Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in travel and outdoor markets. Before launching The WON in 2008, she worked as a newspaper and then magazine editor. Her bylines can be found at Field and Stream, and other outdoor publications.
Barbara writes “Babbs in the Woods” at The WON and is a contributing editor at Shot Business magazine. Her bylines have appeared in America’s 1st Freedom, Fly Fisherman, AAA publications, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia (Mo.) Tribune, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, SHOT Business, SHOT Daily, Shooting Illustrated, American Hunter, AAA publications, Show Me Missouri, National Shooting Sports Foundation publications, Field & Stream and a host of other magazines and newspapers.
When not looking for the next story, she can be found fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, shooting or whomping up a wild game meal. Barbara and her husband, Jason, teach NRA handgun courses at their local range.
Barbara is available as a speaker or to conduct workshops on the following topics: women in the outdoors, the women’s outdoor market, traveling Missouri and blogging. Contact her here at The WON.
Michelle Cerino is the managing editor at The WON. She also is the author of the column “She Shoots 2,” sponsored by Crossbreed Holsters. A mother of 2 teenage boys, Michelle has been right there beside them hunting youth deer seasons, plinking pop cans with .22s and being involved in Boy Scouts since 2004.
Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. She manages the business, keeps the website and Facebook updated and assists in instructing civilians and law enforcement. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.
When not working, Michelle competes in prestigious shooting events, such as the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and major 3-Gun matches nationwide. If not competing, you might find her hunting hogs in Texas, whitetail in Ohio or ducks and upland birds in North Carolina.
Michelle is a proud Life Member of the NRA, and also belongs to NSSF, ILEETA, and SEOPA.
Mia Anstine is a field editor at The WON. She also works as a guide and co-owner at Wolf CreekOutfitters, Inc., spending nearly 150 days per year in the field, hunting, fishing, shooting and learning. She is a certified archery and firearms instructor, and sits on the board of her local Safari Club International chapter, and is a member of the Colorado Sportsman’s Round-Table committee. Mia aspires to make the world a better place through education, mentoring and sharing her passions.
Rob Staeger is our copy editor. Rob is a freelance writer and editor based in New Jersey. A former copy editor at Outdoor Life and managing editor of SHOT Business magazine, he now writes that publication’s regular FYI column for firearms and outdoors retailers. He’s written a number of nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Wyatt Earp, a chronicle of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and books on Native American hunting techniques and sports and games.
Stacy Bright contributes to the “Armed and In Charge” column, sponsored by LaserMax, Inc. She grew up in eastern Colorado in a family of outdoorsmen. Firearms were an everyday part of her life — from hunting to personal and home defense.
Stacy holds instructor certifications from the NRA in Pistol & Rifle, as well as being an Range Safety Officer and Refuse to be a Victim instructor. In addition to her NRA credentials, she also is a Missouri CCW instructor and teaches various other home and personal defense courses.
Christine Cunningham is a lifelong Alaskan, author of Women Hunting Alaska, and outdoor columnist known for her commitment to creating opportunities for women to connect and share their stories. Her column, “The Edge,” sponsored by SyrenUSA, explores the expanding perspectives on hunting and the outdoors offered by a growing community of women hunters.
Annette Doerr is a freelance outdoor writer and business services consultant living in suburban New York. She writes a column called “Armed and In Charge,” sponsored by LaserMax, Inc.
This married mother of two is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer. Annette is not only passionate about the sport of shooting, she also loves helping new shooters get involved, especially women and teens. An active equestrian, she enjoys riding her American Quarter horse, Cody. She volunteers in greyhound rescue and adoption, and shares her home with Casper, a rescued racing greyhound, along with her her cat, Tony, and her husband, Bob.
A self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl,” Julie Golob found her love for shooting at a young age. What began as a father/daughter weekend hobby, turned into an accomplished career. Indeed, Julie’s resume is filled with firsts: first woman recruited for the US Army Action Shooting Team, first action shooter in history to be named US Army Athlete of the Year and the first and only person to have won national titles in all 6 divisions in practical shooting, just to name a few.
After claiming more than 50 world and national titles, champion is not her only accolade. Julie is also the captain of Smith & Wesson’s highly successful shooting team. She is the author of SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition and is featured on outdoor television programming, offering tips and insight into the shooting sports. She can be seen pushing the envelope in exhibition style shooting as a member of the talented Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots team on Outdoor Channel, as well.
Vera Koo is an 8 time National Action Pistol Woman Champion who holds 2 World individual titles. Her most recent win was a Gold for Team Women (2-persons team) at the NRA World Action Pistol Championship in Germany in September 2012. And Vera is proud to be part of the United States Action Pistol Shooting Team since 1999.She is passionate about sharing her love of the shooting sport and the pressures of being a competitive athlete while challenging cultural expectations.Vera is a 67-year-old, first-generation American Chinese woman and has been married to her husband for 45 years. She has 3 grown children and 4 granddaughters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. An avid sportswoman, she has mastered downhill skiing, windsurfing, equestrian jumping, water-skiing, backpacking and hiking. She loves gardening, sewing and enjoys movies and hanging out with friends.Writing her column “Vera Koo” at The WON is both a challenging feat and an exciting adventure for Vera. She is looking forward to learning a new craft and will be looking for feedback from her readers. Visit Vera Koo online.
