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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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Arden Haley

Web Specialist/Graphic Design
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 116
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Pokemon
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I'm still a beast at the N64
What was your first car growing up?
Toyota 4 Runner-- I miss it
Year Started at What's Up?: 2011


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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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Becca Newell

Social & Style Editor
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 103
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
One of my favorite childhood TV shows was Popples, a cartoon series in the mid-'80s. Living in England at the time, I couldn't always understand the American accent, but I still loved the show.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
My hidden talent? I can hula hoop for days!
What was your first car growing up?
My first car was a white Pontiac Grand Am, passed down to me from my mum.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2014


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Becky Rodriguez

Receptionist
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 126
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Lizzie McGuire and Hey Arnold! I'm definitely a 90's kid.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I love learning about all things beauty and doing makeup. Occasionally I get to do makeup for birthdays, weddings, and special events for family and friends.
What was your first car growing up?
A Toyota Corolla 1998, which only had the base color (metal color) and lasted for 2 years until the transmission died.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2016


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Beth Kuhl

Events Assistent
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015


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Danielle Sabatini

Graphic Designer
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 130
Year Started at What's Up?: 2016


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Debbie Carta

West County Account Executive
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 112
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Favorite TV show was The Monkey's 
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?  
I raised Vietnamese Pot Belly Pigs and Quail on my 2 acres in my 1917 farmhouse that I lived in for 22 years
What was your first car growing up?
1966 red VW bug and of course with a sunroof
Year Started at What's Up?: 2008


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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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Doug Jurrius

Accounts Executive: Eastern Shore
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 113
Year Started at What's Up?: 2016


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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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Keegan Connolly

Production Manager
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 101
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Double Dare, No one wanted to answer the question wrong and be covered in green slime on Nickelodeon. 
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
My family owns a business and I make the infinity scarves and jewelry that is taken to the weekly trade/craft shows.
What was your first car growing up?
My first car, which I still occasionally drive, is a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse.  It’s a fun, little sports car! It serves as the pugmobile for when the dogs go to the nursing home for Pets on Wheels, they are the co-pilots in the passenger seat.
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015


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Lisa J. Gotto

Managing Editor
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 137
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Hands down it was "I Love Lucy reruns". My parents often remarked about how I could sit and watch that show over and over ... and how I knew all the lines. “Lucy, you got some ‘splaining’ to do!"
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I can mimic several really good accents. My personal favorite is my British accent.
What was your first car growing up?
A Toyota Celica Supra. I named it Rick. It had a 10-band graphic equalizer in it. Does anyone even know what that is? I didn’t, but the stereo kicked butt!
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015


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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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Nicole Gould

Entertainment Editor
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 129
What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Full House, Legends of the Hidden Temple, 7th Heaven and the Brady Bunch.
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you?
I really enjoy photography and I’m pretty good at it & I can throw the javelin.
What was your first car growing up?
2003 Chevy Malibu
Year Started at What's Up?: 2016


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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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Stephanie Pereira-Ayala

Account Executive: Speciality Publications
Email: sayala@whatsupmag.com
Phone: 410.266.6287 ext 114
What was your favorite childhood tv show? 
Full House
What is a hidden talent/hobby that no one would expect from you? 
I am really athletic, don't let the makeup and heels fool you.
What was your first car growing up?
BMW xi 328
Year Started at What's Up?: 2016 


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Tina Byland

Weddings Editor
Email: tbyland@whatsupmag.com
Year Started at What's Up?: 2015 


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LuLu

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