Who We Are
Our staff is proud to publish vibrant stories focused around Living on the Suncoast. More than 50,000 readers love what we do! Our mission is to cover the people, places and ideas of our great region with verve, independence and accuracy.
Our staff members are experienced in their fields and also share a commitment to the community. We personally live on the suncoast, making it our home. We care about our neighbors, their families and their businesses.
Sondra is our chief editor and publisher. Sondra is also a producer and public relations coordinator. Previously, she was V.P. of Communications for SMR, the developer of Lakewood Ranch and has 14 years experience as a journalist working with The Business Radio Network, Hillsborough Television, WUSF Radio, Channel 10 TV in Tampa/St. Petersburg and Bay News 9 TV. She has a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from DeVry University.
Her non-profit involvement includes Manatee Glens, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Humane Society of Manatee County. She is on the advisory board of the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. She’s the mother of Garrett, a student at the University of Central Florida, and Hope, an ineducable Jack Russell Terrier.
Mary has owned the Creative Spark design studio since 1994. Her primary focus is on Project Management and Graphic Design, but she also does concept development, art direction and marketing. She has created hundreds of school library books, dozens of magazines and other publications, and multitudes of advertisements as well as brochures, posters, conference materials and more.
Mary has a B.A. in Journalism & Marketing from California State University at Long Beach and an AA in business from Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA. Originally from New York and then California, she now lives in Lakewood Ranch with her husband, Andy and their chihuahua, Bubbles.