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Advisory Board

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Arlene Blake
Just Start It, LLC

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Kamia Brown
Former State Representative 
District 45


Vanessa Echols
Former Anchor
Channel 9 News

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Jodie Green
CEO & President
Clinician Burnout Foundation

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Dr. Robert Hasty, DO

Founding Dean & Chief Academic Officer
Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine (proposed)

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Joel Keller
Former Ocoee City Commissioner


Karen McNeil
Winter Garden

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Joseph Richardson
Winter Garden

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Gary Robbins
San Diego Union Tribune

Staff Directory

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Dylan Smith/VoxPopuli



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Norine is an award-winning author and blogger with 20-plus years experience as a print and digital journalist. Norine’s writing has been published in daily newspapers (Orange County Register, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald), LGBTQ weeklies, The Village Voice and numerous magazines, including Redbook, Marie Claire, More, Family Circle, Prevention, Shape and Reader's Digest. Her book, Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations won the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Association Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for Parenting/Family. Her essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Soul's Be You (2021). She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MA from New York University. She lives in Winter Garden with her teenage son. 

Dibya is a veteran journalist of more than 20 years. He has written for The Associated Press, Communications Daily, FCW and other publications, covering lobbying, technology, business, Congress and local and state governments. He has also worked for Gannett and other local publications in Westchester County, N.Y. He has been living in Orlando since late 2017. You can find his past stories on his personal website.


Managing Editor

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Stephen Withers, AIA

Editorial Cartoonist

A retired architect, Stephen has designed homes, hospitals, shopping centers, office complexes, libraries — he was a key designer on Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Library — and Marriott resorts throughout the world. For the past 10 years, Stephen has experimented with all media as an artist. His interest in local politics dates to 1978 when he served as mayor of the city of Berkeley Lake in Georgia. A Windermere resident for 22 years, Stephen served on the Windermere Town Council from 2004-2005 and has been a member of the Windermere Development Review Board since 2005. These days, you can find him sitting in the back of town hall during council meetings, cartooning on current topics of discussion. When Mayor Gary Bruhn retired, he presented him with a bound copy of 100 drawings from council meetings.

Madhumita is VoxPopuli's financial adviser and principal of her own consulting firm, serving nonprofits and independent business owners. She has 30 years of corporate finance experience, with executive finance positions at Parker Health Group, a not-for-profit aging services organization; Covance, a contract research organization providing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries; Covidien, a global healthcare products company, and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies; and Starwood Hotels (now Marriott), a hospitality company managing and franchising hotels and lodging facilities. She also volunteers her time and expertise to many non-profit organizations including the Living Legacy Project, Butterflies USA, Inc, Financial Women’s Association, Princeton Folk Music Society, Seeds of Peace, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and others. She holds an MS in Public Accounting and MBA in Finance from Pace University, and a BA in English Literature from Calcutta University.


Financial Adviser

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