Writing Staff

The You Are Project would be nothing without the dedicated women behind our articles. These ladies are talented, creative, and passionate about what they do—and it shows! If you have a passion for writing and would like to join our team, you can apply here.

Lauren D’Alessandro | Editor-in-Chief & Web Manager

As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. In addition to receiving her B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Rowan University in 2010, she is a self-taught programmer and graphics designer. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website and online marketing initiatives. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at www.laurendalessandro.com.

Maria Cowell | News/Media Blogger

Maria Cowell is the Communications Coordinator at Village Christian School, one of the largest private schools in Southern California. She is also a freelance journalist, and has previously worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Los Angeles and Glendale, Ca. She enjoys life with her husband, three young adult children and two beautiful Siberian Huskies. Catch her at Hip Mama Media, Twitter @HipMamaMedia, or on Facebook.

Donya Dunlap | Resources Blogger

Donya Dunlap’s first book, Forgetting the Fairy Tale, encourages women to find their true love in Christ. Donya is a graduate of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, North Carolina and is currently taking classes towards a Associates Degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She dreams of one day spending her time focused on graphic design and on communicating God’s love to women through teaching Bible studies, speaking at women’s conferences, and writing books. Check out her blog at donyadunlap.com or follow her Facebook page.

Leigh Eddy Nelson | Your Heart Columnist

Leigh is currently a stay-at-home-mom, or SAHM, ministering to the community around her at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center in Lake Hughes, California. She formerly worked as a middle school English teacher in Western North Carolina and hopes to teach again in the future. Writing has been a passion of hers since she was a little girl, and God has given her a gift to share her experiences in life, love, marriage, and her journey to, and through, motherhood. Follow her journey here every month!

Taylor Elyse | Design Columnist

Taylor is a student at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development and Spanish who moonlights as a lifestyle blogger. You’ll find her taking pictures, watching old Audrey Hepburn movies, sipping tea, and enjoying warm bubble baths with a good book. At this point, the future really could take her anywhere. If you’re interested in following the adventure, check out her blog, Live and Move.

Candice Henry | Style Blogger

Candice Henry is a regular columnist for The You Are Project, covering topics such as fashion, entertaining, recipes, beauty tips, and more! She graduated with a degree in Communications and plans on becoming a published author. As a former beauty pageant winner and classically trained ballet dancer, Candice is well versed in the arts, and has a passion for leadership development and working with teens. You can keep up with her at her life and style blog, Teatime Thoughts.

Margo Mullin | Recipe Blogger

Margo Mullin is a newly-wed with a taste for all things tasty! She’ll be bringing you recipes from her own kitchen—side-dishes, main courses, appetizers, you name it! Margo is an insurance agent by day and a crafter, daughter, caregiver, wife, mother of a cute doggie, sister, aunt, friend, writer, poet, singer, lover-of-all-things-love by night. She is excited to write for The You Are Project—and for you!

Kelsey Tomlinson | Beauty Blogger

Kelsey is a beauty blogger for The You Are Project. She’s a hair stylist who has been in the beauty industry for five years, and she has also recently become a Network Educator with Bumble and Bumble. Her passion is to give women the confidence to feel and look truly beautiful. By combining her passions for both writing and beauty, she shares easy tips and tutorials on how to feel and look great every day. Check out her personal blog at Kelseyrosie.blogspot.com.

Shannon Wheeler | REAL Stories Blogger

Shannon lives in a continually redecorated Victorian home in Maine, where she liberally uses peacock feathers in her eclectic, vintage-inspired designs and starts each morning with coffee on the antique yellow sofa. Before staying home with her three kids, she owned a salon for ten years and taught high school art. Shannon volunteers in orphan care and women’s ministries. Her passion is encouraging women to live vibrant, creative, inspired lives. Shannon loves to see the God-stories all around her. She writes about life, faith and all things fabulous at Shannon K. Wheeler.

Debi White | Health Blogger

Debi is a former North Carolina elementary teacher and middle school principal. As an educator, she was keenly aware of the need to inspire students and teachers, helping each to understand what keeps the heart melted and learning and productivity strong. She left education to research, on a broader scale, how each of us can move from exile to freedom in every area of our lives. In her column, “Feed Your Strength”, she invites readers to ponder in unique ways what leads us to our best version of ourselves. Check out Debi’s blog at feedyourstrength.com.