About Us

Get to know the people behind Our town Magazine!

Tracy Tuten- Owner and Publisher

Tracy was born and raised in Lexington County. She attended Midlands Technical College right after high school to receive her Associate in Arts degree only to return to college in 2009 to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. She has always enjoyed meeting new people and has a passion for volunteering. She has dedicated her time and efforts throughout the years to multiple organizations and programs. She has over 20 years of top sales and management experience, 10 of which have been in advertising, and a strong network built upon exemplary customer service and mutual respect.  Tracy and her husband, Brian, have known each other most of their lives and have been happily married for over 20 years. They are very proud of their two beautiful children. McKayla, their daughter, is a rising senior in college, and their son, Zane, serves in the South Carolina National Guard. While she loves Lexington, she also enjoys traveling and seeing the world’s natural beauty. A fun fact about her is that she is her own best audience in her car while singing along to the radio, so if you see her jamming in her car, just wave or sing along. Tracy is thrilled to bring and grow RIT Media’s multi-level business to Lexington which offers social media marketing services, website design and maintenance, and of course Our Town Magazine!

Kristi Antley- Editor

Kristi is an editor, writer, and marketer with over 10 years in the publishing industry. She enjoys guiding others to find their “voice” with words, creating strategic plans, and delivering powerful content. Raised in rural South Carolina, she developed a love for the English language at a young age; her greatest accomplishment to date has been home-schooling and teaching her own three children to read. Decades of experience, training, and education have led her down many different avenues in the past, including management roles in the realms of law, advertising, and wellness. Kristi has an adventurous spirit and enjoys new challenges. She is delighted to be an original team member of Our Town Magazine. You may catch a glimpse of her painting by the river, researching new technology, networking with colleagues, or grinning from the back of a motorcycle!

Paige Youmans- Assistant Editor

Living in Lexington County for over 25 years, Paige has grown to love the Midlands area. She is thrilled to venture into the realm of print media. Paige brings several years of advertising and promotional marketing experience to the table as well as valuable techniques and resources. Giving back is a priority for her. She has dedicated many years of service to the homeschool community, her church (First Baptist of Irmo) and is involved in local charities and fundraisers. She enjoys traveling and experiencing the arts with her husband, Tim, and their three (almost adult) children, Emy, Clay, and Cameron. She is a fun-loving, creative, and genuine person who brings a smile to your face every time you see her. She is looking forward to delivering helpful information, inspirational stories, and encouraging material to her Lexington neighbors with Our Town Magazine.

Kristina Parella- Graphic Designer

With over 20 years of professional experience, Kristina has been involved in the design and production of numerous magazines throughout the years. She has extensive fine art training from studio art in high school throughout her college career where she studied all aspects of fine art and graphic design.  She obtained a degree in Visual Communications in 2005. Her creativity is shown not only through her graphic design but also in her hobbies such as drawing, painting, photography, and culinary arts which she enjoys in her free time.  Mother of two school-aged daughters, her freelance lifestyle gives her the ability to be fully involved in their lives, especially at their schools where she handles much of their marketing. A fun fact about Kristina is that she wants to complete a 5K race in the near future. She is excited to be an integral part of the Our Town Magazine team.

Kristina Parella