Meet The Chronicle Staff
Meet the staff that works hard each week to bring you the print magazine The Chronicle of the Horse, the chronofhorse.com website, and the quarterly lifestyle publication The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked.
|BETH RASIN: PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE EDITOR|
When Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org) arrived at the Chronicle in 1995 for a five-month internship, everything she owned fit into her Honda Civic. Eighteen years later, she spends her free time on the farm she shares with her husband, daughter, three horses, three rescued dogs, a cat and a snake.
As executive editor, Beth oversees the content of all three Chronicle products. In addition to editing, she coordinates assignments with columnists, freelancers and staff, as well as working in conjunction with the publisher and CFO to ensure that the content complements the organization’s overall goals and plans.
She graduated from Middlebury College (Vt.) with a degree in English with a focus on nonfiction creative writing.
Sara (email@example.com) has had a variety of roles at the Chronicle since she began as an intern at the end of 2003. She spends most of her time editing, organizing and covering dressage and eventing.
A graduate "C-3" from Penobscot Pony Club (Maine), she spent a year working for Denny Emerson before attending Amherst College (Mass.) and is now learning the sport from the ground up by training her own horses. She and her husband, Eric, share their 20-acre farm with two dogs, three cats, and an ever-changing number of horses.
Kat (firstname.lastname@example.org) serves as senior editor for the Chronicle from her kitchen table and coffee shops across Chicago. After graduating from the University of Georgia's journalism school and then working out of our main office in Middleburg for five years, she set up camp in The Windy City with her corgi, Fitz (not to be confused with co-worker Lisa Slade's corgi, Leo, in this photo), and her now husband, Brett, in 2011.
Kat, who grew up eventing in the Midwest and is a graduate "C-3" from Manes And Reins Pony Club, is the the editor overseeing our quarterly lifestyle publication, The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked.
Molly (email@example.com) is another of the Chronicle telecommuters, working from the home she shares with her husband, son Toby, dog Turtle and cat Spork in the Richmond, Va., area. When the stars align, she's able to get her horse, Elf, to an event or show here and there.
Molly grew up eventing in Maryland and is a graduate "A" Pony Clubber. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College (Mass.) with degrees in English and History, then spent several years grooming on the A hunter/jumper circuit before eventually deciding to combine her education with her passion by starting at the Chronicle in 1998. Molly oversees the content on www.chronofhorse.com as well as writing and editing articles for the magazine.
Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been with the Chronicle since 1984, and serves as the results editor. She manages the production of the annual Horse Show Issue, and collects all the results that go in the magazine.
To Sharon, faith, family and music are most important. She grew up in a little country church, that she still attends. She's been the church organist and pianist for 28 years and Sunday School teacher for more than 30 years. She's also the missions leader and music director. Music and singing are her passion and she's sung with a community group, The Loudoun Chorale, for 15 years.
In her spare time, Sharon also likes doing craft work, including making jewelry, fleece blankets and counted cross-stitch. She has a 9-yr.-old Tuxedo cat named Miss Priss (Prissy) and a 7-month-old Mackerel tabby named Cricket.
MOLLIE BAILEY: EDITORIAL STAFF
Mollie (email@example.com) has been with the Chronicle since 2007 and writes mainly news and features about the hunter/jumper circuit.
She grew up training with SBS Farms in Buffalo, N.Y., showing in hunters and equitation, and worked for Susie Schoellkopf and Jen Alfano for several years after graduating from the writing seminars program at Johns Hopkins University (Md.).
She lived in Europe and Brazil before settling in Middleburg, Va., where she lives with a (theoretically) rotating slate of foster cats and hunts with Piedmont Fox Hounds.
Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) grew up riding lower level dressage in North Carolina and graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in English literature. After writing for nearly every publication in Knoxville, Tenn., she moved to Middleburg and started working for the Chronicle in 2008.
She's now relocated back to Knoxville, Tenn., where she spends her free time eventing her off-the-track Thoroughbred mare, Calla, and hanging out with her corgi, Leo. Still new to the sport of eventing and a pretty big chicken, she'll be the person at your next event wondering if her novice table is actually intermediate height.
Lindsay (email@example.com) is a graduate of George Mason University (Va.) and most recently worked for the Chronicle's neighbor, The National Sporting Library and Museum. She interned for the Chronicle in the fall of 2010 and returned in 2012 as a full-time staff member.
She grew up in Fredericksburg, Va., and currently lives there on a farm with her retired event horse, two miniature horses, three cats, a 4-year-old OTTB project horse and the love of her life, Oh So Extreme, an off-the-track Thoroughbred that she's brought along herself to the preliminary level.
She's currently aiming towards a CCI* and enjoys playing with Oh So at second and third level in pure dressage. She writes primarily about eventing and dressage.
JENNIFER CALDER: EDITORIAL STAFF
Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) grew up in Michigan with a mother who had horses as a child (barrel-racing) and shared her love of them with her daughter. After getting a Masters in Art History and a career in the New York City art world (where she rode at Claremont Stables near Central Park), she decided to stay home with her three boys until they were all in school and then picked up riding again.
KIMBERLY LOUSHIN: EDITORIAL STAFF
Kimberly (email@example.com) grew up in Alpharetta, Ga., and graduated from the University of Georgia’s journalism school. She began interning with the Chronicle in spring of 2014 and joined the staff at the end of the year.
