Actors & Actresses, Musicians

Tiffany Baldwin

September 25, 2014

A native of Philadelphia, Tiffany Baldwin has been performing for most of her life. As a teen, she worked professionally as a singer and actress in New York, and at the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles to study psychology at UCLA and pursue her Hollywood dreams. In 2005, she appeared in I-See-You.com, also starring Beau Bridges and Rosanna Arquette, and followed that up with a role in The Sinners in 2010. In 2013, she played the character of Marti on The Young & The Restless.

Music, however, has always been Baldwin’s first love. A gifted guitarist and pianist, she has toured North America with numerous bands and has appeared as a backup vocalist on several records.

These days, the singer and songwriter continues to perform in and around Los Angeles. Readers can learn more and view upcoming events at www.tiffanybaldwin.com or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. READ MORE

Authors

Robert Thomas Doran

October 16, 2015
A Prison of Lies

With his 2012 novel A Prison of Lies: A Journey Through Madness, author Robert Thomas Doran crafted a gripping, introspective tale of unrequited love, rejection and mental illness. Told through the eyes of a protagonist named Tom, who spirals from depression into the depths of madness upon losing the woman of his dreams, the book is loosely-based upon Doran’s own experiences and represents a raw, unfiltered retelling of one man’s journey to the darkest corners of human emotion.

Through Tom’s struggle, A Prison of Lies provides a unique examination of topics including human sexuality, violence and suicide, and Doran’s eloquent, confessional style of writing offers a glimpse into what clinical emotional trauma looks like from the inside. Written as an act of faith, the book serves as both a vital, cathartic component of Doran’s recovery as well as a beacon of light for others who are fighting to escape the wilderness of mental ilness. READ MORE

Bloggers

Beth Moncel

January 20, 2015

By day, food blogger and New Orleans resident Beth Moncel is a microbiologist in a hospital laboratory. But when she’s not working, she’s a talented cook who is obsessed with numbers, and at the intersection of those interests is her website, Budget Bytes, where she creates delicious meals that are both healthy and exceptionally affordable to prepare.

Moncel created Budget Bytes almost six years ago, at a point in her life when she was financially strapped and in need of good food and a fulfilling hobby. These days, over 2.5 million visitors a month come to Budget Bytes for unique, inexpensive recipes ranging from Dragon Noodles to Maple Dijon Chicken, and in 2014, Moncel published her first cookbook, Budget Bytes – Over 100 Easy Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs

Mike Airhart

March 12, 2015
Gecko Rock Resort

Mike Airhart met his wife Aileen five years ago, when they were both working as English teachers in South Korea. In 2012, they decided to leave their old lives behind and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. After liquidating their assets, the couple moved to a small town in southern Mexico and began building a boutique beachside resort from the ground up.

After over two years of design and construction, Gecko Rock Resort opened for business in late 2014. Located on the breathtaking Oaxacan Riviera, between the surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido and the high-end tourist destination of Huatulco, Gecko Rock offers a relaxing, intimate getaway in an unforgettable paradise. With four casitas, each equipped with private rooftop balconies, the resort provides a unique brand of personal attention and service. While sipping margaritas by the pool is always enjoyable to pass the time, for those wishing to get out and explore, the Puerto Escondido region offers some of the world’s best snorkeling, horseback riding, and mountain bike adventures. READ MORE

Television Personalities

Alison Bedell

February 27, 2015
Alison Bedell

In March of 2014, reality television series Catch a Contractor, featuring comedian Adam Carolla, licensed contractor Skip Bedell and his wife, private investigator Alison Bedell, premiered on the Spike network. The premise of the show involves the trio meeting with homeowners who were taken advantage of by shady contractors and then, with the help of Alison’s sleuthing skills, tracking down those contractors and offering them the opportunity to return to the home and complete the job correctly, or else wind up in court.

In 2007, Alison began working as a probation officer, and along the way, she became familiar with tracking absconders, record searches, surveillance, working undercover and apprehending suspects; skills which she uses frequently as a private investigator. While on the job as a probation officer, she earned a Distinguished Pistol Expert bar, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognition award for DWI arrests and a County Legislature’s Probation Officer of the Month award. READ MORE