Mikki Baloy has studied with shamans and ritual-keepers from around the world, and has facilitated private healing sessions and group retreats for the past ten years. Her holistic approach is both intuitive and grounded, fusing indigenous traditions with yoga, Buddhism, and more than three decades of creative training as a performer, writer, and musician. She was the Director of a 9/11 foundation in New York City, helping to create and maintain programs to assist many thousands of people—while undertaking her own healing journey. She is the author of Hallowed Underground: Sacred Hope and Healing in Dark Times, which describes her recovery from PTSD, depression, divorce, and sexual assault, and she has been featured in two books about post-disaster resiliency. Mikki is also a minister of animism, and speaks and writes from her own direct experience. mikkibaloy.com
Bill Batson, author and artist of the weekly Nyack Sketch Log on Nyack News And Views, has published an original sketch and essay about the Village of Nyack every Tuesday since 2011. His family has been in Nyack, New York, since the 1890s. Bill serves as the Marketing Manager for the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and the Artist-In-Residence at the Nyack Farmers’ Market where he sells and makes art, organizes events, and develops promotional tools for the Chamber. Bill is an advisor to the Nyack Center, a trustee of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, and the chair of the Nyack Commemoration Committee, a group that erected a Toni Morrison Society Bench by the Road monument in Memorial Park in 2015. From his Nyack Sketch Log column, the Flash Sketch Mob, a crowd sourced, en plein air landscape art project, and the Nyack Record Shop Project have sprung. Antigone on Robben Island—Mandela Takes the Stage, a play by Samuel Harps, was inspired by one of his columns. A lifelong artist and activist, Bill is dedicated to using the arts to promote preservation, commemoration, cultural education, and community empowerment. To learn more, follow his weekly column or visit billbatsonarts.com.
Michael Hays is a local history fan and digital photography enthusiast who writes the Nyack People & Places column on Nyack News And Views. Retired from a career in educational publishing, he is President of Rockland Bicycling Club and a member of the board of directors from Marydell Faith & Life Center and Johns Hopkins University Press. His photos appear on IG @uppernyackmike.
Jeff Rubin has been in the music business for 48 years. He has performed, recorded or toured with Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman, Randy Jackson (American Idol), Concert For Bangladesh Band (Dhani Harrison), Chuck Berry, Davey Jones, The Temptations, The Crystals, The Drifters, The Regents, The Dupree’s, Freddy Cannon, Del Shannon, Leslie Gore, and more. Currently gigging around the New York area as “Jeff Rubin Solo Artist,” the “Jeff Rubin Band,” and with a reggae band called “JLP and the Bad Ideas,” he continues his diverse career. He is a veteran teacher from Alto Music, where he began instruction in 1980. A recording engineer and Mac guru who produced “The Pipeliners (2014), Jeff also builds guitar and bass amplifiers, effect pedals, even microphones, bringing technical expertise to his comprehensive understanding of guitar and the music business. He was featured in the Nyack Sketch Log
Bob Timm is a Nyack resident, father, musician and a published poet. He studied poetry with Allen Ginsburg at the City University of New York and was an original founding host of the NY College Poetry Slam at the Bowery Poetry Club. He has been a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has served as editor for Poetry New York and Rockland’s River River literary journal.