Our Hosts & Founders
Amanda Compton was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated from Whitman College in 2002 with a B.A. in biology. After four years skiing and snowboarding in Jackson, Wyoming, she returned to Alaska.
Amanda worked as an environmental scientist in Anchorage. She quit her job, (sort of), in April 2011 and moved to Juneau in May 2011.
In Juneau, Amanda is a radio and print journalist and an environmental scientist. Amanda loves just about every sport, reading, writing, cooking and organizing her apartment. But she really loves a clean inbox.
Alida Bus – A Ray of Sunshine
Alida Bus was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She has a B.S. in natural resources from Colorado State University and an M.P.A from the University of Alaska Southeast. She works at the Department of Environmental Conservation. Alida wrote a food blog based around the Fiddlehead Cookbook. She loves scrapbooking, bicycle and kayak touring, ran her first (and last) marathon in 2011 and is a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen. She loves being involved with Mudrooms, as each story creates a stronger sense of place and community.
The Story Board is a ragamuffin group of talented ne’er-do-wells and raconteurs who help find speakers and assist the hosts with organizing the Mudrooms storytelling nights.
Tom Cosgrove – Seasoned Storyteller, Brains and Brawn
Tom Cosgrove is a full-time dad, part-time computer programmer and an emerging storyteller. Tom escaped Chicago and a coat and tie over 20 years ago, and he’s damn glad he did. He completed a 3-month road trip across the U.S. with his family in the summer of 2011, and performed stories along the way. Tom helps coordinate the Mudrooms venue, set up for and clean up after the events, and he always has a handful of people he’s convinced to share a story.
Rich Moniak – The Dose of Introspection
Rich Moniak is originally from Massachusetts. After getting a degree in civil engineering there he migrated to the Pacific Northwest. He settled in Juneau in 1990 and retired from the Coast Guard in May 2014. While he writes a weekly column for the opinion page of the Juneau Empire and has even been seen on street corners protesting with “radical” groups like Veterans for Peace and Juneau People for Peace Justice, Rich prefers living in the shadows where he can quietly wonder about simple ideas like beauty, fate and the vast space between the stars populated by our stories and dreams.
Pat Roach – Super Power: Enthusiasm
Pat has dark hair, lives on a boat and smiles a lot. He joined the Mudrooms board just before the start of Season 3, in the fall of 2013. He moved to Fairbanks where he received a degree in English Literature. Before earning his Master of Arts in Teaching in Sitka, Pat worked as a grill cook in Cold Foot, Alaska, one stop shy of Deadhorse on the North Slope. He spent two years teaching English in Hooper Bay and then went on to China, where he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. Pat is currently the Career and Technical Education teacher at Thunder Mountain High School, where he is dearly loved by his students.
Steve SueWing – Elusive New Guy
Steve SueWing grew up in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and Skagit Valley, Washington. After graduating from Western Washington University in the spring of 1999 he felt like life should have changed more. 3 weeks later he was on the Matanuska bound for Haines and his first Alaska memories. Steve has resided in Southeast Alaska since 2000. Steve lived in Skagway for 8 years before moving to Juneau where he has lived for the last 6 years. Steve enjoys advocating for families and a stronger community, camping, flying, fishing, hiking, kayaking and volunteerism. He may consider himself a runner after he completes his 4th marathon this fall in Chicago. People are Steve’s assets and living a life of diverse experiences is his daily goal. He has a very supportive partner of 8 years and 2 sons he adores. Steve enjoys the company of all people and the sharing of our varied life experiences.
Kirsten was born in Anchorage, but grew up in Bellingham, Washington. To pay for graduate school, she drove tour buses in Juneau, AK overcoming her innate fear of driving. Years later, she found a year-round job and community in Juneau. Despite the rain, Kristen can be found mountain biking, running, kayaking, and hiking in the great outdoors of Juneau’s wilderness.
Mudrooms would like to recognize support from other community members not on our story board.
Previous storyboard members: Pat Race, Marc Wheeler, Clint Farr, Katie Spielber.
Current photographer John Hutchins and former photographer Colin Shanley.
The Rookery Cafe and Coppa for their generous edible support.