Feature Writers

Kathy Glow

Kathy Glow
Family Feature WriterKathy Glow is a wife and mom to four lively boys and one beautiful angel in Heaven. An Omaha native, she received her degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She now stays at home with her most important students.

Most days you can find her under a pile of laundry ordering take-out. When she is not driving all over town in her mini-van or wiping “boy stuff” off the walls, she is contemplating training for a race and trying to master the eagle pose in yoga. She also blogs late at night about what happens after all your dreams come true at www.lifewiththefrog.com. You will find her posts each Sunday under Kissing the Frog.

Kaiti George

Kaiti George
Family Friendly Recipes

Kaiti George is a Registered Dietitian and fitness enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in both fields. She is the Director of Nutrition and Education at the Nebraska Beef Council. She also teaches a variety of group exercise classes at the Kearney YMCA, including BodyPump, Cycling, 30 Minute core and Intense Total Training.

Kaiti is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Licensed Medical Nutrition therapist through the State of Nebraska.

Kaiti and her husband Tom live in Kearney with their two dogs, Joe and Murphy. Kaiti prides herself on living an active healthy lifestyle and hopes to give readers great tips and recipes to do the same!

You will find Kaiti’s fantastic recipes on the first Monday of each month under Her Kitchen!  For more healthy and delicious beef recipes, log onto www.nebeef.org

Tiffany Verzal

Tiffany Verzal
Family Feature Writer

Tiffany Verzal was raised in rural Nebraska, and now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Brandon and daughter Alexis (5).

After earning her degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was a video editor and graphic designer for several nationally televised shows and documentaries.

In 2008, her daughter Alexis was the victim of shaken baby syndrome at the hands of her daycare provider in Texas. Alexis suffered severe brain damage and has spent over 2,000 hours in rehabilitation since her injury.

In 2009, Tiffany and her husband Brandon produced an award winning documentary, Pathways, that followed the lives of four individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Pathways inspired a $1.2 million donation from Larry the Cable Guy’s Git-R-Done Foundation that was used to build the Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital at Madonna.

Tiffany continues to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse. She serves on the Nebraska Brain Injury Council as well as Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

You will find Tiffany’s posts each Tuesday under Tiff’s Story.  For more information about her blog, log onto http://www.standwithfaith.com

Sanae Shea

Sanae Shea
Healthy Living/Fashion Writer

Sanae Shea was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. While young, she envisioned herself all grown up and living large in a big exciting city somewhere outside the Midwest. But fate took Sanae down a different path and brought her to Kearney, Nebraska where she resides today.

Sanae attended UNK while it was still Kearney State College and graduated with a BFA in Commercial Art. Following graduation, she worked in Omaha as a corporate graphic designer.

In 1999, with a young growing family in tow, she and her husband Greg moved back to Kearney to start up the new USHL hockey franchise, The Tri-City Storm. Sanae became a stay-at-home mom who wasn’t very good at staying home. While her three boys were young, she stayed busy and kept her creative juices flowing by working part-time as a sales consultant and Team Mentor for Tastefully Simple and later a marketing account executive.

Sanae continues to work on free-lance marketing projects alongside her main job as an independently licensed Zumba Fitness© instructor. She holds multiple Zumba© licenses which qualifies her to teach participants of all ages and abilities. Sanae is an AFAA (Aerobic and Fitness Association of America) certified group fitness instructor as well as a Les Mills certified Body Pump instructor. Additionally, Sanae is the Skin Care Consultant for USave Pharmacy’s pharmaceutical grade skin care and anti-aging products called RX Solutions Skin Therapy.

If Sanae isn’t teaching a class, she can be found carting kids around town, attending sporting and school activities, indulging in reality TV, lost in her Kindle or perfecting the art of online shopping. Sanae still admires all things “big city” but loves her life in Central Nebraska and all the good things it provides her family.

You will find Sanae’s posts each Wednesday under Healthy Living, Fashion and/or beauty.  You can also find information about Sanae’s Zumba classes online at http://www.zumbawithsanae.com

Terri Miller

Terri Miller
Healthy Living Writer

Who is Terri Miller?

She is full of energy and God’s encourager to many she comes in contact with. She is married to an amazing man for almost 8 years and has a beautiful little girl who lights up her life!

The question that she is most asked is “how do you keep so motivated?” Life has its ups and downs and we have a choice on how to react. Fitness is what motivates Terri and keeps her life in balance. Fitness is a HUGE part of her life as she leads by example by living a healthy lifestyle to teach, encourage, motivate, and to be “real” with helping others to do the same. She takes fitness and wraps the idea of having a solid foundation (mind, body, and spirit) into her life. She has a love for the LORD and takes her passion of fitness to help her grow closer to God and hopes to spread that love to others as well.

