MEET OUR TEAM
Oda Solms-Baruth is the founder of WOMAN Media Group which publishes three popular regional publications spanning Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Southern Maryland Woman, Fairfax Woman and Alexandria Woman magazines are bi-monthly, large format, free publications for women. Southern Maryland Woman magazine, the first of three, made its debut in July 2008 and has grown ever since, thanks to the support from advertisers and readers across the region. Since then, Fairfax Woman was launched in March 2009 and Alexandria Woman in March 2011.
Megan Vereb is the Sales & Marketing Director for Southern Maryland Woman magazine. She has spent more than 9 years immersed in marketing and events within the New York and Washington, DC publishing industry, working for magazines such as Marie Claire, WebMD, JCK, and more. After moving to Calvert County in the summer of 2015, Megan embraced her new country lifestyle and fell in love with the Southern Maryland community. Megan is also the owner of MV Marketing & Events, LLC. To contact her about advertising e-mail email@example.com
Lauren Milani is a freelance graphic and web designer residing in the Washington, DC metro area. She’s been designing professionally since 2008 with successful side gigs as a writer, editor, and photographer. Her ultimate goal is to create work that helps advance progressive causes, animal rights, and social justice. When she’s not designing, Lauren enjoys making art and crafts, decorating her home, writing, reading, watching movies, visiting art exhibits and museums, hitting the hiking and biking trails, and taking countless pictures of the world around her. Visit Lauren’s website at http://laurenariane.com.
Southern Maryland native and Penn State Alumna, Rachel Lytle works full-time in marketing and is a freelance writer for a variety of women’s lifestyle publications. She has a passion for mental health advocacy and enjoys to play tennis, travel, and spend her spare time with family and friends.
Ashley Claire Simpson is a Marketing Communications Specialist for a local military association, but her real passion is freelance writing for a number of publications, including Fairfax/Alexandria Woman. She has been writing features and human interest pieces since her college newspaper days at the University of Virginia, where she graduated in 2008. Ashley has lived in the D.C.-metropolitan area for most of her life and always relishes the opportunity to learn and write about so many inspirational local women who make a difference in the community – and in the world at large.
Crystal Brandt is a freelance writer and contributor to WOMAN magazine. A Southern Maryland native, she lived in New York City for almost 8 years before returning to St. Mary’s County in 2007. She has taught writing and literature in Maryland and New York, including courses at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Pratt Institute, and Brooklyn College. She earned a B.A. in English (2000) from the University of Maryland – College Park and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (2006) from Brooklyn College. In addition to writing, her interests include making and talking about music, practicing yoga and meditation, and experimenting with her blender and bread machine.
Beth Graeme is a Southern Maryland based photographer. Her business Beth Graeme Photography is a member of various organizations in the small business, photography, and real estate communities. Beth believes three core values – Honor, Courage & Commitment, today as much as she did when she was active duty in the Navy. She carries those values in every aspect of her business and interaction with clients. You can always trust that your expectations will be met when you work with her on any project. Beth can be contacted through her website: www.bethgraeme.photography
Jane Pilkerton is co-owner of Photography by Steve & Jane, a portrait and wedding photography studio based in Waldorf, MD. As a leader in the Capital Area Photographers community, she inspires fellow artists to master their craft and excel at customer service. A multiple award-winning photographer, Jane’s style is clean and classic, and her kind, thoroughly professional approach to her work creates a steady stream of referrals for her wedding and portrait business. A judge for the prestigious WPPI awards, and a brilliant public speaker, Jane is available for photography and speaking assignments all over the U.S. and around the world. She can be contacted through her website, www.steveandjane.com
Coming from Western Maryland, Marie Keller is currently an undergraduate student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is studying to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English with a double minor in Philosophy and Political Science. Her short stories and poetry have been published multiple times in AVATAR. Marie argues for the power in the words we use; they should be cherished, celebrated, and understood. She believes that connecting with others through conversation and discussion is important because “that is the only way to truly understand and thrive in our everyday experiences.”