Keela Johnson — the one who started it all. Keela is originally from Winston-Salem and has lived in Clemmons for the last 30 years. She and husband, Tim (the recently retired owner of TJ’s Body Shop), have been married since 1984 and, together, they have two grown children, Brooke Eagle (who is a part of the Forsyth Magazines team and Keela’s right arm) and Tanner who is in college at UNC-Wilmington. After being downsized from her position at L’eggs, Keela found her entrepreneurial spirit and, without any publishing experience or background, she began Forsyth Woman. Two years later, she launched Forsyth Family with friend and business partner, Robin Bralley. In 2011, she launched Forsyth Woman Engaged! and, in 2015, Forsyth Community. While the magazines are her true passion, Keela enjoys spending time at Lake Norman with her family and friends, a good glass of wine and the Carolina Panthers!
Forsyth Magazines account executive and Forsyth Woman associate editor since 2012. Brooke Eagle is originally from Clemmons but now calls Advance home. She and her husband, Chris, are proud parents to an adorable golden retriever named Gizmo (who has graced two covers of Forsyth Magazines). Though Brooke graduated from High Point University with a degree in elementary education, she chose to join the magazines full time after college. Brooke wears many hats for the magazines, but one of her favorites is the management of our bi-annual wedding magazine, Forsyth Woman Engaged! Her strong work ethic, love for community and leadership skills have been recognized by others as well! Brooke is the current President of the Professional Women of Winston-Salem and also serves on the Hospice Foundation Leadership Council. In her spare time, Brooke loves spending time with her family and friends, especially when that time is spent on the water! She is also a fitness guru, loves home décor, reading and cooking!
Forsyth Magazines editorial director and project manager since 2008. Denise hails from Gastonia, but grew up in Kernersville. With two brief stints living in other states (Texas and Ohio), Forsyth County kept calling her home, where she plans to say. Denise wears many hats for the magazines, serving as editorial director and project manager and provides support to the advertising team. She has a grown son, Charlie, and shares her home with husband, Wayne, a local drummer. Denise loves her coffee and also loves animals, especially cats. In her spare time, Denise enjoys reading and is an amateur historian of the Gone With the Wind movie and book history. Denise also writes a faith-based blog, MyGraceFullLife.com. On working for Forsyth Magazines, Denise said, “This is the best job I never knew I wanted. I am so blessed to be a part of this incredible team, to meet these wonderful local business owners and to interact with our super supportive readers!”
Graphic designer since 2016. Aron Daniels is originally from Charlotte, NC and currently lives in Greenville with his wife Amy and their two adorable boys, Elijah and Malcolm. Aron earned his degree in graphic design from Western Carolina University. Aron enjoys reading, photography, drawing, computer games, and camping. On working for Forsyth Magazines, Aron shares, “I love the variety about my job. We have a great team in place and with the diversity of each design project, I stay moving and creative all the time!”
Forsyth Woman content editor since 2005. Born in the heart of country music, Kim Beane hails from Nashville, TN, though she now calls East Bend, NC home. Kim has a law degree from Wake Forest University and is an original member of the Forsyth Magazines team. Kim and her husband, Jody, have been married since 2002, and have two dogs and three horses. One of her horses, Raven, was once a popular featured columnist in Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family magazines. Kim loves her role as content editor and, in her words, “being a part of something that touches the community.”
Forsyth Magazines writer since 2009. Meghan Corbett grew up in Winston-Salem. She graduated with honors with a degree in mass media communication and a minor in journalism from NC State University. She married her high school sweetheart, Will, in 2008. Meghan and Will, along with rescue dogs Moze and Charlie, welcomed a baby girl to their family in 2016. Meghan loves to shop, read and take vacations. In fact, she’s been to Disney World 13 times and never gets tired of it! Meghan writes for all four titles in the Forsyth Magazines family and serves as backup editor. When asked what she loves about her job, Meghan said, “The people I get to work with! It is an amazing job where you feel supported throughout every aspect of your life.”
Forsyth Magazines writer since 2015 and public relations coordinator since 2017. Born in Texas, Megan was brought to North Carolina when she was only two months old. A recent graduate from Salem College, Megan has a degree in communication with a minor in history. She has a toy poodle named Gidget and, in her spare time, she loves cooking, music, reading and travel. Megan has also spent time in film, having appeared in two movies – an independent production and as an extra in studio film. “I love listening to an interviewee’s story and then sharing it with the community. Everyone has a story to tell, and I’m glad I can be a part of it,” said Megan.
