Brava Staff

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Kate Bast

Editor in Chief

Hometown: Manitowoc
Street cred: More than 20 years of editorial and leadership experience at a variety of publications including–Milwaukee Home, Wisconsin Trails, and Milwaukee Magazine, among others.
In the office, I’m the one who…Calls everyone a “gal”
Family: Husband, Tim Duggan and school-aged kiddos Shane and Levi.
How I get my kicks: Travel, good food, being immersed in a great read, and attending Little League games and swim meets
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: “You can do it all—just not necessarily at the same time.”
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: Kids and story inspirations
The one thing I have to do/see before I die:  Thailand
Fave color: Orange
Fave Madison events: The Wisconsin Triennial at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, American Players Theatre in Spring Green, All-City Swim Meet.
Fave Madison space: The new Madison Central Library digs. It speaks to my book and modernist design loving heart.
Fave project I’ve worked on for BRAVA: The September 2013 re-launch and rebranding of the magazine!
If I weren’t at BRAVA, I’d be…Running my own inventive food cart.
Fave thing about working at BRAVA; Amazing women—on staff and around Madison making things happen.

Call: (608) 848-6702
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Kris Foust

Director of Marketing and Events

Hometown: Born, raised and went to college in Madison. I currently live in Waunakee
Street cred: Eight years as a call center manager taught me to listen fully to every problem presented in its entirety, and then acknowledge the feelings that go along with it. Usually people understand if it can’t be fixed right away, but need to feel like they’ve been heard  every single time.
Family: Husband, Mike. Two sons, Dane and Kade
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: “You be you. Because people will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
Fave color: Tiffany blue.
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My two boys and husband Mike, who is also my best friend.
In the office, I’m the one who: has the best pranks!
Hidden talent: I love tap dancing. While waiting in line, I often mindlessly do dances I learned 35 years ago!
Fave project I’ve worked on for BRAVA:  I am returning to BRAVA after five years, but in a new capacity. Give me some time!
Fave Madison event: There are just too many to choose from in Madison!
Style obsession: Patterned shoes, colored boots, easy to wear dresses
Motto I live by: “Be strong. Be classy. You never know who you are inspiring.”

Call: (608) 848-6705
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Marni McEntee

Managing Editor

Hometown: My average residence in any city has been about five years. But I definitely get my sense of place from Southern California. I spent my formative years in San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara and  L.A.

Street cred: I’ve been a print journalist since high school and spent most of my professional career on the word side of newspapers, including a 13-year stint overseas.  I’m so gratified to still be “in print” in the digital age, and at a vibrant publication to boot
Family: My big man husband Doug and our green-eyed kitten Monkey.
How I get my kicks: In the outdoors, moving my body.
Hidden talents: I can whip a mean softball.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: Be kind.
Style obsession: Lately, maxi skirts.
Fave color: Sunflower yellow.
The one thing I have to do/see before I die: Every U.S. national park.
If I were an animal, I’d be: An elephant.
Fave Madison space: The view of downtown from John Nolan Drive.
Fave thing about working at BRAVA: Collaborating every day with driven, informed, funny and edgy women.
Call: (608) 848-6703
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April Zelenka

Art Director
Hometown: Marshfield, WI
Street cred: Designer, Photographer, and Entrepreneur
Family: I live with my husband, Cole and our sweet husky puppy.
How I get my kicks: Exploring new places.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me:  If anyone ever tells you your dreams are silly, remember there’s some millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.
Fave color: Black
The one thing I have to do/see before I die:  Live in another country.
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My recent travels
In the office, I’m the one who: Plays music too loud.
Hidden talent: Rearranging furniture.
Fave project I’ve worked on for BRAVA:  2017 Fall Fashion Photo Shoot + Design
Fave Madison event: Any concert at the Majestic Theater
Style obsession: Wearing all black
Motto I live by: Less is more.
Call: (608) 848-6701
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Rachel Werner

Assistant Editor
Hometown: Which one (& year)? I’ve spent the bulk of the past decade in Madison.. Does that count?
Street cred: Fitness instructor and trainer, freelance writer and blogger for the past three years.
Family: A darling kindergartener whom I absolutely adore—and you would, too, if you met her!
How I get my kicks: Running, reading, cooking, talking about and working on sustainable agriculture initiatives, growing vegetables, and learning about how various forms of alcohol can be made.
Hidden talents: Being a ballet dancer. I also can crochet a pretty decent scarf—or baby blanket.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: “Just let go, and let God.”
Style obsession: My hair. I change the color and style every few months.
Fave color: Blue. (all shades and variations, except teal)
The one thing I have to do/see before I die: Learn to surf.
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My daughter and the food posts I create from my blog.
In the office, I’m the one who… Wants to start a compost bin.
Current obsessions: A book called “What If?” about preposterous scientific questions that a physicist attempts to answer with actual mathematical equations- and Paddle boarding.
Fave Madison events: Willy Street Co-ops annual “Eat Local Challenge,”.summer farmers markets
Fave Madison space: UW Arboretum; I run the trails many times a week.
Fave Madison cause/charity: REAP & Dane Buy Local
Call: (608) 848-6701
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Lee Acker

