My name is Carley Kelly and I am the newest member at Yearick-Millea. I’m joining the team as the Account Coordinator Intern. I have lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh my entire life and have always loved the atmosphere of the city.
Some fun facts about me are:
- I love to go on adventures, even if they’re small! Driving around and finding somewhere new to explore is one of my favorite pastimes.
- I have been in over 20 plays and musicals since high school. Through theater, I have gotten to know myself better and meet some really incredible people in the process!
- I can always be found with a book on hand. Reading is always how I pass the time.
- I also love to draw and create things. I‘m working on so many DIY projects that I have officially run out of space for them at my house.
I want to travel more than just about anything else in life! I want to go to different places—like Thailand, Cappadocia and everywhere in between— and see things that I never would have thought possible. My family and friends mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of their support.
I just recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown this past April with a degree in communications and writing, and I am beyond excited to learn everything I can during my time at Yearick-Millea. I cannot wait to get to get started!
I’m Heidi Dezayas, and I am the newest member of the Yearick-Millea team. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for almost 11 years, which hasn’t been long enough for this Miami, FL, native to get used to the frigid winters. Despite that little tidbit, I’m so happy to call Pittsburgh my home.
Here are some fun facts about me:
- My two favorite places are Walt Disney World in Orlando and Central Park in New York City. They’re simply magical!
- I have a fraternal twin sister. People always ask us if we have that “special twin bond”—we do!
- I’ve completed six half marathons since the beginning of 2013—two at Disney, two in Pittsburgh, one in New York City, and one in Maui. I’m signed up for two more this year. My goal is to run a full marathon one day.
- “Wicked” is my favorite musical, and I’ve seen it five times.
- When I was in college, I was a contestant on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” It was a blast, but it really is harder than it looks! I don’t judge people when I watch game shows anymore.
- My fiancé, Jonathan, and I will be getting married April 2015 after 10 years together. I can’t wait!
I was a member of the Pittsburgh media for more than six years before switching to marketing and public relations. It’s an exciting transition, and it doesn’t hurt that I get to work in one of the most beautiful cities around!
I’m Tessa. Originally from Sharon, PA, I joined the Yearick-Millea team in April after a five-year stint in Ravens country (also known as Baltimore). Over the last 10 years, I’ve lived in three different states (PA, OH and MD) so it’s really nice to be back in the Steel City. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I really feel that there’s no place like home.
I’m a bit of a tomboy – I spend my Saturdays and Sundays watching football and I never miss the chance to catch my favorite teams live. I have a slight shoe obsession. I’m also a novice chef and a book nerd. I love a good dance party. On September 21, 2013, I married my best friend.
Some other things you may be surprised to learn:
- I have the lyrics to a Beatles song tattooed on my left arm.
- I’m a sucker for a good BuzzFeed list.
- If I’m going to remember something, I have to write it down.
- I hate Halloween. But I dress up every year because my husband loves it and I’m a good sport.
- I believe that ice cream cures everything. Everything.
- I watch the news every night. If I don’t spend 30 minutes with Brian Williams, it throws off my whole routine.
If you want to learn more about me and find out what I’m up to next, follow me on Twitter @TessaKaye.
If you’ve called our office over the last six years, chances are you’ve heard my vocals greet you. Today, I’m blogging to share a little bit about the guy on the other end of the line.
It’s my favorite time of the year: fall. There’s nothing better than the cool air, bonfires, and the vast selection of Oktoberfest beers. With fall also comes the start of the football and hockey seasons. I’m a Penn State grad, so you know I’m a huge fan of the Nittany Lions. I also root for the Penguins and Steelers.
I drive a Jeep Wrangler and I love it. Taking the top off and driving around is one of my favorite things to do. If I’m not out and about or watching a game, I can usually be found playing video games. Yea, I’m still a kid at heart.
Fun fact? If you know me, you know that I can have a conversation by speaking entirely in movie quotes or song titles. That being said, I watch a lot of movies and I’ll listen to just about any kind of music. Don’t get me wrong, I watch TV, too. I could sit here and compile a long list of the shows I watch, but my top-two are Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. I can’t wait until Sunday night to find out what Team Prison has been up to.
I love fall – it’s the best time of year, in my opinion. While I love the beach, sitting outdoors, and everything else that summer brings, I still get the most excited for fall. Why is that? Let me tell you:
- First, fall means hockey is just around the corner. Hockey is one of my favorite things in the entire world, and I have been going to games since I was a baby. Fair warning however, I’m a Sabres fan – not a Penguins fan. At least it’s not the Flyers or the Capitols, right?