Terri is a personal trainer/motivator at Just for Ladies in Kearney, she is a MOPS Leader (serves as the Teen MOPS Coordinator), and is involved in her church on their Women’s Ministry Team. She is always ready to meet a new face. This is Terri Miller!

You will find Terri’s posts under Healthy Living.

Anna Greenwald

Anna Greenwald
Fashion Writer

Immediately after graduating from Kearney High School in 2008, Anna took her love for the fashion industry on a California adventure. While in San Diego, Anna was involved with fashion show production and retail internships. She styled models for the runway, and even did some modeling when alternates were needed. Anna made herself known at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, serving as the student body president before graduating with honors in 2010.

After completing her “Future Nordstrom Leaders” Internship in downtown San Diego, Anna decided it was time to bring her passion back to the Midwest and open a business of her own.

A pageant girl with several crowns under her belt, Anna knows a thing or two about styling and presentation. Today, Anna owns and operates elesch boutique in downtown Kearney. Her store offers contemporary and affordable fashions for men and women. She offers personal styling by appointment and enjoys coaching young pageant contestants.

Elesch boutique (the name combines “Elegant” and “Fresh”) offers personal styling and personal shopping nights for men, women, or couples. Check out elesch boutique today! http://www.elesch.com

Amanda Sullivan

Amanda Sullivan
Food Writer

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Amanda Sullivan works in software marketing by day and is a food blogger by night (well, all the time, really). On her blog, at the red table, you’ll get all kinds of quick and easy meal ideas, healthy recipes, delicious dishes, and maybe some indulgent — no, definitely some indulgent — treats, non-connoisseur wine reviews and reviews of restaurants in Omaha — and beyond! It’s a celebration of life, food and eating. She promises to give you something more than food to digest. You might even have a laugh or two.

Email Amanda at [email protected], become a fan on Facebook, follow her boards on Pinterest or catch a tweet or two on Twitter.

Renee Thomsen

Renee Thomsen

Renee traded in her Louis Vuitton for a coupon binder after the birth of her son in 2007. Looking to save a few bucks on diapers, she found herself fully immersed in the wild world of couponing. Around that time, Renee discovered Dave Ramsey, a personal finance guru, and thus began her quest to find financial peace. Renee blogs for thehword.com and teaches couponing classes at CCC in Hastings. She resides in Hastings with her husband, Travis, son, Zane and daughter, Stella.

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead

Dr. Lindsay Waechter-Mead

Dr. Mead grew up on a diversified farm 30 minutes south of Hastings and graduated from Blue Hill High School. Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then received her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 2008. Lindsay and her husband Clay have two children, Anna and Harrison, and keep busy with their Red Angus seedstock cattle herd. Furry family members include dogs Hattie and Mindy and Klondike the cat.

To contact Dr. Mead, visit – http://www.animal-clinic.org

Michelle DeRusha

Michelle DeRusha
Writer

A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska a decade ago, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of chickens …and God. She writes about finding and keeping faith in the everyday at her blog, Graceful, as well as a monthly religion and spirituality column for the Lincoln Journal Star and for a variety of online publications, including The High Calling. She’s mom to two rambunctious, bug-loving boys, Noah and Rowan, and wife to Brad, an English professor. You can also connect with Michelle on Twitter and Facebook.

Trish Eklund

Trish Eklund
Writer

Trish Eklund was born in Texas, and has also lived in New Mexico. She has lived in Nebraska for almost fifteen years, raising her two daughters of nine and thirteen with her husband, ex-husband, and his wife. Taking an untraditional approach to raising children after divorce and remarriage, all four adults co-parent their daughters. They consult one another on all decisions, help one another when they can, and even sit together at their daughter’s events. Trish has been writing since the third grade, and is presently revising her fourth young adult novel. She has worked in the medical field, including a local emergency room as an EMT.  You will find Trish’s posts in the family category, touching on divorce, remarriage, and co-parenting children. Learn more about Trish at: http://www.bigblendedfamily.com/

Traci

Traci

Traci was born and raised in San Diego and has called Kearney, Nebraska home for the past 17 years. She is married to Darby Runge and together they have 6 children. They own and operate Pro-Tint, a window tinting business. Along with being a full-time mom, Traci is also a Manager and Certified Trainer with SendOutCards. Traci works hard to balance her roles of mother, wife and business owner. She strives to help make the world a better place through kindness and love and leading by example. Traci is committed to her family, church and community and can often be found volunteering in some capacity.

