Story Board

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 as a Healthcare Program Coordinator at the Division of Insurance. 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.

Melissa Griffiths

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 her dog, amateur photography and learning new ways to express ideas and stories.

Jeff Smith
Bio coming soon.

David Noon
Bio coming soon.

Kristen Rankin
Bio coming soon.

Jim Pfitzer
Bio coming soon.


We count on the support of our super volunteers Laura Kurt, who keeps events running smoothly, and Riley Woodford, who brings his musical experience and enthusiasm.

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, Steve Suewing, Pat Roach and Sara Hannan.
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.