Cyanea Poon

Co-founder; Publishing Coordinator

Cyanea is a story-carrier. She likes listening to stories and letting stories be heard, especially voices that are often silenced and go unheard. She especially likes to capture the stories as visual images, and her computer is stocked with photographs from the crowded streets of Hong Kong, the mountains of Chiang Mai, the skyscrapers at Chicago, and the waves of Lake Superior. She looks at numbers and equations on a daily basis, but she can always find time to listen to your story over a snack of your choice.

Johanna Depenthal

Co-founder; Outreach Coordinator

Johanna is an observer and learner. Fascinated by the natural and social world alike, she loves pointing out the minute behavior of insects and striking up long conversations with strangers. During her most recent plane flights, she learned a great deal about Puerto Rican environmental regulations and diesel engines on cargo ships from her seatmates. Her greatest accomplishment of the past year is learning to drive stick-shift.

Emily Sargent


Emma is a listener and an aspiring writer. She loves learning as much as possible about the stories in the people and places around her; most recently, this has meant gaining an in-depth knowledge of ice cream production and hearing from her grandfather about life in pre-electrified rural Vermont. In her spare time, Emma enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, and sporadically attempting to learn the guitar.

Sarah Kenny


Sarah is a connector and communicator. She loves to provide others with the resources they need to succeed. You can find her sharing everything from study guides to recipes to great book recommendations. Though her Bachelors was in Writing, she is now doing post-graduate work in communication sciences and disorders.

Rachel Rim


Rachel is a doubting believer and a believer in doubt. She loves the myriad of ways one can enter into belief—a journey of aesthetics, she finds, as much as of the intellect. As a creative writer and an avid reader of both fiction and theology, she finds that stories—both the making of them and the listening to them—make her a better critical thinker, and that theology makes her a better creative writer; thus, she’s a strong advocate for the role of the arts in shaping public discourse. When not reading or writing, Rachel enjoys baking bread, running outside and petting every dog she sees, and having one-on-one conversations with a good cup of tea.

Marisa Tirado


Marisa is a jokester and a dreamer. She likes to rewild things back to their truest state. She loves introducing people and watching worlds collide. Marisa currently works in advertising and marketing at a magazine. She tries to travel every 4-6 weeks. If you spend time with her, she will eventually coerce you into camping, rollerblading or poetry.

Kaija Nivala

Database Manager; Recruiter

Kaija is inquisitive and a connector. She loves asking questions and discovering new points of connection between people, places, and ideas. Kaija enjoys getting people together in new places and challenging perspectives and ideas over good food. Cities are her passion; since last Spring, she has traveled to 8 major cities in 4 different countries.

Krista Depenthal


Krista is a problem solver and mentor.  As a mentor, she loves to nurture people in order to help them realize their own unique capabilities.  As a problem solver, she doesn’t let doors stand in her way but rather takes the approach that “where there’s a will, there’s a way!”  Krista can sometimes be seen doing jumping jacks on the side of the highway, and when she’s not doing that, she loves sailing, travel, learning, languages, bike riding, singing, and cooking.  But most of all, she loves being with her far-flung family.

Joohee Uhm


Joohee is listener and lover of all things art. He loves sincerity and good manners. Even more so, however, he loves the manner in which rules can be broken between rambunctious friends, because at the end of the day relationships and putting others before oneself prevails. His focus and heart is on all things culture, cities, and the role and absolute potential of women as a change agents in the global south and north.

Abbie Condie

Social Media Specialist

Abbie is a thinker and an observer. She loves learning about new places by exploring them herself, but she’s also content to read books or scroll through Instagram posts about to-be-visited destinations in the meantime! Prioritized locations include great coffee, street art, and plenty of plants. Abbie aims to read thirty new books per year, meaning she’s always up for offering (often unsolicited) book recommendations, yet she remains perplexed that the number of unread books on her shelves is still increasing.

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