Staff Bios

Bernard McCormick

Bernard McCormick is the publisher of Gulfstream Media Group, which operates the flagship magazine Gold Coast. He was part of the staff that pioneered the modern city magazine at Philadelphia before moving to Florida in 1970. A graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, he roots for all Big Five basketball teams, except when they play the Explorers. 

Cyndi Hochberg

Cyndi Hochberg (senior account manager) joins our team with a 20-year successful history in media sales, starting here in South Florida. Cyndi has been fortunate enough to have worked for some well known publishers in the past, including Palm Beach Media Group and NCI Communications, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Cyndi started her career in luxury retail sales, and then quickly realized her passion for all things media. She has a background in home and design, with a love for the outdoors and the Rocky Mountains, recently living in Colorado and working for many years with Mountain Living and Colorado Homes magazines. Now that she is back in Florida, Cyndi looks forward to connecting with local businesses and assisting them with their advertising and marketing needs. As an avid animal lover, she readily confesses to spoiling her two little furry friends, Romeo the chihuahua and Joey the yorkie.

Melissa Puppo

Managing editor Melissa Puppo started at Gulfstream Media Group as associate editor upon graduating from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2016. She held numerous student media positions, including editor-in-chief of A Magazine, Kent State's fashion publication. She served as a student ambassador for the College of Communication and Information and interned at WHIRL Magazine. Although she hails from Pittsburgh, South Florida was always a part of her life growing up. She won't be trading in her black and gold spirit anytime soon, though, and will gladly cheer for all Pittsburgh sports team, especially the Pirates. You can find her checking out the local food scene or happily catching some rays at the beach in her free time.

Kayla Ziadie

Kayla Ziadie is the web editor for Gulfstream Media Group. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and communications. While at UF, she was a reporter for NPR/PBS affiliate WUFT News, president of the UF Society of Professional Journalists and a senior editor for Her Campus Media. Alongside writing and editing, she also specializes in AP Style, search engine optimization, blogging and social media. In her free time, she loves to plan future travels, spend time with her godson and attempt new Pinterest recipes (emphasis on "attempting").

Craig R. Cottrell

Our esteemed art director was born in New York and raised in South Florida. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. While destiny initially pointed to a career as an illustrator, like his grandfather, graphic design and eventually web design became his focus. He joined Gulfstream Media Group in 2000 and was promoted to art director soon after. As art director, his duties include the design of all editorial pages and covers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, playing guitar and the endless pursuit of breaking par.

Susan Dorta

Susan Dorta earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Graphic Design at Barry University, and she puts it to good use as the Graphic Artist at Gulfstream Media Group. During her time at Barry, she earned high honors, her work was exhibited in Barry’s gallery multiple times and she redesigned the university’s radio station logo. She also served as the Assistant Marketing Coordinator for The Department of Student Involvement & Engagement, and the Graphic Designer for the university’s newspaper, The Barry Buccaneer. Susan also published an academic paper in Queens City Writers’ Journal, titled “Greek Mythology and Modern American Comic Books: How the Heroes of the Ancients Influenced the Superheroes of Today.” Overall, Susan considers herself to be someone who’s passionate about life in general—especially fiction, as the topic of her paper suggests. In her free time, she’s likely creating graphics for fun, talking about her favorite fictional characters or reading about space, dinosaurs and other fascinating aspects of the universe.

Joanna Gazzaneo

Joanna Gazzaneo is Gulfstream Media Group's production manager. She has more than 15 years of extensive experience in print production management, graphic design, art direction and photography specialized in publications. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she co-founded the international in-flight magazine Pasajero for Aeropostal Airlines, as well as managed its marketing and branding. She is the former art director and photo editor Cravings South Florida magazine and has been intricately involved in the creation process of magazines from conception to distribution. Not only has she developed and managed the print production of several local and international publications, but she has also owned her own magazines. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, discover new music and indulge her inner foodie with unique cuisines.