Meet Our Team

Joanne Hayes
Publisher & Founder

Joanne Hayes is a 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, having worked as an Account Executive for an award-winning Journal Register Company newspaper group, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, and as the Marketing Director of SO Rhode Island, a publication of the award-winning magazine company Providence Media.

Simply Buckhead Magazine was conceived by her company, Valuestream Media Group, and began publication in 2010, with Joanne at the helm as Publisher and Founder. A sister publication, 17th South Magazine, was launched in June 2016, and in October 2016, Valuestream Media acquired the online news website BuckheadView.

Joanne also currently serves as the Co-VP of Programs on the Board of Directors of the Buckhead Business Association, and a Member of the newly-formed Diversity and Inclusion Council of the Atlanta Hawks organization.

 


 

Giannina Smith Bedford, Editor-in-Chief

Giannina Smith Bedford is an Atlanta-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Delta SKY Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle and many other regional and national publications.

As Simply Buckhead’s Editor-in-Chief, she oversees the editorial direction of the magazine. Giannina also pens the home feature and gets the pleasure of writing about some of Buckhead’s most unique and beautiful homes and meeting the interesting people residing in them. When she isn’t writing, Giannina enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Jon, and spending time with her dog, Turner.


 

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Karina Timmel Antenucci, Contributing Editor

Karina is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and editor and Content Chief of Message Sprout, a boutique content marketing and copywriting company. She previously was the editor-in-chief of Get Married Media and Home Improvement magazines, and has held additional editorial positions at Health, InStyle and Best Self Atlanta. Karina has written articles about numerous subjects with a particular focus on travel, health, beauty, home and weddings for more than 50 publications, from Ocean Home to Delta Sky. She is an alumna of New York University. When she’s not typing away, you can find her studying Ayurveda, snuggling with her two rescue pups or exploring Atlanta (and the world) with her husband and friends.


 

Alan Platten, Creative Director

Alan Platten’s design career began in the UK in the nineties, with 8 years at IPC Media (owned by Time Warner) on the home interest title ‘Homes & Ideas’ and a further two years as a magazine freelancer in London.

In 2004 he hopped the pond to Atlanta and has designed publications for brands such as Callaway Golf, Sotheby’s International Realty and John Deere. In the past five years his work has won over 10 awards.


Sara Hanna, Chief Photographer

Sara Hanna is an Atlanta-based commercial and editorial photographer with a talent for bringing portraits and product shots to life.

She counts luxury brands Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Jim Ellis Porsche, The St. Regis and IHG among her clients, and has made locals and celebrities alike shine in photos.

Her work has appeared in People Style Watch, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantan, Bespoke for St. Regis Atlanta, Jezebel, Men’s Book and many others.