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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
Lori 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, Lori 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 Lori’s website at http://idesignandwrite.com.
Rachel Lytle is a freelance writer from Southern Maryland who works in healthcare marketing full-time. She holds a degree in Journalism and cares deeply about advocating for mental health and women’s issues. In her spare time, Rachel likes to play tennis, travel and hang out with her family, friends, and two cats.
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
Armed with the innate drive of an entrepreneur, Tammi Murphy channeled her passion for hard work into a 12-year banking career. Highly successful despite a distinct lack of math proficiency, she admitted to herself in an Oprah “aha moment” that she wanted something different. Tammi used some mad Google skills to teach herself Illustrator and Photoshop on hand-me-down software and began a side business designing logos. At first bartering those logos for services ranging from haircuts to car washes, she landed paying clients before the need arose to barter for a spot in a retirement home. As her business began taking off, Tammi also taught herself web design and Facebook marketing—business tools that she currently teaches to and manages for clients. Six years into her banking exodus, she now specializes in logo and website design, social media management and consulting, and print design. She is consistently motivated to keep learning and to get results for her clients. Her motto in life and in business: “If you’re the smartest person in your circle, change circles.”
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