Our Authors

Here’s a list of all of our authors.


Samantha has always loved making things "pretty." Her level of patience necessitates that pretty must also be simple and practical to remain sustainable! Currently a professional organizer by day, Samantha holds a professional background in both cosmetology and personal styling. A true believer of the term "more with less," she hopes to bring a balanced approach to the fashion & beauty department for RWM readers.10 Articles


In her 15 years of living in southeast Minnesota, Rochester Women Magazine has been Anastasia’s touchstone for the many communities of women in our city and region. She is so grateful to contribute to this amazing resource. As a nonprofit and education volunteer and staffer, mom, and gardener, all of her passions can be found on these pages, and she looks forward to helping develop more content. When not writing articles, she can be found reading, running, gardening and enjoying time with family and friends.8 Articles


Erin is a freelance writer living in Rochester. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota (NAMI SEMN) and encourages everyone to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness.8 Articles


Born and raised in Taiwan by a picky-eater dad and a mom who’ll try anything, Tiffany has tasted a world of flavors. Through traveling, she learned the relationship between food and culture, and the importance of supporting locals. Tiffany currently works as a food photographer, blogger, and occasional artist and designer. You can visit choochoocachew.com to learn more about her foods.7 Articles


Maka is the owner of WaveMaker Consulting, LLC and a freelance writer and educator based in Rochester.7 Articles



When Terri moved to Rochester 13 years ago, she looked to Rochester Women magazine to find connections. Because she works as a nonprofit consultant and coach, helping women find balance, connection and purpose, she knew how important those connections would be for her. Now, she looks forward to offering that same opportunity for connection to others in our community through her work at Rochester Women Magazine. When she is not working, she enjoys looking for seashells, dancing and snuggling her dogs.6 Articles


Alison is a writer and editor living in Rochester, Minnesota, with her dog and cat.6 Articles


Mel the Money Coach is a leader within the world of financial coaching. She is known as the medical professional's go-to money coach as she is also a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic and graduate nursing educator. After Mel and her husband paid off $160,000 in 20 months, she set out to help others do the same. She is the creator of Money Masterminds, a group coaching platform, where she helps her clients improve their financial literacy and hone their skills such as budgeting, saving and investing. She also works with clients 1:1 to create a customized plan to win with money. Her mission: Everyone deserves to live financially free.5 Articles


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