About the Authors

Lauren McKechnie

I am a big city girl gone rural.

In 2012 I moved 400 miles away from everyone I knew in Houston to Wichita Falls, all for my husband’s dream job.

After four years, I’ve embraced the “Grow Where You’re Planted” mentality, and it’s made me a stronger, more grounded person who has come to love this new life with less traffic and more of a focus on the things really matter.

Together, my husband and I parent two feisty dachshunds and one even feistier baby human.

I am a marketing and PR professional (serving as Marketing Director at Texoma Community Credit Union), and a terrible yet motivated DIY-er in that spare time I so rarely have now that a two year old has taken over my life.

I have blogged since I was sixteen years old, and absolutely love writing. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

Tiffany Jetton

I am a born and bred Wichitan.

After graduating from Rider High School (go ROHO!), I migrated to the DFW area to attend college where I earned my Bachelors in Education.

Despite parental protest, I stayed in the area to begin my new teaching career. The next eight years in my field were spent answering to: Miss, Miss Jetton, Miss J, and Miss Crouton (yes, kindergarteners are very creative). I have taught almost every grade from Kindergarten to 12th. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite. Just like your mom I loved them all equally!

After 8 years of teaching and my first gray hair, I decided to move back home to be closer to my family, and planted roots in Burkburnett with the purchase of my first home.

Through my position at Texoma Community Credit Union, I am able to use my teaching skills to bring much needed financial education to those in the Texoma area. I have had the opportunity to teach in area classrooms, after-school programs, parent nights, and adult financial education classes. I also serve as an internal trainer to the employees of TCCU.

Laura Ritchie

I was born and raised in Wichita Falls and moved back recently after ten years away. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two children, Luke (age six) and Cadence (age two, nearly three).

I am a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Texas and I’m passionate about helping children and their families to overcome every day obstacles and become a stronger unit.

I also help those who face more challenging issues such as adoption, divorce, or trauma. My hope is to help the parents of this community by sharing my experience not only as a counselor, but as a mother.