LewisTalk.com is currently seeking team members who live, work, and play in Lewis County. We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who love to share positive stories about the communities within Lewis County. To apply to be a freelance writer, send your resume along with a 200-word writing sample about why you love your community to email@example.com.
Chad and Coralee Taylor, Community Partners
Amy Rowley, Publisher
Born and raised in western Washington, Amy Rowley earned her bachelors degree from the University of Washington before heading east to earn a Masters in Business Administration. After a career in human resources, she has found a niche in operations of small businesses and a sincere love of non-profit management. She has written numerous articles, newsletters and fundraising brochures and translates these content development skills to LewisTalk and NorthAmericaTalk. Beyond volunteering as a board member for three local, non-profit organizations, you will find Amy shuttling her two young daughters, sewing a quick project, or paddle boarding.
Dan Jones, Founder, Research and Development
Dan has been running his own businesses in the technology realm for the last 13 years. He currently has around 50 team members working between his six organizations. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Western Washington University and Master of Science degree from City University, he focused on building products that create long-term impacts in the marketplace. When not working long hours as an entrepreneur, Dan enjoys skiing, wind surfing, and spending time with his wife and twins in Olympia.
Martin McElliott, Community Manager
Martin married his high school sweetheart and is the father to two daughters. Martin credits his experience in the grocery business for developing his people skills. A realtor since 1997, Martin now enjoys being part of a fantastic team creating a positive new business.
Stephen Backholm, VP of Technology
Stephen is passionate about using technology to help businesses succeed. He has 12+ years experience architecting and managing large, enterprise systems, and has held a variety of senior technology leadership positions. He enjoys spending time cooking, drinking well made wines, and traversing the mountains and valleys of North America. Stephen is happily married to a beautiful girl named Paige and together they have four amazing children. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Western Washington University. Stephen has cried three times in his life: at the birth of his first child, when Spain won the World Cup in 2010, and during the final scene of Rudy.
Andrea Culletto, Community Editor
Andrea Culletto lives in Lewis County with her husband and their three amazing children. She enjoys traveling, exploring other cultures, hiking, reading, writing, creating art and spending time with her family. As a freelance journalist, her work has appeared in Mary Jane’s Farm magazine, Mamalode, Black Hills Bride magazine, The La Crosse Tribune, Exceptional Homes, Driftless Notes, Klutch Chronicle, La Crosse Magazine, Nisqually Valley News, The Chronicle and Coulee Region Women Magazine. She is currently Community Editor of WhatcomTalk.com and LewisTalk.com, and a regular contributor to L.I.N.K. Magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana.
Kristin Kendle received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing and a minor in publishing and printing arts from Pacific Lutheran University. Her official work background includes writing, editing and freelancing for book presses, print publications and websites alike, but these days her heart is in the digital world and she loves the fast-paced nature of publishing online. However, she really does try to get off of her laptop sometimes and also enjoys hiking, traveling domestically and internationally, and just about any kind of creative pursuit from making jewelry to painting.
Greg Carlson has been writing for various Seattle-based community organizations since 2007, and obtained “dual residence” status in 2014, when he purchased a house in Rochester (officially in Thurston County, but close enough to experience the great people, places, and events of Lewis County). He likes chronicling the current and future establishments and people that make Lewis County unique. In his spare time, he tends to his two terriers, take road trips around the West Coast and Canada, and tends to his growing vinyl record collection.
Marissa Dykman was born and raised in Lewis County, graduating from Centralia High School and Centralia College before graduating from Western Washington University in 2016. She’s had a lifelong passion for writing, going all the way back to first grade when her teacher turned one of her stories into a bound book. She originally went to Western planning to be a journalist and worked for the school newspaper, The Western Front, but her love for creative writing lead her to study English. She enjoys working for Lewis alk because of its focus on personal connections and telling stories.
Born in Santa Rosa, California, Larissa Gilman traveled to multiple states throughout her childhood until she landed in Washington State. She graduated with honors at W.F. West High School in 2012, attended Centralia College for two years to get her Associates in Arts, and graduated from WSU Pullman in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Literary Studies. She now resides in Chehalis, WA where she plans to find her own place with her boyfriend and enjoy the Pacific Northwest in all its glory.
Nancy Keaton moved to Lewis County from Oregon in 1985 and has worked at Centralia College since then. She earned her associates degree at Centralia then went on to earn her BA and MPA from The Evergreen State College. She has written for Southwest Washington Family Magazine, OutdoorsNW, Western Shooting Journal, and Rainier Community News. Nancy and her family look for every opportunity to get out and enjoy the Pacific Northwest through its great history, outdoor activities, and events.
Sara Light-Waller’s writing career began more than 30 years ago at a woman’s advocacy group in Washington D.C.. Since then, she’s written for print and online magazines, newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and books on a wide variety of topics from Chinese Medicine to horse care. Her first children’s book was published in 2011 and her first work of adult fiction is forthcoming in 2017. Sara lives in Centralia, Washington. Find her online at saralightwaller.com, on Twitter at @writingbylight and on Facebook at @writingbylight.
Kristina Lotz received her Bachelors in English and her Masters in Business Administration before becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Her passion for writing and animals keeps her busy – if she is not doing one she is doing the other! As a freelance writer, she has written about many subjects for a variety of print and web outlets. Even in her spare time, she enjoys writing, riding their horses with her husband or training her personal dogs. If that’s not enough to keep her busy, she also enjoys baking, crafting, cosplaying, and board games with friends.
Jessica Reeves-Rush is a lifelong Washingtonian from Tenino. She is a graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and an emphasis in history. She spent 16 years in the family’s furniture business and has a strong background in marketing. Her work as a hobby historian landed her an unusual job as clerk of the Forest Grove Cemetery in Tenino. Jessica is a mother of three and enjoys writing fiction and poetry. She also can’t get enough of the great outdoors and often goes hiking and camping with her family. Jessica also owns a small farm specializing in dairy goats