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EverythingBrevard's Contributing Writers

Christie Adams
Christi Adams has been actively involved in the recovery community since 1987. Highly educated and skilled in human development, learning cycles, special needs awareness and sober living counseling, Christi has a masters and educational specialist degree in brain-based learning. She founded Glass House Recovery, which enables her to help those dealing with mental health and substance use disorder.

Kim Agee
Kim Agee is a skilled community and economic development strategist and executive director of Melbourne Main Street. She drives projects and individuals to success through professional savvy and a genuine passion for the local business community. Experienced in leadership, relationship and project management, and government affairs, Kim is often the go-to person to activate complicated agendas and achieve organizational goals.  \

Michael Ayers
As president and CEO of the Melbourne Regional Chamber, Michael Ayers is a strategic leader with experience in managing government agencies, political campaigns, and community-based organizations. He has spent more than 20 years in government relations, management, and political marketing in Washington, D.C., Illinois, Tallahassee, and Brevard County.

Connor Bryan
Connor Bryan is a local poet and artist who adores the EGAD art scene. Born and raised only a few miles south, EGAD and its activities have a special place in their heart. Since 2019, Connor has operated Pretty Quick Poetry, writing typewritten poems for strangers. Learn more at prettyquickpoetry.com or @prettyquickpoetry on Instagram.

Daniel Ciuro (wrote for EDC Sept. 2021)
After a career in the United States Air Force as a weather forecaster, Daniel Ciuro earned his MBA with honors. He is a licensed fiduciary and wealth manager with Edward Jones and currently serves in many community organizations, including as chair of the EDCs Space Coast Defense Alliance and as past chairman of the Military Affairs Council.

Dr. Ross A. Clevens
Trained at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Michigan, Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS is a facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon who has served Brevard for 25 years. He is the founder of Clevens Face & Body Specialists, a plastic surgery group and medspa, and author of the book Your Plastic Surgery Companion. Dr. Clevens is frequently invited to speak around the world about his innovative techniques and how to achieve natural-looking patient outcomes.

Anne Conroy-Baiter
Anne Conroy-Baiter joined Junior Achievement of the Space Coast in 2014. She was a  member of the LEAD Brevard Class of 2016, sits on the boards of the Economic Development Commission of Floridas Space Coast and Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a mentor for WeVentures Ignite program. She and her daughters live in Cocoa Beach, where they are grateful for warm winters and beaches.

Eleanor Baker MS, RDN, LDN
Performance Dietitian Eleanor Baker MS, RDN, LDN formed Elevated Nutrition and Wellness so she could provide exceptional performance enhancement and preventative healthcare in a holistic manner, all with the understanding that exceptional healthcare is a progressive process and not a quick fix. She expanded her wellness reach in 2016 via telehealth and has worked with clients such as The PGA Tour, Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida Institute of Technology athletics department and many more.

Sharita Bent
Sharita Bent is a singer, writer, and consultant who enjoys belly laughs, scrumptious food, and quality time with family and friends. Genuinely enthusiastic, eternally optimistic, outrageously sincere, and seriously honest are few ways to describe her vibe.

Rob Brown
Rob Brown, DDS has had advanced training in oral surgery and dental implants. He is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and has worked in Brevard County with underserved communities. He believes that behind each smile is an individual with goals to live a healthy, productive life. He knows the importance of the oral-systemic connection and that you cannot be healthy without a healthy mouth.

Lori Burke, CCHt, CIHt
Certified Clinical and Interpersonal Hypnotherapist Lori Burke helps clients get to the root cause of their issues and resolve them. After a career that involved developing award-winning software as a software engineer at Kennedy Space Center, her ever-increasing interest in the mind-body connection and hypnosis led her to a career in hypnotherapy. She opened her practice in Viera in 2018.

Kevin Chancellor
Kevin Chancellor, CSSCS is a financial advisor and certified social security claiming strategist with Black Lab Financial Services. Kevin has been a featured contributor for Yahoo Finance, CNN Business, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as their affiliates.  Financial Education is key to all the content he provides. 

Karyn Cole
Karyn Cole is a part-time freelance writer and full-time mom who spends most of her days trying to keep up with her 7-year-old twins and their absurdly large rescue puppy, Huge Hughes. In her previous life, she was an elementary school teacher. Her family recently relocated to Denver, where she is enjoying all four seasons even the snow! She is learning to love the mountains, but the beaches of Brevard will always have her heart. 

