Mary Ann DeSantisMary Ann DeSantis began her career as a newspaper reporter and photographer after receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Her first boss was an old-school curmudgeon who told her that women should stay home and bake cookies. After proving that she could write concisely and succinctly while on deadline for the hard-nosed Saturday night police beat, she moved on to a career in public relations and marketing.

Mary Ann is currently serving as the Editor-at-Large for DeSoto Magazine~Exploring the South. She is also a freelance travel and wine writer for Lake & Sumter Style, a monthly lifestyle magazine in Central Florida. Her wine column,Saluté,” an informational look at wine and wine regions for novice wine drinkers as well as for experienced connoisseurs, began in 2011 and has since received national recognition. In 2016, she was awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood/Napa Valley. She has received certification from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) and is a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association..

Mary Ann worked as a program director for the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and as an award-winning corporate speech writer for United Parcel Service in Atlanta. After her husband transferred to Florida, she came to Central Florida Community College, where she handled the college’s advertising initiatives and other marketing duties. She continued freelancing for former Atlanta employers and began writing for several Florida publications, including Central Florida Health Alliance.

In the summer of 2005, she left CFCC to become a fulltime freelance writer and associate editor for Ocala Style Publications. She began her column, “Full Circle,” in January 2007, and the slice-of-life column ran continuously until November 2010 when the magazine was sold.

Mary Ann has written for Ocala Style, Business Jet Traveler, Orlando Magazine, Florida Budget Travel, V-Style Magazine, Casino Pulse AARP Florida, Central Florida Health Alliance, Southern Progress Corporation, and United Parcel Service. She also served as an adjunct instructor in Business English for Lake-Sumter Community College.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Mary Ann has a B.A. degree in journalism with a marketing minor. In 2005, she completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida.