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 alumna of Merion Mercy Academy and an honors graduate of Brown University. She has two grown children and lives in Malvern with her husband, Rich.
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 Villanova home she shares with her husband, Peter.
Writer and fine artist Rebecca Adler was an editor at More magazine in NYC, where she covered books, careers and entertainment. Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Brides, Philadelphia magazine, xoJane, among others. Her favorite interview to date? Joan Rivers (!) A Bryn Mawr native, Rebecca is a proud graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse U. A move back to the Main Line – and out of her tiny New York apartment – gave her the space to explore her love of art. She paints female figures and animals in bold shapes and colors in her home studio in Malvern (RebeccaAdlerArt.com). Yoga, interior design, a healthy dose of reality TV, and afternoons spent hiking with her husband and son make Rebecca happy.
Barbara Bowers Bigford is a business innovator and fine artist. Barbara created her patented Beach Pockets® her manufacturing company, Seabreeze Products, Inc. more than 20 years ago. Barbara and her beach umbrella anchors have been featured in national magazines, newspapers and TV shows. She often shares her journey as an inventor, manufacturer and enterprising businesswoman in keynote speeches. She has also counseled students and aspiring entrepreneurs as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Villanova University. An alumna of Columbia’s School of Oral and Dental Surgery, Barbara is a former dental hygienist and QVC product demonstrator. Barbara and her husband, Doug, have three grown children and live in the same Paoli home in which she was raised.
Kimberly Davis Cuthbert is a community connector, civic booster and small-business champion. For 23 years, she was the chef/owner of Berwyn’s award-winning bakery, Sweet Jazmines, where she forged a devoted following and made friends up and down the Main Line. On spring and summer Sundays, you’ll find Kim – and Sweet Jazmine’s ever-popular Sweet Potato Muffin batter – at the new Berwyn Farmer’s Market. A proud graduate of Conestoga High School, James Madison University and the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Kim lives in Wayne with her husband, Chris, son, Jordan, and their spoiled cavapoo, Rio.
Newtown Square native, Haverford resident and Wharton alum, Lisa A. Kazanjian is among the Main Line’s biggest fans. Work and wanderlust have taken her around the world, but family, friends, the Armenian community – think “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” – and love for this area always call her home. Lisa’s a born marketer; she’s promoted everything from robotic surgery to the Indy 500, earning an Emmy along the way. Passionate about health, wellness and the arts, you’ll find Lisa walking a scenic local trail, catching a movie at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, enjoying a concert or visiting the Barnes.
SAVVY Street Teamer Aly Ricker McBride is the founder and chief curator of The Main Line Find, an online marketplace for vintage and artisan goods. A former real estate attorney with an uncanny eye for style and quality, Aly unearths unexpected treasures at Main Line estate sales, flea markets and thrift shops. Her goal? Inspire us to consume less, buy secondhand and bring more items with quirk and character into our homes. An enthusiastic traveler, consumer of pop culture and reader of “it” books, Aly lives in Bryn Mawr with her husband, Chris, and three children. She holds degrees from Connecticut College (go Camels!) and the Villanova School of Law and grew up in Portsmouth, NH.
Somehow, a lifelong love of words and justice landed Courtney Mullen – an English & Philosophy major at Drexel – a marketing job at a preeminent Philly-based law firm. Her favorite word: petrichor. (Yeah, we had to look it up, too.) When she’s not working or working out, Courtney’s probably spending too much time on social media or is buried in a book. In no particular order, she adores puns, poems, spiritual podcasts, champagne, astrology and music. We’re thrilled to add this Wayne gal’s singular voice to SAVVY Main Line.
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 “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 is a portfolio specialist in the hedge fund group at Morgan Stanley. 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 and Co. for the 411.
Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer is a lifelong learner, born communicator and tireless event planner. She’s passionate about art, education and health (pickleball!) 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.