Meet Our Team
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 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 who 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 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 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.
If you’re ever in need of a good, Korean drama watch list, Victoria is here for you! All the way from Cebu, Philippines, Victoria loves watching relatable comedy, especially comedians like Michael Mcintyre and Jo Koy. She loves to laugh, which is what keeps our content on social media so entertaining! Victoria’s favorite childhood memories include a trekking and wilderness lesson in the Subic Bay Jungle and learning how to make cutlery with wild bamboo, as well as finding fresh water from plants. Her favorite movies include Anastasia, The Proposal, and Tarzan, and her favorite book is The Aleph by Paulo Coelho. She’s most proud of her resilience and her kiddos, and she hopes to one day have the power of infinite energy so she can run on no sleep...something I think all of us would want.
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.
Our multimedia designer, Maddie, was born in Baton Rouge, raised in Texas, and returned to Louisiana, which we are very thankful for. Had she not come back, she wouldn’t be here with us! Maddie loves dogs and cats (she has one of each!), and she enjoys laughing at Spongebob Squarepants and watching Swiss Family Robinson. She’s an extremely animated person who enjoys hoarding plants. All types of plants. If she had a superpower, she would want to be able to breathe underwater, and if she won the lottery, she would be buying a house on the Mediterranean coast.
Laurie has over a decade of experience in sales and marketing from B2B to B2C, she’s super passionate about everything traditional and digital media. She focuses on leading and coaching the sales team and creating innovative and strategic plans for her clients’ success.
When she’s not busy building brands, Laurie loves to travel, cook and hang out with her family and friends. One of her favorite past times is game night (her first is food), and always up for a little competition. If you don't see her in her hometown of Brusly, Louisiana, she’s probably hanging out in the big apple, basking in the sun on an island or hanging with a mouse at a castle!
If you’re looking to talk about all things horror, mystery or thriller related, Crystal’s your go-to! She loves all things horror, especially when it comes to films and books. Crystal was born and raised right here in Baton Rouge, but she loves traveling every chance she gets. Some of her best memories of growing up revolve around trips with her family. If she were a superhero, she would want to be able to read minds. However, we think she might be able to already with how well she meshes with all of her clients. Crystal and her firefighter husband, Michael, are parents to two boys, Jackson and Jameson, who make them laugh all the time. Crystal is funny, easy to talk to, and she loves a glass of wine every now and then. She has over 12 years of advertising and marketing experience, and she enjoys helping businesses grow.
Jo Lynn loves music and hates the silence, so if you hear music in our office, it’s likely coming from her desk. Jo Lynn keeps the music playing for all of us, and if you have a sweet tooth like she does, you can grab some candy from her candy dish because she is always willing to share! Jo Lynn loves spending time with her grandkids and her friends; watching her favorite movie, Grease; and traveling. The last place she traveled to was the Virgin Islands. Jo Lynn’s from Plaquemine and we are so lucky to have such an energetic and personable teammate on our team who always goes above and beyond for her clients.
For the past 18 years, Jason has had the ability to teach kids about sports and life–the successes, failures, commitment, and how to be a team player. And now, along with still keeping up with his coaching abilities, he has joined our team to help businesses in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas reach their full potential.
Jason is from Baton Rouge and he loves to laugh. Mostly anything will make him laugh. His favorite movie is Caddyshack, and if he ever won the lottery, the first thing he would buy is a bottle of champagne. His guilty pleasure is a Dr. Pepper, and if he could have dinner with anyone it would be Nolan Ryan. He is a proud coach to many young athletes, but what really makes him the most proud is his wife and kids.
Ryn is hard to catch because she is always on the move, working to make sure everything that needs to be done, gets done. If she had a superpower, she would want it to be super speed, but we think she already has it with how much she manages to get done in a single day. Ryn’s outgoing personality is mimicked almost perfectly in her pint-sized daughter, Hadley, who she shares is the one person who can always make her laugh. When things slow down long enough for her to get a few moments to herself, Ryn enjoys watching Yellowstone, Friends, and Ghost Adventures. However, a vacation is really what she longs for considering it’s the first thing she would buy after winning the lottery, and because she has fond memories of visiting the Virgin Islands when she was younger.
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!
Teri was born in California and raised in Oklahoma, but we’re happy to have her here in Louisiana as a member of our team. To Teri, family comes first, which makes her the perfect fit for our squad here at Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. Teri enjoys listening to her boys debate one another on their favorite sports teams’ wins and losses and upcoming rivalry matches. She also loves to travel and hopes to one day have super strength if she ever acquires superhero powers! Teri is incredibly inquisitive, a nurturer, and a wonderful friend to all she meets, but when it comes to anything peanut butter, all bets are off.
Born in Thibodaux and raised in Ascension Parish, Emma Benoit has a knack for helping all of us stay on track. She helps us keep all the plates spinning with the various projects we take on, and she does it all with a calm that we all need. The color yellow brings her peace, which we think ties in with her love for sunshine and the beach. Her warm spirit and level of courageousness is something we all strive to have within ourselves as well. Emma’s an old soul and is always there when you need someone to listen. In fact, her favorite quote is, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” She enjoys a good laugh, too, and finds that TikTok videos make her laugh the most. She’s an asset to our team and she will be to you as well whenever you get the honor of meeting her.