Our Authors

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.



Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 29 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

Elizabeth Ann Brown has lived in and loved Montgomery’s Garden District for more than twenty years. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a masters degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. Her hobbies include pursuit of the ultimate chicken salad sandwich, bicycling, and working on her old house, a 1913 bungalow.


Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!


Barrett Bailey – After graduating from the New York Academy of Art in 2004, Barrett pursued a career as an artist and instructor. Focusing on portraits in oil and figurative works he divides his time between painting and his love for videography. Story telling is at the heart of his painting and videography works. His work addresses the moments that cant be expressed in words. Capturing these images on canvas and HD video is what fuels his creativity. In 2010 Barrett teamed up with his friend Jon Cook and formed High 5 Productions, a production company who’s goal is to create artistic imagery through the use of photography and HD video. For more information on Barrett’s portraits and fine art visit his website  –  www.barrettbailey.com


Jon Cook– Jon has always had a creative drive. In 1995 he used it to start a successful business as a personal trainer in the River Region Area.  Fitness Solutions, Inc. evolved from this drive and is still going strong today. Photography had been a hobby since he was a teenager and with the encouragement of several close friends he decided to make it a second profession in 2009. That decision has taken him down a road of creation that he never dreamed of and the latest turn is High 5 Productions. He and Barrett have fun with every project and that makes life just a little sweeter. For more information on Jon’s photography visit his website  –  www.joncook.zenfolio.com

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.


Johnny Veres is the founder and current Executive Director of Helicity Montgomery, and works at 2WR as an intern architect and project manager.



Davena McRae is a chef and cooking class instructor living in Montgomery, Alabama.  She is the mother of  three dogs and the wife of one man.


Mark Montoya, the Practical Gardener, is a Montgomery native who first learned gardening from his father. He has designed, planted and nurtured gardens in our city’s neighborhoods — both old and new – for twenty years.



Charles Barnette, who lived in Midtown for nearly 30 years, is a writer; public relations, marketing and advertising agency owner; Hat Team client, and a fan of Sandra Nickel, Midtown’s top champion. Recently, he moved to live with his son in Huntsville, but maintains clients in Montgomery. Charles created and managed the Midtown Living paper for Sandra Nickel Realtors.

Andrew Cole-Tyson is a landscape architect at 2WR, a 40-person architectural firm with offices in the historic Anderson Block Building on Commerce Street in downtown Montgomery, and in Columbus, GA. He views the landscape as an enormous canvas for experimentation and expression of ideas. A naturalist, he is particularly interested in relationships of people to nature and public park spaces. His work includes environmental and site analysis, site and community master planning, horticultural and planting design, irrigation design, graphic design, horticultural consulting and landscape architectural construction document production.


John Herzog is one of less than 350 Master Certified Mortgage Bankers designated by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and holds their Master Faculty Fellow designation for their School of Mortgage Banking. He has taught continuing education classes for Realtors and Homebuilders throughout the southeastern states for over 20 years.


Charles Edmondson is a Montgomery attorney who focuses on real estate and property law.


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