Rollie Atkinson

Rollie is the publisher of Sonoma West Publishers, Inc. He contributes to Sonoma Discoveries and writes editorials and articles for the group’s four community newspapers.

Sarah Bradbury

Sarah is the associate publisher of Sonoma West Publishers, Inc. and has taken all of the photographs for Sonoma Discoveries since its inception in 1987. She is the photography editor for Sonoma Discoveries.

Patricia M. Roth

Patti is the editor of Sonoma Discoveries. She was previously a senior editor at Wine Business Monthly magazine and has been an editor and reporter at various publications in California.


As editor of Sonoma West Times & News from 2009 to 2015, David Abbott covered the communities of West County and edited and wrote news features. Today he serves as program director for the dynamic Sebastopol Area Senior Center. He is back to riding his bike again, signed up for his first marathon and writes whenever possible.

Rollie Atkinson is publisher for Sonoma West Publishers and has been a lifelong journalist, beginning his career 40 years ago at his hometown daily newspaper in Frederick, Maryland and continuing it since 1981 in Sonoma County at several community newspapers where he has served as news reporter, sports editor, general manager and now as an owner.

Abby Bard is a weaver who sells her handwoven clothing at local galleries and from her studio in Sebastopol. She is a member of Sonoma County Art Trails. She has a passion for growing food in an urban landscape.

Sarah Bradbury is the associate publisher of Sonoma West Publishers, Inc. and the managing editor of Sonoma Discoveries. She has had the opportunity to photograph the county and its people for Sonoma Discoveries for 20 years.

Marie Butler is a freelance writer and has been a full-time Healdsburg resident for more than 28 years. Her niche is observing and writing about the fascinating, quirky wine country and Sonoma County. She is the author of the children’s book, “Herbie–A Toy’s Adventures in Healdsburg,” plus other stories and articles.

Samantha Campos is a freelance writer from Maui, Palm Springs and Marin, now firmly planted in Oakland. She’s written about everything from dive bars to edible schoolyards, and Shrinky Dink art made by Russian royalty to the daily life of a coroner. A fourth-generation Californian, she enjoys frequent road trips exploring the state’s bounty.

Sheana Davis is a cheesemaker, chef, caterer and culinary educator. With more than 40 years of farm-to-table experience, Davis creates Wine Country-inspired edible experiences for food enthusiasts around the country under the auspices of The Epicurean Connection, her gastronomic experience company.

Loren Hansen is a photographer specializing in events and food photography. More of her work can be found at

Ray Holley is a writer, editor, and photographer who is lucky enough to live in Healdsburg, the land of good bread, good coffee, and good people. He has no fear of the serial comma. There’s more about him at

Kimberly Kaido-Alvarez is a writer who has contributed to Sonoma West Publishers for eight years. A fan of communications in all forms, she has a background in graphic design, public relations, creative writing and dance. Growing up in Sonoma County, Kimberly developed a deep appreciation for nature, art, agriculture and good food.

Bo Kearns is a writer, beekeeper and nature lover. He has written award-winning short stories and recently completed the manuscript for a novel set in Indonesia where he lived for three years. He enjoys hiking and running the trails in the regional parks.

Sonoma County native Laura Elise McCutcheon has been writing for newspapers for 20 years and working on and off in the wine industry.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, camping, flower gardening, interior design, and just about anything that allows her to be creative.

Proud to be a resident for more than 65 years, Linda Loveland Reid thrives on the cultural depth of Sonoma County. She is the author of two published novels, a figurative oil painter, an instructor for SSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and a director of theater in Sonoma and Marina counties for over 30 years. She has retired from an employee benefits firm she founded, now carried forward by her children.

Patricia Miller Roth is the editor of Sonoma Discoveries. She was previously a senior editor at Wine Business Monthly magazine in Sonoma and has been a reporter and editor at various publications in California, from the San Joaquin Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Gayle Okumura Sullivan is co-owner and manager of Dry Creek Peach and Produce in Healdsburg, a boutique organic peach farm. With a background in marketing, she came to the farm in 2000, and has loved it since. During the summer you can find her at the market, in the farm stand, working with customers, or in the orchard.

Evan Wiig has spent the last several years immersed in local food and agriculture, organizing young farmers, reviving his local Grange hall, and sitting on the Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance. As founder of the Farmers Guild, Evan works to educate, cross-pollinate and mobilize the newest generation of sustainable farmers.