May 2015 Our Contributors 2

We couldn't bring you the great community focused stories you've come to love without the efforts of our freelance writers. Here are a few of the wonderful writers who are behind this month's issue of Lee's Summit Lifestyle.

Lisa Allen

Giving Back | Book Club Feature

It took some time for me to claim Olathe as home. I'm a western Kansas native, moved to Chicago after high school graduation, and earned an undergraduate degree from Loyola University. I loved my big city life, but can't imagine a better place to raise kids. I am a proud mom of three and thankful for the opportunity to work from home as a freelance writer, marketing strategist and ghost author. In my spare time I blog about being a single mom at, sweat out stress at hot yoga and prefer red over white.

Kendra Mathewson

Sailing Feature | Field Trip

I have an adventurous, artistic spirit. People are like worlds we can never possibly discover everything about, but it’s fun to explore who they are and then, like a travel journalist, attempt with words to describe a glimpse of a piece of that world. To me, numbers are a foreign country but words are home. I enjoy the journey of finding the right words amidst the chaos of being a mom of two kids, attempting to run a household and enjoying a ski on Lake Lotawana when I can.

Charles Redfield

Star Student

I grew up on Long Island, but attended the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Science in education. This is my 50th year involved in high school sports in the Kansas City area.

I started at Wyandotte High School as a teacher and an assistant coach in cross country, swimming and track. I cover high school sports for a number of area newspapers and magazines. I was the associate sports editor and sports editor for Sun Publications for 27 years.

During my career, I have won several awards from the Suburban Newspapers of America and the Kansas Press Association. In 2007, I was the recipient of the Gordon Docking Media Award and in 2014 I was the sportswriters of the year for the KIAAA.

Kimberly Winter Stern

Boundary Waters Feature

My career as a freelance food, travel and lifestyle writer and radio show co-host on LIVE! From Jasper’s Kitchen is fueled by an innate curiosity about the human spirit and world around me. And lucky me, I live in a dynamic area with many stories waiting to be told. As a 25-year resident of Johnson County, I’m continually amazed at the fascinating people, creative entrepreneurs and proactive organizations doing wonderful things. Travel is an integral part of my life, too — discovering the adventures waiting just down the road. My motto: In life, always lick the bowl clean.

Tom Strongman

Driver's Notebook

Almost every morning, as I walk my neighborhood with our dog Pete, I see my daughter driving her kids to school or my son or daughter-in-law hauling their children. We are blessed beyond words to have our family so close.

I work from home as a freelance writer and photographer, and I have everything that I love within a 1.5-mile circle. I snap iPhone photos of beautiful ponds or autumn leaves.

Our neighbors are friends and our friends are neighbors whose warmth and welcome provide an anchor for everyday living. Our town may be large, but its feeling is intimate.