Mount Pleasant Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

14 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com contributors Leah Rhyne is a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Montclair State University. She spent four years as the festival director of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival and specializes in event management, marketing and public relations. British-born professional photographer and director/ producer Mark Staff moved to Charleston in 2018. His work mainly consists of lifestyle and portrait photography and video. Staff enjoys mountain climbing, riding motorcycles and hanging out with his wife and two dogs. His work has taken him to many interesting places across America and abroad. Check out his website,, and give him a follow on Instagram to join him on the journey. Heather Artushin is a clinical social worker, parent supporter, writer and homeschooling mama to two sweet boys. Originally from Detroit, Heather and her family have loved living in the Lowcountry for the past four years. You’ll often find them walking through Old Village or digging in the sand at the beach. With a background as a child and family therapist, motherhood sparked a passion for empowering the world’s children by inspiring their parents. She is the founder of Southern Parent, where she offers parenting classes and individual support to equip parents to do their job with passion and insight. Join her in the trenches of nurturing parenting at Chesley Lanford was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Though he spent many years in the insurance industry, he continued to hone the crafts of portrait and landscape photography in his free time, even studying the art in college. His work has been featured in a plethora of magazines, airports and prominent tourist attractions. He also won photo of the year with WNC Magazine. Drawn by the natural beauty, he is now relocating to the Lowcountry to continue his pursuit of the perfect photo. Stacy E. Domingo is native to the South Carolina Lowcountry and is a freelance writer with a background in magazine and local television. A graduate of the College of Charleston, she enjoys all things Charleston. When not working, she can be found cheering on the sidelines with her husband at their children’s sporting events or spending time with her large group of family and friends that live throughout the tricounty area. Sherry Whiting is a freelance writer and fulltime project analyst. She has over 15 years of experience developing and editing marketing materials, newsletters, policies and technical documents. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. When not working, she can be found checking out the food scene, attending a RiverDogs game or going to her favorite Burpees and Brews class. Interested in contributing to Mount Pleasant Magazine? Email your contact information (name, phone, mailing address) and one sample of work you have created (or a link to your work online) with the subject “Aspiring MPM Contributor” to