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There is absolutely no way that Parents & Kids would exist without the incredible effort of each & every one of our superb staffers. These people are media gurus, email ninjas, marketing maestros, sales geniuses and, oh yeah, incredible people. We know that our team is fantastic and is the main reason why Parents & Kids is so great, too. Get to know us below.
Gretchen Cook

Gretchen Cook

Publisher

When she was four years old Gretchen discovered her love for travel. She packed a tiny suitcase and sat by the front door, waiting for some of her parents’ friends who had asked her, “Would you like to go home with us and be our little girl?”  She bawled when she realized she didn’t get to go.

M. Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson

Production Manager, Columnist

When Scott was in 1st grade he wrote about wanting to become an artist and living on the streets of Paris; if nothing else, he’s always been a realist.

Dasha Peipon

Dasha Peipon

Managing Editor, Central Mississippi & DeSoto

When Dasha was 10 years old, she started drama at school and always played the villains’ parts. Her best one was the Evil Queen from Snow White (she still occasionally scares her kids with lines from her part).Though she never understood why she got those parts, she embraced them. Every story needs a good villain.

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman

Managing Editor, South Mississippi & Delta

When Kara was 12, her favorite thing to do was always roller skating – the social kind, that was popular in the ’80s. She’d wear four wheels (not the “roller blades” kids wear today–yuk!) and skate-dance to Michael Jackson and Journey every weekend under a disco ball at a neighborhood rink.

Courtney Ray

Courtney Ray

Account Executive

When she was 10 years old Courtney discovered her love for theater.  She enjoyed being involved in her hometown Summer productions.

Ashley Quick

Ashley Quick

Account Executive

When Ashley was a little girl, she used to run around everywhere in those plastic, play dress-up shoes and would ask Santa to bring her the game “Pretty Pretty Princess” every year. Today, Ashley runs around town in real shoes and asks Santa to pretty, pretty please bring her advertisers.

Leigh Loecher

Leigh Loecher

Account Executive

 As a little girl, Leigh had a very wild imagination. On her first day of Kindergarten, her parents picked her up from school and asked about her day. She told them she went to a State Park and caught a fish. Every time she re-told the story that day, the fish got bigger and bigger. 

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