Tim Boyd has more than 25 years experience in business and sales, including serving as a sales executive in the early years of Southern Voice. In 1992, Boyd became an owner of Maddix Deluxe, a luxury gift store in Virginia-Highland. After buying out his partner and changing the name to Metropolitan Deluxe, Boyd grew the company to 11 stores throughout the Southeast. Boyd is a longtime LGBT activist who was on the front lines of Atlanta’s ACT Up in the early 1990s. Boyd says he’s always wanted to be a rock star. He is also dad to the Georgia Voice’s official mascot, Sophia, a French Bulldog, who is cute, crazy, single and looking. He loves working with the dedicated and talented staff at the Georgia Voice.
Chris Cash, one of the three founders of Georgia Voice, has a long history with Atlanta LGBT activism and publishing. She served as editor for the Kennesaw State Sentinel in the 1970s, and in the mid-1980s she worked as a volunteer at various LGBT groups, including the Atlanta Committee for the 1987 March on Washington, where she edited its monthly newsletter.
Energized by that historic march, she founded Southern Voice in 1988 to serve a quickly growing LGBT community that had begun to flex its political and financial muscle. For a decade, Cash served as editor, executive editor and publisher of Southern Voice as she and a dedicated staff grew the newspaper from 16 pages (with no internet access and no fax machine until 1989) to its height as the largest LGBT media company in the South by 1997. She sold the newspaper that year to Window Media; it was the first of many publications Window bought during its lifetime.
When Window declared bankruptcy in late 2009 and abruptly closed its doors, Cash began a conversation with then Southern Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown and former Southern Voice sales rep Tim Boyd to create a new LGBT media company. That conversation led to the launch of Georgia Voice in March, 2010, and a new era of LGBT media for Atlanta and the state of Georgia, with fax and internet!
Cash, who now lives in Tampa, spends most of her time wishing she were in Atlanta playing with her two granddaughters, Zola and Eleanor. Occasionally she has been known to offer her two cents in decision-making to Georgia Voice; she is mostly humored and ignored … which is just fine with her.
Dyana Bagby is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in print and online media. She served as deputy editor of the Georgia Voice when it was founded five years ago, and last year was promoted to editor.
The National Newspaper Association and the Atlanta Press Club have honored Bagby’s writing for the Georgia Voice. In the National Newspaper Association’s 2011 Better Newspaper Contest, she won second place for Best Sports Feature Story or Series (Non-daily Division); in the 2010 contest, she won second place for Best Investigative or In-Depth Story or Series (Non-daily Division, circulation 6,000–9,999). Also in 2010, she won second place for news (small print circulation) in the Atlanta Press Club’s Awards of Excellence. In 2014, she was named Business Woman of the Year by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
She lives with her partner, Kathleen, and together they serve as butlers to their four cats around the clock.
Bagby recently discovered the beauty of manatees after taking a kayaking trip in Florida with a bunch of fun lesbians, and believes she has finally found her spirit animal.
Patrick Saunders joined the Georgia Voice full time in January 2014. His first published work was a concert review that ran in the alternative weekly Flagpole Magazine while he was a student at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at UGA, he also wrote a weekly opinions column for the student newspaper The Red & Black, covering everything from pop culture to politics to daily college life. The AJC published an editorial of his about his generation’s response to the September 11 attacks.
Following graduation from UGA, Patrick entered the real estate industry, where he worked for the next several years while freelance writing on the side. He freelanced for Creative Loafing in 2009 and 2010, covering topics like the Atlanta Eagle raid and Atlanta’s gay media drama before accepting a position as the first Senior Writer for Fenuxe Magazine. After a stint as a full-time freelancer writing for publications like Project Q Atlanta and several copywriting clients, he started working with the Georgia Voice.
When not roaming the Capitol or tucked away in a coffee shop with his laptop, you can find him playing with his dog Otis or eating out with friends at spots like Henry’s or El Azteca.
Rob Boeger has more than 20 years’ experience in daily and weekly newspapers. Rob started his career in newspapers in 1993 at Southern Voice, where he was a graphic designer. In 2001, he moved to Washington, D.C. when he was promoted to art director for Window Media. Rob oversaw all of the company’s production departments, which included Southern Voice, Washington Blade, New York Blade, Express Gay News and Houston Voice, SoVo magazine, Windows magazine and Eclipse. After the company folded in 2009, Rob worked with the staff as sole designer to start a publication to fill the void in D.C. It was the D.C. Agenda, which later became the Washington Blade again. After working for a couple of years away from the gay press, Rob is excited to return by working at Georgia Voice. In his spare time you can catch Rob hanging with his friends at Mary’s or contemplating his next tattoo.
Anne Clarke is a sales executive at Georgia Voice. For the past three years, she has been assisting Georgia Voice in expanding sales and marketing ventures as well as facilitating events. Clarke comes from a diverse media background starting with publishing the International Guest Guides, travel magazines in various U.S. cities and abroad. She owned an advertising agency that launched major brands and managed marketing campaigns. In 2003, she moved to Atlanta working for Gannett Media, where she accumulated many awards and recognitions. But her passion has always been in helping others, even those 4-legged folks! Her charity work includes saving pets, fighting against discrimination, fundraising for diseases, and working with the elderly and the young.
She volunteers with Decatur Parks & Recreation coaching soccer each season. In 2014, the State of Georgia recognized her charitable work. If Anne isn’t asking you to advertise in the Georgia Voice, she is probably asking you to donate to one of her causes!