The Buzzsaw Board of Trustees is an international network of writers, editors, designers, activists, parents, professors, and executives seeking to connect students and professionals within their fields. We are IC and Buzzsaw Magazine alumni, working in law, gaming, research, marketing, journalism, activism, and higher-education. Please contact us at: [email protected]
|Abby Bertumen (co-founder) is the general counsel of Exchange Traded Concepts in New York City and one of two female limited partners within the company. While at Ithaca College, her Buzzsaw articles ranged from on-campus free-speech issues to college media’s coverage of sexual assault. Abby graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College and the University of Baltimore School of Law, then worked as an associate attorney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington DC, serving domestic and international clients in India, Hong Kong, and Mauritius. In New York, she was a senior associate for the London-based law firm Linklaters. Abby is a member of the New York bar and serves on the NYSBA Women in Law Section’s Legislative Affairs Sub-committee, specializing in legislation affecting women.
|Lisa Boyars sold Buzzsaw’s first ad. She is currently the Senior Vice President at The Week, and was Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development at Condé Nast Publications, where she worked for 11 years. While working as the Associated Publisher of Integrated Marketing at The New Yorker, the magazine won Adweek’s Magazine of the Year award. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
|Sam Costello (co-founder) is an associate director at Digitas, a global digital marketing firm. He is the author of four books, and a contributor to CNN, AdWeek, PC World, Macworld, Lifewire.com, and the Huffington Post. He’s also the creator of Split Lip, an award-winning comics anthology, published online since 2006 and recently reprinted in book form. He lives in Vermont with his partner, Jenn, and their cats.
|Thom Denick (co-founder) built Buzzsaw’s first website. He runs SGL VR, a Virtual Reality-focused Unity development company in Los Angeles. He is also a senior unity engineer at the tech startup Hutch, and previously worked for Serious Games, backCODE, and Activision. He is the author of several gaming guides, most recently Call of Duty: Black ops, published by Penguin Random House. He lives in California with his family.
|Cole Louison (co-founder) is an author, editor at Bleacher Report, and formerly a New York Times reporter and global correspondent for Red Bull Media. He was nominated for the National Magazine Award in 2018.
|Adam Polaski is the Communications Director at the Campaign for Southern Equality, which works toward legal and lived equality for LGBTQ Southerners. He previously worked at Freedom to Marry and Freedom for All Americans and consulted on projects with the National Center for Transgender Equality, Freedom to Marry Global, GLSEN, Supermajority Education Fund, and the National Immigration Law Center. He has been recognized for Excellence in Online Journalism by the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association for his work as a writer and editor for The Bilerico Project. Adam graduated in 2012 from Ithaca College, where he studied journalism, and was a Park scholar and an editor at Buzzsaw.
|Kate Sheppard is a senior enterprise editor at HuffPost and an associate professor of journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was editor of Buzzsaw (Haircut) from 2003 to 2006, during which they revamped it as a monthly magazine, added color printing, and launched its first website. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her writing has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing and won awards from the Online News Association, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Deadline Club. She and her husband, Deen, have an almost 4-year-old named August and a 1-year-old named Zora.