2010 Speakers – M to R

Anissa Mayhew


In 2004 Anissa got two surprises…her toddler had cancer and she started a blog. Years went by, her daughter survived, the family went through a LOT, and the blog, www.hope4peyton.org, remained.2009 brought a year of many changes. Anissa retired her blog and started a new one at www.FreeAnissa.com as Peyton’s health improved and they moved away from cancer. The family picked up and moved to Atlanta so that they could all make fresh starts. www.Aiminglow.com was the result of a lot of late nights and brilliant minds coming together in a site so funny you’re in danger of wetting your pants.

Three happy kids, a darn good marriage, a bright blogging career. Life was good!

Then they were struck.

Months later they are trying to bounce back from two strokes, a coma, hospitals, constant therapy, slow improvement. They are bouncing though. Something the doctors said she’d never do.
Meh…who likes doctors anyway?

Her latest blog posts:

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Leah McGrath


Leah McGrath has been a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association since 1996. She holds degrees in Speech Communications (BA-1983 West Chester University) and Human Nutrition (BS-1995 University of Maryland) and has completed course work towards a master’s degree in Marketing. Additionally Leah has received certification from the Cooper Institute on Health Promotion and completed certification courses in food safety, neonatal nutrition, and as a breastfeeding consultant.

In 2000 Leah accepted the position with Ingles Supermarkets as their Corporate Dietitian and moved to Asheville, NC where she now lives with her husband Tim Riddle. Leah McGrath is a licensed dietitian in North Carolina.

Leah writes regularly for WNC Parent Magazine and Sophie Magazine. She is a weekly guest on WLOS (ABC) and WMYA 40 (MY 40) in Asheville where she presents recipe and nutrition information segments. She also appears monthly on a local radio station, WOXL 96.5 and acts as the host for the weekly radio show the “Ingles Information Aisle” on WWNC 570AM (www.wwnc.com) that airs each Saturday morning.

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Kristie McNealy


Kristie McNealy is a medical blogger, freelance medical writer and mom of four beautiful kids. Along with her husband, Rob McNealy, she co-founded the boutique social media marketing and training firm, Contrived Media.In 2006, Kristie received her MD degree from the of University of Colorado School of Medicine, but the premature birth of her second daughter at 31 weeks caused her to indefinitely postpone residency training and medical practice. Now she uses the time she isn’t spending homeschooling, scratch cooking, gardening or cloth diapering to blog about women’s and children’s health at KristieMcNealy.com and the UK website Family Health Guide. She has a special interest in high risk pregnancy and prematurity.

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Jennifer Miner


Jennifer Miner is a co-creator, writer and editor at The Vacation Gals, a fun, friendly travel blog featuring family friendly destinations, tips for traveling with kids, and more. She is the luxury travel columnist at Suite101 too, and contributes regularly to other sites such as Hilton’s SuiteTrip (the hotel company’s family travel blog) and Hybrid Mom. An occasional guest on travel radio shows and podcasts, she’s been on panels at blogging conferences as well. She enjoys sharing travel experiences with her kids, and knowing that they are growing up with the understanding that there are many places out there nothing like their home in Los Angeles. Yes, that’s a good thing!

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Kim Moldofsky


Kim Moldofsky is a Chicago-area social media mom of tween boys who morphed from an overeducated stay-at-home-mom to problogger, freelance writer, informative speaker, and savvy consultant. She is the founder of MomImpact.com, a firm that connects brands and bloggers for conversations, events, and reviews. Clients have included LeapFrog, ConAgra Foods and Kenmore (Sears). As a blogger, she’s worked with dozens of other companies taking part in product reviews, hosting giveaways and attending exclusive events.

Kim contributes to several blogs, including the Chicago Moms Blog (a Nielsen Power Community). She is active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Whrrl, YouTube, and Posterous. In December of 2009, her personal blog, Hormone-colored Days was named one of the Chicago’s top parenting blogs.

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Kathleen Mosher


Kathleen Mosher is Director of Communications for Biltmore in Asheville, NC.  She oversees social media strategy, media relations and corporate communications for Biltmore, Biltmore Wine Company, Biltmore For Your Home and Inn on Biltmore Estate.   Prior to joining Biltmore, she was agency account executive for Ackermann PR and Marketing where she served clients in the construction, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Kathleen’s 19-year career has generated national media coverage in most major outlets including NBC’s Today Show, Food Network, ABC’s Good Morning America, HGTV, CBS News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Southern Living Magazine.  She led Biltmore’s launch into social media and blogger relations, championing the idea that social media is a critical part of the marketing mix.  Her most important achievement is being mom to two young daughters Caroline and Hannah, and wife to husband Tom.   She enjoys reading, cooking, writing and most of all, wrangling tutus and soccer shoes.

Casey Mullins


Casey Mullins hates writing bios. She likes avocados, is learning to like cilantro and thinks that naps are sorely underrated. She’s produced an heir, is working on a spare and feels most comfortable with a camera in her hands. She writes about real life and sprinkles pretty pictures around in her blog moosh in indy (http://mooshinindy.com). She takes creativity by the horns and shows it who’s boss (her) on her new (and very well received) collaborative blog, you see it differently than me. (http://youseeitdifferentlythan.me) She also gets to take lots of pictures of other people with her local Indianapolis photography business, Casey Mullins Photography. (http://caseymullinsphotography.com) She’s won some awards however she’s never won a trophy (it’s on her life list.) and she’s always pleasantly surprised at just how much she knows about this online business stuff. But she’s still happiest just being herself and is thrilled with how far she’s come doing exactly that.

