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THE LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE OF THE SOUTH SANTA CLARA VALLEY Meet Our Writers ROBIN SHEPHERD is a journalist and marketing executive. Robin’s career has included corporate executive, creative agency director and consulting roles, and work in marketing, advertising, PR and social media. She also advocates for non-profits dedicated to social justice and environmental conservation. Robin is a resident of Morgan Hill. SAM BOZZO is a past president of the Gilroy Garlic Festival and a demonstration chef. He cooks, and published a book Any Bozzo Can Cook with Gene Sakahara — together they are known as the “SakaBozzo” twins — separated at birth. He and his wife of 47 years, Judy, have two sons and three grandchildren who also live in Gilroy. KELLY BARBAZETTE is a 15-year resident of Gilroy. She, her husband Chris and their two daughters love calling Gilroy their hometown. Kelly is the development coordinator at St. Mary School. She enjoys reading, cooking, travel, and spending time with family and friends. MIKE MONROE has lived and worked in this area for over 30 years. He is active in the Morgan Hill Historical Society, a local businessman, volunteer at local parks, and the sponsor of a natural history program in Morgan Hill. LAURA WREDE is a Gilroy freelance writer, artist, and photographer. Her award winning art and photography are shown at various online venues, galleries, and exhibits and held in private collections throughout the USA, Canada, and the UK. Her book, My Ocean, was released in 2013. SHERRY HEMINGWAY spent her childhood after lights out with a book and flashlight under the covers. With degrees from Kent State University and Harvard University, her lifelong career was in journalism and public relations. Her hobbies are travel in (very) remote countries, volunteering, and two book clubs. Professional writer ELIZABETH BARRETT’s columns and feature articles have appeared regularly in the Central Coast publications for the past 30 years. A fourth generation Gilroyan, she is descended from the pioneer Chesbro family. Her volume, Images of America: Carmel Valley was published by Arcadia Press in January 2010. CRYSTAL HAN is a freelance writer and artist. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation/Illustration. She aspires to become a novelist and is currently working on two books. Crystal enjoys baking, exercising, analyzing films with friends, and reading. She is also an avid cat lover. EMMA BARBAZETTE is 11 years old and in 6 th grade. She was born and raised in Gilroy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys drawing, reading, and crafting fun projects. Published By IPC PUBLISHING A Division of InfoPOWER Communications PROOFERS Susan Patereau / Kelly Barbazette EDITOR J. Chris Mickartz SOCIAL MEDIA Susan Patereau ASSISTANT EDITOR Robin Shepherd PHOTOGRAPHY/WEBSITE Larry J. Mickartz DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Edgar Zaldana ADVERTISING Jackie Starkovich COMMUNITY EVENTS & INFORMATION Submit for free inclusion, space permitting. © Copyright 2006-15. All rights reserved. No part, either editorial or display advertising, may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher and author. G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MARCH / APRIL 2015 CONTRIBUTORS Aging Dorie U. Sugay Finance Jeffrey M. Orth / Daniel Newquist Insurance David Villar / Carl Schindler Real Estate Marta Dinsmore / Teri Nelson Gardening Erin Gil Dentistry Jernell Escobar DDS Home Financing Jayson Stebbins Interior Decorating Carol Spence Carr Remodeling David Domenichini Tourism Jane Howard gmhtoday.com 7