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Editorial Staff

Founder/ Owner
Tito Edwards 

Tito is happily married and manages Catholic websites for the New Evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium. After a lifetime of living a nominal Catholic life, he reverted completely to his childhood faith that began on the eve of the funeral of Pope John Paul II. He manages and The American Catholic.

Diane McKelva 

Diane is writer/editor by profession. She is an American writer and essayist living in the Southern United States. She shares stories that compel her readers to challenge their potential in life. Her work often reflects her Catholic faith, and frequently examines issues surrounding moral and ethical dilemmas, injustice,  conflicts within humanity, and resilience of the human spirit. She is a contributor to numerous religious and secular publications such as Catholic Online, The National Catholic Register, Shalom Media, The Tennessee Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, to name a few. Her editing and creative writing talent has been utilized by such clients as US Steel, Focus Magazine, Hilton, Bayer, The University of Pittsburgh, San Jose Museum of Art, Def Jam Records, Nashville Business Journal, Marathon Oil Corporation and country music artists. She also provided work for the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA). Read more about Diane here.

Senior Editor
JoAnna Wahlund 

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton’s birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, three saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 13 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at Working Catholic Mother and more sporadically at A Star of Hope.

Managing Editor
Chelsea Zimmerman 

Chelsea is the Editor-in-Chief for Catholic Lane and a managing editor at Ignitum Today. She often writes and speaks about life issues and Catholic spirituality. She has been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock. Her website is Reflections of a Paralytic.

Managing Editor
Anthony S. Layne

Tony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a sociology major while holding a variety of jobs. Tony was a “C-and-E Catholic” until, while defending the Faith during the scandals of 2002, he discovered the beauty of Catholic orthodoxy. He currently lives in Denton, Texas, works in the home-mortgage industry in Dallas, participates in his parish’s Knights of Columbus council, and bowls poorly on Sunday nights. Along with Catholic Stand, he also contributes to New Evangelization Monthly and occasionally writes for his own blogs, Outside the Asylum and The Impractical Catholic

Managing Editor/ Book Reviewer
Anabelle Hazard

Annabelle is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, happy homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels Sand and Water and Fireflies Dance), and long-winded blogger at Written By the Finger of God.

Managing Editor
Abigail C. Reimel

Abigail is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Among other things, she enjoys playing the violin, reading and re-reading books, watching movies, spending time with her family, and driving around town, listening to music with the windows down. She has been published in the St. Austin Review, and posts regularly on her blog, a “A Catholic Teen’s Perspective”. She adores living by the ocean, but has traded salty winds for mountain air to begin studying at Christendom College, where she hopes to study English and master swing dancing.

Managing Editor
Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid’s university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. Melanie serves as a Managing Editor at Catholic Stand.

Managing Editor
Nicholas Senz

Nick is a master’s student at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA, studying, surprisingly, philosophy and theology. Born and raised in Verboort, a Catholic enclave in irreligious Oregon, Nick grew up in a solidly Catholic family that encouraged asking questions (and boy, did he), taking him on a lifelong journey of fides quarens intellectum (“faith seeking understanding”). Nick enjoys science fiction, basketball, playing guitar, and the usual suspects: J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Church Fathers. Nick blogs at

Managing Editor
Kevin Symonds

Kevin was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology with emphasis in the classical languages. He has published Internet and magazine articles and resides in Texas. His first book, Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church is now available at Amazon.

Managing Editor
Scott Eric Alt

Scott Eric Alt is a Catholic convert and blogger. He has an M.A. in English literature (1998) from Southern Illinois University, and in a past life taught introductory college composition and literature. In 2011, after many years of Protestant church-hopping, he was received into the Catholic Church. He is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and Benedictine oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and blogs mainly about apologetics here.

Editor Emeritus
Dr. Stacy Trasancos, PhD

Stacy is the co-founder of Catholic Stand. In 2011, she had the idea to start a group site for Catholic citizens who wanted to write about how they live the truths the Church teaches, and Tito Edwards gave her the platform. Stacy is a mother of seven and a former research scientist for DuPont. She earned a PhD in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2014. She is the author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. Visit her website for more information on her writing, teaching, and life in the Adirondack Mountains.

Graphics Editor
Birgit Jones

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the Church and the prolife movement. A graduate of Brescia University, she has employed her Bachelor of Art degree in pursuits ranging from Executive Director of Right to Life groups to Field Representative to Congressman Ron Lewis (R-KY). She has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 40 years. They have four children and eight living grandchildren (all age eleven and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Designs By Birgit and Facebook fan page Designs By Birgit, where she utilizes her advertising and public relations experience to promote Life through her pro-life memes.