About The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice

The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice informs your community with local, relevant and timely news delivered on the web and your mobile device. Our local reporters - supported by a team of experienced editors - deliver your news, sports, events and most importantly - your voice.

Editorial Team

Karen Tensa

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to local news, winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

Andrea Graziano

Andrea Graziano was a reporter for the Journal News in Rockland and Westchester counties for eight years, covering everything from schools to immigration to breaking news. Prior to that she worked at a chain of weekly newspapers on Long Island's North Shore and as a freelance writer for Yankees Magazine. She has a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When not working, she enjoys reading, running and spending as much time as possible with her husband and two sons.

Zak Failla

Zak worked as a sports editor at the Shoshone News Press in northern Idaho and as a sports writer at the Ithaca Journal before making his way to The Daily Voice. He is a Long Island native and proud alum of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication. When he’s not bemoaning the Atlanta Braves’ playoff woes, you can probably find him on the phone with his mom.

Joe Lombardi

Joe Lombardi, Daily Voice's managing editor and director of media initiatives, has spent his professional career as a newsroom manager, writer and editor who has worked at major websites, television networks, newspapers, magazines and radio stations and as a book author.

The New York City native and Irvington High School graduate has been actively involved in web publishing for more than 15 years. In addition, he also has expertise in marketing, public relations and social media.

Lombardi rejoined Daily Voice in September, 2013 after serving as sports editorial consultant here from August 2011 through January 2012.

Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins is a reporter who has worked for various publications including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the New York Daily News. He Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2003 and received his master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. Joe is also a contributing columnist and analyst for various online sports publications.

Sam Barron

An (almost) lifelong Westchester resident, Sam has reported on all facets of Westchester since he graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in print journalism, including stints at North County News and The Examiner. A film columnist for WAG Magazine, Sam's moviegoing expertise has been profiled in the New York Times and he was a featured guest on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.

Tom Auchterlonie

Tom Auchterlonie is an experienced local journalist and is originally from Mount Kisco. Prior to joining The Daily Voice he spent more than four years at Patch.com, where he covered Mount Kisco, New Castle and Bedford. He has also freelanced for various local publications, including The Examiner, Inside Chappaqua and The Record-Review. Tom is an alumnus of Syracuse University.

Jon Craig

Pleasantville native Jon Craig covers Southern Westchester for the Daily Voice. Jon graduated from Cornell University and received his master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He's worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Ohio and as managing editor for weekly newspapers in Rye, White Plains and Harrison.

Alesha Hanson

Alesha Hanson is a graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Alesha has knowledge in marketing, promotions and social media.  Alesha worked at WFAS Radio as a marketing and promotions intern and as a social media marketing intern for SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music and hanging out with friends and family. 

Jeanne Muchnick

Jeanne Muchnick, Daily Voice Features Editor, has covered everything from baby advice for Parents Magazine to travel finds for The Rough Guides to human interest features for The New York Times to lifestyle insights for prevention.com. She has been a Senior Editor at top national women’s magazines including Woman’s World and Woman’s Day and was instrumental in the launch of Gannett's InTown, Rockland and Putnam magazines. She is also the author of Dinner for Busy Moms. Among her favorite things to write about: Her neighbors and surrounding communities. So email her and fill her in on what's happening near you.

Community Advisor

William F. Flooks, Jr.

The Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc. in Pleasantville, N.Y. is personally owned and supervised by William F. Flooks, Jr. Bill is a second generation Funeral Director who has been licensed by the State of New York for 36 years. He grew up in the Funeral Industry with his father who was a N.Y.S. Licensed Funeral Director for 35 years, until his passing in 1988, and Bill was able to learn many valuable aspects of life and Funeral Service from him. Bill purchased Beecher Funeral Home Inc. in February of 2004 and he became only the 3rd owner of this business started by Sam Beecher in 1928. A 1973 graduate of St. Nicholas of Tolentine H.S. in the Bronx, he then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from LaSalle College in 1977 and a degree in Mortuary Science in 1978 from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. In 1994 Bill was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Embalming at A.A.M.I. and in 2001 he became the Director of Clinical Embalming. Bill continues to personally remain active in the Pleasantville community as a member of the Pleasantville Lion’s Club and he is a Past President. Bill is currently the President of the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester. Bill currently resides in White Plains with his wife Debbie and their 3 children, Billy, Liz and Jackie.

William Vescio

William Vescio has been mayor of Briarcliff since 2005.

Lara Sullivan

Lara Sullivan is currently the Assistant Account Executive at Buzz Creators, a Westchester based public relations and marketing firm. During her time working for Buzz Creators as an Assistant Account Executive, Lara has assisted in media outreach, writing press releases, media alerts and pitch letters, managing media clips, and social media management for clients. Lara graduated from Iona College with a degree in Mass Communications.

Aimee Nichols

Berger Hardware in Hawthorne, NY is owned and operated by a brother and sister team; Chris Rubeo & Aimee Nichols. The store was purchased from the Berger Family in 2004. Berger Hardware is famous for its unmatched customer service and huge selection of quality merchandise. Berger’s has been recognized by the readers of Westchester Magazine as the “Best Hardware Store of the Century,” and also received the Best Hardware Store in Town title from True Value, a nationwide competition. Chris and Aimee are both life long residents of the Town of Mt. Pleasant. Chris is a graduate of Westlake High School and Westchester Community College, with a degree in Business. He is very involved with the Thornwood Lion’s Club and the Westchester Cornell’s Cooperative. He resides in Thornwood with his wife Lauren and their 2 children. Aimee is also a graduate of Westlake High School and Pace University, with a degree in Biology. She is involved with the Thornwood-Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Valhalla Ambulance Corps. Aimee resides in Valhalla with her husband J.T. and their 3 children.

Natalia Baage-Lord

Natalia Baage-Lord is the Public Relations Specialist for the Valhalla Union Free School District and the Greenburgh Central School District. She has a decade of experience as a newspaper reporter and editor in Westchester County, and has extensive knowledge of social media, feature writing and online publications. She is originally from Belgium, and earned her Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.