TulsaKids Writers' Bios

Betty Casey, TulsaKids Editor

Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.
She enjoys getting reader feedback on articles, blogs or with suggestions for the magazine. Email her at editor@tulsakids.com
 

Karen Moult, Contributing Writer

Karen grew up in the great state of Texas and migrated or immigrated to Oklahoma in 2001. She is happily married to a man who likes music almost as much as she does. They have a son in college and currently is focused on improving her golf game and nabbing the best parking spot in the TulsaKids' parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill VanTrease, Hip Mom Columnist

Jill VanTrease was a CPA in Seattle when she met the guy of her dreams, who happened to be from somewhere called Oklahoma.  Several years later, she found herself living in Tulsa with 6 kids - and was surprised that the Okie life isn’t quite as unsexy as it sounds.  While she really misses Nordstrom and Costco, she loves exploring Tulsa for everything and anything hip – since motherhood shouldn’t mean retiring your mojo.  Feeding six kids 3 meals and 435 snacks leaves little time for perusing Vogue and pondering the perfect shade of buttery blonde highlights, but Jill still seizes time for fluff, and also blogs at www.piningfornordstrom.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Mikles, Get Cooking Columnist

Natalie Mikles is the mother of three: 5-year-old twin girls and a 3-year-old boy. As a freelancer, she divides her time between her kids and her computer. Natalie is a Society of Professional Journalists award-winning writer. She's also an amateur cook with three dedicated (and tiny) sous chefs who help her get dinner on the table most nights. Her family loves reading beloved books until they're falling apart, talking long walks and coloring outside the lines. You can find her articles here.

 

 

Kiley Roberson, Stages: Infants & Toddlers Columnist

Kiley Roberson is a full-time working mom with an adorable and energetic toddler. She and her husband Chad live in Sapulpa and when she's not chasing her daughter or reading Good Night Moon, she's busy writing. Kiley is a communications specialist for SemGroup Corporation, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is currently pursuing her master's degree in mass communications at OSU-Tulsa. Kiley is a former news producer. Writing is her passion and she loves sharing her stories of parendhood one adventure at a time.

You can find her articles here.

 

 

Jennifer Luitwieler, Sports & Fitness Columnist

Jennifer Luitwieler writes about faith, family and running at her http://jenniferluitwieler.com site. Her fir book, Run With Me: An Accidental Runner and the Power of Poo, was published in September, 2011 (Civitas Press). She is a Pittsburgh transplant who, after nearly 18 years in Tulsa, OK, still clings to her Ohio Valley roots, though each of her three children are Okies, born and bred. She and her husband homeschool two of the three and run their fall weekends by the Pittsburgh Steelers schedule. Find her on twitter http://twitter.com/jenluit or http://facebook.com/jenluitwieler facebook. photo credit: Marleny Marsh

 

 

 

Kelley Ward, Contributing Writer

Kelley Ward, PhD, RN,C is a local freelance writer and mom of three active boys. As a registered nurse and child development and family relations researcher, she writes on a variety of topics related to parenting, child development, and health living. You can find her online work at kelleyward.hubpages.com.

 

 

 

Julie Watson, Contributing Writer

Julie Wenger Watson is a mother of four, co-director of the non-profit Tulsa Roots Music and talent buyer for All Soul Acoustic Coffeehouse. She is a staff writer for Currentland, a regional, entertainment publication and a featured contributor to No Depressions website.

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Haughey, Ages & Stages Columnist 

Sally Haughey works as a full-time first grade teacher Lee Elementary while running an international blog fairydustteaching.com.

Sally is a National Board Certified teacher and has received two Funds for Teachers fellowships. Her new favorite hobby is babysitting her first grandchild, Kaiden.

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