Summer 2014 Staff

stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1972-6 Sydnee BowlerMajor and minor: Linguistics major, editing minor

Hometown: Arvada, Colorado

Staff position: Copyeditor

Favorite part of editing: Copyediting all the way! Love those grammar rules!

Favorite vacation locale: Anywhere in Tuscany, Italy

One vacation necessity: Tide to Go. I’m notorious for always getting food on my clothes.

I never leave home without: A book and chapstick

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2136-37 Ashley CallMajor and minors: English major with editing and Spanish minors

Hometown: Highland, Utah

Staff position: Assistant Art Director

Career goals: Receive a PhD in literary studies

Favorite and least favorite part of editing: My favorite part is design, and my least favorite is copyediting.

One vacation necessity: A notebook!

Favorite quote: “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside of you.” —Rumi

Stowaway-Magazine-BYU-Headshots_1996-13-X2 Danielle CronquistMajor and minor: English major, editing minor

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Staff position: Assistant Managing Editor

Favorite books: A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck

One vacation necessity: My Nikon D7100. I love documenting my adventures with photos and videos so that I can reminisce and share with others.

I never leave home without: Burt’s Bees lip balm. It’s kind of an obsession.

Other interesting travel tidbit: I spent a summer living in India, and I have never before and never since fallen so in love with a culture so quickly.

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2156-45 Kaylee FicklinMajor and minor: English major, editing minor

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Staff position: Senior Designer

Career goals: Work for a children’s book publishing company

Favorite and least favorite part of editing: Favorite—textual design. Least favorite—copyediting.

Favorite vacation locale: Disneyland

One vacation necessity: Sunscreen

stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1974-5 McKenna JohnsonMajor and minor: English major, editing minor

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Staff position: Copyeditor

Favorite part of editing: When I work closely with words, I feel like I’m eating them.

Favorite vacation experience: I love the feeling of excitement and wonder that comes with a new discovery. It feels kind of like the weightless sensation I get in my stomach when a plane is first leaving the ground. Also, once a butterfly landed on my head and tried to live there. That was cool.

One vacation necessity: Nail clippers and a decent nail file with a pointed tip. For some reason the cleanliness bug bites me more when I’m living out of a suitcase, but keeping my nails clean keeps me sane.

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2133-36 Sadie KleinMajor and minor: English major, editing minor

Hometown: Sammamish, Washington

Staff position: Senior Editor

Favorite vacation locale: Amusement parks, and the hearts of big cities!

I never leave home without: My Kindle (you never know when you’ll have time to read) and my cell phone. It’s a scheduler, a camera, and a communication device all in one.

I have never: Eaten a pastry in France. Someday!

Other interesting travel tidbit: I never feel more poetic than when I go somewhere like the Grand Canyon. I almost cried in Japan because the shrine we visited was so beautiful, and when I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, I felt both small and large at the same time.

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2154-42 Eileen Leavitt Major and minor: English major and editing minor

Hometown: Springville, Utah

Staff position: Assistant Art Director

Favorite vacation experience: On the morning of my arrival in Yangshuo, China, I decided to go up onto the roof patio of the hostel I was staying at in order to get my first look at the city. The mist was coming off the mountains, the fishermen were out on the Li River, and the schools and markets were just waking up. Everything about it took my breath away.

One vacation necessity: A water bottle. There are always fewer drinking fountains out there than you think there will be.

I have never: Eaten piping-hot clam chowder on a beach in Maine. But I want to.

Other interesting travel tidbit: I am a firm believer in the bucket list. My own bucket list is pretty flexible, but making a list motivates me to actually go to places and do things I wouldn’t have gone to or done otherwise.

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2149-39 Katie MacdonaldMajor and minors: English major with minors in communications and editing

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona

Staff position: Assistant Managing Editor

Favorite vacation experience: My friends and I stayed at a resort in Fiji called The Beach House. I woke up to my friend Sandra frantically whispering to our other friend: “Mandie, Mandie, get out of bed now.” Turns out there was a spider the size of my head resting right above hers. We called for help and one of the managers—a large, intimidating Fijian woman—came to our rescue. She pounds the spider to mush with a broom and then walks away, grumbling about “stupid Americans.”

Favorite quote: “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.” —John Steinbeck

I have never : Gone skydiving. One day, it will happen. Even if someone has to push my protesting and/or unconscious body out of the plane.


stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2155-43 Michelle MayMajor and minor: English major, editing minor

Hometown: Lehi, Utah

Staff position: Art Director

Career goals: All I want to do is everything. Culinary school, screenwriting, editing, design. For now, I’m hoping to find a full-time job editing.

Favorite part of editing: My favorite part of editing is making small changes to make a big difference.

One vacation necessity: Extra cellphone chargers

Other interesting travel tidbit: My advice? Travel with people who like to share food.

stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1997-14 Cody PhillipsMajor and minors: Spanish translation major with minors in editing and business management

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Staff position: Managing Editor

One vacation necessity: A spool of rope that serves as a makeshift clothesline in hostels

I never leave home without: A pen. Seriously, I always carry a black ballpoint pen in my right pocket.

Favorite quote: “Really great men have a curious feeling that greatness is not in them, but through them.” —John Ruskin

Other interesting travel tidbit: I won an all-expenses paid trip to Germany when I was twelve years old. The travel bug has never left my side since then.

stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1985-9 Natalie RosenlofMajor and minor: Communications studies major, editing minor

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Staff position: Senior Designer

Career goals: My ultimate dream is to open a small boutique. I love flower arranging and making people happy. That would give me the best of both worlds!

