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Meet the RSVP Team

Roy Haithcock | Publisher

As Publisher of RSVP Memphis and owner of Haithcock Communications, Inc. Roy Haithcock has more than 25 years of experience in magazine publishing and media marketing. A native of Middle Tennessee and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Haithcock created RSVP in 1995 and has been the driving force behind the magazine's rapid growth since its inception.


Emily Adams Keplinger  | Editor

Emily enjoys taking an active role in the Greater Memphis community. She likes to put a positive spotlight on good people doing good things to make Memphis a better place. She has worked as a multimedia journalist, serving as a writer and an editor for print and digital publications, as well as social media. She holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and a M.S. from the University of Memphis.


Krista Geyer | Art Director

Krista oversees all visual aspects of the magazine — advertising and editorial. She has spent most her entire life in the Mid South area outside of earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University. When not working you can probably find Krista at Shelby Farms with her husband and her dogs or riding her horses.


Steve Roberts | Photographer

Steve has been shooting a wide range of subjects on the local scene since the early '80s. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Roberts' photos of local, national and international musicians have been shown at galleries and institutions throughout the city. He is also active in advertising and portrait photography.


Don Perry | Photographer

Don is a Memphis-based photographer who specializes in event photography. Born and raised in Memphis, Don has been shooting throughout the Mid-South for 12 years. He has been a photographer for RSVP Memphis since 2004 and is well known in the community for his expertise.


Ruth Cassin | Accounting, Copy Editor

Having received a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College, Ruthie joined the RSVP team in 2008 and is now in charge of accounting and is a contributing writer. Ruthie also attended graduate school at the University of Memphis and is a former teacher and paralegal. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Holly and Ellen, and of course, her cat Melba. In her spare time, Ruthie enjoys being outside and pursuing one of her greatest passions, gardening.


Chris Pugh  |  Account Executive

Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.


Dennis Phillippi  | Comedic Columnist

Writer, actor and comedian Dennis Phillippi was raised by a traveling circus family. He has been in show business his entire life, and despite a spotty, ineffective education, he has also managed to be paid to write hundreds of times. Most of the people who know him find this hilarious. Dennis has been married to his wife, Memphis native Janet, for more than 25 years. Her family is unaware of this. His monthly contribution to the magazine is called RSVPhillippi.


Bill Bannister  | Contributing Writer

As a well known local radio personality for 30 years, Bill is proud to call Memphis home. The original host of the Peabody Hotel’s rooftop parties, as well as dozens of corporate and charity functions across town, he is right at home in the local society scene and loves covering Memphis events for RSVP. Bill enjoys Memphis music, urban anthropology, Indian cuisine and traveling with his family.


Suzanne Thompson Cozza | Contributing Writer

A native Memphian, Suzanne studied journalism at the University of Memphis. With over 18 years of experience as a freelance writer, she has been writing for RSVP since 2006. When not working, Suzanne enjoys cooking with her husband and traveling. She is the adoring mother of two canines, Peppy and her newest baby, Elly, a rescue pup from the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society.


Patrick Lantrip | Photographer, Contributing Writer

Patrick completed his journalism degree at the University of Memphis, where he also served as Managing Editor of The Daily Helmsman. A native of Midtown Memphis, Patrick is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and wildlife photography. He enjoys spending his downtime with his daughter, Anna and their cat, Bella.