YES! Staff

Meet the people who make YES!

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Karen Badzik, Customer Service Coordinator

Karen joined Yes! in 2016.  A native Mid-westerner, Karen lived in quite a few places before relocating to beautiful Bainbridge Island which reminds her very much of New Zealand where she spent nearly a decade. While enjoying life in the Land of the Long White cloud she earned a degree in Classics from Victoria University and marveled at sensibility of universal healthcare and affordable education. She remains ever hopeful America will follow suit! Back home in the US, Karen received certificates in Museum Studies and Interior Design and was the director for an international tour operator based in Newport Beach, California.  In her spare time, Karen enjoys home renovation, interior design, traveling, cooking, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with her family. She’s thrilled to be working for an organization whose values and vision she so strongly supports.


Clo Copass, Managing Editor

cloantha copassClo joined the YES! staff in the fall of 2013. A long-time YES! reader, she’s excited about the opportunity to be part of the YES! team. She has a professional background in historic preservation and, prior to a stint as an at-home parent, worked to preserve a sense of place in King County’s rapidly developing rural areas. She has been a dedicated volunteer at the Odyssey multi-age school on Bainbridge Island. Clo and her family enjoy biking and exploring the Pacific Northwest from the mountains to the shores. She earned a BA in History from Stanford University and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.


Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Editorial and Creative Director

Tracy Dunn HeadshotAfter 20 years as a newspaper editor and art director, Tracy joined YES! in 2006. Since then she has worked as creative director to bring to life the powerful ideas of YES! with photos and graphics. And as editorial director she leads a dedicated team of editors, writers, and designers to produce the extraordinary journalism in the quarterly print magazine and daily website. Tracy lives on Bainbridge Island, where she uses her home as a test kitchen for the magazine's ideas. She commutes by bicycle, tends a permaculture backyard, grows food, and raises chickens and children.

Jing Fong, Education Outreach ManagerJing Fong

In May 2008, Jing joined YES! as its education outreach manager. She was drawn to the publication because of its mission to inform, inspire and empower people to work for positive change. Prior to joining YES! Jing was a senior public affairs consultant for a Northwest public relations firm and an education policy analyst with the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus. She has freelanced as an editor, copywriter and consultant, and has done community and media outreach for various organizations and companies. Jing cherishes the three times she’s lived in the U.K. through her husband’s Fulbright Teacher Exchanges. Outside of work, Jing enjoys her two book groups, sweating at the gym, and traveling to nearby and faraway places with her family. Jing lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband Barry and her children, Isabelle and Keats. She has a BA in Political Science and a BA in Speech Communications from the University of Washington.


Susan GleasonSusan Gleason, Media and Outreach Manager

Susan joined YES! in March of 2003. With nearly twenty years as a media activist, media-maker, trainer, and community organizer, she maintains an unyielding commitment to the importance of independent and community media. Susan was involved for several years with the Seattle Independent Media Center, served on the SCAN Community Television board (Seattle & King County public access), and is a founding and active director with the public interest group, Reclaim the Media. She was also a founding director of the Seattle-based Earth on the Air Radio Works and the Vashon Island community webcast ( She DJ'd and produced for several years at WMPG (90.9 FM, Portland, Maine) and has produced independent features for KBCS (91.3 FM, Bellevue/Seattle) and IMC Radio. Susan has a BA in Communication and has held a variety of professional marketing positions in independent book publishing, new media development, and the nonprofit sector.



Christine Hanna, Executive Director

Christine HannaChristine comes to Yes! with an extensive career in non-profit management, marketing, and strategic development, and a deep commitment to advancing just and sustainable local economies. After receiving her MBA from the University of Washington, she spent several years working with online marketing companies, including goNextdoor, a company she co-founded. In 2002 she joined sustainability think tank Sightline Institute as managing director, where she was responsible for fundraising, operations, and strategic planning and execution. Inspired by the "living economies" vision, she co-founded Seattle Good Business Network in 2010, where she developed programs supporting and connecting hundreds of local businesses. Christine is a BALLE Local Economies Fellow, served on the City of Seattle's Economic Development Commission, and is a board member with Seattle Good Business Network.

Melissa Hellmann, Surdna Reporting Fellow

Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Melissa has an affinity for nature and a drive to explore. She got her start in journalism in Shanghai, China, where she taught English and moonlighted as an indie music and culture reporter for local webzines. Over the past five years, she’s written about education, the prison system and social justice issues for a range of publications including Associated Press, TIME, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Time Out, SF Weekly and others. Melissa recently graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on long-form writing and honing her multimedia skills. When she’s not typing away, you’ll catch her riding her bike, listening to podcasts or backpacking.



