December 2016 Our Contributors 2

Dennis Malcolm Byron is originally from New York and a Cornell University alumnus. He is an award-winning journalist and photographer who has worked with various publications and websites for the past 20 years. He is also a world-renowned beer writer, blogger and event planner under the alias Ale Sharpton. Atlanta, GA is his home.

Rotricia Rachelle Coley – As an event designer, stylist, and photographer, Rotricia Rachelle Coley finds joy in helping others celebrate life in style with those that matter most to them. Rotricia Rachelle is known for her custom elaborate themed dessert tables. Her work has been featured in Kara’s Party Ideas, Everyday Party magazine, and Catch My Party. Rotricia Rachelle is a wife and mother of three and resides in Smyrna.

Kimberly Dejanovich-Ryan moved from California to Georgia in August 2014, with her husband and two dogs. She loves exploring Georgia and all the beauty it has to offer. She’s involved with hiking groups and enjoys donating her photography services to animal shelters and rescues in Georgia. Kimberly loves not only taking pictures, but everything else that comes just before that shutter button clicks.

Amy Lee is a native Atlantan who can be found exploring the city with her children and her camera. Seeing how fast her kids are growing up and changing, Amy is on a constant mission to capture the special and ordinary moments of life.  Through Smack Dab Photography, Amy is able to share her passion for making memories.

Kendra Pierson is the creator of, a lifestyle blog with a heavy emphasis on parenting and travel. She doesn’t make headbands, but rather wears the multiple headbands as a small business owner, board member, and community volunteer, as well as a wife and mother to two young children.

Lia Picard has lived in Atlanta with her husband for nearly three years, hailing from the Sunshine State. She loves to cook and explore the local dining scene, highlighting both on her blog and other publications around town. Lia loves the Atlanta community and shows support by volunteering with different local organizations including the Junior League of Atlanta.

Preston Smith lives in historic Vinings with his wife and children (both human and canine). He traces his lineage back to seventeenth-century Englishmen who drank beer for medicinal purposes to survive their trans-Atlantic voyage, which explains his irritable bowel, crooked teeth, snarky attitude and aversion to anything oceanic. After attending Baylor University and the University of Georgia law school. Preston worked in healthcare and served four terms as a Georgia State Senator. He squanders his spare time trying to persuade his three hunting dogs to act less like house cats and more like, well – hunting dogs.

Mary Welch is a business and lifestyle editor who writes on a broad range of topics ranging from the legal world to automobiles to travel for a variety of local and national publications. She is the former editor of Atlanta Woman and business to business magazines.

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