Alisha Crabtree
Alisha Crabtree embraces new challenges and approaches life with a positive, enthusiastic attitude. As the marketing director at DRS Insurance Group, she develops and implements effective content marketing strategies to help inform and educate individuals, families, and businesses about their insurance coverage and unique needs.

Beverly DeMeyer
Having grown up in a domestic violence household, Beverly DeMeyer committed her life to better the lives of domestic violence survivors in Brevard County. The president/CEO of Serene Harbor and winner of the 2021 Purple Ribbon Awards, Program/Shelter Executive of the Year knows that the work never stops and is committed to the cause that keeps inspiring others to join in ending the cycle of domestic violence.

Sharon Dubois
Sharon Dubois is NACB certified bookkeeper and owner of At Your Service Bookkeeping. As a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she works with entrepreneurs in a variety of businesses teaching them how to read and understand their companys financial reports and how they relate to day-to-day operation of their business. In her spare time, Sharon is busy with the Marine Corps League and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Julie Song
Julie Song is president and owner of Florida Business & Manufacturing Solutions Inc. and chair of the Economic Development Commission of Floridas Space Coast (EDC). Julie has been involved in manufacturing for nearly 20 years, bringing her expertise to the EDC, which executes strategic programs to make Brevard Countys economy more innovative, diverse, and resilient.

Lynda L. Weatherman
Lynda L. Weatherman, is president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Floridas Space Coast, which is responsible for the attraction of new business and investment and retention of existing industry throughout the Space Coast. Under Ms. Weathermans leadership, the EDC has secured over $1.8B in capital investment from the announcement of over 50 business development projects over a 10-year period.

Marcia Gaedcke is president of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime resident of Titusville and Brevard County. She is a passionate leader and a serial volunteer, concerned about the future of our community and economy, and is willing to roll up her sleeves and work for the betterment of Brevard.

Maggie Hickson
Maggie Hickson has mixed her love of fashion and travel for the past 20 years as she's adventured across the skies as a flight attendant. She fiercely believes in celebrating all ages and body types when it comes to fashion. She's a member of the American Business Womens Association, a volunteer guardian ad litem and lover of thrift stores, estate sales and consignment shops.

Jason Hook
Jason Hook is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer with a passion for creating attention-getting images that elevate a clients brand. The Florida native loves long walks on the beach with his pet aerial drone he has affectionately named Droney.

Kristina Kitsopoulos
Kristina Kitsopoulos is a nationally credentialed and award-winning interior designer with over 25 years of collaborative experience. She is proficient across residential, commercial and healthcare design. Kristina loves Brevard County as a muse and for the vast amount of human connection shes formed through community outreach, charities, business groups and many circles of dear friends and colleagues. 

Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee is the creator and host of the I Need Blue podcast based on her experience of surviving an armed robbery and abduction. The podcast serves as a platform for survivors of life events to share their stories. I Need Blue is where survivors feel they Belong, are Loved, Understood and Empowered.

Dr. Migue Lorente
Dr. Lorente is a board certified internal medicine physician and owner and director of Dairy Road Urgent Care. He earned his medical degree in 1998 and completed his internal medicine residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Lorente has practiced medicine in Brevard County since 2003, and is an established primary care physician.

Brittney Robbins
Brittney Robbins spent the last 18 years in New York City and recently relocated to Brevard County. Her expertise in hair color led her to an expansive career in education for Estee Lauder. She is published for her styling and has participated in multiple shows for New York Fashion Week.

Darcy Manning
Darcy Manning enjoyed a nearly 20-year career in public relations where she worked with a variety of corporations to develop and manage their public image. Since becoming a professional makeup artist in 2016, an interest she has had since childhood, she has refined her craft to focus her services mainly in education where she specializes in private makeup lessons for executives and professionals across all sectors and industries in Brevard County and beyond.

