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Meet Our Bloggers

It's one thing to see a destination. It’s another to experience it from a local’s perspective. Our locals share with you where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop for a treasure, take a tour and hidden gems. Meet our locals and experience our area through their eyes!

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Christina Rehklau
Director, Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Christina left the corporate world about five years ago to persuade others to take more vacation time by working in tourism. Christina is a recent northern transplant from Ohio, so she’s still working on her Carolinian accent. She moved here with Nick, her husband, and Cosmo, her dog. To her, every day in the Albemarle region presents a new adventure and something to be explored. Follow her explorations of the area on Twitter at @CLRehklau or Instagram at @crehklau.


Deborah Mallenfant
Executive Director, Elizabeth City Downtown Inc.

A former entrepreneur and business owner. She lives in and loves Elizabeth City; and also loves the mountains. Her personal motto is, “Everything is an experience.”

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Liza Franco
Website Content/Social Media Coordinator, Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photographer and Graphic Designer, Liza Franco Photography & Graphic Design

Liza is a blogger and photographer, linking stories with photos to give the reader a complete vision. She “wears many hats” as the old saying goes. Her day starts at the visitors center working on the website and social media. Afternoons and weekends are spent creating memories and art through photography. Her work includes, lifestyle, commercial, fine art, portraiture photography and photo restoration.


Margie Berry
Operations Support, Arts of the Albemarle

A native of Pasquotank County, Graduated with a BA degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC for ten years. Have been researching and writing scripts for the Historic Elizabeth City Ghost Walk since 2003. Wrote the book, “Legendary Locals of Elizabeth City.” Serve as a board member for Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle. Love to travel and spend time at Nags Head.

Nelson Disla
Owner and Writer, Pasquotank Pen

Fiction writer and the owner of Pasquotank Pen, a content sstudio that consults with businesses to deliver high-quality marketing material. He also blogs for non-profits and his own pleasure. You can find more information, and get in touch with him, at

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Simone Cooper
Publicist and Branding Specialist, Simone Cooper Public Relations

A publicist and branding specialist who is also a mid-century modern fanatic. When she’s not assisting clients with messaging, you can find her hunting for furniture and housewares from the 1960s.

William Broussard
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Advancement

Will is a higher education administrator, professor, and essayist. He recently moved to Elizabeth City from Acadiana (a heavily Black creole and French-influenced region of south Louisiana). His essays, op-eds, and reflections on college writing, HBCU leadership, college athletics, and Louisiana politics have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, and least-interestingly (but much more snarkily) on his Twitter feed (@DeadLecturer).

Mike Sweeney
Local Fishing Coach, Albemarle Region, NC

Mike is a local fishing coach and he writes about his fishing adventures in the Daily Advance, Albemarle Times and for the Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Click here to book light tackle guide trips for the Albemarle region and Chesapeake Bay for stripers, trout, flounder, spanish mackerel and blues..


Rebecca Hansen

Rebecca graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a B.S. in communication, concentrating in public relations and film studies. In 2016 she graduated with an M.S. in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Rebecca has worked with companies such as Bath & Body Works and The Walt Disney Company. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @RebeccaHansenPR


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