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Lisa WinterSenior Manager, Evergreen

Lisa Winter

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018 after spending over 16 years in the healthcare industry. She is an editor, fact-checker, and SEO expert.

She started as an editor and curator at HubPages in 2018. In her time with The Arena Group, she has had the privilege of not only working with HubPages, but also with Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Swim, TheStreet, and Parade.

When not running her three kids around to various activities, she can be found writing in cafes in San Francisco, going to as many concerts as possible, and reading anything by Neil Gaiman.

Matt Wells User Operations Manager

Matt Wells

Matt graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Justice Administration. Before joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2011, he worked in a law office as a legal assistant. Matt resides in San Francisco, and his interests include skateboarding, traveling, hiking, movies, and shooting pool.

Angel JenningsManager, Senior Editors

Angel Jennings

Angel Jennings is an editor and SEO expert with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, writing, editing, fact-checking, and digital publishing. Angel received a bachelor’s in international relations from UC Berkeley, where she published articles for The Berkeley Political Review and The Daily Californian, UC Berkeley’s student-run independent newspaper. She also spent a semester abroad in France, studying film, political science, and linguistics and traveling extensively through Europe.

Prior to joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2018, Angel worked for several years for Sacramento's mayor, Darrell Steinberg, when he was the California State Senate's President pro Tempore, serving the local community, developing the senator’s internship program, and working on event planning and legislative research and writing. She was also an usher captain for Cal Performances in Berkeley, where she was paid to watch performances by world-class singers, dancers, and musicians.

In addition to her role at HubPages/The Arena Group, Angel currently works as a paralegal to a family law attorney in Davis and is a certified notary public. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her son and two wonderful cats. Her hobbies include playing cello with a local symphony, reading and writing, baking, and shooting pool.

Brian EsparzaTeam Lead and Editor

Brian Esparza

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/The Arena Group, he worked in a variety of roles in places ranging from financial companies to election departments, where he had a role in launching the first early voting sites in his county. He had previously worked as an editor and researcher for a concierge firm that produced international travel guides. He has over six years of professional experience in fact-checking and search engine optimization in his role as an editor. Brian fills his spare time by watching films, running, and going to concerts.

Grace HaassTeam Lead and Editor

Grace Haass

Grace graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in journalism media studies and a minor in international studies. After tiring of the perfect weather in San Diego, she solo traveled the world for a year, covering Europe, Costa Rica, India, and Hawaii. Before joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2022, she wrote for the Arts & Culture page of SDSU’s student-run newspaper and for a nonprofit domestic violence awareness organization.

She spends her time away from her laptop practicing and teaching yoga, baking sourdough, puzzling (philosophical questions and jigsaw pieces), and floating in the ocean.

Devra NelsonSenior Editor

Devra Nelson

Devra graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human biology. She spent eight years in book publishing (including at Princeton University Press and John Wiley & Sons) before moving into the digital publishing world. She has been with the HubPages/The Arena Group team since 2016. Her interests include reading nonfiction, hiking in the beautiful Bay Area, traveling to new places, and discovering delicious bakeries with her family.

Wendy MertlSenior Editor

Wendy Mertl

Wendy has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and undergraduate degrees in writing and visual art. She started her career as a copy editor for a daily print newspaper, then shifted to editing online articles with a focus on SEO and web-friendly formatting. Prior to joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2019, she spent 11 years editing and fact-checking articles about higher education and careers. In addition to editing, she uses her writing and art skills to enhance content and create images and infographics for articles. Outside of the office, her interests include board games, word puzzles, tuxedo cats, the Portland Thorns, and reading as many library books as possible.

Domenic Strazzabosco Senior Editor

Domenic Strazzabosco

Domenic (he/him) was raised in San Diego, but a desire for rain and gloom led him to pursue a Bachelor's from San Francisco State University. There he developed a love of writing, journalism, and traveling—eventually graduating with a degree in cinema studies and a minor in journalism. During university, he worked as a fact-checker and writer for San Francisco Magazine and spent a semester studying European politics at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

After college, he somehow fell right back into what he wanted to do at 16, and started reviewing albums, concerts, and film as well as editing, fact-checking, and managing for local entertainment sites. He then moved to Seattle and completed a certificate in fiction writing at the University of Washington, ultimately realizing he prefers editing and reading the work of others more than digging at the depths of his own creativity. Since joining HubPages/The Arena Group he's expanded his experience working with SEO and evergreen content, as well as his fact-checking and editing skills.

When not editing or writing, he can be found making inconsequential lists of movies and books to consume, thrifting, trying new foods, planning prospective trips, or trying to find a new craft.

Lance Davis Editor

Lance Davis

Lance is a husband, father of two daughters, and herder of several cats and dogs. He is a native Southern Californian living in El Monte, but his family background is Hawaii via Okinawa. He is a former resident of Chico, Seattle, Baton Rouge, Tuscaloosa, and Austin.

