Karl Phillips, Publisher

Award Winning Fashion Photographer and founder of City Magazine, Karl Phillips, began his career in 1965. Phillips Studios opened their doors in 1965 at Crossroads Mall in Roanoke, VA and was the premier Photography Studio in the Roanoke Valley for over 25 years. Karl’s clients during that time included prestigious and nationally known corporations such as Glamour, Mademoiselle and Seventeen Magazine. Additionally, he was contracted by Avon, Wrangler, Hanes and Belk Department Stores. On a local level, he was the Chief Photographer for Sidney’s Women’s Retail stores for over 20 years. Karl was also a contracted photographer for world famous entertainers such as Ray Charles, James Brown, Tina Turner, Earth Wind & Fire, The Doobie Brothers, Rod Stewart and Peter Frampton. In 1996 he partnered with Diane G., current Editor of City Magazine, to establish Lifestyle. Media LLC. Their premier Arts, Cultural and Entertainment Magazine, City Magazine, celebrated 21 years this past January. karl@citymagazineonline.com

Diane G., Editor

Diane G., current Editor of City Magazine, began her fashion career in 1990 as a Studio Director for Phillips Studios in Roanoke, VA. Diane also modeled for various catalogs, including Sidney’s, Belk and Tanglewood Mall fashion brochures. In addition, she worked as the Modeling Director for Studios Ltd. Modeling Agency in Roanoke, then owned by Karl Phillips. Diane was a Fashion Coordinator for various catalog companies in the Roanoke Valley, as well as Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Abingdon VA. In 1992, she founded her own modeling agency, Studios II Ltd. Diane discovered a local talent, Natalie Bushkar, who eventually became a nationally known model by winning the Seventeen Maga-zine cover model contest and by gracing the cover of Seventeen Magazine in 1993. Her agency was offered a national modeling contract for Natalie by Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in NY City. In 1996, Diane partnered with Karl Phillips, Publisher of City Magazine, to create their award winning Arts, Culture and Entertainment magazine. She began her career in publishing and marketing as part owner and Advertising Director for City Magazine. Diane is now the current Editor of City Magazine, which celebrated 21 years this past January. diane@citymagazineonline.com

Lauren Fochtman, Creative Director

Lauren, a Southwest Virginia native, holds an AAS in Communication Designer and concentrates in graphic design, photography, illustration and fine arts. She loves working with bright, electric colors and her favorite is a summer shade of green. She seeks inspiration from everyday life and expresses herself through a variety of media and subject. Although she is primarily a graphic designer, she can not give up her love for using water-colors, gouache, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography and ink. Lauren’s other passions include music, nature, cooking, and traveling. lauren@citymagazineonline.com

Don Petersen

Don Petersen, former staff photographer for the Roanoke Times for twenty years. Petersen graduated from James Madison University, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. Now a freelance photojournalist, his work has appeared in Life Magazine Pictures of the Year, US News, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, People Magazine and other numerous national, state and local publications. Petersen owns and manages the historic Hartsook Building and the former ABC Building on The Roanoke City Market. donpete@cox.net

Gene Marrano

Gene Marrano is an award-winning print, news radio and cable TV journalist who has reported about people, places and events in the Roanoke Valley for almost twenty years. He has written for many local publications – including CITY Magazine – and for media outlets elsewhere during that time. He’s also an avid runner who makes good use of Roanoke’s growing greenway system – and recently has “dabbled” in the creative arts – appearing in several plays and painting. gmarrano@cox.net

John Schopp

Chef John Schopp is an ACF certified executive chef and pastry chef. He is the president of Center Stage Catering, Inc, as well as a full time culinary instructor at Virginia Western Community College. Schopp is also the chef at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature outside of Nashville Tennessee. He was recently featured on Food Network’s Halloween Baking Champion-ship and volunteer his time, supporting various causes in the Roanoke Valley. Schopp serves on the American Culinary Federation’s national certification commission and chairs the ACF national practical exam sub committee. jschopp@virginiawestern.edu

Jason Stubblefield, “Stub”

Stub is an award-winning wine blogger at CorkEnvy.com (2015 Wine Blog Awards), award-winning filmmaker (2016 International Wine Film Awards), co-host of “Wine Antics” on WBTVN.tv, co-host of the “One Bourbon, One Chard, or One Beer” podcast, and a regular contributor to Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS Roanoke. He firmly believes you can tae wine seriously without taking yourself too seriously. stub@corkenvy.com

Marissa Yi

Marissa is a fine ar film photographer and owner of Bella Muse, based out of Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. She travels the country to create authentic lifestyle portraits for her clients. When she isn’t behind the camera, she enjoys being active in the community, collecting antiques and all things vintage, shooting pool, and most of all, making her adorable daughter laugh. You can see her photography work at Bella-Muse.com. marissa@bella-muse.com

Elizabeth Matthews Jones

Elizabeth Matthews Jones lives in the Raleigh Court neighborhood of Roanoke with her husband, dogs, cat and seven chickens. There are many things that she loves about the Blue Ridge Region, including the variety of activities and agricultural products within a few miles of home. She is especially fond of camping and winery tours, especially if she can enjoy both at the same time! mommajonz@cox.net

Nicole Lenderking

Nicole Lenderking is a former news producer turned stay-at-home mom. She’s also an amateur photographer who volunteers her time and talent for various events and organizations around the valley, including Derby Nicole LenderkingDay Gala at Rockledge, Mill Mountain Zoo and Virginia Blue Ridge affiliate o Susan G. Komen. Nicole’s other passions include riding her horse, mountain and road bikes, running, hiking and spending quality time with her husband, son and friends. nlegard@yahoo.com