Meet Coffee With Kenobi’s Previous Staff Members (In alphabetical order)
Mike Audette (Former Monthly Blogger)
Michael Audette is a lowly accountant and a giant Star Wars fan. After seeing A New Hope on the big screen at seven years old, his life wouldn’t be the same again. Besides his love for Star Wars, Mike is an avid listener of Heavy Metal and can often be spotted at concerts. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan and loves the Bruins over all others. He is a washed-up athlete who still goes to the gym every day.
You can follow him on Twitter @mike_audette
Becca Benjamin (Former Monthly Blogger)
Follow Becca on Twitter @urangelb
Jason Brame (Former Occasional Blogger)
For as long as he can remember, Jason has been a fan of epics and story universes. He has engrossed himself in the multi-timelines of The Legend of Zelda, the many generations of Star Trek, and the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Wars, however, is the first world he dove into head first to explore all corners. From the Decipher Customizable Card Game to the various stories in the Legends world, he was in it from a very young age.
Even in times when his involvement with Star Wars was minimal, he always set aside time to watch the films through at least twice a year. Now, with so much new content guided into one solid universe by the Lucasfilm Story Group, his excitement and energy is as high as it’s ever been.
You can contact him on Twitter @berliozoflutare
Pam Bruchwalski (Former Bi-monthly Blogger)
Pam’s fascination with Darth Vader and his galaxy far, far away began in a darkened theater in May of 1977. While most everyone cheered the rebel heroes at A New Hope’s end, she couldn’t stop thinking about the frightening heavy breather in the black suit who had ricocheted into space just moments before. She’s had a deep connection to the Star Wars saga ever since. Writing about her life through its framework is a thrill. A late bloomer, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2014 with a Humanities degree in Writing, Literature, and Religious Studies, and has been reading/editing for an online literary journal since then. She has been married for over three decades and has five children to show for it. Some of them “get” her passionate geekiness and some don’t, but everyone knows how important her many fandoms are to her.
Contact Pam on Twitter @pambruchwalski
Craig Dickinson (Former Star Wars Rebels Reviews)
Craig has been a Star Wars fan since he saw The Empire Strikes Back as a four-year-old in 1980. As an English/History teacher and member of the Rogues of Star Wars in the Classroom, he now shares his passion for Star Wars with his students and fellow educators. Craig was a featured guest on Episode 9 of “Coffee with Kenobi,” where he discussed his Star Wars teaching practices and thoughts on the saga’s viewing order and has also made appearances on the podcasts Star Wars Kidscast and Full of Sith.
Craig is a National Board certified teacher, has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and is a huge fan of literature, comics, and movies.
Contact Craig on Twitter @influxman
Nick DiColandrea (Former CWK Video Game Aficionado)
Nick is one of those lucky people who get to live his passion through work and play. At a young age he was introduced to Star Wars via bootleg VHS tapes in the late 1980s, however not knowing until years later ROTJ came after ANH! The story of the Jedi, selflessness, and compassion for the greater good from the Rebellion, instilled in him the values to make a career out of public service. Nick has been involved with nonprofits via volunteerism, internships, board service and employment for close to two decades in North Carolina. Currently, he runs an environmental education program through AmeriCorps, our domestic Jedi program!
Nick has been a diehard fan Star Wars since those VHS tapes, with many people not surprised his kids’ names are inspired by Star Wars (or Battlestar) characters. He’s read (almost) all the EU/Legends Library books, collected figures from Episode I-VII, with his prized possessions being a game-worn R2-D2 Durham Bulls uniform and custom art done by his AmeriCorps members.
Remember, always let the Wookiee win!
Reach him on Twitter @NickDiCo
James Howell, aka YHOP (Former Occasional Blogger)
James is a hard-working Blackjack Dealer by day and a lazy aspiring author by night. Besides his love for STAR WARS, he has an unhealthy amount of love for GREMLINS, metal detecting, and graveyard artwork.
Contact James on Twitter @yhop
Mediocre Jedi (Former Bi-monthly Blogger)
Mediocre Jedi is a fan of a little space movie about some wars. He uses his knowledge of the Force daily and is busy training his Padawan son to do the same. Dave loves the outdoors, brews his own kombucha, meditates daily, makes bad puns, and carries his lightsaber nearly everywhere he goes. He enjoys all the movies, The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Legends; his nose is frequently buried in a book. Dave is particularly fond of Jedi and the spiritual aspects of the Force. He’s also working on a Mandalorian costume and look forward to saying “live Jedi, dress Mando.”
