Prince William Living Team

Our team of contributors makes us the award-winning, wholly-local lifestyle magazine Prince William Living is. Professional and experienced, our team handles everything from print stories and photos, to layout and design, to online articles, to content marketing and publishing.

Rebecca Barnes
Publisher

A lifelong resident of Prince William County, Rebecca Barnes is, as Marty Nohe describes, a “serial entrepreneur” She has been a business owner for more than 30 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.  She was a founding task force member, the first 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 two-time winner of the Seefeldt Arts Business supporter of the Year Award and three-time award winner, Business of the year, Prince William Chamber of Commerce as well as Person of the Year, Dale City Civic Association.   

Rebecca is the Publisher of Prince William Living, which is the only lifestyle magazine that covers all of Prince William County and Greater Manassas, Va., exclusively. She is also the publisher of Brides & Weddings magazine, Media and Marketing Specialist for Rampant Social, and executive director of Give Back Prince William, a 501 (c)(3) for philanthropic giving in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, Virginia.

Rebecca is also a volunteer for the OWL Volunteer Fire Department, where she serves as a liaison to elected officials and acts as the Public Information Officer 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 Gainesville, VA, with her family and often travels. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, blogging at www.sightseeingsidekick.com, reading, visiting Disney World, and sleeping.

 

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Erin Pittman
Editor-In-Chief and Lead Content Marketing Developer
A project manager, writer and editor, Erin Pittman has more than a decade of professional experience in both print and online materials. She holds a BA in English from Randolph-Macon College. Erin provides content marketing and strategy support, as well as development, copywriting and editing services for clients in a variety of industries and sectors.

Her work has been featured in local and national publications, as well as on various local and national websites and blogs. Writing topics include marketing, personal finance, special needs, military, parenting, seniors, local events, real estate, service industries, business profiles and more. She can be reached at EPittman@PrinceWilliamLiving.com.
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Katherine Gotthardt
Social Media Manager, Writer

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., is the Director of Content Marketing for Prince William Living. With over 15 years of experience in social media, blogging, content promotion, and marketing, she provides writing, editing, social media, and other support to the editorial team.

An active part of the literary community, Katherine is current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee, has won several writing awards, and earned status as an Amazon best selling author for her children's book, A Crane Named Steve, illustrated by Patrick King. Besides being published in dozens of journals and anthologies, Katherine has authored Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April, A Crane Named Steve and Get Happy, Dammit. She writes full-time for a government contracting company and enjoys spending time with family, taking classes, and exploring all the community has to offer. Learn more about Katherine at www.KatherineGotthardt.com.

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Carole Keily
Online Editor

Carole Keily is the Online Editor for Prince William Living. She reviews press releases and works with our team of writers on story assignments. She writes the magazine’s biweekly columns “Don’t Miss Out” and “People to Meet.”

Carole spent over 30 years in banking and the non-profit fields. She has experience in producing events and communications, including writing for newspapers and magazines, and for a non-profit’s first podcast. For five years, she was the editor of a nationally distributed magazine, which she has called her favorite part-time/volunteer position. When the opportunity to work for Prince William Living arose, she jumped at the chance.

A long-time resident of Prince William County, Carole is also a singer and has been trained as a yoga instructor. She has been treasurer and/or editor for just about every community organization she’s been affiliated with and was the first treasurer for Write by the Rails. Carole is a graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

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David Lezcano
Operations Coordinator

David touches just about every aspect of Prince William Living's content marketing projects. Versatile, flexible and patient, David also provides project support and assists with documentation and website content updates. He comes with experience in data archival for the U.S. Treasury, as well as experience in data entry, proofreading and record keeping.

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Michael Mercurio
Social Media Writer
Michael Mercurio’s educational background is in computer programming and interactive fiction. A guest blogger and audio book narrator, he provides social media writing and content marketing support. A former contractor for Google and Iron Mountain, Michael brings with him experience in online research, data archiving, social media, blogging and creative writing.
Mark Gilvey
Photographer
Mark Gilvey is a photographer, graphic designer, web SEO, and a digital artist. Mark’s passion is in photo illustration and manipulation. He offers clients corporate portraiture, environmental portraiture, architecture photography of interiors and exteriors, corporate event photography, photography of products and services, and photo restoration services. He is also an accomplished graphic designer and can design marketing collateral and corporate identity.
Rob Jinks
Photographer
Rob Jinks is a photographer and saxophonist who has been passionately involved in the arts for almost all of his life. Rob has many years of professional photography experience including numerous weddings, events, and portraits. His clients have included businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout the Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland regions. With a degree in music as well as business, he now lives with his wife Hannah in the Northern Virginia area. His work can be found at www.robertjinksphotography.com. Connect with him through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @RobJinksPhoto.
Carla Christiano
Writer

A chance meeting at a class reunion and her love of history and Charles Kuralt led Carla Christiano to start writing for Prince William Living in 2011. She enjoys exploring Prince William, learning more about the people and the place she has called home for most of her life. By day, she works as technical writer, editor and knowledge base manager for SAIC. She also volunteers for Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas Museum, Signature Theater and Synetic Theater. In her spare time, she loves traveling almost anywhere (except on I-95); exploring historic houses and museums, listening to music at the Harris Pavilion; walking Neabsco boardwalk, Occoquan and Manassas and eating ice cream at some of her favorite spots (too many to mention).A native of Prince William, Carla has an M.A. in English from George Mason University and a B.A. in Communication Arts from James Madison University.

