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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 life-long passion for books.  She especially loves to hear about what others are reading. When she is not reading, she happily plays ukulele and drums with the wonderfully diverse and quirky Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. She and her husband carefully tend their bucket list of adventures, and collect vintage cars and motorcycles.

  • Alison Montebello


    Alison graduated from Auburn with a degree in public relations and a minor in business. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but after attending Auburn fell in love with the South.  Since moving to Panama City, Alison has enjoyed the beaches and exploring the area. She hopes to gain a lot of experience working for the magazine, and she’s excited to see where her career takes her.

  • 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.


  • Dr. Daniel Finley

    Contributor/Copy Editor

    Dr. Dan Finley is an award-winning professor at Gulf Coast State College. He holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Since moving here in 1992, he actively participates in community service and serves on the board of directors for Kaleidoscope Theatre. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Panama City Center for the Arts. He is active in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church and is the father of two. Dan enjoys walking, cooking, and ballroom dancing.

  • 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.

  • Ginny Bennett


    Ginny is a fifth generation Bay County native. She graduated from Mosley High School and attended Gulf Coast State College and is now attending the University of West Florida to study Public Relations. She is very outgoing, passionate and is gaining leadership experiences. She believes that these traits will carry her far in Public Relations. Writing is her passion and she is devoted to helping those in need through her church.

  • Olivia Crosby


    Olivia Crosby is a Florida native, born and raised in Panama City. She is the Florida Realtor’s Regional Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for Northwest Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications. Before joining Florida Realtors, Olivia had years of experience working in politics and government for state and local officials. Olivia is a member of the Emerald Coast Junior Women’s Club, and a Board Member of Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, working out, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Jeannie Schierberg


    Jeannie Schierberg was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Panama City, Florida in 1999. She is the author of Panama City’s Historic Neighborhoods: The Cove and Panama City Beach: Tales from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches and has written for online journals, print, radio, and television. She participates in non-profit work with local educational, historical, and environmental groups and produces multimedia presentations for schools and civic organizations. Ms. Cooper teaches swimming, enjoys running, and any other activity that keeps her in St Andrews Bay and tributaries, the Gulf, or the Atlantic.

  • Molly Donovan


    Molly is a journalism student at the University of Florida. She was born and raised in Panama City Beach and from a very young age, writing and storytelling were her favorite pastimes. She loves to write about people and their passions, and she hopes to build a career as a contributor to magazines all over the world. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading good books and napping on the beach.

  • 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.

  • Melissa Hagan


    Melissa Hagan is the President of Emerald Coast Interview Consulting since 2002. After locating to Panama City in 1998 as a military spouse, Melissa spent a large portion of her career at Gulf Coast State College as a Grant Manager, Project Director, and served as the Chief Development Officer. Melissa earned a Bachelors degree in Communications/Public Relations from Mississippi University for Women in 1989 and went on to complete a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Leadership in 1999. Melissa is heavily involved in the local community and currently serves on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations. Recently, Melissa was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women where she will serve as an advocate and make recommendations to the legislature, governor, and cabinet on issues affecting women.

  • 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.

  • Wendy Lechner


    Wendy Lechner is a food historian. She previously owned and operated a cooking school on the island of St. Kitts with her sister and business partner, Lorraine. The two now specialize in olive oils and vinegars and co-own Emerald Coast Olive Oil, a specialty store selling premium olive oils and vinegars in Panama City Beach (Pier Park). Testing recipes and pairing different foods is as much of a passion as it is her business.

  • Renee Warren Lynah


    Renee lives with her husband and two daughters in Panama City, where she has been a local for 23 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 2006 and has since worked in substance abuse counseling, children and family services, and elder social services. She currently works with low income senior citizens in Downtown Panama City. Renee has begun pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Troy University and plans to resume Master’s classes full time in the fall. Renee’s passions are research, writing, social justice, and personal and social sustainability.

  • Nick May


    Nick May is a 20-something native Floridian who grew up writing and playing in the Panama City arts and music scene. He is the author of “Megabelt, Minutemen and Molecricket” and lives along the Gulf Coast with his wife, Kayla, and their dog, Brother. Currently, he is working on a fantasy series for kids and young adults. Find Nick online at heynickmay.com

  • Allison MacLean


    Allison MacLean is a Panama City native.  She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and Master’s degree in Reading Certification from Florida State University. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. In her precious spare time, she enjoys baking (and eating), crocheting, and teaching children at her church. Allison understands the brevity of life. Her husband was killed in a vehicle accident in 2012, at the age of 26. She says daily joy and strength come from God and her family.

  • Elodie Madewell


    With a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Elodie Madewell has worked in benefits, financial reporting and marketing positions over the course of her career. She learned she had a knack for clear, concise written communication and started rewriting handbooks for training, sales and instruction materials that lead to freelancing as a technical writer. She is a lifelong, passionate equestrienne and has competed in eventing, a combined training of cross-country, stadium jumping and dressage. Now, Elodie focuses on dressage and natural horsemanship. She moved to Panama City in 2003 and is the founder of One Heart Yoga in St. Andrews, Elodie is an eRYT200, RYT500 yoga instructor.

  • Diane Mercado


    Diane Mercado-Mouskourie grew up in Miami and moved to Panama City after high school. She earned an Associate in Science degree in commercial art at Gulf Coast State College and worked as a technical illustrator and graphic designer for 15 years. She later earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communication at the University of South Florida. She returned to Panama City in 2010 after spending the last 20 years of her journalism career writing and editing for mid-size daily newspapers in Florida, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Diane occupies her time volunteering, freelancing, painting, gardening, and traveling.

  • Jenna Turnage Nagy


    Born and raised in Panama City, Jenna currently teaches private piano, voice, and guitar lessons and performs regularly at g. Foley’s Restaurant with her husband of 20 years, Steve, as the music duo Massalina Cargo. She was a Vocal Performance Major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee for two years, and has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Florida State University. She has past experience in music industry public relations; financial marketing management; and healthcare industry sales. She and Steve love sharing music, and spending time with their 16-year-old son, Stevie.

  • 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.

  • Victoria Stewart


    Victoria has lived in Panama City for the past 40 years. She has worked as a Government Contractor for most of her working life. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and runner. Raised in a family who was immersed in music, she plays guitar and is a founding member of Music Matters. Together with husband Crook Stewart III, they host a monthly music jam at their home where musicians come to network. The venue is known as the “The Ghetto Palace” and has become a Music Mecca where local talent comes to play. Following the success of The Ghetto Palace, Victoria and Crook founded “Music Matters” an initiative that brings life and music to downtown Panama City.

  • 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.

  • Patti Smith


    Patti Smith is an award-winning professional writer with more than 25 years experience in metropolitan areas of Connecticut, California, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida. She writes columns, features and faith testimonies for local and national publications. She believes everyone has a story to tell and that others’ lives may be changed or enriched by reading it. She is married to a devoted husband, mother to three amazing children and grandmother to one precious grandchild.

  • Silvia Rueda


    Silvia is a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when she was seven-years-old. Silvia hopes that she can use the skills she has learned in journalism to tell interesting stories and learn more about the world every day. She enjoys playing the guitar, spending too much time on the beach and dabbling in photography.

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