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Claudia Holwill is a marketing and social media professional whose passion for food and love for the city got her started on her first blog, brunch and the city.  A Hill native (pictured on the left at age four in the park next to Eastern Market) who returned to her home town after escaping to New York for college used an unexpected “early retirement” (aka layoffs in a tough job market) as an opportunity to get more involved with neighborhood organizations and events. Claudia now runs her own digital PR and marketing firm, Claudia Holwill Marketing, where she works with a number of local businesses. You can contact Claudia at ClaudiaTheHillIsHome [at] gmail [dot] com


Kate McFadden, a web professional “in transition,” got her first writing assignments “years ago” from the county weekly Powhatan Today — as hyperlocal as you get in central Virginia. After discovering the absence of a community blog on Capitol Hill, Kate decided it was time to turn her love of the ‘hood into a resume-enhancing and community-building activity, and TheHillisHome.com was born.  As much time as Kate spends in the paint store at Frager’s, and at Port City Java, you’d think she was drawing a hyperlocal salary. You can contact Kate at KateTheHillisHome [at] gmail [dot] com.

CopainSharee Lawler is a recovering political junkie.  After many years of invoking the First Amendment right of a Fortune 100 company to petition the government for redress of grievances (aka, lobbying for Big Business), she got her MBA and left government affairs to start Collective Method, a business strategy and communications consulting firm geared towards small businesses.  She and her husband lived on the Hill for 12 years, during which time she has been, variously, an entrepreneur, lobbyist, volunteer, student, gardener, jogger, cyclist and hostess of many a backyard barbecue.   You can contact Sharee at ShareeTheHillIsHome [at] gmail [dot] com.

20131014_PortraitLRMaría Helena Carey really loves food.  Although she has always liked to write, tell stories and take pictures as well, it wasn’t until she moved to the nation’s Capital back in 2006 that she began exploring all those likes in a serious manner.  She loves poking around Capitol Hill and photographing some of her favorite things, such as food, her kids, quirky little dogs and cats, as well as strangers taking pictures of other strangers.  She is a New Media Photojournalism graduate student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Her personal blog is A Daily Dose of Zen Sarcasm.  You can contact Maria at Maria [dot]Carey [at] thehillishome [dot] com or follow her on twitter: @TheMadameMeow


pohlRobert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia.



jendJen DeMayo has been a waitress, an actor, a puppeteer and a writer for the Hill Rag. She is currently the Director of Communications for the Atlas Performing Arts Center which has resulted in her being a relentless H Street booster. She is originally from the New York-New Jersey area and is consequently one of the many who whine endlessly about DC’s lack of good bagels and pizza. She is the mom to two boys who attend Two Rivers Public Charter School and is thrilled that the Hill offers so many school options for our kids.  No matter what she may end up accomplishing in her life, she is sure that her obituary headline will say she was the founder of Moms on the Hill when really it was a group effort.



Lauren Torlone is one of those people who are collectively referred to as “the 
media.” Because being a devotee to the 24 hour news cycle wasn’t time
 consuming enough [and because she’s a perpetual nerd] Lauren went back 
to school a few years ago to study International Affairs, graduating 
with a Masters degree from Georgetown in 2009. She’s a Hill homeowner
 and proud ‘parent’ to an exceptional pup. You can 
contact Lauren at lauren [dot] torlone [at] gmail [dot] com.





Tim Krepp avoids gainful employment by being a stay-at-home dad, a tour guide in DC and New York, and aiding wayward tourists with his blog DC Like a Local. He has lived on Capitol Hill with his wife since 2001, and is the father of two daughters, who fortunately are far more charming than he is. Prior to this, he spent six years, seven months, and twenty two days as a Naval Officer, being both drastically under and overpaid, often on the same day. You can contact Tim at tim.krepp[at]dclikealocal [dot] com or simply poke him with a stick from a safe distance.



Jon Penndorf has been a Capitol Hill resident since 2006 but has lived in (and close-in to) Washington DC since 1995, and wonders when he can start telling people he is “from here” instead of saying he moved here for college from New York.  An architect specializing in green design, Jon works for a firm focused on design of education facilities.  He also is a part-time faculty member at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning.  Off-the-clock he enjoys spending time outside with his family, traveling, finding new restaurants to try, and of course writing.  He contributes to local and national architecture association newsletters on a regular basis in addition to writing for THIH.  Jon lives with his wife, daughter, dog, cat, and ten tropical fish in their SE Hill rowhouse.


Tim Ebner is originally from Silver Spring, Md. He graduated from Fordham University and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. He lives on Capitol Hill and is a proud Hill East resident. He also writes for Eater DC, covering Washington’s food and dining scene. You can follow him on Twitter @ebnert or email news tips here.



Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard was a college English instructor and part-time writer living in New Jersey when the prospect of living a new and exciting life in Washington, D.C., presented itself. Kyra walked away from her job as a teacher and, with her new beau, discovered all of the wonderful things the District had to offer. Ten years later, Kyra is married to the guy she followed to D.C., mother of two charming, but messy children, caretaker of a small army of furry animals and proud owner of an ever-changing Capitol Hill home. When not tending to her human and furry family, Kyra is managing a website for a local non-profit, renovating her hill home and attending Nats games at Nationals Park.