About Monterey Bay Parent

Monterey Bay Parent serves the families of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. The foundation of MBP is our monthly print publication. Each issue is filled with articles that make parenting in the Monterey Bay easier and more enjoyable. You'll also find a robust calendar of events filled with fun and informative things to do in the area in each print issue and on our website.

You can reach the Monterey Bay Parent Magazine office at 831-582-1373 or by email by clicking here.


Andrea BreznayAndrea Breznay is the publisher of Monterey Bay Parent. Andrea relocated back to the Monterey Bay from Naples, Florida where she was founder and publisher of Neapolitan Family, SWFL Special Needs Family, Bonita/Estero Family, and SWFL Retiree magazines. 

Andrea lived in Monterey County for many years after graduating from The University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the mother of an adult daughter. Andrea is an accomplished photographer, writer, and artist. She makes her home in Pacific Grove. 


Nicole AmaralNicole Nancy Amaral is a Monterey native who never ventured away from Monterey County. She graduated from Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to California State University of Monterey Bay. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2001 and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2002 and went on to teach 7-12th-grade in Marina for nine years.

Nicole received her Master's of Education in Curriculum in 2006 from University of Phoenix online. She worked as an online facilitator for University of Phoenix in 2009-2016. 

She became licensed as a Zumba instructor in 2009 and teaches at a few local gyms. She also obtained her Real Estate Broker's License in 2009. 

After her son was born in 2013, Nicole decided to focus primarily on raising him and taking care of her family. She enjoys posting all of the upcoming local family-friendly events, classes, workshops etc. for the whole community. 

Nicole is the Calendar and Copy Editor for Monterey Bay Parent Magazine.


Katie BegleyKatie Begley is a graduate of the US Naval Academy. After serving five years as a Surface Warfare Officer stationed in Virginia, Katie transitioned and earned a Master's of Education from Johns Hopkins University while working as a Special Educator in Hawaii. She has enjoyed traveling with her family and participating in so many different communities.

Katie is currently living in Monterey with her husband and son while her husband attends the Naval Postgraduate School.

Katie is a sales executive with Monterey Bay Parent serving Monterey Peninsula and Salinas and also writes the monthly "Military Mom" column.


Ben Katz

Ben Kaatz has been operating Ben Kaatz Photography on the Monterey Peninsula since 2006. A recent winner of the Monterey Herald's Best Photographer, Ben's services include family and event photography, high school senior portraits, executive portraits, and much more.

Ben lives in Pacific Grove with his wife and two daughters. He has been volunteering his photography services for the Monterey County Youth Museum for almost a decade.

You can reach Ben at 831-297-2000 or at www.BenKaatzPhotography.com.