Meet Our Team Of Security Experts

Ever wonder who is behind the scenes at Safe Smart Living? Our team has been involved in home security and identity theft prevention for a combined 75+ years. Our writers are committed to providing the most in-depth and unbiased information to help keep you, your valuables, and your sensitive information protected.

We conduct rigorous research and are proud of our publishing process which goes through at least half a dozen people and gives each piece we write 2-3 months of work on average, including consulting by credentialed industry professionals.

Expertise You Can Trust

Our writers have been featured in many notable online media outlets, including The Washington Post, NBC News, The New York Times’ Wirecutter, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, Money, People, Entrepreneur, and countless others. View our press page to see some highlights.

Learn more about your favorite authors and view their articles below. You’re welcome to contact us with your feedback and questions. Thanks for reading and stopping by to get to know us. Here’s to living safely and smartly!

Kimberly Alt

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Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

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.

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Sally Jones

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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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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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Alex Schenker

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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 is honored to share his nearly two decades of experience in home security and automation, cybersecurity and identity theft protection with our readers.

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.

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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Jeff Butler

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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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Julie Fritz

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Julie is one of our home security researchers and has been writing professionally since 2012. She has a passion for discovering the latest safety and security technology, and learning how it can be used to keep her family safe.

She also enjoys writing family-related content and informative articles about technology, events and healthcare. As an active volunteer for a local arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, she is able to provide invaluable information about preventing gun violence and safe, responsible gun storage.

In her free time, you might find her hiking, trail running, biking or swimming. You might also find her in the kitchen where she loves to cook and bake.