About Us

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.

2020 ExcellenceMonterey Bay Parent writers, designer, and editor received five awards of excellence from the Parenting Media Association for 2020.

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

Andrea Breznay

Andrea Breznay is the publisher of Monterey Bay Parent. Andrea relocated back to the Monterey Bay from Naples, Florida where she was the 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. Andrea is the mother of an adult daughter. Andrea is an accomplished photographer, writer, and artist. She makes her home in Pacific Grove. 

Email Andrea at abreznay@montereybayparent.com

Cheryl MillerCherilyn Miller is the advertising sales representative for Monterey Bay Parent. Cherilyn is a wife and a mother to a five-year-old daughter. Cherilyn spent half of her life growing up in New York but has lived in, and made, California her home since 1997. When not working, you will likely find Cherilyn volunteering at her daughter’s school, spending time with her family and friends, cooking or going to live theater. 

Email Cherilyn at cmiller@montereybayparent.com

D GarciaDeborah Garcia is our newest edition to the Monterey Bay Parent magazine, born and raised in our beautiful area, Deborah brings with her over 20 years of advertising sales and management experience. However, before her media career took flight, she was a full-time mom juggling six kids, sports practices, school yearbook, field trips, and volunteering with local non-profits. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, curating new recipes, gardening, and loves hanging out with her two adorable grandsons. 

Email Deborah at dgarcia@montereybayparent.com

TaraTara Bolosan is a senior at Syracuse University and is Monterey Bay Parent's Summer 2020 Intern. Tara is pursuing a career in digital media marketing and online journalism. When Tara isn't busy with school work she enjoys coffee and a good book, as well as spending time with her family.

Email Tara at intern@montereybayparent.com


Cheryl Maguire holds a Master of Counseling Psychology degree. She is married and is the mother of twins and a daughter. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Parents Magazine, AARP, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessing, Your Teen Magazine and many other publications. You can read Cheryl's articles here.

Susan Meister is a journalist, columnist, and community activist living in Pebble Beach. Susan’s writing was recently recognized with the 2020 Bronze Award from the Parenting Media Association. You can read Susan's articles here.

Katie Raquel is the founder of Katie’s Coldpress, a Realtor with Over the Moon Realty and the author of SQUEEZED: The Raw Truth About Work-Life Balance. She lives with her husband and three children in Monterey County. You can read Katie's articles here.

JL Schmidt is the mother of a high school student and a homeschooled special needs child. A former medic and police dispatcher living on the Monterey Peninsula, she works as a novelist and is the creator of LiteraryMonterey.com. You can read JL's articles here.

Robert (Rob) S. Weisskirch, MSW, Ph.D., CFLE is a Professor of Human Development at California State University, Monterey Bay and is a Certified Family Life Educator. He and his wife are parents to a chatty 5-year-old daughter and reside in Marina. Rob’s monthly column "Father's Day" was recently recognized with the 2020 Gold Award from the Parenting Media Association. You can read Rob's columns here.

Tricia Vlasak is a mother, grandparent, and wife and writes the monthly "Grandma Says" column. She works in law enforcement when she isn’t writing, hiking with her dogs, or going on Jeep adventures. You can read Tricia's columns here.

For information about contributing to Monterey Bay Parent, email abreznay@montereybayparent.com.