Lea Leggitt pens the column “Lea’s Lessons and Legends,” sponsored by Girls with Guns Clothing. A high school student who also is active in the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge, Lea spends as much time outdoors hunting, fishing, shooting and trapping as possible.
Hollis Lumpkin writes that she is a “simple girl living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, but I happen to have a great love for the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing.” She is a duck-hunting freak. Hollis pens an exclusive version of “The Bright Side of the Road,” sponsored by Vista Outdoor, for The WON.
Casey Monteleone is excited to be a guest outdoor columnist at The WON. She is proud to work at Columbia Sportswear Company, where their motto is “We Connect Active People With Their Passions.” Seeking to live out this motto, she hopes to inspire others through her writing to get outdoors, get active and live life to the fullest.
Born and raised in Oregon, Casey spent the summers hiking, camping and fishing in the majestic mountains of rural Eastern Oregon. Her parents taught her from a young age how to survive in the wilderness with bare essentials, and how to truly appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors. As she grew up, Casey continued to pursue various outdoor activities — from exciting adventures such as kayaking, canoeing, hunting, and skiing … to relaxing outings where she plays on the beach with her family … to taking her yellow lab to the Columbia River Gorge for a swim.
Casey went on to earn her degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Environmental Studies from Linfield College, and happily resides near Portland with her 2 amazing girls, loving fiancé, and sweet dog. Casey is passionate about sharing her love of the great outdoors, and is so happy to have the opportunity to contribute to The WON, and work with such an amazing team of inspirational women.
Katie Pavlich is the news editor for Townhall.com, a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine and a Fox News contributor. She is also the award winning author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup (2012). Her latest book, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About The Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014. Katie pens a column titled “Katie Pavlich,” sponsored by Voquartsen Firearms. It focuses on women and firearms.
Judy Rhodes, the Voice of Women in the Outdoors, is an outdoor visionary and mentor to women and youth in the outdoors. She pens hunting tips titled #HuntingwithJR. Judy, founded DIVA … Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) — the largest women’s ONLY outdoor organization. DIVA WOW is a non-profit 501(c)3 unique all-volunteer, sisterhood dedicated to encouraging women to discover their outdoor passion.
Daughter of East Texas ranching parents, Judy was introduced to the outdoors the ole fashion way … she lived it. Judy and Sam, her husband, have shared many campfires with their 2 sons.
The world’s curiosity toward guns, women and outdoor culture actively seek the guidance, knowledge and adventures of this Texas Diva. Committed to conservation and an outdoor lifestyle, Judy annually averages hunting 250 days in the swamps, fields, bush and/or fields. Judy’s 2015 year began filming documentaries about women empowered by shooting guns, hunting and the value of the second amendment with Norwegian TV, Paris TV, ZDF (German) TV, Telemundo, SKY TV & Al Jazeera/ Saudia Arabia TV.
Judy’ s voice and mission of introducing women to the great outdoors has been featured on local, national and international airways to major publications worldwide. She has been a guest of royalty and a client of professional hunters in marshes, exotic fields and/or countrysides worldwide. She has hunted in 30 safaris on 4 continents.
While studying for a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing at the University of Northern Colorado, Rogers broadened her shooting portfolio and began competing in other events such as the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), International Pistol Shooting Confederation (IPSC), National Rifle Association (NRA) Bianchi Cup, Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) and ProAm pistol shooting. Rogers won national championships in all of these shooting sports events while at the same time continuing her education.
Randi is currently a member of Team Smith and Wesson and the Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac Victory Gear. Randi has more than 40 World and National Titles in 7 different shooting disciplines, including the 2011 IPSC Ladies Standard World Title. In 2013 Randi made headway into the sport of 3Gun where she gained a spot in the 2014 Pro Series Ladies Shoot Off. Randi is a true professional with a desire to train and inspire new shooters and continue to bring awareness to the competitive shooting sports and the outdoor industry.
Cheryl Todd, owner of AZFirearms.com and cohost of Gun Freedom Radio, has more than 30 years of experience in the firearms business and holds a degree in Psychology, which allows her to bring a unique voice to the gun world. Cheryl pens “The Flame,” a column sponsored by Gun Freedom Radio, that focuses on the Second Amendment and firearms. Cheryl is a sought after speaker and panel moderator at local and national levels. Cheryl has been an invited speaker at the National Gun Right Policy Conference and the National Shooting Sports Foundation Industry Summit, and she has appeared on various local news outlets and C-Span.