When I left the corporate world after a successful career as a journalist, editor and general manager at The News-Star Media Group in Monroe and started my own company, I didn’t expect the fun directions my new life would take. One of those new directions was the opportunity to meet the staff at LOLA magazine and learn about their vision.
Having managed the bottom line for several magazines in my “past life,” I was very impressed with LOLA Publisher Bevin Hicks’ plan for the future. It’s a unique opportunity for individuals and businesses to grow in partnership with the publication. So I jumped on the LOLA train!
I’ve got North Louisiana roots as an Air Force brat who landed at Barksdale Air Force Base and graduated from Airline High School and then Louisiana Tech University. Married a Spurlock from Shreveport and while that didn’t last, the byline did. I’ve worked at the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Suburban Press, The Advocate in Baton Rouge and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson in addition to stints at The Times and The News-Star. I’ve received huge honors for my work and been booed a few times because journalists don’t always make people happy. But in this new life, I am choosing only projects that make me happy, and LOLA is one of them.
I read. I garden. I cook. I fish. I travel. I write. I volunteer. I have an awesome husband, Lindsey Wilkerson, and an amazing daughter, Anne Spurlock Perrone. She and her husband Jeffrey have given me the two best grandchildren on the planet. We have two rescued border collies, Roux and File’. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll get to see what puppy File’ has chewed up today.