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Meet the Bloggers

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City

Your blog contributors are:



Deborah Malenfant - 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.”


Liza's Blogger Pic

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

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


Simone Cooper- Blogger Profile Shot

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.


Will 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).





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