The Story Board is a ragamuffin group of talented ne’er-do-wells and raconteurs who organize the Mudrooms storytelling nights.
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.
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. Years before, he moved to Fairbanks where he received a degree in English Literature. Between that and 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 a teacher at Thunder Mountain High School, where he is dearly loved by his students.
Sara is a lifelong Alaskan and 30+ year resident of Juneau. She has been a storyteller since she could talk and loves the Mudrooms experience. The first season she listened to the stories from her couch and then in season two realized that what she was missing by not being there in person. She is retired from being a high school teacher and finds time to laugh most days. She loves to travel and finds friends wherever she goes. This photo is from one of the many trails she’s hiked on one of the many adventures she’s been on around the world.
Melissa has been in Alaska since May of 2007, having chosen bears and the general unknown over returning to live with her parents after college. She was born in California and split her earlier years between there and Oregon, with a year abroad in Germany thrown in for adventure. She’s had more than a dozen jobs in Juneau, including newspaper reporter, bartender, campaigner and now communications director, with one common thread: stories. She enjoys writing, reading, art of many forms, hanging out with Beau the Dog, amateur photography and learning new ways to express ideas and stories.
Mudrooms would like to recognize support from other community members not on our story board.
Previous storyboard members: Amanda Compton (founder), Pat Race, Marc Wheeler, Clint Farr, Katie Spielberger, Kristen Stouder and Steve Suewing.
Current photographer Melissa Griffiths and former photographers John Hutchins and Colin Shanley.
The Rookery Cafe and Coppa for their generous edible support.
Lucid Reverie Creative Design for its web support.