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Brian Lam
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Brian is a Kalamazoo native who enjoys not only writing but improvising and most other things creative. He is a member of the improv-comedy troupe Crawlspace Eviction and owns two small Kalamazoo-based businesses where he is able to put his passions to work. When not working, Brian spends his downtime with his wife and daughter or playing soccer.

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Marie Lee
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Marie is the editor of Encore Magazine and vice president of Encore Publications, Inc. She’s been at the helm of Encore since October 2011. Marie’s background covers the gamut; she’s a former newspaper reporter and editor, a public relations and marketing communications professional, and book editor and collaborator. As Encore’s editor, she is dedicated to bringing the best things about the greater Kalamazoo community to the magazine’s readers.

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Alex Lee
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Alex Lee, a proud U.S. Navy veteran, is the executive director of communications for Kalamazoo Public Schools. He lives in Kalamazoo, which he refers to as “the small city with the gigantic heart.” Outside of his job, Lee writes as a hobby.

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Steve Leuty
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Steve Leuty came to Kalamazoo in 1980 for a college education and stayed to develop the county’s recycling programs. He now enjoys working for Bronson Healthcare and supporting Kalamazoo Township as an elected trustee.

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Lisa Mackinder
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Lisa’s work has previously appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Animal Wellness, Dog World, Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine, MiBiz, and other publications. Though having covered a wide-range of topics, Lisa most enjoys composing people-centric pieces, as well as those featuring nature and animals. She lives in Portage with her husband, and when not at her Mac, participates in outdoor activities, including fly fishing, gardening and hiking.

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Jeremy Martin
Samantha Marzke
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Samantha grew up in St. Joseph, pas-sionate about sports and following current trends. She covered the waterfront for <em>Encore</em> in the May 2017 issue, writing about a gifted cellist, a WMU staffer who works to make students’ first year successful and dorm room decor. Samantha graduated in April from WMU with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is an aspiring freelance writer who plans to move to West Palm Beach, Florida, in the fall.

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Larry Massie
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Larry B. Massie, who has written more than 100 articles for Encore under three editorial regimes, contributed this month’s article “The Birth of Borgess,” based, in part, on his 22nd Michigan history book, Health Care Anew: The First 125 years of Borgess Health, to be published soon. He and his partner, culinary historian Priscilla Massie (pictured with him), reside in the Allegan Forest amidst their private library of 45,000 volumes. In 2011 the Historical Society of Michigan awarded Larry Massie its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

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