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.
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 served on and was Chair of the Valor Awards Committee, for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for more than 12 years. 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.
Director of Operations & Photo Editor
Amanda Baity is 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 10+ 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 with her husband, three children, and their service dogs in training.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Beth Miller
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.
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.
Amy has been writing for Prince William Living since early 2013. She enjoys writing positive stories about the Prince William Community. In 2017, she earned a Master of Arts degree from Regent University in Film-TV with a concentration on Script & Screenwriting. When not writing for Prince William Living, she is probably busy working on her latest screenplay. In her spare time, Amy likes to watch Hallmark movies and re-runs of old sitcoms. She lives in Bristow with her husband, two sons and two Beagle dogs.
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 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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Jeanene Harris is a content writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in strategic communications, creative concept development, public relations, media affairs, and marketing. A graduate of the Strategic Public Relations Master’s Program at The George Washington University, she joined Prince William Living as a Writer in 2021. She also brings television media experience, having spent five years at NewsChannel 8, now WJLA.