Anu Varma Panchal – Associate Editor
Associate Editor Anu Varma Panchal has a master’s degrees in journalism and more than 15 years of experience writing and editing for newspapers and magazines in Illinois, Iowa and Florida. She has lived in Florida for more than 10 years, and enjoys raising her two daughters in Tampa Bay.
When Anu isn’t writing or editing for area publications, she’s busy driving her kids to all their music and dance activities. She volunteers regularly in her daughters’ schools and Parent Teacher Associations, and spent a wonderful two years immersed in local history as a volunteer in the Tampa Bay History Museum’s Collections department. Although her idea of the ultimate good time is usually found between the pages of a book, Anu also enjoys yoga, her book club, travel, theater and area food and music festivals.
Chris Kuhn – Calendar and Neighborhood Stories
Chris Kuhn is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in the Bay area for over 20 years. She is also the author of THE MUSE UNLOCKED, a contemporary romance, and recently completed her latest book OUR SEASONS, a literary collection of short stories and poetry, available in November 2015. She previously served as editor for Skirt! Tampa Bay magazine and has written for various local print and online publications including The Tampa Tribune, Destination Tampa Bay and 83 Degrees. When she’s not working, Chris enjoys spending her free time visiting with family, discovering new local Thai restaurants, and exploring art, books, music, movies and museums.
Ralf Gonzalez – Account Executive
Originally from Miami, Ralf now lives in Wesley Chapel. He is a proud new father. Ralf joined the staff of Tampa Bay Parenting in 2014 and is excited to bring his knowledge of sales relationships to the Tampa Bay Community.
Kimberlee McCluskey – Bookkeeper
Kimberlee is the managing member of Employee of the Month LLC., and although her company provides virtual services for legal & other professional offices around the Bay Area, she provides bookkeeping services in-house with Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.
Dr. Jill Hechtman, MD – Ask the Doctor
Jill Hechtman started her medical career at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth Dominica. After medical school she started an anesthesiology residency in Chicago at RUSH University, where she met the love of her life, Dr. Jason Hechtman. After completing two years of Anesthesiology, Jill decided that she desired to be an OB/GYN, and transferred to Wayne State University for her four year residency in OB/GYN. After completion, both Jason and Jill moved to Tampa.
Since moving to Tampa, Jill has become the Medical Director of Tampa Obstetrics and is currently also serving as the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital in Tampa. She is the past Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brandon Regional Hospital and served on the hospital’s Board of Trustees for 2 years. She is a frequent face in local media as “Dr. Jill” and is also answers reader questions as our Dr. Mom. Jill was also recently appointed as a member of the Florida House of Representatives Medicaid Low Income Pool Council. She is also featured in various videos about pregnancy, which can be found on her website under “Patient Education”. One of her proudest moments was the birth of her daughter. The two of them share a common interest in horses.
Jennifer Burby – Contributor
Jennifer Burby is a full time attorney at the Tampa office of a large Florida law firm. She is the blogger at The Champagne Supernova, and has received national acclaim as a writer for The Today Show blog and is routinely featured in The Huffington Post. When she’s not cranking out billable hours or writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Lisa-Marie Leihy – Social Mom
Lisa-Marie and her family are always ready for adventures! From outdoor activities to arts and cultural events, they’re happy to explore all of Tampa Bay’s offerings. Lisa-Marie serves as a member of the Try It Team for WTSP Channel 10 and is the original Mom Squad member for Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.
Christina Sanders Fontana – Social Mom
Tampa native Christina Fontana, is a stay at home Mom to Mila born February of 2013. She met her husband in June of 2010 and they have been inseparable ever since. She loves to sing and currently serves as the Vocal Director at South Tampa Fellowship. Christina also volunteers her time as a “SERVE speaker” in Hillsborough County Schools and teaches the “Sex Education, STD training and Healthy Life Choices” portion of the required curriculum for High School Students. She also established her own 501C3 called “MyChoice Counts” in 2011, in an effort to fund the education she provides to the schools. In addition to having plenty of family time, Christina enjoys to work out, eat healthy, and invest her time and efforts into young people and the Junior League of Tampa. You can find Christina on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. She always says that “strangers are just friends that I have not met yet.” Stay tuned for her posts on consumer products and events.
Nicole Barolo – Layout & Design
Nicole Barolo is the mompreneuer behind the boutique graphic design shop, Page Four Creative. A Tampa native, you can usually find her spending time outside with her husband and spirited five and seven-year-old boys When she’s not creating art, she loves learning new things, listening to indie rock, and wine and cheese parties. Nicole is excited to be a part of the creative team at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.
Sarah Stoulil – Editorial Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Editorial Assistant, Sarah Stoulil, has a degree in Vocal Performance Musical Theatre, as well as minors in Business and Entrepreneurship. Originating from California, Iowa, and Kansas, she is happy to now call Tampa home. When not keeping Tampa Bay Parenting organized behind the scenes, you may see her portraying many of your favorite princesses with Parties with Character.
Julianne Hendrickson – Life & Home Contributor
Julianne Hendrickson is the owner of Hendrickson Interiors. She manages dozens of accounts ranging from playroom re-designs to full home sourcing and styling in the Tampa Bay area. She also offers e-design to clients outside of Tampa Bay. There are many ways to utilize Julianne’s resources. She is available to work for you as a consultant in order to answer any design questions for projects you feel comfortable tackling on your own, but she can also completely source, layout, and design a room from start to finish without you lifting a finger. She works with a multitude of professionals ranging from carpenters and contractors to painters and electricians. Julianne feels that design doesn’t have to cost you top dollar in order to look and feel beautiful. There are so many options in furnishing and decorating your home. Julianne enjoys the “hunt” for a great deal and the perfect finishing touch so that every room she designs meets the unique style and physical needs of the client.
Michelle Bremer – Beauty & Style Contributor
With over twenty years of experience in the fashion industry, Fashion Expert Michelle Bremer provides trusted expertise as a wardrobe consultant, retail advisor, and public speaker to personal and commercial clients alike. Michelle believes that fashion is both an art and a science, and she knows the formula to create eye-pleasing ensembles… “It’s all about the details”. Whether she is working one-on-one in the closet of a personal client, acting as creative director for a retail partner’s e-commerce launch, or speaking to an audience about current trends or what’s appropriate to wear to work, Michelle delivers meticulous, results-driven service and award-winning leadership to ensure success for her clients. With degrees in fashion design, merchandising and business, Michelle’s industry knowledge combined with a passion for helping her clients succeed makes her a highly reputable resource in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
Anna Tataris de Jesus – Family Fun/Travel Contributor
Anna Tataris de Jesus is an Emmy–nominated television journalist with a passion for traveling with her family. After 15 years on camera, Anna gave up hard news for travel reporting. In 2012, she and her husband Roy, also an Emmy–nominated television journalist, created “The Great Escape Plan” to travel Europe with their daughter Sophia and son Nikolas. Together they create videos for social media and their website TheGreatEscapePlan.com in hopes to inspire other families to travel Family Style.
Laura Byrne – Creative Director/Writer/Online and Print Editorial Manager
Laura Byrne is an award winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours and she encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events with her by emailing email@example.com.