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Meet the Team

Valerie Hawkins
Valerie Hawkins

Writer. Boy mom. Serial party planner. Surviving it all thanks to coffee and ranch dressing. But not together, of course.

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Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith

TV binge-watcher, Netflix hero, lover of words and bound books, Kristin strives to be a warm-hearted, compassionate, and conscientious team mate.

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Christy McFarland
Christy McFarland

I like to think my life is one long FRIENDS episode.

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Rick Halberg
Rick Halberg

Insurance poet, music and pop culture encyclopedia, musician, family man, dreamer.

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Chris Stroisch
Chris Stroisch

Husband, father, runner, Chris enjoys managing a team of rock stars writers, teaching Sunday school, and spending time with his family.

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Alex Williams
Alex Williams

Alex is a self-proclaimed cheap girl. She's debt-free and paid off nearly $40,000 in student loans within two years of graduate school thanks to her strong work ethic and willingness to take on multiple side hustles.

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Steve Fast
Steve Fast

Steve writes about the many ways money intersects with people’s lives. He has too many hobbies to be specifically mentioned in this limited space.

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Ryan Blesse
Ryan Blesse

Compliance guy by day, inkslinging cat enthusiast by night.

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Hope Linker
Hope Linker

Hope recently left COUNTRY to pursue new challenges and opportunities closer to her family. Her smile and positive attitude are truly missed but we're excited to see what she conquers next.

Hope is your go-to gal for dog sitting, volleyball lessons, outdoor adventures, or road trips. She recently left COUNTRY Financial to be closer to her family and take on new challenges. 

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Jenna Allen
Jenna Allen

Lover of words, world traveler, and certified yoga instructor, Jenna is passionate about making the world a better place. Following her passion for words, Jenna will be attending graduate school in England in the fall of 2017.

 

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Courtny Svendsen
Courtny Svendsen

A former cheerleader (Go Bradley Braves!) putting myself through college with careful planning, a Lily Pulitzer planner and a rockin' internship at COUNTRY Financial.

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Stephanie Zuccato
Stephanie Zuccato

When she’s not exploring Florida’s theme parks,
Stephanie can be found perfecting her writing, learning new Photoshop skills, or watching Netflix with a bowl of mac and cheese.

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Katie Trapani
Katie Trapani

Professional dancer turned business woman who is inquisitive and motivated. Katie thrives in fast-paced environments and has a passion for teaching young Ballerinas.

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