John F. Thames
“I grew up hunting for just about everything on my granddaddy’s farm. Granddaddy was featured in a Sports Afield article in the 1950’s. Every now and then I’ll pull out the issue and read it. To me, that’s the power of print. I think about that concept now that my son David and my oldest daughter Laura are beginning to hunt. To publish a magazine that carries enough weight for them to pull out and read in 60 years? It’s a goal we all share at Covey Rise because our readers are similarly minded.”
Kelly W. Waldrop
“I’ve always wanted to produce a high-quality sporting magazine, and when the opportunity came up to expand upon Kim Price’s outstanding work I jumped at the opportunity. One of my goals is to produce a magazine of lasting quality that features the fine folks, places, companies, and dogs that comprise the wonderful world of wing shooting.”
Joe Healy, Editor
Joe Healy has spent more than two decades on both sides of the publishing business. His editorial career began at the New York-based Outdoor Life and continued on throughout New England at prestigious titles such as Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Tyer, Fly Rod & Reel, and Vermont magazine. A prolific writer, Healy has written numerous articles and is the author of Training a Young Pointer. He has edited two story collections, In Hemingway’s Meadow and Love Story of the Trout. When he’s not fishing, bird hunting or chasing Eastern wild turkey Healy spends time with his wife Robin, his son Teagan, and his English pointer Harley.
Marla Kaplan, Art Director
Also known as the Covey Rise “Art Lady from Atlanta.” Over the years, this fifth generation Maconite’s work has won multiple design awards, including The Society of Publication Designers’ Gold and Merit awards. “I’m an explorer by nature,” states Marla. “The more I read and experience the more fascinated I become. I like details, the nuances, and learning where they came from.” Marla is a former competitive equestrian (hunter/jumper), and enjoys all facets of the sporting life.