Alexis was born in the Philippines on the Subic Bay US Naval Base and grew up in Connecticut. She attended Brigham Young University in Utah where she earned a degree in communications. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 16 years, and they eventually settled in Winston-Salem. As a busy mom of four children, Alexis also enjoys playing tennis, shopping and serving in her church and community. She also loves to travel and read. In regards to working for Forsyth Magazines, Alexis said, “I love the chance to work with local companies and help them tell their stories. I also love the flexibility and the unique opportunity this job gives me to be home with my children during these precious years. It’s truly a dream job! And the women I work with are unbelievably supportive. So blessed!”
Forsyth Magazines account executive since 2009. A Winston-Salem native, Heather graduated from Salem College with a double major in English and communications and took graduate classes at the UNC-CH School of Journalism. She has the dual role at Forsyth Magazines of both account executive and writer of the popular Forsyth Family column, “Out and About in Winston-Salem.” She is married to Ron Spivey, and they have a son, Jackson. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, photography and travel. “I love working with our team, and the flexibility it gives me — it allows me to spend quality time with my family.”
Forsyth Magazines account executive since 2016. Morgan Bralley grew up with Forsyth Magazines… after all, her mother is Forsyth Family publisher, Robin Bralley! After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in recreational therapy, Morgan moved home. Morgan is making plans to return to school to study occupational therapy as a complement to her first degree. However, for now, she is enjoying the opportunity to work with her mom for a bit. Morgan is also passionate about volunteerism and mission work. She is preparing for her second mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 2017, which is being funded through a side-business she shares with her sister, Sister Act Pallet Signs. In her spare time, Morgan loves spending time with family, especially when they travel to Treasure Island, Florida!
Forsyth Magazines writer since 2012. Originally from High Point, Martie now calls Greensboro home. She has a degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a Carolina girl in every sense of the word – she loves Carolina basketball! Martie works for Randy McManus Designs and has two grown sons, Beau and Matthew, who are the light of her life. She has a dog (Lucky) and cat (Dusty) and loves to travel, read and listen to music. “I love the camaraderie of the women involved and the women we reach,” said Martie. “This is a great outlet to promote the success of small businesses.”
Forsyth Magazines Writer since 2017. Sara Wiles has called Winston-Salem home for most of her life. She has a bachelor degree in communication from East Carolina University, with a minor in geological studies. Sara is married to Evan and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, arts and crafts, dancing, gardening, music, and travel. Sara is also a blogger. Her page is SaraFromScratch.wordpress.com and on it, she explores fun, DIY recipes for healthy eating and meal prep!
Forsyth Magazines writer since 2011. Originally from Washington, DC, Susan now calls Winston-Salem home. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in journalism and spent a term at Christ Church College, Oxford University. Susan and her husband, JC, have three daughters, Erin, Britton, and Meghan (who is Forsyth Magazines’ senior staff writer.) She loves working with her daughter, Meghan, as well as the Forsyth Magazines’ staff. Susan relishes her role of grandmother and caring for her two rescue pups – Duncan and Matilda. She loves to travel and on a recent trip visited China and climbed the Great Wall. “It is a privilege to work on these wonderful publications and to write such a variety of articles,” said Susan.
Tabatha grew up in Buffalo, NY before migrating her way south to Winston-Salem. She has an associate’s degree in travel/tourism and aptly so! Her first job was on a cruise ship when she was 18 years old! Tabatha has been married to her husband, Bobby, for 18 years. They are proud parents to 14-year-old Beau and share their home with a Boston terrier named Norman and a fat cat named Shiraz. By day, you’ll find Tabatha working in Old Salem Museums and Gardens, where she helps plan events, but working with Forsyth Woman Engaged! is a great outlet for her great love and enthusiasm for weddings! In her spare time, Tabatha enjoys cooking, photography, camping and arts and crafts. And, of course, with a degree in tourism – she loves to travel!
Forsyth Magazines account executive since 2012. Tamara Bodford is originally from Hudson, NC and now divides her time between Lewisville and Lake Norman. She and her husband, Paul, have been married for 23 years and their children, Zack and Katie, are both students at NC State University. They have a Bichon named Chuck. Tamara has a degree in psychology from UNC-Charlotte and enjoys reading, travel and loves to watch football. Tamara sells advertising for all four titles under the Forsyth Magazines umbrella and said, “I love interacting with the best clients, publishers and co-workers I could ever imagine!”
Forsyth Magazines writer since 2012. Vonda was born in Greensburg, KY. With a father who worked for the railroad, she grew up in several areas including various parts of Tennessee and Alabama. Eventually, Vonda relocated to North Carolina and has called Winston-Salem home for almost 40 years. Vonda has a degree in English and media communications and recently retired from HanesBrands after 37 years. She joined the Forsyth Magazines team a few years ago at the encouragement of her daughter, Denise, who serves as project manager. She enjoys traveling, knitting, cooking and reading (most of all, reading about military history). “I love the variety of articles (including human interest, historical, informational, local businesses, service organizations and humor),” said Vonda.