Old Beach Journal is a premier publication celebrating the coastal Style of Life in Newport, Rhode Island. Dedicated to sharing the best of what Newport has to offer with a vibrant and inspiring perspective on exploring the island and New England coastline.
Heidi Brueggeman, Founder & Editor in Chief
Descending from generations of printers and publishers, Heidi’s love for print media is in the blood. Heidi has found herself at proverbial crossroads to create Old Beach Journal with her experience working as a stylist, jewelry designer, antique dealer, and event planner.
Heidi Brueggeman, originally from the freshwater shores of Northeastern Ohio, made Newport her home at the start of the last millennium by way of Elon College and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Detours to other states in recent years only amplified her love for this unique city-by-the-sea and led her back to settle in Newport permanently.
Sarah Fernandez, Deputy Editor
Sarah has lived in many places, but the only place she’s ever called “home” is Aquidneck Island. After more than 10 years in the home furnishings industry, Sarah can now be found at her own Newport home decor shop, Chateau & Bungalow, and online at the blog from which it started. Sarah has had her work featured in and has contributed to many local and national media outlets including TLC.com, DuJour, Apartment Therapy, Yahoo Shine, Parentables, Naturally Savvy, Newport Weddings, and Newport Life.
Ellen Rohlfing, Art Director
Ellen Rohlfing, a Flagler College Alum, is a fine artist and a graphic designer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When she is not glued to a computer screen or a piece of paper, she is walking around Newport – no matter the weather – she loves it all!
Susie Hill, Contributor
Susie Hill is a Mississippi girl turned Newporter. Married to Buddy Hill, she is the proud mother of Beau, Ali and Tori Hill. Susie has worked in development, fundraising and event planning for the past 30 years as well as serving on numerous school and foundation boards. She loves living in Newport, is an avid tennis player and SEC Sports fan– especially Ole Miss (where she attended college) and is currently working on her golf game. She is thrilled to be a part of this insightful, intelligent and talented group of people involved in this wonderful publication.
Jane Beezer, Contributor
Jane Beezer has an extensive athletic background, competing at the National and International level in road cycling and mountain biking; at the National level in field hockey and lacrosse; National level in Track and Field. Jane currently competes in cycling, Ironman 70.3 events and local road races. Jane founded Train with Jane athletics over 20 years ago and currently holds numerous certifications including Balanced Body Pilates, IM=X Pilates, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, Post-Rehab Conditioning, USA Cycling and Triathlon Coaching. In addition, Jane holds a Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
Donna Kelly, Contributor
Presently, the balance of motherhood, a career in education and “creative time” affords Donna the opportunity to enjoy seeking treasures from the sea, vintage shops or estate sales. When not in the classroom or with her own children, Donna dedicates her energy toward a local non profit where she sits on the board and passionately advocates for its mission. Known as a naturally funny gal, a lover of nature and looking up to the stars, Donna resides with her husband and their two beautiful children in a home that is in constant motion, rearrangement and the willing recipient of paint colors that can be found in gems collected from her local beach.
Genevieve Rozansky, Contributor
Genevieve Rozansky, born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has called Newport, Rhode Island home since receiving her B.A. in Communications from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. She has enjoyed a career in Fashion for the past 11 years and currently is the Manager of J. McLaughlin, Newport. Genevieve is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Star Kids and numerous committees for various charitable organizations. She loves spending her free time with her husband, two children and friends…enjoying the lifestyle that Newport allows her to lead.
Kara DiCamillo, Contributor
Kara DiCamillo loves eating, traveling, shopping, and everything outdoors. She is an active volunteer in her Newport, Rhode Island community and has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count. Kara started her online writing career with TreeHugger and currently contributes to several websites focusing on lifestyle, food, and travel. She is also a public relations and social media specialist at 6 Square Design & Communications.
Maaike Bernstrom, Photographer
Maaike (MIKA) Bernstrom was raised by the water in Stonington, Connecticut, where she learned to sail, a lifelong love that eventually brought her to the College of Charleston and the varsity sailing team. After college, Maaike worked on boats, settled in Newport, Rhode Island and became gallery manager for acclaimed travel/lifestyle photograph Alexander ” Sandy” Nesbitt. Maaike also studied with, and worked in the gallery of, Newport based yacht photographer Onne Van Der Wal. For several years Maaike lived in Valencia Spain, where her husband, Erik, worked in the yachting industry. Today, Maaike and Erik, and their daughter reside in Middletown Rhode Island.
Tom Connors, Photographer
A native of Aquidneck Island, Tom Connors graduated from NAWCC School of Horology as a certified watchmaker. Other than photography as a way of life, Tom embraces vegetarianism, texts from wrong numbers, movement to music, vintage motorcycles and Volkswagens, and Harrison Ford as his spirit animal.