You've likely seen our names pop up in emails and article notifications -- here's your chance to learn the who's who of YEC's editorial team.
Meet: Lindsey Donner, Executive Editor and California lifestyle expert
Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
Fun fact: I often got out of running laps in high school gym class by using the time to interview the coaches (who were also the gym teachers) about their respective sports teams. Yup: I was hired to write a local newspaper column about sports teams, despite hating sports. I learned to love them. And besides, the rest is history.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: The editing process we have in our communities is a highly collaborative process. I genuinely love to edit, but what I love even more is the collaboration we've built into our system. It allows us to communicate every day with dozens of brilliant people, helping them polish and refine their ideas right alongside them. There's something really special about that, especially when an article is well received by the author's network.
Why do I work as an editor? I love words and I love solving problems, and editing brings those two things together. Plus, an underreported benefit of editing is that you can't stop learning -- every day, you'll encounter a new problem, a new subject, a new story, a new idea.
Meet: Mary Austin Williams, Managing Editor and #TeamCider advocate
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Fun fact: I'm always in search of the perfect GIF. This one is currently my favorite.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: All member articles go through collaborative rounds of editing and review before being sent off for publication. I'm heavily involved in the final editing portion of this process, which allows me to spot check and make sure everything's ready to rock. We pride ourselves on providing this kind of editorial oversight to our members, and I enjoy walking them through this stage of the process.
Why do I work as an editor? I'm a grammar and word nerd to my core and am grateful to work in a role that allows me to do what I love. It's very rewarding to help our members get their pieces from a first draft to a published article that generates thousands of views and shares.
Meet: Janey Zitomer, Senior Editor & Member Support Lead and reality TV aficionado
Hometown: I was born in Villanova, PA but I consider Scottsdale, AZ my home.
Fun fact: I have a twin brother (and we were voted prom king and queen our senior year of high school).
Favorite part about working on team editorial: There's never not something exciting going on -- whether it be writing a magazine feature or helping with a cover photo shoot. In my opinion, we get the best of both worlds because I can read about the wild experiences our members have had throughout their careers while helping them share exciting news and thought-leadership content.
Why do you work as an editor? I love being able to see a piece of writing evolve from words on a screen to a published piece of content that tells a story to readers all over the world.
Meet: Vivian Pham, Senior Editor and meme appreciator
Hometown: Quincy, MA
Fun fact: I lip-synced the high notes in my middle school choir.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I love reading our members’ responses to Q&As. Nothing beats getting succinct advice to business questions in real-time from dozens of leading entrepreneurs. And, I love the fact that members get press mentions in a top media publication with just a few minutes of their time. It’s one of the most powerful tools we offer.
Why do I work as an editor? I’ve always taken my job as an editor seriously, whether the person I'm helping is a student or a business owner. I care about helping people articulate their ideas in the best writing possible.
Meet: Demi Fields, Associate Editor and displaced beach bum
Hometown: Miami, FL
Fun fact: Dwyane Wade used to be my neighbor.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I love being part of a team whose mission is to help others grow and improve. We may be tough when it comes to our work, but my team consists of some of the kindest and most caring people you’ll ever meet.
Why do I work as an editor? Every night when I was little, after my parents would tuck me in, I would grab a flashlight and read a different book under my covers. I’ve always been passionate about reading and writing, and being an editor allows me to have the best of both worlds while helping someone else improve their skills in the process.
Meet: Allison Rosa, Associate Editor and chocolate connoisseur
Hometown: Groton, MA
Fun Fact: I once asked a celebrity to take a picture OF me at a broadway musical because I didn't realize who he was.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I love that working on the editorial team allows me to encounter so many different voices. Each member has a unique voice and style that comes across in everything they contribute, whether it be an article, a Q&A answer or a quote for a blog post. It's an exciting challenge to edit while maintaining that unique voice.
Why do I work as an editor? I've always loved how words can tell stories and convey powerful messages. Editing allows me to read and understand the messages that people are trying to convey, and then work with them to convey those messages in the most incisive and clear way possible.
Meet: Susan Doucet, Associate Editor and coffee fiend
Hometown: Stoneham, MA
Fun fact: While studying abroad, I took an art history course for fun — and was required to write a 10-page paper in French on a sculpture of a hamburger.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: While editing, I get to learn about all of the different fields that members are experts in. I love learning about everyone’s careers and backgrounds; everyone’s paths to their current positions are so unique, that it’s always interesting to read their articles. I like that I’m able to learn about such diverse topics and help share members’ ideas and expertise with readers.
Why do I work as an editor? I’ve always loved writing, editing and storytelling. As an editor, I’m able to help create articles and stories that others hopefully love reading.
Meet Jess Bryant, Associate Editor and crossword enthusiast
Hometown: Cumberland, RI
Fun fact: At one point in my life, I wrote and hosted a WebTV show about the intersection of food and technology.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I learn so much about a lot of different topics while editing members' articles. I also genuinely love our team and our members, which makes all the difference in a job!
Why do I work as an editor? I can't imagine doing anything else. I've wanted to be an editor since 7th grade English class, when my teacher tasked us to create our own magazine. Editing is a beautiful thing, like an art form. There's always more to learn about editing, there's always more to improve on as an editor, and if you're working with interesting content like we do, it never gets stale.
Meet Ben Millikan, Associate Editor and Anaheim Ducks fanboy
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Fun Fact: I have the entire roster from the Anaheim Ducks’ 2006-07 Stanley Cup-winning team committed to memory.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I’ve always had a passion for writing, and I enjoy helping others discover that same passion by taking their work and improving it through a collaborative effort.
Why do I work as an editor? To do my very small part in saving the world from atrocious grammar snafus.
Meet Kirra Fedyszyn, Associate Editor and useless facts human database
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Fun fact: I worked at a coffee shop all through college, and it turned me into a bit of a snob. My Italian espresso machine is one of my prize possessions.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: I am constantly learning something new by reading members' submissions as I'm editing. I get to benefit from an incredibly broad range of knowledge and experience every day. On top of that, our whole editorial team is brilliant and always collaborating to help everyone do their best work.
Why do I work as an editor? Besides being a stickler for proper grammar, I love helping people who may not be writers by trade turn their thoughts into something that will resonate meaningfully with readers. Seeing a piece go from a rough first draft to a polished (and published) piece of prose is the most rewarding part of my job.
Meet: Alyssa Ammirato, Associate Editor and yoga junkie
Hometown: Caldwell, NJ, though NYC fits me better
Fun fact: I was in danger of failing gym class in high school because I hated the daily run warm-up. In 2015, I ran my first marathon.
Favorite part about working on team editorial: Helping other people's ideas become bonafide published work is so rewarding. Writing is hard, and being published is even harder, but our team helps that dream become a reality for people, and that's something to get excited about.
Why do I work as an editor? I'm a born storyteller; I love words and what they can do. I live in the details, and I find great joy in editing work that connects someone's story or experience with an audience that will find something they've been looking for. Plus, someone has to make sure those beautiful em dashes and semicolons don't go to waste.