Family: I have two children, Clara, 7, and Wyatt, 4. My husband is Wes Rogers, who grew up on St. Simons. Our four-legged family members is a Vizsla puppy, Rosie. She is 6 months old.
Occupation: I am a public relations consultant with a focus on media relations for companies working in the technology sector.
School: I obtained my degree in international business administration (B.A.) and an M.Sc. in public relations and marketing from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt, Germany.
Years in the Golden Isles: I have lived here for about 10 years.
What is your favorite landmark? I could list many, but if I had to pick a favorite ... I like Gould’s Inlet on East Beach. I like it for its ever-changing and shifting landscape. It’s great for letting the kids explore the beach and for letting the dog run free. Plus, Wes and I got married right there, at the Villa De Sueños.
Tell us about your PR work in Europe: I have worked in PR for 15+ years, and started my own business about 10 years ago. I still have a strong network in Europe and most of my PR campaigns are still for the German market. In fact, I just travelled to host a media tour in Munich and I am going to Frankfurt for a conference next month. While traveling once in a while is fun, I do most of my work via email and conference calls from home. I like how it doesn’t really matter where I am based – that’s why my husband and I were able to go on a six-month trip on our sailboat to the Bahamas … all while still working. Plus, most of my clients and partners have a similar remote working set up. So I actually get to work with people from all around the world, such as Cornwall in England, the outback of Australia, Israel, Ireland etc.
Why did you decide to move to the Golden Isles from Europe? I did a high school exchange year when I was 17, in Pennsylvania. That triggered my love for traveling. I have lived all over the world: England, Spain, the Philippines. I met my husband in London, where we worked for the same company. We then moved to Berlin. He introduced me to this area one summer and it was just so beautiful. Quite frankly, we were done living in a big city environment. Our goal back then was ‘only’ to live where we could get out on the water and have a dog ... St. Simons is perfect for that. Turns out it’s also perfect for so much more. Since having kids, I can’t say enough positive things about raising them here. Being able to take them to the beach after school, the skate park and multiple playgrounds (some with ocean views), ice cream by the pier, spending summers at the pool ...
What is your favorite part about being a “local?” I personally wouldn’t consider myself a local just yet. I still find new “nooks and crannies” around the area all the time ... and that’s part of the fun of living in the Golden Isles.
A local you admire: That would be novelist Eugenia Price. I like reading and find it fascinating (and can relate to) how she fell in love with this area. It’s such a unique part of the world with its marshes, Spanish moss-draped oak trees, southern charm and history.
What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? Get out on the water. We love sailing. Visitors could for example do a sunset sailboat cruise or learn how to sail with Dunbar Yachts. Friends of ours own the nearby private island Little Racoon Key that offers day trips or overnight glamping experiences. You can always find a friendly member of the Surf Sailor Club, by the Coast Guard Station, to introduce you to windsurfing or sailing on a Hobie Cat. Then there is kayaking and SUP-ing with SouthEast Adventure, multiple fishing charters and you can even go out diving on one of the many reefs off the coast. The opportunities are endless ...