Editor Susan Harris

Susan started blogging about Greenbelt in 2012, soon after moving here from Takoma Park, where she wrote for the Takoma Voice Newspaper. Previously she had co-founded the award-winning team blog GardenRant.com, where she continues to write weekly.

Since retirement, she’s created Greenbelt Online and two other nonprofits: the pro-science Good Gardening Videos that finds and promotes the best how-to-garden videos on YouTube; and DC Gardens, a campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.

Susan was raised near Richmond, Virginia, attended Oberlin College in Ohio, and has lived in the D.C. area since 1971.

Developer/Web Designer Tanya Amaya

Tanya Amaya has been a champion of Greenbelt since she was very small. Her grandmother Evangeline Gresser was a longtime educator and Greenbelt supporter. Tanya and her grandmother would volunteer often in Greenbelt as Tanya was growing up until Eve later retired and was able to move to the Greenbelt Community. Tanya Amaya came to create this website through her work and volunteering for Greenbelt’s MakerSpace, for which she continues to serve on the board. Her company Analytic Design won a “Best of Greenbelt” award in 2018 for it’s continued Greenbelt support, and she has recently partnered with Mosaic Data Services which now hosts Greenbelt Online.

Tanya Amaya is well-known for her strategic imagination in aligning business goals with creative strategy and expression and has successfully led Brand design, search engine optimization and marketing engagements for a variety of clients. Her experience runs across a variety of industries—including international development, career development, litigation, technology, healthcare, retail, consumer products and professional services provided globally.

She teaches social media, search engine optimization and lead generation workshops through SCORE and events.

Committed to elegant solutions based on analytics and powerfully simple communications, her areas of expertise include sustainable design solutions, logo design, integrated brand identity systems, brand design and strategy, print design, web design, digital media strategy, site architecture, and site marketing.

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Editorial Board

In addition to editor Susan Harris, the Editorial Board includes:

Shaymar Higgs

Shaymar is a modern-day Renaissance man with 12+ years of community development and creative place-making experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Shaymar’s experience includes the development and management of the Cosca Regional Skateboard Park for M-NCPPC, as well as developing and instructing visual and culinary arts programs for several nonprofit organizations throughout the DC-Metro area.

Currently he serves on the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Greenbelt and is the Chief Artistic Officer for The SPACE: Free Art for All. He’s a graduate of the Greenbelt Citizens Police Academy and serves as Community Arts Director of Each One Teach One Inc.

Julie Winters

Julie is a professional writer and editor with decades of experience. She’s best known in Greenbelt as the primary moderator of its largest Facebook group, called Greenbelters.

Jeff Lemieux

Jeff has been a Greenbelt resident since 1987 and writes about planning and transportation issues for our blog. He’s also a bike commuter to UMD and (sometimes) DC, and was the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s advocate of the year in 2015. Jeff’s wife Laurie owns Proteus Bicycles in College Park. Jeff’s day job is as chief economist for the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

Host

Greenbelt Online is locally hosted by Mosaic Data Services, with offices in Gaithersburg and servers as close as Beltsville. We thank them for their good service and deep discount prices for nonprofits.