Paul Caputo has been the art and publications director for the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) since February 2002. He earned a master of fine arts in visual communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 and a bachelor of arts from the University of Richmond in 1995. He roots for the Phillies because he grew up in the Philadelphia area (unlike certain Arkansas-based Yankee fans he knows) and has presented sessions on graphic design and interpretation nationally and internationally. Paul lives with his wife, Sheila, and their children, Joel and Maya, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Contact Paul at

Phil Sexton is the District Interpretive Coordinator for the Capital District of California State Parks in Sacramento, which manages Sutter’s Fort, the California State Railroad Museum, the California Indian Heritage Center, the Leland Stanford Mansion, the Historic Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol Museum and Railtown 1897 in the foothills. As if that weren’t enough, he finally finished his Certified Interpretive Trainer certification from NAI. Phil has a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Interpretation and Planning from Humboldt State University and has worked for California State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service during his career. As a young lad, he had a brief tenure in commercial television. After many years way out in the woods, he moved to the big city of Auburn CA and bought a one acre farm called “Wise Acres” where he grows citrus, grapes, apples and pears, and generally knows which one is which. In 2002, Phil received the Gifford Pinchot Award from region 5 in the Forest Service for excellence in interpretation. He probably knows more about old films from the 1920s to the 1940s than you do and believes that he might have worked in Hollywood during a prior existence. His current thought for an epitaph is “So long, suckers!” but he realizes that it probably won’t happen. Contact Phil at

Cal Martin works as a Product Development Advisor for Parks Canada, assisting Canadian national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas with all things interpretive, from planning to training to the development of signs and exhibits. He holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Winnipeg and is a Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association of Interpretation), Certified Heritage Interpreter (Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council), and is desperately trying to finish his certification for Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Planner  before Lisa Brochu gets mad at him. He has worked from front line to management in interpretation for over 20 years at a variety of sites including provincial and national parks, the Vancouver Aquarium, and as a private consultant. Cal loves to travel, has met the Muppets, and lives in an old stone house with Jeannie and two dogs called Casey and Finnegan (if you are Canadian, you’ll understand, eh!). Contact Cal at

Shea Lewis is an honorary author of Media Platypus. What we mean by this is that he has never posted anything on this site. Contact Shea at

Sarah Mankelow is from Down Under, Aotearoa, New Zealand. The Antipodes. Christchurch, the earthquake city. Yes we do interpretation here. Sarah currently works for the Christchurch City Council’s parks unit, after far too many years in the Department of Conservation, then a brief stint working for a private science company. Qualifications are an interesting mix of Parks Management, Environmental Science and Applied Journalism. Its got her where she is today. On the board of Interpretation Network New Zealand (INNZ) and wondering how to get off. P.S. I love to cook. Contact Sarah at

Lisa Keys is Director and Interpretation Consultant at Minerva Heritage Ltd, Secretary and Professional Development sub-group leader for Association for Heritage Interpretation (UK)