of course).

Year Started at What's Up?
2017

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Kelsey Casselbury

 

Contributing Editor - The Look

Email: kcasselbury@whatsupmag.com
What is your favorite film(s)?
Father of the Bride (with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton)
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Friends (I'm a '90s girl through and through)
Amazon: Catastrophe
Other: Top Chef—it's the only show my husband and I watch together. 
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Internationally: Pompeii, Italy, which was part of my early 2018 vacation. The history and preservation is amazing. Domestically, my home state of Arizona. Everyone thinks of it as heat and deserts, but the range of nature is astounding. Plus, the resorts, restaurants and shopping in Scottsdale (my hometown) shouldn't be missed! 
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
This is a tricky question because I traveled a lot while living overseas as a child—but I have very vague memories of much of it. Therefore, although I've been to Paris, that is next on my bucket list of travel locales as an adult. However, I would also like to visit some of the less-populated Caribbean islands. 
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, the OBC of "Hamilton" (does that count?)
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
As a food lover, how could I even decide? I'll go with the most recent, which was Linguine con funghi (pasta with mushrooms) in Sorrento, Italy, sitting outside near the sea, splitting a carafe of red wine with friends. 
What is your favorite The Office quote?
Until this year, I wouldn't have been able to answer this! But I recently watched the whole series on Netflix, and as a writer, this is the perfect quote for me: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” —Michael Scott

Year Started at What's Up?
2010-2012 (Food & Weddings Editor), 2017 (LOOK editor) 

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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
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Ozark, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Amazon: Red Oaks, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Other: Homeland (SHO)
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Barcelona, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
The Czech Republic and Poland
What’s your favorite band or artist?
U2-different songs instantly take, me back to different stages of my life, from high school until todayWhat’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Dozen crabs at The Point with my family on Mother's Day 2017
What is your favorite The Officequote?

Year Started at What's Up?
2018
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Cate Reynolds

Entertainment Editor

Email: creynolds@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 127
What is your favorite film(s)?
Princess Diaries, Anchorman, Princess and the Frog, It’s A Wonderful Life, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Stranger Things, The Office, Mad Men
Hulu: Handmaid’s Tale, Parks and Rec, New Girl
Other: Game of Thrones
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Internationally: Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy. Fun fact: Paulo take Lizzie McGuire here in the Lizzie McGuire Movie!!!!!!!!!! Domestically: Pueblo, Colorado. It’s so, so beautiful. I suggest doing some white water rafting down the Arkansas River. 
If you’d like to experience the ~flavor~ of international travel without the international price tag, I recommend the World Showcase in Epcot at Disney World.
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Ireland/England
What’s your favorite band or artist?
This is the hardest question ever, but if I have to pick one...Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The real list of my favorite musicians/bands is a mile long.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Okay, so, there was this sandwich. Thinly sliced chicken breast, tomato, arugula, mozzarella, balsamic glaze, and pesto aioli hugged within a perfectly toasted ciabatta roll. It came with a delicious side caesar, and it was the greatest sandwich ever. You may not believe this, but this #perfect sandwich was on the menu at Nordstrom Cafe. One day I walked into  Nordstrom Cafe to order my favorite sandwich, and the cashier said “Oh, we actually changed our menu and we don’t have that sandwich anymore.” I never truly felt heartbreak until that day. I have contacted Nordstrom customer service several times asking them to bring back the sandwich, but my prayers have not yet been answered.


“It’s a real shame because studies have shown that more information gets passed through water cooler gossip than through official memos. Which puts me at a disadvantage because I bring my own water to work.” -Dwight Schrute



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 is your favorite film(s)?
Cars, Interstellar, Frank, Chicken Run, Sicario, Ex Machina. Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Drive, The Grand Budapest Hotel, X-Men: First Class, District 9, Blade Runner, Boyhood, Whiplash, Birdman, Koyaanisqatsi, Mr. Nobody. 
Must watch TV show
Netflix: Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Master of None, The End of The F***ing World, Better Call Saul, Big Mouth, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Stranger Things, Everything Sucks
Hulu: Atlanta, Rick & Morty, 11.22.63, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Superstore, A.P. Bio, Futureman.
Amazon: Mr. Robot, The Man In The High Castle, The Grand Tour, Betas.
Other: Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender, 
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Internationally: Guatemala. Perfect weather, amazing sceneries, and lovely people. 
Domestically: Los Angeles, California. Awesome weather and underrated food culture. Colorado is a beautiful state as well. 
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Japan & China. 
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Bloc Party, Tame Impala, Beach House, Mac DeMarco, Pond, Black Kids, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, The Wombats, & Kanye West
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Tacos in Koreatown, LA, also this one time I was backpacking in Central America and got stranded, so I ate the meal I thought was going to be my last, but I'm okay!
What is your favorite The Office quote?
“Saw Inception, Or at least I dreamt I did." -Michael Scott

Year Started at What's Up? 
2018
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Tom Worgo

Managing Editor
Email: tworgo@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410-266-6287 x 137

What was your favorite childhood tv show?
M*A*S*H
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
Hit 24-hour Fitness every chance I get
What was your first car growing up?
Monte Carlo
Year Started at What's Up?: 2018
 
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 Beth Kuhl

Account Executive: West County

Email: bkuhl@whatsupmag.com

Phone: 410-266-6287 x 112

What is your favorite film(s)?
All time favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life – I watch it every Christmas
Must watch TV show
Netflix: House of Cards, Breaking Bad
Other: The Wire, Sex and The City
Where would you recommend someone travel to internationally and/or domestically?
Domestically: Skiing - Park City UT, Sedona
Internationally: Caribbean - Puerto Rico
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Greece
What’s your favorite band or artist?
Steve Miller Band, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, Little Feat, Rolling Stones I also like Dave Matthews, U2 and Bruno Mars
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
I can’t remember what I had but I remember it being really good.  The restaurant was Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Year Started at What's Up?:
 I started working at What's Up? Magazine in 2015 as a Special Events Coordinator

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