Call off the search! Call off the dogs! Call off the searching dogs. She has been found. The Toast has acquired its first helpmeet, and her name pulses with strange and crystalline energies. She is Maria, and she is our third heat.
She does not live in New York and is receiving money for her work. (Just a friendly reminder that those things are possible.) From Maria herself:
Maria Seiferle-Valencia joins The Toast from the suburban Michigan wilds, where she recently completed a master’s degree in Information Science at the University of Michigan. Originally hailing from the desert southwest, Maria calls Tucson, Ariz., home — even though she wilts like a kale chip every time she visits. Maria’s interests include libraries, Tumblr, Buddhisms, small dogs, painting two-tone watercolor trees, and raging against the patriarchy. She is a librarian-for-hire, a web developer, and a first-time The Toast person. Her favorite name-dropping Maria song is “My Maria” by Brooks & Dunn. Mention the West Side Story ballad at your own peril. She is thrilled to be the newest, and maybe nerdiest (Ed. note – Do you have an first-run copy of Camelot 3000, Maria? Do you??) Toast team member.
She has already taken our informal Employee Pledge, which reads in part:
Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
Maria is smart and enchanting and she will be with us (we hope) for a nice long while. Feel free to wave hello at her, should you chance to come across one another. She will mostly be working behind the scenes on mysterious algorithms and widgets and so on, making sure the site does not explode in your face, but don’t be too surprised if you see her byline pop up every once in a while. Make her feel terribly welcome, please.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.