Johnny Lascha
Owner of Beachside Health & Life Coaching, LLC, Johnny Lascha is a certified life coach and health coach, trained in the Habit Change Coaching Method. His niches include relationships, increasing energy, lowering stress, rebuilding self-esteem, weight loss and reducing the habit of self-sabotage.  Hes also a group facilitator of the Gottman Institutes Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.' BeachsideHealthAndLifeCoaching.net

Marsha Lewis Meyers
Marsha Lewis Meyers is the president of The Hipsetter Group, a marketing and communication agency based on the Space Coast. When she isnt busy creating brand strategies for clients, you can find her on the pickleball court. Learn more: www.hipsettergroup.com

Betsy Markle
Betsy Markle is a registered dietitian, holistic nutritionist, certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Also known as The Realistic Nutritionist, Betsy is best at simplifying the confusing world of nutrition and wellness. Visit RealisticNutrition.com to checkout her simple recipes, online programs and personalized packages. She can be reached at Betsy@RealisticNutrition.com or 805-252-3656  

Akira Monma
Loving husband and father Akira Monma is a senior software engineer for Collins Aerospace. The former gymnastics instructor and competitive break dancer coaches and instills confidence in students to realize the greatness he sees in them. He also is the founder of ImagineDads YouTube channel.

Lee Nessel
EverythingBrevard Managing Editor and proud word nerd Lee Nessel is an award-winning journalist. She thinks best through her fingertips and started churning out iambic pentameter as a kid. She embraces last-minute cross-country travel thanks to her daughter Ella Grace Heltons child acting adventures. Lee loves the barbell, keto cooking and recently became a ballroom dance mom.

Brant Parsons
Brant Parsons is a sports journalist and podcast producer. He is the creator of Kabra Wrestling, Floridas premier high school wrestling site, and a co-founder of the multi-media company Kabra Media. He works from his home office in Satellite Beach, where he spends his free time with his wife and five children.

Nancy Peltonen
Nancy Peltonen serves as President/CEO with The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on a committee for the Economic Development Commission of Floridas Space Coast, while always finding time to volunteer with local organizations and travel the world. 

Kathryn Rudloff 
Kathryn Rudloff is executive director of weVENTURE Womens Business Center in the Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech. Funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, weVENTURE WBC is dedicated to igniting the power of women entrepreneurs.  To take advantage of their complementary business coaching, or low-and no-cost business trainings, call 321-674-7007 or visit weventure.fit.edu.  

Stuart Smith 
Stuart Smith, who served over six and a half years as an active Infantry soldier, tirelessly advocates and assists veterans as they transition and either find employment or start and operate their own small businesses. He is a 2018 inductee in the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame and is a founding board member of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses Space Coast Chapter, as well as the 2021-22 chair. 

Maria Sonnenberg
Based out of Grant-Valkaria, Maria Sonnenberg writes for local and national publications on a variety of subjects. Her spare time is spent waging war against the lawn and trying to control chaos in a pack of wirehaired dachshunds and a basset hound. 

Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart owns Club Performax in Suntree and has helped thousands with their mindset, fitness and nutrition goals. He works with corporations, physicians, law enforcement agencies, students and anyone looking to move from stuck to sustainable. Simply put, when people learn to change their mind, they change their life.  

Christina Stuart
Christina Stuart is an international speaker, an award-winning photojournalist of over 20 years, a giggler extraordinaire and a Soul-Seer. Her laugh is contagious as is her eternally optimistic attitude. Christina works with people on a soul level to help shine a light on their personal path to happiness, healing and self-love. 

Jennifer Sugarman
Jennifer Sugarman, former president and CEO of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a busy working mom. She recently was appointed as an Air and Space Force Civic Leader. She formed the Cocoa Beach Chambers Young Professionals Group in 2016, currently serves on the board for United Way of Brevard and is an active member in Brevard Countys business community.

Jennifer Sugarman
Jennifer Sugarman, Sr. Principal Communications Rep. for Northrop Grumman Company, assists in managing communications for NGCs Aeronautics sector covering both the Melbourne and St. Augustine Centers of Excellence. An active member in Brevard Countys business community, Jennifer is also an avid supporter of our local military, and a current Air & Space Force Civic Leader. Jennifer is mom to two boys, Emmett and Daniel.

Carrie Sullivan
Carrie Sullivan is the owner/chef of The Gathering Table, an interactive cooking class in Downtown Melbourne. She loves to share her passion for food by making gourmet meals fun and easy in a warm welcoming environment. Whether looking to pick up some new skills or just looking to have a unique dining experience, you're sure to find a menu that tantalizes your tastebuds. Learn more at gatheringtablefl.com

Mike Williams
Certified personal trainer and mental performance coach Mike Williams owns No Limits Fitness in West Melbourne. Mike has dedicated himself to helping busy professionals improve their fitness, nutrition and mindset while providing the professional accountability needed to help them reach their goals. The avid sports fan and his wife, Tina, have five sons, including two sets of twins.

