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Letter from the Editor: Celebrating Remarkable Women

by on March 04, 2019 9:39 AM

Each March, we feature a special section in Town&Gown celebrating just some of the remarkable women of Centre County.

Many of those highlighted naturally have high-profile positions, but we know that for each one of those outstanding women, there are many more doing great work, often behind the scenes.

So, what better time to tell you a bit more about the women here in our office on Allen Street who work so hard to produce the magazine you hold in your hands? (They are among a team that also includes a number of talented freelance contributors.)

Debbie Markel, our senior account executive, has been with Barash since 2006. She’s a familiar face at many local businesses, where she is known for the personalized way she helps clients market their products and services. Debbie helps me with her many contacts in the community – and she is our resident horse expert.

Tiara Snare is our creative director, responsible for the overall look of the magazine and our associated publications. She’s been with Barash since 2013. Tiara is one of two designers (along with Darren Andrew Weimert) who take all of the editorial content I shovel their way and make it pop visually. On top of everything else, she’s great at interpreting my often illegible handwriting on edited page proofs. And word is she’s also an excellent singer.

Laura Specht, graphic designer and advertising coordinator, started with Barash (at our sister publication, The Centre County Gazette) after completing an internship here in 2015. After leaving for a position in greater Philadelphia, we were lucky to get her back last year. Laura works with our magazine clients to design ads. In her free time, among other things Laura loves playing with her four cats and attending comic conventions.

Kristina Guthrie joined the Barash team as advertising coordinator last year and is taking on a new role as editor of our special publications. Kristina is a former English educator at the secondary level and a varsity soccer coach. Anyone in the office with a tough grammar question knows exactly where to turn.

Lee Gordon is the newest member of our team, coming onboard as business manager in January. Lee retired from Penn State after a 26-year career, including many years in IT. One of Lee’s hobbies is crafting, which is evident to anyone who has visited her well-decorated office.

And, of course, no mention of the women of Town&Gown would be complete without Mimi Barash Coppersmith, who founded the magazine in 1966. At 85, “Mrs. C.” remains an invaluable presence in our office and in the community, bringing passion and energy that never ceases to amaze us!



Mark Brackenbury

Editorial Director

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