Meet Our Team
Brandon Foreman ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
It’s safe to say that running Baton Rouge Parents Magazine (BRPM) is in Brandon’s blood–quite literally. He is the son of Publisher and CEO, Amy Foreman-Plaisance, and if you have a technology problem, he can solve it for you quite easily. He’s a guy you want to make sure you have in your contact list when Siri can no longer help you, because your iPhone is doing weird things.
Brandon makes sure we stay on track each month, but he also remains 10 steps ahead of us because while we are doing one thing, he has already figured out a better and more efficient way for us to do that same task.
He is a father to three children who greet him with an excited “Daddy!” every time they visit the office. For entertainment, he is a fan of Top Gun and Suits, and can even DJ–something that has come in handy at BRPM events.
Amy Foreman DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Amy was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota but has called Baton Rouge home since she was four years old. She’s the person in the office that keeps all the wheels in motion whether it be through helping out in editorial, working in accounting, or simply asking how you are because she genuinely cares.
When she’s not making sure we are all working toward putting together a great publication each and every month, Amy is taking care of her three children: her oldest daughter, Kylee, and her twin boys, Dylan and Tyler, who are seriously the spitting image of her and her hardworking husband, Brandon. But if it’s game day, you can bet she is dressed in purple and gold (with a purple hair streak) and in Tiger Stadium cheering on LSU.
Amanda Miller MANAGING EDITOR
Amanda became a member of the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine family in 2012 when she began working as an Editorial Intern. And to put it simply, she never left. After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Mass Communications and Journalism degree, Amanda worked her way through the Editorial department–editing articles, writing articles, and color-coordinating her email inbox. She now manages the controlled–but still exciting–chaos in the department, and she wouldn’t change it for one second.
When she’s not working on Baton Rouge Parents Magazine’s latest and greatest idea, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Saturday Night Live and The Big Bang Theory, and indulging in her guilty pleasure of french fries in all forms–cheesy, waffle-y, and seasoned.
Mari Walker SECTION EDITOR
Mari Walker writes the Community and Education sections for Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, so she’s always on the lookout for great stories happening in our schools and the greater Baton Rouge area. Mari (pronounced like Mary) also mines her own life for stories as a #BRParents blogger. Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, Mari and her husband moved to Baton Rouge in 2010 for his job as a math professor at LSU, and their daughters were born in 2011 and 2016. As a work-from-home mom, Mari can also be found volunteering for her girls’ schools, her church and others, primarily with website and social media management, graphic design, and writing. She has degrees in journalism from Oklahoma State University (bachelor’s) and the University of Maryland (master’s). Mari loves screen time almost as much as her daughters, and she loves 90s music and strong women role models.
Melody Tauzin GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Melody brings a little color and shine wherever she goes, and if you’re lucky, she’ll bring you cupcakes, too! Melody has a huge heart, always has a funny story to tell, and she’s incredibly loyal. Her attention to detail and go-getter attitude helps to keep all of our publications looking their best. Along with being an incredible graphic designer, she’s also a professional Color Analyst.
Born in Baton Rouge, but raised in Port Allen, Melody plans to buy a car for every member of her family in case she ever wins the lottery. She also hopes to one day have dinner with James Earl Jones, acquire the super ability of invisibility, and to stay as far away from all the frogs as possible.
Lauren Leopold GRAPHIC DESIGNER
When it comes to YouTube, Lauren is our Queen. From watching old Vine compilations to keeping up with all of the YouTuber world, Lauren does it all. However, she’s not just a viewer; she’s a creator, and her photography can’t be missed. She’s incredibly proud of her art (and we are, too!), and she’s always looking for ways to make her next photo shoot even better than her last.
When she’s not exercising her creative muscles, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, and starting her morning (every. morning.) with a cup of coffee. She’s a big fan of watching Mean Girls and The Devil Wears Prada, and her guilty pleasures include Mentos and Cadbury Eggs.
Kassie Williams ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Straight from St. Amant, Louisiana, Kassie is all about having a good laugh, especially while watching fail videos. She’s not afraid of being goofy, either, which makes her a lot of fun to be around. From watching Forrest Gump and This is Us to singing along to Danielle Bradbery tunes, reading Vince Flynn books, and raising her son, Adam (something she is most proud of), Kassie has a way of juggling a variety of activities while still finding time to develop strong relationships with all of her clients. And, she’s just like all of us, she loves snacking on cookie dough and dreaming of flying if she ever acquires superpowers. Although, she is very unique in that she loves cats and dogs. Impressive, we know. But one thing’s for sure, if she were to have dinner with anyone, she would pick her husband because they don’t get out by themselves very often.
Karen McCullen ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Karen has the ability to make anyone feel like family–even if you just met her. She has a way of connecting with people–and her clients–that makes you feel as if you have known her forever. Her sense of humor is fantastic and she is always down for a good joke, which explains why Impractical Jokers is one show she can’t help but laugh along with.
She has dubbed herself the queen of naps and will take one any time or any place. She is also a mother to four children who are her life, which really explains why she wishes she had the power to control time, so she could spend more time with them. Well, she wishes she had that power and the ability to go back in time so she could have the body she had when she was 22 years old.
She loves a rain shower and sipping on a latte or red wine while enjoying a good book. Her favorite? To Kill a Mockingbird–you know, before it was cool!
Laurie Acosta COMMUNITY EVENTS MANAGER
Laurie loves films from the 80s (Pretty in Pink is her favorite), and she dreams of someday owning a house on the beach in Maui if she can win the lottery first. Laurie has been married to her husband for 21 years and she is the proud momma of two children and a schnauzer named Lola. From Brusly, Louisiana, Laurie is always beaming with positivity and enjoys indulging in a day of staying in PJs and watching movies or traveling to her favorite city, New York.
Roxane Voorhies COMMUNITY OUTREACH
If you have somewhere you want to go or something new you want to try and you need someone to do it with you: call Roxane. Chances are, she is up for it! From riding camels in Morocco to visiting her daughter in Kentucky or her son in Florida, Roxane is always on an adventure, because she loves meeting new people and learning about new places. These two things make her perfect for reaching out to our community and coordinating all of our projects here at the magazine.
Roxane is the mother to three amazing children who have all left the nest to pursue big things–which gives her even more reason to travel–and because of this, she keeps two suitcases packed (one for warm weather and one for cold weather) so she is always ready to go.
If she could be a superhero, she would want to be Wonder Woman. We feel she doesn’t have to worry about that though, because she is already Wonder Woman to us!