Our writers include women from all walks of life, ages, backgrounds, and team affiliations. We are a passionate group, eager to share our love of the game, knowledge, pet peeves and lifestyle tips with you.
MONICA MURPHY VARGAS
Founder/Creator, Editor-in-Chief, Sales & Marketing, CheekyChicago Sports Contributor
Monica Murphy Vargas is the Founder of SportsDivas, Inc. A Chicago transplant for over 10 years, by way of her native Cleveland, Monica is an avid fan of the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, Indians and Buckeyes. A closet Bachelor fan, Monica is addicted to her BOB running stroller, NFL Red Zone, and Viktor Stalberg. After 10+ years of rewarding gigs at ESPN and Comcast, Monica now dedicates her days to SportsDivas, Inc. and hanging with her 20-month old twin daughters, Vida and Vivian. You can contact Monica at email@example.com.
Head of Communications, Blackhawks Correspondent, Excellent HAM Hunter
Victoria Kendzierski is a Chicago native who is obsessed with Chicago sports; she bleeds the Maize & Michigan Blue and is an avid fan of the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears and Bulls. This SportsCenter junkie is SportsDivas, Inc.’s, head of Communications as well as our resident Blackhawks writer, H.A.M Hunter, and has a knack for knowing where athletes head to after hours. Victoria is a Public Relations Executive at @HavasPR. A lover of the outdoors, Victoria just completed her first Chicago marathon this fall and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree. Follow Victoria and Sports Divas Inc. on Twitter @ChiSportsDivas. For press inquiries regarding SportsDivas, Inc., email Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Marques is a Chicago native who loves everything Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox. A graduate of DePaul University where she studied journalism and focused in sports broadcasting, Brittany has had the opportunity to work with the Waddle & Silvy show of ESPN 1000 as well as ABC 7 Chicago’s sports department. As a twenty-something in the city she enjoys lake-front runs, yoga, watching her favorite sports teams in local pubs and trying to replicate Joakim Noah’s messy-bun swagger.
ASHLEY ERIN SELLERS
A native of the NW Chicago suburbs, Ashley is a devout Sox and Bears fan. A graduate of SIU-Carbondale with a BA in Radio-Television and MA in Public Relations/Advertising from DePaul, Ashley works in the communications industry. In addition to the ’05 World Series and the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, her favorite sports moment was “shooting the puck” at a Blackhawks game (she missed).
The Sportsanista, Fashion & Gossip
A sports junkie by day and a fashionista by night, Mary Krosnjar has fused her two worlds together to create Sportsanista, Fashion for the Working Woman in Sports. Her blog combines both the worlds of sport and fashion in an obtainable, manageable and affordable way for women who work in sports. After obtaining her Masters in Sports Management from West Virginia University, Mary moved back to Chicago to work at Soldier Field in their Events and Catering department. In 2011, Mary took a new role working for TSMGI, where she assists in the sponsorship partnership between Aon and Manchester United. Be careful Chicago, she is armed with yellow flags and red cards to throw your way.
Mikki is a football-obsessed college student living in the heart of Chicago. After studying at the University of Iowa for two years, she realized she was meant to be in a big city, and transferred to DePaul University. Mikki is obsessed with Peyton Manning, and loves to play fantasy football. On any given Saturday or Sunday, you can find her in front of her t.v. watching the games all day. Mikki also loves going to Chicago Blackhawks games, and has hopes that the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series someday. You can follow her on Twitter @Mikki415
Big Ten College Football, Leaders Division Diva
Kristin Conrad is a veteran entertainment and sports PR specialist who has called NYC, Chicago and Manhattan Beach her home. She bleeds Scarlet & Gray as a Buckeye alumni but holds a special place for the Cubs and LA Kings. Believing the West Coast is the best coast, she happily gets up for 9am football games on a Saturday and makes a mean bacon & shrimp Bloody Mary. Her “dinner in heaven – sports edition” guests would include Woody Hayes, Pete Carroll, Bear Bryant, Jim Tressel, Bo Schembechler, John Wooden, Bobby Knight and because she can’t get enough of his quotes, Charles Barkley.
Sharon Steed is a Twitter-obsessed sports junkie covering the Big Ten for SportsDivas, Inc. A Chicago-area native, her earliest sports memories are watching Michael Jordan and her beloved Bulls wreak havoc on the NBA in the 90’s. She loves March Madness, hates the Packers, and will absolutely shed real tears if the Bears ever win the Super Bowl. When she’s not hanging out on Twitter, she spends her time working as a freelance web writer and content manager for small businesses. You can follower her on Twitter @sharonsteed.