Zenobia Jeffries, Associate Editor

Zenobia JeffriesZenobia Jeffries has been in media going on 15 years. As a reporter, managing editor and editor, she honed her journalism skills for nearly eight years at a community newspaper in her hometown of Detroit, where she is based. She joined the YES! editorial team in the summer of 2016. In addition to writing and editing, she has produced, directed and edited a variety of short documentaries focused from community movements to international democracy. Zenobia is the mother of two young adults—a soon-to-be college graduate (May 2017), and the other halfway through (May 2019). She takes as much pride in her career as a mother as she does in her career as a media professional. Particularly she enjoys traveling, and has traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, and four countries on the African continent (South Africa, Mozambique, Senegal and Ghana). She considers herself a global citizen, and is always searching for ways to better herself, her family, her community and the world. She earned degrees from Rochester College, Rochester, Mich. (BS Mass Communication), and Wayne State University in Detroit (MA Communication with an emphasis in Media Studies).

Miles JohnsonMiles Johnson, Software Developer

Miles joined YES! in October of 2012. A Bainbridge native, Miles grew up with an appreciation for Puget Sound. After several summers traveling the west coast, he returned to the northwest to run a small business providing technical support for local companies. Low-impact living and supporting local economies is important to Miles. His interests include playing ukulele, longboarding, and cooking.


Fran KortenFran Korten, Advisor

Fran Korten joined the Positive Futures Network in April 1998. In March 2017, she transitioned her role from executive director to advisor as she prepares for retirement later in 2017.  Fran is delighted to be part of a team helping nourish people’s sense of what is possible at this time when we are pressing the limits of our planet’s resiliency and people’s tolerance for oppression in an interconnected world. Her passion is to use YES! to help people see the best of what we humans can become and to feel themselves to be agents of change in the unfolding drama of our time. Before joining YES! Magazine, Fran served as a grantmaker for 20 years in the Ford Foundation’s offices in Manila, Jakarta, and New York, where she supported community-based approaches to the sustainable use of land, trees, and water. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and taught at the national university of Ethiopia and at Harvard University. She lives with her husband, David Korten, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she walks to work. She and David have two children and two grandchildren.


Natalie Lubsen, Audience Development Coordinator

Natalie came to YES! in the fall of 2013 as the media and outreach intern. She was the education outreach assistant and email coordinator before joining the staff in 2015. Natalie was born and raised in Virginia, where meeting the pigs at the local farm sparked her passion for animal rights and social justice. Growing up just outside the beltway fed her interest in politics and she earned a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College. In her free time, Natalie enjoys cooking vegan food and singing in harmony.

Jennifer Luxton, Lead Designer

Jennifer Luxton is a journalist by training, graphic designer by profession, illustrator by passion, and amateur taxidermist by moonlight. She comes from drought-stricken Los Angeles and is still adjusting to the wonderfully wet weather of Puget Sound. Aside from freelancing for a variety of media, social justice, and lifestyle clients, she has an unhealthy obsession with post-apocalyptic western-sci-fi comic books, loose-leaf tea and natural history. She holds several state and national college media awards for her design work, and graduated at the top of her journalism class from California State University, Northridge. Her reporting areas of coverage include creative resistance and sustainable death practices (the potentials for body composting have never been more exciting).


Stephen Miller, Senior Editor

Stephen Miller is a graduate of the University of Arizona's School of Journalism. He has worked on both U.S. coasts as an editor and reporter, covering environmental science, First Amendment law, script writing, and city news. Previously, he was the editor and then managing editor of the Capitol Hill Times in Seattle. He is an avid outdoorsman, musician for hire and occasional cartoonist.


Paula Murphy, Fulfillment ManagerPaula new

Paula joined YES! Magazine in December 2007. Growing up land-locked in the mid-west, Paula always had a strong desire to get to know the wet half of our planet—which she satisfied by studying oceanography and marine biology, and by becoming a certified master scuba diver. Her time on dry land is spent raising her children, Christopher, Emerson and Marina, advocating for cloth diapers, attachment parenting, and the family bed. She is a strong supporter of the Waldorf school on Bainbridge Island and also volunteers as a seamstress for local theater productions. Being a part of the staff at YES! supports Paula’s interests in making the earth a cleaner, more sustainable planet for her children and future generations.


Rebecca NyamidieRebecca Nyamidie, Development Coordinator

After a brief stint as a copy editor, Rebecca Nyamidie came to YES! July 2009. Rebecca has a B.A. in Linguistics from San Diego State and a graduate degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Washington. She has taught English in the U.S. and Japan, and has worked in a variety of fields including product control, software testing, desktop publishing, and technical writing. Rebecca moved to Bainbridge Island to be close to the YES! office and enjoys living in such a beautiful, interesting place. A Dedicated Friend of YES! for some time herself, Rebecca loves helping others discover the joys of supporting YES! in these times full of opportunity for real change.


