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Meet the team

meet the team

The Week Junior team

Andrea Barbalich, Editor in Chief

Andrea is in charge of deciding what goes into each issue of The Week Junior and making sure we publish the best possible magazine every week. She grew up in a small town in New York and always loved reading and writing. She also likes riding her bike, traveling to fun places, watching her son play baseball, and cooking for her family and friends. Her favorite food is raspberries. 
 

Andrea

Mindy Walker, Deputy Editor

Mindy gets to brainstorm ideas and edit stories so they are informative and enjoyable to read. She grew up in Missouri and dreamed of moving to New York City to work in magazines after college. And she did! Now she lives outside the city with her husband, three daughters, and energetic dog Mango. Her hobby is being a carpool ninja. 
 

Mindy

Victoria Beall, Art Director

Vicky uses her design skills to make sure every page of the magazine looks amazing. She enjoys playing with type size and having fun with color to make the stories exciting to read. She has a 15-year-old daughter, and her home is always full of children—just the way she likes it. She also speaks fluent Japanese.
 

Victoria

Paul Kramer, Production Director

Paul has the important job of making sure the magazine gets to the printer on time—and without any mistakes! On his days off, he takes bicycle trips that go through the night and for hundreds of miles. He has two grown children and wishes this magazine had been around when they were young.
 

Paul

Jennifer Li Shotz, Senior Editor

Jen spends her days thinking like a kid and hunting for stories The Week Junior readers will want—or need—to know about. A Los Angeles native, Jen lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two goofy children, and one very bad dog. She writes kids’ books about dogs and bakes a lot of chocolate chip cookies with very few chips.

Jen

Nataki Alexander-Hewling, Photo Editor

Nataki gets to look for all the amazing photos you see in the magazine, and sometimes she actually takes them herself! She especially enjoys choosing Photos of the Week. Nataki is the mom of two boys, and she’s also a foodie who enjoys eating and taking pictures of foods from all over the world.
 

Nataki

Doug Grant, Research Editor

Doug is responsible for getting all the facts in the magazine right. He also writes news stories. He’s from the Philadelphia suburbs and likes catching the latest movies, learning new things, like jiu-jitsu, and exploring the nooks and crannies of New York City's neighborhoods. His favorite food is everything. 

Doug

Opheli Garcia Lawler, Staff Writer

Opheli writes stories for the magazine and reads lots of news to make sure kids are informed about what’s going on in the world. She’s from Florida, where she grew up going to the beach, camping, and playing soccer. Now Opheli lives in Washington Heights, where she likes to spend time with her neighbors and cook new recipes. 
 

Opheli