Staff Writers & Contributing Editors
Margaret is one of the
original Chiff.com crew. She is responsible for site management
as well as design, photography and editorial content.
not busy crafting articles and reviewing sites, she can often be found overseeing
the ad support and financial teams.
Editor-in-Chief she works with Tricia to set the editorial calendar and
coordinate the editorial team of writers and freelancers.
has a BA - Journalism & Education, a Masters - Business Administration...
two adult daughters and five grandchildren. She has been working as a freelancer
and editor for more than 35 years. Other interests include study and work in alternative
education, nursing, financial aid, computer network setup & administration,
web design and doctoral level research in cognitive neuropsychology focused on
Tricia has been our 'go
to' person since the earliest days of Chiff.com. The
team spirit and tenacity that earned her MVP four years in a row in college rugby
(yes, we said rugby, she was scrum half) at SUNY Stonybrook keeps projects here
ideas on topics to cover and help with coding and computer issues to making sure
editorial deadlines are set and met, Tricia's behind the scenes efforts make sure
the site runs smoothly. Scouting out and pinning down sources of revenue to make
sure that bills are paid seems easy for her... must be that rugby background!
has a Masters degree in education with a focus on emotional development and gender
identity. Her contributions include, but are definitely not limited to: writing
articles; reviewing sites; updating code; supervising freelancers and in-house
staff - including Joe & Margaret when necessary - and providing inspiration,
motivation and organization to Chiff.com. She claims that she is not super woman,
but she does all of this while raising two amazing little boys.
A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Sean Cosgrave helps us report on some of the most-watched awards shows from coast-to-coast in the US, UK, and in his native Canada.
With a steady finger on the pulse of worldwide entertainment and show business. Sean is a frequent editorial contributor to our Pop Culture pages, and has an insider's knack of anticipating the next big thing. We're not sure how he does it, but we're very glad he does...
The Toy Guru Team:
The Chiff.com Toy Gurus
- Chiff.com's chief Toy Guru is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood educator
who believes in learning through play and the value of good toys.
Cabrera, a mother of two with a background in education and child development,
brings a Caribbean flair and bilingual skills to our site.
is a mother of four who also has a background in education and child development.
share a professional and a very personal interest in toys that are safe, fun,
challenging and educational.
A busy mother of four boys,
Kathleen works as a full-time freelance writer from her home in sunny Florida.
Like most of
our freelance writers she enjoys a diverse background before joining the
Chiff.com team, she earned an X-ray technician license, a TEFL certificate, and
worked as a cab driver for three years. Currently in school to become an elementary
English teacher, Kathleen is now pursuing her life's goals, and hopes to one-day
work as an English teacher overseas.
true kid at heart, Kathleen enjoys dancing in the rain, playing with her children's
toys, and the simple pleasures that come from loving your life. She brings that
energy to her work. In addition to writing for Chiff.com Kathleen contributes
to a wide variety of topics for websites, blogs, and magazines.
James is our youngest
writer. He makes time for Chiff.com assignments when he is not in school or busy
organizing charity drives to help hurricane victims, spearheading a drive to provide
books and stuffed animals to a local children's hospital or practicing the bass.
lives in New York and contributes to the Weekend
Adventures with James & Mom travel section.
of Chiff.com's youngest writers, currently attends school in Virginia.
violin and satisfying a deep interest in different cultures and history take up
his time when he is not busy writing or attending classes.
contributes articles on a variety of topics including All
About Braille and Summer
Safety Tips for Kids. Having just scored his own passport... he plans on adding
the teen perspective to the Chiff.com Travel section.
Kathi Merkenich Hart
Another writer with a varied
background, Kathi came to Chiff.com after having retired from a career as a teacher
and Day Care Director.
in Germany, she considered a career as a fashion designer, but decided to focus
instead on her second choice... chemistry.
Kathi left Cologne for New York where she put her chemistry degree to work. Marriage
and raising six children were a full time job for many years after that... and
then she began her teaching career with a degree from Fordham University.
83, this great-grandmother is indulging her love of travel, photography and writing.
She has a unique perspective on the challenges facing older travelers which she
shares with us as the Chiff.com Senior Travel Editor.
Jessica, based in Paris, France, contributes to the travel section with articles
on Paris attractions such as the Catacombs, Metro, Batobus and more.
She is not limited to covering her home base see her London
Tube and Vatican
& Sistine Chapel tourist guides...
in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific island of Guam,
she caught the travel bug early and has spent most of her life immersing herself
in the study of her two heritages, Chamorro and Italian.
graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. As student editor,
she overhauled the Student Guide to Princeton
also contributed content to Princeton University official websites. In addition
to Chiff.com, she writes regularly for many regional magazines and blogs.
her spare time, Jessica enjoys sampling new cuisine, reading voraciously, scouring
budget airline sites for new travel destinations and blogging about her adventures.
Patty is a retired NYPD sergeant. After attending the Police Academy, she
started her career in the Bronx as an officer with the Housing Unit.
being promoted to sergeant, Patty headed several special teams that brought in
a large number of unlicensed guns and other dangerous offenders.
was injured several times in the line of duty with the final injury forcing her
to retire from active duty. Now she shares her years of hands on expertise as
a regular contributor to the Chiff.com police
& law enforcement section.
Stuart is a freelancer who
covers both nonfiction and fiction assignments. He is based in Victoria, Canada,
where he graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Political Science.
His first rate research skills are put to good use crafting much of the content
in the Chiff.com Directory Vitamin & Minerals Nutrition Guide covering Vitamin A through Vitamin
K and minerals such as Boron and Molybdenum and
other health related articles.
contributes to several blogs and websites in addition to his work at Chiff.com. When he isn't writing,
Stuart experiments in the kitchen, reads wonderful books, and satisfies a deep
personal interest in psychology and new media.
is a freelance writer and editor with a background of training and experience
as a medical assistant.
not writing, Darlene enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoy relaxing
through meditation, watching Sci-fi and spending time outdoors getting in touch