Amy Krissman Pine is a freelance writer and editor with more than 11 years of experience. Her freelance clients have included the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Country Day School and Just Jazz Guitar magazine. Prior to launching a freelance career, she was senior publications editor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she served as editor of the college’s alumni magazine and oversaw the publication of numerous catalogs, booklets and brochures. During her tenure, she received a Silver ADDY Award at the American Advertising Federation’s 2001 Seventh District ADDY Awards for work on the college’s 2001 fashion show campaign, “Drawn to Fashion”
Pine began her career as a multimedia writer and producer for NBC10-MSNBC in Philadelphia, then served as a writer and communications specialist at Savannah State University. She received a B.A. in English and communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Pine lives in Savannah with her husband and two young children.
Chris Helton is the owner and director of Silver Line. Chris is a former United States Marine which accounts for his tenacity and mission accomplishment mentality. He has worked in the television industry and has experience on the set of regional commercials, independent films and one Academy Award Winning movie. Chris’ vision for the company is that it secure it’s position as the premiere video production company for businesses looking to produce for the web. Silver Line uses some of the best Digital Equipment on the market today.
I was born in Morgantown, WV and lived most of my childhood in Cincinnati, OH. I grew up one of eight children and I graduated from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters College with an Associates Degree in Radiological Science. I was a Radiologic Technologist at Cincinnati General Hospital from 1978-1986. In 1986 I moved to Richmond, VA and worked as a Radiologic Technologist at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. In 1987 I moved to Savannah, GA and worked as a Radiologic Technologist at Memorial Medical Center until 1990. I have maintained my Radiologic Technologist Registry to present. In May of 2007 I formed my own Photography Business, KIM-imaging, LLC. I do freelance photography work for Universities, Banks, Businesses and Individuals throughout the Savannah Community. I perform many photographic projects for Carriage Trade PR and enjoy my many new experiences this business has allowed me to pursue.
I live in Savannah, GA with my husband of 22 years, Norman B. Thomson, III and my daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth Thomson and my son, Bryant Nichols Thomson. We enjoy many outdoor activities together as well as our two wonderful yellow labs, Cider and Tide. We love traveling together and of course photographing our experiences together.
Born and raised in Shepherdsville, KY, Melanie Smith left the bluegrass for the golden arch of St. Louis, MO, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Webster University. She moved to Savannah, GA in 1997 for her first post-collegiate job in television where she worked for two years.
Deciding broadcast news didn’t quite fit her personality, Melanie quickly found her place in public relations and marketing. In 2003, she rejoined the classroom setting, earning a Master’s Degree in Business from Webster University in Beaufort, SC.
Melanie’s varied resume includes radio disc jockeying, planning Harry Potter book release parties, interning in Washington DC for London Radio, and traveling (a.k.a. studying) in Europe.
Leigh Donovan is a native of Savannah. She moved back in 2005 after living in Atlanta for over ten years. Leigh attended college at Georgia State University in Atlanta where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business Management. Leigh joined the writing team at Carriage Trade Public Relations in 2006. She has written for numerous websites and small businesses and currently writes articles on health and wellness for Body & Brain magazine. She lives in Savannah with her husband and one year old son.
Anne Guidera was an editor and reporter for eight years at the Savannah Morning News, where she launched The Exchange and worked with business, feature, news, and community coverage. Prior to that, she was an adjunct composition instructor and assistant director of the Writing Center at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is on the board of First Book-Savannah/Chatham County.
Public Relations Coordinator
Kathryn “Katey” Helton is a Public Relations Coordinator at Carriage Trade PR Firm in Savannah, GA. Katey has been a resident of New Jersey since 1997 and recently relocated to Savannah. Her duties at Carriage Trade PR will include writing press releases and distributing, scheduling media interviews and maintaining in office databases.
She has a great passion for Tennessee Volunteer football and has been a Nanny in the northeast and southwest for the last 11 years. She has performed improve comedy on stage at the New York Comedy Club, in New York City, where famous acts like Jerry Seinfeld have performed. She made her acting debut in a stage production of “The Abduction of Prazzi” in Jersey City, NJ.
Katey received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Rutgers University in October 2007.She joins her brother Chris Helton, who is the videographer at Carriage Trade PR and Silverline TV.
Public Relations Coordinator
Elizabeth Garcia started as a PR Coordinator for Carriage Trade this past spring. She comes on board with a vast knowledge of the Savannah media market and media in general. After working as a morning television anchor for a Beaumont, Texas station, she moved to Savannah in 2000 to work as a general assignments reporter at WTOC. While there, Elizabeth won several broadcast awards including an Emmy award for her coverage of a downtown house fire.
After beginning her family with her husband, R.J. Garcia, a U.S. Army officer and Apache helicopter pilot, Elizabeth decided to move into another form of media and began writing for the Army Flier, a military publication based out of Fort Rucker, Alabama.
While there, several of Elizabeth’s stories and photographs were picked up and published by other national, military-based magazines and newspapers.
Though frequent Army moves keep her young family busy, Elizabeth still finds time to keep in close contact with the friends she has made in the media business. In her spare time she enjoys writing, photography and running. She recently completed her second 1/2 marathon run this fall in Kansas City.
Elizabeth, R.J., and her two children Grant, 4, and Ella, 2, are currently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.