Our Team

Andrea Tyler Evans | Publisher & Chief Executive Officer

Andrea is the co-owner, publisher and chief executive officer of Frontdoors Magazine — a publication dedicated to celebrating the people and groups that give generously and work to build the future of our community. She is a 2018 Phoenix Business Journal “Outstanding Women in Business,” a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute and proud ASU alumni. She volunteers with a number of Valley nonprofit organizations that help women, children and the arts. Andrea is married to Tom Evans and mom to Thomas, Ellie and their rescue kitties, Sally and Shelly.

Karen Werner | Editor-in-Chief

Karen is an accomplished journalist, editor and media consultant with experience in several different platforms. She is the founder and principal of KWink media, a consulting firm that manages communications for a number of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. A frequent instructor at the Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, her work has appeared in newspapers across the country as well as in magazines like Sunset, Parents, Mental Floss and The Saturday Evening Post.

Tom Evans | Contributing Editor & Chief Operating Officer

Tom Evans is co-owner of Frontdoors Media and serves as a contributing editor and chief operating officer. He has an extensive background in journalism and public relations and is partner of public relations and event strategies at ON Advertising, a Phoenix-based full-service advertising and marketing firm. He previously served as principal of Evans Communications, which merged with ON Advertising in April 2020.

Lisa Pagel | Associate Publisher

Lisa Pagel has joined Frontdoors Media as Associate Publisher, where she will perform a broad spectrum of duties in support of the company’s digital and print products.

Pagel is a senior community relations, retail and nonprofit executive with over 30 years of experience in customer and donor relations, strategic partnerships and public relations.

While working as part of the executive team at Neiman Marcus Scottsdale, she managed their social media, events and promotions, marketing and media relations as the public relations manager, and was one of their on-air media spokespeople.

Abby Petersen | Digital Editor & Production Coordinator

Abby joined Frontdoors Media as a Digital Editor and Publishing Coordinator. She has many responsibilities at Frontdoors Media including social media and website management, writing stories and producing content for weekly newsletters. 

Abby is a Minneapolis native and graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in public relations. She has worked and interned for multiple online publications as a social media manager and journalist. 

Lori Appleby Hoke | Chief of Staff & Production Manager

Lori has joined Frontdoors Media as Chief of Staff and Production Manager. Her vibrant career spans development, communications, and advertising, with the common theme in her work being building solutions that help her organizations connect with their people, customers, and external stakeholders. Lori is a strategic communicator and collaborative leader whose strengths lie in cultivating relationships and creative problem solving.

Zenobia Mertel | Lifestyle Editor

Zenobia Mertel is Frontdoors’ Lifestyle Editor, responsible for curating lifestyle topics for the magazine. She also serves as a contributor for Inspired Media 360 and interviews inspiring people in the life and style space. Zenobia’s career began in Phoenix upon graduating from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication. Her work in television broadcasting and public relations has spanned more than 15 years and three states including, Colorado, Illinois and Arizona. Zenobia’s affinity for travel, fashion and culture is influenced by her profession and vice versa, lending to an authenticity that translates through her work. As a wife and mom of three, Zenobia is active in her community and enjoys celebrating life to its fullest.

Carey Peña | FrontdoorsTV Host & Executive Producer

Carey Peña is an Emmy-winning journalist, television personality, podcast host and the founder & CEO of Inspired Media 360. After working behind the scenes as a writer and producer, Carey became a main anchor at 3TV, covering some of the biggest breaking news stories, including the global war on terror as well as local and national elections.

Julie Coleman | Office Doors

Julie is principal of Julie Coleman Consulting, a community engagement consulting firm providing advisory counsel and program execution in partnership with businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. She helps clients realize their social purpose by mobilizing them to drive sustainable change through cross-sector partnerships, investment and volunteerism. Julie is a Phoenix Business Journal “40 Under 40” awardee, Valley Leadership graduate, and volunteers with numerous Valley nonprofit organizations. She is married to Ron and a proud mom to their rescue fur babies, Oliver and Dumpling. 

Shoshana Leon | Kitchen Doors

Shoshana Leon is a contributing writer covering culinary topics for Frontdoors Magazine. She is the creator of Foodie Fo Sho, a blog and resource for culinary news and events. An experienced writer, she is passionate about sharing her experiences and information about the Arizona culinary scene, from food and wine events to resort dining, restaurants and local chefs. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Shoshana has more than 15 years of professional communications experience.

Judy Pearson | A 2nd Act

Judy Pearson has two decades of published writing to her credit, including four nonfiction books and JudithL.Pearson.com. The diagnosis and treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer led Judy to create A 2nd Act. The organization raises funds through live storytelling events, the money funding (among other things) annual micro-grants for women who want to launch or grow their own second acts. Judy lives at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with her husband, David.

Catie Richman | Contributing Writer

Catie Richman is a contributing writer covering fashion and general interest topics for Frontdoors Magazine. She is an experienced public relations and event planning professional with a portfolio of work that includes Arizona, California and Europe. She currently works as Director of Events and Marketing for ON Advertising in Phoenix. She is an Arizona native, a graduate of Xavier High School and an alumna of the University of Southern California.

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