Rev. Joy Willard-Williford
Rev. Joy Willard-Williford is a retired Episcopal priest currently serving as a project manager/urban missioner for Neighbor Up Brevard, a Christian community development organization in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood of Melbourne. She co-chairs the Gifts From the Heart Christmas Shop committee with Joan Sorensen, a board member of both Neighbor Up Brevard and New Life Mission.

Kristin Woodling 
Kristin Woodling, a licensed mental health counselor and certified marriage and family tinatherapist, owns Pamper Your Mind, LLC in Satellite Beach. She is devoted to providing a confidential and elite therapeutic experience to professional women seeking healing, clarity, and balanced lifestyle for optimal health. 

Cynthia Thomas
Cynthia Thomas founded her first Montessori school in Brevard County in 1983. She now operates five schools throughout Florida. She discovered Montessoris unique approach when her children attended a school in Hawaii. She received her masters in education specializing in Montessori from Charminade University in Hawaii.

Montessori Educator Theresa Trawick has a  B.S. in agricultural education,  A.M.S.Montessori Elementary Certification 6-9, FCC&EP Director and National Early Childhood Credential.

Avery Plavin
StarStaff President and Headhunter Avery Plavin has been helping businesses expand their human capital for over 20 years. She offers contingency and retained staffing including permanent, temporary, and temp-to-perm. She has partnered with Fortune 100 companies, private entities and smaller businesses to help facilitate their staffing needs.

At StarStaff, Avery helps clients prosper by providing one-of-a-kind staffing services that include competitive analysis, tools, expert resume writing, and resources all allowing both the individual and organizations to remain competitive in our ever-changing market.

Shannon Gronich
Shannon Gronich has successfully attained over $3.2M in FREE publicity and is notorious for being the owner of the "Million Dollar Rolodex" and teaching others how to do the same. She has trained and coached thousands of individuals in marketing, event production, business development and personal growth.
Shannon is the creator of a magnetic community the Business Acceleration Network, where she guides businesses to build a successful enterprise while having fun and making lots of money.

Larry Johnston
Larry Johnston grew up in Brevard County, where his family lived on a boat during his high school years. He has held a Merchant Marine captain's license and flight instructor and airline transport pilot rating. He retired after 17 years as a circuit judge and now writes and travels throughout the U.S. gathering material with his wife in their motorhome. He can be reached at LarryJohnstonFL@aol.com.

Dr. Bradley Clow
Dr. Bradley Clow is focused on helping as many people as possible reach their optimum health potential. He utilizes not only chiropractic adjustment but provides a complete spectrum of natural healthcare: individualized supplements, massage therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises. This allows Dr. Clow and his staff to focus on the needs of each individual.

Steve Vitani
Steve Vitani, a Realtor with RE/MAX Elite and certified luxury home marketing specialist, has been a multi-million-dollar producer each year since 2009. He was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2016 and recognized for being in the top 100 out of 5,500 RE/MAX agents in Florida. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Viera.

Dr. Chris Edwards
After practicing dentistry for five years in Honolulu and 20 years in Rhode Island,
Dr. Chris Edwards moved to Brevard County in 2002 and opened the Smile Design Center in Viera. He is a consummate learner and as his knowledge base expanded, he changed the name to the Smile Design and Wellness Center in 2015. He was certified as a doctor of naturopathy in 2013 and is accredited by the IAOMT. Dr. Edwards has been a forward thinker with regard to technology to enable a higher level of service to his patients. 

Haley Freymiller
Haley Freymiller DMD is trained to treat patients who have complex medical conditions, as well as those with special needs. She has extensive experience in treating cancer patients and has a keen interest in the oral-systemic connection. Freymiller is well versed in how much oral health impacts body health. 

Keith Gee
Keith  Gee,  Executive  Director  for  The  Childrens  Hunger  Project,  has  spent  his  entire  career  in nonprofit  management  and  fundraising.  He  volunteers  with  several  organizations  in  Brevard County  including  the  Rotary  Club  of  Suntree  and  helps  teach  the  Viera  High  School marching band  in  the  fall.

