Meet the Staff

Amanda SniderAmanda Snider, A.K.A. “Dinky” is a 35-year old working mother of three boys: Trenton, Kole, and Jaxtyn. I was born in Bucyrus but now live in Upper Sandusky. I work full-time at Bridgestone. My passion of music was instilled in my blood from a very young age as my parents had me listening to a wide range of music from Hank Williams Jr., Guns N’ Roses, to Prince and Madonna.

I’ve performed music throughout my life in dance classes, played keyboard and clarinet. As a teenager, I wrote my own music, playing acoustic guitar and singing in a café in Columbus Ohio. My first concert was Korn when I was 15-years old at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus and then, I realized I was hooked.

As I’ve become older, music has inspired my whole life in so many ways including my family, kids and my professional life. There is not a day that goes by that music is not included. I have my own little personal life soundtrack in my head at all times.

 

Hello, my name is Jennifer Colleen. I am an Ohio native, born in Cleveland, raised in Lakewood, and I currently reside in Clevelands, Tremont Neighborhood. Growing up, I had an affinity towards arts and science. I sang in the choir, tried my hand at several instruments, took dance and drawing classes…all while competing on my schools Science Olympiad Team. Career wise I chose to follow a path in science. I have degrees from Youngstown State University and Missisippi State University (Go Penguins! Go Bulldogs!). I currently work in Sports Medicine. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how much I miss the arts being a bigger part of my life. I now make an effort to get back to taking classes, attending art shows, and of course getting my butt to as many rock shows as possible….I guess you could say science feeds my wallet, but I need the arts to feed my soul!

Music wise, I am a rocker chick at heart. My all time favorite band is Aerosmith, but honestly I have an appreciation for most genres of music….I’m sure it has something to do with growing up in a household that listened to everything from classic rock to bagpipes lol.

I’m looking forward to this next adventure working with the RBC team and sharing everything that’s is going on in the local music scene with all the RBC readers.

Erica M. Lenhoff is our President and Chief Creative Officer. The 24 year-old award winning artist has a history of baking and decorating Cleveland’s best cakes and pastries. With a passion for all musical genres she loves discovering up-coming artists.

Miss Lenhoff has worked in the line of photography within a nationwide company where she had brought exceptional customer service working with all age groups and achieving excellent portraiture. Her personal achievement was breaking the top company sales record in 2015.

Over the years Erica has expressed her love for poetry, writing, modeling and representing the arts all over Ohio.
Her hobbies include visiting upcoming venues and checking out local scenes in food, dining, shopping and music.
 
Miss Lenhoff looks forward to representing The Rust Belt Chronicles and bringing a taste of the arts to you.

My name is Mandy, I have a head for science and a heart for the arts.  My talents were discovered at the ripe young age of six, when mine was the only apple painted red amongst a sea of blues, greens and purples like the rest of my class.  Acrylic carefully ensured to stay within the circular shape envisioned within my young mind,  my love of the arts only expanded.

It was only a few short years after the apple phenomenon that a talent for music was discovered next.  Unable to read a note of music, I managed to teach myself musical masterpieces such as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.  That was only the beginning to my music exploration, for it was not long before I had managed to teach myself the scores of Phantom of the Opera, simply by listening to the music over and over again until I figured it out.  It was then my parents saw that the potential in me and got me music lessons.  Frustrating at it was to break old habits of listening to music instead of reading it, eventually my teacher broke through my thick head and I was able to take what I had learned and put it towards the guitar and vocal interests.

It doesn’t stop there, however, painting and music was only the beginning!  When I reached high school I got involved with theater.  Performing both at my high school and several of the private all boy schools in the area, I got a taste for performing and that taste was addictive.  I kept with my new addiction all throughout college and even beyond, lending my acting direction and stage managing talents to various shows and theaters in the greater Cleveland area.

While striving to become the next big thing to hit the stage, I discovered another form of art that was entirely new to me, photography.  I took a few basic classes in college and that took me all the way across the great pond to Edinburgh, Scotland where I studied a semester aboard at Napier University.  Since then, I have found such joy peering through that little lens and discovering the hidden wonders of the world and the people in it.

From painting to music to theater and photography, I find ways to keep my head in the clouds where my creativity can run away with me.  There is no telling where I will find inspiration, but I am excited to see what can be discovered within this new and exciting chapter with the RPC team!

Shannon Hamilton is also known as “Hammy” by his close friends. Born in Ashland, Ohio and he currently resides in West Salem, Ohio with my wife, Laura and daughter, Allysa. My love of music started when I found a copy of Black Sabbath’s 1973 album, “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath’. Music has always been a strong presence in my life starting as a young kid. My first concert was Iron Maiden at the age of 15 in 1988 at The Richfield Coliseum. My enjoyment of music extends to every level from the national, regional and local scene in Cleveland, Ohio.  I tend to lean toward the heavy side of music scene with my favorite bands being MUSHROOMHEAD, Pantera and White Zombie.

Photography has given me the chance to combine my love for music into the challenge of capturing some great shots. I am looking forward to improving my skills of live music photography as I learn from every experience!

 

LarryRitterbigpicVice-President of The Rust Belt Chronicles, Larry Ritter. Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

I have resided in the northwest area of Ohio in the Village of Carey for 52 of the 54 years I’ve been alive. While I enjoy visiting the big city, it’s always nice to come back to the peace and quiet of a town with the population of around 3500.

