As the VP of Marketing and Product Development for one of the country's largest chocolate companies, Allison Waggoner first met at-home shoppers as an on-air guest introducing her line of confections. She quickly became a host, and 15 years later her favorite part of the job is connecting with viewers. Allison is passionate about many products and enjoys bringing you everything from beauty items to watches and electronics. Her Accredited Jewelry Professional Certification makes her uniquely qualified to present the latest jewelry designs, and she is a classically trained chef. In her free time, Allison serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
"Hosting is like shopping with my best friends—our buyers find the best products from around the world, and I have the privilege of helping our viewers find the right products for their lives."
Hosting with Evine is the perfect marriage of Brian Kessler's background in advertising, entertainment and fashion. Brian studied comedy at Chicago's Second City and learned about fashion at Otis College of Art and Design, and has worked for clients that include JCPenney and Hallmark Cards. Brian most enjoys presenting the things he loves best: home and fitness products, fashion and electronics. Away from the camera, Brian spends time with family, his triathlon training buddies, his pup Molly, and working on a new home that needs lots of TLC.
"This job has been one blessing after another–from lasting friendships to being invited into peoples' homes to share my brand of sunshine."
Heather Hall came to Evine from the world of modeling, but she never craved the spotlight. Shy by nature, as a child she was enrolled in acting classes to help bring her out of her shell and make new friends. As a host with Evine, now Heather makes new friends every day! She loves presenting high–quality items to our customers–especially beauty products and jewelry–and encouraging women to feel beautiful from the inside out.
Heather's proudest achievement and most rewarding job is being a mother to her three children.
"Sometimes I feel like this job is the world's best kept secret!"
Kathy Norton was on air with Evine as a product guest for eight years before becoming a host in early 2013. Prior to that, she worked in the beauty biz and the art world. She ran a catering and party planning company with her grandmother - her hero - who worked until she was over 90 years old, and lived to be over 100! With a background in interior design, Kathy enjoys helping shoppers especially with home décor, as well as beauty products.
In her down time, Kathy is just one of the "guys," watching hockey with her two brothers, and traveling and volunteering with her husband and two boys.
"I'm still the ultimate hostess at heart. I love chatting with our customers when they call in!"
Kendy Kloepfer is a career home-shopping host and has been a member of our on-air team since 1995. After studying theater in college, she auditioned for America's Shopping Place–and the rest is history. Kendy loves Evine's boutique feel with home-grown designers and unique brands.
At home, it's all about the kids. Every day Kendy is at the pool, rink or field, cheering on her two children who are both competitive athletes. A Girl Scout for more than 40 years, Kendy enjoys outdoor adventures in Minnesota and around the world.
"Fun fact: My first home-shopping gig was with Dan Wheeler and Jane Lynch of Glee!"
Since she joined Evine in 2004, Kimberly Wells has presented everything from fashion favorites to dinnerware to home electronics. And she loves it all—for Kimberly, coming to work knowing each day will be different from the one before is the best part of the job. She thrives on variety.
This lifelong entertainer has performed on Broadway, Disney cruise ships and across the country in more than 45 musicals. Kimberly also hikes, bikes and runs trails all over the world, from Mt. Kilimanjaro to the base of Mt. Everest.
"Little-known fact: I never answer my phone! Maybe it's because I talk for a living, but in my downtime, this energizer bunny loves to get off the grid."
Kristine Kvanli entered the world of Evine hosting from backstage. She first worked as a visual stylist, helping to execute live shows behind the camera, before becoming an on air host in 2007. On either side of the camera, her favorite things about Evine are working with knowledgeable guests and presenting fashion and home décor.
Kristine has also worked as an actress, performing and teaching improv comedy and interactive theater in the Twin Cities. She enjoys reading autobiographies, shopping (of course!), dancing, fishing and being silly.
Fun fact:"I've been an Elvis Presley fan since I was 4 years old."
Lynne Schacher loves coming to work every day. She loves the energy of the studio and working with her awesome crew. But most of all she enjoys spending time with her viewers! After 15 years, Lynne has learned her viewers are more than just customers, they are her friends and she loves sharing information with them to enrich and enhance their lives. Prior to joining Evine, Lynne was a dancer, actress and Miss Minnesota. Her passion in life is her family—her "Prince Charming" husband, two kids and two dogs. Lynne also loves attending live music and theater events, and traveling.
"I love that through social media;now I can 'meet' our viewers and see their faces."
