2010 marks the 10 year anniversary of Waterways Magazine. Over the last decade, Waterways has featured stories on unique waterfront properties and developments, as well as waterfront weddings, parties and charity galas. We’ve explored boating and other water sports, boat shows and yacht christenings and experiences in lakeside dining.

Waterways has also included dozens of notable portraits of pioneer Hill Country families and interviews with entrepreneurs, professionals, educators, philanthropists, leading figures in the non-profit world, veterans, artists and artisans and sports legends.

Beyond bringing you stories of interesting local figures, Waterways is dedicated to producing a “yearbook” of local folks in your community, not just once a year but four times a year. Our glossy quarterly snapshots of life in this community give each issue a keepsake quality.

On a more serious note, Waterways has also covered recurring cycles of flood and drought that plague this area and has periodically examined threats to the health of our waters and water resources both locally and globally.

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

The Hearsts. The Kennedys. The Rockefellers. The Parssinens.

That’s right. The Parssinens. A little-known dynasty, but a dynasty nonetheless. With the help of Tarja Settles, Keija Parssinen and John Parssinen, Cathie Parssinen has created a publication that is celebrating a major milestone … 10 years of entertaining, informing, promoting and connecting communities. A fan base of avid readers, a group of loyal advertisers and the people whose stories she brings to life made this decade of achievement possible. These three groups are also part of the family, and it is the well being of this extended family that is paramount to Cathie. Thanks for visiting Waterways Magazine online. And welcome to the family.


CATHIE PARSSINEN
Following secondary education at private high schools in Barcelona, Spain and San Francisco, Cathie Parssinen attended Pomona College in the Claremont group of colleges in California and the University of Southern California, receiving a B.A. in International Relations and an M.S in Education. After a 15-year career in the arts as founder and artistic director of the Children’s Theatre Ballet, her interests led her in a more literary direction. For five years, she worked for the Lake Travis View before founding Waterways Magazine in 2000. With Waterways, her goal has been to create a distinctive, local reflection of lakeside living in the Austin and Lake Travis area.


TARJA SETTLES
Tarja graduated from Lake Travis High School in 1995 and attended Cornell University, earning a degree in English and French. In 1999 she moved to New York City, where she worked in nonprofit advertising at The Ad Council. She then spent five years in publishing at Random House, serving as Sales Manager for the Barnes and Noble account, responsible for such best-selling authors as Terry Brooks and Jonathan Kellerman. In 2006, Tarja transitioned to freelance writing. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Nob Hill Gazette, as well as Brides Television, Fodors.com, and Errant Parent. She is the creator of The Flying Chalupa blog, which allows her to be the Stay-At-Home CEO of her household and provides the perfect outlet to share the absurdities of motherhood. As one of the first contributors to Waterways Magazine, Tarja continues to shape the publication by bringing The Flying Chalupa to print in The Toddler Chronicles. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. Find her on TheFlyingChalupa.wordpress.com.


KEIJA PARSSINEN
Keija Parssinen was born in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia and lived there for 12 years as a third-generation expatriate. After graduating valedictorian from Lake Travis High School in 1999, she attended Princeton University and graduated cum laude in 2003 with a degree in English literature and Gender Studies. She attended the University of Iowa Wrters’ Workshop, where she studied fiction writing with Elizabeth McCracken, Scott Spencer, Charles D’Ambrosio and Lan Samantha Chang. While at Iowa, Keija received a Truman Capote fellowship and a Teaching and Writing Fellowship, and upon graduation, she was awarded a Michener-Copernicus fellowship for her novel, Against the Kings of Salt. Harper Perennial will publish the novel in January, 2012. A published poet and freelance journalist, her work has appeared in Marie Claire and Columbia Home and Lifestyle, and is forthcoming in Glamour. She has happily contributed articles to Waterways since the magazine’s inception. She lives with her husband in Columbia, Missouri, where she is the Director of Admissions at Columbia Independent School.


JOHN PARSSINEN
John Parssinen is the youngest of the clan. A product of Lake Travis Schools from elementary through high school, John attended Ohio Wesleyan University, graduating in 2007, with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Latin American Studies. During his career at OWU, John wrote for the student newspaper, where he also served as advertising manager. John has lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Houston and now lives in New York City, where he works with homeless, disadvantaged and at-risk youth as a social worker with a local nonprofit organization. His writings have appeared in Chicago’s Packaging World Magazine, Philadelphia’s The Weekly Press, and in Waterways Magazine, where he interviewed Augie Garrido, Head Coach of the University of Texas Baseball Team, after he led UT to multiple College World Series championships.


SHEILA PARR
Sheila Parr is an award-winning graphic designer. Her book cover work was featured in the 2008 and 2009 Print Regional Design Annuals, and she has designed multiple best-selling titles. Sheila’s journalism background gives her a unique perspective on how design can relay information. She handles all design and production work for Waterways and has been with the magazine since 2007. She is a native Texan and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Find her on Design Related.