Editors and Writers
Executive Editor: Dave Wheelan was born and raised in Winnetka, IL, Over the last thirty years, he has worked in the fields of communications, institutional development, and strategic planning with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, and the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as Vice President of Development and College Relations at Washington College under President Douglass Cater during the 1980s. He founded the Community Newspaper Project in 2009, which currently supports four e-newspapers on the Eastern Shore as well as in Ketchum, Idaho.
Managing Editor: James Dissette is the founder of monthly community newspapers in Oregon, Michigan and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He is the 1971 winner of the Sophie Kerr Award for Creative Writing, and most recently published Fierce Blessings, a collection of poems in 2008. He is a partner at Chester River Press and recently designed their current publication, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey as translated by Alexander Pope and is currently working on his book, A Hungry Moon.
Senior Reporter: Daniel Menefee has been the full-time multimedia reporter for the Spies since 2011–covering local and state politics, education and the environment. Dan took a leave of absence in 2012 under a fellowship grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to cover the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Dan earned a BS in Communications Design from University of Baltimore in 2000 and completed some graduate work in journalism at University of Maryland
Contributing Editor: Kathy Bosin is a master gardener, hobby photographer, writer and food-lover, Kathy captures her observations about life in Talbot County on A Chesapeake Journal as well as the Spies. With a Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Kathy’s career has ranged from psychiatric social work in the inner city – to pioneering urban gardens as a platform for community development, and creating large scale public art on display in cities across the country. She lives in Bozman with her husband, artist/master printer Kevin Garber.
Art Director: Jean Dixon Sanders has been a painter and graphic designer for the past thirty years. A graduate of Washington College, where she majored in fine art, Jean started her work in design with the Literary House lecture program. The illustrations she contributes to the Spies are done with watercolor, colored pencil and ink.
Web Editor: Aaron Shier found his way to the eastern shore in 2009 to work at Colchester Farm CSA near Galena. He now manages the flow, appearance and integrity of the content for the Chestertown Spy.
Contributing Arts Editor: Mary McCoy is an artist and writer who has the good fortune to live beside an old steamboat wharf on the Chester River. She is a former art critic for the Washington Post and several art publications. She enjoys the kayaking the river and walking her family farm where she collects ideas and materials for the environmental art she creates, often in collaboration with her husband Howard. They have exhibited their work in the U.S., Ireland, Wales and New Zealand.
Technology Director: Derek Beck is a UI designer and front-end developer for user interface design and branding. He works primarily Photoshop, Espresso, jQuery, WordPress, and Google Chrome. He is the founder and owner of abovecreative.com.
Marketing Support Director: Mary Kramer. A resident of Easton Maryland, Mary Kramer enjoys networking and is a member of Chesapeake Women Networking. Mary is a board member of Talbot Partnership and the chair of the Talbot Parent Coalition. She is the proud parent of four children and the wife of Talbot native Alexis Kramer. Mary is also the co founder of Pet Pantries and enjoys her two dachshund and helping nonprofits with fundraising and social networking.