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Roxanne Brown

Originally from Nogales, Arizona, Roxanne worked in the customer service industry while writing independently for years. After moving to Florida in 1999, Roxanne eventually switched her career path to focus more on writing and went on to become an award-winning reporter for The Daily Commercial/South Lake Press newspapers for 16 years prior to coming on board with Akers Media as a staff writer in July 2020 – her dream job come true. Today, Roxanne and her husband Keith of more than 20 years, live in Clermont. They have three grown children: Megan, Darius and Julissa and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi Lulu. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing articles is talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their stories and learning about their passions, goals and heart. Overall, Roxanne is grateful for all the opportunities she's been given to personally witness and realize how much of a difference people can make and how every voice, big and small, really matters. In her spare time and besides writing, Roxanne enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music (especially on vinyl), Zumba, taking pictures, reading, watching movies, cooking with Julissa, and reality TV competition shows. As for her bucket list, Roxanne hopes to one day be a published author of children’s books and travel the world chasing sunsets.
Feeling all the feels

Feeling all the feels

After almost losing it all, a Mount Dora woman is living life true to herself, while helping others along the way. Photo: Nicole Hamel Sharon Simmons is a believer in the old saying regarding what one should do when life…
In the Kitchen: Simply buono!

In the Kitchen: Simply buono!

A local family is doing just what they love from the comfort of their passion-filled, from-scratch, aromatically pleasing kitchen in Montverde.  Photos: Nicole Hamel After years caught up in the hustle and bustle of the big restaurant world, Caleb and…
Person of Interest: Cheryl Cole

Person of Interest: Cheryl Cole

Sumter’s own fairy godmother makes special occasions magical for local women and teens in need. Vital Stats Family includes three kids, six grandkids, and five great grands. Enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, the beach, shopping, and watching…
On the fast track

On the fast track

A Lake County artist finds success and happiness showing off a splashy and rare art form that wows and inspires. Photos: Anthony Rao Face-to-face, Dale Henry is a relatively quiet, laid-back guy who loves to paint and who dabbles in…
Art from the heart

Art from the heart

Local artist strives to make a difference using art and touches many lives along the way.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Sawyer, 4, was at Leesburg’s Rodgers Park recently on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with her grandmother Juanita Petty and brother Luke,…
Fork on the Road: Farm-fresh goodness

Fork on the Road: Farm-fresh goodness

Local farmer takes organic farming to a higher level then serves what he reaps to the community with a side of heart.  Photos: Nicole Hamel When eating out, there’s nothing like knowing that every item on your plate was made…
Attractions: Treasure trove

Attractions: Treasure trove

Leesburg man finds joy in collecting for the collectors and giving gamers a place to do what they love. Photos: Cindy Peterson Mark Roberts, an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, has been collecting baseball and football…
Person of Interest: Lance Sewell

Person of Interest: Lance Sewell

Orlando Health South Lake president inspired by family, community and the values instilled by leaders that served before him. Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats: Awarded bachelor’s in business administration and master’s in accountancy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997 and 1998. …
A stretch above the rest

A stretch above the rest

Car accident leads to career change helping others improve lives through stretching. Photos: Nicole Hamel Volkan Ulgen was accompanied to a comfortably padded bench, where he was told to lay down on his back with his head atop a small…
Attractions: A chirp off the old block

Attractions: A chirp off the old block

‘Out-of-the-blue’ inspiration leads to the creation of nature lover’s paradise in Lake County.  Photos: Anthony Rao There is a hidden gem for nature lovers in south Lake County.  Attractions include walking trails highlighted with thousands of native plants, picnic areas,…
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