She’s shown her off-the-track Thoroughbred Corey in hunters, jumpers and equitation, but has taken a (potentially unwise) interest in eventing since moving to Virginia. She raised dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation in college and adopted her fluffy princess, Wasabi, from the program.
CATIE STASZAK: EDITORIAL STAFF
Catie (firstname.lastname@example.org) grew up showing on the hunter/jumper circuit in Wellington and found her niche in the equitation ring, achieving her childhood dreams of competing at Pessoa/USEF Medal and ASPCA Maclay finals in 2009 and 2010. Now, she catch-rides in any of the three rings with any horse she can get a leg up on. She also pleasure rides her very first horse Sobrie, now 21, around her parents' tree farm in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Catie studied broadcast journalism at the University of Miami with the intent of combining her passion for journalism with her unfailing love of horses. After college, she spent two years working as a TV host and handicapper in the horse racing industry at Gulfstream Park, but after freelancing for the Chronicle, she jumped at the opportunity to join the team on a full-time basis. She telecommutes from South Florida and is happy to return to her horse show roots.
Lauren (email@example.com) originally came on board in Oct. 2009 for a marketing role and also served as circulation manager for two years.
She began riding in kindergarten, focusing on hunters and equitation for most of that time. She competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association while earning her bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric & Communications at Mount St. Mary’s College (Md.) and rode as an IHSA alumni for two years following graduate school at Drexel University (Pa.) where she studied Publication Management.
She doesn’t horse show as much as she used to, but she has aspirations of one day riding her Hanoverian mare With Bells On in the adult hunters. For now she mostly settles on living vicariously through everyone she reads about in the Chronicle.
JOSH WALKER: ART DIRECTOR
SONYA MENDEKE: SENIOR DESIGNER
Sonya (firstname.lastname@example.org) grew up on a ranch in Linn, Texas. She moved to Austin in 1984, shortly after getting her BFA in advertising design at Pan American University. Sonya previously worked as a book designer at Holt Rinehart and Winston. Currently, she is a senior designer/photo editor for the Chronicle. She loves her job, especially working every day with images of beautiful horses.
Sonya has two musically inclined daughters, a dachshund and a cat with an attitude problem. In her free time, she loves to explore the many facets of visual art, such as photography, ceramics and painting. She also enjoys nature and spending time hiking, biking and practicing Bikram yoga.
ADRIENNE MARTINEZ: SENIOR DESIGNER
Adrienne (email@example.com), a newlywed and lover of chocolate, was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She has two brothers, so needless to say she loves sports and she grew up playing softball. After graduating with a B.A. in Graphic Design she moved to the lovely city of Austin, Texas. She’s interned and worked for two local publications in Austin but is now part of the Chronicle family.
She loves visiting family and friends back in Fort Worth, when she can, but now that she’s married she has her wonderful husband drive the 3½ hour trip for her. She also loves spending time with her adorable child Rocky, her precious little Yorkie.
ALISON THAYER: DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING
Alison (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined the Chronicle in July 2015. She graduated with a BA in English/creative writing from Hollins University in 2004. She has more than 10 years in the advertising/pharmaceutical/veterinary industry. Alison resides in Richmond, Va., with her two miniature dachshunds, Bob Edward and Bella Mae.
Alison’s love of horses began at age 10. She showed throughout high school, then rode on the Hollins IHSA team, and now trains with fellow Hollins graduate Sarah West at W-E-S-T in Manakin-Sabot, Va. She currently owns and shows her Selle Francais mare, First Soprano, aka Twiggy, in the adult amateur division at both local and premier-rated shows around Virginia.
|LINDA ANDERSEN: SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER|
Linda (email@example.com) has more than 30 years in publishing and a lifelong passion in the saddle riding mostly Thoroughbreds across a variety of disciplines. She's an avid supporter of the sport horse industry’s evolution. She telecommutes from her office outside of Boston. When she’s not creating winning marketing programs for the Chronicle’s advertising customers, she enjoys time with her family; foxhunting with Vermont’s North Country Hounds; trail riding her retired event horse, Macon; cuddling with her mini donkey, Jack; and hiking with her husband and two rescue labs, Wilson and Macy.
BETH HONCHARSKI: ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER
Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org) grew up showing hunters and jumpers outside of Syracuse, N.Y. She attended school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she earned her degree in communications and also fell in love with the sport of eventing.
After a five-year stop in southern Pennsylvania, she moved south again and began work at the Chronicle in May of 2012. When she’s not at the office she can be found riding her friend’s Oldenburg, Cabrio, doing a Crossfit workout or playing rugby.
LAURA HONOHAN: MARKETPLACE ADVERTISING & CUSTOMER RELATIONS
Laura (email@example.com) grew up on Long Island, N.Y. and started riding and showing when she was 6; she rode whatever pony or horse that was available. She received her first horse for her 13th birthday and showed equitation as a junior and then jumpers. Laura moved to Virginia in 1993 where she resides with her husband Bob, son Chris, dog Remy and cat Zorro. Her oldest son Nick lives close by with her NEW grandson Anthony.
She started at the Chronicle in March of 2010; she's the one you talk to when you call to renew your subscription, change your address or maybe when your magazine has arrived without a cover. Need assistance logging in to our website or would like to place a Marketplace/Classified ad? She's got ya covered! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and visiting the wonderful vineyards of Virginia.