Belinda Tate
Tiffany Thatcher
Charles D. Thomas
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Charles, a psychologist and freelance writer, has written an op-ed column for the Three Rivers Commercial-News for the past seven years. He’s currently working on a mystery novel about the mental health system. You can read more of his work at

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Emily Townsend
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Originally from the Midwest, Emily comes to <em>Encore</em> from a stint reporting on the arts for <em>The Cambodia Daily</em>. You can catch her voice as a host (DJ ET) for Kalamazoo’s only feminist news and music show, Grrrlville on WIDR 89.1 FM at 8-10 p.m.

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Tom Vance
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Tom Vance, director of marketing communications at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, has an M.A. in U.S. history with a concentration in biography from Western Michigan University. He is the author of the biography Elliot Richardson: The Virtue of Politics.

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Jacquelyn Vincenta
David Wak
J. Gabriel Ware
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An editorial intern at Encore, J. Gabriel explored historic curb cuts and the nonprofit Jamaica Rehab Partners for this month’s issue. While working on his story Therapeutic Mission, J. Gabriel got a glimpse of the lives of poor patients in Jamaica and a special bond between father and daughter. “This is the most significant story I have written so far. I attempted to tell many stories in this one piece because I felt that each one of them needed to be told,” he says. J. Gabriel will be a senior at Western Michigan University this fall.

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Mark Wedel
Robert M. Weir
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Robert is a writer, author, speaker, book editor and authors’ coach. He is an advocate of world travel as a means to enmesh ourselves in diverse cultures and thus attain “peace through understanding.” This concept is apropos for his article on Keith Mumma who, through his work with International Child Care and photography in Haiti, is helping others better understand and thus provide humanitarian aid to the people who live in that Caribbean nation. You can see more of Robert’s writing at

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