Jessica Carlton, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, has been a fangirl of NASA and Star Trek since
before birth she can remember. She’s also a sucker for West Wing and the dramatics. Jessica graduated with a Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama in 2012. The former marketing manager for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, she now works as the digital media specialist for the City of Huntsville. Recognized as a Rising Star of the Industry by the Alabama Tourism Department in 2013, she enjoys coming to work every day to help share the Rocket City’s story. Jessica lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with her husband David and two rescue dogs, Lilly and Grantham.
Kristen Pepper is an Athens, Ala. native who grew up “on the outside looking in” at all of the hustle and bustle of the Rocket City. She currently works as the marketing manager for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and in her daily role supports the marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts of the CVB. While her dream of being personal assistant to Stevie Nicks hasn’t yet been realized, she’s happy in telling anyone (and everyone) who will listen just how awesome the Rocket City is, and also enjoys an Alabama craft beer or two. She is a member of the North Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, serving as an at-large board member as well as planning committee member for events such as Nonprofit University and the BIG Marketing & PR Event.
Leslie Walker, Certified Hospitality Specialist or CHSP, attended the University of Alabama-Huntsville as an electrical engineering major before beginning her career as a hotelier and has stayed in the hospitality industry ever since. She is a wife to her husband Steve and mother to two girls, Avery and Bailey. Keeping with family tradition, she currently resides in Huntsville. You can reach Leslie by phone at 256-551-2380, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Pamela Brooks Williams is one of the rare Huntsville natives. She is passionate about her city and sharing its highlights with anyone she can snag even for a minute. The reverse of that is her desire to travel—if she hasn’t been, she wants to go. Actually those go hand in hand—wherever she goes, she spreads the gospel of Huntsville! Pam is the blessed mom of 3 very talented, intelligent, busy and beautiful teenagers/preteens (and 2 canine babies). In her spare time, she enjoys . . . wait! Refer to the previous sentences.
Haley Clemons is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations. She spends most of her free time exploring local towns, trying new restaurants and planning her next international trip. Her favorite place on earth is Seaside, Florida on scenic highway 30A! She loves church, her family, friends and her fluffy white cat named Truman (after The Truman Show). She’s also a big Jim Carrey fan. She currently works as a marketing writer at a local weather technology provider. She started her travel blog earlier this year and records her latest adventures for everyone to enjoy. Read more from Haley at www.life-in-between.com.
David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.
Katie Wright is a southerner, an explorer, a student, and an old lady at heart. She was born and raised in the south, but abandoned her homeland during her early twenties for the allure of places such as New Zealand and Northern England. After completing her studies, she returned to the sweet sunny south and is now an archaeologist by day and a blogger/vlogger by night. Other hobbies include baking, crocheting, researching local history (like I said… old lady), and putting things in her online shopping cart and then never buying them.
At the age of 12, a subscription to National Geographic magazine began Sarah’s passionate love for all things related to photography, and since then she’s photographed everything from weddings to house fires to beautiful desserts. Sarah works as a photographer and writer in North Alabama and has photographed for numerous national brands including Southern Living, Cooking Light and Pillsbury. She also writes for several local magazines and is a regular contributor to the popular food blog Huntsville Eats. See more of her photography at S. Belanger Photography and keep up with her food adventures at The Jealous Crumpet.
Although not born nor raised in Huntsville, being a generally smart lady, Rebecca high-tailed it here as quickly as she could. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in history and with a giant crush on the “stuff” of history, whether in a museum or a historic site. Most of her waking hours involve working in museum education for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Like any good child of the South, she loves storytelling, which she considers an art form. Rebecca enjoys sharing Huntsville’s tales to anyone who will listen whether during Huntsville Ghost Walks, conducting tours of the Huntsville Depot, leading Breakfast Trolley tours or bringing history to life during the Cemetery Stroll. She is also a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society and the Huntsville Historic Marker Committee.
Nicole Castle Brookus is a writer, artist & photographer, avid gardener, lover of all things geeky, and outdoor enthusiast. In her spare time, she studies the traditional herbal medicine of the southeastern United States and spends time hiking in the woods and foraging for wild foods. You can find her online at Brookus.com, or on Facebook.