Carey

Carey

Midwest is near and dear to Carey’s heart. After growing up in David City, she spent many years in Lincoln and decided to return to the family’s roots, now calling Saline County “home”. She shares time between the family homestead in Dorchester, where the Potter’s Field Vineyard is and Friend, where she lives and works as a professional promoter of Nebraska wine. Having spent many years traveling, as a registered lobbyist and government affairs consultant, she loves visiting big cities, but loves the peace and quiet of the country even more. So, she put her briefcase away, planted a vineyard, opened a wine room and art gallery, and now just dabbles in the political world. You’re likely to find her either at the farm, dabbling in the vineyard, in her office, with at least two cats on her lap or at the Pour House, touting Nebraska wines and talking renovation and restoration.   For more about Carey’s small businesses or the restoration effort, visit her at www.visitthepourhouse.com, www.marymary-quitecontrary.com or www.FriendOperaHouse.com.  She can also be found on Facebook and at each of these pages.

Shannon

Shannon

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Grand Island Hy-Vee, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy customers to make healthy lifestyle choices right where they make most of their food decisions! She hopes to share tips and recipes with you to make your life easier, healthier, and happier! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Dietetic Association and Central Nebraska District Dietetic Association, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.

Amy Almsteier

Amy Almsteier

I am a wife and mom of two boys under the age of two. I’ve loved to cook since I was a child and now that I’m a mom I consider the meals I create for our family table to be one of the fundamental building blocks of happy, healthy kids. About five years ago I got a wake-up call as I stumbled across a book that changed my life. I began voraciously reading about what we eat, how it’s grown/raised, and the impact that has on not only our long term health, but our daily bodily processes as well. As a result I tossed A LOT of junk food out of my diet and something incredible happened – I felt so amazing that I had no idea I had been walking around like a virtual zombie for years. With increased energy levels, mood, and vitality I began telling everyone I could that they too could feel this good. And that is how I found my passion in all things food, health, growing, and cooking.  Out of this passion grew the agricultural technology company, Terra Tech, that my husband and I started several years ago focusing on indoor and hydroponic farming in an effort to make highly-nutritious, pesticide-free and local produce widely accessible.  We have a vision of a healthier future for our children’s generation.  I was raised in Nebraska surrounded by agriculture, yet for most of my life I gave very little thought to where my food came from and how it affected my health.  In order to increase life expectancy and vitality for future generations we must shift the focus to the meals on our plates by getting in touch with cooking and agriculture.  I am also the creator of Fueling Superheroes, where I blog about health as well as share the recipes that I come up with for my family’s daily meals and snacks.  My father was a professional chef who imparted me with an ability to cook and create in the kitchen that has been essential in applying all I have learned about food in order to come up with real-life tasty meals. Since I have a young toddler to feed I focus my meals around healthful foods that are family friendly, fast, and easy to prepare.  I also pay special attention to making foods that can be enjoyed by those with food sensitivities as the industrialization of our food system has increased the instances of soy, wheat, dairy, and peanut allergies.  I hope to be a help and inspiration to all in eating cleaner, greener, and healthier foods for life!

Alissa

Alissa

Alissa was born and raised in the Midwest and currently calls Iowa home. She’s living out her dreams as a stay home mom & wife. Alissa has a 3 year old son and a 1 year old daughter, both through open adoption. For fun, she enjoys taking pictures of her kids. Too bad they don’t find it as amusing!

Chaaron

Chaaron

Chaaron lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, RP, and her son, Dash. She’s a Nebraska girl who fell in love with a Nebraska boy and followed him to Virginia after they got married. By day, she is a public policy director at a national nonprofit. By night, she serves as her husband’s sous chef and cherishes her newest role, Mommy! The ‘P’ family also has a sweet and chubby beagle, Manny, and two cats, Fosse and Elly Mae. Out of necessity, she is an avid sports fan. The ‘P’ household never misses a Husker game and the three of them can often be found at Nationals Park on a summer day. Her son attended his first major league baseball game at six days old! You can follow all of our adventures on my blog, senseandnonsenseblog.com.

Traci

Traci

Traci Davies is an Omaha native who graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln with a Communications degree (she still doesn’t quite understand what that is). While there, she also did some jersey chasing and ended up marrying a Husker football player, Judd, in 2003. Since she still felt like a teenager, she decided to go into high school ministry after college. She worked as a Club Director at Youth For Christ in Lincoln, and then became the High School Director at a large church in Omaha.