May the Force be with you!
Dennis Keithly (Former Monthly Blogger)
Dennis’s passion for Star Wars was born at an early age. At the age of three, his father took him to see Star Wars as his first ever movie theater experience, and he fell asleep halfway through. That was the first of countless viewings of what would later become known as A New Hope. Ever since then, Star Wars has been a huge part of his life.
Today, Dennis is a practicing attorney in North Texas, and despite that, he has yet to fall to the dark side. Dennis lives with his wonderful wife, and he is currently instructing and slowly indoctrinating two Padawan boys in the ways of Star Wars and the Force. Besides Star Wars, Dennis enjoys the NHL, football, and studying the NFL draft.
Jay Krebs (Former Bi-monthly Blogger, and author Core Worlds Couture fashion review blog)
Eric Onkenhout (Former Monthly Blogger)
Eric Onkenhout is a machinist 8 hours a day but a Star Wars fan for life. Eric is an aspiring writer who attends Southern New Hampshire University, will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing-Fiction, and is in the early stages of writing his first novel. Eric has blogged at one time or another for thecantinacast.net, thebeardedtrio.com, beltwaybanthas.com, Bombad Radio, and is currently doing reviews for bigshinyrobot.com. Eric has been a huge Star Wars fan his entire life, and is also an enthusiast of classic science movies and books. He is an avid reader, and is the proud owner of a pretty cool Star Wars collection.
Contact Eric on Twitter @EricOnkenhout
Luke Seiters (Former Co-host of Legends Library)
Luke grew up in Portland, Michigan and at age twenty decided to enlist in the United States Air Force. Ultimately, he ended up in Arizona and met his friend and Co-host Randy at Crossings Church. They started having weekly Star Wars discussions over coffee at Barnes & Noble and soon after Legends Library was created (could it be destiny that Legends Library started over coffee?). He has a wonderful wife named Danielle and three daughters, Alydia, Leilah, and Mara-Jade. Luke still can’t believe his wife let him name their youngest daughter Mara-Jade. He currently lives in Prescott, Arizona and works for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Luke has a deep affinity for the Legends line of Star Wars books because it helped form his fandom into what it is today. He believes that while they may not be “canon” what would Star Wars be without Grand Admiral Thrawn (now canon), Karrde, Mara Jade, Darth Bane (book series), Darth Revan, and the Solo twins! He is also a huge fan of the Knights of the Old Republic video game series and Star Wars Galaxies (RIP).
Contact Luke on Twitter at @LSeitters6
Contact Joe on Twitter @joe2d2_joe
Ryder Waldron (Former Monthly Blogger)
As a lifelong Star Wars fan, Ryder was drawn to Coffee With Kenobi because he really enjoys critical analysis and breakdown of the saga. Ryder is Rogue 74 with Star Wars in the Classroom, and while being a dentist for 15 years he uses Star Wars to teach oral hygiene to elementary school children. He is one of the co-hosts of Idiot’s Array, a Star Wars podcast, and the Dental Realist Podcast. Ryder is also a co-author of So You Want To Be A Dentist? and So Now You’re A Dentist? books aimed at helping new and future dentists have a more enjoyable career. His favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back and it is the first Star Wars movie he can remember seeing in theaters. Besides Star Wars, Ryder also loves sports, especially basketball, and has an amazing wife who is very supportive of his fandom, and three great boys who join in it with him.
Contact Ryder on Twitter @ryderwaldrondds
James Worthington (Former Monthly Blogger)
James has been married to Liane, his college sweetheart, since 1999. That’s when all the fun began. In fact, their honeymoon ended with a viewing of The Phantom Menace on opening night. He has better memories of that evening than she does. He was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and she is from New Jersey. Together they have three children, the older two being teenagers now. He is the priest at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, a young mission parish in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. By way of hobbies and interests, James is completely enthralled with the Star Wars universe, an avid yet amateur genealogist and committed sports fan.
Contact James on Twitter @adelphotheos.