Our Contributors

Karen Hendricks

Karen Hendricks is a a lifelong journalist of 30+ years and plays an important role with the editorial team at CG. In addition to overseeing the social channels at the magazine, Karen is also an accomplished freelance writer. Her skills with pen and paper are only the tip of the iceberg, as she is also an avid runner, recently completing 50 races to benefit 50 causes for her 50th birthday. Learn more about this beautiful endeavor as well as her other passions by visiting www.hendrickscommunications.com.51 Articles


Jessica Dean

Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.39 Articles


Steve Zimmerman

Steve Zimmerman and his wife Laurie have owned and operated Zimmerman’s Azalea Gardens and Landscaping in Adams County since 1992. Steve is a regular contributor to Celebrate Gettysburg, specifically the department Gardening Guidance.16 Articles


James Rada, Jr.

James Rada, Jr. is an award-winning writer of historical fiction and non-fiction history. He has been with Celebrate Gettysburg for over 10 years. He has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing. James lives in Gettysburg and is active in the community.13 Articles


Lisa Gregory

Lisa Gregory is a compassionate and creative writer extraordinaire who became a part of the CG family a few years ago. She lives in Taneytown, Md. with her husband, one dog, a cat, a hamster, a turtle, and a bird. On the weekends (pre-pandemic) you could find her on tour with her son’s band, Ignite the Fire, in the role of band mom and merch lady. “It has been an amazing experience and exposed me as a woman in her 50s to a very different world,” remarks Lisa.12 Articles


Jennifer Mellace

Jennifer Mellace is a a published author, editor, and marketing guru. Jennifer lives in Frederick, Maryland, with her husband, two children, and three dogs. In her downtime, she enjoys trail running and hiking with her black lab, Bella.9 Articles


Tessa Walter

Tessa Walter has been a freelance writer for well over a decade writing for local magazines and newspapers in New York, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Italy. An educator turned social worker turned full-time entrepreneur, Tessa also enjoys her many business endeavors. Her latest venture is a luxury pop-up picnic business, Gettysburg Picnics. She lives in Gettysburg with her husband and son.8 Articles


Jaime Ridgley

Jaime Ridgley is a familar name to Celebrate Gettysburg. You may remember her as our very first editorial director. Now, she helps with editing and is a great source for helping solidify story ideas. Jaime attended the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied journalism and history. Today, she lives in Carroll County, Maryland, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys combining her love of history and writing on her blog www.bygonemaryland.com.7 Articles


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Jane Malone is a former Frederick County, Md. public school history teacher. In her retirement, she became a Gettysburg Licensed Town Historian and Guide. When she retired from guiding, she joined the Board of Trustees of the Adams County Historical Society. Jane contributes to the historical departments in Celebrate Gettysburg, specifically Civil War Journal.4 Articles


Rachel Kimmel

Rachel Kimmel is an editorial intern with Celebrate Gettysburg. Even though the 2020/2021 timeframe hasn’t been a typical internship, she has adapted wonderfully. From Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania, she is currently a student at St. Bonaventure University. When she is not writing for CG, you can find her breaking records and winning medals in the breaststroke. Rachel also enjoys reading historical fiction and laughing too much with friends.1 Articles