After 5+ years in ministry, she moved to Nashville, TN for her husband’s residency program at Vanderbilt Medical Center. After a brief stint working at a Christian Record Label, she chose to stay at home when her daughter, Caroline, was born in 2010. She has since welcomed another little girl, Meredith, whom she accidentally gave birth to in her bed surrounded by firemen. You can read that story along with her other amusing anecdotes at www.myjobisamusing.com

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Lori Wildenberg

Lori Wildenberg

Feature Writer, Parenting Expert
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, has more than twenty-five years experience working with children and parents. She’s an author, speaker, licensed parent & family educator, certified teacher, and mother of four. She has spoken or led workshops in Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and California. She speaks to both religious and secular groups regarding positive, purposeful and effective parenting techniques. She’s available for parent coaching and preschool-elementary teacher in-service training. You can find out more about Lori at www.loriwildenberg.com 

Christina Lorenzen

Christina Lorenzen

Christina Lorenzen

Home School Feature Writer

Christina Lorenzen is an award winning writer with more than two hundred articles in print. She began writing at the age of 10, when her father brought home an old typewriter that had been tossed in the garbage. Though her dream was always to be a novelist, she spent twenty plus years writing feature articles.

After giving birth to her first child she began to write full-time, the beginning of a steady stream of publishing credits and freelance research work. Years down the road writing afforded her the opportunity to home school her daughter and son, an experience that she feels she learned as much as her children did.  With her son and daughter both graduated from homeschooling, Christina has turned her attention to writing fiction, completing a  novel and novella.

That first novel is socked away in a file cabinet, begging to someday see the light of day. She is in the midst of editing a novella and working on a second novel. When she is not writing or reading, she indulges herself in designing jewelry for Addie Frank Designs athttp://www.etsy.com/shop/addiefrankdesigns

Kelly Hagen

Kelly Hagen

Kelly Hagen

Feature Writer
Faith and Motherhood
Author Kelly Hagen wrote a rough draft of her children’s book Jake & Jesus many years ago. Finally after much prayer and direction from God she sent in her book to Tate Publishing. They liked her work and decided to publish it for her. Jake & Jesus is the first of many books Kelly wants to get published. She is working on a book geared towards adults right now. It’s a christian romance/suspense. She is hoping to have it finished early next year. She has a couple more children’s books in the works too! But until those all get finished please check out her first book Jake & Jesus, as well as her page dedicated to interviewing christian authors.

You can find out more about her at: http://kellyhagen.weebly.com

Erin Pearson

Erin Pearson

Erin Pearson

Feature Writer of Faith & Health
Erin has a dual role here on Her View From Home. She shares her perspective on faith and also talks about her journey of losing 55 pounds.

She is a mother of twin 7 year old sons, is married and lives in Nebraska. Hailing from Western Nebraska originally, she spends her time balancing career, PTO and family time. She has also dedicated time seeking representation/publication for her first novel “Seed of the Fallen: The Prodigal Angels”, a faith filled fiction piece about the fallen angels in Ancient Rome. Between encouraging her passion for epic poetry and angelology, she is also an avid blogger, having started Hewn Tree Scribe in early 2012. You can visit her blog at: http://erinlpearson.tumblr.com/

Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison

Sue Harrison

Feature Writer of Faith
Sue Harrison is the author of six critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling novels. Mother Earth Father Sky, My Sister the Moon and Brother Wind make up The Ivory Carver Trilogy, an epic adventure set in prehistoric Alaska. Song of the River, Cry of the Wind and Call Down the Stars  comprise The Storyteller Trilogy.  Sue’s young adult book, SISU, was released by Thunder Bay Press . You can read about her at www.sueharrison.com.

 

Catrina Gray

Catrina Gray

 

Catrina Gray

Photographer 

When Catrina was younger she lived all over the world due to her dad being in the Air Force. When Catrina got older she made it a goal to continue traveling and living in as many different places as she could. One of her most life changing expediencies was when she was living in Africa for 2 year. While she enjoyed her work there helping the native people improve their lives, she found that the moments she shared through her lens was what made those two years precious. After her time in Africa, Catrina continued to travel and somehow found herself living in Kearney Ne. This is where she found her life passion and hidden talent. Photography has taken ahold of Catrina and her photograph express in so many words on just how much love she has for what she does. You can visit her photography Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/cjmax478

Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin
DIY/Home Improvement Writer

Michelle Fortin and her husband, Jason blog about their DIY home improvement adventures on their site, Making Our Dream.  That’s where you’ll also hear more about her life as a part-time SAHM to Kenton (born 5/2011) and baby #2 – due to arrive in October 2012. In addition to being a wife and mom, Michelle also teaches broadcast journalism at Arizona State University, is actively involved in her local MOPS group, dabbles in photography, and is a self-confessed social media addict. Currently, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she and Jason bought their first home in 2009. It was a foreclosure that’s needed quite a bit of work!

