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Prince William Living is more than just a magazine.  It’s the desire to celebrate the positive things in our community. To affect and inspire our neighbors to improve the quality of life here in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Here at PWL, our staff , contributors and advertisers stand behind our mission, not just with words, but with action.  We actively volunteer at not for profits, participate in the arts, support education and work force development, focus local economics and buy local.

Venn DiagramWe encourage our readers to volunteer their time, money or voice to help further this mission.  By giving of ourselves, we gain—by increasing our own fulfillment, making new friends and helping our community to thrive.

 

 

Executive Staff

Rebecca Barnes
Publisher
A lifelong resident of Prince William County, Rebecca Barnes is, as Marty Nohe says, a “serial entrepreneur” She has been a business owner for more than 20 years, starting and running several award winning companies in Prince William County. Rebecca served for 12 years on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and was its youngest female Chairman.(Regional) She was a founding task force member, first (co) Chairman and graduated from the first class of Leadership Prince William. Over the years, Rebecca has received numerous honors and awards while serving her community including the Seefeldt Arts Award, Business supporter of the year and three time award winner, Business of the year,Prince William Chamber of Commerce.

Rebecca serves on the Executive committee and Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William and is Chair of the Marketing Committee. She is also the Chair of the Valor awards Committee, for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Rebecca is the Publisher of Prince William Living, which is the only lifestyle magazine that covers Prince William County and Greater Manassas, Va., exclusively.

Rebecca is also an active volunteer for the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department as a board member and the Public Relations Specialist / Public Information Officer, where she serves as liaison to elected officials and acts as the PIO during major incidents. Rebecca studied at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge Virginia. She continued her education at George Mason University, studying History and Secondary Education.

Rebecca lives in Manassas, VA with her husband, their youngest son, and puppy Ellie, while her oldest son recently graduated from James Madison University and relocated to Orlando Florida to work for Disney. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, visiting Walt Disney World and sleeping.
Amanda Baity
Director of Operations
& Photo Editor
Amanda Causey Baity is currently Prince William Living’s Director of Operations and Photo Editor and Director of Operations for Brides & Weddings of Northern Virginia. An Atlanta native, she has 8+ years of print & online media experience.

Wife of a Marine Corps combat veteran, Amanda co-founded Semper K9 Assistance Dogs in 2014 with her husband Christopher. She is currently Director of Operations for Semper K9 and an advocate for the military community with a focus on invisible wounds.

In her early work career, she was Controller for a multi-million dollar corporation in Atlanta as she attended college. While finishing her degrees in Optometry and Astro-Biology she worked as a family service worker for the Department of Health & Human Services Head Start Program.

Amanda currently lives in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, four children and their service dogs in training.
Kim Howard
Editor in Chief
Kim Howard, CAE, is the president of Write Communications, LLC, where she helps clients create mission-aligned content for every channel for measureable results. She has over 20 years of award-winning experience in association publishing, strategic communications, marketing, social media and management. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Howard was the publisher of the ACC Docket and the director of surveys for the Association of Corporate Counsel. While under her direction, ACC Docket and its four supplemental newsletters won 89 awards during her eight years on staff. This also included the two awards for her blog posts on ACC’s blog, In-house Access.

Ms. Howard is an established leader in the publishing industry, having held senior-level management positions for national and international trade associations. A skilled communicator, she has provided commentary and insight for industry trade magazines, consumer publications and online forums. Throughout her career, she has published at least four million words, covering industries and topics that include in-house corporate counsel, multifamily housing; cleaning and restoration; and business credit. Ms. Howard has ghostwritten for business owners, CEOs, board chairs and chief legal officers, including many on the Fortune® list. She has served as the editor-in-chief or publisher of five magazines.

Ms. Howard is an immediate past president of the Board of Directors for Association Media & Publishing where she served the organization for eight years in a leadership role. She also served as the 2009 Chair for AM&P’s Annual Conference and 2008 Chair of the Pre-Conference Workshop for its Annual Conference. She is also a member the ASAE The Center for Association Leadership, where she was recognized as the Top Association Executive Sponsor (1999-2000) and earned her Certified Association Executive designation (CAE). She is actively involved in her local community and served as the head timer for the Osbourn High School Swim Team and timer for the Wellington Swim Team summer league. She was a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee (2005); Chaired the Prospective Member Reception (2001) and the 5-Year Re-Accreditation Communications Section; and was awarded the Gold Star Member Award (2001). Ms. Howard has also served as the ways and means chair for the All Saints Catholic School Parent Teacher Organization and served as a catechist for the All Saints Catholic Church religious education middle school program. She is a former Girl Scout Leader and past president of the Jennie Dean Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. She is a member of the local chapter Preceptor Gamma Psi of Beta Sigma Phi International.

Ms. Howard earned a Master of Science in publications design from the University of Baltimore (MD) and a Bachelor of Science in journalism and public relations from Troy University (AL). She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE. This is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

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