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Our Staff + Contributors

Laura Byrne - Creative Director and 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 to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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Anu Varma Panchal – Associate Editor + Writer

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.

Contact Anu: editor@tbparenting.com

Sarah Rigby - Operations Manager / Editorial Assistant / Layout + Design

Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance-Musical Theatre, minors in Business and Entrepreneurship and an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. Originally from Iowa, Sarah is happy to now call Tampa home. When not keeping TBPM organized behind the scenes you can find her serving at church, sipping a good cup of coffee, or out on the boat with her husband and furbaby, Biscuit.

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Ralf Gonzalez – Account Executive

Originally from Miami, Ralf now lives in Wesley Chapel. He is a proud father to two sweet girls. 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.

Contact Ralf: ralf@tbparenting.com

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.

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Tina Cardoso - Cover Photographer

Tina is the owner of Howie Mac Photo, a local photography business specializing in branding and family portraits. With 18 years of marketing experience, Tina has the eye for images that make sense for your brand, and your heart

Tina grew up learning to see all things with your heart, not just your eyes from her grandfather (Howie Mac). Capturing the perfect moment, not just the perfect pose, Tina helps businesses and entrepreneurs share the heart of their business with brand photography, as well as families documenting their story and major milestones – with a little fun and a lot of love!

Tara Payor, Ph.D. - Editorial Contributor

Tara Payor earned a Ph.D., in curriculum and instruction, from the University of South Florida. She’s a language arts educator and has taught students from the middle school level to adult learners at the doctorate level. A member of the Junior League of Tampa and KNOW Women, she has two children—Harlow and Hendrix.

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.

Maggie Rodriguez - Editorial Contributor

Maggie Rodriguez co-hosts the nationally-syndicated lifestyle show, Daytime on WFLA, Channel 8. She recently returned to tv after taking a 10-year break to raise her two children. During her career, Maggie reported and anchored the news in Miami, Los Angeles, and at the network level in New York as the host of The Early Show on CBS. She now lives in South Tampa, which she calls the perfect place to raise a family.

Julie Tingley - Editorial Contributor

Julie Tingley is an 8-year Tampa transplant who has found her way through numerous professional and parenting transitions by maintaining focus on her daily inspirations: Ella, 6, and Kate, 3. With a vision of a better future for her girls, she has introduced the KNOW Book + Tribe, a women’s publication and community, to Tampa Bay.

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