Staff Bios

Bernard McCormick

Bernard McCormick is the publisher of Gulfstream Media Group, which operates the flagship magazine Gold Coast. He was part of the staff that pioneered the modern city magazine at Philadelphia before moving to Florida in 1970. A graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, he roots for all Big Five basketball teams, except when they play the Explorers. 


Kim Capen

Kim Capen is the publisher of Stuart Magazine. She has lived in Stuart since 1962. “Stuart is what I know better than any other area in the world. I have loved it and lived its essence for most of my life,” she says.

Kim has had an articulate and visionary professional career in magazines for more than two decades and has experience in all facets of sales and marketing in a consultative role. She possesses outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills and an inherent ability to build effective and cohesive teams.

Kim has launched additional magazines, including a wedding magazine and a charity magazine, and grew a Palm Beach magazine along with several resort books around Florida. Many of these were tied into events and into successful sales and revenue.

Kim has been the chairwoman of several successful charities. Through all of these magazines, successful venues, speaking events and social functions, Kim has helped the community evolve to where it is today.
 
Her creativity and lifelong learning has helped Stuart Magazine become what it is today: true to its nature and people.  


Kayla Walsh

Kayla Walsh is the administrative and marketing assistant for Stuart Magazine. In addition to contributing editorial ideas, Kayla oversees the office and maintains the packed schedule publisher Kim Capen keeps. Kayla also coordinates events, manages special promotions, organizes contests and helps enhance Stuart Magazine's multitude of sponsorship opportunities uniquely tailored to showcase area nonprofits, charities, philanthropists, corporations and small businesses. You can reach Kayla at kayla@gulfstreammediagroup.com.


Melissa Puppo

Melissa Puppo joined Gulfstream Media Group as associate editor upon graduating from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She held numerous student media positions, including editor-in-chief of A Magazine, Kent State's fashion publication. She served as a student ambassador for the College of Communication and Information and interned at WHIRL Magazine. Although she hails from Pittsburgh, South Florida was always a part of her life growing up. She won't be trading in her black and gold spirit anytime soon, though, and will gladly cheer for all Pittsburgh sports team, especially the Pirates. You can find her checking out the local food scene or happily catching some rays at the beach in her free time.


Kayla Ziadie

Kayla Ziadie is the web editor for Gulfstream Media Group. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and communications. While at UF, she was a reporter for NPR/PBS affiliate WUFT News, president of the UF Society of Professional Journalists and a senior editor for Her Campus Media. Alongside writing and editing, she also specializes in AP Style, search engine optimization, blogging and social media. In her free time, she loves to plan future travels, spend time with her godson and attempt new Pinterest recipes (emphasis on "attempting").


Craig R. Cottrell

Our esteemed art director was born in New York and raised in South Florida. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. While destiny initially pointed to a career as an illustrator, like his grandfather, graphic design and eventually web design became his focus. He joined Gulfstream Media Group in 2000 and was promoted to art director soon after. As art director, his duties include the design of all editorial pages and covers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, playing guitar and the endless pursuit of breaking par.


Susan Dorta

Susan Dorta earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Graphic Design at Barry University, and she puts it to good use as the Graphic Artist at Gulfstream Media Group. During her time at Barry, she earned high honors, her work was exhibited in Barry’s gallery multiple times and she redesigned the university’s radio station logo. She also served as the Assistant Marketing Coordinator for The Department of Student Involvement & Engagement, and the Graphic Designer for the university’s newspaper, The Barry Buccaneer. Susan also published an academic paper in Queens City Writers’ Journal, titled “Greek Mythology and Modern American Comic Books: How the Heroes of the Ancients Influenced the Superheroes of Today.” Overall, Susan considers herself to be someone who’s passionate about life in general—especially fiction, as the topic of her paper suggests. In her free time, she’s likely creating graphics for fun, talking about her favorite fictional characters or reading about space, dinosaurs and other fascinating aspects of the universe.