About Jessica Vaughn Martin

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Jessica Vaughn Martin is a freelance writer based in mid-Missouri. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, she's enjoyed pursuing stories of all kinds stateside and around the globe. 

Articles written by Jessica Vaughn Martin

An Author Named Kincaid

For Greg Kincaid, writing has brought adventure and success

Greg Kincaid spends his weekends working on his novels, the most famous of which—a series centered around dogs—have been turned into Hallmark films. “Writing is my golf,” he says. “Some people hit the course to find Zen; I turn to writing. It’s nice to have that creative space.” Growing up, Kincaid loved reading and the adventure it brought, and in the ’80s, while at a corporate firm, he tried his hand at writing. His first book, a young adult novel called Death Walk at …

Making a Change

From a young age, Abby McClellan Paradise knew she was destined for a career in education. “I never gave it a second thought,” she says. “I always just loved being around kids and loved teaching. I grew up with three brothers, and as the only girl I kind of found solace in my room, teaching my fake class of stuffed animals and Barbies.” She turned that imaginary play into reality, following in the footsteps of her mom, who taught elementary school for 39 years before leaving to help her …

Law & Basketball

Whitney Casement finds solace on the court

Prison ministries are nothing new, but at the Topeka Correctional Facility, Whitney Casement and her ministry group employ an unexpected method. “We actually play basketball,” says the Stevens & Brand general litigator. “The funny thing is, I was just looking for a women’s basketball league in Topeka. I heard about this and I was like, ‘That’s perfect.’ To do service through basketball, to get a chance to go into the prison, meet these women and mentor them—I was 100% on …

A Lifetime of Service

Former intelligence officer Jane Francis continues to defend the Constitution

When Jane Francis departed the United States Air Force in 1994, she exchanged her rank insignia—first for time at home with her children, and then 12 years later for an attorney’s license. Though this may seem like a tremendous career shift, her goal of protecting her country, she says, remained the same. “I have the same job now that I had when I was in the Air Force,” says the former intelligence officer. “My job is to support and defend the Constitution. I use a completely …

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