Meet Our Contributors


Mark Wallace Maguire

Director of Magazines Mark Wallace Maguire is an award-winning writer who serves as director of Cobb Life, Cobb Business Journal and Cherokee Life. Maguire has won more than a dozen awards for his work, including several first place awards, from organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists and Georgia Associated Press. He is also the author of the book,‘Letters from Red Clay Country’  and his novel, ‘Alexandria Rising’ slated to be published fall 2016 . You can read more about him at

LaTria Garnigan

Assistant Director of Magazines LaTria Garnigan has been a journalist for over 10 years and began her career as a staff writer, then editor with Neighbor Newspapers. She has found her groove with the magazines, contributing many articles that have afforded her the opportunity to meet some great people all while expanding her magazine design skills. When she’s not working, she enjoys finding new recipes to try, traveling and anything to do with the arts.


Joan Durbin

Food writer Joan Durbin has been in the writing business for over 30 years and her work has appeared in dozens of publications. Moving from Ohio to South Florida to metro Atlanta, and traveling up and down the East Coast, Joan has picked up a passing familiarity with a wide variety of cuisines, regional specialties and cooking procedures. She lives in East Cobb with a passel of dogs and cats and one sometimes exasperating but well-meaning man who retired and took up cooking as a hobby.

Meredith Pruden

Atlanta native Meredith Pruden is a ravenous technophile, social media fanatic, word nerd, finicky foodie, landlocked surfer and scuba diver, and an avid traveler raising a cheeky, soccer playing teenage son. When she’s not busy acquiescing to her wanderlust, chauffeuring her son to games or appeasing her gluttonous appetite (for food and for life), Meredith enjoys getting paid for being herself—a rebel raconteur. She has been published hundreds of times as a feature journalist in publications including, “Cover Magazine,” “Rolling Stone” and on “” In 2011 she was named one of “Atlanta’s Top Creatives” by “CommonCreativ Magazine.” You can follow her on

Stacey L. Evans

Contributor Stacey L. Evans has been a part of Cobb Life since its first issue. She has written numerous articles and designed thousands of pages for Cobb Life, Cherokee Life, Cobb Business Journal and Neighbor Newspapers. She is the former editor of Cobb Life’s “Brides” edition.

Michael A. Venezia

Michael A. Venezia is the Corporate Director of Education for United Distributors Inc. He is also Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University. He lives in East Cobb with his wife Patti, who recently retired as an ESL teacher at Wheeler High School. His hobbies include collecting wine corks which currently number more than 5,000, and traveling to food and wine destinations in search of those “gastronomic marriages made in heaven.”

Tammy DeMel

Columnist Tammy DeMel has worn the Miss America crown, walked the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and spent two days with a former president. This working mom and wife shares her stories at and her posts have been featured on such BlogHer, Blunt Moms, Midlife Boulevard, and Better After 50.

Jennifer Carter

Jennifer Carter is a photographer who recognizes roads on a map as “primary-colored possibilities” and odometer miles as “little victories.” She lives to travel, and her favorite thing in the world is waking up on a Saturday morning with a full tank of gas in her car and a fully-charged battery in her Canon 7D. Equally well, she loves putting down roots in her home county of Cherokee with her husband Benjamin, son Xavier, and her true blue hound dog Sadie Sue-Belle. Her photography has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, Woodstock Patch, and the city of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. See more of her work at

Therra C. Gwyn

Writer Therra C. Gwyn was born and raised in England, followed her taste buds to the American South, stuck a fork in and stayed. After working in professional theater, TV and film in Atlanta for 16 years she decided to sit down and write. Her articles have appeared in Mental Floss magazine, Creative Loafing, Encore Atlanta and the Native American Times, among other publications. She’s  the former publicist for Peter Tork of the Monkees, in addition to editing his advice column, “Ask Peter Tork.” Therra is the proud mom to four rescued dogs, two rescued cats and five urban chickens.

Jennifer Hafer

Jennifer Hafer is an award-winning writer and editor whose articles have appeared in several local and national publications. A former journalist, she has won numerous awards for deadline reporting, feature writing and advertising copy. She now works in public relations, garnering local and national publicity for her organization, including coverage by “USA Today,” “Diverse Issues in Higher Education” and “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” She and her husband live in Hickory Flat with their two daughters.

Michael J. Pallerino

Michael J. Pallerino is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of local and national publications. Over the past 25 years, he has won numerous awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award, recognized as the Pulitzer Prize for business-to-business magazines. While in the sports product industry, his monthly columns generated national attention from USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine, Sports Business Journaland BusinessWeek, among others. @mpallerino

 Sam Bennett

Photographer Sam Bennett’s work has appeared in publications including Bleacher Report, Cobb Business Journal, Marietta Daily Journal, Dawg Post and Score Atlanta. His company, Cutting Edge Images, Inc. specializes in portraits, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and event photography. You can learn more about him at