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  • Val Schoger


    After nine years of working in media, PR and marketing with international engagements in Germany, England, the Caribbean, and the United States, Val first traveled to the Gulf Coast and subsequently to Navarre, Florida in 2003. She was immediately smitten with Northwest Florida and considers it her chosen home. She is excited about the opportunity to share perspectives, innovative ideas, and success stories as the publisher of a magazine that helps promote one of Florida’s fastest growing areas.

  • Laura Roesch

    Book Review Editor

    Laura Roesch, born and raised on Florida’s east coast, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Radford University and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. A retired judge, she is a voracious reader with a lifelong passion for books. She and her husband collect vintage cars and motorcycles. You may see her driving around town in “Maybelline,” a purple 1956 Chevy Belair–her favorite in their collection.

  • Cyndi Ainsworth

    Account Executive

    With more than 30 years of experience in advertising and marketing, Cyndi Ainsworth has joined Panama City Living as account executive and community outreach coordinator with the goal to achieve advertising success for businesses that strive to make an impact in Bay County and surrounding markets.

    Cyndi has built extensive business relations and gained valuable knowledge of the local market in her previous role as Director of Membership Services for the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.

    Born in Riverside, New Jersey, she spent 23 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Florida, where she has lived and been an active part of the business community for the past 22 years. She is active in the Panama City Beach Community, as a part of Panama City Beach Chamber’s Ambassador Committee and Business Connections Group. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her husband of 35 years, Ken, their three children, and one grandchild.


  • Erika Peveto

    Marketing / Sales Executive

    Originally from California where she earned a B.A. in Journalism from California State University, Erika has accumulated work experience in community outreach, PR, and government affairs in the private and public sector. She and her family recently moved to Panama City from Texas where she owned and operated a successful photography business. With extensive technical and creative knowledge, Erika is dedicated to work with Panama City Living’s clients to help them achieve their communication goals and sales success.

  • Sarah Hough

    Contributor/Copy Editor

    Sarah moved from Michigan to the Panama City area in 1985. She is an avid traveler, having visited more than 21 countries in the last 10 years. Instead of getting shorter, her bucket list keeps getting longer as she finds more and more places to visit. Sarah is a dedicated volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem program. She is a member of the St. Andrew Bay Quilters’ Guild and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

  • Marsha Allen


    Marsha Allen is a local photographer and longtime Bay County resident.   She is the owner/photographer at 2Cool Photography and a founding member of the American Muscle Car Club of Panama City.  Her work has been seen in Panama City Living Magazine and displayed at the Visual Arts Center.

  • Jackie Kolk


    A native Floridian, Jackie Kolk has a Bachelor’s degree in history from Emory, a Master’s in history, and a law degree from the University of Florida. She was a partner in a local law firm for many years and now manages a construction company. She serves on the Bay County Conservancy’s Board of Directors and chairs its land acquisition committee.


  • Olivia Crosby


    Olivia Crosby is a long-time native of Florida, born and raised in Panama City. Olivia is Congressman Neil Dunn’s Regional Director. She is a member of the Emerald Coast Junior Women’s Club, a member of Bay County Chamber’s Leadership Bay Steering Committee, and a big sister in Big Brothers big sisters program. Prior to joining Dr. Dunn’s team, Olivia has had ten years of experience working in politics and government for the private sector, along with state and local officials. Olivia graduated Florida State University with her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications.

  • Matt Koehnemann


    Originally from Panama City, Matt attended Auburn University to study Aviation Management and Professional Flight. His career as a commercial airline pilot has him based out of Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in Atlanta. Operating flights within the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Mexico for the past eight years, he travels more than 200 days a year. Wanting to document his travels, yet disenchanted with point and shoot snapshots, he began to delve into what makes an image powerful; unique, compelling, relatable, that is revealing the remarkable secrets of seemingly ordinary places. Matt’s solid understanding of the technical attributes and aspects of powerful imagery is the platform he uses to launch his creative ideas.

  • Robert Hurst


    Robert (Bob) Hurst holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from FSU, and the University of London. A high school project culminated in his article “Mapping Old St. Joseph, Its Railroads and Environs,” published in 1961 in the Florida Historical Quarterly. His continuing research in historic trails in North Florida will soon result in his book The Spanish Road, Travels along Florida’s Royal Road, El Camino Real.

  • Sharon Michalik


    Sharon Michalik is the Executive Director of Human Resources for Bay District Schools. She was founding Executive Director of Bay County Teen Court Inc. Her parents moved to Bay County from England when she was a teenager which fostered unique viewpoints. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University. Traveling and discovering new epicurean delights is one of her favorite activities. She, her husband John, and their four children enjoy everything that the west end of Panama City Beach has to offer.

  • Dr. Glenda Walters


    Glenda Walters, born and raised in Atlanta, has called Lynn Haven, Florida home since 1965. She began her teaching career at Mosley High School in Lynn Haven and earned a Ph. D. in History from Florida State University. After retirement from Bay County Schools, she continued to teach as an adjunct instructor at the Florida State University Panama City campus and at Gulf Coast Community College/Gulf Coast State College. Dr. Walters has published two books in the Arcadia Press Images of America series. In 2013, she was appointed to the Florida Humanities Council. She is also serving in her second term as president of the Historical Society of Bay County and is active in numerous other local organizations.

  • Caroline San Juan Czubaj


    Caroline San Juan Czubaj has a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Business. She was the former director of two Florida hospital wellness centers, a columnist for The Miami Herald, a wellness lecturer, consultant, and television, radio personality. Caroline returned to Panama City in 2011, with her husband and daughters, and is now a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT 500) and owner of Beyond The Pose Yoga.

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