Welcome to Missouri Magazine! We are so happy to have you here.
Celebrating why we LOVE Missouri!
Cheri Cranford, Publisher
Favorite thing about Missouri: The people! Everyone is extremely kind, down-to-earth and REAL. I grew up at the Lake of the Ozarks, so I love the ‘small town feel’ throughout Missouri, but I also love that I can be in the ‘big city’ within a few hours!
Favorite sports team: The Kansas City Chiefs, MIZZOU and St. Louis Cardinals! Missouri Fan for Life!
Favorite place to eat in Missouri: I have several favs throughout Missouri
Favorite place to take my family in Missouri: Branson
Favorite place to shop in Missouri: I love boutiques – buy local!
Some of my fondest childhood memories, center around my time spent at the Lake of the Ozarks with my family and friends. Warm summers, my days working the gas dock and thousands of laughs continually echo in my mind. My grandparents owned a quaint little vacation home there and if anyone were to ask me what my favorite and most special times were growing up, that answer has always been those wonderful years. Today, as a wife, mom, grandmother, daughter, aunt and friend, I can think of no greater pursuit, than coming home to serve and promote the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and Missouri.
Missouri Magazine will bring together a wide variety of features, stories, events and businesses that too, call Missouri home. Celebrating why we LOVE Missouri!
Spending several years working with a team, at a local multimedia, news organization in Atlanta, Georgia. I have vast experience in social media, account development, manage effective marketing strategies and campaigns based on multiple marketing platforms including: Publications, Digital Advertising, Mobile Advertising, Video Advertising, Branded Content & Native Advertising, Online Contests, Corporate Sponsorship’s, e Newsletters/email blasts. My diverse work experience will serve our community well.
I love Missouri and I know you do too! Please feel free to email me with your thoughts and ideas. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you, at the Lake of the Ozarks or around Missouri.
Meet the Team
Our fantastic team strive to make a difference in every person we meet and reach with Missouri Magazine. We believe in what we do and work hard to make a difference from our clients to our readers. We enjoy promoting the State of Missouri and serving the community with our full hearts.
CJ Thomas, Contributing Writer
CJ (Caylee Jo) Thomas is an English major, future teacher, and aspiring Miss USA. She currently resides in Rolla, Missouri where she attends Columbia College, but she has called the Lake of the Ozarks home since birth. She and her five siblings have been raised by strong entrepreneurial parents who both own businesses in Camdenton. CJ has a strong background in pageantry and has held the titles of Miss Dogwood and Miss Missouri Collegiate America. She has also received two honorable mention awards and one top fifteen placement at the Miss Missouri USA Pageant. Whenever she isn’t competing you’ll find her producing natural pageants for young girls through her pageant production company, Show Me Pageants. She is also in her second year of directorship for the Miss Missouri High School America Organization where she guides three young women through a year of community service and preparation for the national competition. When she’s not immersing herself in the world of pageantry she’s working full-time, operating her online earring boutique, reading sappy romance novels, and playing with her two big bear dogs, Molly and Otto. She will graduate in May of 2018 with an English degree and secondary teaching certification from Columbia College. CJ is passionate about being a force for good in her community and spreading a message of positivity, inclusion, and acceptance wherever she goes.
Jazmin Decker, Contributing Writer
Hey everyone, my name is Jazmin Decker and I am currently a student at Brenau University who is striving to obtain a degree in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Studio Art. This upcoming semester I will be in my third year at Brenau. I am very involved on campus through the Brenau Fashion Network, the plethora of arts classes I take each semester, and the incredible softball team that I have had the pleasure of playing on these past few years.
I have a passion for photography and ultimately leaving an impact on the world through art and fashion. As a shy and inverted person, I love to leave my mark on other people through the pieces I create and the articles that I write.
When I was asked to assist with this magazine, I saw this as an incredible opportunity to expand my experience and create an amazing opening into the insight of all things Missouri!
Mitch Shields, Entertainment Contributing Writer
Bennet Bodenstein, Contributing Writer
Kelsie Ferguson, Contributing Writer
As a Public Relations major at Northwest Missouri State University, I fell in love with all aspects of marketing and I haven’t stopped. My love for marketing has led me to photography, social media, newspaper, blogging, real estate and Missouri Magazine!
I love promoting my hometown (Home of Sliced Bread, y’all!) and I can’t wait to write about all the wonderful things I love about Missouri. When I’m not working, you can find me helping my husband raise cattle, being outside, and hanging out with family and friends!
Crystal French, Photographer
My passion has always been photography. I received a point and shoot camera at 10 years old and haven’t set a camera down since. I took three years of film photography in high school and fell in love with watching my photography physically appear before my eyes. I love walking into a photo shoot with an idea in my head and leaving with the idea physically in my camera. I get to show everyone how I view the world through my own eyes.
I graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a BA in photography with an emphasis in commercial photography. I also completed two minors in Marketing & Advertising Communications and Graphic Design. I am someone who is very motivated and always needs something to do.
My husband and I live in Springfield, Missouri. As a recent college graduate, I am very excited to be joining this team. I am excited to be on this journey and get to share my love of the Ozarks with all of our viewers.
Morgan Champion, Contriubting Writer (Intern)
Morgan Champion is an ambitious North Forsyth High School senior who believes in the power of serving others, reaching for her dreams, and having a positive attitude—no matter her circumstances.
Besides writing for “The Missouri Magazine,” Morgan enjoys volunteering at her church, at the Forsyth County Peer Court, and at various clubs and organizations throughout her school.
Additionally, she is honored to work as a media and advertising intern for a nonprofit organization called PERIOD., which distributes menstrual products to homeless women in need.
Morgan has a soft spot for all of her amazing friends, family, and mentors, as they have been her anchor throughout the crazy roller-coaster of life. In the future, she hopes to attend college and major in communications and religion, but for now, all she can do is pray, serve, and attend the occasional concert.