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Erin Pickett and her husband and daughter have lived in Lakelands for three years and lived in the Kentlands for two years prior to that with her in-laws who still reside there.  They have a golden retriever who “is three going on two.”

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers and a Master’s from the behavioral neuroscience program at American University.

After commuting to work leading to long hours away from home, and then getting a “work from home” job, Ms Pickett is now a stay-at-home-Mom spending her time doing “crazy radical things like counted cross stitch, learning how to make bread from scratch, struggling to keep up with the laundry, practicing the multiplication tables with my daughter….” Update: Erin's family now includes a set of boy and girl twins born in 2006—which is why she hasn't been able to write for us recently.


Shari Kersch is a Registered Nurse with twenty-four years of experience, primarily in long term care.  She is also a licensed massage therapist, combining her nursing skills with the healing effects of massage.  She is the mother of a twenty-year-old daughter, and ten-year-old twin boys.




Kevin Nielsen's column "West Virginia" appeared in the August 2006 issue. Nielsen enjoys writing and loves West Virginia even though he does not currently live there.


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Michele Hiczewski has a degree in Commercial Art, but her life's profession has been in the office supply industry. She has been a purchasing agent at an office supply company since 1985, and has also worked retail, customer service and outside sales positions within the industry. Her other interests include yoga, music, animals, and occasionally riding a Harley Davidson.


© 2006 Custom Quilts Studio  Lauren Kingsland
Lauren Kingsland is familiar to many MD 20878 residents and visitors as “the quilt lady” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.  There she creates functional and art quilts for clients and for exhibition and also teaches.  Her book “The Extraordianry T-shirt Quilt - A Scrapbook You Can Sleep Under” is based on her years of creating heirlooms and teaching techniques which she has developed herself.



Craig Bouquin lives with his wife of 25 years, and three daughters ages 20, 18, and 16.  He is a Design Draftsman in the defense industry.

“Writing humorous articles is enjoyable because it’s so completely counter to my day to day stress and the serious nature of my work.   I try to write about subjects and events we all can appreciate, some hilarious and slapstick, some boring and mundane.  I always look for a lesson and try to find the humor in any situation.”




Amy Sowinski is studying physical education at a community college. She also works for the YMCA as a School Aged Child Care Aid and as a Youth Sports Coach. Next Fall, she plans to continue her education by moving on to a four year college to finish her undergraduate degree. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and likes skiing and playing and watching sports. She also enjoys working with children, and looks forward to pursuing a career in physical education.



David Crawmer is the PGA Golf Director of Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD.  Crawmer has been with Lakewood for 11 years and was involved in the construction of the Rees Jones golf course.  He serves on the Central Chapter Board of the Middle Atlantic PGA. 




Charles Miess is the Contributions Editor of Maryland 20878® and KentLakes and an Editor as well regular columnist for Word Worth–World Magazine of Ideas and the Arts®.




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