Jürgen Möllers, Ph.D. Jürgen founded Storyzon, LLC in 2002. Born in Germany, Jürgen studied literature and philosophy in Europe and the U.S. His interest in the unfolding of people’s life stories was reflected early on in his doctorate on the interplay of history, chance, and our deliberate actions. Before immigrating to the U.S. about fifteen years ago, Jurgen lived and worked in several European countries. He has experience in publishing and marketing and has been formally trained in the process of creating personal histories by Germany’s renowned personal history agency, the Medienbüro, in Berlin. He is also a published writer who has developed and taught numerous workshops over the past six years. His passion for storytelling is based on a deep appreciation for the miraculous unfolding of our lives.
Linda Hamilton Since 2006, Linda Hamilton has delighted in helping individuals, families, organizations and businesses save their stories. She is a published author in multiple genres. A historian and journalist, she loves to interview people and capture the tone and voice of her narrators. A Bay Area native, she is a also a Rotary historian, and previously enjoyed ten years of teaching and business management. She has a masters in English and creative writing. Besides interviewing and writing for Storyzon, she is currently working on a young adult novel.
Kristen Burns Darmofal Kristen holds a degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and did additional graduate work at the University of Washington before launching two businesses on her own. She not only brings her experience as a writer and group facilitator to the company but also her organizational and team building skills. Kristen is both a project and program manager at Storyzon and coordinates most operational and personnel processes.
Andreas Jones Andreas is a graphic designer who has lived in the Bay Area for over two decades. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from UC Berkeley, where he specialized in etching and lithography and created limited-edition art books. Over the last 12 years he has been art director of several publications, including the East Bay Monthly and the MacArthur Metro. He is currently the principal graphic designer for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
Chris Westphal, M.A. Chris holds a Masters Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and has more than thirty years experience as a professional writer. He is a published novelist and non-fiction author, as well as a produced network television writer. His work as a journalist has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Contra Costa Times, and San Jose Mercury News, as well as several nationally published magazines.
Bill Scheinman is a published novelist and short story writer and has worked as an editor, journalist, and grant writer. He is the co-founder of Stress Reduction At Work and is the lead meditation instructor at the San Francisco County Jail. His first novel has just been made into a movie.
Rachel Markowitz Rachel does what some might consider grunt work—checking spelling and punctuation, getting a handle on hyphenation, catching dangling modifiers—and does it with joy. Following studies in French and English and a stint as a librarian in Paris, Rachel moved to San Francisco, where her job as an advertising proofreader and her participation in UC Berkeley Extension’s Professional Sequence in Editing provided her with a great foundation in nitpickyness. A freelance copy editor since 1999, she works on everything from retail catalogs and web copy to spiritual journals and nonfiction books.
Alison Elizabeth Huntley, M.P.A, M.A. Alison holds two Masters Degrees in both Personnel Administration and Counseling Psychology, bringing over 20 years of experience as an advocate, counselor and interviewer. Her passion for legacy storytelling is rooted in a deep understanding–and appreciation–of her clients’ journeys. Crossing expressive media, Alison is also a widely published visual artist who creates composite photo images which capture her clients’ visions of themselves.
“My grandfather really enjoyed the interview process, but when I saw him looking for the first time at the finished book, when I saw his emotions looking at the photos and reading about his parents and about how he met his wife, my grandmother—only when I saw all that did I understand the impact the biography had on him. I am very grateful to Storyzon! ”
“You made Granny feel very special AND you outdid yourself on the book. It exceeded all my expectations—simply outstanding! I am so thrilled with everything. ”