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Mary Louise Ball
Originally from North Carolina, ML (Mary Louise) was an advertising copywriter for 21 years in NYC before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2008 and becoming a freelance writer. Married with two teenagers, her time is largely spent carting the progeny to travel soccer and travel hockey. Her one true love is riding, for decades on American Saddlebreds and now on Irish sport horses. ML adores the Hudson Valley and is pleased as punch to be part of OHV.

Bill Black
Bill Black is currently an independent photographer, editor and consultant in the New York area. Highlights of his career in publishing have included Travel & Leisure, Travel Holiday and Reader’s Digest magazines, where his work garnered numerous of awards from the magazine industry’s most prestigious competitions. “It’s so gratifying working with children and animals. There is such an ease in capturing purely genuine honest moments with the added bonus of not having to deal with publicists and handlers!”

Kymberly Breckenridge
After graduating from Bard, Kymberly was a theater arts educator in Vermont. She had been an owner of an Italian bakery, a playwright, a drug and alcohol counselor and an actress before settling down in Rhinebeck with her husband and three children. She has a passion for good food, gardening, crafts and dinner parties. She is delighted to be back in the area and looks forward to contributing to the community. Kymberly can be contacted at kymberly.breckenridge@gmail.com.

Holly J. Coley
Holly is a freelance writer and certified nutrition and wellness coach based in New York. She graduated with honors from SUNY New Paltz and has written for SHAPE, New York House and a number of digital and print publications that you may or may not have heard of. When she isn’t writing, she gallivants around the Hudson Valley and NYC in search of shops, hot spots and interesting people. Follow her on Instragram @miss_holly_j.

Brian P. J. Cronin
Brian used to travel around the world as a sound technician with Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater, which means that he can say “more bass” in six different languages. He currently lives in Beacon with his wife and son. As a writer, Brian’s work has appeared in the Times-Herald Record, Hudson Valley Mercantile, Chronogram, Ulster Magazine, Hudson Valley Parent and many others. You can find him online at brianpjcronin.com and on Twitter as @brianpjcronin.

Michael Durante Jr.
Mike is a Brewster native. Since graduating from Georgetown University in 2010, he has worked as a wholesale haberdasher, a café cook, and on the founding team of the Compass Fellowship, a social entrepre-neurship education program for college students. Mike completed an apprenticeship at Cricket Creek Farm, a dairy and creamery in the Berkshires, and has worked at several Hudson Valley farms. He writes about food and agriculture. You can reach him at michael.durante.jr@gmail.com.

Karen Frederickson
Karen is a freelance writer in the New York area. She is a big Buffy fan and loves listening to music (U2!) while satisfying her vanilla-latte addiction. Karen is also interested in environmental issues and doesn’t understand why her houseplants always die. She started working in journalism by interviewing celebrities on the red carpet. Her favorite interviews include Sophia Bush and Julie Bowen.

Clifford Hart
Clifford is a writer residing in the Hudson Valley. He has written a number of short fiction and nonfiction pieces as well as several stage plays, among them Barton’s Crossing, a full-length comedy that ran at New York’s Cherry Lane Studio Theater.

Annie Dwyer Internicola
Annie Dwyer Internicola is a freelance illustrator and arts educator in the Hudson Valley. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, she now resides in Kingston with her husband, Billy, and their three children. She has done illustration for both local and national publications. Last fall, she published her first picture book, There’s a Dog on the Dining Room Table. In addition to her illustration work, she is a music teacher for Catskill Mountain Music Together as well as a member of the board for Catskill Ballet Theatre and a trustee for Kingston Library.

Serena Kenna
Serena is a writer, chef, vegetarian, animal/wildlife/environmental activist, gardener, avid reader, traveler, photographer and former English teacher who loves classic literature, great film, New England and the tropics. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Mercy College and has earned several Quill Awards for outstanding writing, editing and publishing. She currently resides in Putnam Valley with her husband, three daughters and numerous pets.

May Sky Inc.
May Sky is a Hudson Valley and NYC based boutique marketing, design and content development agency. Over the last decade, we have been fortunate enough to deliver award winning work for brands such as Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Career Education Corporation, David Barton Gym, WBLS 107.5FM, Art Institute of NY, The Grand Central Oyster Bar, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more. We believe in the mission of Organic Hudson Valley and love to help local businesses grow. To learn more about us please visit www.mayskyinc.com.