On the job, Melissa Miner combines her experience as a certified Graduate Gemologist, gift of gab and passion for shopping. Knowing the jewelry Evine presents is of the best quality in the industry, Melissa feels confident bringing it to viewers. She's equally proud to present items from all the other categories.
Away from the camera, Melissa crochets (she's made more than 100 baby blankets) and spends quality time with her husband and their two sons.
"Henry David Thoreau sums it up best for me: 'If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Skip Connelly presents all kinds of products, including Evine's watches and collectible coins, with the enthusiasm and knowledge of a collector and the flair of a showman. Before becoming a home shopping host in 1983, Skip was a cruise ship singer and choreographer. Since joining Evine in 1993, he has enjoyed researching the items he presents, especially collectible coins.
Skip spends as much time as possible with his wife and their two boys, Bosley the Shar Pei and Boomer the Mastiff.
"Coin collecting is a fascinating hobby, I enjoy learning the history of the coins we offer."
Growing up a competitive dancer, Erin Newberg began the first six years of her career as an NFL cheerleader. While she continues to coach NFL cheerleading hopefuls and also co-hosts a social media based television show during the football season, her true home away from home is Evine. As resident fashion expert since 2012, she loves the live show experience which allows Erin to fuse her love of performing with her passion for fashion and experience in marketing.
Outside the studio, Erin travels as much as possible, adores a sweaty hot yoga session and is constantly running (literally and figuratively). With three marathons under her belt, she's preparing for her next three running after her two hysterical and active little boys.
Believing the keys to a healthy, happy life are a good family, great friends and lots of laughs, she's forever grateful to have an abundance of all three.
Connect with Erin on social media. She's always happy to help solve a fashion crisis, find the perfect gift or simply help you treat yourself to something new and stylish.
After managing a multifaceted career as a performer and sales representative in New York and Los Angeles, Wendi Russo decided to merge her talents on television. When a producer encouraged her to consider hosting, she tried a few "Where to Dine and Shop" segments for a Los Angeles station and quickly found her niche. And talk about serendipity: in 2004 she got the offer to host at Evine on the same day as her wedding! Wendi loves to present fashion and beauty. And even though her Italian husband does most of the cooking at home, she loves to host food shows because she gets to eat the results. In her spare time Wendi works as a mentor and volunteer with Big Brothers, Kinship and Make-A-Wish.
"I love mentoring, coaching and empowering women toward their career and personal goals."
Fatima became part of the Evine family in 2007 as a favorite model and guest. She is excited to have recently joined the dynamic and fun-loving host team. As a self-proclaimed "true Gemini," she loves to be involved in the amazing variety of products offered here and is always looking to dive into the next hot project.
While the Evine family grows daily, her own family is also growing with the arrival of a baby boy this year. Fatima is happy her stepson will now have a partner in crime to buddy with.
Fatima's background includes everything from sales, to owning her own real estate brokerage, to teaching Latin dance professionally. The common thread has always been her love of being social and connecting with people.
"I am thrilled to have an opportunity to bring the awesome products we have at Evine to life. I am also delighted to share my passion for life, dance, and travel with all of our fabulous viewers."
Natasha Chughtai comes to Evine after a 13-year career in broadcast television. A Minnesota native with an adventurer's heart, she has seen most of the country before finally landing what she describes as her DREAM job at Evine.
Prior to joining our family, she served as the Main Anchor at the number one station in lower Alabama for the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm news. Before that she made viewers laugh as the Morning Anchor in Waterloo, Iowa and also worked as a News Anchor in Eugene, Oregon (Go Ducks!).
Natasha has earned many awards for her work including several Associated Press awards and "Favorite News Personality" several years in a row. Natasha is thrilled to finally be able to come home and be near her family who live in Minnetonka.
A certified Zumba instructor, Natasha got her license in Birmingham, Alabama and has been teaching classes in her spare time. She also had a small movie role in the film "State of Play" with Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe where of course, she played a news anchor.
When she's not working, you can find Natasha trying out a new recipe or watching her favorite crime shows. A certified coffee junkie, she loves meeting new people and spreading some inspiration wherever she goes.
Sam joins the Evine family after a 15 year TV career that has taken her all over the world. Beginning her career in the control room at BBC news it wasn't long before she was invited to step in front of the camera as both host and model. "I love to travel for work but moving to Minnesota for Evine is totally life changing. It was too good an opportunity to miss!"
Outside of the studio Sam is passionate about yoga, personal growth and is a trained life coach. Her motto is, "Rock what you've got!"
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