Meet the Scout Guide Huntsville Editorial Team—Vol 5!
We are completely thrilled to share the Scout Guide Huntsville Vol. 5 team! Editor/Owner Dawn Pumpelly, Assistant Editor Sabrina Simōn, and Photographer Ashley Vaughn of White Rabbit Studios are back for another volume and are so thrilled to be sharing more beauty, more ideas, more Huntsville fun, and more local love with…
Creative Director Aissa Castillo of @aislerchic is responsible for the creative design of Vol. 5. She has overseen the creative planning and styling of the photoshoots for members. Aissa brings to her role 13 years of personal styling, fashion, and blogging experience. She will also continue to serve as a contributing editor for women’s fashion and lifestyle for Vol. 5 editorials.
Creative Team for Hair and Makeup Terramé is responsible for the beauty support for Vol. 5. Terramé embodies the best of The Scout Guide with 20 years of local impact, a tight-knit group of owners who work hard to bring the best to Huntsville!
Contributing Editor Chef Adyre Mason of The Veggie provides her professional insight on the local culinary scene and everything food. We are excited to see her on Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network and to continue to grow her culinary impact regionally as she shares her knowledge with us.
Contributing Editor Dwaynia Wilkerson of Prose & Pens joins the team to lend her branding expertise and writing talents to Vol. 5!
Dawn Pumpelly, Editor and Owner
Though Dawn Pumpelly grew up in Philadelphia, she always had an affinity for Huntsville and visited often throughout her childhood and during her college years at Sewanee. Finally, she and her husband put down roots in Huntsville in 2002, joining her family’s senior living company. When Dawn stepped away from the day-to-day operations of the family business she knew she wanted to be actively involved in the local Huntsville community.
Energized by how the Huntsville area is developing into a rich, diverse locale and by the commitment of so many others around her to making it a special place to live, Dawn decided to bring The Scout Guide to Huntsville. As editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville Dawn has the opportunity to celebrate the best of local businesses, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, enabling locals and visitors alike to experience and support the growth of the vibrant Huntsville/Madison County area.
Dawn and her husband David live in Huntsville with their son Andrew and English Springer Spaniel MooMoo. They are excitedly renovating a nearby home in Sewanee, Tennessee and look forward to hosting family and friends there soon. They love traveling, hanging out with friends (especially Dawn’s Yayas), entertaining out-of-town guests, spending time outdoors, and skiing.
Sabrina S. Simōn, Assistant Editor
You can call Sabrina the TSG Huntsville juggler. As the Assistant Editor for Dawn, she juggles the social media scheduling and content of Instagram and Facebook, writes the copy that sparks life into posts and various editorial content on The Scout Guide Huntsville’s website and newsletter, and then tosses it all up with the gorgeous Scouted design aesthetic and Ashley’s beautiful photography. It keeps her on her toes, but Sabrina enjoys the challenge of being able to combine her experience in marketing and graphic design of 20+ years with creative wordcraft.
An aspiring polymath, Sabrina’s eclectic passions have led her to explore a myriad of disciplines: archaeological field photographer and illustrator, graphic design, letterpress printing, fine art, cottage food baking, cave rescue, cave mapping, and even cave cartography for the caves of the Maya deep in the Yucatan peninsula.
Originally from central Florida, Sabrina arrived in Huntsville in late 2002 and has loved seeing Huntsville grow into the charming big city that somehow kept its small-town Southern vibrance. She believes Huntsville is made up of a magical mix of people whose tech-savvy smarts equal their love of the arts and outdoors. Supporting and sharing Huntsville’s people and their local loves and small businesses with positivity is the icing on the cake for her as the Assistant Editor for The Scout Guide Huntsville!
Ashley Vaughn, Photographer
Ashley Vaughn is the friendly face behind the camera for Huntsville’s Scout Guide. She had been a fan of The Scout Guide for a while and was thrilled to see Dawn bring it home to Huntsville. Ashley is a film photographer here in Huntsville under the moniker White Rabbit Studios. She is also a huge music fan. Together with Andy her husband, they own Vertical House Records. The couple has also restored a 100+-year-old home in Five Points, so you can see she has a deep love for all things vintage and analog!
