Jack Mitchell grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. While at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas he worked on the University Daily Kansan, the college newspaper. Upon graduation he went to work for the Lawrence Journal World before heading to Stephenville, Texas to work at the Stephenville Empire Tribune. He met his wife, Teresa, in Texas, before moving her to Columbus, Nebraska to work as the Advertising Director for the Columbus Telegram, a daily newspaper serving 11 counties. He was later named publisher of the Columbus Telegram making him one of the youngest publishers in Nebraska. Sixteen years ago, Mitchell moved his wife, who was pregnant with son Jackson, along with their two daughters Mckenzee and Bailey to Amador County. Since that time, they have come to love Amador County and consider it and the people here their extended family. Mitchell has won numerous awards and accolades in the newspaper publishing world as well as for his philanthropic work.
Beth Barnard Advertising Director
A Longtime Amador resident, Beth has spent more than 25 years in the newspaper industry. Working with local businesses to fine tune their advertising and marketing needs, her knowledge of the community along with her business outreach has allowed her to partner with each client to design an advertising platform to grow their businesses. A familiar part of the theatre community Beth has performed with the Volcano Theatre Company, Main Street Theatre Works and the Baker Street Players. She is also one of the founders of Baker Street West, an entertainment and event venue dedicated to Sherlock Holmes, where she is the Artistic Director. Being civic-minded, Beth has served on many boards including; the Volcano Theatre Company, Amador Arts, the Amador Chamber of Commerce, and the Hospice of Amador. An animal lover, Beth enjoys volunteering with A-PAL on their annual fundraisers. In her life before newspaper, Beth worked in retail and was a firefighter/EMT. In her time as an EMT, she helped develop the curriculum for the first Medical First Responder class in Amador County, for which she was an instructor as well.
Caitlyn Schaap Editor
Caitlyn Schaap grew up in Amador County. An Amador High graduate, she also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing and communications from High Point University, in North Carolina. After interning with a small local magazine in Greensboro, North Carolina, Caitlyn realized her passion for community-oriented journalism and returned to Amador to be a part of her hometown's local media. She has worked as a lifestyles editor in the newspaper business, and now serves as the editor at The Acorn News. A published poet, Caitlyn now enjoys writing arts and entertainment and human-interest stories, in addition to her editorial endeavors. In her spare time, Caitlyn enjoys reading books written by comedians, attending community theatre performances and frequenting every coffee shop in Amador County.
Sarah Tullus Production Coordinator
Sarah Tullus was born in San Jose and moved to Monterey when she was 9. After graduating from Carmel High School, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Chico. She worked at a design and weaving studio where she learned the art of custom high tension rug weaving. After graduating she moved to Amador County in 2005 and got a paginating job at a newspaper. Sarah then moved up into the graphic designer's position and then the production manager/composing editor's seat. She now serves as the production coordinator at the Ledger Dispatch. Sarah enjoys working out at the local gym with her husband Fred, cooking, and making endless home improvements to their hundred-year-old house in Jackson. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys weaving rugs on her floor loom and chasing her two enormous felines, Herschel Walker and Bootsy Collins, around the house.
Conni Boyd Advertising Sales Representative
Conni Boyd is from, Sacramento, California, but has lived in Amador County for 21 years. Conni loves the area and truly loves the folks in the community. She and her husband Robert raised two children Rachael, 21, and Kevin, 16, who attended Amador High School. Conni has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a media concentration and has worked as an advertising sales representative in the newspaper industry for the past 6 years. Conni loves to run, hike, garden and basically anything that involves the outdoors. If she could wear sandals all year long she would! She loves her little community church, St. Mary of the Mountains, in Plymouth, and its parishioners. Conni also likes to cook and visit our local brewery and wineries on a regular basis.
Patty Claveran Advertising Sales Representative
Patty Claveran was born and raised in Chicago. She moved to Amador County in 2004, with her husband, Troy. Presently, she two children and four grandchildren. Patty attended Harper college, in Palatine, Illinois. After college, she was a flight attendant and spokesperson for a Chicago based airline for 10 years. She then moved to California and worked in sales, beginning with putting on PGA pro-ams in Hawaii for about 10 years. After that she was hired as a Membership Director at Ruby Hill Golf Club, in Pleasanton. After selling out all of the memberships, she was asked to work at a start-up company called Think 3, which sold 3D design software to designers all over the world. For the past seven years in Amador County, Patty has been a Real Estate Agent for Coldwell Banker Award Realtors, while working in the newspaper industry, as a Sales Rep. She is looking forward to a new adventure selling and providing great service to our community through the Ledger Dispatch.
Mica Rabaino (formally Mica Mendiola) was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in San Jose, California, and moved to Amador County in 2006. After 6 years of working in retail, she was given the opportunity to work in marketing in the newspaper business as the Classifieds and Legals Department Manager for 4 years. She now serves as a Classifieds Advertising Representative at the Ledger Dispatch. She has a creative mind and appreciates being able to see her vision printed on paper for the residents of Amador County to see. Mica enjoys working out at a local gym with her husband, Edmund Rabaino. Together, they have three fur babies, 1 hyperactive dog, Kona Bear and two lazy, slightly overweight cats, Queen Kira and Koji-San. Her family of more than 20 members is her first and most important love, but her love for food comes in at a close second. Mica loves to experiment with home cooking and takes delight in exploring local restaurants.
Joe Svec Circulation Coordinator/ Entertainment Journalism
Graduating from Amador High School, Joe left to join the Marines before coming back to Amador. He has now been working in the technical field for over 15 years and enjoys working with customers on both web-based questions and subscriptions issues. Joe currently enjoys working on classic cars and contributing to the local theatre. He is a member of the sherlockian society "Holmes Hounds" and is an active member of the Baker Street Players. He is affectionately known as the "President of Space" among his Ledger subjects.
Lynn Amo Publishing Associate
Lynn Amo grew up in Hanford, California in the central valley. She graduated from Hanford High and then received an AA Degree in Criminal Justice from The College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. She married and moved to Hayward, California after graduation, where and her daughter Laura was born. She divorced and worked at an auto parts warehouse doing inventory control and purchasing. In 1974, she went on a blind date and met her current husband. She became a stepmom to four wonderful kids and went to work in her husband's business, doing the inventory control and customer service. The business was scaled down to just a Manufacturers Rep in 1980, and she moved to San Andreas so youngest daughter could start high school there. Lynn went to work in the newspaper business in 2005 doing accounting and customer service. She now serves as a publishing associate at the Ledger Dispatch. If she is not doing things with the family (grandkids included), she has her nose in a book. She loves all genres of books, with mystery being a favorite.