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Lisa Shea Lisa Shea, Senior Poetry Editor

Lisa Shea feels that beauty can be discovered in any corner of nature - from the glistening autumn leaf on a mossy rock to the spiral swirls of a shell nestled into a sandy beach. She is drawn to serene organic images, enjoying both photography and haiku as her primary means of discovery. Her short stories examine the hopes, dreams, and growth that we each go through in life. In addition to owning BellaOnline Lisa writes for the Low Carb and Video Gaming topic areas here. She has three books in print, sharing the joys of the Courtship and Wedding Traditions in Ireland, Italy, and France. The next book in the series will be on Native American traditions. Lisa is thrilled that the BellaOnline Mused Literary Magazine has helped hundreds of artists reach a world wide audience and find recognition for their talents.

Diane Cipollo Diane Cipollo, Art Director

Diane Cipollo started as a traditional pen and ink artist in the greeting card industry and won third place in the Decorative Artist's Workbook 1998 Holiday Card Contest. She has always been fascinated by animated movies such as Disney's Fantasia and turned in her traditional pen and ink for digital pixels several years ago when digital art and animation software arrived on the scene. She has been with BellaOnline since 2003 as editor for the HTML, PHP, Flash and Digital Art and Design sections. She is also an animator at Pamela Gladding Ecards.

Kim Kenney Kim Kenney

Kim Kenney is the author of three books with Arcadia Publishing, Canton: A Journey Through Time, Canton´s West Lawn Cemetery, and Canton´s Pioneers in Flight. She has also published an exhibition review in The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council for Public History. Her work has appeared in Mused, The Boston Globe, The Repository, and the Amazon Shorts program. She serves as editor of the Museums website at, where she has authored several ebooks. She is a freelance writer with Demand Studios, where she focuses on history, automobile, food, and culture articles. Her hobbies include cooking, travel, reading, counted cross stitch, and photography.

Brandii Lacey Brandii Lacey, Senior Non-Fiction and Play Editor

Brandii Lacey’s writing career began at a small town newspaper in Boone, North Carolina. She reported on local events, politics, education, and human interest stories. She currently writes on a variety of topics including home, garden, travel, health, and family. Her recent articles are featured on,, and eHow Home & Garden. Previous work includes creating and managing content for the Lupus Foundation of America Piedmont Chapter website. Brandii currently writes for the Adoption site at BellaOnline. She is also a member of the Mused Non-fiction editorial team.

Cynthia Parker Cynthia Parker, Senior Fiction Editor

Cynthia Parker is the editor of the Single Parents column on BellaOnline, a delighted member of the Mused poetry team and senior editor for the Mused fiction team. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, relying heavily on life experiences and her research in cultural anthropology and human behavior. She is currently working on a series of essays exploring what it means to grow up female in the South.

Vannie Ryanes Vannie Ryanes

Vannie Ryanes is a writer and home business owner. Additionally, she is a book reviewer; she was a final manuscript reader for “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul.” Vannie owns and moderates an online community group for authors and writers of African American and multicultural romance novels. She joined in 2004 and is the editor of the Work & Family Site and Hot & Spicy [food] Site. While working at a health sciences university Vannie received two awards from the university president for outstanding service and exceptional dedication and an award from the university’s Board of Concerned Citizens for service, dedication and work of excellence rendered. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the Essex County Friend/Advocate Program for 15 years of volunteer service. She continues to give back by serving on civic groups in her town. To relax Vannie reads, cooks and watches classic films.

Dianne Walker Dianne Walker

Dianne Walker is a full time Human Resources Manager for the Prince William Public Library system. She spends her free time as a freelance writer focusing on providing job search and career guidance. In addition to offering career advice on BellaOnline, she also writes two local columns on job search and careers for the DC Dianne is passionate about providing the training and skills necessary to help individuals succeed in their careers.

Julia Reed Zaic Julia Reed Zaic

Julia is a practicing lawyer in Laguna Beach, CA. She enjoys sailing, SCUBA diving, and is the Business Travel Editor for BellaOnline. Originally from Florida, Julia lives in California with her husband and stepsons and serves as a member of the President´s Advisory Council for the National Wildlife Federation, a leading organization in conservation. She would like to start a movement to change courtroom dresscodes to include flip-flops and bermudas. The effort has not been successful...yet!

Jill Florio Jill Florio, Founding Editor

Jill Florio was the Art Editor for Flagstaff Live, Staff Reporter & Photographer for the Prescott Valley Tribune, and contributed variously as reporter, photographer and columnist to the Prescott Art Rag, Prescott Daily Courier, the Arizona Republic, Sweat Magazine, AP News,, Travelwise Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Serving Arizona, the Raven Review and She is the Editor for the 4th Edition of Arizona Off the Beaten Path, published by Globe Pequot Books. She has had poetry, art and short stories published in both recent and forgotten venues from as early as the 4th grade. Jill also writes for BellaOnline for the topics of Blogs & Social Networking. Jill is the Community Manager for BellaOnline overall, where she insists on using The Force as an alternative to pecking at her keyboard all day.

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