Jamie Balzer

Jamie BalzerJamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy.  Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie’s most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother.  Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

Becky Balzer

Becky BalzerBecky Balzer is a horticulturist with a great passion for anything green. As a young girl she grew up on the family farm nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The farm consisted of 27 acres and numerous pasturelands for harvesting hay as well as pasturing cattle. One of 13 children Becky could not wait to leave the farming life and endless chores behind. Ironically, while attending college she realized her career path pointed in the direction from which she came- nature. Becky graduated from VA Tech with a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Vocational Education in 1979. She has continued her education over the years with classes at both the University of VA and Mary Baldwin College. Her work has taken her through many areas of gardening with Floriculture being her real passion. Today she enjoys working at Townside Gardens in Roanoke, VA as well as speaking to groups and organizations about gardening. She also creates beautiful designs for weddings and other formal occasions. Becky says, “Nature is calming and peaceful. There are so many things you learn from nature that are beneficial for your psyche. Nature makes you realize that it is the simple things in life that mean the most.” Mother to three, grandmother to two, Becky takes real joy in knowing her love of nature has been passed down through the generations. You can contact Becky through email: rrb550@gmail.com

Crystal Simmons Balzer

Crystal BalzerCrystal considers herself a “Domestic Diva” having earned the title through nine years of marriage to her childhood sweetheart, two kids and one wild dog named Lucy. She admits to being slightly obsessed with her vacuum and calls herself thrifty, which in her mind can lead to spending way too long in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Her family inspires her and while drinking her daily dose of coffee laced with French vanilla creamer, she puts into words what life is like in her wonderful place called HOME. You can contact Crystal via email: dreams2c@aol.com

Hector Benitez

Hector BenitezHector has been a Fitness Trainer since 1999. His experience includes working with and assisting in the professional planning and training of career, college, and aspiring high school athletes. Also, for many years he has devoted himself to helping improve the health and fitness potential of clients in the business and suburban communities. Hector believes every individual in every home can benefit from physical exercise. His goal is to lead through example and teach everyone how to embrace their true potential. Hector can be reached through email: hbenitez1@gmail.com

Sammi Blake

Sammi BlakeSammi Blake has worked with her mother, Jamie Balzer for over ten years in their Interior Decorating business, B&A Interiors, LLC. Sammi has a passion for photography and has enjoyed traveling to places such as Prague in the Czech Republic just to immerse herself in the historic beauty captured through her camera. Other passions include horses, fishing and anything in nature. She also has a desire to educate others as to how to embrace life regardless of what it throws you. She believes it is in the challenges given that you receive the most. She loves being with her family including her extended family, The Balzer Clan. Her cousins are dear to her heart and one of her most valued treasures. Sammi lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Brent, step-children Addison and Austin and the newest member of their family, Ansley. Contact Sammi via her email: sammi@bainteriors.com

Ranjit Deora

Guru Ranjit DeoraRanjit is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher, holistic thinker and life coach. Through mind-body awareness and Ayurvedic medicine, Ranjit has been helping people experience emotional freedom, physical healing and increased spiritual consciousness for over 21 years. His practice is devoted to helping individuals find success, peace and fulfillment both at work, and at home. Guru Ranjit can be reached through email: rdeora@charlottemeditation.com or by phone: 704-277-6049.

Ryan Kalooky

Ryan KalookyRyan was born in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina at an early age, where he took an interest in gardening and cooking. His experiences growing up in the family garden taught him many things, but the concept of seasonal cooking with ingredients sourced locally may be the best lesson he learned. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology, he attended culinary school at New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, Vermont. He has since gained experience in a variety of places, including a private executive dining room for a Fortune 500 company, an upscale Italian restaurant, a historic university hotel and a personal chef service. Today he runs his own private chef service and is available for catering, group cooking parties, dinners and private cooking lessons. His specialties come from his Mediterranean background and Italian influences growing up, a love of barbeque and smoked meats, as well as his culinary experiences in the South. When he’s not cooking or in the garden, Ryan can usually be found fishing, enjoying soccer or playing with his two dogs, Dempsey and Maya. He can be reached by email at rakalooky@gmail.com.

