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Our Talented Contributing Writers

Karla Andrew is a work at home computer geek/nerd mom with three boys. She authors the blog Tech Ed 4 Kids (http://teched4kids.com) and is a partner with Bowling Green Savings and Poor House Princess in BG Couponers (http://bgcouponers.com). As our family begins the odyssey to pay for college while dealing with preschool every bit of savings helps. Karla also is an instructor at WKU and is currently teaching mobile app development. She is also on Twitter @kquad.

Andy Bean graduated from Texas Tech University in May of 2011 with a Masters in Sports Management. While in Texas he was a graduate assistant in the Athletic Marketing and Promotions department. Currently he is employed at WKU as an Athletic Marketing intern and is heading up the Big Red’s Rascals kid’s club among other responsibilities for the 2011-12 WKU athletic year.

Dana BennettDana O’Meallie Bennett is a Registered Dietitian and Lactation Counselor at the Allen County Health Department. Dana says she “was born on my due date making up for it ever since.” She and husband Jim moved to Bowling Green in 1996, and have embraced the beautiful area since the drive eastward on I-64. Dana says she loves food, and loves when people breastfeed.

Allison Bemiss and David BaxterAllison Bemiss and David Baxter are members of the faculty at the GEMS Academy and both completed their Gifted Endorsements through WKU.


Holly Berger is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, with a double major in Theatre and Business Administration. She loves acting, singing, dancing, and being onstage and is thrilled to spread the word about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance.

Felicia Bland is the former Public Relations Liaison and Outreach Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana in Bowling Green. Felicia was with Girl Scouts for over 11 years. When not at work, she teaches Spiritual Mime and Dance for several churches locally and statewide. She has one daughter, Kerprecia.

Liz BradleyLiz Bradley is a mother of two girly girls, wifey to one Hubby, primary care giver to 3 dogs, 2 cats, a guinea pig, and a fish and is the owner of LuLu’s and Little LuLu’s shoppes. You can follow her blog at Mylovelylittlelulu.blogspot.com.

Marissa BrownMarissa Brown works in Domestic Affairs and Management (stay at home mother) for the Brown household. She and husband John have two children 14 mos. apart. In her free time, Marissa expresses her creativity through her business Swanky Soirees – helping people make every event special.
Jennifer Bryant has been the executive director of The Symphony at WKU since 2009. She has worked in nonprofit fundraising and administration for the past fifteen years. Jennifer is a Bowling Green native and University of Louisville graduate. She is married to Jason Bryant and they have two children Lincoln and Kelly Neal.

Bob Bubnis is the father of three great musicians and one comedian. He works at the National Corvette Museum as editor of their member magazine and is the co-author of the Hallmark book, Angels All Around.”

In addition to being the mommy of Ramsey and Branch, and wife of Shane, Marissa Butler serves as Marketing Director at the Bowling Green Area CVB.


Dr. Diana CavanahDr. Diana Cavanah M.D. works in the Allergy / Immunology Department of Graves Gilbert Clinic in Bowling Green. Dr. Cavanah earned her degree from the University of Missouri and conducted her post-graduate training at the University of Iowa hospitals.

Jane CoverdaleJane Coverdale is the Librarian at T. C. Cherry Elementary. She loves to read a wide variety of books to her students, and feels it is very important to continue sharing readalouds with older students. It is such a joy to see them appreciate and understand the humor in some of the wonderful retellings of familiar tales.

Dr. John CowanDr. John Cowan is a graduate of NYU and Emory, and is board certified in dermatology. He has been practicing in Bowling Green since October 2008 and owns Bowling Green Dermatology and Skin Cancer Specialists located on Fairway Street. He and wife Amy have twins, Jack and Kate.

Brandon and Chantelle CrouchDrs. Brandon Crouch and Chantelle Crouch are a husband/wife Chiropractic team. Crouch Family Chiropractic is located at 2709 Nashville Road in Bowling Green. Expectant mom care and pediatric care are two of their many areas of care. They are the proud parent of two boys.

