CEO + Editor-in-Chief
The idea of Bradenton Magazine came to me back in 2018 when I began noticing there wasn’t a place for many of my clients to showcase what they do or have to offer besides in the newspapers and digital platforms. Marketing is my passion, creativity drives me and helping small businesses excel is what I do. So, I started looking for Bradenton Magazine, but there was not one…why? I personally love to pick up a magazine and flip through the pages discovering new places, reading stories and I love the recipes. So after a lot of planning, a pause in 2020 and the drive to just do it, here we go!
Our mission is simple: Support Local.
Roxanne is the owner of RoxC LLC, a layout and design firm specializing in magazines and newsletters. Having lived in many places throughout the country, the sunny beaches of Florida’s west coast are at the top of the list of favorites.
Her curiosity of nature keeps her growing and experimenting in her flower and herb gardens as well as walking in the woods of the Smoky Mountains with her husband, and a camera in her hand.
Bernadette ( Bernie) Gottschalk
Bernie Diroff Gottschalk has resided in the Manatee/Sarasota region for over 48 years. She’s passionate about our local scene so it was an easy choice to join the BMag team.
Bernie spent the 70’s and 80’s in the hospitality world at Marina Jack Restaurant, Charlies Crab and Shenkels on Longboat Key. In the 90’s she had the joy of owning Elegant Servants a staffing service for caterers and private house parties . Lots of late nights and lots of desserts! A stint at golf course marketing for National Fairways followed by 13 fabulous years in sales at Visit Sarasota .
Bernie spends her semi-retirement fishing with her husband and son- especially during Tarpon Season , Florida day trips, the Tampa Bay Rays , The Lightning and The Bucs. Oh she says eating is her favorite sport!
Kelly Stilwell is the content creator at Food, Fun & Faraway Places, a blog about travel and food. Though Kelly has traveled to more than 30 countries in the last 10 years, she loves having Bradenton as her home base. Her favorite things about the area are the beaches and fresh seafood.
Visit her website, Food, Fun & Faraway Places, at kellystilwell.com
A lifelong lover of the written word, Kendra Gemma has made a career of writing and editing. She specializes in tourism, retail and interior design/home improvement. While Kendra has traveled throughout the world for work and pleasure, she’s always happy to return home to Bradenton/Manatee County, where she enjoys exploring the area’s locally owned shops and restaurants, cultural amenities and outdoor attractions. In her spare time, Kendra gives back to the community by serving in a volunteer organization and on the board of a professional association.
Born and raised in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, Nicole is a true native who graduated from Pine View School for the Gifted, concurrently earning her HS Diploma and Associate’s Degree from State College of Florida. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from the Zimmerman School for Mass Communications at USF. There, she was an active member of PRSSA which inspired her current involvement with the local PRSA and CWC-FPRA chapters. She’s worked with both agency and in-house environments, previously working as the associate director of communications at ATLARGE, a Sarasota-based creative agency, and now holding her role as director of marketing and communications at Firmo Construction. Her work with different industries, ranging from nonprofits and healthcare to corporate and construction, as well as her love for the community continue to inspire her writing.
Sarah Fish is a freelance writer, musician, and artist with a passion for travel, nature, and a love of Bradenton’s deeply rich culture and history. She has been a member of the creative community for over 20 years and more of her work can be found at www.sarahjellyfishcreations.wordpress.com.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Travis now resides in Bradenton. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at Finlandia University, which is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he also played NCAA Division 3 hockey. He is an active member of the CWC-FPRA Chapter. In his spare time, his hobbies include golfing and spending time at the beach. Travis continues to stay involved with the sport of hockey as an on-ice official.
Emma is a native of Manatee County and a graduate of Florida State University. She completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 before working for 5 years in administration and operations in the brewing industry in both California and Colorado. She has worked as a freelance writer in print and digital media since 2013. In addition to her contribution to Bradenton Magazine, Emma currently writes for Nextgen Magazine and The Amity Program—as well as providing copy for several companies in the hospitality and luxury goods industry. She has been a contributing columnist to the Bradenton Herald and previously managed copy for Sierranevada.com. Emma currently resides in Bradenton.
Beth Hearn Douglas is a writer and marketing communications professional with a passion for communications in the areas of healthcare, senior care, and dementia education. With a B.A. in Journalism and a career in marketing for industries such as tourism, hospitality and technology, she has now decided to focus on healthcare and senior care industries. She is passionate about promoting programs that promote health, dignity and quality of life for seniors, throughout the journey of aging.
Dr. Meredith Butulis
Dr. Meredith Butulis, guides people to build sustainable fitness and wellness through movement education. She brings over 20 years of experience as a Sports Medicine Physical Therapist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and ISSA Yoga Instructor, as well as a physique and lifestyle transformer, herself.
Want more total fitness lifestyle inspiration and interaction? Visit http://MeredithButulis.com to find links to the ISSA Fitness Coaching Certification, YouTube “Fitness Comeback” workouts, Facebook “Fitness Focus Fuel” group, Mobility | Stability Equation workbooks, and the Fitness Lifestyle for Busy People podcast. Prepare to enhance your sustainable wellness journey!
A. Catherine Photography
Catherine moved from a seasonal Pennsylvania to sunny Bradenton in August of 2014. A lover of shadows and natural light, she has used the camera to capture unique visions of people, places and nature. Catherine has made it her mission to provide a professional eye to help advance local businesses and shine light on overlooked talent. A. Catherine is available for events, portraits (pet, individual or family) and brand photography, such has headshots or product images. Stop by ACatherinePhotography.com and allow her Eye to Capture U! www.acatherinephotography.com