Judy Kirkpatrick, Editorial Assistant
Judy describes herself as a generalist, a Universalist, a mother, a grandmother and a wife of 46 years. She is versatile--her outside work experience centered largely around Advertising Art & Display, Marketing and general sales, with wallpapering and home repair thrown in for good measure. She speaks of her long-held love of Metaphysics and related subjects in this way, "When I began reading Metaphysical and Self-help books in the early 70s, the shelf at the library containing them was less then three feet long. Eventually, books on Alternative Healing, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation and World Religions doubled the selection. Within a few years, as the shelves continued to expand, my new goals took shape and included the desire to work on a once-a-month Metaphysical magazine. Along came Jill Dutton and Evolving Woman--we worked together for six years--and now, here we are again withEvolving. So, thank you Jill and The Powers That Be for putting me in the right place at the right time to serve the community in such an interesting and Evolving way."
As a former avid reader of Evolving Woman, Karen E Cowdry feels blessed and grateful to be a part of the Evolving staff.
Karen has 20+ years of sales and marketing experience. This, along with her deep interest and involvement in metaphysics and alternative healing, make Evolving Magazine a great place to contribute her energy and experience. Karen is a certified Hypnotherapist, spiritual coach and psychic counselor. She has performed psychic readings at the Kansas City Renaissance Fair for nearly 15 years. Karen says, “I love supporting Jill and all of our wonderful writers, readers and advertisers on their joyful and Evolving journey!”
Jill Dutton, Publisher
Jill Dutton has created four publications over the past 22 years. She published Evolving Woman magazine from 1994-2000, then started Evolving Magazine in 2009 and Eating Well in Kansas City in 2010. Jill began launching sister publications into cities across the US in 2015, starting with Santa Fe, NM. Click here to learn more about starting an edition of Evolving Magazine in your area.
Jill has worked as a freelance writer for more than 20 years. Jill is the author of, "The Joyous Journey: Living Life on Purpose, with Purpose," and most recently, "The Best of Kansas City: 3-Day Itinerary". In January 2015, Jill departed on the first of several trips, traveling the United States by train writing feature articles and a series of books. Follow her travel adventures at www.USAbyRail.blog. View Jill's writing resume at https://usabyrail.blog/writing-resumeclips.
Chris is a local yoga teacher and former political blogger who makes her home in Kansas City. She is interested in many areas of self-help and wellness and enjoys gardening, reading, writing, painting, drawing, and rescuing dogs. She is happy to join the team and help support Jill in her endeavors in Kansas City.
Christine Lamb, Web Support
Polly Swafford was always drawn to writing. As a child she composed plays for neighborhood actors. She taught in the Shawnee Mission School District for 26 years and served as Chr. of English. and Social Studies Depts. as well as sponsor of the Indian Hills Junior High student newspaper. Then she co-founded Potpourri Publications Company serving as Senior Editor of Potpourri , A Magazine of the Literary Arts, 1992 -2003. Polly has received numerous awards for the magazine and her own writing including Kansas Governor’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Literary Arts.” Presently she volunteers as Editor of The Voice for the Johnson County Retired School Personnel and Editorial Assistant for Evolving Magazine.
Chrisi is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience that spans industries, disciplines, and genres. Her portfolio of work includes feature stories, investment writing, thought-leadership pieces, and technically oriented content. She has long been interested in well-being, holistic health, and metaphysical and spiritual matters, and she recently published a personal essay entitled “Expect Good” in Unity Magazine.
A dedicated animal lover, Chrisi has several cats and is regularly involved with animal rescue. She volunteers at a Northland animal shelter, where she fosters kittens, supports feral cat colonies, and participates in TNR programs. She also volunteers at Operation Wildlife, the only organization in northeast Kansas to provide rescue and rehab of wild animals.
Chrisi enjoys reading, working out, meditation, urbex, and photography. She is also an artist who enjoys painting, drawing and working with glass. She is happy to support Evolving Magazine and its readers.