Author: Liz Pinnie
In my short time here at Sweeten, I have come to see the skill and passion with which my colleagues do their jobs. However, one of my favorite aspects of said colleagues (beyond the fact that they bring in chocolate for everyone to share) is learning about the many fascinating things they do when they leave our doors. As I began research for this article I realized that there was too much information for just one blog post, so today we’ll focus on half of our impressive third floor in Part One of… The Secret Lives of Sweeten Staff.
First off, we have our multi-talented Director of Multi-Cultural Outreach, Nicole Maloy. A few years ago, she happened to walk by a Shotokan Karate Dojo, went inside, and discovered a new passion. Nicole says that Karate has increased her awareness and has taught her how “to relax and focus completely- both mentally and physically- on one thing at one moment in time.” Today, Nicole is a black belt in Karate, and though she knows she can crush any opponent, Nicole appreciates that Shotokan teaches one to end a conflict rather than start one. Beyond her Shotokan black belt, Nicole is also a fantastic high jumper and a champion salsa dancer- but more on that later!
Love our Twitter feed? Use our website? If so, you have Sweeten’s own Internet guru, Lisa Marie Patzer, to thank. As Assistant Director of Communications at Sweeten, Lisa Marie is constantly keeping us up-to-date with the ever changing technology of the web and social media. This interest continues and expands once she leaves work. As a new media artist, Lisa Marie spends time and her artistic talents looking at the effects of new media in our world and how it relates to the human experience. In this capacity, she enjoys “exploring the political, social and interpersonal implications of new media technologies.” Lisa Marie’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and can next be seen in the collaborative piece she is creating for her MFA from Temple in Film and Media Arts, where she “investigates the performance of identity in online and off-line social communities.”
Another treasure tucked away on the third floor is the quiet and unassuming Jason Strohl. By day, Jason is our Assistant Director of Communications, and my personal food truck knowledge source. By night, he takes to the stage as bassist of Wigwam’s, one of Philly’s favorite post-punk bands. If you go to check out his band at one of the local venues you might not recognize Sweeten’s very own Clark Kent; Jason is far too active onstage to wear his glasses. When Jason’s not performing or working, you can find him in the back bays of New Jersey, where he likes to sit for hours drinking soda and fishing for bass. In fact, he typically arranges an annual Fishing Derby (which sounds like just about the best way to spend a spring Sunday). If you’re in the fishing mood, make sure you pick up a bag of Sea Life Gummies for your trip (a Strohl good luck charm) and if you’re in the mood for post punk, check out Wigwam’s at Johnny Brenda’s on April 6.
Impressed? You should be! And guess what- I’m not even half way through our staff. Among others, we’ve still got a hidden DJ, two published authors, a marathoner, two bridal show models, a civil engineer, and a cheerleader to go! Can you guess who’s who?! Stay tuned for next month’s Part Two of…..The Secret Lives of Sweeten Staff [insert dramatic music here].