Sean Kalooky

Sean KalookySean is Principal of Big Sushi web development in Charlotte, NC. He provides web application development, online marketing and analytics services to small and medium-sized companies. When he’s not tied to the computer, Sean enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling. But most of all, he likes spending time with his lovely wife and kitties. He can be reached at skalooky@bigsushi.com.

Susan Muehl

Susan MuehlAs a nature photographer, Susan divides her time between Springfield, VA and Asheville, NC. She developed a love of photography many years ago when she began a journey to photograph lighthouses. Since then her camera has led her to capture the wonders of nature. Through the lens of her camera she brings nature to us in such a way that we become drawn in to the glory our earth gives us. Susan believes that all of us can find peace and happiness by exploring the wonders of nature. Everything from a quick walk in the neighborhood to a hike in the mountains can be filled with surprises nature has waiting for us to behold. Susan is very passionate about humanitarian and environmental causes. It is her hope that by sharing her photography it will spark others to see and connect with nature and be part of the larger purpose of working together to preserve this earth, which we all inhabit, and love.

Jackie O’Connell

Jackie OConnellJackie has a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish from VA Tech. She also has an MA in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee. Jackie currently works at Children’s Hospital of Richmond with both school-aged children and early intervention children aged zero to three years. Jackie lives in the Richmond, VA area along with her husband, Scott and their two children, Gavin and Logan. As both a speech pathologist and a parent, Jackie believes that children need less of toys with batteries and more of good old-fashioned play. Outside of work and family, Jackie’s passion is VA Tech football. Go Hokies! Contact Jackie via email: jackiebalzer@yahoo.com

Patti Baron Schreiber

Patti Baron SchreiberPatti Baron Schreiber is an Accredited Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation and an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner Coach. Patti is certified by Sonia Choquette as a Level III Six Sensory Practitioner™ and a graduate of the Hoffman Process. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and a Masters in Management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University.

Jennie Stockslager

Jennie StockslagerJennie Stockslager retired from teaching in 2007. She lives in New Lebanon, OH, with her husband Duke, co-owner of Stockslager’s Greenhouse & Garden Center, which was started over 50 years ago by his parents Ray and Joyce as a “hobby.” Truly a family business, it is co-owned by Duke’s brother Scott and employs their retired sister Vicki, as well as Duke and Jennie’s son Jacob and sister-in-law Barb. Their daughter Betsie, a National Board Certified Teacher, currently lives in Chicago, IL, where she is pursuing her master’s degree at Loyola. Because Jennie enjoyed every minute of teaching, she devoted her career to her students, so her own involvement in the greenhouse was minimal. (But for all the years of her marriage to Duke, she continues to appreciate the paradise he creates every year in their yard!) After a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2003 changed the direction of her life, most notably the end of her career, Jennie found ways to nurture herself through 5 recurrences, as well as do volunteer work. In particular, she serves on the Executive Board of Noble Circle, a grass-roots organization for women “thriving beyond their cancer diagnoses” (www.noblecircle.org). When asked, Jennie said, “Do I think I’d still be alive if I hadn’t found Noble Circle? Yes. I believe medicine could have done that for me. The difference, however, is that because of Noble Circle, I’m more than alive; I’m joyfully living. And life is actually better than it ever was!” She is currently waiting for the moment she will hold in her arms the grandchild she has been holding in her heart. Jennie can be contacted through email: jennie0480@gmail.com

Lindsay Torry

Lindsay TorryLindsay lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband and three young children. She works as a high school Spanish teacher. Inspired by references to the language and culture of her father’s childhood in Costa Rica and Bolivia, Lindsay values diversity and strives to teach her students cultural tolerance and respect. She enjoys traveling, reading, bible studies, relaxing on the beach, and dancing with her children. Always awestruck by the capabilities of the human body, today Lindsay has a passion for health and fitness thanks to her husband, Ché, who is completing his doctorate in exercise physiology and owns and operates LifeWise Fitness, Inc. Together, Lindsay and Ché try to make health and fitness a lifestyle not only for themselves, but for their children as well.

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