College Football & Basketball
Paige Travis is the essence of a sports lover with a diva persona. She has played sports competitively for over 10 years and traveled around the country to compete on multiple levels, but don’t let the basketball shorts and ponytails fool you; she is a diva on a mission. Her obsession with heels is just as strong as her obsession with the Chicago Bulls and White Sox. Her favorite athletes include Derrick Rose and Johnny Knox and the very handsome Matt Kemp. Currently, Paige is studying Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in sports and news at the University of Missouri.
Hoop Scoop, NBA Contributor
Megan is a small town country girl living her city dreams. She was born and raised in Macomb, IL but now resides in the windy city of Chicago. She’s a sports junkie who lives for everything NBA. Megan is a broadcasting graduate who has worked for the likes of 670 The Score (Chicago’s #1 Sports Talk Radio Station) as well as ESPN 1000 Chicago. She currently works for CBS Radio all the while moonlighting as a NBA writer for Rantsports.com. People often refer to her as the female Stephen A. Smith. You can follow this sports diva on Twitter @megnree.
Marlowe Boukis is an avid golfer. After competing in the 2005 US Women’s Open only two weeks after graduating high school she knew golf would play a major role in her life. After playing 4 years at Princeton University where she earned her degree in Politics, she embarked on a three year career on the Futures Tour (now named the Symetra Tour). She has played golf on three continents, and in six different countries. She is now working on the business side of golf. She believes that a birdie can make anyone’s day.
Sports Bar Specialist
Lee Cleary was born and raised as a Boston Red Sox fan, but her east coast allegiances changed after she spent her formative years in Indianapolis, Indiana. When she isn’t cheering for her beloved Colts, she is talking trash to Purdue fans as she watches the Indiana University basketball program make their return to the big leagues. With a degree in journalism/marketing at IU, Lee currently works in the PR industry in Chicago and spends a great deal of her out-of-office hours at the local sports bars. The highlight of her life thus far has been meeting Peyton Manning (you guessed it, at sports bar)… and she is pretty sure that was the highlight of his life as well.
White Sox Correspondent
Colleen Fashing is a true Southside girl at heart. This Irish-catholic lass was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has a great passion for her beloved Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Notre Dame Football and Illini Basketball. She has a BA from Eastern Illinois University and a MA from Governors State University. Colleen is a staff and faculty member at DePaul University and a philanthropist to many breast cancer and higher education initiatives.
Pink’s Pulse, NFL Contributor
Heather Pink is a Chicago native that graduated from the University of Illinois and is obsessed with the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks and the White Sox. Heather is currently in Los Angeles working with NFL.com as a Producer, but still does her fair share of sports reporting on the side. Follow Heather on Twitter @heatherpink2 or visit her website at http://heatherpink.weebly.com/
Lara Khalaf is a loud and proud ginger hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She’s currently finishing her broadcast journalism degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign, while working as an on-air sports reporter for The Daily Illini. Her love for Chicago sports, namely the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls comes from her grandfather. She’s the last person you want to get into a Bears vs. Packers debate with. As a cheerleader, she was benched for excessive celebration. When she isn’t watching her teams, you can find her drooling over the latest Bachelor or the food on Top Chef. You can follow her at @larakhalaf.
Rachel Musnicki hails from the Chicago suburbs. A die-hard Chicago sports fan, she is known for her obsession with the Blackhawks. Rachel is finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is working towards a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She previously interned with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Rachel still dreams of being an Olympian, though is starting to realize she may never make it as a beach volleyball star. One of her favorite sports memories is going to a Stanley Cup Final Game in 2010 and watching the Blackhawks defeat the Flyers.
Trish is a Chicago native that is ready to take the sports world by storm! She is currently studying Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin, and is a lover of all things sports and fashion! Nothing compares to her obsession with
Christian Louboutin’s, Tim Tebow, and the one and only Anthony Rizzo. Being raised on baseball and basketball Trish is a die-hard Bulls and Cubs fan. She just so happens to have the same birthday as her favorite player, Taj Gibson, and cannot resist some good hockey flow. Her favorite past times include watching the good ole’ Bears on the couch with her Dad and baking with her Mom.
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