SoWal Staff & Contributors

Audrey Johnson, Writer

Upon realizing that life is too short not to follow her dreams, Audrey moved to the beach and became a writer. SoWal’s pristine beaches inspire her to explore further, look deeper, and do better.

Collis Thompson, Visuals Producer

Collis hails from South Texas, but while living in North Carolina he came across on the web and after many days and nights following the community from afar, decided South Walton was the place for him and his wife to be. Now he shares with others through graphics, photos, and video.

Jill Tanner, Writer

Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

Kurt Lischka, Publisher

As a happy ambassador of South Walton, Kurt loves to share SoWal with the world through stories, photos, videos, texting, social media, and even telephone. Moon Creek Studios

Larry Pentel, Writer

Captain Larry Pentel is a native of South Walton, growing up just 300 yards from the beach. Having fished the local waters for over 40 years, he is very familiar with all the different types of local fish, their habits, and most importantly - their habitats.

Lisa Comeau, Advertising Consultant

Lisa moved to the Emerald Coast from the Boston area. She loves the beach but also loves her New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. Maine lobsters fear her. Contact Lisa at 850-598-6821.

Lynn Nesmith, Writer

Lynn's career includes stints with Architecture Magazine and Southern Living. She's been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Architectural Record and Coastal Living. Lynn lives in Seagrove and writes from a third-story tower with a glimpse of the Gulf of Mexico. 30A Style

Susan Benton, Writer

A Gulf Coast native who now calls SoWal home, Susan spent much of her childhood traveling the world as the daughter of a Naval officer. Susan is known for her connection to area chefs, and her passion for promoting local farmers, businesses and artisans.

Teresa Lischka, Publisher

A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

W. Stacy Vereen, Designer/Developer

Stacy spends most of his time on the rivers near his Tennessee home, and on lonely mountain trails.

Whitney Rowan, Writer

Whitney loves the beach and loves a good time. Her specialty is keeping up with and writing about what is happening on the food, nightlife, music, and social scene in the South Walton area.