My love for music goes back to junior high when I was given my first stereo. Once I took in my first live concert, Journey and Pablo Cruise in 1978, I was hooked for life. I’ve lost track of the number of bands I have seen over the years and have no plans to keep that number from growing. There’s nothing like taking in a live show whether it’s a major event like Ohio’s own Rock on the Range which is a three day event with over 60 bands performing live at Mapfre (Formerly Crew) Stadium, or a lineup of new and upcoming talent at a local establishment in any city I visit far and wide.

Like music I have been into sports since participating in various sports as a child and that love has continued throughout my adult life as well. My experiences have included a six year stint as a high school wrestling coach at my alma mater, playing and coaching competitive softball for 30 years, bowling for 45 years and covering all of the high school sporting events for two local districts which are then published in the local weekly newspapers. I also do a weekly column during the high school football season in which I predict the outcome of the upcoming matchups of area gridiron contests.

Photography, specifically action photography, has become my latest love. It has given me the opportunity to integrate all of my passion into one nice little package. I not only get to go to live shows and sporting events, but I also get to capture the action forever digitally. That feeling of getting that once in a lifetime shot is something that is almost surreal and hard to describe. But to be able to share that moment with others is truly an amazing feeling.

I look forward to using the skills I have to cover the music scene for you in northwest Ohio from Toledo to Lima or Van Wert to Mansfield and any spot in between, I’ll have it covered for you.

A life long Northeast Ohioan – Dave Dreher was born and raised in North Canton Ohio and still calls the area home to this day.  Graduating with honors from High School with a degree in Media Communications his life took a bit of a strange twist when be pursued and built a successful career as a professional Chef but the world of entertainment was always in his blood.  After raising his family he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and in 2015 earned a Master’s degree in Journalism.  An active writer, photographer and podcaster Dave works for several of the nets largest entertainment portals.  An avid horror movie fan and lover of Rock / Metal music – he looks forward to bringing Ohio fans all the excitement that the area has to offer. 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/drehershouseofhorrors

Twitter – @savinifan

 

My name is Chris Douglas. I went to Kent State for Journalism and Broadcasting focusing on video. I have
a love for photography. I have been doing photography for four years now. I enjoy all the great things
that photography has to offer. My biggest joy comes from photographing people. I can’t wait to see
where this will take me. I enjoy the chance to photograph bands and meeting new people along the way.
I can’t wait to be part of the team. I am also a big sports fan particularly to Cleveland sports teams. I
spend a lot of my time outdoors. I enjoy visiting the metroparks for long walks and seeing the waterfalls.
I aim to always try to learn new things in my life.

Contributing Photographers/ Journalists

Today Mac lives in Dublin, OH. The father of a 19-year-old son, he works as a Home Improvement contractor, but his first love remains music. Mac can be found at many Rock Shows in the Central Ohio area and always looks for forward to the annual Rock on the Range music festival each May at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

On his play list today you find a very diverse lineup on Mac’s playlist. From the Jazz Fusion of Al Di Meola, the Ambient sound of Michael Conn, the beauty of Miranda Lambert to KORN, RATM, The Beastie Boys, Shinedown, Red Sun Rising, Stone Sour, Amon Amarth to Lady GaGa, Mac loves a wide range of music and continues to listen to the classics while leaving a wide-open mind to recent music.

Iona VegaJournalist, Iona Vega– Wow, I’ve never written any sort of bio about myself but here is a little about me.  I was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles where spent a lot of time with my two brothers and sister.  Eventually my family relocated to Eugene Oregon when we were teenagers which turned out to be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever lived in.  Being a native of out west from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s definitely has exposed me to some great experiences of music.  I moved to Ohio 22 years ago and have three amazing children that inspire me every day to work hard and stay focused on what’s important in life.  I work in the healthcare field professionally and in my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends going to the races, cooking, and working out.

 

Mike-MoscatoMike Moscato began playing the guitar at age 11, first inspired from watching his father and grandfather play.  He began performing in various bands around the Chicago area, and for the past several years in Western PA, NY and OH.  At present, he plays in a country/rock band called High Noon, and Distant Signals, a RUSH tribute act.  He also received a liberal arts degree from Columbia College Chicago, focused on music and business, which lead him to live music event production and promotions as part of his company, Sardonyx Productions.  He looks forward to helping Rust Belt Chronicles spread the word of the great talent in the region!

2014-01-26 13.13.50David Alan Gilk is a model fashion, people person, photographer. I do a lot of events like weddings to rock bands and fun photo jobs in front of my camera.

I also design and rent out my own line of photo booths.

I have energetic colorful imagery that I have a lot of passion for. I run a client friendly, service –oriented business. He believes that great creativity often is the result of a team effort and values working closely with his client. David is based in Girard Ohio with his Irish Setter dog, Duke.

When I’m not working with photography or planting pepper and tomatoes in my garden; I make a little time for a ride on the country roads with my Harley Davidson Road King.

 

 Matheson KaminMatheson Kamin has a history as a writer/reviewer that stretches back more than ten years. In that time, he has written for many short-lived websites and publications, as well as some lesser-known ones that are still in existence. For the last 8 years or so, Matheson has added many reviews to both The Rock And Roll Report and to his own blog called Matheson’s Entertainment Blog. Wanting a chance to once again cover the Greater Cleveland music scene, Matheson is looking forward to writing for The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Find me online at www.rockandrollreport.com, www.reviewyou.com and www.matheson12.wordpress.com. Add me at http://www.facebook.com/matheson.kamin

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