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Meet the team
Judy is the editor of Choices magazine.
By day she’s reading every new study that comes out about teen health; pondering how to create a kinder climate in schools; being inspired by all the amazing teachers, teens, parents, and writers she works with to create Choices. Email Judy
Kim Tranell is currently the Deputy Editor of Choices.
Previously, she was a freelance health writer and a Senior Editor at Seventeen magazine. Aside from her fondness for all things teen and her undying love for journalism, she's obsessed with running around her Brooklyn neighborhood, following dogs on Instagram, and reading YA novels (especially ones with overly precocious protagonists). She hails from the tiny towns of Larksville and State College, PA.
Ariana Marini is the Editorial Assistant at Choices.
She enjoys writing nonfiction, reading fiction, and watching comedy specials. She graduated from Emerson College where she studied and fell in love with journalism and frequently writes on the topics of health, technology, and food.
Marilu Lopez is the Art Director of Choices.
She is inspired by her funny, silly and happy dog, and began her career at Rolling Stone Magazine. She has been the Creative Director of several publications including Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day.
At any given time, Berna is most likely to be found laughing, yelling, and butchering her own lesson plan in front of a group of worried-looking high school students as Teen Advisor for the YMCA; or huddled over her laptop in a corner of the NYPL as a freelance writer and video producer.
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Margaret Kaminski is the former Assistant Editor of Choices. She loves writing for and about the complicated world of teenagers, and considers herself the foremost expert on Harry Potter plot holes and Harry Styles hairstyles.
Rachel Morris is a New York City-based magazine editor and writer. Her work has appeared in Parents, Weight Watchers, Woman's Day and more.
Jane Bianchi is a former editor at Seventeen, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping and is currently a freelance writer based in Tampa, Florida. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Columbia Publishing Course.
Jeannie Ralston is a journalist based in Austin, Texas, and the mother of two teenage boys. She had the great fortune of homeschooling and traveling with her sons while they were in middle school.
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, educator, and award-winning magazine writer who has been published in nearly 20 consumer publications. She is the author of the book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide and blogs at RealMomNutrition.com.
Kaitlin Menza is a writer and editor who frequently writes for teens. She has held positions at Teen Vogue and Seventeen. She lives in New York City.
Frances Hannan was born and raised in New York City. She works in educational technology and writes on the side. Frances enjoys reading, binge-watching TV shows, and hanging out with her dog, Finn.
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Vivian is the Founder of Too Damn Young, a community and resource for teens and young adults who have lost someone they love. She started the website after experiencing her own losses — her mom at age 10 and her grandmother at age 21.
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Lydia Denworth is a science writer and author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language, an investigation into hearing, sound, brain plasticity and Deaf culture inspired by the discovery that her youngest son was deaf.
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