If Michelle looks familiar, that may be because you remember her as Michelle Frey – when she anchored the weekend newscasts on NTV a few years ago. She also taught a few classes at UNK. The years she spent in central Nebraska produced some of the best memories and dearest friends a girl could ask for – which is why she’s thrilled to be a part of the Her View From Home team.

Sally Bernard

Sally Bernard
Debt Management Tips

Sally moved to Kearney from a small town in Southeast Nebraska, twenty one years ago. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and earned a bachelors degree in consumer science with an emphasis in business. Sally was the district manager of a major clothing store in Denver, Colorado and the surrounding area.

In 1993, Sally moved back to Kearney, Nebraska to start a new career in banking. In 2000 she joined Advantage Financial Group to help grow the family business and enjoy the freedom to spend more time with her family.

In 2004, she became licensed in debt management and finds great pleasure helping families turn debt in to equity. If you are looking for expert services in mortgages or debt management, give Sally a call.

You will find Sally’s posts under Her Home on Saturdays. To contact Sally click here.

Jennie Nollette

Jennie Nollette
Gardening/Recipes

Jennie Nollette, grew up in the Omaha, NE. She attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and received a degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

While in school she met the love of her life, Brent Nollette a small town boy from Nenzel, NE. After graduation and with much hesitation she moved to Kearney and worked at the Best Western Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites until starting at the Chamber as the Event Director on February 1, 2010.

On June 19, 2010 Jennie married her sweetheart. They now reside in the coziest home in Amherst, NE, where they love to spend time together cooking and tending their giant garden!

You’ll find Jennie’s posts seasonally when her garden is growing!  Check out the Nollette family ranch!

Andrea Kelley

Andrea Kelley
Fine Art Photographer

Andrea Kelley is a fine art photographer living in Kearney, Nebraska. Her primary focus is the beautiful things she discovers in the Nebraska countryside. She thinks old houses have a romantic charm, and has a great appreciation for classic cars. You can view her art at http://www.nebraskasky.etsy.com/.

Home of Nebraska Landscapes and Vintage Car Art by NebraskaSky / www.etsy.com
Do you need a gift for friend or relative who loves old cars, or just scenic pictures of Nebraska? You have come to the right place.

Inscribed Design & Photography

Inscribed Design & Photography

Inscribed Design & Photography began as a passion for art and creativity. As a senior in high school, I began to experiment with photography as an art form. I purchased my first ‘real’ camera, a Canon Rebel xTi in September of 2007. I began using it to teach myself about photography. My passion for the art grew into a desire to learn more. In the spring of 2008, I decided to make photography my area of study in college. I began classes as a Photography major at Central Community College in Hastings in the fall of 2008.

I graduated in May of 2011 as a Photography and Graphic Arts major. Being able to develop my creative eye as well as my artistic skills was incredibly helpful. I have grown so much in the past few years, due in part to what I have learned from the Media Arts program. Now, I am blessed to have my own (very small) business! I specialize in Senior portraits, Engagements and Weddings, and Fine Art photography.

Inscribed Photography is the overflow of my passion for photography and art. My goal is to inspire others to experience God’s character and glory through my work. I believe that God has given me a gift for creativity and I desire to use that gift for Him.

http://www.inscribedphotography.com/i-am-inscribed

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan
Creative Writer

Amy writes for both print and online publications. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about practical ways for families to serve others. Amy spends her mornings teaching sassy, high school students in Western North Carolina, and her afternoons attempting to correct her two daughters’ newly acquired Southern accents. Amy blogs at http://www.amylsullivan1.com/.

Peggy Philips

Peggy Philips
Creative Writer

Enjoying the simple pleasures of life, is what Nebraska has offered me – it is the place, I call ‘Home.’

Highlighting the best of Nebraska is something that Peggy has done for most of her adult life. From inspiring women to better living, that earned her a Nebraska legislative resolution, to being a part of developing a must see television show, The Good Life , where she designed the mission statement; ‘Discovering the best of Nebraska people and places.’ Originally from the west coast, Peggy had a difficult upbringing – but Nebraska is a place she calls home – it has given her roots and what it has to offer is more than just a place to live it has been the place where opportunities and experiences have offered her a better life. Her passion for telling others about this wonderful state has carried over into a new chapter of her life, as an on-air personality at KRVN with developed Rural Roadside.