Jessica Diame is a substance abuse prevention specialist for the Barren River region through Lifeskills. As a prevention specialist, she work with groups to combat illegal drug use, underage drinking and tobacco use through community level change. She has one child, Sira. When taking breaks from saving the world from self-destruction (aka weekends), she enjoy’s baking, reading, and making pretty things out of paper, but never all at once!!

Drs. Randy and Erin Elliott are a husband and wife team practicing pediatric dentistry. Their offices are located just off Wilkinson Trace in the Hartland District of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Laura Lee FlemingLaura Lee Fleming is former Brand Manager of Banana Boat Sunscreen. She is a native of Scottsville and currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she served as Brand Manager for Angel Soft and currently works for Rubbermaid formerly as a Brand Manager for the Goody Hair Products line and currently with Graco.

Lee Fowlkes is a husband and the father of three bright, active children. In his spare time he works as the Kentucky Coordinator for Bethany Christian Services. He is a self proclaimed coffee snob and loves to bake, which makes him very popular at church potlucks.

Zakk Gammon is a former reporter, producer and fill-in anchor at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green. His professional experience includes work at WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, OH and KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, MO. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and simply spending time with his family. He’s a graduate of Allen County-Scottsville High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication. Zakk, his wife Blaire and two daughters Briley and Haven live in Scottsville.

Tara GriffithTara Arnold Griffith is the Library Media Specialist at W.R. McNeill Elementary School. She is also President Elect for the Kentucky School Media Association. Tara is involved with the Warren County Jaycees and is in charge of the SOKY Fair pageants.

Lori Hansbrough has been a personal trainer for over 12 years. She was recently voted best trainer of Bowling Green for 2011and has been certified in the new science of Life Coaching for two years. Life coaching encompasses all aspects of healthy living for individuals and families. It includes nutrition, exercise and lifestyle improvement. Her personal endeavors have included distance running, bicycle racing, triathlons and figure competions. Visit Lori’s website to learn more at LoriHansbrough.com .

Dr. Russell HeltsleyDr. Russell Heltsley is originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky and graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He has been practicing in Bowling Green since 1997 and is married to Cathy, an oncologist. They have three children: Kyle, Rachel and Erin.

April Hennion is a Stay At Home Mom of two who enjoys passing on her knowledge of smart shopping to those who are eager to learn how to lower their family’s monthly expenses. In September 2010, April started The Frugal Friends. April provides classes to teach smart shoppers how to maximize their family’s budget by using coupons, store sales and incentives, meal planning and other money saving tips and ideas. “Like” The Frugal Friends on Facebook for up to date store match ups, sales, coupons and freebies. For more information about classes offered for your group, club, business or organization please contact April at thefrugalfriends@yahoo.com or visit The Frugal Friends on Facebook.

Ginny Hensley is the Director of Alumni Programming at Western Kentucky University. She and her husband, Drew, live in Bowling Green with their two children; Reed and Hope.


Jenn Hewett owns and teaches at the Montessori School of Bowling Green on State Street. She and husband, Kevin, are originally from Canada but have called Bowling Green home for the past eight years. They are the proud parents of Jethro, a black Lab.

Michelle HowellMichelle Howell of Bowling Green is a doula, homeschooler, mother of four and member of BabyNet, a network of pregnancy, birth and childhood professionals serving the South Central Kentucky area. Their mission is to protect and support families through education about preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and parenting to ensure the best chance for a full-term pregnancy and healthy baby.

Richard HuntRichard Hunt is the owner of Mathnasium of Bowling Green and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in chemistry and a minor in math from WKU. He has additional graduate hours in math and is a WKU math instructor teaching developmental algebra. Richard has been in Quality Engineering for close to 10 years with multiple certifications utilizing advanced probability and statistical methods. Richard is a veteran and served as a Military Policeman.