Lance is the creator and host of the podcast, Don't Call It Nothing, based on his self-published book, "Don't Call It Nothing: The Lost History of '90s Roots, Rap & Rock 'n' Roll." He’s currently obsessed with the history of AAPI film and TV, K-Pop, and the intersectionality of Asians, Asian Americans, and pop culture.

Damon Pipitone Editor

Damon Pipitone

Damon worked in the legal, medical, and graphic design fields before becoming an editor of academic papers for graduate and doctoral students. He transitioned into writing and editing for digital media, working on a diverse array of interesting projects: media director and magazine editor for a TV personality, copy editor for several books (including an academic study about cinematic landscape allegory and a guide to creating business presentations using Hollywood storytelling techniques), and most recently he was an editorial assistant for a nationally syndicated author who writes a science-based humor advice column.

Joining HubPages/The Arena Group has allowed him to stretch out and enhance his research, SEO and design skills, as well as collaborate with passionate, expert authors on informative articles. Damon lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys his side projects as a musician and podcaster.

Larry Slawson Editor

Larry Slawson

Larry earned his Master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018. Before joining The Arena Group in 2023, he worked as a college instructor, math tutor, freelance editor, and writer. Some of his interests include reading, hiking, sudoku puzzles, writing, and watching new movies. Larry currently resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife and son.

Jennifer Bove Editor

Jennifer Bove

Jennifer began her career with a BS in Biology and the restless urge to roam. After almost a decade of chasing feathers, fins, and fur as a wildlife researcher, she and her husband fell headlong into the adventure of parenting.

Twenty years later, Jen is the proud mom of three almost-grown offspring and the author of 15 children's books for the National Wildlife Federation. She has also written hundreds of poems for Ranger Rick Jr magazine and curated three anthologies of stories by outdoor writers.

When she isn't at her computer or beside a Wyoming campfire with her family, Jen can be found painting, carving wood, or studying obscure folklore from around the world (in her newly acquired reading glasses).

Wes SchallerEditor

Wes Schaller

Wes graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in English Literature. He began his career as a copywriter for a marketing company, where he learned the ins and outs of SEO. Before joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2022, he spent 11 years working as a freelance copy editor in the areas of journalism, travel, and education. He is an avid reader and a fan of classic films.

Emma KissellEditor

Emma Kissell

Emma has been editing professionally since 2018. She received her two BAs in linguistics and sociology from UC Berkeley, and further studied speech-language pathology and communicative disorders at California State Universities Los Angeles and Northridge. Prior to joining HubPages/The Arena Group in 2023, she was the linguistic content editor for an accent modification YouTube channel/app and the chief content editor of a content creation company.

Her interests include reading classic literature, listening to ‘80s New Wave music, winning bar trivia nights, and traveling to cool places. She lives in California with her family and two literary-named dogs, Duff and Scout.

Lauren LaMoreEditor

Lauren LaMore

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2022 from DePauw University, where she spent her time studying psychology and philosophy and writing two theses. Since graduating, Lauren has spent her time traveling in the United States and abroad, reading anything she can get her hands on, composing music, and working and volunteering with local schools as a coach and substitute teacher. Lauren joined Hubpages/The Arena Group in 2023.

Jennifer ReimerEditor

Jennifer Reimer

Jennifer A. Reimer Recio holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco, and BA in English (Spanish minor) from New York University. She has numerous scholarly and creative publications. As a scholar, Jennifer writes about poetry, race, gender, and migration. As a poet, she’s authored two collections: The Rainy Season Diaries (Quale Press, 2013) and Keske (Airlie Press, 2022). The Turkish translation of The Rainy Season Diaries was published by Siirden Press (Istanbul) in 2017. Jennifer has lived and worked in Cyprus, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, and the Spanish & French Basque country. She's passionate about social justice and sunshine. She likes travel, books, cooking dinner, wine, cats, and being outside. In addition to writing and editing, Jennifer teaches literature at Oregon State University-Cascades and lives in Bend, OR with her husband and two cats.

Luke CastilleUser Operations Associate

Luke Castille

After graduating from Hendrix College in Conway, AR with a double major in History and Economics, Luke freelanced as a resume and content writer. Finding HubPages after two years of freelancing, Luke has been a part of the User Operations team since 2016. He now gardens, writes, and works from Little Rock, AR.

Amanda ReyesUser Operations Associate

Amanda Reyes

Amanda is a Bay Area transplant by way of Southern California. She is a maker of all sorts and enjoying the commitment of higher education. She hopes to one day build her own tiny home on her native island of Puerto Rico.

Mike Elliott User Operations Associate

Mike Elliott

Mike is a born and raised Oregonian who has called Portland home for nearly two decades. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Portland State University which he earned in 2016. After graduation he worked at the Oregon Hospital and Science University (OHSU) on a research study. Once his contract was up he shortly joined the HubPages User Operations team and has been there since. When not working Mike enjoys skateboarding, reading, writing, playing guitar, and spending time with friends.


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