Lorna Reeves was introduced to the pleasures of tea at the venerable Williamsburg Inn during a needlearts seminar years ago. She was immediately smitten, and it wasn’t long before tea drinking became an essential part her daily routine. She starts her morning with a pot of green tea and sips other kinds during the day, ending with chamomile at bedtime. “I can gauge the busyness of my day by how many pots of tea I drink,” Lorna says with a laugh.
Lorna graduated with honors from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and is fluent in both French and Spanish. She began her career at Hoffman Media in 1991, where her needlework skills and love for the art served her well during her tenure as editor of both Just CrossStitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. Next, Lorna, an accomplished home cook, guided one of Hoffman’s quite successful publications, Taste of the South, through its first five years before trading spatulas for teacups in her move to TeaTime. She brings with her both a keen interest and an expertise in all things tea, as well as her abiding fondness for the soothing beverage.
Lorna balances the rigors of a career with the joys of parenthood as she and husband, Brent, raise their two wonderful teenage children.
Born and raised in the American South, Associate Editor Betty Terry grew up drinking tall glasses of orange pekoe—strongly brewed, highly sweetened, and served over ice. Her first encounter with tea served hot in a cup came the summer after her junior year in college, when she participated in a summer-abroad program in Great Britain. During those three months, Betty learned the meaning of the words “a nice pot of tea” and enjoyed a cup in, among other places, the Junior Commons Room at University College, Oxford; the Tea Room at Harrods in London; along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland; and at a charming cottage tearoom on the coast of Ireland. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Betty firmly believes that baking is therapy. She daydreams of opening her own bakery some day. She comes to TeaTime from Taste of the South magazine, where she served as food editor for eight years.
Lucy W. Herndon
Lucy Wilson began her career at Hoffman Media in May 2008 as editorial/stylist assistant for both TeaTime and Victoria magazines. With a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Hollins University and a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from Southern Institute School of Interior Design at Virginia College, she always wanted a job that would allow her to use her creative instincts. As the stylist for TeaTime, she has found just that. Her favorite infusions are White Ginger Pear and Dragon Pearl Jasmine. Born and raised in Birmingham, Lucy currently lives with her Boston terrier, Maggie.
Test Kitchen Professional
Janet Lambert begins every day with a cup of strong English breakfast tea and enjoys another cup when she returns home in the afternoon. Her previous work experience uniquely prepared her for developing recipes for TeaTime magazine. Before she joined Hoffman Media’s test kitchens in 2011, she worked as a chef for Miss Rosemarie’s Special Teas, a local Birmingham-area tearoom. Janet is passionate about cooking and baking; she loves ethnic food, with Thai cuisine being her favorite. It’s no surprise that Janet loves to travel. Her father served in the U.S. Air Force, and she is a self-proclaimed military brat who lived in Spain as a child. For the past 38 years, she has followed her husband, Dave, living and traveling across the U.S. as they raised their two children. With their children now grown, she and Dave have settled down in Birmingham, Alabama, with their dog, Wallabee, an Australian shepherd/border collie mix.
Amy Hannum graduated in December of 2011 from Auburn University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in English with minors in Spanish and in International Studies. Amy found her fondness for tea while sipping a pot of Earl Grey atop Primose Hill in London, but it wasn't until she began her career at Hoffman Media in early 2012 that she began to explore other teas as well. Her favorites include Rooibos and Chai teas, and of course, the tea that started it all, Earl Grey. As an editorial assistant for both TeaTime and for Taste of the South magazines, Amy has been delighted to sip and savor as she dips her feet in the publishing pool. When she's not at work, Amy loves to write short fiction and dabble in graphic design.