Romanza Johnson is a certified home economist, is a retired teacher and home economist in business. She is a native of Scottsville. Presently she serves as President of the Warren County Retired Teachers, Kentucky Democrat Women and retired Senior Volunteer program. During the years she has been involved in many organizations and projects as a volunteer working to make our community a better place to live.

C. Denise Lambrianou is the Coordinator for the Family Enrichment Center-Adoption Resource Program. The Adoption Resource Program is funded in part by a grant from the Cabinet of Health and Family Services, Department of Protection and Permanency. Denise and her husband Michael have welcomed 15 beautiful individuals into their lives as foster children; 4 of those children made them a family.

Martha Madison is a graduate of WKU and the University of South Florida. In 1966 she established Dance Arts and serves as owner, principal teacher and artistic director.


Cameron Huddleston LebedinskyCameron Huddleston Lebedinsky is a contributing editor for Kiplinger.com. She lives in downtown Bowling Green with her husband Alex and their two daughters, Maya and Zoe. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University andearned her Master of Arts in Journalism from American University.

Clinton LewisClinton Lewis is the University Staff Photographer at WKU and a very active husband and father of three teenagers. In addition to being a leader with the scout troop, he is a fanatical hiker, rock climber, kayaker and Hilltopper fan.

Alecia Marcum is the School Media Librarian at Natcher Elementary. Mrs. Marcum received an award for Exemplary Library Service for Children and Young Adults in 1998 and in 2009 received the Outstanding School Media Librarian Award in Kentucky. She is married to Steve Marcum and they have three children. One of her favorite things to do is to meet and work with authors and loves sharing her love of literature with the students at Natcher Elementary.

Sharon McCubbinsSharon McCubbins is the librarian at Cumberland Trace Elementary. She has been a school librarian for 13 years, 10 of those years at Cumberland Trace. She loves introducing kids to fabulous new books and using books to cheer up grumpy kids!

Jeremy McWhorterDr. Jeremy McWhorter is a local chiropractor, with areas of practice and care including many, children, the elderly and expectant mothers, which are three of his favorites. Visit McWhorter Chiropractic at www.mcwhorterchiro.com.

Audrey Meany is a 1987 graduate of WKU, wife of Joe, and is the proud mother of 3 daughters – Anna, Sarah and Sam. A full-time Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Audrey’s desire is to help fulfill the company’s mission to ‘Enrich Women’s Lives’ while helping them look and feel their best. She is a volunteer with the BG Area Chamber of Commerce, Family Enrichment Center, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and a member of Christian Networking Professionals and BG Networking Women.

Jaclyn Melcher is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, majoring in Film. She loves all types of movies, and is fascinated with animation. Jaclyn hopes to one day work in the movie industry, making animated films for Pixar. She’s also involved with fair trade, and enjoy learning about environmental issues.

Allison MillettAllison Millett been teaching fitness classes and personal training in the Bowling Green area for 13 years and enjoys helping others reach their health and fitness goals. She is also a wife and mother of two.

David NuckolsDavid Nuckols has made physical fitness and healthy living a lifelong quest. He is the owner of a local fitness studio in Bowling Green. He holds a M.S. in Exercise Science from WKU and has been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Matt Pedigo is an Allen County-Scottsville High School and WKU graduate. He is the editor of The Citizen-Times in Scottsville. Matt is married to Kathy Pedigo and father of two daughter, Shawnda and Madison.


Susan Hallawell Raby began drawing and painting at age 5. She graduated with a BA and MA from WKU and has taught in public schools in Kentucky and Tennessee for 36 years. She enjoys painting and drawing, gardening, reading and watching her granddaughter grow up. She is now semi-retired and living in Allen County where she teaches private art classes to children and adults.

Nicole Randall has served as Marketing Director at Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, Secretary for Caveland Marketing Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Travel Industry Association. Nicole and husband Chris have one awesome son, Ryne, a Warren County Inline Hockey League Player and a North Jackson Elementary Baseball player.

