Musicians

Madelyn Victoria

May 18, 2016
Madelyn Victoria

On the day she was born, the doctor who delivered Madelyn Victoria into this world had country music playing in the operating room. In the years since, country music has remained a integral part of the young Texan’s life.

Growing up in the small town of Harlingen, Texas, Madelyn joined her local church choir at the age of 13 and became the church’s lead vocalist a year later. From the age of 15, Madelyn has been performing professionally, making a name for herself across the Rio Grande Valley. Since that time, Madelyn and her band have opened for and shared the stage with acts including Easton Corbin, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more, and they currently perform at venues and events in south Texas.

In late 2014, Madelyn released her debut EP, which showcases her rich, soulful voice and features the hit single, “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor.”

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Authors, Politicians

Patrick Quinlan

October 24, 2014

Born and raised in New York City as the youngest child in a large Irish-American family, Patrick Quinlan is a political activist, fundraiser, former gubernatorial candidate and critically-acclaimed author of seven novels. Quinlan began his career writing grant proposals and press releases at Greyston Bakery and the Greyston Foundation, where he helped raise millions of dollars to house homeless families and individuals with AIDS, and later worked in public relations for the National Science Foundation.

In 2002, Quinlan served as campaign manager for State Representative and Green Party member John Eder of Maine. Quinlan also served as a consultant to Eder’s 2004 campaign, and as Eder’s legislative aide at the Maine State House during 2004 and 2005. In 2009, Quinlan established an exploratory committee and began raising funds for a run for governor of Maine. He later withdrew, citing his recent divorce and a need for personal time. In 2010, he worked with Ben Chipman on his successful run for State Representative.

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Television Personalities

Alison Bedell

February 27, 2015
Alison Bedell

In March of 2014, reality television series Catch a Contractor, featuring comedian Adam Carolla, licensed contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, premiered on the Spike network. The premise of the show involves the trio meeting with homeowners who were taken advantage of by shady contractors and then, with the help of Alison’s sleuthing skills, tracking down those contractors and offering them the opportunity to return to the home and complete the job correctly, or else wind up in court.

In 2007, Alison began working as a probation officer, and along the way, she became familiar with tracking absconders, record searches, surveillance, working undercover and apprehending suspects; skills which she uses frequently as a private investigator. While on the job as a probation officer, she earned a Distinguished Pistol Expert bar, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award for DWI arrests and a County Legislature’s Probation Officer of the Month award.

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Authors

Taona D. Chiveneko

November 25, 2014

On his website, Taona D. Chiveneko is described as “the most antisocial author in Africa.” Perhaps because of this aversion to attention and publicity, the details of Chiveneko’s life are shrouded in mystery. He is reported to be a citizen of Zimbabwe who was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road running from Mutare to Hwange. He is equally evasive when it comes to questions of his age.

In 2013, Chiveneko published his debut novel, The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption. Told through the shifting perspectives of characters whose lives have been affected by a nation’s efforts to recruit a new executioner, The Hangman’s Replacement was the recipient of a silver medal in the adult horror category at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite Awards.

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Chefs

Danushka Lysek

June 3, 2014

Private chef Danushka Lysek grew up in Canada to Czech parents and, at a young age, developed a love of cooking. After graduating from the Culinary Arts program of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu school in 2006 — and subsequently realizing that working in the restaurant business was not for her — she became a private chef in Los Angeles.

In 2010, Danushka appeared on an episode of the Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, which she won. In 2012, she returned to the Food Network and competed on Chopped and, in 2013, was a contestant on season nine of Food Network Star.

Danushka currently lives in New York, where she continues to cook unique and inventive farm-to-table cuisine with seasonal influences.

When did you first realize you enjoyed cooking, and what inspired you to pursue it as a career?

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