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.

Harbor Partin, Writer

Harbor was born on the Emerald Coast and is proud to be a Floridian. When he's not writing for Sowal or running day-to-day operations for Salt Paddleboards, Harbor tries to spend as much time as he can on the water, either sailing or chasing elusive gulf surf.

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.

Leanne King, Writer

Living and writing in Tennessee, Leanne could no longer settle for temporary trips to the Emerald Coast. Realizing that she was holding her breath waiting for the next visit, she moved to be here where the breathing comes more easily and the living is more alive.

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.

Manny Chavez, Writer

Manny and his wife Kris moved to the Emerald Coast in 1992. After 16 years as staff photographer for The Houston Post, Manny has successfully transitioned to creative weddings and beach portraits. Website

Molly Parker, Visuals Producer

Molly Parker hails from Albany GA and has lived on a Caribbean island and a Colorado mountain. She never wants to leave SoWal though. Too many chickens in the yard for that.

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.