March/April 2021 Between the LinesMar 01, 2021 11:38AM ● By Megan Bartholomew
Jackie Fox–Freelance Writer
Fox is a retired media relations manager whose former lives include mental health worker and technology writer. She has written three nonfiction books–about computing in the pre-smart phone era, the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, and an award-winning memoir about her experience with stage zero breast cancer. She is a published poet and a high-water mark was when her poem "MRI" was featured in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" column. Her by line has appeared in Nebraska Life, Reader's Digest, and trade magazines. She lives in the Omaha metro area with her husband Bruce and their latest generation of rescue cats.
Dawn Gonzales–Freelance Writer
Gonzales has been writing stories since she was 5 years old, and her love of the written word led her to a career in marketing, public relations, and corporate communications that spans 30 years. She enjoys freelance writing and when not at her day job, you can find her volunteering in the community, reading for book club, or taking a walk with her dog through the neighborhood. Her latest passion is discovering and sharing, through social media, the unique and locally owned places that call Omaha home. Gonzales, an Omaha native, is married to her high school sweetheart and has raised two daughters.
Derek Joy–Senior Graphic Designer
Derek has had lots of Joy working at Omaha magazine throughout the last 4.5 years. He loves designing layouts and illustrations for the magazines and books the company creates. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife Rachel, dog Viridia, and his two young boys–who have given Derek the chance to really work on his playdough and crayon-drawing skills. When not spending time with the family, Derek can be found doodling in sketchbooks and bleeping and blooping on his modular synthesizers. He also appreciates a good game of Magic the Gathering with friends. Derek's art and music can be found on instagram @ddazzlur and @mount_zenith.
Doug Meigs–Freelance Writer
Meigs is the managing editor of the official journal of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology, The Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology (JNIP), a peer-reviewed journal published by Springer based out of the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Meigs and JNIP's editor-in-chief, Dr. Howard E. Gendelman, are working with faith leaders of the Omaha-based Tri-Faith Center to produce a collaborative manuscript exploring the pandemic's impact on the faith community. Previously, Meigs was executive editor of Omaha Magazine (2016-2019).
This article first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of Omaha Magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.