Meet The Team

Get to know the gang behind the scenes here at Safe Smart Living, working hard to bring you the latest from home security to wearable tech to keep you safe, your home smart and your life fun.

Alex Schenker

Alex Schenker water skiing

Alex holds BS degrees in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego, and Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He realized it was time for a home security system when his neighbor’s house got broken into.

He has tried to stay ahead of the curve by proactively applying security technologies and software that protect not only his home and family but his personal identity, sensitive information and finances.

He is honored to share his nearly two decades of experience in home security and automation, cybersecurity and identity theft protection with our readers. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing tennis, going on hikes with his wife and dogs and surfing.

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Michelle Schenker

Michelle Schenker

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. Michelle’s 21 years of digital marketing and brand building experience inform our content and keep us on top of the latest security and safety issues. She has been researching security, privacy and home optimization since 2008.

Michelle loves spending time outdoors which means she leans a lot on home security and home automation to keep everything safe while she’s away. Smart home gadgets fascinate her and inspire her to find new ways to make the necessities of life more fun. Her VPN is her favorite privacy tool, allowing her to take advantage of free WiFi on the go and her smart thermostat helps her save some green (on the electric bill and the planet).

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Sally Jones

Sally Jones

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance.

Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions.

Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

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Kimberly Alt

Kimberly Alt

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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Sadie Cornelius

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Sadie has a bachelor’s in communications and minor in business from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been writing about, researching and a user of security and smart home technology since 2012. As an early adapter and avid user of gadgets, she’s not only well-versed in how to use them but also passionate about helping others integrate them into their lives and homes.

Having lived in various urban neighborhoods in major cities like Dallas, Austin, Winston-Salem and currently Washington DC, Sadie has experienced her share of property crimes over the years; from car break-ins to stolen bikes. As a result, she’s extra cautious when it comes to protecting herself and her property.

Sadie attends conferences, events and webinars to stay up-to-date on cybersecurity and technology. She loves traveling the world and is a self-proclaimed Apple junkie.

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Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler

Jeff has a Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from Malone University. His experience as a small business owner and a real estate investor has allowed him to analyze investment opportunities using that data to create financial modeling, planning and reporting documents.

Jeff has 8 years experience researching security products and services and is always wanting to learn more about the latest technologies designed to keep people safe.

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Neil Gargis

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Neil holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University as well as a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education. After graduating from Wake Forest, he spend several years in the financial securities industry, eventually giving that up to serve as the primary caregiver for his young children.

Once his children had reached school age, Neil returned to the workforce in the insurance industry and has over a decade of experience as a licensed insurance agent helping people determine which insurance products are right for them and their families. Neil regularly consults our writers on sensitive insurance topics so we can ensure we’re bringing our readers correct information.

When not working, Neil enjoys road cycling, hiking and camping, and traveling with his family.