Meet the Staff

Editorial Team

Tamara O'Shaughnessy | Editor

When Tamara tells moms and dads she's the editor at Chicago Parent, they often remark that she must be the perfect parent. She's not. Not even close. What she is, though, is a mom who loves her three kids, Marty, Arlee and Zoe, so intensely it sometimes makes her heart hurt. She also loves putting out a magazine full of tips, articles and resources that helps other moms and dads. O'Shaughnessy spent 21 years working in daily newspapers, before joining Chicago Parent six years ago. Like so many parents, she struggles to keep work, home life with husband Bob and three very busy kids' activities in balance without losing her mind. Some days, she's successful; some days, not so much.

Email Tamara at tamara@chicagoparent.com.

Hillary Bird | Managing Editor

A Midwestern farm girl, Hillary Bird is a sports writer turned mom turned Chicago Parent aficionado. With two young daughters, there's so much to learn and live and teach about being a parent in an age of Elmo, Mickey and Kindle. She graduated from Michigan State University—twice—and has worked at newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995. She and her husband live with two kids, two cats and a grill on the South Side.

Email Hillary at hillary@chicagoparent.com.

Katina Beniaris | Digital Editor

Born in Chicago, Katina Beniaris has always loved the city thanks to her mom finding the latest family fun attractions listed in Chicago Parent. She then spent her college years studying journalism at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. When she’s not working, you can find her on the lookout for the next best brunch spot in the Chicagoland area.

Email Katina at katina@chicagoparent.com.

Advertising Team

Lourdes Nicholls | Sales Rep

Lourdes has been an employee with Chicago Parent for more than 20 years in various roles which have included sales, TV, radio and even company party planning! Her greatest accomplishments include her three children, the 2007 and 2014 Chicago Marathons and lifelong friendships. Life is never boring ... she loves learning new things about the Chicagoland area every day through her clients, friends and family.

Email Lourdes at lnicholls@chicagoparent.com.

Karen Skinner | Sales Rep

Karen has been with Chicago Parent since its purchase by Wednesday Journal more than 20 years ago. She brings with her a background in psychology and theater (which she claims is extremely useful in sales!). When she isn't hard at work for her eclectic and brilliant customers, she is probably annoying people with her camera or playing with her three grandsons.

Email Karen at kskinner@chicagoparent.com.