A journalist, freelance writer and SAVVY’s founding Editor-in-Chief, Caroline Mangan O’Halloran’s work has appeared in national magazines, regional newspapers and collegiate publications. Caroline was associate editor of Main Line Times, Main Line Suburban Life and MainLineMediaNews.com and the founding editor of Flair, a monthly fashion, beauty, fitness and well-being publication. She previously served as editor of the Lifestyles, Education and Society sections of Main Line Life. Caroline began her career as a radio news reporter, anchor and producer in Providence, RI. She is a proud graduate of Merion Mercy Academy and Brown University. She has two grown children and lives in Malvern with her husband, Rich and their beagle mutt, Lucy.
After 15 years as a stay-at-home mom to Natalie, Grant and Jack, Kathy Shields Stevens returns to her first career as SAVVY Main Line’s Sales and Advertising Director. A fashion design major at Philadelphia University, Kathy has worked in various sales positions for lingerie and menswear companies. She’s currently a personal clothier for men (J. Hilburn) and runs the youth program at her church. When she’s not running her kids around town, Kathy enjoys competitive tennis, working out and entertaining in the Gladwyne home she shares with her husband, Peter.
SAVVY Events Coordinator Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer is a lifelong learner, born communicator and tireless event planner. She’s passionate about art, education and health and serves on the leadership council of the Wistar Institute. Formerly a licensed medical esthetician with advanced certifications in all facets of skin care and skin rejuvenation, Nicole has discussed skin care and laser treatments on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN and other nationally syndicated news outlets and has been quoted extensively in industry journals. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple and lives in Villanova with her husband, Jim, and the six children they share between them.
SAVVY Street Teamer Barbara Bowers Bigford, her patented Beach Pockets®, and her manufacturing company, Seabreeze Products, Inc. have been featured in national magazines, newspapers and TV shows. A graduate of Columbia’s School of Oral and Dental Surgery, Barbara was a dental hygienist and QVC product demonstrator before she invented Beach Pockets®. She shares her experiences in keynote speeches and as a new-product consultant for QVC. Barbara is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Villanova University’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute (ICE) and serves on ICE’s Advisory Council. Barbara and her husband, Doug, have three grown children and live in the same Paoli home in which she was raised.
SAVVY Street Teamer Aly Ricker McBride is a real estate attorney turned stay-at-home-mom. When she’s not tending to little Miss Molly, baby Bella James and her rescue dog, Harper, Aly is likely engrossed in the latest “it” book, planning a fabulous party, antiquing or sprucing up the Bryn Mawr home she and husband Chris gutted when they bought it in 2012. Aly holds degrees from Connecticut College (go Camels!) and the Villanova School of Law and grew up in Portsmouth, NH.
SAVVY’s resident Renaissance Woman, Jen McGowan is a fitness instructor, charity event innovator, and the Main Line’s premier female disc jockey, DJ JennyMcG. Jen’s a gal who goes for it every day and encourages others to do the same. (Naturally, her website is JenMcGowanGO.com.) A graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School and Cornell, Jen and her husband, Brendan, have three children and live in Wayne.
A CPA, CFA and financial whiz, Kara O’Halloran is SAVVY’s Chief Financial Officer. She’s also one of our go-to gals for our regular “SAVVY in the City” scoops. Her CV may scream Main Line – Conestoga ’09, Villanova ’13 with lots and lots of horseback riding throughout – but she’s a confirmed Philly girl now. By day, Kara works in private equity for TD Bank. By night, she and her pals sleuth for SAVVY, scoping out Philly’s finest – from our best beer gardens and hottest hangouts to our tastiest tables. What’s worth the schlep to Center City? Count on Kara for the 411.
The newest addition to the SAVVY Street Team is Berwyn’s Kate Miller. Currently trying to maintain her sanity while raising her three sons, Kate is a former merchandiser for Lilly Pulitzer who still loves any and all things fashion. When she’s not carpooling, Kate can be found on the tennis courts or on the front porch of the 1890’s farmhouse she shares with her husband, Scott. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Kate grew up in South Jersey and has most likely heard whatever NJ joke you are about to tell her.