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Bliss Life is grateful for its amazing powerhouse team of "do-gooders" and "go-getters." We like to surround ourselves with people who strive for Bliss not only in their own lives but they crave the greater good and have a fire in their bellies for helping others find their own pure Bliss. We have a work hard, play hard mentality and we believe that telling stories can change lives, and changing lives can change the world!



Leslie McCarroll is a northern Nevada native and the Founder and Publisher of Bliss Life Media and Bliss Life Magazine. She’s a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater & Art, a licensed Aesthetician, and proud mother of a teenage son. Her desire to build a brand that inspires people to live their lives with purpose and passion began with her own mission to live a purposeful life dedicated to fitness, health, culture, and the arts. Seeking freedom from the confines of a 9-5 desk job, Leslie immersed herself in the media, television, and publishing industries. In 2013, she launched her first publication, Aphrodite, which soon became Bliss Babe Magazine and she has been telling the inspirational stories behind the people and businesses of northern Nevada ever since. With her new Bliss Life brand and a growing team of powerhouse women by her side, Leslie is poised and ready to inspire others to #RocktheBlissLife.




Kristy McLean is a Midwestern girl at heart, raised  in Orange County, CA since age nine by entrepreneurs who escaped the cold Wisconsin climate  to start an Executive Search Firm. She received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, went on to get her  Teaching Credential in English, and began teaching  8th grade. Fascinated by the internet, she left teaching to work for a tech company as a Corporate Trainer, then worked in Online Marketing and Advertising until 2005 when she had her daughter, Kelly, followed by son, Cade, in 2007. She ran a successful home-based sales and marketing business for 10 years until she hooked up with Bliss Babe in July 2018 after her husband Kris, of 17 years, was relocated to Reno. Kristy is inspired by the Bliss Life vision, loves living in northern Nevada, and believes that she is exactly where she is meant to be. 



Originally a South Dakota and Iowa native, Lindsay Rohlfsen has over 14 years of professional experience in graphic design and  marketing. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree  from Iowa State University, she worked  in  the  agency world for several years, then jumped on  the entrepreneur train in 2009 as a freelance graphic designer and is loving every minute of it! As an award-winning designer, she loves  collaborating on various design projects, including  the rebranding of Bliss Life, and looks forward to the future while doing what she loves most — being creative! 




Nikki  Lund is a Fashion Designer/Singer Songwriter whose designs have been worn by Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and more. Her fashion line – similar to Nikki and her music – perfectly blends femininity, confidence, and sex appeal. She’s been on the cover of YRB and Esquire, featured in Vogue, ELLE, Genlux, People, US Weekly, InTouch, Life & Style and has been spotlighted by E!, Access Hollywood, Extra, VH1, and Good Day LA. Nikki is loving her new gig as Bliss Life Fashion+Beauty Editor. “It’s an exciting time for Bliss Life Media! I’m thrilled to be involved in the next phase of this journey and inspired to build an empire with such a wonderful team of women. I’m excited to bring my LA flavor to Reno-Tahoe and look forward to the expansion of Bliss Life Magazine with the new team.” 





Adriane Schwartz was born in New York, raised in Princeton, NJ, and attended boarding schools in England and Switzerland before earning her Journalism degree at New York University. Out of college she worked for 60 Minutes, The Today Show and eventually spent 10 years reporting for Inside Edition in both investigative and Entertainment news. After a brief hiatus to raise her children, Ava and Trevor, she returned to journalism as the editor of Star and OK Magazines and then became the West Coast Deputy Bureau Chief of InTouch Weekly and Life & Style. She was a regular on Hollywood 911 and Investigative Discovery and throughout co-hosted The Stephanie O Radio show. In 2018, she launched Pixie Productions whose notable clients include Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, The Daily Mail, The Sun, and, most recently, Bliss Life Magazine! “It’s truly and honor to join the incredible team of at Bliss Life. I’m thrilled to share the latest and greatest life style and entertainment news with our amazing readers.” 


Staff Writers

Britton Murdock Nunn is a woman who followed her dream and opened The Biggest Little Fashion Truck, a mobile fashion boutique. She has always been in love with clothes, how they fit, and people’s unique styles. Her calling is helping women feel confident through fashion. She loves her family and living in The Biggest Little City.

[email protected]

@blftreno






Meghan Ochs is passionate about many things: skiing, fitness, travel, animals, the outdoors, coffee, and good food…her friends and family too. The order of these things depends on the day. In between all of these things she occasionally finds time to put her thoughts to paper.

[email protected]

@meghan.ochs



 

Danell Wilson-Perlman was born and raised in South Africa, she's been living in Reno the past 12 years. She is the co-owner of Reno Tahoe Limousine/Reno Tahoe Transportation and is also the founder of the Amplify Africa Travel Program. Danell loves to cook for family and friends, has a passion for travel and enjoys long walks with her dog. Follow Danell's travels on Facebook at AmplifyAfrica.US and her webpage AfricanSkiesTravel.com


 

Natasha Bourlin is a Reno-based freelance writer and natural born nomad who specializes in food and travel stories. Her work has been seen in many regional, national and international publications, find her at Passportandplume.com

@natashawandersoff





 

Cheyanne Neuffer is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. A native Nevadan and resident of beautiful South Lake Tahoe, she is a passionate writer, environmentalist, and wildlife advocate, and she enjoys drawing parallels between nature and the beauty of humanity in her writing. [email protected] 









Mike Owen is a wildly sarcastic journalist whose writing career was interrupted by 25 years of Corporate Finance in Silicon Valley and 30 years of making wine in El Dorado County. You can find him pontificating most days at Crystal Basin Cellars – 3550 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709 |[email protected]


 

Shannon Bonetti is a PR & Marketing Consultant with nearly a decade of television news experience. She is passionate about telling stories, helping others, and all things local.

[email protected]

@mrs_shannonbonetti




 

Russ Reyes is an artist, dreamer, husband, dad, writer, and wine lover. He loves to travel and has a passion for sharing his love of the beautiful El Dorado wine country he calls home with a fun, informative, and quirky point of view, and yes - while wearing a kilt!

[email protected]
@kiltandcork




 

Mena Spodobalski is the Founder of Evoke Fitness Training Facility and Co-Founder of Breast Cancer 2 Bikini. She is a wife, mother, and Advanced Fitness Trainer who is passionate about helping people better themselves through health and fitness. http://www.evokefit.com

@evokemena




 

Trina McLean lives in the small town of Bonsall, CA with her husband of 7 years. She has worked in the medical device industry for over 15 years. 
Her passion is in health and enjoys exercising, weight lifting, hiking and traveling with her husband. She aspires to live in the mountains and explore as much of the world as she can.
@happyhealthytrina



 

Ashley Polan graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Business Marketing. After honing her marketing skills for a few years in the Hospitality industry, she set off on her own helping small businesses with marketing and social media. In addition to writing for Bliss Life Magazine, she has her own fashion blog and now collaborates with Reno based w.inc digital marketing agency and The Biggest Little Fashion Truck.