Contributors

Brian Lam
Our Last Laugh columnist not only admits he once ruined Christmas (see page 30), but has an additional happy holiday memory to share: “I got a keyboard one year after learning a song on our piano. My brother tried to play with it right away and broke something. I think I cried, or he cried. I can’t remember, but I remember I was really excited about that keyboard. I can still play ‘Chopsticks.’” When not dredging up holiday trauma for others’ amusement, Brian is coaching improvisation and spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Melissa Lam
We’re excited to welcome Melissa Lam to FYI as our new Creation Station writer. Melissa loves working on arts and crafts with children. She was a Montessori teacher in Colorado and Kalamazoo for several years before starting her own day care, where designing fun and creative projects with household objects went from a hobby to a necessity. Currently, she enjoys refurbishing furniture and sharing her love of art with her 5-year-old daughter, Sienna.

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Anne Lape
Our Everday Hacks writer Anne is the daughter of a teacher and a school administrator and grew up in Cadillac, where she lived in a 100-year-old school house. When she moved to Kalamazoo 24 years ago, she became a teacher. She now divides her time between teaching, writing and reading about teaching and writing.

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Marie Lee
As editor of FYI Family Magazine, Marie finds the greater Kalamazoo area to be a wonderful place for families. As the mother of a teenage son, she enjoys bringing readers great information on local family-friendly events and activities.

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