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Michael Mcleod, Editor at Large

Mike has been a journalist and educator for 40 years. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Orlando Sentinel and has taught writing at the Ohio State University, the University of Central Florida, and, currently, Rollins College. His own writing has been recognized with awards from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; the Missouri School of Journalism, The American Society of Newspaper Editors, The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, the Associated Press,; the Society of Professional Journalists and magazine associations in Florida and Ohio.

Jay Boyar, Arts Editor

Jay teaches at Rollins College and UCF. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times,Orlando Sentinel and Variety. A Pulitzer nominee, he has been honored by the Florida Magazine Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.

Rona Gindin, Dining Editor

Rona is a career-long restaurant reporter and has been an Orlando-area restaurant critic for 15-plus years. She created the original saveur.com website, authored a Disney guidebook, and is Zagat and Fodor’s go-to Orlando restaurant editor. Rona writes for national media outlets including epicurious.com and Endless Vacation, and talks about restaurants on regional TV news shows. Learn about upcoming dining events at ronarecommends.com.

Marianne Ilunga, Fashion Editor

Marianne is an image and fashion consultant who holds a degree in fashion merchandising and retailing. She is an expert in personal shopping, wardrobe styling, travel packing and closet makeovers. She travels all over the U.S. for her personal clients, and has served as a fashion contributor and wardrobe stylist for several local magazines. She has also hosted fashion events and styling parties for such retailers as Saks, Macy’s and Bloomingdales.