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Clay Nichols


Clay Nichols is a husband, father, author, playwright, teacher, and now screenwriter and television host. He is Chief Creative Officer, Co-Founder, Writer, Producer, and Star of Dad Labs. He has written over a dozen plays for both young and adult audiences that have been produced across the country, most recently in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Louisville, Kentucky. Titles include Appleseed John, The Speaker Speaks and The Nose in Exile. His plays have received awards from the Center for American History at the University of Texas, the Austin Critics’ Table, The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and Stages Theatre of Houston, among others. His book “Pulling Off Your Shorts: Filmmaking for Teens” co-authored with Troy Lanier, published in April 2005 by Michael Wiese Productions, has been widely praised by critics and kids alike. A second and revised edition will be released in 2010.

Nichols is a veteran of a dozen years in the high school classroom, having taught in the areas of English, Creative Writing, Drama and Filmmaking. As a consequence he has read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn way too many times.

Nichols is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas where he was a James A. Michener Fellow at the Texas Center for Writers. He is founder and director of the Theatre Focus program at St. Stephen’s School and the Texas Arts Project. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children ages eleven, eight and five.

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Gregory Ng


By day Gregory Ng is the VP of Creative for Brooks Bell Interactive, an online direct response agency in Raleigh North Carolina. By night, he is “The Frozen Food Master,” the host of a niche webshow reviewing frozen foods at Freezerburns.com. Greg is an accomplished blogger, videoblogger, and lifestreamer. But he considers his biggest accomplishments to be his role of husband and father of his 3 kids.

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Charlie O’Hay


Charlie O’Hay is a poet whose work has appeared in over 100 small press journals, and online. He is the recipient of a 1995 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and blogs at “It Ain’t All Pizzas and Cream” (www.pizzasandcream.typepad.com). He lives with his wife, Cecily Kellogg (who blogs at “UppercaseWoman”) and their daughter in the Philadelphia area.

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Sarah Pelz

Sarah Pelz is an experienced New York City-based editor who has worked in nonfiction book publishing for the past five years. Currently an Editor at Harlequin Nonfiction, where she acquires and edits a range of nonfiction titles, including parenting, self-help, fashion/style, health, diet, fitness books and memoir, she started her publishing career at McGraw-Hill Professional. Sarah graduated Magna cum Laude with High Honors from Dartmouth College, majoring in English and Creative Writing.

Sarah Pinnix


Sarah Pinnix is a mom of three who has been immersed in the social media world since starting her first blog in 2007. Armed with a desire to share her knowledge with small business owners, she founded the “Talk of the Town” Social Media Workshop Series in Boone, NC and organized the first ever High Country Tweetup.

She is founder of Real Life Blog and High Country Mom Squad, a local e-zine for moms in Northwest NC. Sarah is currently host of the interactive MomTV webshow “Get Real.” Aside from being a proud mom blogger, one of Sarah’s goals is to help bloggers maximize their social media expertise for their local markets. Sarah loves to see small business owners move from broadcasting their message in the media abyss, to developing meaningful relationships with potential consumers.

Sarah has worked with several brands, companies and tourist destinations on marketing campaigns and social media consulting, including EA SPORTS Active fitness, Ocean Isle Inn, Little Debbie, Frito Lay/ Subway, Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Chick-Fil-A of Boone, River House Inn, Great Wolf Lodge, Ubisoft, E.L.F. Cosmetics, Kraft Singles, Small Businesses, and more.

Her latest blog posts:

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Angela Pippinger


Angela Pippinger is a married mom of three. By day she is an accountant who primarily focuses on payroll and personal income taxes. By night, she is blogging on her own site and working with various local projects. She began blogging at An Eclectic Pagan on a free hosting site 4 years ago, after Type-A Mom Conference 2009 she went to The Pagan Mom Blog on a self hosted site and has been catapulted into the pagan blogging scene. Her blog is about everything: politics, parenting, interfaith marriages, paganism and once in awhile some tax advice. What started out as a hobby to fulfill her writing needs has now turned into a mission of showing how normal pagans really are and helping pagans feel comfortable enough to be out and proud.

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Beverly Robertson


Beverly Robertson is the National Director of the Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center at the March of Dimes. Under her leadership, The Center provides information in both English and Spanish via tradional written and online inquiries as well as social networking.

She is heavily vested in new media leading the social media mission messaging team: tweeting on @marchofdimes, @babytips and @modbev as well as managing the blogging team for News Moms Need and Nacersano blog. She gives webinars, workshops and speaks at many conferences on the benefits of social media and the need to enegage the public. She also hosts the monthly #pregnancychat on Twitter.

Beverly has a MLS degree from Rutgers University, a MA in history and an archival certificate from New York University. She has a BA in Spanish from Ohio State University.

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Deb Rox


Deb Rox is integrated business consultant with 3 Smart Girlz LLC in Tallahassee, Florida where she manages online ventures and works on business development, marketing and media projects. Her agency provides a holistic approach to consulting with individuals and businesses–including bloggers–of all sizes based in an understanding that marketing, process improvement, strategic planning and capacity building are related. She’s a big believer is working smarter not harder, in playing more, and in stressing less. Deb is also a writing instructor and blogs about media, pop culture, life and other po-mo madness at Deb on the Rocks. She’s a Contributing Editor at BlogHer and community manger at Queerosphere.

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