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Meet the RSVP Team

Roy Haithcock | Publisher

As Publisher of RSVP Memphis and owner of Haithcock Communications, Inc. Roy Haithcock has more than 25 years of experience in magazine publishing and media marketing. A native of Middle Tennessee and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Haithcock created RSVP in 1995 and has been the driving force behind the magazine's rapid growth since its inception.

 

Emily Adams Keplinger  | Editor

Emily enjoys taking an active role in the Greater Memphis community. She likes to put a positive spotlight on good people doing good things to make Memphis a better place. She has worked as a multimedia journalist, serving as a writer and an editor for print and digital publications, as well as social media. She holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and a M.S. from the University of Memphis.

 

Ruth Cassin | Accounting, Copy Editor

Having received a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College, Ruthie joined the RSVP team in 2008 and is now in charge of accounting and is a contributing writer. Ruthie also attended graduate school at the University of Memphis and is a former teacher and paralegal. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Holly and Ellen, and of course, her cat Melba. In her spare time, Ruthie enjoys being outside and pursuing one of her greatest passions, gardening.

 

Kim Coleman | Art Director

Kim oversees all visual aspects of the magazine — advertising and editorial. Her career encompasses working with both print and digital media for magazines, newspapers and e-publications. Kim and her husband are raising their two children in the Cooper-Young area where their family enjoys the artistic atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit of Midtown.

 

Chris Pugh  |  Account Executive

Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

 

Don Perry | Photographer

Don is a Memphis-based photographer who specializes in event photography. Born and raised in Memphis, Don has been shooting throughout the Mid-South for 12 years. He has been a photographer for RSVP Memphis since 2004 and is well known in the community for his expertise.

 

Steve Roberts | Photographer

Steve has been shooting a wide range of subjects on the local scene since the early '80s. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Roberts' photos of local, national and international musicians have been shown at galleries and institutions throughout the city. He is also active in advertising and portrait photography.

 

Rebekah Yearout | Photographer, Contributing Writer

 A journalist for over 10 years, Rebekah has written for a variety of newspapers & magazines. She also has a strong background as a photographer. Rebekah joined the pool of talent at RSVP in 2017 and likes to use her communications skills to benefit her community. 

 

Dennis Phillippi  | Comedic Columnist

Writer, actor and comedian Dennis Phillippi was raised by a traveling circus family. He has been in show business his entire life, and despite a spotty, ineffective education, he has also managed to be paid to write hundreds of times. Most of the people who know him find this hilarious. Dennis has been married to his wife, Memphis native Janet, for more than 25 years. Her family is unaware of this. His monthly contribution to the magazine is called RSVPhillippi.

 

Bill Bannister  | Contributing Writer

As a well known local radio personality for 30 years, Bill is proud to call Memphis home. The original host of the Peabody Hotel’s rooftop parties, as well as dozens of corporate and charity functions across town, he is right at home in the local society scene and loves covering Memphis events for RSVP. Bill enjoys Memphis music, urban anthropology, Indian cuisine and traveling with his family.

 

Virginia "Ginny" Davis  | Contributing Writer

A native Memphian, Ginny studied journalism at the University of Memphis. With over 30 years of experience as a freelance writer, she has been writing for RSVP since 2015.  With a heart for animal rescue/adoption groups, Ginny is the adoring mother of three canines and six felines -- all rescues from the Greater Memphis area.

 

Gaye Swan | Contributing Writer

A freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in content marketing and creative copywriting, Gaye Swan is a native of Mississippi. She earned her B.S. degree in Communications from Mississippi State University and moved to Memphis in 1988. Gaye and her husband, proud parents of 22-year-old twins, enjoy traveling, cooking, and hiking together in their free time.