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Alie Pierce


Alie Pierce is a passionate storyteller, polyglot, and polymath who has always been fascinated by people’s stories and motivations. Her passion for using her voice to effect change through multiple platforms such as social justice, inclusion, equity, and female empowerment, is how WeekenderNJ came to be. She believes a community news outlet serves its audience best by embracing values of inclusion, equity, and solutions-focused journalism. 

When she’s not working, you can find her serving the community, or spending time with her family.



Sara Sands is a writer, educator, researcher, and comic based out of Houston, Texas. She is a current Ph.D. candidate in Politics & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds an M.Phil. in Education from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Political Economy & English from Tulane University. Her non-fiction stories can be found in The Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, American Chordata, and The Merrimack Review. She is the co-founder and co-producer of Liberal Arts MBA, a Livestream show dedicated to empowering individuals to tell their own college to career journey and reimagine what a meaningful life is to them.


Madelyn Hoffman

(Guest Contributor)

Madelyn Hoffman, a seasoned activist, was director of the Grass-Roots Environmental Organization and director of New Jersey Peace Action. She was Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in New Jersey in 1996. The following year she ran for New Jersey governor as a Green. In 2018, she ran as a Green for U.S. Senate, receiving 25,150 votes, and ran for the same position in 2020, receiving 38,288 votes. In 2021 she ran for Governor of New Jersey, coming in third for the third successive time in a statewide race. 

We Are WeekenderNJ

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Sara Sands


(Guest Contributor)

Phil has been a daily and weekly journalist for more than 40 years and has won the journalist of the year award twice from the New Jersey Press Association. He was born in New York City but followed his family to Bergen County when he was a wee boy and lived there, before venturing out into the world and college. He enjoys watching sports, as he is over the hill regarding participating, although he did work out regularly in the gym and will resume when the COVID 19 is gone.


IT Director

Keith Moeller (He/Him) is an IT Director and Information Strategist who manages the day-to-day operational technology. After spending nearly a decade working in technology and marketing for large multinational corporations and startups, Keith knows how technology truly drives growth and stability — and it’s not mastering the current technology flavor of the week. It’s how well technology connects and integrates with the people you’re trying to help.

Keith  holds a BS in Computer Science from Florida Tech


J. Longo


J. is an illustrator and Storyboard Artist based out of Brooklyn, NYC where you can find him trapped in his apartment for months on end, probably staring out of the window and cursing everyone he sees who isn't wearing a mask. His work has been featured on The Daily Show, SNL, Sesame Workshop's "Helpsters," The New York Times, The Daily Dot, and The Toast.


You can see more of his work at JLongo Art.

Keith Moeller

Phil Garber



J. Taft

(Guest Contributor)

Jennifer is a cartoonist based out of Portland Oregon. Over the last two years, her ‘Pandemic Duck’ cartoons have been used to showcase and amplify political and social issues impacting the nation. 



Keeper of Tennis Balls & 
CIO - Chief Interrupting Officer!! 

When WNJ founder Alie Pierce first met Sarah, she was a 10-day old rescue Dobie pup saved by her dad. Now, she’s responsible for organizing tennis ball events, mandatory interruptions, and being a privacy protector. Sarah is a sunny dual citizen and polyglot – she can associate words in any language you throw at her. Her infectious excitement, quick 15-20 minutes power naps during the day, and the never-ending need for cuddles make her a complete bundle of joy. 

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