Meet Our Team


Kristina Lord Publisher

Kristina Lord has more than two decades of journalism experience and joined the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times as editor in July 2016. She was promoted to publisher in December 2019. Kristina spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two daughters and a dog named Yogi.


Wendy Culverwell Editor

Wendy Culverwell has more than 30 years experience reporting news for community, daily and business publications in Oregon and Washington. She joined the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times in December 2019, four years after returning to the area to rejoin the Tri-City Herald. She earned a degree in English and economics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She lives in Kennewick.


Vanessa Guzman Graphic Designer

Vanessa Guzman grew up in the Lower Valley and graduated from Sunnyside High School. Her experience includes five years in design and pre-press work for a printing company, three years as a production assistant at a daily newspaper, and eight years working at a marketing firm. Vanessa lives with her son and cat, Louie.


Tiffany Lundstrom Advertising Director

Tiffany Lundstrom joined the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times in January 2019 as advertising director. She spent 21 years in marketing at KNDU TV. Tiffany is a current BNI Gunners member and is part of the local networking group The Link. She is passionate about the opportunity to grow local businesses. Tiffany lives in Richland with her three children.


Chad Utecht Advertising Account Manager

Chad Utecht has more than 17 years of sales experience and has been the advertising account manager at the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since October 2016. Chad grew up in the Tri-Cities until moving to Spokane to attend Eastern Washington University. He moved back to the Tri-Cities in 2005. He worked for 15 years at Les Schwab where he learned the value of customer service and two years as sales manager at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. He lives in West Richland with his wife and five children.


Melanie Hoefer Hair President / Founder

Melanie Hair is the founder and president of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business, Senior Times and Focus magazines. She has more than 27 years of publishing experience and has served in a variety of capacities for nonprofits including United Way, TRIDEC, Children’s Developmental Center, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Washington Policy Center and Chaplaincy Health Care. She has a master’s in organizational leadership with an emphasis in servant leadership from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor’s in communication studies with a minor in business from Eastern Washington University. Melanie especially loves summer sunsets framed by Badger, Candy, Red and Rattlesnake mountains. She has called the Tri-Cities home since 1998 and resides in Richland with her husband, children and lots of canine kids.