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The Urban Rhino Team


Tonya Cruser

Founder & Editor in Chief

Tonya Cruser is the founder of the Urban Rhino Brand. She is a certified high school jewelry and glass teacher, having studied Fashion Design for her undergrad and Education for her Masters.

Tonya spends her spare time with her two daughters, Olivia and Vivian. She loves running, fashion, interior design, jewelry making, and planning parties. She also dedicates a significant amount of her time to helping her community through the food pantry she coordinates, something she is extremely passionate about.


Christina Cochran

Content Director & Creator | Art, Photography, and Books

Christina resides in her hometown of Franklin, Indiana. She studied Psychology and Studio Art at Franklin College and has since continued to grow in both painting photography.


Married with two handsome boys, you will often find her photographing landscapes and cityscapes, as well as creating watercolor illustrations. In addition to creating, she also enjoys reading and hiking with her family.



Victoria Fricke

Content Creator | Travel

Meet Vic, the founder of Vic’s Vacations. A luxury travel agency with a heavy focus on couples, families and group travel. Recently voted “Indy’s Best Travel Agency”, Vic and her team pride themselves on taking a client’s vision and turning it into their dream vacation.

When Vic isn’t planning breathtaking trips to the Caribbean, Europe and beyond you’ll find her exploring those destinations herself… (for research purposes only of course), or keeping up with her two children Lilly and Landon.

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Courtney Burke

Content Creator | Real Estate, Travel & Food

Courtney Burke is a real estate agent and co-owner of Welcome Home Realty Group, LLC located in Franklin, Indiana.  She spent 9 years as a Biology teacher at Franklin Community High School but left teaching in 2021 to pursue a career in real estate alongside her husband, Chris Burke, who has been in the business since 2014.  She uses her background in teaching to educate her clients on the steps to home buying, selling, and investing and help them reach their goals.  


In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 kids, Cash, Jaxson, Ryder, and Harper.  She enjoys traveling with her family in their 5th wheel to new and exciting places all over the US!

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Mackenzie York

Content Creator | Parenting, Kids, Pets and Community

Mackenzie is a loving wife and caring mother to her two young girls, Baylor and Marley. She was born and raised in Columbus, IN. She has a master’s degree in social work and served in the child welfare field before deciding to pause her career to become a stay at home mother. 


Mackenzie enjoys memory making with her family. This might look like family walks, finding special events in the community, or planning get togethers with friends. Her family also spends a lot of time serving and contributing to their local church. Mackenzie’s goal in life is to raise good humans who know Jesus and show her family what a gift they are to her every single day.


Lana Hawk

Content Creator | Photography, Travel, Parenting & Books

Lana is a Franklin, IN native who currently resides in the Denver area.  She is a former social studies teacher and current family and newborn photographer serving families in the south Denver area. She loves the way photography makes time stand still, just for a moment, and regularly fills her home with her favorite images.


Lana spends her time with her husband and daughter exploring all the Foothills and Denver have to offer. You will often find the three of them traveling the US, the world, or at least planning their next big adventure together. Their recent trips include Paris, Italy, London, and Hawaii with Germany and Austria up next. Lana also loves to cook/bake, stay fit, and cozy up with a good book and if time  weren’t an issue, you would find her doing those things in abundance.


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Nina Graue

Content Creator | Books & Health

Nina Graue hails from southern Indiana where she is a

full-time high school English teacher. An Indiana University grad, Nina is passionate about the Hoosiers, reading, writing, traveling, and having fun!


Mrs. Graue has the distinct honor of being an Indiana University School of Education Armstrong Educator Award recipient as well as being named an IU School of Education Teacher-in-Residence.


You can also follow Nina on Instagram- @ilovewords13 or her book club on Facebook - "Beyond Words Book Club". She would love to hear from you!

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Mari Fugate

Content Creator | Health & Fitness and Food

Mari is a full-time, busy mom of two boys, and lives with her husband, Zach, in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a former Columbus, IN native, and earned her Bachelors Degree in General Studies.


After developing a passion for health and wellness, and her continued enjoyment for staying fit and active, she finished her college career taking a multitude of health and nutrition courses. Upon graduation in 2016, her passion for living a healthy lifestyle has continued to grow.


Mari enjoys both finding and experimenting with new healthy recipes, and has a special niche for creating recipes that go along with her primarily plant based lifestyle. Mari looks forward to sharing recipes, tips and tricks to better your lifestyle, ways to improve your health in household products, and so much more!


Ishita Kute

Student Content Creator | Interior Design, Travel, Music, TV

Ishita is a sophomore in high school, with interest residing in travel, real estate, interior design, and entertainment.


She lives in Columbus Indiana, with her parents, brother, and puppy. She loves to be around people and to go places for vacation! While she's home, she enjoys listening to music while doing work and watching television in her spare time. She also dedicates a large amount of time for school clubs, such as Environmental Club!


Mindy Sly

Content Creator | Interior Design & Kids

Mindy is a wife & mom of 2 girls (8,10) & a fur baby, living in Indianapolis, IN. She is a Ball State grad with a BS in PR & Design. Mindy has 11 years (14 countries) of International hospitality travel experience that she brings to her design work. Event planning which was a hobby turned into destination wedding planning! 

Her design business started out as flipping investment properties then turned into more by offering remodel and designs to other families and businesses. Mindy created Urban Sly Designs in 2017 offering residential & small business interior designs. Some of Mindy’s favorite things: entertaining, shopping, family, board games, bourbon & travel. 


Sandi Jones

Content Creator | Home DIY, Arts & Crafts, Beauty, Kids

Sandi is an Indianapolis native with a passion for creativity. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University and currently lives in Noblesville, IN, where she is a digital marketer with a focus in website optimization. 


In her free time, she likes to focus on wood working, crocheting, and home DIY’s. Her favorite thing is being a mother to her 1 year old son and dog! 

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