Warren Miller

Special Contributor

Warren Miller is a writer and financial executive who lives near St. Augustine, Florida.

As a journalist, Warren received writing awards from the Florida Magazine Association for regular columns and freelance features. He has been the editor of  business and lifestyle magazines, most recently of Water’s Edge magazine, a regional lifestyle magazine published in Jacksonville by The Florida Time-Union from 1998 until 2009.

Warren has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio affiliates, including WJCT-FM in Jacksonville and WMFE-FM in Orlando, for almost 20 years. 

Warren earned degrees from Boston University in humanities and from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in management and finance.

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Christa Santos grew up in Vero Beach, and came to Orlando to study marketing and journalism at the University of Central Florida.

“I loved Orlando and wanted stay here after college,” she explains. “Vero is a small town, and there wasn’t a lot of opportunity in my field. I got a job at Disney, and learned about event management and planning. I also did a lot of volunteer work, as well – anything to polish my skills.”

Dave Hoce has been golf pro for only 10 years, unusual for someone in his 60s. Originally from Ohio, he became a railroad engineer. He worked in that career for 25 years, based in Wyoming. During much of that time, he dreamed about golf, which he’d played when he was young.


Pat Setser is an artist and writer. “I’m a member of the National League of American Pen Women, and have been for 16 years. I now sit on the board, and chair the membership committee. I go to Washington three times a year for board meetings.”

Most of Pat’s career was spent in the printing business. But she put all of her career on hold for several years to take care of her husband, who was found, during an unrelated surgery, to have cancer.

  Around 40 years ago, in the Jacksonville neighborhood of Five Points, David Kanupp was a 13-year-old kid in with a bicycle who like to hang out at Benny Wells’s new Shell station. “I had a mini-bike and lived nearby. He’d ask me to clean the bathrooms, pump gas, stuff like that. I started doing working in the summer and when school was out.”

  Kalpana DePasquale was born in Bangalore, India and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was small. She went to school in Florida through medical school, and started her ear, nose and throat (ENT) practice in St. Augustine.

“I think the most fun about ENT is that you’re not limited to one age group," she says. "I can see children who are two years old, adults, and elderly patients who are 102 years old.”

Philip McDaniel grew up near New York City, the youngest of six children. He began his career working with one of his entrepreneurial older brothers.

“I was interning and apprenticing with one of my brothers, who had a company that made tchotchkes −  the waving hands that were in the cars then.”

Mary Johnson, who bakes cupcakes at her boutique bakery in the Mandarin neighborhood of Jacksonville, was a nurse at a major hospital in Jacksonville, and the daughter of a career Air Force officer.

“I was just unhappy at work,” she says. “I was putting in long hours instead of being around my family, and I was stressed out. I would come home and do things like catering on the weekend. That made me happy.”

Cooking, and especially baking, was something with deep family ties.

  Chris Henderson has loved motorcycles for most of his life. He didn’t plan to work in the industry, though. He went to the University of Florida to become an anthropologist. “My dream was to become an anthropologist,” he says. “I wanted to live and study in North Africa.”

But things in college took a different turn. Chris’ girlfriend got pregnant. Both of them dropped out of college and got married. “At the same time as our daughter was born, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, which took her life.”

  Heather Ashby is a novelist, but 13 years ago, her husband and she were retired Navy veterans with two children.

“My son was our high-maintenance child,” she says. “When he was kicked out of college, he joined the Army. As veterans, we thought that was a great idea. The problem was, it was just before September 11, 2001. No one knew he’d be searching caves in Afghanistan for Taliban on his 21st birthday.”

Darren Ronan was born into a musical family. His father was a country-western singer from Ocala who had a radio show and performed at fairs and supermarket openings. Darren played guitar from the age of 10, but started playing drums professionally by the age of 16 with his older brother.

Even as a child, Darren Ronan carried a lot of responsibility on his back.

“My parents divorced when I was young,” he says. “My mom worked two jobs, and I spent a lot of time taking care of my little brother.”

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When Barbara Weber retired earlier this year after 27 years in corrections with the Duval County Sheriff’s Corrections Department, she immediately started planning a road trip to Alaska. 

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Sometimes, having more than one career can be a huge benefit.

Robert Lester Folsom was the lead singer in a struggling rock band in a small town in south Georgia in the 1970s. 

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Dana Greyson has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. In 2005, she met her husband, Walt, through a friend. 

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Rocky Ray Graves was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to a baseball family – his father named him after Rocky Colavito, an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians. Rocky Graves knew from the age of 6 that he wanted to be a baseball player.

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Claire Holland grew up in Connecticut, and knew from an early that she wanted to be a doctor of some kind.