Meet Our October Contributors 7

Aniqa Feerasta’s day job is as a diversified digital marketing and e-commerce specialist based in Smyrna. She has worked for, and also launched a social media program for a telecommunications company in Afghanistan. In her free time, Aniqa enjoys writing, meeting new people, and planning her next travel adventure. So far, she has traveled to 15 countries across 5 continents, and still counting!

Dennis Malcolm Byron is originally from New York and a Cornell University alumnus. He is an award-winning journalist and photographer who has worked with various publications and websites for the past 20 years. He is also a world-renowned beer writer, blogger and event planner under the alias Ale Sharpton. Atlanta, GA is his home.

Laura Miller is a native Atlantan with a passion for the written word. From creative short stories to folk songs, business writing to human interest journalism, Laura has written some of everything and enjoys a challenging topic. Currently, she writes for numerous local publications as well as small businesses.

Kendra Pierson is the creator of, a lifestyle blog with a heavy emphasis on parenting and travel. She doesn’t make headbands, but rather wears the multiple headbands as a small business owner, board member, and community volunteer, as well as a wife and mother to two young children.

Lia Picard has lived in Atlanta with her husband for nearly three years, hailing from the Sunshine State. She loves to cook and explore the local dining scene, highlighting both on her blog and other publications around town. Lia loves the Atlanta community and shows support by volunteering with different local organizations including the Junior League of Atlanta.

Nikki Rau-Baker is an Atlanta based photographer who has been photographing as a hobby for the past 20 years and started her own business two years ago. She lives in the Smyrna area and can be found around town taking photos of everything from conventions, to community events, and concerts. Find her work at

Preston Smith lives in historic Vinings with his wife and children (both human and canine). He traces his lineage back to seventeenth-century Englishmen who drank beer for medicinal purposes to survive their trans-Atlantic voyage, which explains his irritable bowel, crooked teeth, snarky attitude and aversion to anything oceanic. After attending Baylor University and the University of Georgia law school. Preston worked in healthcare and served four terms as a Georgia State Senator. He squanders his spare time trying to persuade his three hunting dogs to act less like house cats and more like, well – hunting dogs.

Mary Welch is a business and lifestyle editor who writes on a broad range of topics ranging from the legal world to automobiles to travel for a variety of local and national publications. She is the former editor of Atlanta Woman and business to business magazines.

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