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 and an accomplished photographer, writer, and artist. She sits on the board of the National Parenting Media Association.  

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. 


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.