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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 Keith, her husband of nearly 22 years, live in Clermont. They have three children: Megan, 29, Darius, 19, Julissa, 17, and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing stories are talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their histories, 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, 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.
Person of Interest: Turning the page on a new life

Person of Interest: Turning the page on a new life

Reading transforms Eustis woman’s life. Photos: Douglas Tyler On paper, Johnnie Coley seemed pretty much set.  A 35-year social worker, published author, COVID-19 survivor and college-scholarship basketball player with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in human services…
Fork on the Road: A magical move

Fork on the Road: A magical move

Visit a real British pub without leaving Lake County.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Phil Barnard clearly remembers the final evening of a vacation he and his parents enjoyed 16 years ago. They were sitting outside on the patio of a restaurant…
Final Thought: Kindly speaking

Final Thought: Kindly speaking

Don’t just think it, say it. Most days of the month, every month, have a national cause for celebration attached to them, and January is no exception.  Of the month’s 31 days, 18 of them, according to nationalday365.com, are reserved…
Healthy Inspiration: Feel the beat

Healthy Inspiration: Feel the beat

Clermont woman spreading the healing joy of drumming. Photo: Nicole Hamel Marcela Malvido is known for drumming on her African djembe, or anything else she can tap a rhythm on. Marcela drums daily, and recently started the Clermont Drumming Circle,…
Social Club Spotlight: Keeping romance alive

Social Club Spotlight: Keeping romance alive

Couple strives to make every day a second honeymoon for themselves and others. Photo: Anthony Rao After five years of riding the shock of his wife leaving him, Mitchell Sheinbaum forced himself to attend a friend’s party, only to walk…
Attractions: The sweet smell of success

Attractions: The sweet smell of success

Business owner from Miami is looking forward to a bright future in Eustis. Photos: Anthony Rao Lake County will soon be home to a company whose owner is taking the candle business by storm. Karen Lawrence, who owns Lulu Candles…
Seeing double

Seeing double

In Lake County, a set of twin first responders are ready and raring to save the day, but can you tell them apart?   Photos: Nicole Hamel As kids, twin brothers Zach and Austin Sullivan frequently caused confusion since they looked so very…
It just makes scents

It just makes scents

Reunited couple finds happiness in home-based business and each other.  Photos: Anthony Rao Living frugally, clean and happy are the main goals for Ken and Alex O’Bright of Fruitland Park. They found that out serendipitously. In fact, that’s how most…
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