MEET OUR TEAM
Oda Solms-Baruth is the founder of WOMAN Media Group which publishes three popular regional publications spanning Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Southern Maryland Woman, Fairfax Woman and Alexandria Woman magazines are bi-monthly, large format, free publications for women. Southern Maryland Woman magazine, the first of three, made its debut in July 2008 and has grown ever since, thanks to the support from advertisers and readers across the region. Since then, Fairfax Woman was launched in March 2009 and Alexandria Woman in March 2011.
Lauren Milani is a freelance graphic and web designer residing in the Washington, DC metro area. She’s been designing professionally since 2008 with successful side gigs as a writer, editor and photographer. Her ultimate goal is to create work that helps advance progressive causes, animal rights and social justice. When she’s not designing, Lauren enjoys making art and crafts, decorating her home, writing, reading, watching movies, visiting art exhibits and museums, hitting the hiking and biking trails and taking countless pictures of the world around her. Visit Lauren’s website at http://laurenariane.com.
Rachel Lytle is a freelance writer and editorial assistant for WOMAN magazines who works in healthcare marketing full-time. A Southern Maryland native, she holds a degree in Journalism and cares deeply about advocating for mental health and women’s issues. In her spare time, Rachel likes to play tennis, travel and hang out with her family, friends, and two cats.
Ashley Claire Simpson is a Marketing Communications Specialist for a local military association, but her real passion is freelance writing for a number of publications, including Fairfax/Alexandria Woman. She has been writing features and human interest pieces since her college newspaper days at the University of Virginia, where she graduated in 2008. Ashley has lived in the D.C.-metropolitan area for most of her life and always relishes the opportunity to learn and write about so many inspirational local women who make a difference in the community – and in the world at large.
Kathryn Streeter is a freelance writer, mother and wife. Highly mobile, she’s moved 23 times in 26 years of marriage, living far-and-wide in places as diverse as Dubai, Germany and London.
Thematically, her writing centers on home, family, pets, wellness, simplicity, travel and food. Kathryn’s work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Austin American-Statesman, Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama and Grown & Flown and Fairfax Woman magazine.
Kathryn wrote a creative nonfiction essay “Through The Sand: A Driving Lesson From Dubai” which was a finalist in The Briar Cliff Review Creative Nonfiction Contest and published in Volume 26. She is a contributing author of the anthology, “Feisty After 45: The Best Blogs From MidLife Women” and the collection, “Once Upon An Expat.” You can find them on Amazon.
Aldo Castro is the distribution manager for the Fairfax Woman and Alexandria Woman Magazines. You can often find him around town delivering our latest issue to local business. Aldo’s expertise, enthusiasm and customer service is an essential part of our day to day work.
Emily Korff has been a photographer with Fairfax Woman and Alexandria Woman magazines since 2009. Her photography studio, Veralana Photography, is based in Vienna, VA and she specializes in children and families, especially newborn babies. In addition to her business, she is the active mother of two elementary-aged girls which includes being a basketball coach, soccer team photographer, and swim team rep. She has international relations and public affairs degrees from the College of William and Mary and Virginia Tech, and had a career in international development before switching to photography to be able to spend more time with her family. She enjoys meeting the magazine’s cover girls and featured authors each month.