Lisa Beth Miller
Writer

Lisa Beth Miller writes articles for both Prince William Living and Brides and Weddings. She is a full-time English and Literacy teacher at Osbourn High School in Manassas City. Lisa Beth was raised in the Philadelphia area and attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism, and Longwood University for her Master's degree in Library Science. Lisa Beth is nationally recognized as a Master Journalism Educator. She has been published in several magazines, including Journalism Education Today, Quill and Scroll, Warrenton Lifestyle, Brides and Weddings, and Prince William Living. Lisa Beth has also created blogs for local businesses, including bridal shops, country clubs, wedding planners, and caterers.Additionally, she was the Haute Hostess Editor for the Ask Miss A. website, where she wrote and edited content related to weddings and entertaining, and an editor for the Charity + Style website, where she wrote and edited content covering corporate philanthropy projects.Lisa Beth currently resides in Leesburg. In her free time, she loves spending time with her boyfriend, Bernie and her cat, Anderson Cooper. Other activities include reading about wedding trends, shopping for colorful Lilly Pulitzer dresses (she also works there part-time), listening to 90s hip-hop, working out, and decorating her classroom. Her favorite place to travel is Aruba.

Katrina Wilson
Writer
Katrina Wilson, formerly known as Katrina Moses, was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Francis Marion University. Wilson has worked at newspapers Camden Chronicle-Independent, Morning News, and The Pentagram. She wrote books, "Spilled Milk" and "Differences." Wilson moved to northern Virginia in 2018 and is ready to learn more about the area. She currently resides in Chantilly, Virginia with her husband.
Dominique McIndoe
Writer

Dominique McIndoe is an assistant production editor at Rowman & Littlefield and a longtime writer. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall University in 2017 with a B.A. in Public Relations & Journalism. Since 2015, Dominique’s lifestyle, entertainment, and local journalism has appeared in The Setonian, TAPinto.net, and New Jersey Monthly Magazine. She has a passion for reading, writing, cooking, simple living, and traveling. Dominique is a recent transplant to the Washington D.C. metro area and she loves her new home.

Rena Malai
Writer

Rena is a freelance writer and a Prince William County resident. She has a well-rounded journalism background, and has covered noteworthy national events including the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the Supreme Court ruling of same-sex marriage. She also likes to incorporate her photography skills whenever she can on assignment.

Rachel Nohe
Writer

Rachel is a senior Media Arts and Design major, concentrating in Creative Advertising, at James Madison University. She also volunteers for Prince William Food Rescue. In her free time, she enjoys game nights, spontaneous jam sessions, and restaurant hopping with her friends.

Dawn Klavon
Writer

Dawn Klavon is a journalist, author, media director and recent transplant to NoVa. She thrives on juggling multiple projects, discovering local wineries, consuming blue crab and conquering sudoku puzzles. Dawn can be reached at dklavon@princewilliamliving.com.

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Wendy Migdal
Writer

Wendy is a freelance writer who has lived in the northern/central Virginia area since 2000. She loves traveling around the area to explore new parks, attractions, restaurants, and especially history. She has written extensively for The Free Lance-Star, including a monthly history column, feature stories, and book reviews. A former middle school teacher, Wendy now works as a freelancer for online education companies. She also enjoys reading, sewing her own clothes and other creative enterprises, and walking her dog.

Anna Bedell
Writer

Anna Bedell is a freelance journalist and writer who is originally from Australia. She holds a BA in Communications for Public Relations/Media and a Master's in Journalism. In her free time, she travels abroad and has a passion for exploring new places while meeting new people. Hobbies include FX-Makeup, reading, movies, and swimming. Anna currently juggles multiple jobs and projects. She volunteers for various events and causes in her local community. 

Linda Kennedy
Writer

Linda Kennedy is a journalist who geeks out on anything involving research. Currently, she's researching and writing a book about American history and religion. She loves figure skating, walking her dog, antique shops, and exploring libraries and museums. She believes consuming licorice is an essential part of the human experience. Linda can be reached at lkennedy@princewilliamliving.com.

Tavan Smith
Photographer

Tavan is a long-time resident of Virginia by way of Nassau, Bahamas. He is a full-time Accounting Professional and a Freelance Photographer specializing in events, sports, and editorial assignments.

 
Diane Puigdomenech
Executive Assistant to the Publisher

Diane Puigdomenech is the Executive Assistant to Publisher Rebecca Barnes. If you’re one of our clients, you’ve probably heard from Diane to see how things are going and how we can help you.
After 20 years in retail management, Diane was a sales rep for a window covering company and a customer service manager for a national shutter company. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Penn State University.

Carolyn Moore
Writer
Carolyn has been a successful artist and writer for many years. She enjoys reading, writing, painting and computers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Media/Computer Education from Appalachian State University. She has traveled extensively and has visited Russia, China, London, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the Netherlands and Mexico. She lives happily with her husband and cat.
Jessica Schmitt
Writer

Jessica Schmitt, raised in Wisconsin, is a new resident of Northern Virginia. In addition to freelance writing, she is also a professional ballet dancer with the Virginia National Ballet, and an academic tutor for students in the area. Jessica has received much acclaim for her writing, including winning second runner-up in the Judith Roman-Royer essay contest through Indiana University East. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, getting outdoors, and exploring local farmer's markets and events.

Paul Keily
Writer

Paul Keily is a community mentor, writer, and artist. He is active in the DIY shows at Clearbrook Center of the Arts. Paul has lived in Prince WIlliam County most of his life and is a graduate of University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University.