Meet the HubPages Team. We are real people with real passions. We’re an open book. We love sharing what we know and what we do. And learning from each other. Especially the big, wide world of Hubbers.
Paul Deeds Co-Founder and General Manager of HubPages
Before working at HubPages, Paul was a developer at MongoMusic. Paul is a prolific programmer and was responsible for a significant percentage of the MongoMusic code base. Paul continued as a developer at Microsoft working on search engines, recommendation technology, and scalable data systems. A Michigan native, Paul graduated from Tufts University with majors in computer science and economics.
When he's not working, Paul enjoys sailing and poker.
Paul Edmondson Co-Founder and CEO
Paul was part of the executive team at MongoMusic, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2000. Paul held group management positions at MSN Entertainment over product management, quality management, operations, and business management. Paul left Microsoft as the Group Product Manager of MSN Entertainment. Before MongoMusic and Microsoft, Paul was a developer at Hewlett Packard. Paul hails from San Luis Obispo, and graduated from California Polytechnic University.
Fawntia Fowler Engineering Manager & Product Manager
Fawntia joined HubPages in 2008 after graduating with a master's degree in computational and mathematical engineering from Stanford. Before Stanford, she was at Reed College where she earned a degree in mathematics. Fawntia grew up in Oregon where she attended a Japanese-themed public school. She especially enjoys historical fiction TV, reading fantasy and dystopian novels, drinking tea, and playing with her two-year-old son.
Tim Martin Engineering Manager
Tim is on his second stint at HubPages, after a year traveling the world and a stint at another startup. Prior to his work at HubPages, Tim was the technical founder of an events startup called Involver and worked at an email server company named Mirapoint. Tim grew up in Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. In his spare time, Tim enjoys cycling, woodworking and is always up for a game of scrabble.
Robin Edmondson Education
Before officially joining the HubPages Team, Robin was a third grade teacher in Cupertino, CA and a stay-at-home mom to her and Paul Edmondson’s three girls. She received her BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington.
Robin has been a Hubber since the first days of HubPages and is extremely excited to be teaching Hubbers all over the world how to make the most of their HubPages experience! In her free time, Robin enjoys being outside with her family, large cookouts in her neighborhood, and tending to her bees and chickens.
Edward Zhang Code Wizard
Edward graduated from UC Berkeley two years ago in May with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and a minor in Japanese. Prior to HubPages, he worked at Haas School of Business as a developer.
His hobbies include sleep, sleep, and sleep, and he loves eating omelettes. His ultimate lifelong goal is to take over the world.
Matt Wells Moderator
Matt is from Kentucky where he earned a B.S. in Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. About three years ago he moved to San Francisco to experience a new city and has no regrets about that. Before becoming a Moderator at HubPages he worked at a non-profit as a Development Assistant. In his spare time Matt enjoys exploring the city, skateboarding, bowling, shooting pool and anything else fun that involves hanging out with friends. Matt is also a big fan of Dachshunds.
Camille Harris Moderator
Camille joined HubPages in April 2011, leaving behind a start-up she worked at for exactly 2 years. She's both easygoing and high-strung - perhaps the result of being raised on both coasts. She prefers the left one, though, and returned to California immediately after earning her BS in marketing and international business from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Camille lives to move, regularly engaging her body by hiking with her dogs, participating in Vinyasa yoga, and riding her road bike. The exercise is necessary as Camille's number one vice is Trader Joe's kettle corn, which she consumes by the bagful.
Christy Kirwan Editor & Community Manager
Christy Kirwan grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania saying "pop" instead of "soda," and spent six years in Long Beach, California, before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2010 with a BA in History and worked as an advertising editor before joining the HubPages team in 2012.
Christy's hobbies include reading (literature, science fiction, fantasy, and comic books, mostly), playing video games (old PS2 RPGs are her favorites), doing crafts and DIY projects, cooking pub grub, and listening to industrial music.
Karla Clark Moderator
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Karla Clark is a freelance writer who works in a variety of mediums. She holds an A.A. in English and currently studies screenwriting at the Academy of Art University. She knows more about Edgar Allan Poe than you care to hear and harbors a secret desire to paint “happy little trees” in a soft, monotonous voice. An avid gamer, Clark also writes news and reviews for an up-and-coming gaming site. She is currently developing a comic book and a feature length sci-fi script. She spends her free time reading, obsessing over manga/anime, longing for a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, and seeking treatment for her newfound addiction to Korean popular culture.
Alison Monroe Editor
Alison taught composition and creative writing at UC Davis and San Jose State. She spent many years editing legal document summaries (thousands of text capsules with titles). She wrote about environmental issues in the western United States for different audiences, and also wrote autobiography, fiction and poetry. She has a Master's in English (Creative Writing) from UC Davis, and a Master's in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. Her interests include hiking, salsa music, vegan cooking (though not vegan eating), and new discoveries in earth science. For seven years she umpired youth baseball for the North Oakland-South Oakland Little League.
Joanna Fonte Editor
Joanna taught public high school English for ten years, then did the math and retired early. (5 classes =180 students @ 2 essays per month = 360 essays @ 4 pages each = 1440 pages per month + thoughtful and helpful comments x school year = argh!) Now she writes novels, short stories, poems, personal essays, and accounts of her attempts to befriend the neighborhood crows. A long time ago, she earned a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and an Ed.M. from Harvard and now, she enjoys reading, gardening, thrift shopping, and the company of her two astonishing daughters.
