Brava Staff

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We are currently hiring for a part-time Art Director. Apply now on Indeed.com.

We are also hiring for a full-time Assistant Editor. Apply now on Indeed.com.

All photos by Hillary Schave, Azena Photography

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.

Contact
Call: (608) 848-6702
Email Kate

Ashley Duchemin

Director of Events

Hometown: Elkhorn, WI
Street cred: I graduated from the University of Wisconin – Eau Claire in May of 2008 and started working for Nei Turner Media Group in January of 2009. I am also the aquatics director/head coach for the local club swim team, Elkhorn Penguins.
How I get my kicks: Party Planning.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me: Remember you’ll always regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did.
Fave color: Purple and Black
The one thing I have to do/see before I die:  The Eiffel Tower
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My super cute nephews and niece
In the office, I’m the one who: is organized!
Current obsessions: Pinterest Cooking Recipes
Style obsession: Leggings and Yoga Pants
Fave Madison space: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Fave Madison cause/charity: Ronald McDonald House Charities and Gilda’s Club

Contact
Call: (262) 729-4471
Email Ashley

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.
Contact
Call: (608) 848-6703
Email Marni

 


Rachel Werner

Digital 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
Contact
Call: (608) 572-8081
Email Rachel 

Ashley Powell

VP of Sales
Hometown: Chicago, Il
Street cred: Nearly 20 years of sales experience, specializing in building highly productive teams. 2017 Brava Woman to Watch, 2017 In Business Magazine 40 under 40, 2018 Athena Award nominee.  National speaker, women’s wealth advocate and subject of a children’s book.
Family: Handsome lumberjack and 2 tiny tornadoes.
How I get my kicks: Introducing and connecting incredible women to one another.
Best piece of advice someone ever gave me:  “You know the number one way people get what they want?  They ask.” This changed my whole worldview when Betty Lark Ross, my high school art teacher, said this to me.  I ask, a lot.  And people tell me ‘no’, a lot.  But I have be given some incredible opportunities by following this advice.
Fave color: Red
The one thing I have to do/see before I die:  This is a very serious question!  I just want loafer socks that stay put.
On my phone, you’ll find the most pictures of my: My kids and my fellow Boss Moms, out there doing incredible things.
In the office, I’m the one who: Keeps a drawer full of shoes.
Current obsession: The ONE Thing book and Podcast.  I love the concepts of ruthless prioritization and habit stacking.
Fave Madison event: St. Peter Catholic Church Fish Fry, Disrupt Madison, and Culture Community
Style obsession: Gwynnie Bee.  I love being able to rent trendy pieces and not worry about having to wear the same things over and over again.
Fave Madison Space: The Madison Club.
Fave Madison cause/charity: I chair the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, which raises money for research and patient care.  I’m also on the board of the Children’s Theater of Madison, which brings outstanding theater and theater education to Madison kids.
Contact
Call: (815) 243-1309
Email Ashley 

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

Contact
Call: (608) 848-6711
Email Lee


Kris Foust

Business Development

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.”

Contact
Call: (608) 848-6705
Email Kris

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.

Contact
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 Airbnb.com 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.