Lorna Reeves was introduced to the pleasures of tea at the venerable Williamsburg Inn during a needlearts seminar years ago. She was immediately smitten, and it wasn’t long before tea drinking became an essential part her daily routine.
Lorna graduated with honors from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is fluent in Spanish, having spent her formative years in South America. She began her career at Hoffman Media in 1991, where her needlework skills and love for the art served her well during her tenure as editor of both Just CrossStitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Next, Lorna, an accomplished cook, guided one of Hoffman’s quite successful publications, Taste of the South, through its first five years before trading spatulas for teacups in her move to TeaTime. Of her many responsibilities as editor, she especially enjoys visiting tea businesses of all styles and telling their stories in the pages of the magazine. She is currently pursuing Specialty Tea Institute Level 3 certification.
Lorna balances the rigors of a career with the joys of parenthood as she and husband, Brent, raise their two wonderful teenage children in Hoover, Alabama.
Cailyn Haynes is the artist behind the beautiful layout of each issue of TeaTime. A summa cum laude graduate of Auburn University, Cailyn began her career in graphic design at a Montgomery, Alabama, advertising agency. She took a few years' hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom—she and her husband, Matt, have two boys. When Cailyn was ready to resume her career, she found a home at Hoffman Media. Artistic pursuits are an everyday thing for Cailyn, who enjoys dancing and creating art, whether it's digital or homemade. Since joining the TeaTime staff in 2012, Cailyn has discovered that sharing a pot of tea with friends is one of life's simple pleasures. She prefers to drink her tea in the British fashion—with milk and sugar.
Born and raised in the American South, Associate Editor Betty Terry grew up drinking tall glasses of orange pekoe—strongly brewed, highly sweetened, and served over ice. Her first encounter with tea served hot in a cup came the summer after her junior year in college, when she participated in a summer-abroad program in Great Britain. During those three months, Betty learned the meaning of the words “a nice pot of tea” and enjoyed a cup in, among other places, the Junior Commons Room at University College, Oxford; the Tea Room at Harrods in London; along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland; and at a charming cottage tearoom on the coast of Ireland. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Betty firmly believes that baking is therapy. She daydreams of opening her own bakery some day. She comes to TeaTime from Taste of the South magazine, where she served as food editor for eight years.
Lucy W. Herndon
Lucy Herndon began her career at Hoffman Media in May 2008 as editorial/stylist assistant for both TeaTime and Victoria magazines. With a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Hollins University and a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from Southern Institute School of Interior Design at Virginia College, she always wanted a job that would allow her to use her creative instincts. As the stylist for TeaTime, she has found just that. Her favorite infusions are White Ginger Pear and Dragon Pearl Jasmine. Lucy and her husband, Wilson, share their home in Chelsea, Alabama, with their Boston terriers.
Test Kitchen Professional
Janet Lambert begins every day with a cup of strong English breakfast tea and enjoys another cup when she returns home in the afternoon. Her previous work experience uniquely prepared her for developing recipes for TeaTime magazine. Before she joined Hoffman Media’s test kitchens in 2011, she worked as a chef for Miss Rosemarie’s Special Teas, a local Birmingham-area tearoom. Janet is passionate about cooking and baking; she loves ethnic food, with Thai cuisine being her favorite. It’s no surprise that Janet loves to travel. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force, and she is a self-proclaimed military brat who lived in Spain as a child. For the past 38 years, she has followed her husband, Dave, living and traveling across the U.S. as they raised their two children. With their children now grown, she and Dave have settled down in Birmingham, Alabama, with their dog, Wallabee, an Australian shepherd/border collie mix.
Kellie Grammer graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing in 2012. After getting married in summer 2013, she moved to Birmingham. Kellie has a love of words and all things miniature, so TeaTime is perfect for her first foray into publishing. Though the art of taking tea has always fascinated her, it wasn’t until her first days at Hoffman Media that she began to explore the world of tea. She now sips a cup of Simpson & Vail’s Almond Sugar Cookie tea every night for dessert, and enjoys sampling and learning about other blends as well. As an editorial assistant for both TeaTime and The Cottage Journal, Kellie treasures the privilege of lending a hand in the production of two beautiful magazines. Kellie lives in Homewood with her husband, Justin, and their puppy, Baloo.