Liz Pleasant, Web Manager

Liz is YES! Magazine's web manager, as well as the website’s pop culture editor. She is a native Seattleite and a graduate of the University of Washington’s anthropology department. In her off time, Liz likes to explore tiny towns in the Pacific Northwest and scavenge through thrift stores for her online vintage clothing store.


Yvonne Rivera, Customer Service Manager

Yvonne RiveraYvonne  comes to YES! with strong interests in business, technology and education.  Prior to joining PFN, Yvonne was a contract administrator for Boeing and taught math, technology, and Spanish at Silverwood School in Poulsbo. Most recently, she taught GED classes to students at the Kitsap Adult Center for Education and at the Suquamish Education Tribal Center.  Yvonne earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MS in Higher Education from Walden University. She is a native of New Mexico and identifies Portugal and Northern Spain as her favorite travel destinations.


Erin Sagen, Associate Editor

Erin Sagen has been writing and sharing stories for as long as she can remember. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erin specialized in multimedia journalism, producing documentary shorts, web content, and graphic design that highlighted stories about women and spirituality. In addition to editing online content for YES!, she writes for two blogs—Health With Heart, focusing on health and women's issues, and Sagen Screen Review, sharing editorial space with her brother Evin to critique films new and old. She continues to search for stories where community, justice, and love transcend human struggle. 


Robin Simons, Development Manager

Robin SimonsRobin Simons joined YES! as Development Manager in October 2014. She is a longtime YES! reader and brings to her position an extensive background in nonprofit management. She has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston and Denver Children’s Museums, and most recently the Kitsap Humane Society, helping organizations strengthen both their programs and their operating procedures. She is also the author or co-author of nine nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics, from raising a child with a disability (After the Tears, Harcourt Brace, 1987) to making games, science projects and art out of recycled materials (Recyclopedia, Houghton Mifflin, 1976).


James Trimarco, Senior Editor

JAmes TrimarcoJames Trimarco has been involved with YES! since 2008. Before moving to Seattle to work full-time for the website, he lived in New York City, where he was active in the struggle to protect urban communities. He helped to organize incoming shipments of supplies during Occupy Wall Street’s encampment at Zuccotti Park, and participated in local occupations in Brooklyn when the encampment was over. He has a BA in anthropology and was employed as an ethnographer and data analyst at the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training. In his free time, James enjoys composing electronic music and gardening where it’s least expected.


Sarah van Gelder, Co-Founder and ColumnistSarah van Gelder new photo

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and editor at large of YES! She has just completed a book based off on her road trip around the United States: The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.  

Sarah writes a column and conducts interviews for YES! Magazine, and speaks on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is happening now. Topics include the new economy, climate solutions, alternatives to prisons, food, water, peacemaking, health care, happiness, and more. 

Sarah co-founded Suquamish Olalla Neighbors, which builds bridges between Native and non-Native residents of the Port Madison Reservation. She co-led a statewide effort to return the home of Chief Seattle to the Suquamish Tribe and is a member of the board of directors of the tribally-chartered Suquamish Foundation.

Sarah has traveled in Latin America, India, China, and Central America. She was a founding board member of Winslow Cohousing, and previously was a television and radio producer, a community organizer, founder of a cooperative of food co-ops that linked organic farmers to urban markets. She has two young adult children.


Audrey WatsonAudrey Watson, Finance & Operations Director

Audrey joined the staff in Fall of 98 as manager of Marketing and Outreach, moved to Online Managing Editor in fall of 2002, and to Finance & Operations Director in 2009, where she combines her interests in communication, sustainability, social justice, and technology. Previously she worked as a product marketing manager for Microsoft and as a marketing manager, developer manager, and systems analyst for various computer-related companies. Outside of work, Audrey loves to do fiber and metal arts and crafts, volunteers for various organizations, enjoys traveling, and lives in cohousing. Audrey holds a BA in Applied Math from the University of Michigan, an MS in Computer Engineering from Stanford University, and an MA in management and consulting from the Leadership Institute of Seattle.


Michael WinterMichael Winter, IT Manager

Founder of The Winter Group, Michael Winter has been an IT professional for over 20 years working as a technologist and project manager for a variety of Government agencies and private companies.  Michael also holds a private pilots license and enjoys flying helicopters and a variety of fixed wing aircraft. Achieving independence from fossil fuel energy, climate change and general environmental sustainability are important issues for Michael and are driving forces behind his working with YES! to use technology to help bring the YES! message to everyone.