- On the first day of fall I can usually pretend that my beloved football team, the Bills, may still have a shot at the playoffs. This, sadly, does not usually hold true come November.
- The sights and smells of fall – is there anything more peaceful than watching the leaves turn colors while drinking a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate?
- Halloween! I might be all grown up but I still love dressing up in a costume and consuming far too many Reese’s cups.
- The weather getting colder gives me a good excuse to stay inside with a good book – which is perfect timing since I’m almost done with the 5th Game of Thrones book!
- Lastly, my birthday is in October so fall automatically gets a +1 on all the other seasons.
So, fingers crossed that the Pittsburgh weather cooperates with my wish for fall weather soon, and Lets Go Buffalo!
Hey there! Thanks for checking out my portion of Yearick-Millea’s Meet the Team. Jay Mitchell’s my name – and here’s a little bit about some of the everyday things that make me “sit-up and take notice.”
Let’s start with food – a chunk of me is Italian, so please serve me anything that’s accompanied by red sauce and pasta! Yum!
Next would be sports! No-one is a true Pittsburgher unless he/she can’t get enough of our black-and-gold heroes! In the seats – or in front of the television – I love to cheer ‘em on all year long!
Then I suppose that music rates a mention as a personal pastime. Depending upon the time-of-day and my mood, I enjoy the oldies, classis rock, jazz, show tunes – and even modern country! Chuck Berry to Fleetwood Mac to Diana Krall to the Zac Brown Band. Whew! Love the variety! “She’s real fine, my 4-0-9” topped the charts for The Beach Boys in 1962, but my #1 “classic ride” happens to be an 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix T-Top – totally rebuilt – with its own nasty 354 cubic-inch power plant. Me? Grow up? Miss a car cruise? Never!
Lastly, I hereby confess that it’s my lovely wife, Diana, who helps me to hold all of these lifestyle addictions in check. After all, someone in the family has to “live in the real world!” Kind of like what I do every day here at Yearick-Millea.
Some of you may know me as Lauren Annibale, but don’t worry, still the same person here! I got married this past June, so my name is now officially Lauren Dreisbach. I’m still getting used to seeing my new name in print! My husband, Alex, and I are currently enjoying the newlywed life and all of our free time without the numerous tasks associated with planning a wedding. It was a blast, but I’m excited to get back to some of my regular hobbies and activities. And, this upcoming fall season is a great time for one of my favorite things to do – running.
Most evenings, you can find me running on the Montour Trail. The cooler temperatures lately have been perfect conditions! I was always a part of the track team in high school, but running distances is a rather new adventure for me. So, why have I found myself running so much? I run mainly because:
- It’s peaceful, and for me, my time on the trail is the perfect time to relax and clear my mind.
- The races are so much fun! It’s inspirational to see what other runners can accomplish, and at the same time, I’m able to set goals for myself in terms of distance and time.
- It’s good exercise!
- I won’t lie – finding new running gear is another excuse to go shopping!
I ran my third Pittsburgh Half-Marathon in May, and I’m looking forward to the annual Pittsburgh Great Race at the end of September. I guess I’ve caught the runner’s bug!
I love Labor Day weekend. Not just because it’s a long holiday weekend that celebrates the infinite contributions of labor – unionized and otherwise – to the world’s greatest nation, but even more so because it also is the annual kick-off to the college football season, which is, of course, America’s greatest sport.
Living in the heart of Steelers country, I’m sure that sounds like sacrilege. Don’t get me wrong. I love the black-and-gold. How could I not, having moved here in 1972, at the age of 10, a Bears fan in grateful exile, just as Franco was beginning to amass his Italian Army and Gerela was forming his merry band of gorillas?
But as an Irish-Catholic boy raised a short bicycle ride from Notre Dame Stadium, I can assure you that no sport will ever trump my affection for college football. From the first Big Ten game at noon to the last PAC-12 game on the West Coast, nothing can anchor me to the couch and big-screen for 12 hours like the excitement and pageantry of a college football Saturday, even on a sunny afternoon in the last throes of summer.
I know. It sounds pathetic. Some might even feel sorry for me (I’m sure my wife does), but I don’t care. I’m addicted and I’m not going to apologize. It’s just the way I was raised. Am I ready for some football? You bet! God Bless America! And, of course, Go Irish!