Christy Merkel – Brand Contributor
As a Brand Contributor for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Christy contributes her gifts, talents, and passions to our mission as a Contributing Writer. Christy is the owner of Barefoot Flooring Installation. When she was little, her parents would allow her help with all sorts of construction projects around her home and her grandparents’ home. Learning as much as she could from the ones she admired the most, Christy got her eye for interior design from her mom and her business/construction passion from her dad and grandfather.
Christy learned from some of the best in the industry, as she worked for many years at House of Color in Bismarck and then at Sterling Carpet One in Grand Forks. In 2014, she turned her passion for flooring, construction, and business into what is now known as Barefoot Flooring Installation. Commercial flooring applications and rental properties is where Christy really shines.
Courtney Barstad Logan – Brand Representative
As a Brand Representative for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Courtney works with businesses and organizations throughout the state who are interested in supporting our movement as Brand Advertisers! If you’re interested in learning more about our Brand Advertiser opportunities, reach out to Courtney today and she will work with you to find an appropriate and effective way for your business to support our movement!
Courtney is a Realtor with RE/MAX Grand in Grand Forks. Originally from Williston, she is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where she earned her B.A. in Communications and her M.S. in Educational Leadership. Courtney is passionate about leadership education, service, small business and mentoring, and she is an active volunteer for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She can often be found tending to her two fur kids, Zoe and Tobie, learning the game of soccer as she supports her husband Chris, who is the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of North Dakota, or cheering on UND Men’s Hockey or the Denver Broncos!
Danielle Rancourt – Brand Contributor
As a Brand Contributor for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Danielle contributes her gifts, talents and passions to our mission as our Contributing Dietitian for our signature Girl Can Cook section. Each quarter, Danielle provides our readers with three easy to make, Dietitian Approved recipes. Click on the link below to visit our Girl Can Cook page today to watch our fun, interactive Girl Can Cook videos!
Danielle is the performance dietitian at Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she uses a variety of tools such as whiteboards, videos and activities to educate youth and adults about food, performance nutrition, healthy cooking and more. Prior to this she earned her Master Degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance from Saint Louis University. Before St. Louis she was a Division I NCAA Ice Hockey Player at the University of Vermont, where she resided in the beautiful city of Burlington, the hometown of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Although you can’t tell by her accent, she is in fact a French Canadian from Sudbury, Ontario…the nickel capital of the world! Her passions include traveling, cooking, baking, biking, working out, playing hockey and softball.
Kerry Heaps – Brand Contributor
As a Brand Contributor for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Lane contributes her gifts, talents, and passions to our mission as a Contributing Writer. A veteran Entrepreneur of 14 years, Kerry Heaps is the Publisher of Pageant Platform Magazine and the Host of Pageant Platform Podcast. She is also the Founder of Pitch like a B*tch Media, an online resource for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners that want to gain more media exposure and Book.Speak.Repeat. a speaker submission service.
She is the Author of Pitch like a Bitch, Top 10 tips to pitch like a Pro (July 2018) and the Create your own Media series for Podcasting, Publishing and Publicity. Kerry has an extensive background in Sales, Networking, Recruiting, and Training. She is a former Model who specialized in Trade Show and Print work, and an experienced judge on the beauty pageant circuit. Kerry has interviewed celebrities such as Co-Host of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Authors Larry Winget, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Former Miss West Virginia and QVC Talk Show host, Kim Parrish and many more successful business entrepreneurs.
Lane Oian – Brand Contributor
As a Brand Contributor for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Lane contributes her gifts, talents, and passions to our mission as a Contributing Writer. When she finally met the man of her dreams, building a family did not come easy for them. After years of trying and doctoring, they finally welcomes home their son. Becoming a mother awakened her to so much, including her soul’d purpose to help others who have struggled with their reproductive health as she did.
Lane has been a body worker since 2002. That passion, along with research, eventually led her to Mercier Therapy; a hands of modality to manipulate the uterus and the ovaries. More studies and courses led her to the path of holistic/personal/fertility coaching. “During our fertility journey, I remember clearly feeling lost and alone. I was willing to try anything but every way I turned seemed to be another dead end. All I wanted were options. Once I learned them, I knew I had to share them. I am here to help women and couples understand ALL of their options and ALL of the ways that they can boost their fertility, even right in the privacy of their own home. I want to help them find what works best for their unique situation. Nothing lights the fire in my soul like spending time with other another women and watching our work light that fire in her own soul.” Today, Lane is a happy wife, involved mom, and doing her dream “job.” Her passion is for others to find the same fulfillment in their lives.
Lisa Dingeman – Brand Contributor
As a Brand Contributor for It’s Her Brand Magazine, Lisa contributes her gifts, talents and passions to our mission as a Contributing Writer. With a love for writing and a desire to write faith-based articles, Lisa will be sharing the stories of young ladies or women who are deeply rooted in their faith and through their actions (works) are leading by example for those around them. If you’re interested in being featured in our signature Faith & Works section, reach out to Lisa today!
Lisa is a wife and mother of two boys who resides in Bismarck, ND. By putting God first she can enjoy the little things in life and cherish every second she gets with her family.