TulsaKids Writers' Bios

Betty Casey, TulsaKids Editor

Editor Betty Selakovich Casey started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter is completing her second year of a Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature. Her son works for Red Hat, Inc., a multinational software company, and her middle daughter is the Engagement Fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together. Betty is an award-winning writer and has been honored twice with a Great Plains Journalism Best Blogger Award. She has written and illustrated three children’s books, “May Finds Her Way,” "That Is a Hat," and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). Besides writing and painting, Betty is an avid runner and recently became addicted to yoga. Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

Jill VanTrease, Hip Mom Columnist

Jill VanTrease hails from Seattle, and has had stints in San Francisco, LA, and NYC.  She always fancied herself terribly cosmopolitan, but ended up following an impossibly hunky Memorial High graduate to somewhere called Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Seven kids later, she’s surprised that living the Okie life isn’t quite as unsexy as the East and West coasters tend to imagine.  In fact, living a semi-urban life with good schools, little traffic, affordable housing and the loveliest people on the planet - Jill realizes she has hit the lifestyle jackpot.  She really just misses Nordstrom, but she’s getting over it.

 

 

 

 

Natalie Mikles, Get Cooking Columnist

 

Natalie Mikles is the mother of three. Her twin girls and their younger brother are her favorite sous chefs and taste testers. She's been a features writer for nearly 20 years, and her favorite subject has always been food and the role it plays in family. A few of her favorite things: lemon pie, picture books, orange spice tea, playing outside and collecting cookbooks.

You can find her articles here

 

Kiley Roberson, Stages: Infants & Toddlers Columnist

 

Kiley Roberson began writing for TulsaKids when her daughter was just 9-months-old. Now that bright, kind little girl is seven and she has a spunky, outgoing four-year-old little brother. Kiley is a full-time working mom and when she’s not busy with family, she’s busy managing all communication aspects of Tulsa’s 24 public libraries. Kiley is the director of communications for the Tulsa City-County Library, and you won’t be surprised to know that she’s an avid reader too. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has a master's degree in communication management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Kiley is a former news producer. Writing is her passion and she loves sharing her stories of parenthood one adventure at a time.

You can find her articles here.

 

Nancy Moore, Green Country Grown-ups

 

Nancy Moore and her husband have two kids and reside in Midtown. She started writing for the magazine in 2002 when her daughter was only a few months old and her son wasn’t even born. Now, her daughter is in high school and her son is in middle school. Nancy also teaches part-time for Tulsa Community College as well as working part-time in Public Relations for Montereau. Over the years, she has earned several writing awards for her columns. Most recently, she was awarded a gold medal for her Q&A in the Green Country Grown-up column.

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Watson, Contributing Writer

Julie Wenger Watson is a mother of four, a freelance writer, co-director of the non-profit Tulsa Roots Music and host of KOSU’s Tune in Tulsa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Combs, Contributing Writer

Claire Combs is a marketing strategist, writer, and mom of two active, elementary-age boys. Claire grew up in the United Kingdom, but has been in Oklahoma since college, earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University. She writes on a variety of topics related to parenting, education, and culture. Outside of work and family, Claire is an aspiring urban homesteader, baking bread and growing vegetables at the midtown home she shares with her husband and children. You can follow her slow progress on that front (and more) at honeycombandhive.blog.

 

 

Danielle Hill, Contributing Writer

Danielle Hill is a native Tulsan and Oklahoma Wesleyan University graduate.   A creative soul, Danielle believes the everyday world offers endless inspiration and constantly seeks to harness that inspiration for her projects.  Aside from her artistic endeavors, Danielle is happiest when reading a good book, watching a historical drama, or simply finding a peaceful place away from the city to think.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth Richie, Stages: School-Age Columnist 

Mary Beth Richie grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  Later, she earned her Master’s at The University of Oklahoma. She is the proud mother of two terrific sons. Her older son is a computer engineer in Texas, and her younger son attends Oklahoma State University. Her third baby has four legs and a waggy tail.  She is a very passionate and dedicated third-grade teacher for TPS, as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys her own private practice. If that isn’t enough, she runs a small online jewelry shop, Baubles and Bling by Beth.

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