Gayla Schaefer is a Florida based writer and communications consultant who received her M.P.A. from the University of Memphis and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. Her academic research on government and nonprofit communications has been published by IGI Global with an assortment of other articles and columns published in various publications and newspapers including FLORIDA TODAY, The Florida Squeeze, SpaceCoast Business, Patriot Not Partisan, and has been republished by the Associated Press. She has lived from coast to coast, working with various public and nonprofit organizations including Tourist Development Councils, South Walton Community Council, University of Memphis Strengthening Communities Initiative, ITN Memphis, University of New Orleans and the Brevard Zoo. Follow her @dharmamum.