Business Development

Hometown:   Cross Plains, WI
Street cred: I have an Accounting Degree and worked at the UW-Madison for years before switching careers about 13 years ago to Business Development.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: The Four Agreements: Be Impeccable with Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions and Always Do Your Best
When this song comes on the radio, I just have to pull over and dance: anything by Willie Nelson…I know it’s weird
Style obsession: Love big bold Bracelets/Bangles/Cuffs
Fave color:  Caribbean Blue
The one thing I have to do before I die: Go to Italy!
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of: Bo Ryan 🙂 Love UW Basketball and he’s extremely funny
Current obsessions: Hot Yoga and Power Classes…and red wine, usually in that order
Fave Madison events: Art Fair on the Square, Farmer’s Market and Taste of Madison
Fave Madison space:   Memorial Union – even when it’s packed, it seems very calming to me to be there by the lake with friends
Fave Madison cause/charity: Coaches vs Cancer events and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Call: (608) 848-6711
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Jennifer Rosen Heinz

Business Development

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Street cred: Many years in marketing, PR, and wordsmithing
Family: Husband, two kids, two cats
How I get my kicks: Kickboxing! I love Les Mills BodyCombat!
Hidden talents: I have a killer left jab. I am also an award-winning poet. Really.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: Never iron naked.
When this song comes on the radio, I just have to pull over and dance: Anything by Prince! I’m an ’80s gal at heart
Style obsession: Bold, graphic prints
Fave color: Orange!
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: I have absolutely bizarre pictures on my phone. Since I do BRAVA’s social media, I am always taking pictures of things that I might someday need to spice up a post.
In the office, I’m the one who… Laughs the loudest. And that’s saying something.
If I were an animal, I’d be: A combination of a phoenix (that counts as a real animal, right?) and a sloth. A Slophoenix. A Phoslo. Something like that.
Fave Madison events: Downtown Farmers’ Markets on the square
Fave Madison space: Outdoor space: Union Terrace. Reminds me of beer gardens in Munich, Germany (we lived there for a few years). Indoor space: MMoCA. I can never get enough light!
Fave Madison cause/charity: So many that do such great work— hard to choose!  I am particularly drawn to the work of the Center for Families, the YWCA, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and Operation Fresh Start.
Fave project I’ve worked on for BRAVA: Right now I am really excited about the partnership I helped to develop with FLOOR360 to co-sponsor the Design for a Difference-Madison design makeover for the Respite Center at the Center for Families. Being able to work with a great client and to give back to the community-—how much better can it get than that?

Call: (608) 217-1435
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Megan Glaeser

Marketing and Events Manager

Hometown: McFarland
Street cred: Event Management at Madison College, many years planning Madison events, and interning at BRAVA!
How I get my kicks: Spending time with family and friends (who may as well be family)
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me:  Get out of your own head; stop overthinking and just do it!
Fave color: I love jewel tones, sapphire, amethyst and emerald are my favorite!
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My friends’ kiddos and/or pets and the latest dish I’ve cooked or baked
Hidden talent: Cutting picture frames and hand-cutting mats with grandma
Fave project I’ve worked on for BRAVA:  Salon and Raves & Faves
Style obsession: Comfort is key…except for my shoe collection, which includes far too many stiletto heels.

Call: (608) 848-6706
Email Megan

Shanna Wolf

Fashion Coordinator

Hometown: Wausau
Street cred: Expert in styling aesthetics and tailoring clothing to fit your personality, and many years of independent photography.
Current obsessions: Farm to Vase bouquets, Haribo black licorice candies, searching for my next vacation rental, Sonoma County wines.
Fave Madison events: Wisconsin Film Fest, Make Music Madison, Wisconsin Book Festival, Capital Brewery Dogtoberfest and the Dog Jog.
Style obsession: Smythe blazers, wedge sneakers, tunics and leggings, Rag and Bone booties, C. Alexandria jewelry, Lucite glasses.
Favorite food fix: Cut-out cookie from Bloom Bake Shop, mango curry from Ha Long Bay, the Porta Alba pizza from Porta Alba, anything from the case at Batch Bakehouse.
Favorite BRAVA project: Photographing for the Women to Watch issues, and pulling clothing and accessories from Madison boutiques for the spring and fall trend issues.
Motto I live by: Less stuff, more life.