Executive Editor Candi Hannigan, a Cherokee County resident since 1987, has more than 30 years journalism experience as a page designer, copy editor and writer. After earning a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina, she worked at the St. Petersburg Times and Evening Independent, and The Charlotte Observer before moving to Atlanta to join the Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff. Candi spent more than a dozen years as a freelance writer covering the community of faith for the AJC, and started a monthly publication called The Cherokee Vine before joining the Aroundabout Local Media staff in 2012. In addition to her professional background, Candi volunteers in many capacities which led to her co-founding Give a Kid a Chance – Cherokee in 2006. She also serves on the board of Cherokee FOCUS. Candi and husband Glenn, a local Methodist pastor, have three children.
Production Manager Michelle McCulloch has worked for Aroundabout Local Media since 2004. She has a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Michelle enjoys working with local business owners to create effective ads that will help them gain new customers. She is married and a mother of two sons and two adorable Dachshunds. She attends St. Michael the Archangel Church, enjoys working out at a local gym, and boating and camping at Lake Allatoona.
Page Designer Laura Latchford grew up in Clements, Maryland and studied design at the College of Southern Maryland. She was a graphic designer for 11 years before joining the staff at Aroundabout Local Media. Laura lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband James and their three children, Kira, Trey and Raelynn.
Managing Editor Donna Harris is a Cobb County native who grew up in Smyrna but settled in Kennesaw in 2001 after living two years in Allen, Texas, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. She graduated from Campbell High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. Donna has worked in community journalism for more than 25 years and joined Aroundabout Local Media after writing for three local daily newspapers and two lifestyle magazines. A member of Eastwood Baptist Church in Marietta, Donna has a son and daughter-in-law, Colton and Casey, and a granddaughter, Dani Linley. In her spare time, she loves to travel and is an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Advertising Specialist Michelle Smith has been involved in publications and diverse support roles since 1991. Natives to Texas, Michelle, her husband Clint, and their three boys have been Georgia transplants since 2002. Her crowning achievement has been homeschooling their boys through graduation. They take joy in attending First Baptist Church of Woodstock. In her down time, Michelle enjoys camping and hiking in the mountains, collecting and reading century-old books, and savoring those special moments when her boys come home.
Controller Denise Griffin has a background in public and private accounting that allows her to bring sound financial principles to our pricing structure to ensure our services are as affordable as possible while maintaining the financial integrity of our company. In her free time, Denise enjoys time spent with family and boating on Lake Allatoona, reading, and listening to country music.
Social Media Manager Kat Holt has been in the digital marketing industry for six years. Before joining ALM, she worked closely with several different independently owned roller rinks and bowling alleys across the United States. Working with small businesses to help them grow their online following is her passion. She has lived in Georgia her whole life and is currently residing in Woodstock with her husband and two children, Mariah and RJ. When she isn’t working on social media platforms, you can find her outside soaking up the sunshine or on the lake enjoying quality time with her family and friends.
Content Editor Jessica Forrester has an associate degree in business management from Chattahoochee Technical College and a bachelor’s in organizational leadership from Valdosta State University. While completing her degrees, the Canton native worked in the afterschool program at Holly Springs Elementary, where she attended school as a child. She discovered her passion for writing and editing when she joined the literary magazine at Sequoyah High School, and she continued to develop that skill set professionally and throughout college. She lives in Canton, where she loves to read, walk the nearby park trails and try new recipes with her husband Andrew.
Graphic designer Savannah Winn is a Georgia native. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2020 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic communications and a minor in marketing. When she is not working, Savannah enjoys other artistic pursuits, including ceramics and painting. She also loves swing dancing, and enjoys local events and traveling across the country.
Owners of Aroundabout Local Media since 2009, Karen and Jon Flaig, have lived in Towne Lake for over 20 years and raised their four sons – Chase, Kyle, Jonathan and Colby – here. Jon, a Florida native and University of Florida graduate, is a serial entrepreneur, currently operating in the print publishing, digital marketing and residential real estate development industries. Karen, born and raised in Cobb County, graduated from Jacksonville State University. She left the corporate world in 1999 to raise her boys and started Everyday Angels. She spends her time identifying community needs, volunteering, serving on the Cherokee FOCUS board, and watching her sons play ball. You will find them often at grocery stores, church and school events.