About the Puttyteam

About Emilie & Puttylike | About the Puttyteam

For the first three years, I ran Puttylike by myself. As the site grew, I gradually started bringing other smart, creative, curious multipotentialites on board. And now? I couldn’t be more proud to say that I work alongside some of the most interesting and passionate people around. Allow me to introduce… The Puttyteam!


Claire Nyles Suer // Managing Editor at Puttylike

Claire Nyles (she/they) is an editor, writer, designer, and community builder. They are the Director of the LGBTQ Community Center in their city, and are working on their first novel (which includes disgruntled millennials and pirates). They also like hiking, facilitating workshops, organizing systems, and playing the ukulele. They’re all about empowering people by helping them communicate and connect – to ideas and to other folks.

Joel Zaslofsky // Puttytribe Connections + Operations Officer

Joel (he/him) is the Connections + Operations Officer for the Puttytribe, the podcaster behind Smart and Simple Matters, and gives away his best resources at JoelZaslofsky.com. When he’s not enjoying nature, making his wife smile, or playing with his two young sons around Edina, Minnesota, Joel’s busy experimenting, being Paleo, reigniting his personal renaissance, and Experience Curating.

Neil Hughes // Puttylike Staff Writer and Puttytribe Moderator

Neil (he/him) is the author of Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life, a comical and useful guide to life with anxiety. Along with writing more books, he puts his time into standup comedy, computer programming, public speaking and other things from music to video games to languages. He struggles to answer the question “so, what do you do?” and is worried that the honest answer is probably “procrastinate.” You can find him at walkingoncustard.com and on Twitter as @enhughesiasm.

Kristin Wong // Puttylike Staff Writer

Kristin Wong (she/her) has written for the New York Times, The Cut, and Glamour magazine. She’s the author of Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford. Kristin is a writer, but she’s also an amateur photographer, speaker, podcaster, and stargazer.


Nat Smith // Puttytribe Community Facilitator & Word Maestro

Nat (they/them/theirs) uses their creative writing skills with the Puttytribe-wide newsletters, helps new puttypeep feel welcome, interacts with potential members (a.k.a. the public), and generally helps to make sure that everyone feels supported. Their trifecta is the intersection of creativity, self-growth, and relationships. Right now, they write plays, but they are also a teacher and informal coach invested in how story and connection impact our lives.

Erika Backberg // Puttytribe Events Jedi

Erika (she/her) is our master for everything related to Puttytribe events. From workshops to special activities and the ever-present huddles, she’s your woman. She also loves the intersection of people, systems, creativity, mindful transformation, community, service, and innovation (a.k.a. cultural design). At its most fundamental level, her work is about helping others to uncover their own potential.