Executive Director jessica[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Jessica had recently returned to Vancouver from a stint working with people displaced by conflict overseas when she met a Megaphone vendor on the street. Moved by the potential for social change in Megaphone’s model, Jessica volunteered to help out, starting by writing thank-you postcards to donors. In 2013, she joined staff, first as vendor coordinator, then as operations manager, and now as executive director. Jessica was formally educated in International Relations. She was informally educated by the Internet, her library card, and that time her father unceremoniously threw her into the Nanaimo River to teach her to swim. When not making executive decisions, Jessica explores forests and mountains, learns to play music, reads, and plays soccer.
Managing Editor stef[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Stefania has been writing for Megaphone since 2009, shortly after graduating from Langara College’s journalism program. Her work has appeared across Canada, in the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Province, the Windspeaker and many other publications. She’s worked for many newspapers, including the North Shore News, 24 hours, Metro—but got her start at community paper Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News. Beyond the written word, her interests include snowshoeing, raising her new puppy, indoor rock climbing, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Community Outreach & Development Coordinator krista[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Krista Butler is responsible for Megaphone's supporter and donor development and organizing fundraising events. Krista holds a degree in both Psychology and Environmental Studies, with a background in health research and non-profit program development as well as frontline support work for those struggling with homelessness and addiction. She is passionate about spiritual health, social equity, and building community. In her spare time, Krista is a trauma sensitive yoga teacher and end-of-life doula.
Vendor Coordinator priyanka[at]megaphonemagazine[dot]com
Priyanka Roy oversees the vendor program in Vancouver and Victoria. With degrees in both Architecture and Urban planning, Priyanka has done research and program development work with various non-profits in Vancouver. Being an ardent advocate for local economic development and social justice, she is thrilled to be a part of the Megaphone team. She loves photography, indian classical music, long walks, and bike rides.
Will coordinates Megaphone's operations in Vancouver and Victoria. Will holds a master's degree in Public Policy and a BA in Art History. He has a background in social research and program management and focuses on contributing to initiatives that work to address social and health inequity. As a former Megaphone and Hope in Shadows volunteer, he is excited to be contributing full time. In his off time, Will enjoys skateboarding, fishing, riding his bike, and eating delicious food with his partner.
Interim Managing Editor
For the past two decades, Paula Carlson has worked as an editor and reporter at various newspapers throughout the Lower Mainland, contributing stories and stick-handling special projects that have won more than 50 industry awards for news, feature and opinion writing, page layout and design. Her work has appeared across B.C. and Canada. Having been personally affected by many of the issues that are the focus of Megaphone, she’s also explored deeper spiritual pursuits, and is a certified trauma-informed yoga teacher.
Photography [of Jessica Hannon] generously donated by the talented and lovely David P. Ball. You can find David's award-winning work at davidpball.net