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 25 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 is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association and serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: Evansville Commerce Bank, the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County, the University of Evansville Theater Society, Indiana Landmarks, and the Board of Advisors for the IU Medical School Evansville. In 2007, she helped to found the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County. She also is a member of the 100+ 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.
Kristen and Todd have two children, Maxwell, 15, and Jackson, 12. The family is active in Holy Rosary Church and school. Kristen enjoys walking, working out, hot yoga, reading, and knitting.
Todd A. Tucker President
Todd A. Tucker formed Tucker Publishing Group with his wife, Kristen Tucker, when he left his career in surgical sales to help with Evansville Living's rapid growth. Todd, president of Tucker Publishing Group, has 15 years experience in medical capital equipment and surgical support sales.
He received his bachelor of science in liberal studies from the University of Evansville, as well as a master's of science in management from Oakland City University. He has also attended classes at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. 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 is also active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. Todd is a weekly contributor on Local 7 and a regular guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of Evansville. He was elected to the national board of directors for the City and Regional Magazine Association in 2008. Todd is also a board member of Southwest Indiana Landmarks and is on the Holy Rosary School Board.
Todd and his wife, Kristen, live in Evansville and have two young children, Maxwell, born in 1998, and Jackson, born in 2001. Todd is an avid triathlete who has completed 13 marathons and numerous triathlons as well as three Ironman events, including Ironman Louisville in August 2007.
He has a tremendous passion for bad drumming and continues to coach more youth sports teams than he can count. He and his family are members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Heather Gray Creative Director
Heather Gray joined Tucker Publishing Group in November 2009 as art director. She was promoted to creative director in September 2014. She previously served as the director of Web design at Media Mix Communications for nearly 10 years. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Evansville in 1999.
At Tucker Publishing Group, Heather is involved in all facets of design, including conceptualization and layout for TPG publications. She also is responsible for custom publishing projects, Web site development, social media, proofreading, and photography.
Heather resides in her hometown of Poseyville, Ind., with her husband Jason and their
four five six pets. A self-proclaimed geek, she has a knack for tinkering with computers and loves gadgets, video games, anime, and science fiction movies. In her spare time, Heather enjoys thrifting, eating junk food, reading, collecting t-shirts, riding her pink bike, and finding great deals on the Internet.
Julie Hope Graphic Designer
Julie Hope joined Tucker Publishing Group in August 2014 as graphic designer. She completed her Bachelors from the University of Southern Indiana and her Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art in drawing and painting.
Prior to joining Tucker Publishing Group, Julie worked in a variety of media and forms from commissioned portraits to design and fabrication works for window displays, Broadway, themed environments, and custom displays. She has taught adjunct at the University of Louisville, University of Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana. Julie is also a practicing professional photographer in Evansville, Ind.
Julie resides in Evansville, Ind. with her husband Justin and their two daughters Amelia and Caroline. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, bike riding and playing legos with her girls.
Nathan Blackford Managing Editor
Nathan Blackford joined Tucker Publishing Group in February 2014 as managing editor. He had previously worked for WTVW, WEHT, Warrick Publishing, and the Evansville Courier & Press.
Nathan has a degree in Communications from the University of Southern Indiana. He is a graduate of Castle High School in Newburgh, Ind., and currently resides in Boonville, Ind., with his wife Carrie.
Nathan used to enjoy playing softball and building model trains. Now he has three children instead. Cecilia was born in 2003, Addison in 2006, and Andrew in 2011. Nathan coaches soccer, basketball, and softball, and his house is always a little messier than he’d like.
Emily Patton Staff Writer
Emily Patton joined Tucker Publishing Group in December 2013 as staff writer. She previously served as a sports writer at The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., for two years. She received her bachelor's degree in News Editorial Journalism from Western Kentucky University in 2012.
Prior to graduation, Emily completed local editorial internships with The Advocate in Morganfield, Ky., and The Gleaner in Henderson, Ky. She also has worked as a freelancer for The Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, Ky., and The Baltimore Sun.
Emily lives in Evansville and grew up an hour south on a small farm in Webster County, Ky., where her parents still live today. She enjoys riding horses, cheering on the Indianapolis Colts, running, and traveling. She also owns two rescue cats, Brody and Britches.
Jessica L. Hoffman 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 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 in Cynthiana, Ind., and graduated from North Posey High School. She is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jessica enjoys running 5Ks, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Jason and her golden retriever/chow mix, Lily.
Jennifer Rhoades 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. She is involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program as a big sister.
Jennifer grew up in Cynthiana, Ind. She married John Rhoades, of Evansville, in September 2003, and they reside in Newburgh. They welcomed their daughter, Hayden, on August 14, 2007. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family.
Katelyn Phillips Marketing Manager
Katelyn Phillips joined Tucker Publishing Group in December 2013 as marketing manager. She earned her bachelors degree in journalism from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University – Bloomington in 2011.
Prior to graduation, Katelyn completed several local media internships, including a summer spent with the, then FOX affiliate, WTVW news team in Evansville, Ind. She also spent a year interning with the Public Broadcasting Stations in Bloomington, Ind., WFIU and WTIU, producing local, regional, and national programs. Katelyn previously worked as a senior sales manager for the Target store on Evansville’s east side for two and a half years. She worked with the company for seven years through high school and college.
A Reitz Memorial High School graduate, Katelyn grew up in Evansville, Ind., and currently resides on the east side of the city. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her nephew's sporting events, finding a good bargain (she is a little bit of a couponer!), spending time with her accountant boyfriend (outside of tax season, of course), and spoiling her rescued dog, Cody.