Josie was born in coastal Kenya. She has resided in Huntsville, Alabama, for 17 years. While in the Rocket City, Josie launched a clothing line, Josie Wachi, to give women a better tailored modern and classic style. Awarded the ‘North Alabama Emerging Fashion Designer’ by the Alabama Fashion Alliance, Josie is much more than a designer of stylish clothes. A real source of inspiration for style and healthy living, she enjoys blogging and podcasting for people in Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership/Huntsville Madison County’s Connect Class for young professionals.
Full-time penny-pincher and part-time blogger Mendy Loyd rounds up the best deals and steals in the Rocket City via TNValleySavers.com. Mendy and her husband Josh live in Harvest with their three boys and enjoy restoring furniture and creating handmade decor in their free time.
Rhiannon grew up in North Alabama and has lived in Huntsville for most of her adult life. She posted her first photoblog, The Wandering Photographer, in 2009. Since that time, she has used the blog and social media to grow as a photographer and to learn about the world around her. She loves sharing her favorite wanderings, and also loves having the Rocket City as her home base. Rhiannon volunteers for local pet rescue groups and occasionally finds time to blog about local vegan eats on Veg Out Huntsville.
Those who get to know Amos Robert Freeman-Hitt often describe him as a good boy, a sweet boy, a smart boy, and a ruggedly handsome boy. Amos has been enjoying the finer aspects of life in Huntsville for the last three years, along with his packmates David and Rebecca. He is an aficionado of cuddling, playing ball, staring out windows, long walks and purloined candy. Not completely convinced that he’s not a people of some type, Amos means well.
A little snark, a lot of fun, all wrapped up in a rainbow of hope – Kathryn Lang loves sharing words, and her personal hope is that every person who encounters her words will feel as if they were written (or spoken) just for him or her. Learn more about Kathryn by visiting www.KathrynLang.com or read about her family travels at www.TraveLangs.com.
Buzz Huntsville currently serves as Chief Communications Officer for his internal hopes and dreams. He has been tweeting about the awesomeness of life in the Rocket City since early January 2014. Buzz is perhaps best known for his unhealthy obsession with all things Space. He enjoys tweet-stalking NASA, covertly attending local events where he shamelessly tweets selfies and long walks on the Moon.
Daniel Horton is a lifelong geek, 2007 graduate of UAHuntsville with a degree in Communications, works at FDI as the Director of Marketing, mentors young musicians in the Huntsville area, and is the host of the local tech / entertainment podcast Rocktt. He is the co-founder of the UAHuntsville ChargerCon convention, and is on the UAHuntsville Alumni Board of Directors. Daniel is also married to Sharla Horton, the owner of Little Bit’s Vintage fashion truck.
Constance J. Smith is a blogger, recipe developer and a “seasoned” army wife. Having been around the block and all over the world for the last 23+ years, her family is now settling in Alabama after arriving in the summer of 2013. She loves the outdoors – hiking, kayaking, geocaching, camping, hunting and more. Anywhere Constance goes, she chronicles her journey with her readers – from creating family-friendly recipes to hiking in the wilderness of Alaska, and now planting roots in the Tennessee Valley. Portions of her content have been published in local and national print. You can find her at CosmopolitanCornbread.com.
Keith Parker is one of the seven remaining native Huntsvillians, a feature writer for JustUsGeeks.com, and a novelist who hasn’t become famous yet. Over the years he’s managed to strongarm several traditional magazines to publish his short fiction; has peddled his indie-published adventure novel, and has just completed (with his co-author) his first science fiction novel, Madness Rising. This book is the first in a series of young adult novels about orphaned colonists on a distant planet who dig up something that should’ve remained buried. As he searches for a literary agent, he’s hacking away at the sequel, Madness Ashore. He thinks the series will sell well if a lot of people buy it.
Hi, I’m Jess! I’m originally from Atlanta, but after graduating from Auburn University, I now call the Rocket City home. While I’m not doing my 8-5, you can find me at my blog, Sweet Tea in the South, hanging out with my lab mix Riley, or starting a craft/project around the house. I do my best to stay active and try new things. I spend an exorbitant amount of time on Pinterest. My current loves are book club, sweet tea (of course), gouda cheese, Downton Abbey, traveling, yogalites, and Pelmeny from the Neon Lily food truck.