Jeffrey Reed founded Orchestra Kentucky in 2000. Known for his unorthodox method of combining classical and popular music on the same program, Reed has overseen a one-thousand percent increase in subscriptions since Orchestra Kentucky’s inaugural. He, his wife, Dr. Sherryl Reed, and two children, Mary Grace and Harrison, make their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Roiann Ridley is the mother of three grown sons and two grandsons. She earned a degree from WKU in Small Business Management and studied in London with Kenneth Turner, renowned floral designer. Roiann credits colleague Joe Smith of Ilex in Nashville for her style, and she only buys from farms that practice sustainability and pay a living wage. Visit her shop in Thoroughbred Square (by Rafferty’s), order beautiful flower arrangements at mackenziesonlinesales.com, and become a fan on Facebook!

Meg Rodgers has been a hairdresser at Off Broadway for 12 years. She is a Kuene color specialist trained at the Kuene Academy in Atlanta. Meg travels to Chicago, Atlanta and other cities every year to broaden her expertise and bring the latest styles back to Bowling Green.

Tony RoseTony Rose is a great supporter of the community, sponsoring “Stuff the Bus” each July and participating in a number of other community endeavors. In 2011 Tony earned the Crystal Radio award for his service to the Bowling Green community.expertise and bring the latest styles back to Bowling Green.

Delaire Rowe lives in Bowling Green with her daughter, mother and pet dog. She is also a practicing artist. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the state, nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. Delaire earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She has worked as an Artist-in-Residence for the Kentucky Arts Council and taught art courses in the Department of Art at Western Kentucky University.

Andee Rudloff has served as the community relations manager at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, education coordinator at The SKyPAC and curator of the Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tenn., while continuing a career as a professional visual artist. Andee serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Arts Council and recently facilitated the Recliner to 5k training program at TraxRunning.

Ada Travelsted Skillern grew up in Bowling Green and was a member of Warren Central High School’s class of 1991. She graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1994. Ada has taught English at Bowling Green High School since 1996 alongside her husband, Ron, who teaches history. They have one daughter, Elizabeth.

Jessica Snodgrass is a local Bowling Green artist who was recently appointed President of Artworks, Inc. Jessica works at The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) and is an Artist in Residence at The Gallery at 916.

Dr. Debra Sowell, a pediatrician at the Graves Gilbert Clinic, is a Bowling Green High School and Western Kentucky University alum who received her medical degree at the University of Kentucky. Debra’s is excited to announce that her two grown children have brought her news of her first grandchild born in October and another expected in April. She enjoys needlework and watching BGHS, WKU and UK sporting events.

Alicia VeazeyAlicia Veazey is the Librarian for Briarwood Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. Alicia is originally from Bardstown, KY and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. She and husband Jim have three children.

Dr. VoakesRick Voakes MD is a board certified pediatrician in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He emphasizes wellness and prevention in his practice, and he is willing to share this important information with you! For further information regarding health and wellness for children, visit Dr. Voakes’ website at: www.health-bytes.com.

Grecia WilsonGrecia Wilson, RN, BSN serves as the District Health Coordinator for Warren County Public Schools. A native of Scottsville and a graduate of WKU, she enjoys working with children of all ages. She and her family live in Warren County, KY.

Kathy WittKathy Witt is a freelance writer and the author of the historical middle grade novel, The Secret of the Belles, which the late Cammie King Conlon (“Bonnie Blue Butler”) called “a beautiful read, and another amazing tribute to the phenomenon that is Gone With the Wind.” Visit Kathy’s website at www.KathyWitt.com and her blog at www.TravelinTales.com.

Tammy YorkTammy York is a hairdresser at Teaze with 13 years experience. She is a Redken color specialist, certified in Platinum Seamless Extensions. In her quest to become the best hairstylist she can be, she has traveled to Chicago, New York, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale to further her education and learn the latest in cutting edge styles.

Lieutenant Brett Zalla is the Commander of the Fourth District of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division. Brett and his wife Kerry have two children, Lucy and Lincoln.

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