I couldn’t manage this blog entirely on my own – there’s too much going on! I’m honored to have a team behind me to keep things moving and continue to get quality content out to you, our readers. Learn a bit about them and see all the expertise they bring to the table! ~Katie
Helen Thomas, Site Editor & Ad Manager
As site editor Helen works diligently to ensure all guest and contributor posts flow seamlessly into the vision of Kitchen Stewardship. She also makes sure Katie doesn’t become too long-winded in her posts. 😉 Reading and editing have always been passions of Helen’s so she is thrilled to be able to help out in this way. She also writes on occasion at KS.
As ad manager, Helen strives to find products and companies that fit the vision of KS. We won’t stand behind a product that doesn’t fit our mission, and if we didn’t fully love a product, we’ll let you know that, too.
When Helen isn’t working, she enjoys reading books and blogs and is an avid knitter. Food allergies and skin sensitivities were the kickstart to more cooking from scratch and healthful living. Katie’s baby steps are the perfect intro to making life adjustments. Helen, her husband, and their two small children live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Find all of Helen’s posts HERE.
Nicole Baillis, Project Manager
Nicole recently moved to Denver, Colorado with her husband and dog to start a new chapter in life that is focused on a more balanced lifestyle and the great outdoors. A consultant by trade, she has experience in project and program management, communications, professional development, and coaching.
Nicole cares deeply about sustainable living, natural health, eating real food, and supporting local businesses. She’s been spending much of the last year learning and making significant lifestyle changes to reflect these values and KS has played a major role in expanding her knowledge.
Nicole helps handle the nitty gritty of daily details around here allowing Katie to focus on creating great content, teaching-focused eCourses, and the high-quality eBooks you’ve come to expect from KS.
Rachel Cooley, Social Media Manager
Rachel has been a stay at home mom for over ten years after having worked for several years in the financial services industry. Now that her kids are older, she wanted to jump back into the workforce while still being home when her kids came home from school. Virtual work seemed to be a perfect fit and working here at Kitchen Stewardship seemed to be an even more perfect fit! Rachel’s family is slowly but surely taking baby steps toward healthier eating.
Rachel handles all aspects of social media for Kitchen Stewardship, from Pinterest to Facebook and everything in between. But don’t worry, you’ll still hear from Katie on those outlets as well. Rachel and her family are born-and-raised Florida natives now living in Marietta, Georgia.
Sarah Geissinger, Graphic Assistant
Sarah is a long-time KS reader and natural living enthusiast. A history teacher by trade, she also dabbles in design, which is what she does as part of the Kitchen Stewardship team. Sarah began pursuing a more natural lifestyle while trying to resolve some health issues and improve the overall health and nutrition of her family.
She is the mom of three little people that take up much of her time, but when free time does arise, Sarah loves to be outside running, biking, camping or gardening. She also enjoys reading and learning, whether it be history, faith or food, she often is in the middle of four or five books at the same time. Sarah and her husband, Justin, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with their three kids.
Bethany Wright, eCourse Administrator & Contributing Writer
Bethany lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, delightful 7-year-old daughter, and adorable 4-year-old son. When she’s not busy making a disaster in the kitchen, she enjoys taking all-day cycling excursions with her family and reading books. She comes from a long line of cooks, including ancestors who were chefs to German nobility.
Despite her chops in the kitchen, she is completely unskilled at vegetable gardening. (Her consolation is knowing that in a zombie apocalypse, her role would be the town baker and not farmer.) A long-time KS reader, Bethany is thankful for Kitchen Stewardship’s baby-steps and Monday Missions that have completely transformed her family’s life.
Bethany manages the back end of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse and answers any customer service emails that come our way.
Find all of Bethany’s posts HERE.
Mary Voogt, Virtual Assistant & Contributing Writer
Mary is a Christian, a wife, a mother and a lover of real food. She lives in West Michigan with her husband of thirteen years and three small children. After a career as an electrical engineer Mary became a stay-at-home mom when her first daughter was born seven years ago. Since then she has been learning all she can about real food, nutrition and natural health. Mary has overcome infertility, disordered eating and OCD. She dedicates all of her time to helping her kids heal from allergies, including a whole house makeover due to palm/coconut allergies.
She blogs about her journey through infertility, her passion for homemade food, her knowledge about allergies and her life with three young children at Just Take a Bite. When she’s not in the kitchen Mary enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family. You can follow along with her daily musings on Just Take a Bite.
Find all of Mary’s posts HERE.
Lori Hernandez, Contributing Writer
Lori is a lover of Christ, her people and the earth. She is blessed to be the caretaker of 1 appreciative husband, 1 clumsy indoor cat, 2 spirited children, 2 geriatric dogs, 6 mischievous goats, 6 friendly barn cats, 17 plucky hens, 1000’s of honey bees… and on occasion, a few hogs, turkeys, ducks or whatever other creature strikes her fancy. Lori and her husband homestead on 3 acres in West Michigan. A graduate of the Michigan State University Master Gardener Program, her spring, summer and fall are consumed with growing food, herbs and flowers in their large gardens. As a result of this gardening obsession, she spends in inordinate amount of time in the kitchen trying to figure out what to do with all the food she grows for her family and friends! During the winter, she hibernates and feeds her addiction to reading books about health and wellness, spiritual growth, biology, farming, gardening, homesteading, finances, earth stewardship, voluntary simplicity, DIY, permaculture, and much more.
She and her husband strive to live intentionally at a sustainable pace, so they can focus their time and attention on their life values of loving God, loving others and loving creation. Her family made the transition to a “real food” diet about 6 years ago after watching the documentary “Food Inc.” and the Kitchen Stewardship blog was a lifeline for them as they swam through the confusing seas of “healthy eating.”
As a former high school art teacher turned stay-at-home mom, Lori still loves to teach others, share ideas, engage in discussion and create beauty in her life through photography, gardening and cooking. She blogs occasionally about her family’s homesteading adventures at Third Day Farms.
Find all of Lori’s posts HERE.
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