About Merlene

Merlene Paynter

Merlene Paynter is a digital strategy consultant, blog consultant and writer based near Toronto, Canada. Merlene is co-founder of t’WestofTO, a community & networking event group in the Toronto to Niagara Falls region. Merlene brings over 15 years experience in design, online community, affiliate management and social media to her role as Director of Content for Human Business Works.

Merlene Paynter has two children – “Girlchild”, a 21 year old college student and “Boychild”, a 16 year old high school student and two cats, a seal point ragdoll named Halo and a lilac point siamese named Loki – known lovingly as “the kittiots”.
Merlene had been making money online since 1995 by various means. In the late 1990s to early 2000s she ran a popular and successful kids’ site called Maddy Mayhem’s Kids Stuff (closed in 2002) that had mentions in such books as The Internet for Kids for Dummies and The Canadian Internet Handbook as well as profiles in Family PC magazine, Child Life magazine and newspapers world wide.

More recently Merlene has spent time as one of the Walmart Moms (2008-2010) and as an Opti-Mom Facilitator in Hamilton, Ontario.