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.
[one_half]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 30 years, starting and running several award-winning companies in Prince William County. Rebecca served for 12 years on the board of the (Regional) Chamber of Commerce and was its youngest female Chairman. 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 served 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. [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Rebecca is the Publisher of Prince William Living, which is the only lifestyle magazine that covers Prince William County and Greater Manassas, Va., exclusively. She is also the publisher of Brides & Weddings magazine and director of Give Back Prince William.
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 Eastern Prince William County. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, visiting Walt Disney World and sleeping.[/one_half_last]
Director of Operations & Photo Editor
Amanda Causey Baity is currently Prince William Living‘s Director of Operations and Photo Editor. She recently took over the role of Director of Operations & Photo Editor for Brides & Weddings magazine. An Atlanta native, she has 8 years of print & online media experience. 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. She is currently an officer on the board of directors for the Northern Virginia Veterans Association and Vice President of Give Back Prince William.
Baity also blogs about thrifty family activities and recipes on her blog SemperFreshFarmhouse.com. She recently published her first cookbook Hey Y’all Let’s Eat and it can be accessed on her website. She can be reached at [email protected]
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 [email protected]
Director of Content Marketing
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.
Online Submissions Manager, Editorial Team
Carole has written for newspapers, magazines, and podcasts, and was a magazine editor for a non-profit organization. Carole is also a musician (she plays piano and organ, and she sings!) and a yoga instructor.
She has a B.A. in sociology from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Content Marketing Administrative Professional
David Lezcano, AA, 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Emily is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Multimedia Journalism. She is also the Lifestyles Editor at Virginia Tech's student-run newspaper, the Collegiate Times. When Emily isn't writing she is either jamming out to Taylor Swift or in the kitchen cooking a big bowl of pasta.
A graduate of American University’s School of Communication, Olivia Overman has written articles for a number of online and print publications. She can be reached by email at [email protected]
Writer and Content Marketing Developer
As a freelance writer and communications consultant and contractor, Helena utilizes her 18 years of experience to lead and manage client marketing and communications activities. She offers a variety of integrated marketing and communications services to help get clients to where they want to be and has worked with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with a minor in Asian Studies and a Concentration in Environmental Policy from Mount Holyoke College. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. Helena frequently publishes articles on key environmental issues, sustainability, biomaterials (bioplastics, biochemicals, biofuels), marketing, and communications topics in print and online. She is a conference speaker and trainer on communication strategies, event planning and management, and member/client relations. You can reach her at [email protected]
Frank Vaerewijck has had a passion for food, almost as long as his passion for the fire service. Frank has served as both a Career Firefighter and a Volunteer throughout his career, and currently is an Engineer with Smithfield Fire in Smithfield, VA. In 2006, Vaerewijck won an Iron Chef-style competition sponsored by a local radio station in Richmond, VA. Frank attended a Culinary Arts Program there in Richmond and is constantly seeking to further his education and experience. He enjoys cooking with others, whether it’s at home, or on the job, and as the Firehouse Foodie, he has been compiling recipes to be included in a cookbook that will give others the opportunity to see their hometown heroes not just as firefighters, but as the firehouse chefs and foodies they truly are.
Wardrobe & style consultant, Roxy L. Rowton, spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She makes it her work to help women with practical, effortless solutions in wardrobe construction and selection. She has two plus decades in the fashion, apparel, and beauty industries, as well as a member of the Association of Image Consultants International the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide. Her wardrobe/style consulting business Everyday Refinement is based in Prince William County. She can be reached at [email protected]
Learn more at www.everydayrefinement.com