Tag Archives: Get to Know

Get to Know … Ken Overman

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Ken Overman is a natural storyteller… which is good, since that is his latest business. Over his lifetime, he has been a world traveler with a wide assortment of jobs; he has written four memoirs. He has extensive knowledge of foreign countries and cultures and many more stories than space here will permit. From his upbringing in Southern California, to a tour with the Army in Turkey, to stints with late wife Barbara in Germany, Spain, and Greece, he has, by his own count, visited 106 countries. Twenty-four years ago, he and his family made Ponte Vedra Beach their home. He started his business, BiographyMasters, nine years ago and now helps others write their biographies. He says it’s an honor to have people tell him their life stories.

Get to Know …  MJ Hayes

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Local children’s author MJ Hayes said before she could write, she told stories by drawing with crayons. Her whole life, she has been interested in writing, including as part of her career as a kindergarten through third grade teacher. In fact, her first story was “Ollie the Octopus,” which she wrote as exemplification for her third grade class at the time, since they were learning about octopuses. 

Get to Know … Caleb Carpenter

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Mandarin High School rising senior Caleb Carpenter has grown up in the area and found a passion for football when he started playing in eighth grade. He plays right tackle for the Mandarin Mustangs and along with his team, recently received his State Championship ring.

Get to Know … Michael and Sashell Dragich

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Local entrepreneurs Michael and Sashell Dragich grew up on opposite ends of the state. Michael Dragich was born in Ohio and later moved to South Florida while Sashell Dragich is a St. Johns native and has called Julington Creek home her entire life. She was a part of Bartram Trail High School’s legacy class (the first class to complete four full years after the school opened). Sashell Dragich attended the University of Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, where she majored in business. After high school in South Florida, Michael Dragich joined the Marine Corps.

Get to Know … Maribeth Wood

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Maribeth Wood was born in Richmond, Va., and moved to Florida in 2001. She earned her degree from the University of North Florida in Elementary Education. After a brief move to England, Wood decided to gain additional education in Library Information Science. She earned her masters in 2013 and began her journey as a librarian in Ocala. She later moved back to the Jacksonville area and served at the Bartram Trail Branch Library before continuing her career with the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library as the library’s reference librarian one year ago.