Edward  H.  Nessel
Edward  H.  Nessel  has  a  doctorate  in  clinical  pharmacy  and  is  a  biochemist  and  physiologist.  He is a published author and and has  been  a  swim  coach  for over  50  years,  coaching  seven  Olympians  in  that time.  He still trains in the pool several days a week and coaches others in his retirement. Visit
movingthroughwater.com or  email  him  at ednessel@aol.com

Tina  Lange
Tina  Lange  is  the  Melbourne-based  owner  of  Strategic  Ink  Public  Relations.  She  has  two  children,  Samantha  and  Alex,  two  dogs  and  a  growing  list  of  hobbies. She helped found the Postpartum Support Network, which helps suffering moms out of the darkness.

Marlene Winsten
Marlene Winsten believes that the key to finding more peace and freedom for yourself and more authenticity in relationships with friends, family and co-workers is using techniques that limit the negative impact of stress, anxiety, and past or recurrent issues. Marlene helps businesses improve their employees relaxation and meditation practices and in doing so, contributes to their productivity at work and to their contentedness and fulfillment at home.  

Marlene is an experienced educator with over 30 years teaching, consulting and training in the classroom and in the boardroom.  Over the last ten years she has honed her technique for introducing a meditation technique that can be easily integrated into working peoples busy lives.  She has worked in educational and health care environments and is now expanding her scope to work with a variety of professional and civic institutions, expressing her passion for bringing meditation practices to all. 

Piper Makepeace
Piper Makepeace spent 18 years in training with two spiritual masters to become certified to lead transformational seminars and meditation workshops around the world. Passionate about her work with people, Piper leads the 3-day Heart of the Matter Transformation Retreats, teaches meditation classes, and assists people through counseling and mediation.

Julie Melitas 
Julie Melitas is a preeclampsia survivor and chair of the Space Coast Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. The mother of two grew up in Massachusetts. The earned a B.S. in medical ethics from UMASS- Dartmouth and M.B.A. in healthcare management from Florida Tech.  Julie enjoys living near the beach, swimming and volunteering.

Jaimie Engle
Jaimie Engle writes stories where everyday kids become heroes. Her fantasy thrillers have received numerous awards and her non-fiction has hit Amazon's #1 New Release. She teaches craft through conferences, classes, and a podcast hosted by Space Coast Podcast Network based off her how-to Write a Book that Doesnt Suck on Amazon.

Kathryn Rudloff
Kathryn Rudloff is the executive director of weVENTURE Womens Business Center in the Florida Tech Bisk College of Business. weVENTURE accelerates growth for entrepreneurs by providing customized coaching, business education, mentorship and networking programs. For information or to register for courses and mentorship programs, visit
www.weventure.fit.edu or call 321-674-7007.

Michelle Mulak
Michelle Mulak-Brigman owns Good Vibrations Creative + Consulting, a boutique marketing and communications firm based in Cocoa Beach. A storyteller and artist in constant pursuit of active, outdoorsy fun, Michelle shares her adventures interactively through Workout Wanderlust social content, video, art, writing and experiences. 

Michelle Burke
Michelle Burke is the founder and Maven Maker of bossibly and co-founder of the Talent Management System (TMS). She aides business owners and young professional women alike by coaching them to become influential leaders. Using a unique system, she combines core values, strategy and metrics to help them create predictable results, accountability, profit and payback. 

Lori Marie Huertas
Continually seeking to develop partnerships that enhance the quality of students learning in the college system, Lori Marie Huertas brings a wealth of experience and education in marriage and family psychology and interdisciplinary studies. The regional recruitment manager at Barry University is pursuing her PhD in human services with a specialization in military families from Walden University.

Laurie Knisley
Laurie Knisley
, known as the ClayZ Lady, encourages young and old alike to get their art on. Whether it's pottery, painting, crafts, mixed media, journaling or needlework, she believes that art is the cheapest therapy available and the most fun. Laurie owns ClayZ Arts in Rockledge. She can be reached at 321-453-4848, GoCrazy@Clay-Z.com and ClayZArts.com.

Jennifer Johnson
CinchShare CEO & Founder Jennifer Johnson helps small business owners, direct sellers and solopreneurs maximize their social media marketing efforts with CinchShare a simple, yet powerful tool for social media management. CinchShare serves hundreds of thousands of users all over the world. Their software has helped people from all walks of life build their small business through social media marketing, education and community empowerment.