Invitation is northeast Mississippi’s premier community lifestyle magazine and is for everyone who calls this area home. We cover a variety of events, news and more. Thousands of free copies are distributed on the 15th of the month in bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping districts and at art festivals. The magazine is published 10 times per year. The company also publishes Invitation Oxford.
Invitation respects the diverse individuals and organizations who make up north Mississippi and strives to be inclusive and representative of all members of our community.
Rachel Malone West is the founder and publisher of Invitation magazines. She and her husband, Phil, launched Invitation Oxford in 2006, and in May 2010 they began Invitation Tupelo. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi and received a master’s degree from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. She has lived in both Jackson and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast working in public relations as well as doing several projects as a freelance writer.
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Emily Welly is the editor in chief for Invitation Tupelo. She has a degree in English and journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University and has experience writing and editing magazines and newspapers around the country. She has been with Invitation Magazines since 2007. She and her husband, Nick, have three daughters.
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Melanie Crownover is the staff writer for Invitation Magazines. A Tupelo native and graduate of Mississippi University for Women, Crownover has written for publications all over the southeast since 2005 including Columbus’ Commercial Dispatch, The Daily Pressin Virginia, The Town Talk in Louisiana and Valley Parent Magazine in Georgia. She has been with Invitation Magazines since 2010.
Holly Whitaker Vollor is the creative director of Invitation Magazines. She is a Vicksburg native who graduated with a degree in graphic design from the University of Mississippi. For the past several years she has been freelancing under the name Whisper Design Co., designing for both local and international businesses. She specializes in branding, marketing, and editorial design. She and her husband, Matt, have three children.
Joe Worthem is the staff photographer for Invitation Magazines. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is an Oxford native. Worthem has experience in both photography and graphic design. He previously worked for FNC, Inc., Southern Growth Studio and Oxford Publishing Company. He has worked for Invitation Magazines since 2010.
Becca Bailey is a graphic designer for Invitation Magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in photography from Delta State University. She has worked for Invitation Magazines since 2012.
Zach Fields is a graphic designer for Invitation Magazines. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in fashion design. Before coming to work for Invitation Magazines in 2012, he interned as a menswear designer for Marc Jacobs in New York.
Alise Emerson is an advertising consultant for Invitation Magazines. Emerson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi. She has worked for Invitation Magazines since 2010. She is married to Joseph Emerson, and they have a son.
Leigh Lowery is an advertising consultant for Invitation Magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA in marketing from the University of Mississippi. Lowery has worked for Invitation Magazines since 2009.
Lynn McElreath is an advertising consultant for Invitation Magazines. A graduate from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, McElreath has been with Invitation Magazines since 2007. A native Oxonian, she is married to Mark McElreath and they have three children.
Moni Simpson is an advertising consultant for Invitation Magazines. Simpson has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Mississippi, and has worked for Invitation Magazines since 2011.She is married to Stuart Simpson and is an avid dog foster and rescuer.
Hollie Hilliard is the business manager of Invitation Magazines. She is an Oxford native who attended Northwest Community College where she majored in business and paralegal studies. She has worked with Invitation Magazines since 2013.