Kate Rix Editor
Kate joined HubPages as an editor to find out what it's like to work on the cutting edge of user-generated content publishing. When she's not editing Hubs, she writes about education and digital media. She has a master's in journalism from U.C. Berkeley but is most proud of two recent accomplishments: completing her first year as PTA president at her daughter's elementary school and devouring a large plate of snails (in Paris). She hopes to complete her first novel by the end of 2015.
Emily Drevets Editor
Originally from Oklahoma (yes, like the musical), Emily went to college at Boston University where she graduated with a degree in International Relations before jetting off to study Arabic in Egypt and then moving to San Francisco to be a writer (in English). She is certain that all of this will make sense one day. Like many writers, Emily found accidental success in marketing before leaving it to continue following her dreams for a living. The dreams have expanded a bit to include acting and improv, but don't worry, they're just as impractical as ever. When not editing for HubPages, Emily can be found near a stage or with her face in an ice cream cone. Or both.
Taylor Monte CalvoCurator and Copy Editor
Taylor is a native Northwesterner who was raised near Seattle, WA and recently spent five years in Eugene, OR. She has a degree in English Literature and four years of experience working in the financial industry at a local credit union in Oregon.
Taylor moved to the Bay Area in 2016 and is excited to explore what the third state on the west coast has to offer! She enjoys reading, hiking, watching good movies, and sampling local craft beers. A perfect day includes a long hike outside followed by a few rounds of cribbage at a local brewery. She also has a possibly unhealthy obsession with the Academy Awards as she fills out a ballot and watches them from start to finish every year.
Luke is a writer and freelancer living in the Bay Area. Originally from Louisiana, he graduated from Hendrix College in Arkansas with a degree in History and Economics and has managed to avoid work in either field. Before coming to HubPages, Luke lived by writing tests and resumes online. He enjoys reading and hearing himself talk.
Brian EsparzaCurator and Copy Editor
Brian is a Bay Area native who graduated from UC Berkeley as a double major in English and Film & Media Studies. Prior to joining HubPages, he worked in a variety of roles in places ranging from financial companies to election departments where he served his civic duty by ensuring our democratic system ran smoothly. Brian fills his spare time by seeing films at his favorite local theaters, running, going to concerts and sporting events, and foolishly accepting duels from anybody.
Veronica GloverCurator and Copy Editor
Veronica G is a capricorn polymath with a passionate interest in writing creative fiction. Veronica is a lover of video games, yoga, and astronomy. She is also a bookworm who fancies a hot cup of tea, daily rigorous exercise, and watching anime. Veronica is currently a curator and copy editor for HubPages and has refined her editing and writing skills by working as an editor, a news reporter, and a freelance writer.
Ellyn BealeCurator and Copy Editor
Ellyn is an agender animal-enthusiast that moved to the East Bay in 2015 after graduating from UC Davis with a B.A. in sociology and a budding passion for journalism. They polished their writing and editing skills while working for the UC Davis newspaper at the Arts & Culture desk, as well as for Oakland.com, and now they are thrilled to be a part of HubPage’s network curating and copyediting team. When they’re not working in front of a computer or walking dogs part-time, they like to cook, read, exercise, film random parts of their day, play settlers of catan, and go see local live music. They are also currently working on a magical-realism novel based off of their round-country road trip they took last summer.
Jasmine grew up in the East Bay and is currently finishing up her bachelor's degree in English Literature at California State University, East Bay. As a Bay Area native, Jasmine saw the tech industry grow up in her backyard and naturally found herself working at several online companies in San Francisco before joining HubPages.
When she's not working or studying, Jasmine enjoys cooking or baking, watching British period or detective shows, spending time with her two, senior-aged dogs, and writing comedy bits that may or may not see the light of day.
Recently transplanted to the Bay Area from North Park, San Diego, Amanda is a HubPages Moderator but really, the Hand of the King. Because everyone knows the Hand of the King is the most likely to survive--if only for the honor of Grayskull. When not laughing at her brother's weak Domino strategies, Amanda is making mixed media graffiti art and continuing her studies of Maker Education and Information Science. She hopes to continue to find ways to creatively impart her passion for literacy, STEM, and art within her community. Or else she will ascend the Iron Throne once and for all.
Devra NelsonCurator and Copy Editor
Devra has lived in California during three separate periods of her life but hopes this time is for keeps. Hailing from the land of rain clouds and lattes (i.e., Seattle), she graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology and then spent nearly ten years as a book editor in New York. Now back in the Bay Area, she's thrilled to be a part of the HubPages team. In her off-hours, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling abroad, sampling pastries whenever and wherever possible, and playing rousing games of gin rummy with her husband and daughter.
Britt BoganCurator and Copy Editor
Britt graduated from UC Davis in 2014 with several honors, a Bachelor’s in English Literature (Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern British drama), and a minor in Medieval Studies. Soon after college, she found herself doing some part-time editing work and knew that’s exactly what she wanted to do with her professional life. Britt now works as a HubPages curator/editor and a professional freelance editor. When not working, Britt enjoys nesting in excessive amounts of blankets, falling asleep on cats, winning at board games, playing Skyrim, hunting Squirtles, and watching well-produced, b-rate horror movies (like Zombeavers!).
Michelle NguyenCurator and Copy Editor
Michelle graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a B.A. in International Relations and went on to complete her M.A. in History at San Francisco State, where she specialized in U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia. Prior to Hubpages, Michelle was a columnist for the Davis Aggie newspaper and managing editor for San Francisco State's History journal, Ex Post Facto. She also contributed articles (in French) for the foreign affairs journal at University of Lyon, France.
When not nerding out over world politics, Michelle enjoys cooking, going out on the town with friends, watching the food and travel channel, and laughing at her own jokes.