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MARY JOHNSON

Founder & CEO

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MARY JOHNSON

Founder & Chief Content Creator

Mary is our founder and chief content creator. Before Brave New Word, she was a journalist for 12 insane, intense and amazing years. She worked for magazines, newspapers, digital news sites, TV and radio stations in Florida, Texas, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey until she found her way to Charlotte, N.C. She built Brave New Word to bring the skills she learned as a reporter and editor — namely, how to tell stories that change the world — to businesses looking to make an impact.


Her favorite word? No surprise here. BRAVE

JOHN TINKELENBERG

Brand Journalist

John might as well have been born with a pen in his hand. He's a lifelong writer, a graduate of Elon University and a native of Charlotte, N.C. A newspaper reporter by trade, he has a keen interest in how stories can transform lives and in the value of local journalism. When he isn't scribbling away for Brave New Word, he can usually be found roaming the great outdoors, strumming his guitar. Let us know if you find him. 

His favorite word: WILDERNESS. Life can be a thrill if you pay attention.

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KAYLA BERENSON

Social Media Storyteller

 

Kayla has always been a storyteller. From performing in community theater and dance recitals as a child in Los Angeles and studying journalism in college, to working as a local newspaper reporter in Charlotte, N.C. and starting a lifestyle podcast, she knows there's always a story to be told. Her favorite medium to tell stories is social media, where people have the opportunity to respond, connect and make an impact as they scroll through. 

Her favorite word: CONNECTION. We have something in common with everyone we meet.