If you’d like to contact someone at Arctic Entries with questions or comments, e-mail works great: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are real people on the other end of the line, and we really are doing our best to make each and every show great, so please consider being kind and constructive in your criticisms (or just let the kudos fly). We are also pretty busy, so if your email fosters a great internal discussion among the storyboard, you might need to give us a few days to gnaw thoughtfully on your question and respond.
Who are we?
Arctic Entries is organized by a host of volunteers from the Anchorage community. These committed individuals must really enjoy taking on extra responsibilities… Meet the Storyboard:
Emily Fehrenbacher – Host
Born and raised in the suburban sprawl of Chicago, “Bacher” came to Alaska in 2008 for the trees, mountains and politics. She spends her time reading Wikipedia entries, playing songs on the Buckaroo Club jukebox, and exploring this wonderful place. Her zest for life and a nervous high-kick at our “Road Trips” show endeared her to us. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Arran Forbes – Host / Organization Enforcement
At Arctic Entries, Arran maintains the spreadsheets, sends impossibly loquacious emails, and sneaks Taylor Swift lyrics in to show theme titles. She has one daughter who is a perpetual giggling tornado of pink glitter, and another daughter whom she carries day and night in her heart. When prompted and/or provoked, Arran will launch into a prepared monolgue on why Seward is superior to Homer, complete with a PowerPoint presentation she keeps on a flashdrive in her wallet.
Eva Gardner – Legal Beagle
Eva came to Alaska from Manhattan on a whim. But her six-week visit turned into a year turned into two years turned into three and so on until she finally faced facts, married her skate ski instructor, and told her friends and family she was never coming back. Barred in (not from) three states, Eva uses her lawyer superpowers for good. If only they were strong enough to help her find a good bagel in Anchortown…
Will Koeppen — Online Communicado
Will was busy flying around the world avoiding responsibility and trying to determine what people mean when they say, “it is what it is.” On his way past, he happened to look down and see a beautiful summer day in Alaska, so he stopped for a spell. Now he does faux-tography and website stuff.
Katy Laurance – Host
Katy was born and raised in Anchorage, and recently returned to Alaska with her family after eight years in Washington. Her Arctic Entries involvement is the culmination of a year of taking epic chances, including leaving her job, starting a new business, Nerd Nite presentations, improv practice, tap dance classes and moving back to the state she calls home.
Cierra Mickens – Host
Cierra grew up just north of normal in Eagle River. She is the youngest of five children, and in case you were wondering, yes, she is the favorite. While she is a lifelong Alaskan, Cierra has managed to never set foot in the great outdoors. Her likes: travel, food, and friends. Dislikes: people who don’t like Breaking Bad.
David Onofrychuk — Programmer
As a Creative Writing Professor, Dave is the only one of us who actually knows what he is talking about when it comes to storytelling.
Tim Paszalek – Host
Five truths and two lies about Tim: He was born in Texas, holds a college degree that he’s sworn never to use, once painted a prison, has swum in four of the five oceans, holds an obscure world record, has ridden his bicycle to Prudhoe Bay, and thinks you’re fabulous.
Vikram Patel — Producer and Storycoach
Vik grew up on the shore of the Los Angeles River, watching television and eating candy; his favorites include Dukes of Hazzard and Caramelo. Since 2005, Vik has called Anchorage home, even during a brief return to California, which really annoyed his Mom. (Hi Mom!) Now, Vik spends his days working at Parks & Rec and using his free time to listen to Arctic Entries reruns and eat candy.
Matt Rafferty — Host
Matt Rafferty, former candidate for the American presidency, made a stunning transformation from an overweight, buffalo-wing eating accountant in Boston to a skinny, moose-hunting conservationist in Alaska. Thankfully, his Neil Diamond-impersonating alter ego survived the transformation.
Rosey Robards – Audio Maven
Rosey Robards has been an Anchorage resident since right around her ninth birthday. She’s the director of the Alaska Teen Media Institute, where teens produce a monthly, public-affairs radio show on KNBA 90.3 FM, among other multimedia pieces. She occasionally freelances for the Anchorage Daily News and produced this piece about the founders of Arctic Entries long before she had the opportunity to join the storyboard.
The Storyboard would, of course, like to give a huge, grateful thank you to its co-founders, Tara Loyd and James Keck. In addition, there are a host of volunteers and past storyboard members who have given lots and lots over the years. Those beautiful folks include the following, in no particular order: Katya Koteff, Carlyle Watt, Ben Matheson, Colby Bleicher, Shannon Kuhn, Brandon Hill, Willie Dalton, Mikey Huff, Amber Jackson, Jack Klauschie, Sam Weis, Laura Wolff, J.R. Zufelt, Sam Bernitz, Becky Windt, Kate Huber, Darcy Dugan, Nathan Havey, Jekka Roder, Jason Brandeis, Beth Peluso, Theresa Taylor, Paul Anderson, Margaret David, Megan Friedel, Danielle Pittner, Paul Flahive, and an honorable mention to Tony Perelli (who designed our logo!).