Alexandra Dillon

Alexandra Dillon
Creative Writer

Alexandra Dillon, Associate Director for the Great Plains chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association focuses on the chapter’s four priorities: service, education, advocacy and research. She provides: care support to families and individuals impacted by dementia, community education and training to professional and family care providers. Alexandra maintains an ongoing relationship with Nebraska’s state and federal legislators furthering the Association’s legislative priorities for individuals affected by dementia.

She supports area volunteer Walk to End Alzheimer’s committees in the Association’s annual fundraising campaign. Alexandra is passionate about educating people about dementia and providing communication tools to families to encourage their continued engagement with loved ones with dementia.

Alexandra was formerly with an international human resource consulting company. She has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and project management. She worked with companies in a variety of industries including: healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, insurance and banking, among others.

Born in New York City, Alexandra spent her childhood years in a small Kansas town, Neodesha and Ft. Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Alexandra and her husband moved to Kearney from Kansas City in 2002. Her husband is a Professor of Geography at UNK and they have two children Ben 14 and Lauren 10.

Elizabeth Swanson

Elizabeth Swanson
Creative Writer

Elizabeth Swanson (Liz) Lives in Kearney. She is married to an amazing man (Josh) that God blessed her to find in her backyard. They are raising two lovely daughters, Elah and Addysen that never let the sun go down without an adventure of some kind. She has been a cosmetologist for 7 years specializing in color and custom sculptured acrylics. She is located at Fanci That in downtown Kearney. “It isn’t work. I get to talk with my friends and play dress up every day! I just love that it also provides for my family.”

Kelly Maeser

Kelly Maeser
Creative Writer

Kelly Maeser is a wife, mother, writer, and artist. After her birth in Grand Island, and subsequent moves to Fremont and then Hooper, her family settled in Kearney when Kelly was in the 3rd grade. She now resides in Omaha with her husband, son, daughter, and their fur baby cat. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Art from UNK in 2003. After working with various non-profit organizations and one non-profit consulting firm, she decided to stay home full time when her son was born in 2006. Since then, when her focus is not on her family, she writes, reads, and creates. She is currently writing a Young Adult novel and *fingers crossed* hopes to be published someday. She had a poem published in Migraine Expressions: A Creative Journey through Life with Migraines.

She has recently started a blog Pieces of Me, at www.kellymaeser.blogspot.com, where you can follow among other things; her adventures in life, her struggles with chronic pain, book reviews, and creative projects. She also makes letter art photography signs. You can find samples of her work at, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weathered-Words/193072040731555

Seanne Larson Emerton

Seanne Larson Emerton
Creative Writer

Seanne Larson Emerton, a licensed marriage and family therapist, founded Family Resources of Greater Nebraska, P.C. (www.family-resources.net) in 1991 with a passion to use her family systems training to serve the Greater Nebraska area and beyond. She now has eighteen employees and offices in Kearney, Grand Island, Broken Bow, Ord and York.

Seanne received her undergraduate degree in religion and humanities from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her graduate degree in counseling from the University of Nebraska Kearney. She received her extern training in family therapy through Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. She brings a variety of skills to her work, including expertise in working with couples, helping clients grow emotional intelligence, strengthening clients’ internal resources and helping organizations create and sustain healthy workplace environments.

Seanne always had a desire to be in a career where she felt she could make a difference. She loves people and strongly believes in the power of healthy relationships and healthy community to help sustain life’s challenges and to increase joy.

Seanne has a special interest in spirituality and health and her spirituality is a source of strength for her as well as a motivator to do the work she does.

Seanne and her husband, Tom, live on the land her great great grandfather homesteaded and where they enjoyed raising their two, now adult sons. Tom is an attorney and a banker but a farmer at heart. Nate, Britt and Henrik (age 3) live in Cambridge, MA where Nate works for the investment research company, Ned Davis Research. Britt is a neuropsychologist at Mass General Hospital in Boston and Henrik is a precocious Montessori preschooler. Andrew, a Beer Ranger for New Belgium Brewery, lives in Denver and his fiancé, Megan, is a District Attorney in Denver. They will be married this September. Time with family is Seanne’s greatest joy.

Alicia

Alicia
Creative Writer

As the owner + creative director behind Ally B Designs, Alicia’s love of design, fashion, and crafting has allowed her to have the most emotionally rewarding career. Growing up in central Nebraska, she remembers naturally having a creative flair for art and design. Participating in 4-H (Decorate Your Duds was a favorite) and having a crafty mom, some would say it’s in her blood. Alicia loves the beautiful landscape, country charm, rustic touches, and the small towns bursting with treasures and stories to tell that Nebraska has to offer. This is probably why she is in love with “vintage chic” design and styling.

