Meet the Staff
Wendy Sigmund Publisher
I am from across the Bay in Pacific Grove. I went to college at San Francisco State University. I studied International Relations with an emphasis in strategy and war. I also studied journalism. My ambition at the time was to be a war correspondent.
That romantic dream never came to fruition.
Instead, I went into the food and beverage industry. I found that although I love the business, the hours were not ideal as a new mom. So I went back to school and received a degree in political science and then on to a masters in education. I returned to California and went to work at Alisal High School in Salinas CA.
After a few years teaching history I moved to the best place on earth, Boulder Creek. When my second son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I resigned from teaching to stay close to him. It was then that I started the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin, then called Boulder Creek Bulletin. Now after four and a half wonderful years as Publisher and Managing Editor, I have returned to teaching. I retain the the role of Publisher – I so love titles – while maintaining the business end of running a small town print newspaper. I now have my summers to paint and write and hang with my boys and dogs.
Managing Editor, Reporter, Local Bands Columnist, Copy Editor
I’m delighted to be a member of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin team supporting heartfelt, handcrafted writing in one of Santa Cruz County’s last honest-to-goodness locally owned hometown print newspapers. I was originally invited to write the local bands column and stepped into larger shoes as editor when Deb Longley resigned to care for her ailing father. I’ve had the privilege to meet so many talented valley musicians and artists, colorful characters, beautiful souls. Now as Managing Editor, I am excited to grow the connection to the community, sharing news and notes about the people and the energy that make up the fantastic fabric of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Hailing from the East Foothills of San Jose, I hold a B.A. in Radio Broadcasting from San Jose State. I moved to the San Lorenzo Valley in 2006. Technical writer by day, Irish style musician by night, I am a proud Boulder Creek homeowner walk-ably intimate to downtown with four indoor cats, a soft spot for backyard birds, and a love of myriad bright stars peeking through the treetops in a velvety mountain sky.
Joshua Kunkel is the mind behind the Mr. Astrology column every month. He has been a student of astrology since the age of 10. Joshua enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and composing new music. His newly released album, Sapphire Oceans, represents a complete hydrological cycle with music and sounds of nature. www.cdbaby.com/cd/joshkunkel
Pam Nectar Gharibian
Food 831 Columnist
Pam is a new addition to our Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin team. Her mission is to celebrate the best Highway 9 culinary artisans. Her passion for food has taken her on many grand adventures. She’s worked as a chef in Canada, England, Sweden, and Holland and has eaten her way across Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Pam’s genuine curiosity about what our neighborhoods have to offer our taste buds has her on her toes checking out the latest and greatest food finds! “I have had a lifelong love affair with food – I love any excuse to try something new.” Pam lives in Felton with her hungry dog, Harper. Pam’s desert island meal? Cioppinno Stew…as for Harper’s…egg salad sandwiches. Bon Appetite!
Gardening ~ Village Local Columnist
Brandon Parker is the founder of Village Farm Community Garden and operates Village Wash Laundromat. Born and raised in the Valley, he later earned a Business degree, worked as a commercial pilot and played soccer in the NPSL. An intrepid explorer, Brandon is now home to stay in the community he loves. He describes himself as a “treasure-hunter, laundry-doer, community-guy.” Talk to him in the garden or at Village Wash. Read Brandon’s secret garden tips in the “Village Local” section of our SCM Bulletin.
Health Tidbits Columnist
I work at New Leaf Market in Boulder Creek and have a degree in Nutrition from Northern Illinois University, with certification in Nutrition Consulting from Bauman College in Santa Cruz. I love the health field, and have been involved in the health industry for the last 16 years. I did bodybuilding in college, which directed my life into pursuing Nutrition as I was able to see directly the part nutrition plays in our health and fitness. I have also seen how responsive the body is when you give it the nutrients that it needs to function optimally. My desire is to be as informed as I can to educate people about health and nutrition when they come into New leaf with questions, and through my nutrition article in the Bulletin.
History of SLV Columnist
Robinson has called the San Lorenzo Valley home for over 25 years. She was educated in the UK and holds a degree in astrophysics. After ten years of commuting over the hill working for high tech companies, she retired to explore a variety of new interests through the wonderful community college system. All four Robinson daughters were active in Boulder Creek 4-H and Lisa was project and community leader and, in 2002, Santa Cruz County 4-H president. She has been president of the board of directors of the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society for eight years where she manages the exhibitions and collections for the Museum. She also volunteers with the Santa Cruz MAH representing the San Lorenzo Valley on their landmark and publications committees. Lisa regularly contributes articles on our local history.
Chris Finnie has lived in Boulder Creek for more than 20 years. A professional writer by trade, she’s also a political activist at the local, state, and national level. Although she’s written for political candidates before, this is her first attempt at journalism. We’re delighted to have Chris on board and look forward to engaging readers in the discussion! We welcome your letters to the editor!
Tips for Teens Columnist
I am honored to write the Tips for Teens column. I have been working with teens and young adults for over 20 years. I have firsthand experience being a teen, a young adult, and now a parent. I love helping people figure out better ways to organize their lives, find their passions, and move forward more successfully. It’s all about how you prioritize! I have studied many great communication and counseling methods that help me help myself and others. I believe how we communicate with others is very important. But I think how we communicate with ourselves is even more important. I am a lifelong learner. I love to play, have fun, travel, go on adventures. I also love to work hard and get things done. My life motto is MORE FUN less drama! Remember, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. Make it count!
Born, raised and SLV grad Steve Kuehl has photographed local events and people since 1989. He started publishing pics with the Bulletin right after inception and continues to shoot privately and professionally for special occasions and local events.