Content & Design Team


“I found a way to combine my love of travel
with my longtime career as an editor – giving me
a valid excuse to get out of the office.”

Susan Chappell, Vice President & Travel Editor

She's been everywhere, man. From a honeymoon stint on a kibbutz in Israel to a jaunt atop an elephant in Thailand, Susan Chappell is an avid traveler and accomplished travel writer and editor. Yes, she was the editor of the Mercury Award-winning North Carolina Travel Guide when it was voted Best Visitor Guide in the nation. Highly organized and a nut about detail, Susan takes as much pride in the accuracy of a


“Experienced editor, content marketer,
economic development geek, bourbon appreciator,
bad guitar player and worse golfer”

Bill McMeekin, Vice President & Business Editor

Want to go deep on the subject of reshoring? Or hear about the tech start-up in Chattanooga that’s a shooting star in 3-D printing of shoes? Like the way the words “Foreign Direct Investment” roll off your tongue? Then Bill McMeekin is your guy. Bill works with our economic development clients across the country to tell their stories, strengthen their brands and help them cultivate new business opportunities.


“As Gus McCrae says in Lonesome Dove, ‘I doubt
it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.’
Telling stories that matter is always an adventure.”

Lisa Battles Vice President & Community Editor

Over her 11 years working with cities at Livability Media to her previous gigs editing newspapers and as public relations manager for Talladega Superspeedway, Lisa has shown her endless curiosity for discovering the best and most interesting aspects of everywhere she goes. So far that has meant everything from ride-alongs with NASCAR luminaries in Alabama, to discovering the iconic Green Chile Slopper in Pueblo, CO.


“As an editor and writer, I've learned
to stop and appreciate the value of every
project and new experience.”

Alicia Johnson, Associate Editor

With a command of the fundamentals of writing and editing, she has expertise in connecting our work to the digital space. Whether providing content marketing options to stakeholder organizations or analyzing and recommending new strategies for distribution, Alicia excels at that most important aspect of print and digital publishing – making sure we are connecting with our target audience. Alicia is a graduate of The Ohio State University.


“Winona’s Quote”

Winona Dimeo-Ediger, Managing Editor

Winona profile here


In the words of Tyrion Lannister, "I drink and I
know things."...and then I write them down according
to AP style guidelines. Most of the time, anyway.

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones, Editor

Jackie worked as the Miami editor for UrbanDaddy, where her copy helped garner the company several Digiday Awards and a Webby Award nomination for the industry's best email newsletter. She also contributed to publications such as Lonely Planet, Time Out, Observer, Google Trips, Eater,, Vivala and Mommy Nearest. When she’s not putting digital ink to paper (or chasing after her ninja-like preschooler), you can



Lauren Kessinger

Creative Director


Heather Hauser

Art Director


Lindsey Tallent

Senior Graphic Designer


Mahaley Keen

Junior Graphic Designer


Michael Betts

Operations Director

Jeff Adkins

Senior Photographer


Cara Sanders

Content Coordinator