Behind the Scenes Bridgette Waldau has been a
graphic and fine artist for over 30 years. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her art studio. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as art director since 2011, winning four Florida Magazine Charlie Awards in 2015. She is arts and culture director of Okeechobee Main Street (12 years) and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Bridgette is married to James Waldau, a retired firefighter from the City of Hialeah.
Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor, writer, and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Before working full-time at Heartland LIVING, Jessica was a paralegal for over 15 years. She is also the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering. Jessica enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace. Katy Fassler has been telling stories
Rafael Pacheco I am a Pisces and was
born on the island of Puerto Rico. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.
Christy Swift is a freelance writer
Layne Prescott Layne was born into
Writer Heartland LIVING August September 2017
a military family, has lived overseas but did most of her growing up in Arcadia. After meeting and marrying Mike Prescott, she moved to Wauchula in 1979 and now calls it her home. She and Mike raised their three children there and now are reaping the benefits of their labor with six sweet, beautiful and perfect grandchildren. Her cooking style is eclectic and best described as “Southern comfort cuisine”. Her greatest joy comes from three things: her faith, loving on her family, and getting in the kitchen and “whipping” up something good.
since she was able to scribble her name in crayon on the wall. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, she moved to Sebring in 2006 to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute. Katy, an avid reader and book collector lives by Dr. Seuss’ advice, “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Katy and her husband, Sean, live in Sebring with their two daughters, Adia and Emery.
living in Highlands County. Christy writes feature stories for Heartland LIVING and weekly pieces for a local newspaper, and web-based medical articles. She was recently named the Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Newsperson of the Year. Christy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and three daughters. She recently ran her first 5K. Says Christy, “The best part of what I do is helping amazing people share their stories.”
Published on Aug 8, 2017
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