SoWal Staff & Contributors


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Teresa Lischka

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.

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Zandra Wolfgram

Known for erupting into spontaneous celebration at the least of provocations, when Zandra is around a champagne toast is likely to occur. When she isn’t hanging with her family and her sullen American Bulldog, she loves to stroll the beach, experiment with recipes, browse art shows and take in live theater, music concerts and festive fêtes.

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Larry Pentel

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. Captain Larry is the owner of Dead Fish Charters

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Sarah Robertson

After years of May and October visits to South Walton, Sarah Murphy Robertson and her husband and young son made the leap to become locals in March 2011. Along with long lazy days spent beachside, Sarah also loves watching documentaries, voracious reading, spinning a witty pun, and homemade bread just out of the oven.

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Manny Chavez

Manny has been a working photojournalist his entire career and is now writing stories/taking pix for He and his wife Kris live in Seagrove and have “seen a lot come and go.” Lots of stories have been told, with lots more to come!

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Kimberley Sabens

Kimberley Sabens grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and made the move to South Walton in 2014. She has a knack for accents and being over animated while storytelling. She enjoys painting, beach and boat days, time with her kids, gardening, and lots of coffee!

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Molly Parker

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.

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Amanda Lawson

Amanda has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember, and she's earned a living at it since around the turn of the century. A native of Columbus, Ga., she has been all over the world with her U.S. Navy husband, Brent. They are happiest taking family walks with their new daughter, Ruby, and two pups, Turbo and Maddie. Amanda loves a good meal (especially if it finishes with a crème brulee), thrifting, red wine and reading. She holds a journalism degree from Auburn University. 

Lisa Comeau

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.

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Abby Eller

Abby hails from nearby Niceville and loves the beach as much as anyone that ever lived. Her background in event planning, branding, and marketing allows her to share her love of the beach with the world.

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Audrey Johnson

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.

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Kurt Lischka

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.

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Kerri Parker

Kerri's friends and family have always said she was a great ambassador for South Walton. Through nearly two decades of experience in marketing, Kerri has learned story sharing is an art form.

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Stacy Vereen

Stacy has been helping SoWal with site design and development since 2010. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.