Felicia Zammit-McMann
Felicia is a Hudson Valley resident, a leading expert in Hudson Valley weddings, and is the owner of Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley (weddingconnectionshv.com), a soon-to-launch interactive online community connecting couples to wedding professionals 24/7. She’s worked alongside one of England’s most prominent couture wedding dress designers, Phillipa Lepley; is a contributing writer for a Los Angeles wedding blog, The Overwhelmed Bride; and gives “bride-perspective” marketing tips to wedding businesses as a blogger on Book More Brides. She can be reached at felicia@weddingconnectionshv.com.

Erin Wyble Newcomb
Erin writes about parenting and literacy education (at phdmama.com). In between long-distance runs and reading lots of great books, she teaches literature and writing courses at SUNY New Paltz. Erin loves exploring new hikes and visiting farms with her husband and two daughters, who are growing up to love the beauty and the bounty of the Hudson Valley.

Karen Pearson
Karen was inspired by her high school teacher in Michigan to pick up the camera. It was an instant connection. Following her graduation from University of Michigan, she traveled the world with photography, from Cuba to Kosova. She has worked with such clients as Fitness, Health, Family Circle, and Disney. Karen lives in Rhinebeck with her husband and two young kids. She can be reached at karenpearson.com.

Susan Shier
Personal Development Junkie * Productivity and Empowerment Consultant * Social Media Lover *Systems Geek who loves helping small business owners with social media, systems, processes, organization and prospecting. My business (Impact Solutions) provides social media management to small and medium sized businesses in the Hudson Valley. I am passionate about relationship building and connecting people to resources and contacts that can help entrepreneurs grow their business. Coaching and empowering others is another passion of mine and I am working on opportunities for public speaking and one on one coaching opportunities. As a survivor of depression and anxiety for over 15 years, I want to motivate others to live their best life and help them to believe it is all possible…even when they don’t think there is anything more than what they are experiencing right now.

Patty Smith
Patty is a full-time freelance copyeditor who can’t imagine living anywhere else in the world but the glorious Hudson Valley. In a previous parallel life she worked for the NYS court system for 22 years, giving it up to work from home with Jasper the Wonder Cat (the cutest coworker ever). When not busy editing fabulous sci fi novels, business manifestos, spiritual autobiographies or great magazines like Organic HV, she enjoys singing and playing guitar at various open mics, supporting live music and dancing, and is a tarot enthusiast. She currently lives in Highland and can be reached at foolproofprs@earthlink.net or through her website, foolproofcopyedit.com.

Tatyana Starikova
Tatyana is a graphic designer and illustrator living in LaGrange, New York. She was born in Ukraine and has been creating art since before she could remember. Tatyana has more than ten years’ experience creating art for gift-and-party companies and illustrating for magazines, children’s books and merchandise. When she is not busy illustrating, Tatyana enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter in the beautiful Hudson Valley parks. For more information, go to her website at www.tatyana-starikova.com. You can also reach Tatyana at 845.464.2256 or email her at starikova@me.com.

Jackson Summers
Jackson has resided in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years. A self-taught photographer with over 15 years’ experience, he has a deep respect and appreciation for the beauty of the Valley. The mountains, forests, rivers, wildlife, history, architecture, seasonal changes and people provide an endless supply of subject matter to fuel his photographic passions.

Holly Tarson
Holly is a writer/producer who cut her teeth working for CBS News. She worked on numerous feature films in Hollywood and produced, wrote and edited hundreds of segments for NPR’s “Good Food” radio show. Most recently her writing has appeared in Chronogram and Edible: Hudson Valley. By way of Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Holly finally feels truly at home in the glorious serenity of the Hudson Valley.

Sarah Willis
In addition to writing, Sarah is an advanced certified Yoga instructor and has been teaching since 1999. She is specialized in Ashtanga Yoga, fertility and prenatal work, and is the creator of Yogini Cuisine. Yogini Cuisine includes a culinary blog and information about food and nutrition supportive to optimal health and active lifestyles. Sarah teaches and consults privately in the Hudson Valley and NYC and teaches weekly group classes at Satya Yoga Studio in Rhinebeck and at Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson.