Cape Cod Life Publications Staff

Brian Shortsleeve, Cape Cod Life Publications

Brian Shortsleeve

President and Publisher
Brian Shortsleeve is the owner, publisher and founder of Cape Cod Life Publications. He grew up vacationing summers at Craigville Beach where he learned to sail when he was 12. During his years at Boston College High School and Holy Cross College, he began successful entrepreneurships in the areas of sailing instruction, sailboat rentals, and school newspaper and student telephone book publishing. After college Brian worked for a national publishing company. In 1979, he combined his love of the Cape and Islands with his interest in publishing by starting Cape Cod LIFE magazine. His personal column “Gunkholing” has appeared in every issue since 1979.
Judy Shortsleeve, Cape Cod Life Publications

Judy Shortsleeve

Associate Publisher
Judy Howell Shortsleeve joined Cape Cod Life in 1990 as the business manager. She married Brian Shortsleeve in the summer of 1990 and continued working until the birth of their second son. With both boys in high school, she came back to Cape Cod Life as the food editor and also to work on various other projects. In 2011, she became the business manager again and then the associate publisher. Judy lives in Bourne with her husband, Brian, and two sons, Joshua and Maxwell. She likes cooking, reading, spending time on the beach and black labs.

Administrative Assistant

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Miki Keil

Administrative Assistant
Miki Keil joined Cape Cod Life Publications in the spring of 2018 after a move from Boston to Cotuit following her husband Dick’s retirement. Miki has a background in business and hospitality, and she and Dick have two grown daughters. She enjoys sailing on the Cape with Dick, gathering around the table and cooking for family and friends, and exploring the many nooks and crannies of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Editorial

Julie Craven Wagner

Managing Editor
Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local business on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she has been a contributing writer to Cape Cod LIFE for a number of years and the editor of Cape Cod HOME since 2016. She also serves on the editorial board for Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Bode. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.
Haley Cote, Cape Cod Life Publications

Haley Cote

Associate Editor
Haley Cote is the associate editor for Cape Cod Life Publications. A lifelong Cape Cod resident, Haley is an alumna of Barnstable High School and Cape Cod Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Suffolk University. When she’s not writing, this self-described “pop culture junkie” also loves discovering new music and catching up on the “Real Housewives.”
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Allyson Plessner

Digital Editor
Allyson Plessner is the digital editor for Cape Cod Life Publications. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is an alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.

Production

Jennifer Dow, Cape Cod Life Publications

Jennifer Dow

Creative Director
Jennifer Dow, a second generation Cape native, joined Cape Cod Life Publications in 2011 as the Print & Web Designer. Since then she has grown to become the Creative Director, responsible for designing Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME and Cape Cod ART as well managing the production department. Jen is proud to be in great creative company, working closely with Digital Editor Allyson Plessner and Graphic Designer Teagan Anne on various projects. While attending Barnstable High School, Jen’s “dream job” was to work for Cape Cod LIFE magazine—and after graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design, that dream became a reality. Jen lives in Centerville with her boyfriend, Pete, and their border collie, Bruin. She enjoys spending time on Sandy Neck Beach, exploring the Cape and Islands, and finding new ways to be creative through photography and crafting.
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Teagan Anne

Graphic Designer/Photographer
Teagan Anne is a graphic designer and staff photographer for Cape Cod Life Publications. She was born and raised on the Cape and still loves to explore every nook and cranny it has to offer, with her camera in tow. Teagan graduated Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont with a B.S. in Communications, and while the mountains and farms captivated her, she knew the Cape was too special of a place to not continue to call home. Throughout college Teagan always said a job at Cape Cod Life would be perfect for her, so she is over-the-moon excited to be a part of the family. When she’s not out capturing the beauty of Cape Cod, Teagan can often be found reading a good book on the beach, roller blading along the canal, or curled up with her pup.
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Elizabeth Shaw

Videographer
Elizabeth Shaw is a videographer for Cape Cod Life Publications. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elizabeth spent many summers on the Cape, before she and her family moved down full time in 2016. Elizabeth graduated the University of Rhode Island as a double major in Writing & Rhetoric and Film Media, and started at Cape Cod Life the following fall. In her free time, she takes as many pictures of her dog, Watson, as possible, in between beach trips

Sales

Laura Crocker, Cape Cod Life Publications

Laura Crocker

Advertising Sales Manager
Laura Crocker started with Cape Cod Life Publications in 1996 as a marketing coordinator. As Cape Cod Life expanded and started publishing Cape Cod HOME that same year, she joined the sales team. She took a short hiatus in 2005 when her second child was born. After getting her children settled in school, she rejoined the sales staff in 2011. Laura lives in East Falmouth with her husband, son, daughter and their chocolate lab. Her favorite escape is the beach—it’s one of the reasons she loves the Cape so much!
Steve Dewey, Cape Cod Life Publications

Steve Dewey

Advertising Sales Manager
Steve Dewey joined the sales crew at Cape Cod Life Publications in 2011 and works with businesses in the Mid Cape and on Nantucket. He started coming to the Cape from Worcester at an early age for summers and still vividly remembers the joy of crossing the bridge and "getting here." Steve's previous work experience includes 20 years of business-to-business sales in the Metro Boston area. He and his wife, Susan, editor at Cape Cod Life Publications from 2008 to 2016, are lucky ducks to have two young grandchildren, on the Cape and in Vermont, with one more on the way. Free time is spent chasing the little white ball, helping Susan grow farmers' market vegetables, and enjoying the Red Sox/Pats revelry.
Stacey Smith, Cape Cod Life Publications

Stacey Smith

Advertising Sales Manager
Stacey Smith is Advertising Sales Manager for the towns of Dennis to Provincetown. Her specialty is helping new businesses establish marketing strategies that encompass all methods of promotion. She is a board member of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and a trustee at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. When not working, Stacey enjoys getting her hands dirty while organic gardening.
Laura Taylor, Cape Cod Life Publications

Laura MB Taylor

Advertising Sales Manager
Laura Taylor has the distinction of being a team member at Cape Cod Life Publications since April 1992. Her 25 years of experience at Cape Cod Life has included a few jobs, and the one she loves most is her current role as Advertising Sales Manager. Laura truly enjoys helping people with their business challenges and offering connections, ideas and solutions. Establishing business relationships and cultivating long-term friendships are among the pleasures and rewards she appreciates so much. Laura’s fond of saying, “It’s not work if you love it,” and she is grateful for the many Cape Cod Life adventures she’s had the good fortune to enjoy. She also enjoys spending time on as many beaches and back roads as she can find on beautiful Cape Cod.
Sarah Devlin

Sarah Devlin

Advertising Sales Manager
Sarah Devlin joined Cape Cod Life Publications’ sales staff in 2018. Having worked with national publications in the past, Sarah is excited to bring her marketing expertise to local businesses. Sarah has lived in Chatham for 18 wonderful years and is inspired every day by the natural beauty the Cape has to offer. She is an award-winning nature photographer and spends most of her free time exploring the shorelines and woodlands of Cape Cod. Sarah has three daughters and two adorable dogs that always keep her grounded.
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Eileen Lewis

Advertising Sales Manager
Eileen Lewis has had a long media career developing client partnerships. Her experience includes 20 years as an advertising manager with The New York Times, several blue-chip business magazines, and various lifestyle, epicurean, travel and regional publications, including her work with Cape Cod Life dating back to 2005. A ten-year honoree mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she's also an animal lover; her spare time includes writing tours and volunteering with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, an historic architecture organization. Based in the Mid-Atlantic, August typically finds her enjoying Cape Cod and the Vineyard.