Favorite vacation experience: After my high school graduation I got to go to Geneva, Paris, Rome, and Venice. I have always loved learning about art history, and the museums in those cities were incredible!

One vacation necessity: A journal. I love to write and it’s always fun to go back and read about my travels. It’s also a good place to keep train, theatre, or museum tickets, and even business cards from favorite restaurants.

Other interesting travel tidbit: I grew up in Northern California and would go to Pajaro, a small town between Santa Cruz and Monterey, each summer. It’s not a normal beach town (you almost always need to wear a sweatshirt unless you want to freeze), but some of my best childhood memories are from picking strawberries and flying kites with my family there.

stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1977-7 Carly SpringerMajor and minor: English language major, editing minor

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

Staff position: Senior Editor

Favorite book: For heavy reading, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Best characters ever. For light reading, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I’m a sucker for a good unreliable narrator.

I never leave home without: Some good music—usually movie soundtracks. Whether I’m just walking to and from campus, I’m on a road trip, or I’m going for a jog, music makes monotony turn into majesty.

Favorite quote: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Toni Morrison

I have never: Crossed an ocean. I’ve only traveled within the Americas. So far. I’ve never even been on a boat out on the ocean. Someday I need to go on a cruise.

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2153-41 Kristin StilesMajor and minors: Communication disorders, with minors in editing, Russian, and audiology

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Staff position: Senior Designer

Favorite part of editing: Fact checking. Ew.

Favorite quote: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

Dream travel location: Humanitarian trip to Africa (with a safari on the side)

Other interesting travel tidbit: I visited all of the continental US before the age of six.

 stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2126-33 Amy CarlinEducational Background: BA in Linguistics (BYU)

Hometown: Provo, Utah

Staff position: Advertising Advisor

Career goals: My current position is that of Office Specialist at the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. I edit scholarly publications, plan trips and events, and do office work. In the future, I’d love to edit books for a fiction publishing company or use editing to help businesses look better in print.

Favorite vacation experience: I went to Canada for two weeks with my family when I was eight. We stayed in bungalows, did a lot of hiking, and got to walk on the Athabasca Glacier.

One vacation necessity: sunglasses

Favorite quote: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” —Victor Hugo

Stowaway-Magazine-BYU-Headshots_2025-23-72-X2 Marvin GardnerHometown: Grew up in Duncan, Arizona, and Provo, Utah. I currently reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Staff position: Editor in Chief

Career: Before becoming a professor at BYU in 2005, I worked for 28 years as a full-time editor and writer for the Ensign and Liahona magazines, both of which are distributed worldwide. For more than half of those years, I was managing editor of the Liahona.

 Dallin Dallin LawMajor: English

Hometown: Omak, Washington

Staff position: Web Advisor

Favorite part of editing: Definitely collaborating with other passionate writers, there’s nothing I love more than helping something incredible go to print.

Favorite vacation locale: The sea. I grew up happily in the dry mountains of Eastern Washington but as soon as I reach an ocean, I wonder if it had always been calling my name.

One vacation necessity: Food. I tell people I don’t believe in souvenirs because I need the money for exotic meats and crusty artisan bread.

I never leave home without: My pocketknife. It comes in handy.

 JulieOgborn Julie OgbornEducational Background: BA in English with a Minor in Editing (received May 2013)

Hometown: South Jordan, Utah

Staff position: Editorial Advisor

Career goals: I am currently working on projects for Covenant Communications and as a freelance editor and writer. But I would love to edit full time for a book or magazine publisher.

One vacation necessity: A safety pin. I’ve learned my lesson in the past: whenever I don’t have one, I always find that I need one desperately when something—my pack or my tent—rips open or becomes unstitched at the seams during my trip.

I never leave home without: A water bottle, my favorite flavor of Trident gum, and Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast

Favorite quote: “You never finish revising; you just run out of time.”

 stowaway-magazine-byu-headshots_1993-12-(1) Rachel PetersMajor: English

Hometown: Vancouver, Washington

Staff position: Editorial Advisor

Career goals: To become the creative director for either a publication or corporation

I never leave home without: a cute pair of shoes

Favorite quote: “Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life—well, valuable, but small—and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer.” —You’ve Got Mail

Other interesting travel tidbit: I have slept in Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. (I was a baby and my parents were on a tour.)

stowaway-magazine-headshots-(and-retakes)_2130-34 Jessica ReschkeMajor: Humanities, English emphasis

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Staff position: Design Advisor

Career goals: Besides opening a pizzeria with my husband, I eventually want to have enough editing and design experience that I can work on freelance projects that really care about.

Favorite vacation locale: Anywhere new. I’m most in my element when I’m thrown into an unfamiliar place that I have to figure out.

One vacation necessity: The promise of really good food. I begin planning my travel days with a map of the places I want to eat.

I have never: Had a brain freeze. I don’t care if it’s snowing outside, I am most likely on the prowl for a frozen treat. One of my greatest talents is my ability to rapidly memorize ice cream flavors in any language.

Other interesting travel tidbit: I have fallen asleep on nearly every mode of transportation known to man.

 Natalie Natalie TaylorMajor: English language

Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota

Staff position: Social Media Advisor

Career goals: Work as a freelance editor and dance professionally

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

One vacation necessity: It’s boring, but a camera. I can hardly remember a trip without pictures from it. Pictures always seem to solidify the event in my memory, just like writing does.

I never leave home without: Obviously my phone, but also my Nalgene water bottle. I bring that thing everywhere, and I drink at least three a day; my day is literally ruined when I leave it at home.

Favorite quote: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso