The People Behind the Magazine...

Kristen K. Tucker    Editor & Publisher

Kristen K. Tucker formed Tucker Publishing Group along with her husband Todd in September 1999 and published the first issue of Evansville Living in March 2000.

Kristen, publisher and editor of Evansville Living, has more than 37 years’ experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing. She holds a bachelor's degree in public relations and English from Western Kentucky University and a master's degree in liberal studies from the University of Southern Indiana.

Kristen serves on the board of directors of the The Catholic Foundation of Evansville, the Board of Advisors for the IU Medical School Evansville, and is a member of Indiana Landmarks Alumnae Braintrust organization. In 2007, she helped found the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County. She also is a member of the 116-year-old Social Literary Club. Kristen is the 2003 Athena Award recipient and the 2006 recipient of the Indiana Commission for Women’s Torchbearer Award. Tucker Publishing Group magazines have won dozens of awards through the years from the City & Regional Magazine Association, the Advertising Federation of Evansville, the Evansville Design Group, and the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Kristen moved with her family to Evansville, her father’s hometown, in 1971. She attended Caze Elementary School, and Castle Jr. and Castle Sr. High Schools in Newburgh, Indiana. Kristen and Todd have two children, Maxwell, 23, an MBA student at Butler University, and Jackson, 20, a student at the University of Louisville. Kristen enjoys walking, travel, Pilates, and reading.

Todd A. Tucker    President

Todd A. Tucker is a native of Evansville. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Evansville, 1994. He also has a Master’s of Science Degree in Management from Oakland City University.

Todd formed Tucker Publishing Group with his wife Kristen when he left a career in surgical sales to begin publishing Evansville Living in 2000. Today Todd serves as President of the company that publishes Evansville Living, Evansville Business, and numerous custom magazines and projects.

Todd has served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Youth First, University of Southern Indiana School of Business, and the Economic Development Coalition of Southwestern Indiana and is past chairman of the board of Keep Evansville Beautiful. He currently serves on the board of directors of Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Keep Evansville Beautiful and University of Evansville Alumnae Association. He is active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. Todd has been a weekly contributor on local television news programs and served as an annual guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of Evansville. He also spent two terms on the national board of directors for the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Todd and his wife Kristen live in Evansville and have two children, Maxwell, 23, a graduate student at Butler University, and Jackson, 20, a student at University of Louisville. Todd is an avid triathlete who has completed over 20 marathons and numerous triathlons as well as five Ironman events, and looks forward to "aging up". He is currently gearing up for Ironman Texas and Florida in 2022.

He has a tremendous passion for bad drumming and has coached more youth sports teams than he can count. He and his family are members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Laura Mathis    Creative Director

Laura Mathis joined Tucker Publishing Group as a freelance art director during the magazine’s inception in 1999. She joined the staff as a full time art director and later was promoted to creative director. She received her bachelor’s degree in advertising from Western Kentucky University.

Laura left for a bank marketing position in 2014, and returned to work at Tucker Publishing Group in 2017. Since her return, she has served as an art director, sales and advertising coordinator, and most recently as creative director.

Laura lives in Owensboro, Kentucky, with her sports writer husband, Mark. They have two children, Natalie, born in 1995, and Lillie, born in 1999. She enjoys traveling, gardening, walking, and interior design.

Casey Scarbrough    Senior Graphic Designer

Casey joined Tucker Publishing Group in 2018 as a graphic designer. She previously was a copy editor and page designer for Paxton Media and has worked in journalism as a newspaper assistant editor and in public relations as a university editor. 

Casey grew up in Fulton County, Kentucky, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She enjoys working on ad and layout design and loves the challenge of creating designs that are functional and use aesthetic to communicate and enhance a message.

Casey resides across the river in Henderson, Kentucky, with her husband Layton. As a big music lover her favorite activity is watching live music performances. She also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, backyard birding, reading, and day hiking.

Morgan Dean    Graphic Designer

Morgan Dean joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2021 as a graphic designer. She previously was the branding, marketing, and design coordinator with Chatham Park Development in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University in May of 2020 where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in public relations with concentrations in graphic design and event planning. She was raised in Newburgh, Indiana, and graduated from Castle High School

In her free time, Morgan enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

Zach Straw    Photographer/Graphic Designer

Zach Straw joined Tucker Publishing Group in December 2016 as a photographer and graphic designer. He previously was a graphic designer and then general manager at The Posey County News in New Harmony, Indiana, for nearly 10 years.

Zach earned his associate's degree in multimedia from ITT Technical Institute, Newburgh, Indiana, in 2005. Prior to being hired at Tucker Publishing Group, he freelanced for many local companies and individuals, including Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines. Zach also stays busy taking wedding photography and family portraits for clients throughout the area.

Zach lives in Mount Vernon, Indiana, with his wife and three children. He enjoys traveling throughout the Midwest, bicycling, swimming, theme parks, and fine art photography (of course!)

Jodi Keen   Managing Editor

Jodi Keen joined Tucker Publishing Group in April 2021 as Managing Editor. She previously served as the special publications editor for the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper in Owensboro, Kentucky.

A native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Jodi is a 2010 Murray State University journalism graduate. After college, she spent two and half years in Vienna, Austria, first as an au pair, and then as the publisher’s assistant and events editor for The Vienna Review, a monthly English-language newspaper.

Jodi lives on Evansville’s East Side and enjoys reading, walking, exploring Evansville, and spending time with her 5-year-old German shepherd rescue, Roxie.

Dallas Carter    Staff Writer

Dallas Carter joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2020 as a staff writer. She previously worked for Evansville Living and Evansville Business as a freelance writer and the 2019-2020 editorial intern. She is a 2020 graduate of the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and multimedia communications.

Prior to graduation, Dallas worked for UE’s Crescent magazine as editor-in-chief and was a founding member and creative director of Embrace Marketing and Communications, UE’s student-run marketing agency, from 2018 to 2019. She also worked as a crew member for Purple Aces Productions’ ESPN3 program.

Dallas lives in Henderson, Kentucky, where she loves the charm that comes with a small town. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where her parents, younger brother, and four cat siblings still reside. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time exploring the Tri-State with friends, traveling, and attending concerts.

Riley Guerzini    Staff Writer

Riley Guerzini joined Tucker Publishing Group in 2020 as a staff writer. He previously interned as a news writer at the Dubois County Herald in Jasper, Indiana and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Southern Indiana’s newspaper The Shield.

He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Indiana in May of 2020. Riley was raised locally in Newburgh, Indiana where he attended and graduated from Castle High School.

In his free time, Riley enjoys watching sports, playing video games, cooking and spending time with his family.

Jessica L. Hoffman    Senior Account Executive

Jessica L. Hoffman joined Tucker Publishing Group in December 2001 as advertising coordinator after receiving her bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Southern Indiana. She now serves as a senior account executive.

Prior to graduation, Jessica completed an internship with Tucker Publishing Group, as well as advertising internships with SMG Evansville and WNIN Channel 9.

Jessica grew up out in the country in Posey County, Indiana and graduated from North Posey High School. She enjoys running the YMCA’s Half Marathon, reading, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her husband Jason and daughter Helena.

Jennifer Rhoades    Senior Account Executive

Jennifer Rhoades joined Tucker Publishing Group in December 2002 as an advertising coordinator. She was promoted to marketing manager in 2005 and became an account executive in May 2010.

Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Southern Indiana.

Jennifer grew up in Posey County. She married John Rhoades, of Evansville, in September 2003, and they reside in Newburgh, Indiana. They welcomed their daughter, Hayden, on Aug. 14, 2007. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. 

 

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