MISSION STATEMENT

The Ark Magazine is the premier resource for up-to-date and comprehensive music, arts, culture and entertainment for the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado.

We aim to help foster the creative community and provide the exposure and patronage our creative community deserves.

The Ark Magazine is:

Jamie Wolkenbreit – Managing Partner/Founder
Joe Stone – Partner/Editor/Designer
Cailey McDermott – Partner/Digital Editor
Janet Varnum – Associate Editor
Matthew Fure – Project Manager
Alisa Pappenfort – Salida Ad Sales
John Jordan Oldham – Buena Vista/Leadville Ad Sales
Todd O’Brien – Designer
Contributors: Melody BuschurBrennan Ruegg, Joe Stone, Ericka Kastner, Jessie Miller, Janet VarnumCailey McDermott, Marcus Lyons and Naters.

Jamie Wolkenbreit

Jamie Wolkenbreit

Managing Partner/Founder

As the founder of the Ark Magazine, Jamie tries hard to support and build our local culture. It’s an honor to be able to cover the Ark Valley Scene and work with this team. His background is in music production, history and physical therapy.  His vision was to have one place for the world to go each day and find out what makes the Ark Valley so amazing. Supporting community, bridging social divides, nurturing creative endeavors and fighting homogenization and being the “fun paper” are his aspirations for the Ark.

Janet Varnum

Janet Varnum

Associate Editor

Janet is the queen of editing content. She is fast, reliable and a great writer too! If you need something done, Janet does it! We love having Janet on the team.

Ericka Kastner

Ericka Kastner

Contributor

Ericka Kastner is a published and freelance writer/photographer and journalist living in historic Salida, Colorado. She covers both local and world events and has been accepted into membership in the Colorado Author’s League. To view links to some of her work, visit erickakastner.com.

Brennan Ruegg

Brennan Ruegg

Contributor

Brennan Ruegg has been living and writing in Leadville since 2014. From Akron, Ohio with an education in film and theatre, Brennan stepped in to help wherever it’s needed in the Silver City, working with Leadville Today, The Tabor Opera House, Lake County School District, and The Ark Magazine. He can be caught singing in his car, filling open spots on the dance floor and camping around Lake County in the summer with his scurrying companion, Mamba.

Joe Stone

Joe Stone

Partner/Editor/Designer

Joe is a writer, editor and photojournalist who enjoys writing about the arts, especially music.

Matthew Fure

Project Manager

Alisa Pappenfort

Alisa Pappenfort

Sales

Alisa is passionate about local businesses, connecting community to our resources and of course, having fun. She is the Financial Administrator for a popular local non-profit and serves Salida as City Clerk. She has a cat who’s in charge of the household. Married to a musician, Alisa says that’s what you do when you lack musical talent, “You reel it in, catch ’em then tag along for the good times.”

Todd O'Brien

Designer

Todd O’Brien is an organic, cage-free human sustainably harvesting digital art and media from the mountain and desert southwest region of North America. He’s been off-grid living for more than a decade.

Naters

Naters

Contributor

“Naters is a cartoonist by day and a sleep by night.”

Cailey McDermott

Cailey McDermott

Partner/Digital Director

When not working, Cailey McDermott can be found cracking jokes, dancing, cheering for the NY Giants or drinking whiskey – sometimes all four. Cailey studied journalism and photography at St. Michael’s College in Vt. She is also the happy owner of Phreckles Photography.

John Jordan Oldham

John Jordan Oldham

Sales

Many people believe the internet is destroying personal interaction. John Jordan believes internet technology and social media are extremely powerful tools that are highly misunderstood. It is his passion to show people, groups and businesses what is truly possible online through step-by-step training and strategic innovation that enhances and unleashes creativity. He is a seasoned digital marketing consultant, graphic designer and web developer. When not in the office, he can be found on mountain tops playing guitar and making adventure films.

Melody Buschur

Melody Buschur

Contributor

Melody Buschur is a freelance journalist who lives in Buena Vista with her husband Ben, dog Xena and cat Agnes. She graduated from Texas Tech University with degrees in print journalism and apparel design. As a native Texan she can never get enough barbecue or football. She is an avid hiker, snowboarder and rafter.  She also writes for The Chaffee County Times, the Ark Valley Voice and Schoology.com. Her complete portfolio can be found at MelodyBuschur.contently.com.

Marcus Lyons

Marcus Lyons

Contributor

First and foremost, I am a human. Being. Secondly, chocolate doesn’t ask questions. Chocolate understands. Oh, and sometimes I write stuff. Still trying to figure out how the government gets the sun to go down and come back up an hour earlier, though. Author of Ugly Truth Astrology and other neat-o crap. Director at Barking Dog Media U.S.