After working in the graphic design industry for over 10 years, Alicia found her true calling after planning her own wedding. She took what she loved from graphic design and combined it with all things personal and pretty. Alicia loves combining beautiful papers, fun fonts, and luscious textures to create a beautiful piece of art. A Nebraska girl from the heart, Alicia brings down home charm to every invitation created and event styled.

Since opening Ally B Designs the beginning of 2011, she is committed to creating exclusive invitations and fabulous décor. Alicia provides imagination, clever ideas and personal touches that will have guests “oohing and ahhing”. Her goal is to create the invitation or event of your dreams with services to ensure that the planning process is stress free and memorable. Whether your event is in a ballroom or under a beautiful tent, her passion for creating unique and memorable affairs will ensure your vision is brought to life.

Kitty

Kitty
Creative Writer

Kitty grew up in the heart of Omaha before heading down south for her undergraduate education in Business at Oklahoma Christian University. In her Junior year, she decided to start living this portion of her life by he motto “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there” (said by the Cheshire Cat). She decided she wasn’t sure what to do with her life upon graduation, but she knew she wouldn’t get anywhere without trying something.
Her new motto took her to the University of Nebraska College of Law. Within 2 months of starting law school, she became a blogger, opened her own photography business, and created an etsy shop. She never would have guessed those three things would allow her to pay for almost half of her law school tuition.
Currently, she is in her 3rd year at law school, ready to start her next big adventure, wherever that will take her.

Please stop by and visit her at her law school blog, www.threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com (I usually list it as A Law Student’s Journey and hyperlink the name…sometimes threeyearsofdeath can scare people away!) Where she shares her crafts, recipes, photography, stories, and insights on life as a law student.

Dawn

Dawn

After almost six years in rural Nebraska, Dawn, her husband, three young children, two cats and their dog recently moved to Lincoln. Since then, they have lost one cat and added a dog and one fish. She is an entrepreneur of many sorts while volunteering and spending a good portion of her time with family and friends, getting to know her new surroundings. She also works part-time as the Project Coordinator for Let’s Build Nebraska, aside from her graphic/web design and writing business. Dawn grew up in a variety of places, graduated from The University of Iowa, met her husband in Idaho and slowly worked her way back to the Midwest, where her heart never left. Find out more about Dawn at www.dawnmgarcia.com or blog at www.dawnmgarcia.blogspot.com.

Megan

Megan

Megan is a full time mom to five kiddos age 8 and under. She enjoys reading, crafting, tree hugging, cooking, and chasing her goal of living “The Good Life” on a shoestring budget.

Trudy

Trudy

After being diagnosed with arthritis in 1994, Trudy turned to a home yoga practice as a way to help control the pain in her joints.  Eighteen years later, Trudy is still on her yoga mat, owns her own business and is a registered certified Yoga, T’ai Chi and Pilates instructor.  Her goal -  to introduce as many people to the benefits of Yoga.

If you would like for information on classes contact Trudy at 308-627-5506, www.justbreatheyoga.us or [email protected]

Dr. Psota

Dr. Psota

Dr. Psota received her undergraduate education at Kearney State College, and her Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Her residency in Pediatrics was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She began her medical career at Kearney Clinic in 1992. Dr. Psota is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She and her husband, Kent, have two children, Karman and Lauren.

Jamie

Jamie

I started to crave travel while I was in college, and no, I’m not just talking about Spring Break
(although Mazatlan was a lot of fun). What began with venturing to a few away games to cheer
on my beloved Cornhusker football team, quickly turned into spending a semester in the college
program at Walt Disney World, becoming a nanny for a family living outside of New York City,
completing a semester-long linguistic program in France, and eventually flying across the nation
while working for a sales and strategic marketing firm.
I’m fortunate to have been a lot of places, but my story is not about where I’ve been – it’s about
what I’ve been lucky enough to do. Everywhere I go I seek out the best local eateries, museums, and
shops. From food truck to fine dining, from art studios to The Louvre, from farmers markets to
high-end boutiques – I love discovering local treasures.
I’m a connoisseur of local culture and I’d like to share with you my culinary adventures. Pull up a
chair, grab a fancy glass of whatever you’re thirsting for, and let’s eat. Bon appetit!