Ashley was born in Savannah, Georgia, yet has lived in North Alabama for most of her life. She has been chasing the light professionally for 13 years, but first got into photography when she was 15. In 2018, she created the collective Ready Set Elope to help couples easily elope with quality vendors. The successful feedback from that has been exhilarating because getting hitched should be fun and not stressful! While capturing weddings is her main passion, she also gets great joy from photographing fellow business owners and bringing a creative element to help elevate their brand— making it such a treat for her to be able to be a part of The Scout Guide Huntsville team.
Aissa Castillo, Creative Director
Aissa Castillo is a local retail store brand leader, freelance stylist, and the creative behind the fashion blog, Aislerchic. She is passionate about mixing global aesthetics with a flair of whimsy and fun, and her styling work has been featured among local editorials and international brands alike. When not playing with patterns and prints at work, you can find her exploring the local community with her husband and their two boys, or sunbathing with their always fashionable pup, Miss Colette.
Chef Adyre Mason, Contributing Editor
Chef Adyre Mason is a University of Alabama-Huntsville and George Washington University alum who decided to trade in her job as a Weapon Systems Engineer for a chef’s coat. When her mother passed away in early 2017, she decided to take the leap to fulfill their shared dream of entering the food industry. Now the chef and owner of The Veggie, she honors her mother’s classic dishes by transforming them into modern vegan fare and using her diverse palette to create original dishes of her own.
Chef Adyre began her journey to vegan in 2014 and over the next year and a half, she transitioned carefully to pescatarian, then vegetarian, and finally vegan. She believes in the power of healthy eating and most importantly, being informed consumers. Her ultimate dream? To cook for Beyoncé. The Veggie specializes in relatable vegan comfort food served at their quick service cafe located at Lowe Mill. There you will find a fresh cafe menu, alkaline drinks, prepared meals for healthy eating on the go, and catering services.
She is in love with the quality of work and attention to detail that The Scout Guide Huntsville gives and is looking forward to expanding the representation of plant-based food in the city and sharing more food-related content with Huntsville readers!
Dwaynia Wilkerson, Contributing Editor
In 2016, after spending 11 years teaching English at a local university, Dwaynia Wilkerson traded her grade book and dry erase markers for laptops and coffee shops. That was the start of Prose & Pens, a brand messaging and content writing service. Since then, her client work has been seen on both local and national platforms.
Outside of work, some of Dwaynia’s favorite things include spending time with family & friends, books, LMN movies, red wine, and gift cards. She also gets a kick out of laughing loudly at her own jokes.
Dwaynia dreams of running a half marathon someday. However, there is no existing evidence that this will actually happen.
While she’s not training for that half, Dwaynia has joined The Scout Guide Huntsville this year as contributing editor. She looks forward to meeting and engaging with more local businesses, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. The city is growing in such an incredibly dynamic way, and Dwaynia’s excited to get up close and personal with some of the people making it happen.
Terramè, Creative Team for Hair and Makeup
The idea of Terramé was born in the year 2000 with the vision of a business that would cater to the Huntsville community and bring a high-end day spa to the town. In 2003, Terramé Jones Valley opened its doors. They have since opened two new locations, Midtown and Madison.
The Terramé team is like a family, always helping each other grow and improve. They have created a culture of excellence and innovation that makes Terramé stand out from the rest.
At Terramé, they strive to make every experience a great one. Whether you are getting a massage, a haircut, a pedicure, or a brow wax, you will feel special every time you visit Terramé.
And they are excited to offer hair and makeup services for members of the upcoming The Scout Guide Huntsville Volume 5!
Photography by White Rabbit Studios and Meghan Medlan, Hair and Makeup by Terramè, Formal dresses provided by Carriage House, Tuxes rented via Bullet and Barrel, Dawn’s suit by Dionicios Closet, Venues provided by Baker and Able located in 106 Jefferson and Rollertime Skate Center.
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