Maralee

Maralee

Maralee is a mother of four pretty incredible kids ages six and under.  Three of them were adopted (one internationally from Liberia, two through foster care in Nebraska) and her fourth baby came the old fashioned way.  Prior to becoming parents Maralee and her husband were houseparents at a children’s home and worked with 17 boys during their five year tenure.  Maralee is passionate about caring for kids, foster parenting and adoption, making her husband a fairly decent dinner every night, staying on top of the laundry, watching ridiculous documentaries, and trying to do it all for God’s glory.  Maralee can be heard on My Bridge Radio talking about motherhood on “A Mother’s Heart for God” and what won’t fit in a 90 second radio segment ends up at www.amusingmaralee.com

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Melissa Stroh

Melissa N. Stroh
Home school Feature Writer
Melissa N. Stroh is an aspiring Historical Fiction writer and homeschooling mother of three enjoying the ranching life outside Newcastle, Wyoming. She serves as board secretary for the Newcastle Area Christian Homeschool Organization (NACHO) and writes freelance articles for Mud Pie Magazine, distributed in the greater Black Hills region.
The last thing that Melissa ever expected to do was homeschool. Be a loving wife and devoted mother? Check! An aspiring writer? Just living the dream, baby. But making the decision to take full charge of her children’s education? Well that just sort of fell in her lap.
Before she could say “Bob’s your who?”, Melissa found herself swept away in the world of one standard curriculum versus mix-n-match, homeschool board meetings, spontaneous field trips, choosing between traditional or eclectic teaching methods, making social time and balancing home life with all of the above.
To say “Homeschool is overwhelming,” would be an understatement.
It takes a special kind of crazy to homeschool. But don’t worry, Melissa’s got you covered. From her incessant movie and pop culture references to her uncanny ability to torture her kids by bursting into song, she’ll prove there’s more than one way to get through the school day.
If you’ve ever found yourself giving a spelling test while simultaneously changing a poopy diaper and yelling at your son to get back to his math work, then never fear. Here’s one mom who understands your view from home! To learn more go to: https://www.facebook.com/melissa.stroh1

Lisa Poltz

Lisa Poltz

Lisa Poltz

Feature Writer

Life as a stay at home mom in New Jersey

Lisa Poltz is a wife and a mom to two teenaged boys and one little girl that loves all things princess! Lisa is a native New Jersey girl; she and her family make their home in Raritan Township. She was graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in psychology. After twenty years working in Prescription Benefit Management Lisa decided to switch to a career more dear to her heart. She has been a Stay at Home Mom since her first son was born.
Lisa is also a certified hockey mom and unofficial coach for her daughter at her gymnastics classes. She is also CEO of housekeeping, household finance, dining and travel; she has logged more miles on her car than the Space Shuttle. “Date Night” for she and her husband may be a cliché but they carve out as much time as they can to spend time together. Two hours alone at a restaurant chain most certainly counts as a night out
Even though her children are a little older and more independent she is still more happy and productive being home for her kids. Rather than working part-time out the home she is pursuing opportunities to work from her home. Through this pursuit Lisa discovered writing and a blog was born! You can read about her journey from the corporate world to running her household at momsinneverneverland.com. Through her writing she conveys all its joys and the struggles. Lisa also focuses on her relationship with her husband; she examines how being a SAHM had influenced marriage. As a feature writer at HVFM she explores this topic more deeply. Lisa wishes to share her experiences with other moms like herself. http://www.momsinneverneverland.com/

 

Betty Streff

Betty Streff

Betty Streff

Feature Writer of Faith

Betty Streff began her career as a customer service representative for a large corporation in Omaha.  Four years later she was a farm wife in a small rural community with limited opportunities for women.  During the next 25 years she became a serial entrepreneur obsessed with studying faith, spirituality, leadership, motivation, and management.  Her last seven years were spent working in corporate America in the hospitality and manufacturing world.  This has proved to be a perfect lifetime study for her current role as a human capital expert for Ellison Partners. Betty loves her life today working with businesses and individuals, teaching key leadership skills and behaviors and optimizing job matching, insuring smooth running and profitable operations.  She and her husband Steve have been married 44 years and have 2 incredible daughters, 2 fantastic sons-in-law and 6 amazing grandchildren.

Erin MacPherson

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Erin MacPhersen

Feature Writer of Motherhood

I recently left my job at MTV Networks/Parents Connect.  My house is a mess, my baby’s high chair is covered in sweet potato grime and I just stuffed an entire load of clean, dry laundry into a laundry basket without folding it.  The last time I attempted a craft with my kids, it ended in a tempra-paint induced meltdown (from me, not my kids).  I’m not particularly organized or style-savvy or discipline-wise.

But, I am a mom.  And a Christian.  And I love to write about life and parenting and God and every place where those three things intersect. Pull up a chair. Get comfortable.  I can’t wait to meet and connect with other moms like me– moms who just love their husbands, love their kids and love their not-so-organized, not-so-crafty and not-so-fashionable lives.  I’d love to hear your stories, your ideas and your thoughts and (if you have any) your potty training advice. You can visit with me at: http://www.christianmamasguide.com

 

 

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